December 9, 1990
Oh stop it, America! Dissatisfied airline passengers want to enact a new law, the Airline Passenger Defense Act ("Politicians Leading the Charge to Help Those Frustrated Frequent Fliers," Nov. 18.), that will subject airlines to numerous rules and regulations with regard to cancellations, departure delays, late arrivals, lost baggage and would establish an Office of Airline Passenger Advocacy with the U.S. Department of Transportation? Please! I've got a better idea. If you don't like the service, don't fly with them.
October 4, 2009 |
Orbitz changes fee policy Orbitz has dropped its $25 fees for changes and cancellations on hotel bookings. But if you are changing or canceling a hotel reservation, take note of nonrefundable rates or fees that the actual hotel still might charge. Since June, Orbitz has also dropped airline-booking fees and hotel-booking fees. The only fees Orbitz still charges are cruise bookings cancellations (up to $75) and flight cancellations ($30). It's worth noting that Expedia dropped nearly all its fees for changes and cancellations for hotels, cruises, cars and many vacation packages on May 27. -- Jen Leo Pumpkin patch Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin ice cream and chicken-pumpkin sausages are all on the menu Oct. 17 and 18 for the 39th annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.
September 3, 2008 |
I used to be happy that our daughter went to college in New York, because we live in Los Angeles, which meant four years without so much as a single connecting flight. I used to be happy because airlines were fighting for my business and I could pretty much find a flight at any time of day. In the wake of jet-fuel price spikes and route cancellations this fall, I have had to alter my approach. We may go back East for Thanksgiving instead of bringing our daughter home, simply because we can leave a day early or come home a day late, while she is bound, like hundreds of thousands of undergraduates, by a class schedule that forces her to fly on the busiest days of the year.
October 2, 1987 |
At the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, the Tony Orlando & Dawn exhibit got to rocking and rolling so hard that one of the figures fell over and fractured into five pieces. At nearby Knott's Berry Farm, about $5,000 worth of jellies and jams were ruined when rows of jars jiggled off gift store shelves. And at the Disneyland Hotel, 10 guests checked out early, deciding they would rather see tomorrow than "Tomorrowland."
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April 27, 2004 |
The discovery of a pair of World War II-era bomb casings by a Playa Vista construction crew Monday caused the cancellation of classes and partial evacuation of Loyola Marymount University. About 1,600 people were cleared from the campus after workers unearthed two, 9-foot-long pointed cylinders while clearing dirt near the intersection of Jefferson and Lincoln boulevards. The rusty, brown casings were found about 8 a.m.
January 18, 1996 |
Despite a commitment to increase the number of hours of educational programming for children, CBS has abruptly halted production on its award-winning "Schoolbreak Specials" for this season. The 13-year-old weekday afternoon series--which produces hourlong dramas for teenagers on topics ranging from teen pregnancy to hate crimes--is unlikely to return next year.
May 3, 1996 |
When Phil Donahue's ratings began to decline 18 months ago, the company that syndicates his talk show called in a prominent TV consulting firm for advice on how to boost viewership. "We hired them to 'help save Phil,' " Donahue recalled, the indignity of the experience playing across his face. The consultants' recommendation? Don't do political shows. "They were right in terms of ratings," Donahue said.
December 6, 1995 |
It's considered impolite to kick someone who appears to be down. Yet no one merits kicking more than the host of shrill, obnoxious "Carnie," whose ratings--despite being best among new daytime talk shows this season--still may not ensure its survival, so high are audience demands and fiscal stakes in this arena. The show's distributor says its fate is still undecided. Yet word from "industry sources," reports Broadcasting & Cable magazine, is that "Carnie" will be yanked by Warner Bros.
January 19, 1996 |
Phil Donahue may have been the victim of his own success. Donahue, 60, who announced Tuesday that he will end his 28-year-old weekday series at the end of this season, virtually created the genre of topical talk shows and was its most popular practitioner for many years. But in the increasingly crowded, sensationalized field that has evolved, some observers said, his more serious side made him seem like a PBS intellectual by comparison.
May 2, 1992 |
For weeks now, Tony Everfield has been planning a June vacation with his three children to Disneyland. But after watching two nights of rioting across Los Angeles on the television, Everfield was racked Friday by second thoughts. "I don't want my kids involved in seeing the violence," said the Oakland chef. "Los Angeles was a beautiful city. It just looks awful from what I've seen on the news. It will frighten the hell out of you.