August 2, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Even before he has been officially inaugurated, Iran's newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, got a lesson in the power of his words in a region known for hot rhetoric. Rouhani was quoted -- wrongly, he later said, by Iranian media Friday as likening Israel to a “wound” inflicted on the Muslim world that “should be removed.” The alleged comment, made during an annual Quds Day ceremony to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians, drew immediate condemnation from Israeli officials, who said it proved the new Iranian regime is not as moderate as some in the West may hope.
July 2, 2013 |
You just can't out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question "How and when will the world end?" Some contributions were funny. Others simply plausible - a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone National Park is frightfully overdue. But only an environmentalist like Bill McKibben could be a killjoy about the apocalypse itself. The environmental activist and writer declares the question moot. "In a sense, the world as we knew it is already over.
June 21, 2013 |
With summer in California officially under way Thursday, employers in the state's leisure and hospitality industry have beefed up their payrolls ahead of the busy tourism season. That was evidenced Friday, when U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures showed that the leisure and hospitality sector led hiring in California for the month of May. The industry's payrolls in the state grew by 9,000 jobs last month. A boost in hiring by hospitality and travel businesses is a sign that the economy continues to improve, said Ernest Wooden, chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
April 29, 2013 |
The 436-passenger American Queen, a steam-powered paddle wheeler built in 1995 for the now-defunct Delta Steamboat Co., was relaunched last year after a four-year absence. Designed to evoke the Mississippi floating palaces of the late 19th century, it offers a full schedule of trips on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers. If you crave culture, history and old-time entertainment, this may be your boat. Among its many themed itineraries are the nine-day “Age of Steam,” a roll up the river from New Orleans to Memphis, Tenn., focusing on cities and towns that flourished in the golden age of steamboats.
April 25, 2013 |
The W Hotels chain , famous for its coolness factor, is known for targeting tech-savvy, globe-trotting travelers who are plugged into what's new and now. It's hoping that formula works in China, where the chain just opened W Guangzhou , the first W Hotel in mainland China. The new hotel, W's 44th, is part of a rapid Asian expansion for the chain, which has plans to more than double its current footprint of nine hotels to nearly 20...
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April 4, 2013 |
Opponents of UCLA's proposed conference center and 250-room hotel on campus have filed a lawsuit that challenges the project's tax exemptions and contends it would not be financially viable if it had to pay all the federal and local taxes that nearby commercial hotels do. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late Wednesday by the Save Westwood Village organization and others, claims that existing UCLA guest houses and campus visitor centers...