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Statue of Liberty reopens for a New York kind of Independence Day
Statue of Liberty reopens for a New York kind of Independence Day

NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy washed ashore in October and severely damaged the island on which Lady Liberty sits. The statue was spared storm damage, and tens of thousands of visitors began lining up in Battery Park in lower Manhattan to pile onto the first ferry to the grassy island. Tickets to visit the statue's crown, a climb of 354 steps from the pedestal, sold out long ago. But visitors who could only enter the lower part of Lady Liberty weren't disappointed. "This is the most patriotic thing you can do," said Mark Eades of Johnson City, Tenn., who was visiting with his wife, Linda. The...

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