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Mismanagement allegations at Pearl Harbor memorial

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - The USS Arizona is an underwater grave for more than 900 sailors and Marines killed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and sank their ship in 1941.

Now, one of the nation's most sacred and solemn sites is also the scene of alleged rampant mismanagement.

An internal report from the National Park Service said tour companies sold tickets to a memorial for the battleship with the knowledge of park officials even though tickets are supposed to be free.

Another pointed to substandard maintenance, including scuffed museum walls that languished unrepaired and bird feces that weren't cleaned.

The revelations in documents released last month come as crowds prepare to gather at Pearl Harbor on Sunday for an annual ceremony remembering those killed in the attack 73 years ago.

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