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Typo fixers cited for damaging sign


When it comes to marking up historic signs, good grammar is a bad defense.

Two self-styled vigilantes against typos who defaced a more than 60-year-old, hand-painted sign at Grand Canyon National Park were sentenced to probation and banned from national parks for a year.

Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson pleaded guilty Aug. 11 for the damage done March 28 at the park's Desert View Watchtower. The sign was made by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the architect who designed the rustic 1930s watchtower and other Grand Canyon-area landmarks.

Deck and Herson, both 28, toured the United States this spring, wiping out errors on government and private signs. They were interviewed by NPR and the Chicago Tribune, which called them "a pair of Kerouacs armed with Sharpies and erasers and righteous indignation."

Ten young trees hacked, may die


It's another case of big-city crime &

and this time the victims are trees.

Philadelphia officials say someone has hacked into the trunks of about 10 young trees downtown, and they fear the trees will die. The trees were slashed repeatedly last week. Park Commission head Mark Focht (FOHKT) says the damage is vandalism.

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Police and other city agencies are investigating.

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