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Budget XL Airways to Stop Operating Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2019, 10:15 AM

XL Airways, a low-cost carrier based in France, has announced that it is ceasing operations. "Due to . . . financial difficulties," reads a message posted last week on the airline's website, "we are deeply sorry to have to announce that XL Airways is stopping selling tickets effective today, 19th September 2019." Launched in 1995 as Star Airlines, the company adopted the business model of ch...

Free Parking in Las Vegas Returns As a Resort Breaks Ranks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/19/2019, 3:00 AM

For many years, the ability to park for free at most Las Vegas casino-resorts was a beloved perk, and it was one that made visiting the spread-out desert city much more affordable, practical, and welcoming. But in 2017, starting with MGM-owned resorts, that privilege was snatched from guests. Just to visit a restaurant or a shop, with a few minor exceptions (Treasure Island, Venetian-Palazzo) gue...

Spit Take! Study Says Don't Drink the Water on Planes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/12/2019, 3:00 AM

You should probably stick to bottled water in the skies. That's the conclusion of a new study measuring airline water safety, conducted by Hunter College's New York City Food Policy Center and DietDetective.com. Researchers analyzed the quality of the drinking water on 11 major airlines and 12 regional carriers, considering criteria such as reports of positive E. coli and coliform samples as...

California Improving Coastal Access with New Beach Wheelchairs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/11/2019, 5:15 PM

Eighteen coastal sites in California—from Clam Beach, where Highway 101 meets the Pacific in northern Arcata, to lively Ocean Beach in San Diego—are getting new wheelchairs and other mobility equipment designed to roll on sand. The state-run California Coastal Conservancy has approved a program to award grants to 11 different nonprofits so that they can purchase a total of 29 beach wheelchairs ...

Japan Finishes Building a Grand, 600-Mile Trail of its Coastal Treasures

By Beth Reiber

Posted on 09/05/2019, 6:45 PM

Fewer than 2% of international visitors to Japan venture farther north to the vast, remote, and undeveloped region of Tohoku. That may change soon as word gets out: The final section of Japan’s longest hiking trail was completed in June. Stretching more than 600 miles along the Pacific coast, the Michinoku Coastal Trail was conceived after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami as a way to breathe new...

U.S. Army Museum Opening June 2020

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2019, 9:30 PM

The United States Army has set an opening date for its new museum honoring the oldest branch of the U.S. military. The National Museum of the United States Army will begin welcoming visitors on June 4, 2020, according to a news release.  The glass-and-steel facility is currently under construction in a publicly accessible part of Virginia's Fort Belvoir, located about 30 miles south of Washingto...

Key West Hotels Introduce "Underwater Library" with Waterproof Books

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2019, 5:00 PM

Reading while lounging next to bodies of water is so popular it spawned a whole literary genre. But here's the thing about beach reads: There's a very real chance you'll ruin the book if you get it wet. Two hotels in Key West, Florida, have devised a clever solution to this perennial vacation problem: waterproof books.  The new "underwater library" is an aquarium tank stocked with fully submerge...

New Paris Museum Chronicles Liberation from Nazis in WW2

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/20/2019, 10:15 PM

Sunday, August 25, marks the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris from its Nazi occupiers during World War II. On the same day, a new museum will open permanently to chronicle that momentous 1944 event.  The facility's name is a mouthful: the Musée de la Libération de Paris-Musée du Général Leclerc-Musée Jean Moulin, but most English-speaking people will call it the Liberation Museum. De...

Closed for Three Years, D.C.'s Washington Monument Finally Has a Reopening Date

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/20/2019, 12:00 AM

The Washington Monument in America's capital will reopen to the public on Thursday, September 19, the National Park Service has announced.  The 555-foot-tall marble-and-granite obelisk on the National Mall has been closed for elevator repairs since 2016. Before that, visitors were barred from entering the monument for more than two years starting in 2011, when an earthquake rattled the structure....

Liquor and Spirits: San Diego to Get a Cemetery Speakeasy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/19/2019, 12:00 AM

San Diego's El Campo Santo cemetery was established in the city's historic Old Town in 1849, and according to ghost hunters, the spirits residing there have been riled up almost ever since. A streetcar line was installed right through the middle of the burial site in the late 19th century, disturbing the eternal rest of those interred there (small brass markers in the street indicate gravesites ...

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