Lincoln Memorial Closed After Vandalism

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WASHINGTON
(AP) — The Lincoln Memorial has been temporarily closed after someone
splattered a splash of green paint on the statue.

The
apparent vandalism was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Friday on the
statue, the pedestal and the floor, U.S. Park Police said. No words,
letters or symbols were visible in the paint.

Capt.
Steven Booker said the paint spill “appears intentional based off of
the splatter.” Police are reviewing security camera footage to try to
identify possible suspects, he said.

The
memorial will be closed until the National Park Service maintenance crew
can clean up the paint, which is expected to happen later Friday,
police said.

National Park Service spokeswoman
Carol Johnson said the memorial will be returned to the condition it
was in before the vandalism.

“It is not permanent damage,” she said. “It can be cleaned.”

The
memorial, one of the most popular sites on the National Mall, was
dedicated in 1922 to the nation's 16th president. It's generally open
around the clock to visitors.

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