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How the choice of brick almost toppled a hotel

A hotel developer’s choice of brick became an unlikely stumbling block for a proposed Hampton Inn along Des Moines’ downtown riverfront – and almost killed the deal, the Des Moines Register reported Monday. But ultimately, the city manager sided with Iowa City developer Ravi Patel of Hawkeye Hotels and OK’d the thinner, less expensive bricks […]

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Goodbye potato chips; Hotel mini-bars turn exotic and even healthy

The hotel mini-bar is getting an upgrade as hotels seek to make more money from midnight-snacking hotel guests or better reflect the tastes of their clientele. For many, that means offering a fat-free or exotic menu of treats such as coconut water, muscle milk and Parmesan herb chips. “They’re using their mini-bars as an extension […]

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In Transit Blog: Flamenco Festival Takes London

Tomoaki MinodaAntonio Gades Company performing Fuenteovejuna. London Feet will be stamped, guitars strummed and cries of love sung as the Flamenco Festival returns to Sadler’s Wells on Tuesday through  Feb. 19. Now one of the city’s most popular festivals, it features the guitarist Vicente Amigo, the soulful singer José Mercé, and dancers as varied as […]

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Research and Markets Adds Report: UK Travel Insurance 2011 [Professional Services Close – Up]

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “UK Travel Insurance 2011” report to its offerings. In a release, Research and Markets noted that report highlights include: The report includes a discussion of the performance of the major travel insurance competitors, providing data on GWP and market share. It puts this data into context […]

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Robert A. Citron, pioneer aerospace engineer who envisioned space travel, dies …

During an extraordinarily varied career, Mr. Citron founded an adventure travel agency, built satellite tracking stations, produced National Geographic documentaries and monitored natural phenomena such as insect invasions and falling meteorites. He even organized a 20-member expedition to watch the Russian space station Mir reenter the Earth’s atmosphere. “Bob had an intense passion for opening […]

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Fort Lauderdale airport Hilton to be razed

The 388-room Hilton hotel near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is set to be demolished to make room for a new runway, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Broward County says it needs to shut down and demolish the eight-story hotel and a marina business to build the runway – whether landowners like it or not. TWITTER:  Follow […]

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Report: Air marshals face discrimination on the job

Charles Edwards, the acting inspector general for Homeland Security, surveyed the workforce that protects planes against terrorists as part of an investigation after a January 2010 report by CNN that alleged misconduct, discrimination and retaliation in the Orlando office. In his 117-page report released Wednesday, Edwards made 12 recommendations, including: •Encouraging workers to report incidents […]

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Journeys: 100 Miles From Los Angeles, True Solitude on Santa Rosa Island

We were all by ourselves, except for a few dozen elephant seals. A misstep might have gotten us mauled by these surprisingly speedy beasts (males can weigh up to 5,000 pounds). Especially frightening was a Jabba the Hutt-size male, who twisted his monstrous frame with surprising agility, looked at us with bottomless black eyes and […]

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Patch Picks: 5 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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CEO: Disney Cruise Line bookings down, too

Entertainment giant Disney is the latest cruise ship operator to note a drop in cruise bookings in the wake of the Costa Concordia accident. Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo and Julia Boorstin on Tuesday that the company saw a slowdown in calls to its reservation centers after the Jan. 13 event. “Overall, […]

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