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09Aug/15

Moving Experience – Escalators

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

MOVING EXPERIENCE
Profile America — Sunday, August 9th. With so much modern infrastructure featuring soaring atriums and deep subterranean transit systems, it’s not easy to imagine getting by without escalators. However, this efficient people mover was conceived in a far simpler, down to earth time. The first patent for a moving stairway was obtained on this date in 1859 by Nathan Ames. However, it was never built. The first practical escalator was built by Jesse Reno in 1896 at Coney Island, New York. Reno called his device an “inclined elevator.” The longest escalator in the western hemisphere is 230 feet long, at the Wheaton, Maryland station of the Washington Metro System. Manufacturing escalators and elevators is a $1.8 billion a year business for some 170 companies in the U.S. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 2106
Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 2106
Jesse Reno escalator: http://www.lehigh.edu/engineering/about/alumni/bio_reno_j.html
Wheaton, MD escalator: http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/23038/what-are-the-10-longest-metro-escalators/
Escalator manufacturers/NAICS 333921: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?

01Apr/15

U.S. still cold on China-led infrastructure bank

(BVO) – Growing competition for political influence in Asia, as the U.S. pivot to the region hits a hiccup.

A long list of countries ranging from Denmark to Australia signing up to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – leaving the U.S. and key ally Japan out in the cold.
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08Mar/15

On Selma anniversary, Obama says racial progress made but more needed

U.S. President Barack Obama observes the 50th anniversary of the civil rights confrontation in March 1965 in which police in Selma, Alabama beat protesters marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to demand voting rights for African Americans.
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22Feb/15

U.S. homeland security chief worried about al Shabaab mall threat

U.S. Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson urges vigilance following a threat made by Somali-based Islamist militants against shopping malls, including the Mall of America in Minnesota.
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