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  • The 25 Best Beaches In The US, Ranked

    02/24/2017 7:12:36 AM PST · by blam · 108 replies
    BI ^ | 2-24-2017 | Chloe Pantazi
    • TripAdvisor has released its 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards, naming the 25 best beaches in the US. • Florida's Siesta Key Beach claims the title of America's best beach, followed by coastal stretches across the country in Hawaii, California, Georgia, and more. • TripAdvisor also found the cheapest month to visit each beach destination, and the average rate for a hotel room there. The world is full of gorgeous beaches, so it's easy to forget that the US has some spectacular beaches of its own — especially if you don't live along the coast. TripAdvisor's 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards, which...
  • Russian airline bans 400 air stewardesses from prestigious routes after deeming [tr]

    02/22/2017 1:21:06 PM PST · by C19fan · 100 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2017 | Will Stewart
    Russian airline Aeroflot has sparked outrage among its flight crew after banning as many as 400 'old, fat and ugly' stewardesses from prestigious foreign routes. A group of angry cabin staff has written to Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin to complain about their alleged treatment, supposedly part of a 'rebranding' exercise by the country's national carrier. Calling themselves STS - the Russian abbreviation for 'old, fat, ugly' - they say they are being prevented from flying on international routes, and instead given unfashionable domestic flights. One attendant Yevgenia Magurina complained: 'They told us all that only the young and thin will...
  • Orange alligator garnering quizzical looks in Calabash, N.C. [2nd one!]

    02/21/2017 10:41:26 AM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    www.myrtlebeachonline.com ^ | February 21, 2017 7:49 AM | By Todd Garvin
    “Donny” the orange alligator suns near a pond in Calabash, N.C. Nick Andrews ============================================================================================================================= An unusual gator dubbed “Donny” by residents is drawing attention in Calabash, N.C. The alligator is ready for Halloween, as it’s the color of a pumpkin ... a dull orange instead of the usual green color. Nick Andrews of Little River snapped some photos of the unusual reptile while visiting his father-in-law in Calabash Lakes Home Community. Another orange alligator was spotted earlier this month in Hanahan, S.C. Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a USA Today report that...
  • Airlines Forced to Cut Trips to Cuba Because Americans Don’t Want to Go

    02/21/2017 8:52:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 20, 2017 | Frances Martel
    President Barack Obama’s concessions to Cuba opened the way for U.S. airlines to do business with the communist dictatorship. After announcing frequent flights to the island over a year ago, however, many major airlines have found the demand they expected from U.S. tourists simply is not there.
  • Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite

    02/20/2017 10:00:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 12:52 AM EST | Gerry Shih
    A prefecture in China’s far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking systems as part of stepped-up measures against violent attacks. Traffic police in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture announced the regulation on Sunday, shortly after thousands of heavily armed police paraded in the Xinjiang capital and ruling Communist Party officials vowed to ramp up their campaign against separatists and Islamic militants. The vehicle-tracking program in Bayingolin will utilize China’s homegrown Beidou satellite system, launched in recent years to reduce China’s reliance on U.S.-based GPS providers for sensitive applications. Authorities said they will also track cars using...
  • The dazzling firefall of Yosemite has returned

    02/19/2017 1:41:16 AM PST · by Daffynition · 43 replies
    MNN ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Michael d'Estries
    While winter in Yosemite National Park offers a spectacular opportunity to witness the national park's unparalleled beauty, there's one phenomenon in particular worth planning a trip around. During the last two weeks of February, the angle of the setting sun transforms the 2,130-foot Horsetail Falls into what many have nicknamed "The Yosemite Firefall." The effect is so convincing that it almost appears as if lava is pouring out of the granite cliffside. For photographers, this spectacle is not to be missed, with many snatching up the best spots to catch the phenomenon as early as 5 a.m. each morning.
  • On My way to Somewhere Else

    02/18/2017 4:42:23 PM PST · by publius911 · 12 replies
    Inside Costa Rica, WSJ ^ | 2/18/2017 | Publius911
    On My Way to Somewhere Else Can't remember what , but looking something up on line earlier today I came cross this article : Costa Rica Street addresses I have been to Costa Rica many times now, having relatives there who are long time residents. My first trip was around 1999, to the Capital, San Jose, a city of population 335,000, in 2016. Remarkably there was not a single street sign or house or business address in the entire city (that I know of.) As can be imagined, this creates a "Twilight Zone" experience for first time visitors. The link...
  • Travels in Siberia"

    02/18/2017 7:57:01 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 30 jan 2017 | Ian Frazier
    I suggest reading " Conan the Librarian I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you! A comfortable homage to Mother Russia. A Siberian travelogue. A collection interesting fragments of Russian history. Years ago, when reading "The Castle" by Kafka, I realized I do not like the protagonist (K), and will spend no more time with him. In this book 99% of the characters are quite likeable, and fun to be with. I learned of the tragedy of the Decembrist friends, Officers Novosiltsov and Chernov duel. "Each man fired to kill;each mortally wounded the other. Afterward, from their deathbeds, each man sent a...
  • Agents confiscate 13 pounds of horse genitals at airport

    02/17/2017 8:59:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    WEAR-TV3 Pensacola ^ | Thursday, February 16th 2017 | Staff
    STERLING, Va — Authorities at a Virginia airport encountered some unusual baggage when they confiscated 13 pounds of horse genitals and a total of 42 pounds of horsemeat from two women arriving from Mongolia Jan. 29. The two women landed at the Washington Dulles International Airport last month when authorities discovered the meat concealed inside juice boxes, a release from US Customs and Border Protection said. When the women landed, the release said the women were forwarded for a routine agriculture examination. During the examination, agriculture specialists found a combined 42 pounds of meat described as "horsemeat and other ruminant...
  • WestJet pilot orders pizza for rerouted Air Canada passengers in Fredericton

    02/17/2017 4:12:44 AM PST · by Don W · 16 replies
    Victoria Times-Colonist ^ | February 15, 2017 | Canadian Press
    Air Canada is apologizing to passengers who found themselves rerouted late at night to Fredericton with nothing to eat - that is, until a WestJet pilot stepped in to buy them pizza, one of which is shown in a handout photo from passenger John Samms.The passengers were on a flight from Toronto to St. John's, N.L. on Feb. 8 when bad weather forced the plane to be rerouted to New Brunswick - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/westjet-pilot-orders-pizza-for-rerouted-air-canada-passengers-in-fredericton-1.9951230#sthash.DvPwbdH4.dpuf
  • Cruise line makes tipping compulsory - unless passengers fill in a form to opt out

    02/16/2017 2:22:08 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 58 replies
    Yahoo/The Independent ^ | 02/16/2017 | Simon Calder
    One of the world’s biggest cruise lines has adopted a bizarre strategy over tips for the crew: making a “service charge” appear as a compulsory levy, yet allowing passengers to opt out if they ask. Norwegian Cruise Line automatically adds a service charge of US$13.95 (£11.25) per person per day for each passenger in one of its smaller cabins; the service charge is higher for more luxurious cabins. On the eight-day voyage to the fjords of Norway departing from Southampton on 14 May, this adds £90 per person — pushing the £1,109 price up by 8 per cent. If the...
  • Anchored: Will Philly be stuck with the SS United States forever?

    02/16/2017 7:36:47 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    Cruising the Past ^ | 02-15-2017 | Michael L. Grace
    The former American luxury liner was supposed to be docked In Philadelphia for 21 days; it’s been almost 21 years. Is time running out for the famous ocean liner? The SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines. It was designed by American naval architect William Francis Gibbs to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record. Built at a cost of $79.4 million ($733 million in today’s dollars) the ship is the largest ocean liner constructed entirely in the US and the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic in either direction. Even in her...
  • Lindsay Lohan on Working With President Donald Trump On Syria: ‘If You Can’t Beat Him, Join Him’

    02/15/2017 1:10:32 PM PST · by drewh · 7 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 2:29 pm, February 15th, 2017 | by Dana Eisenberg
    Lindsay Lohan did a Facebook Live interview, and she’s got some thoughts on working with President Donald Trump. Specifically, she’s been spending time in Turkey with Syrian refugees, and she says “Turkey is doing a lot, and that’s why I wanted to try and get the word out to Donald Trump to kind of, bring him over there and have him see all the positive things that they’re doing and how America can help as well.” When asked if she’d sit down with the President to talk about ways he can help, she said “Yeah, just broaden his ideas of...
  • American Airlines jet strikes deer during takeoff, forcing emergency landing

    02/15/2017 12:26:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 2/15/2017 | Eline de Bruijn
    An American Airlines jet made an emergency landing Wednesday after hitting a deer a leaking fuel onto a runway in Charlotte, N.C. The American Eagle plane was flying 44 passengers and four crew members to Gulfport, Miss., at about 12:15 p.m. when the CRJ-700 struck a deer during takeoff, according to a statement from American Airlines. It immediately returned to the airport. Before landing, the crew declared an emergency and flew the plane over personnel on the ground to see if there was any damage, according to the Charlotte Observer. "5320, you are showing you're trailing some kind of vapor...
  • PSA Group says it is exploring acquisition of GM's Opel

    02/14/2017 5:39:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2017 8:11 AM EST
    France’s PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars, says it’s exploring a “potential acquisition” of Opel, the money-losing European business of General Motors Co. […] GM has endured years of losses at Opel, its main brand in Europe. It had hoped to reach break-even by now, but last year posted a loss of $257 million for the year. …
  • Multiple Cars Catch Fire in Mickey and Friends Parking Structure at Disneyland; Lot Evacuated

    02/13/2017 9:09:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    KTLA ^ | 07:05PM, February 13, 2017 | Erika Martin
    Initial damage was estimated to be around $180,000, authorities said Seven people were treated for signs of excessive smoke inhalation and four were transported to a nearby hospital, firefighters said. The lot was evacuated, with park-goers being unable to return to their vehicles until just before 7 p.m. Videos from the scene show thick black smoke billowing from the structure. It was not immediately clear what led to the fire, but authorities did not suspect foul play.
  • Disney increasing park ticket prices, spokeswoman says

    02/12/2017 5:34:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    News 6 Orlando ^ | February 11, 2017 | Staff
    Walt Disney World is increasing single-day tickets at certain times of the year and setting expiration dates on tickets in hopes of preventing overcrowding during its parks' busiest times. Company officials said Saturday that single-day ticket prices are either staying the same, or are increasing no more than $5 under the new price structure for its Florida theme parks.
  • WOMAN FINDS WHY DRINKING YOUR OWN ALCOHOL ON A PLANE IS A BAD IDEA

    02/11/2017 10:36:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    VINEPAIR ^ | Nick Hines
    It’s not uncommon to feel the urge for an airport drink that can help manage your flying anxieties (or boredom). That’s why there are so many airport bars in the country’s busiest airports. But be aware: If you try to bring your own form of liquid relief onto a plane in the form of a nip (or mini) bottle of liquor, you’re going to have a bad time. That’s what Lucy Yallop found on her flight from Newcastle, England, to Alicante, Spain. She tried to spike her orange juice with a mini of Absolut Vodka she’d brought onto the flight,...
  • VIDEO: Highway 35 in Los Gatos Shut Down, Roadway Gone

    02/11/2017 2:00:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    KRON ^ | February 10, 2017, | Aaron Pero
    Highway 35 in Los Gatos is shut down, a portion of the roadway at Las Cumbres Road is gone. Highway 35 has been completely washed away near mile marker 10.47 in Santa Cruz County, according to the California Highway Patrol. The ground gave-way Friday. The CHP sent this tweet out Friday afternoon:
  • Woman Visited Every Country on Earth in Nearly 19 Months Time Span

    02/11/2017 11:32:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    KFOR ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2017 | KATRINA BUTCHER
    Her eyes teared up as a North Korean soldier gripped her hand in the hardest handshake she’d ever felt. “We’re going to destroy you, America,” he said. Over the past year and a half, American traveler Cassie DePecol has visited every country in the world, and the greetings she received weren’t always gracious. She had set out to promote peace in her own small way, by meeting people from every country in the world — and she did so at a record pace. Traveling to all the world’s 196 sovereign nations in 18 months and 26 days, De Pecol made...
  • 5 Wicked Dragon Statues In Christendom

    02/09/2017 10:44:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Travelers Today ^ | Feb 07, 2017
    Dragons are very common mythical creatures in almost every part of the world, but no other civilizations paid closer attention to them than East Asia and Western Christendom. While these serpentine creatures are worshiped in Oriental countries, dragons in Christendom are feared to a point of revulsion. In fact, a popular Christian myth that perpetuated the fear of dragons is found in the narratives of the early pre-Catholic era. The 3rd Century AD Roman martyr named St. George was believed to have slain a dragon who feeds on sheep and virgin women during his adventures in Libya. This legend also...
  • Survivor: Game Changers — Mamanuca Islands

    02/09/2017 2:41:00 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | February 9, 2017
    Survivor: Game Changers — Mamanuca Islands is the 34th season of Survivor (for those unfamiliar with the show, there are two seasons each year). It begins Wednesday, March 8, 2017 on CBS at 8/7c with a special two hour episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article There will be twenty returning players divided into two tribes of ten players each. The "Game Changers" theme as with some past themes, is of course utterly contrived. Apparently the original plan called for three teams consisting of (1) winners, (2) those who made the jury, and (3) those who were booted prior...
  • Michelle Obama Refuses to Leave Kids (or Us) Alone

    02/09/2017 1:30:19 PM PST · by drewh · 43 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | feb 9 2017 10:27 am | Matt Philbin
    Just when you thought you’d escaped the world’s most overexposed and sycophantically fawned-over woman, here she comes again. All will love her sculpted arms, and despair. Yes, Michelle Obama, former fat-shamer in chief, she of the wasted vegetables and inedible school lunches, just won’t leave kids alone. She’s going to be on Masterchef, Jr. hosted by culinary psychopath Gordon Ramsay and joined by the likes of Martha Stewart. You gotta feel for the kids. If Masterchef Jr. is anything like other kid cooking competition shows, they’re already disturbingly maladjusted. Ramsey screams at people for a living, Martha Stewart ran a...
  • Police Strike Leaves 90 Dead Brazilian City in Chaos

    02/09/2017 10:16:28 AM PST · by fella · 21 replies
    RIO DE JANEIRO — At least 90 people are reported dead in a wave of violence in the Brazilian city of Vitoria after the police force there went on strike. The number of registered murders had risen to 90 since military police stopped patrols on Saturday, Globo reported, citing figures received from a police union. The mood in the southeastern state of Espirito Santo remained tense Wednesday as armed forces continued patrolling the streets for the fifth straight day
  • Just Listed: Extremely Rare 1980 Ford McLaren Mustang M-81

    02/08/2017 7:32:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/7 | Conner Golden
    Let's get this out of the way, right up front this period correct, widebody, musclebound Mustang takes just a tick under ten seconds to reach 60 mph. Don't worry, we have the feeling once you read up on this uber-rare Mustang, you'll still want it as badly as we do. If you've got some cash lying about, you can even buy it for yourself, courtesy of our friends at Bring a Trailer. On behest of Ford, McLaren Engines from Michigan developed the swollen 1980 Ford McLaren Mustang M-81 with full-blown production plans set for a 249 unit run. In some...
  • Uber Taps Former NASA Engineer to Boost Flying Car Initiative

    02/08/2017 1:14:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/8 | Brendan Weber
    Mark Moore's expertise is being tapped to address concerns like noise pollution, battery life, safety and air trafficJust four months after officially joining the flying car revolution, Uber has added a big name to orchestrate its innovative plans. Mark Moore, a 30-year veteran of NASA, is ditching the government agency to take on Uber's director of engineering for aviation gig, according to the ride-hailing company. Moore's primary role is to enhance the San Francisco company's flying car strategy coined Uber Elevate, a program originally outlined in a 98-page white paper released in October. The enticing and futuristic proposal would work...
  • Incredible Photos Emerge of Former President Barack Obama Wrestling w/Pal Richard Branson (!)

    02/07/2017 5:04:43 PM PST · by drewh · 56 replies
    UK Sun ^ | 7th February 2017, 1:32 pm | Corey Charkton
    THESE incredible photos show former US President Barack Obama as you’ve never seen him before – wrestling with billionaire pal Richard Branson and learning to kite surf. Obama, photographed while on holiday on Branson’s luxurious Necker Island, took up the sport after being succeeded by President Donald Trump last month. Former president Barack Obama pictured learning to kite surf while staying with pal Richard Branson PA:PRESS ASSOCIATION 14 Former president Barack Obama pictured learning to kite surf while staying with pal Richard Branson He had a competition with Branson to see if he could learn the sport quicker than Branson...
  • A usable Minneapolis events calendar?

    02/07/2017 12:44:03 PM PST · by polymuser · 12 replies
    myself | 2/7/17 | polymuser
    Anybody know a decent Minneapolis events calendar?
  • Congresswoman Wants To Bring Giant Pandas To NYC By 2020

    02/07/2017 2:31:39 AM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    CBS New York ^ | February 6, 2017
    Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is stepping up efforts to bring a pair of giant pandas to New York City. Currently only zoos in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., San Diego and Memphis have pandas in the U.S. For years, Maloney has been lobbying to bring the pandas from a preserve in China to the Big Apple, saying the animals will be a boost to tourism and strengthen the city’s ties with the Asian nation.
  • Would you stay in a hotel w/a stranger? Marriott set to introduce communal rooms for up to 16

    02/06/2017 5:41:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 6, 2017 | James Gordon
    If you believe that 'strangers are simply friends you haven't met yet', you could be making a lot more if you stay at some Marriott hotels in the near future. The largest hotel chain in the world is planning to make communal rooms in some of its hotels that will be shared by between six and 16 guests. The idea, which is still in the design stage, would be rolled out in 23 Element hotels which is the chain's eco-conscious, extended stay brand....
  • Moving from NH to San Antonio area - looking for info

    02/05/2017 1:41:02 PM PST · by ellipsis · 47 replies
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    Relocating for work to Texas from southern NH - looking for FReeper advice/input - been lurking out here for 19 or so years - best community to ask a question of. I know there'll be some snark, but anyway..
  • REAGAN CAMPAIGN MAKES LAST-MINUTE STOP IN MONDALE'S TURF

    02/04/2017 8:24:24 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5 November 1984 | Francis X. Clines
    ROCHESTER, Minn., Nov. 4— With the glee of brigands, the Reagan campaign touched down in its rival's home state this morning so President Reagan might personally seek to sway some final, resistant votes from Walter F. Mondale. A day after they disowned any intent to ''rub in'' their lead in the polls by visiting the Democratic nominee's home turf, Reagan strategists did precisely that. Without the usual advance preparation, they hurried the President into a rural airport as recorded music played and travelers gawked at Air Force One. Some thought Mr. Reagan was using the sudden foray to embarrass Mr....
  • Man shot during argument over bright headlights

    02/03/2017 11:18:37 PM PST · by Daffynition · 38 replies
    ABC13 ^ | , January 31, 2017 | staff reporter
    SPRING LAKE, NC -- A North Carolina sheriff's office says a man was shot during an argument over bright car headlights. Investigators said the victim was headed down a North Carolina highway on Saturday evening when he met an oncoming vehicle with its bright lights on. The victim flashed his lights in an attempt to get the oncoming driver to dim the bright lights.
  • commuter’s Dream: Entrepreneurs Race to Develop Flying Car

    02/02/2017 1:24:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Even before George Jetson entranced kids with his cartoon flying car, people dreamed of soaring above traffic congestion. Inventors and entrepreneurs have long tried and failed to make the dream a reality, but that may be changing. Nearly a dozen companies around the globe, including some with deep pockets such as European aircraft maker Airbus, are competing to be the first to develop a new kind of aircraft that will enable commuters to glide above crowded roadways. A few of the aircraft under development are cars with wings that unfold for flight, but most aren’t cars at all. Typically they...
  • Already Vilified By Fans of 31 NFL teams, Tom Brady Now Target Of Anti-Trump Efforts

    02/02/2017 11:09:24 AM PST · by drewh · 52 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2.1.17 ast | Tommy Chalk
    What’s a Super Bowl without controversy? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are in Houston for their record-setting ninth appearance in Sunday’s NFL championship game, but the biggest questions the future Hall-of-Famer faces this week have nothing to do with the Atlanta Falcons secondary, his receiving corps or coach Bill Belichick’s game plan. Instead, football’s best player has become the focus of a political debate between those, including many in the sports world, who insist the quarterback must explain — or even “disavow” — his friendship with President Trump, and others who contend Brady is as entitled to a...
  • Astronaut MRIs Show How Spaceflight Alters Brain Shape

    02/02/2017 9:09:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 2 February 2017, 8:07 am EST | By Katrina Pascual
    and her colleagues scanned and examined 12 astronauts who were shuttle crew members for two weeks, as well as 14 others who spent six months on board the International Space Station. Comparing the scans, they found out that the volume of gray matter either increased or decreased, with the change depending on the length of time spent out in space. ... The team also detected increased volumes of gray matter in brain regions controlling leg movement as well as process movement information in the legs. This aspect may echo brain changes that related to learning about and adapting to microgravity....
  • Body camera shows 'thieving idiot' deputy stealing money, Volusia County[FL] sheriff says

    02/01/2017 11:39:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.sun-sentinel.com ^ | 1/30/2017 | Staff
    A central Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after body camera video apparently showed him taking money from a man's wallet while arresting him on suspicion of DUI. John Braman stepped down Monday after body cam video of the Aug. 1 incident clearly showed the deputy going through what appears to be a wallet and tossing something out. The wallet is put in an evidence pouch and a $100 bill is visible nearby. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood says they've had several complaints recently about Braman stealing money from the wallets of people he arrested. Chitwood calls Braman a "thieving idiot."
  • [October 2016] South Florida's plan for traffic: 'We're going to make them suffer'

    02/01/2017 8:28:57 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 36 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | October 28, 2016 | Susannah Bryan, Emily Miller
    Faced with ever-increasing traffic jams, South Florida's public officials have come up with a plan: Make it worse. Instead of fixing the problem, government officials are deliberately adding to it in hopes we'll all walk, ride the bus or take the train. "Until you make it so painful that people want to come out of their cars, they're not going to come out of their cars," Anne Castro, chair of the Broward County Planning Council, said during a meeting last year. "We're going to make them suffer first, and then we're going to figure out ways to move them after...
  • Malia Obama At Pipeline Event: Do Former 'First Kids' Normally Attend Protests?

    01/31/2017 1:19:42 PM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | jan 31 2017 ast | Colby Bermel
    Less than a week after the inauguration of President Trump, an Obama has already spoken out against one of his policies. No, not the 44th president, who left the White House last Friday. In fact, it was Barack Obama’s eldest daughter, 18-year-old Malia, who attended an event at the Sundance Film Festival this week to express solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – the Native American group that for months has protested the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The news was revealed by “Divergent” actress Shailene Woodley, herself a vocal activist against the oil route, in an interview with Democracy...
  • Repairs uncover cocaine worth $434K in airplane's nose gear

    01/31/2017 12:04:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/31/17 | AP
    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say 31 pounds of cocaine that was accidentally discovered stashed in the nose of an American Airlines aircraft in Tulsa is worth around $434,000. Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Justin Green says the plane arrived in Miami from Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday. It was flagged for maintenance and sent later that day to Tulsa International Airport, where American Airlines has a maintenance base.
  • Hummingbird Nest Halts Upgrades On Richmond-San Rafael Bridge [Bay Area, CA]

    01/31/2017 7:58:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2017 7:54 PM | Phil Matier
    A little bird could become a big hold up for important upgrades on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. A path on the upper deck will enable bike riders to get across in both directions and a third traffic lane on the lower deck will ease congestion for drivers heading eastbound. The backhoes are waiting — the safety barriers are lined to go up — but thanks to a little winged friend, work on a key part of the $70 million Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Bridge re-do has been put on hold. Randy Rentschler, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said, “In this particular case...
  • C&O 614 Erie Limited, Spring 1997

    01/28/2017 9:07:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    yankinga ^ | Published on Mar 29, 2014 | yankinga
    Ross Rowland's C&O 614 on her second series of "Erie Limited" trips for NJ Transit in the Spring of 1997, Hoboken to Port Jervis round trips.
  • Will closing Bourbon Street doors at 3 a.m. curb crime?

    01/27/2017 5:20:21 PM PST · by BBell · 23 replies
    For decades, bars along Bourbon Street have had an open-door policy, enticing anyone over 21 to walk in at all hours with drink specials, blaring music and neon lights. Come in, order a drink and carry it back out to the street, if you like. City and state officials want to put an end to this easy access, and they are proposing the bars close their doors at 3 a.m. -- but remain open for business -- in an effort to curb violence that has stained the city's image. "I don't see what the point is in it," said Earl...
  • Malia Obama Spotted at Sundance Film Festival With Security (now protesting on our nickel!)

    01/27/2017 1:00:33 PM PST · by drewh · 33 replies
    US Weekly ^ | jan 25 2016 | Evabn Real
    ut of the White House and off to ski country! Malia Obama was spotted at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Monday, January 23, an eyewitness tells Us Weekly. “Malia was with a friend shopping at the Sundance Film Festival store,” the onlooker tells Us. “There was one Secret Service guy with her. She bought a Sundance sweatshirt!” According to The Wrap, the 18-year-old — who is taking a gap year before attending her parents’ alma mater, Harvard University, and reportedly accepted an internship with the Weinstein Company — also attended a screening of the movie Beach Rats...
  • Making New York’s Airports Great Again

    01/27/2017 6:40:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    City Journal ^ | January 27, 2017 | John Tierney
    For once, Donald Trump was guilty of understatement. “Our airports are like from a Third World country,” he complained during the first presidential debate, describing the experience of landing in New York. He was echoing a common complaint—Vice President Joseph Biden had previously used “Third World” to describe La Guardia—but Trump wasn’t adequately diagnosing the problem. Comparing New York’s airports with the Third World’s is unfair to the Third World.
  • Why Is Malia Obama Opting Out of Parents' Posh Caribbean Vacation? (and making us pay for it)

    01/26/2017 4:00:35 PM PST · by drewh · 71 replies
    Bravo.com ^ | january 26, 2017 • 12:10 PM ET | Alesandra Dubin
    Typical teenager Everyone is entitled to his or her own vacation preference: Come wintertime, some are more Aspen types, while others bail for Bora Bora. Barack and Michelle Obama appear to fit into the second category, ditching Palm Springs after a rained-out weekend and making for Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the Caribbean by private jet. Not too shabby for folks in search of some R&R and warm sunshine. Daughter Malia Obama, however, opted out of a family vacation. (Teens are known to want to do that, but in this case, her parents’ plans did seem uncommonly tempting.) Instead, the...
  • 18 Year Old Malia Obama: Screw Work...I'm At Sundance to Party! (on your secret service dime)

    01/25/2017 3:29:21 PM PST · by drewh · 52 replies
    TMZ ^ | 1/25/2017 2:33 PM PST | Harvey 'Im a Laywer' Levin
    Malia Obama won't be making coffee runs for her internship at the Weinstein Company, and she's not at Sundance to schmooze with the boss ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to the film company tell us Malia's paid internship hasn't started yet, and her visit to the film fest in Park City this week is on her own time. Kinda like she's doing her homework before an exam, plus she's a huge film buff. We're told Malia's stint with Weinstein begins in February, but it's still unclear what her day-to-day duties will be -- interns get involved in everything from...
  • Breathtaking Drone Flight: Sunset Over Hong Kong

    01/25/2017 12:21:48 PM PST · by Trumpnation · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/25/17 | JR
    Breathtaking footage of Hong Kong as sunset approaches. Shot on 1-24-17. This technology just blows me away.
  • Dubai airport says still top for international traffic

    01/24/2017 6:15:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | January 24, 2017 | Staff
    Dubai International cemented its title as the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2016, with a 7.2 percent increase in traveller numbers to 83.6 million, its operator said Tuesday. Dubai Airports said "near record numbers" in December had pushed annual traffic at the Gulf hub to 83,654,250 passengers, compared with 78,014,838 in 2015.
  • Diner hospitalised after head chef throws bowl of hot chilli powder in his eyes

    01/23/2017 8:19:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 23 January 2017 • 1:59pm | Leon Watson
    It is the question that annoyed Marco Pierre White so much he banned it from his restaurants – a hovering waiter asking, "are enjoying your meal, sir?" And, after what happened at south Wales curry house, it is easy to see why. When David Evans, from south Wales, and his wife Michelle gave an honest opinion to that polite enquiry they had no idea what was to come next. "Tough and rubbery," they said. The next thing Mr Evans knew was a raging head chef had stormed out of his kitchen and thrown chilli powder in his eyes, leaving the...