<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:46:53 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Delta Queen closer to cruising after Senate committee vote]]> http://gazette.com/delta-queen-closer-to-cruising-after-senate-committee-vote/article/feed/366981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/delta-queen-closer-to-cruising-after-senate-committee-vote/article/feed/366981?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An effort to get the legendary Delta Queen riverboat back afloat on the Mississippi River and its tributaries got a boost Wednesday when the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee agreed to reinstate an exemption for the 89-year-old vessel.

The Delta Queen is expected to move to the small St. Louis-area town of Kimmswick, Missouri, later this year, and both of Missouri's senators said the 285-foot-long riverboat, immortalized in poems and songs, has the potential to be a big benefit for the region's tourism and economy.

But first, Congress must allow it to cruise the river. The Safety of Life at Sea Act, enacted in 1966, prohibits overnight excursions on wooden vessels. The Delta Queen was given an exemption, but t

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:30:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Los Angeles moves to limit Hollywood Boulevard characters]]> http://gazette.com/los-angeles-moves-to-limit-hollywood-boulevard-characters/article/feed/367067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/los-angeles-moves-to-limit-hollywood-boulevard-characters/article/feed/367067?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has taken a step toward limiting the number of costumed characters who seek tips from tourists on Hollywood Boulevard.

The council voted Wednesday to direct city attorneys to draw up regulations that would require the characters to obtain a permit each day for certain sections of sidewalks.

City News Service reports the Police Department recommends that the number of permits available be limited to 20 a day. Officials have been concerned about aggressive and rude behavior.

The draft regulations will be sent to the council for consideration.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:13:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Indianapolis Children's Museum plans $35M sports zone]]> http://gazette.com/indianapolis-childrens-museum-plans-35m-sports-zone/article/feed/366910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indianapolis-childrens-museum-plans-35m-sports-zone/article/feed/366910?custom_click=rss INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A $35 million project will transform a parking lot at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis into an outdoor activity zone that organizers hope will encourage healthy lifestyles.

Museum officials announced project details Wednesday for the 7.5-acre Riley Children's Health Sports Legend Experience. The exhibit will have spaces for football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey and tennis activities, along with a mini golf course and two pedal car racetracks.

"Our hope from the Sports Legend Experience is that all Hoosiers will gain a better understanding of the importance of health and wellness and to leave inspired to put into practice what they learned during their visit," said Matt Cook, the president o

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:52:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Firms to redevelop buildings in Detroit's Paradise Valley]]> http://gazette.com/firms-to-redevelop-buildings-in-detroits-paradise-valley/article/feed/367068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firms-to-redevelop-buildings-in-detroits-paradise-valley/article/feed/367068?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — A planned redevelopment project will celebrate an area that had once been a hub of black music and culture in Detroit.

More than $50 million is expected to be invested over the next three years in the Paradise Valley Cultural & Entertainment District.

Paradise Valley's night clubs hosted jazz legends, and the district's many black-owned businesses were the center of commerce for the African-American community until many of the shops and homes were demolished beginning in the 1950s in the name of economic development.

The city pushed ahead in recent years with plans to redevelop the area along the eastern edge of downtown.

"The key developers behind this project are longtime Detroiters," Mayor Mike

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:51:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Phoenix considers closing trails after heat-related deaths]]> http://gazette.com/phoenix-considers-closing-trails-after-heat-related-deaths/article/feed/367045?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phoenix-considers-closing-trails-after-heat-related-deaths/article/feed/367045?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — Extreme heat would close Phoenix hiking trails under a city proposal that follows a string of deaths in the desert state.

The City of Parks and Recreation Board on Thursday will discuss closing trails to people if the temperature reaches 110 degrees.

Approval could put the policy into effect by Friday.

The change would also prevent hikers from taking dogs along in the 100-degree heat.

Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Gregg Bach said the policy is an attempt to keep hikers safe while limiting mountain rescues.

Phoenix has 200 miles of trails and dozens of ways to access them.

Officials are discussing ways to enforce the proposed policy and determine consequences for violators.<

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:50:25 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Erdogan says Turkey will overcome terror groups]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-erdogan-says-turkey-will-overcome-terror-groups/article/feed/366745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-erdogan-says-turkey-will-overcome-terror-groups/article/feed/366745?custom_click=rss

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the explosions at Istanbul's Ataturk airport (all times local):

10:55 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will overcome terror groups, including Kurdish rebels and the Islamic State group, which have intensified their attacks.

Speaking at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner Wednesday Erdogan said the terror organizations were trying to impede Turkey's ambitions, including becoming one of the world's 10 strongest economies and building the world's largest airport. He was addressing his staff a day after suspected IS militants attacked Istanbul's busiest airport with gunfire and bombs, killing 42 people and wounding scores of others.

Erdogan said: "Neither the PKK,

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:56:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Attackers kill 42 in scenes of chaos at Istanbul airport]]> http://gazette.com/attackers-kill-42-in-scenes-of-chaos-at-istanbul-airport/article/feed/366727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attackers-kill-42-in-scenes-of-chaos-at-istanbul-airport/article/feed/366727?custom_click=rss

ISTANBUL (AP) — Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 42 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey's crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group.

Scenes of chaos and panic unfolded Tuesday night as gunfire and explosions sent crowds fleeing in all directions.

Airport surveillance video posted on social media appeared to show one explosion, a ball of fire that sent terrified passengers racing for safety. Another appeared to show an attacker, felled by a gunshot from a security officer, blowing himself up seconds later.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:29:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Group sues to force pollution disclosure at Washington dam]]> http://gazette.com/group-sues-to-force-pollution-disclosure-at-washington-dam/article/feed/366994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-sues-to-force-pollution-disclosure-at-washington-dam/article/feed/366994?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — An environmental group sued the federal agency that operates the nation's largest hydropower producer Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state are polluting the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

The nonprofit Columbia Riverkeeper says the Bureau of Reclamation should get a pollution permit and be required to disclose as well as reduce the amount of oil, greases and other pollutants the dam in eastern Washington sends into local waters.

"The dam is similar to a giant factory placed in the river, and the federal government should play by the same rules as other dischargers," said Brett VandenHeuvel, the group's executive director.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:20:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Elevated park opens at WTC site, overlooks 9/11 memorial]]> http://gazette.com/elevated-park-opens-at-wtc-site-overlooks-911-memorial/article/feed/366938?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/elevated-park-opens-at-wtc-site-overlooks-911-memorial/article/feed/366938?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — An elevated park that offers a new view to visitors at the World Trade Center opened Wednesday, built atop a security center that screens vehicles and overlooking the memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.

The one-acre Liberty Park, a $50 million project, is modeled after Manhattan's High Line — the abandoned railroad tracks that were transformed into one of the world's most visited green spaces. The park features the newly planted "Living Wall," a vertical garden.

"It's appropriate to have this place for people to recreate, reflect and have lunch," said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that owns the trade center site.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:50:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Fire ignites as flight heads to runway at Seattle airport]]> http://gazette.com/fire-ignites-as-flight-heads-to-runway-at-seattle-airport/article/feed/366940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-ignites-as-flight-heads-to-runway-at-seattle-airport/article/feed/366940?custom_click=rss SEATTLE (AP) — A fire erupted on an American Airlines plane as it left the gate and headed for the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday, but the blaze was quickly extinguished, officials said.

No one was injured, and none of the 151 passengers or six crew members en route to Philadelphia was evacuated, the airline said.

The Airbus A320 was on the taxiway going toward the runway when smoke started coming out of the back of the plane, airport spokesman Brian DeRoy said. A spark in the auxiliary power unit just below the tail section started a small fire, he said.

The Port of Seattle Fire Department responded and put out the fire. The plane made it back to the gate under its own power, airline spok

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:44:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Tips for staying safe while traveling overseas this summer]]> http://gazette.com/tips-for-staying-safe-while-traveling-overseas-this-summer/article/feed/366937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tips-for-staying-safe-while-traveling-overseas-this-summer/article/feed/366937?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — This week's terrorist attack at Istanbul's main airport may make many travelers jittery as they prepare for an overseas summer getaway. And who can blame them, following attacks in Paris, at the Brussels airport and elsewhere around the world?

Travel experts advise vacationers not to lose sleep over the highly-publicized tragedies and to look at the larger, statistical picture. Be more concerned, they say, with more-common vacation hazards, like failing to put on an extra coat of sunscreen to avoid skin cancer.

"My advice is to stay calm and play the odds," says George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com .

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:38:24 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: American Airlines investigates cause of fire]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-american-airlines-investigates-cause-of-fire/article/feed/366957?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-american-airlines-investigates-cause-of-fire/article/feed/366957?custom_click=rss SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on an airplane catching fire at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

American Airlines says their maintenance team is inspecting an airplane that caught fire as it prepared to take off from the Seattle airport, but there was no immediate word on the cause.

Spokesman Ross Feinstein says flames were reported coming out of the auxiliary power unit in the rear of the aircraft while it was leaving the gate Wednesday.

The Airbus A320 carrying 151 passengers and six crew members was heading to Philadelphia. No one was injured, and none of the passengers was evacuated.

The aircraft taxied back to the gate under its own power. Feinstein says the airline apolog

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:17:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Strike by casino workers looms in crisis-weary Atlantic City]]> http://gazette.com/strike-by-casino-workers-looms-in-crisis-weary-atlantic-city/article/feed/366871?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/strike-by-casino-workers-looms-in-crisis-weary-atlantic-city/article/feed/366871?custom_click=rss

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — It's been a rough two years for Atlantic City.

This seaside gambling resort has seen a third of its casinos vanish; come close to bankruptcy; and lost tens of millions in tax court to casinos that appealed their assessments. The state wants to take over its finances and decision-making power, and voters are set to decide whether to authorize new casinos near New York City, hurting business in Atlantic City.

Now comes a threatened strike against five of the remaining eight casinos, just as the busiest weekend of the year approaches.

"This is my life," Mayor Don Guardian said. "Every day I wake up, there's some new crisis. It's actually a good day when there's only one.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:58:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Scenic Rocky Mountain road to reopen to vehicles]]> http://gazette.com/scenic-rocky-mountain-road-to-reopen-to-vehicles/article/feed/366780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scenic-rocky-mountain-road-to-reopen-to-vehicles/article/feed/366780?custom_click=rss ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — A scenic road that served as the original motor route into Rocky Mountain National Park's alpine tundra is open for the season.

The Old Fall River Road opened Wednesday morning. Park officials say drivers can expect restricted access this summer during high traffic periods.

The 9.4-mile road runs uphill from the Endovalley Picnic Area to Fall River Pass and Trail Ridge Road. It follows the steep slope of Mount Chapin's south face.

Vehicles longer than 25 feet and vehicles pulling trailers are prohibited on the one-way path.

The road will close Oct. 3 and reopen to pedestrians and bikers from Oct. 7 through Nov. 30 before reverting back to trail status.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:39:16 -0600 <![CDATA[German state halts sale of regional airport to Chinese firm]]> http://gazette.com/german-state-halts-sale-of-regional-airport-to-chinese-firm/article/feed/366894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/german-state-halts-sale-of-regional-airport-to-chinese-firm/article/feed/366894?custom_click=rss BERLIN (AP) — Regional officials in Germany say the planned sale of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to a Chinese logistics and construction company has been put on hold.

Volker Wissing, the economy minister of Rhineland-Palatinate state, says the sale is being suspended because "doubts have arisen about the reliability of the purchaser."

Earlier this month officials had said the state wanted to sell its 82.5 percent stake to Shanghai Yiqian Trading Company for a sum described as in the low two-digit millions of euros (dollars).

Wissing said in a statement Wednesday that authorities would seek answers on "open questions" to ensure "certainty about the airport's future."

The former U.S.-military airport is located about 12

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:16:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting June 26, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-june-26-2016/article/1579023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-june-26-2016/article/1579023?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Through July 4 - Greeley, Greeley Stampede, Island Grove Regional Park; greeleystampede.org.

Through July 4 - Beaver Creek, Beaver Creek Rodeo; beavercreek.com.

Through July 20 - Durango, True West Rodeo, Wednesdays, La Plata County Fairgrounds; durango.org.

Through Aug. 17 - Snowmass Village, Snowmass Rodeo, Wednesdays, Snowmass Rodeo Grounds; tinyurl.com/oz5v5uc.

Through Aug. 18 - Carbondale, Wild West Rodeo, Thursdays; carbondalerodeo.com.

Monday-Wednesday - Denver, Colorado

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]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:10:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting June 19, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-june-19-2016/article/1578541?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-june-19-2016/article/1578541?custom_click=rss Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Through Saturday - Granby, Flying Heels Rodeo, Saturdays, Flying Heels Rodeo Arena; visitgrandcounty.com.

Through July 20 - Durango, True West Rodeo, Wednesdays, La Plata County Fairgrounds; durango.org.

Through Aug. 7 - Larkspur, Colorado Renaissance Festival, flash back to the 16th century and journey through a medieval city, Saturdays and Sundays; coloradorenaissance.com.

Through Aug. 17 - Snowmass Village, Snowmass Rodeo, Wednesdays, Snowmass Rodeo Grounds; tinyurl.com/oz5v5uc.

Through Aug. 18 - Carbondale, Wild West

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]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 04:15:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Pikes Peak Cog Railway celebrating 125 years on America's Mountain with blast from past]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-cog-railway-celebrating-125-years-on-americas-mountain-with-blast-from-past/article/1577997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-cog-railway-celebrating-125-years-on-americas-mountain-with-blast-from-past/article/1577997?custom_click=rss

Water flowed from the 119-year-old train, and Mike Doty looked like a proud papa.

Wearing overalls, his hands blackened by grease, Doty stood around his workplace at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway draining the tanks of this classic steam locomotive, a 50,000-pound machine he calls his baby.

Days earlier, the steamer had a practice run on the railway. And Doty, 55, wasn't going to let the water stand in its steel confines any longer.

"Rust is the enemy," he said.

Thanks largely to his care over the years, the steamer is alive and well, and ready for a summer of operation.

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:28:54 -0600
<![CDATA[On trek to Everest, a chance to push boundaries, find peace]]> http://gazette.com/on-trek-to-everest-a-chance-to-push-boundaries-find-peace/article/1578108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-trek-to-everest-a-chance-to-push-boundaries-find-peace/article/1578108?custom_click=rss

EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal - We arrive on a sunny, chilly afternoon, after an eight-day trek that stretched our physical and mental limits.

Aching knees from steep descents and headaches from mild altitude sickness are forgotten as the yellow and orange tents for the summit-bound - framed by some of Himalaya's higher peaks - come into view.

We stay for only about an hour on a hill overlooking the camp, pitched near Everest's Khumbu icefall. We take photos, along with dozens of other amateur trekkers from across the globe, before hiking to the nearest lodge, about three hours away.

We're proud. We reached 17,598 feet. That's roughly 1,800 feet higher than Mount Blanc, the tallest peak in the Alps.

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]]> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 04:20:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting June 12, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-june-12-2016/article/1578106?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-june-12-2016/article/1578106?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Through Thursday - Cripple Creek, Top of the Rockies Rodeo; visitcripplecreek.com.

Through Aug. 7 - Larkspur, Colorado Renaissance Festival, Saturdays and Sundays; coloradorenaissance.com.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Denver, Colorado Rockies vs. New York Yankees, 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Coors Field, 2001 Black St.; coloradorockies.com.

Wednesday-Saturday - Craig, Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, chainsaws, vendors, car show and more, Loudy-Simpson Park; tinyurl.com/j777sqv.

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