• There was a time not so very long ago when television media and news companies decided what videos people watched-and what videos they didn’t. Ten years ago, the only way to watch television was, well, by turning on the television! When YouTube was founded in 2005, it quickly revolutionized the way we access entertainment. No longer were people dependent on television shows like Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight to choose and deliver entertainment. Instead, for the first time ever, people were able to access the news and entertainment that they wanted when they wanted it. Instead of discussing the latest box office hits, people may discuss the latest viral videos and YoutTube sensations shared by word of mouth and social media. Furthermore, a growing number of celebrities have become popular only after gaining popularity on YouTube, including Justin Bieber and Fred.


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    Dressed in a robe and sandals, Lady Liberty braved strong winds, crashing waves, and heavy rain from Superstorm Sandy. The world-famous statue survived the storm, but its home on Liberty Island did not fare as well. The island had been closed since the storm. But, on July 4, the Statue of Liberty finally reopened to visitors.

     

    Sandy made landfall one day after the statue’s 126th birthday. The storm flooded most of the 12-acre island in New York Harbor. Floodwaters damaged the visitor center, walkways, and electrical systems. In some areas, water surged as high as 8 feet. The storm caused more than $59 billion worth of damages to the island. But the State of Liberty itself was unharmed since it stands on a high pedestal.

     

    The National Park Service (NPS) has worked to clean up and repair the damages. More than 1,000 employees from all over the country helped with the repairs. Through their efforts, Lady Liberty was made ready for visitors again. While some repairs to brick walkways and docks are still underway, visitors arrived by ferry boats to tour the national landmark on Independence Day.

    “It’s a perfect day to reopen the statue,” NPS spokesman John Warren told TFK. “It’s a great day to celebrate liberty throughout the country and the world.”


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    Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and deadliest natural disaster in recent United States history. This monster of a hurricane formed over the Bahamas in August of 2005 and crossed over Florida as a Category 1 hurricane. Katrina then entered the Gulf of Mexico where it strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane. Before making landfall in southeast Louisiana on August 29, 2005, Katrina weakened into a Category 3 hurricane. As Katrina made landfall, it caused billions of dollars in property damages all along the gulf coast from Texas to Florida. The majority of the damage to the New Orleans, Louisiana was caused by the storm surge toppling levees and flooding a large portion of the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas. The US government estimated the total cost of Hurricane Katrina to be around $108 billion dollars. But the real cost of this hurricane came in the form of lives lost. Katrina caused the deaths of 1,836 people. 1,577 of those deaths came from Louisiana, 238 from Mississippi, and the remaining from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is estimated that at least 1,000 deaths resulted from citizens ignoring evacuation warnings and staying in their homes during the storm.