North America

NYC's 9/11 Memorial

Visiting Manhattan, I had always relegated my trips to uptown, never to the Battery Park area, Wall Street area or... the World Trade Center. Of course, coming into the city from the south, I’d seen ...

El Cajon robbery suspect captured in North Carolina

Man accused of 2010 armed robbery

A fugitive wanted in connection with an armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in El Cajon was apprehended in North Carolina last week (March 13) by U.S. Marshals. Twenty-six-year-old Conner Douglas Burns is ...

Manchester rumored to drop Austin hotel

Experts say market saturated, move would be wise

The rumor is hot that Doug Manchester is not going ahead with his 1035-room, $350-million hotel in Austin, Texas. I could not get confirmation from Manchester or the owner of the property. The groundbreaking has ...

Discovering San Francisco's City Hall

One of SF's less-touristed treasures.

There are the usual San Francisco tourism sites: the Golden Gate, Lombard Street, Chinatown, etc. There are my favorites: the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Museum of Modern Art and de Young Museum. And ...

Photo-friendly D.C.: springtime and cherry blossoms

Spring's the best time to see the nation's capitol.

“Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'” ~ Robin Williams Spring is the best time to be in the nation’s capitol. It's perhaps the only time where everybody uniformly agrees on one thing – ...

Florida nuclear power plant in San Onofre's footsteps?

Damage to generator caused concern — not enough for shutdown

As the decommissioning process continues at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a scenario similar to the one that led to the power plant’s demise is unfolding about halfway between Orlando and Miami. In 2007, ...

Winter skiing's finally on in the Eastern Sierras

The Pineapple Express has been dumping snow the past two weeks.

Just when SoCal skiers and snowboarders thought winter would never come, the Pineapple Express has opened up and is dumping tons of snow on Mammoth and June Mountain. The weather phenomenon picks up moisture-laden air ...

Bailing out the last frontier

There’s been a lot of talk about the northern part of California breaking away from its nether regions to form one or more new states. Last September, before a standing-room-only crowd of 40, Modoc County ...

New York water in Coronado pizza

Village Pizzeria ships in New York water for pies made in Coronado

“It’s a huge expense financially and environmentally it’s a disaster, but nine out of 10 people prefer it,” says David Spatafore, owner of two Village Pizzerias in Coronado. The “it” he is referring to, is ...

O’ahu on a plate

A foodie list for this popular Hawaiian island.

A culinary expedition: journalist resolves to achieve edible incapacitation in the Aloha state. Let us resolve to gain weight this new year! Known as the melting pot of the Pacific, Hawaii is home to hundreds ...

What's the delay at Manchester's Austin hotel?

Papa Doug's son says financing still not nailed down

Texas media are wondering what's holding up the beginning of Papa Doug Manchester's 1035-room hotel in downtown Austin, to be named the Fairmont. A headline in the Austin Business Journal this week asked, "Hotels abound ...

Hipster Tucson

Is the Arizona college town getting hipper?

Tucson’s becoming a hipster destination? Get out of town! Recently, Tucson was named one of the top up-and-coming "hipster" cities in the U.S. Someone must have stumbled out too deep into the desert and started ...

A roadside find: American Pickers in Iowa

Antiques shop made famous by the History Channel.

Driving from the upper Midwest through Illinois, immediately across the state line is the historic town of LeClaire, IA. We quickly pulled off the I-80 exit, but not to visit the quaint old buildings in ...

Canada issues travel warning for Mexico

"Exercise extreme caution" when traveling in Baja California

Canada has joined the United States in warning its citizens of the potential dangers they may face when visiting Mexico, with specific reference to Baja California. In an advisory posted on the home page of ...

Adam Sandler occupies Manchester’s Austin hotel site

Movie crew reportedly bivouacking on location of La Jolla real estate mogul’s stalled Texas hotel project

This was supposed to be the month that Douglas Manchester finally broke ground on his latest mega-money development, the $350 million Fairmont in Austin, Texas, according to an announcement back in October of last year ...

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