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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A government shutdown crumb

In Tennessee, a father-daughter duo have been collecting litter left behind on the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since the park service lacks funding to keep the parks clean, Marc Newland and his 10-year-old daughter Erica have spent days hiking the mountain trails with trash bags to pick up litter.


The Newlands have always been avid hikers, but when Marc told Erica about how the government shutdown would affect the mountain park, she suggested they keep the trails tidy. Why? "There's a lot of litter around, and it's bad for the world," she said, "so I decided to clean up the parks."

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