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Report: Bridgepoint and Arizona colluded for GI Bill funds

"How can we help?" wrote an education-policy adviser of the governor

The Phoenix New Times, reporting on an investigation by the Chronicle of Higher Education, says that controversial for-profit education firm known as Bridgepoint Education colluded with officials in Arizona to get GI Bill funds that ...

The Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks

Among the most stunning slices of natural wonder in the world.

“Keep close to nature’s heart….and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~ John Muir The stretch of Canadian Rockies encompassing ...

Falling Doves hold formation after Mexico quake

“We can’t just sit at home on our ass and play it safe."

“Our show at Mexico City’s Imperial House will either be postponed or we may turn it into a benefit,” says Christopher Leyva of Falling Doves, who was about to launch a world tour that included ...

All eyes on Richmond, Virginia

The former Confederate capital is rich in Civil War history and foodie finds.

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a college town, a Federal Reserve site and the location of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. There’s culture, a solid economic base and as it’s located on ...

Eclipse road trip: Weisler, Idaho

Just a hop, skip and 15-hour drive to see the great American eclipse in all its glory.

Rolling up to my destination at 1 a.m., a couple of miles north of Weiser, Idaho, where there were two little side roads I had picked out on Google Maps as being a few hundred ...

San Diego medical marijuana product for Mexico

Government's buy is earmarked for treatment of epileptic children

Since early 2016, the San Diego–based Medical Marijuana Inc., doing business as HempMeds Mexico, has been exporting a version of its cannabidol (CBD) oil across the border. Last week, the company announced its first major ...

Athens, Georgia: sounds great to visit

The state's big college town offers lots in the way of music and Southern culture. And food.

Sure, Athens, Georgia, is home to Georgia's flagship state university and SEC sports teams. But for decades, the little mountain town has been the site of indie musicians, several of whom became stars. The B-52s, ...

Even in Miami, politicians getting smart

Some realize stadium subsidies a scam

Increasingly, the media, politicians, and city leaders around the U.S. are understanding that taxpayer subsidies of pro stadiums are complete scams. Yesterday, the New York Times panned Marlins Park, the Miami stadium that will host ...

Another side of Havana

The number of visitors may have doubled last year — but the time to go is still now.

Late afternoon in Havana: Local schoolboys are playing soccer in the central square of the recently renovated Plaza Vieja. Colorful, historic buildings ring the plaza. A warm tropical breeze wafts through the air and the ...

Eastern Sierra trout can go at it again

Breeders set free in Owens River and Mono basin

After six years of stocking non-breeding trout, next spring the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will begin raising and stocking little breeders in the Owens River and Mono Lake basins. Stopped in 2011, lawsuits ...

Urban exploring in Upper Manhattan

New York City rec's for the off-the-beaten-path traveler.

Ok, so everyone already knows the New York City of Times Square, the World Trade Center (both old and new), Central Park and so on. There's also the boutique shopping in SoHo, an "authentic" dinner ...

Eastern Sierra opening day: no snowstorm, few fish

Hundreds of San Diegans fish Convict, Lundy, Silver, and Crowley Lakes. Mammoth, Tioga Pass iced over.

For the first time in four years, anglers attending Merry Fishmas – opening day of trout season in the Eastern Sierra were not greeted with an early spring snowstorm. But while by the afternoon of ...

Bishop, CA: Eastern Sierras gateway

Boulders, burgers, bristlecones, add a dash of history.

For outdoor adventure, a dash of history, and crisp mountain air, head north to the Eastern Sierras to the small top of Bishop. Nestled between two of the largest mountain ranges in the contiguous United ...

Fort Bragg's Glass Beach

City dump to sea glass wonder on the Northern California coast.

Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, in northern California, is a literal example of the power of nature to transform trash into treasure. In the late afternoon sun with the waves gently lapping on shore, I ...

NFL owners approve Raiders move to Vegas

The league has been tied to gambling since its founding

National Football League owners, meeting in Phoenix today (March 27), approved the Oakland Raiders' move to the gambling haven. The vote was 31-1. The dissenting vote was not announced but it was said to come ...

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