<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:26:05 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Chastain, MacMillan inducted into US Soccer Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/chastain-macmillan-inducted-into-us-soccer-hall-of-fame/article/feed/451668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chastain-macmillan-inducted-into-us-soccer-hall-of-fame/article/feed/451668?custom_click=rss

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brandi Chastain looked at the assembled crowd in a tent under the rain and addressed former coach Tony DiCicco, who had just introduced her at the induction ceremony for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

"Thank you, not just for today but for every day that you gave me the chance to play for the women's national team, and for having the confidence in me and the guts to tell me I wasn't going to be a forward," she said.

Chastain, a forward on the 1991 World Cup champions and a left back whose penalty kick won a shootout for the 1999 title, was inducted Friday night along with midfielder Shannon MacMillan, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion three years later.

The ceremony wa

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:28:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Lakers honor Shaq with high-flying statue outside arena]]> http://gazette.com/lakers-honor-shaq-with-high-flying-statue-outside-arena/article/feed/451662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lakers-honor-shaq-with-high-flying-statue-outside-arena/article/feed/451662?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lakers honored Shaquille O'Neal with a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame center who helped them to three consecutive NBA titles in better days outside Staples Center on Friday.

With his youngest son pulling a gold braided cord to drop a shiny gold curtain, O'Neal laid eyes upon something bigger than the big man himself. The statue of him completing a monster dunk with his legs in the air is 9 feet and weighs 1,200 pounds. It is suspended 10 feet in the air, attached to the arena's side. O'Neal is 7-foot-1 and was 325 in his playing days.

"This was very unexpected," said O'Neal, dressed in a cornflower blue and yellow plaid suit.

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:09:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Stocks wobble, finish mixed as GOP pulls plug on health bill]]> http://gazette.com/stocks-wobble-finish-mixed-as-gop-pulls-plug-on-health-bill/article/feed/451578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stocks-wobble-finish-mixed-as-gop-pulls-plug-on-health-bill/article/feed/451578?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks flirted with sharp losses but managed a mixed finish after Republicans canceled a vote on their health care bill because it became clear the bill would fail. Hospital stocks soared in response, while companies that stand to benefit from other Trump proposals faltered.

For the second day in a row, stocks started higher and wilted as it became clear the health care bill was in trouble. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 126 points in afternoon trading on reports of the bill's impending failure, although Wall Street cut its losses after the vote was canceled. Consumer-focused companies like Nike, Starbucks and clothing company PVH rose.

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:37:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-plot-big-hotel-expansion-but-political-problems-loom/article/feed/451530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-plot-big-hotel-expansion-but-political-problems-loom/article/feed/451530?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.

The chain, called Scion, will feature the first Trump-run hotels not to bear the family's gilded name. The hotels will feature modern, sleek interiors and communal areas, and offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night, about half what it costs at some hotels in Trump's luxury chain.

And they'll be dozens of them, possibly a hundred, opening across the country in just three years. Or at least that's the plan.

"It's full steam ahead. It's in our DNA. It's in the Trump boys' DNA," said Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger. The "boys" are

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:04:12 -0600 <![CDATA[All Aboard! Maryland women ride rails to NCAA regional]]> http://gazette.com/all-aboard-maryland-women-ride-rails-to-ncaa-regional/article/feed/451527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/all-aboard-maryland-women-ride-rails-to-ncaa-regional/article/feed/451527?custom_click=rss

ABOARD AMTRAK REGIONAL 174 (AP) — Brenda Frese always wants to give her team new experiences.

So Maryland's coach decided to have the Terrapins take the train instead of a bus to Connecticut on Thursday for the NCAA Tournament regional.

"So many of them had never ridden the train before and it was an opportunity to let them have a new exciting adventure," said Frese aboard the Northeast Regional train to Bridgeport. "We were too close to fly and the train gave us a lot more room than a bus would."

The Maryland players and coaches sat together in the front car, watching game film, sleeping or listening to their iPods. They had plenty of room to stretch out as they had their own private car away from the rest of the pas

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:36:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Pilots' union says AA is leaving standby passengers behind]]> http://gazette.com/pilots-union-says-aa-is-leaving-standby-passengers-behind/article/feed/451511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pilots-union-says-aa-is-leaving-standby-passengers-behind/article/feed/451511?custom_click=rss DALLAS (AP) — The head of the pilots' union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights depart on time.

Nearly 20,000 passengers were denied boarding in February even though there were empty seats, Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said. He called it intolerable.

American carried more than 14 million passengers last month.

The airline has been trying to improve its on-time performance. It ranked eighth among the nation's largest 12 airlines at on-time arrivals in 2016, but rose to third in January, the latest month for which government figures are available.

American did not dispute that some passengers and employees f

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:27:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Utah getting toughest drunken driving limit in the US]]> http://gazette.com/utah-getting-toughest-drunken-driving-limit-in-the-us/article/feed/451465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utah-getting-toughest-drunken-driving-limit-in-the-us/article/feed/451465?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor signed legislation Thursday giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said lowering the blood alcohol limit for most drivers to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent will save lives.

The change means a 150-pound man would be over the 0.05 limit after two beers, while a 120-pound woman could exceed it after a single drink, though that can be affected by a number of factors, including how much food a person has eaten, according to the American Beverage Institute, a national restaurant group.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:19:41 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Utah gov. signs .05 DUI limit, strictest in US]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-utah-gov.-signs-.05-dui-limit-strictest-in-us/article/feed/451475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-utah-gov.-signs-.05-dui-limit-strictest-in-us/article/feed/451475?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a law giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Utah's governor has signed legislation giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country.

Gov. Gary Herbert's office announced Thursday evening that the Republican had approved the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent. He had told reporters Thursday morning that he intended to sign it because it will save lives.

Groups representing Utah restaurants and the ski and snowboarding industry had urged him to veto the measure, saying it would hurt tourism and punish responsible drinkers.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:20:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Erdogan urges US, Britain to drop 'exaggerated' laptop ban]]> http://gazette.com/erdogan-urges-us-britain-to-drop-exaggerated-laptop-ban/article/feed/451402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/erdogan-urges-us-britain-to-drop-exaggerated-laptop-ban/article/feed/451402?custom_click=rss ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the United States and Britain on Thursday to drop what he said were "exaggerated" new aviation restrictions imposed on flights from some airports, including Istanbul.

In a live television interview, Erdogan said the two countries were right to "dwell on security" but said the bans on some electronics, including laptops, on board flights from some Middle East and North African airports were excessive.

Erdogan said he discussed the ban in a telephone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May, while Turkey's foreign minister took up the issue during a recent visit to the United States.

"My hope is that they abandon this error as soon as possible,"

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:49:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Virgin America will be the latest airline brand to disappear]]> http://gazette.com/virgin-america-will-be-the-latest-airline-brand-to-disappear/article/feed/451468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/virgin-america-will-be-the-latest-airline-brand-to-disappear/article/feed/451468?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America — their airline's name is being dumped.

Alaska announced late Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019, adding that name to a list including Continental and US Airways that disappeared in the past decade.

Launching a new airline takes lots of money and patience — one reason that Virgin America's debut in 2007 was so eye-catching. The other was its hip vibe including mood lighting and young, attractive flight attendants.

So when Alaska announced last year that it was buying Virgin for $2.6 billion, it was like asking Virgin customers to trade in their sports car for a minivan — a solid

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:20:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Mickey vs. the tax man: Disney, Universal fight tax bills]]> http://gazette.com/mickey-vs.-the-tax-man-disney-universal-fight-tax-bills/article/feed/451423?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mickey-vs.-the-tax-man-disney-universal-fight-tax-bills/article/feed/451423?custom_click=rss

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property taxes on it.

To cut tax bills in the tens of millions of dollars, the specialists at Orlando's famous theme parks have employed methods from the creative — placing cows on undeveloped land and claiming an agricultural exemption — to the traditional — negotiating or appealing to a county board.

Over the past couple of years, however, such tactics aren't quite doing the job: Property assessments and taxes have jumped — and so has the number of lawsuits the theme parks and other businesses have filed against Orange County's pr

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:44:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Missing Texas girl found after 300-mile ride on coal train]]> http://gazette.com/missing-texas-girl-found-after-300-mile-ride-on-coal-train/article/feed/451435?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missing-texas-girl-found-after-300-mile-ride-on-coal-train/article/feed/451435?custom_click=rss LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a Texas teenager who went missing while on vacation with her family in Colorado was discovered by a farmer when she hopped from a coal train after running out of Skittles.

Police in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said in a statement Wednesday that 13-year-old Adalie Rivera was covered in coal dust when found a day earlier by the farmer near Dumas (DOO'-mus), which is in the Texas Panhandle.

Police say the girl was reported missing on Friday when she boarded the train and rode it about 300 miles southeast to Dumas. Police say she was hungry after her candy supply ran out.

The farmer notified sheriff's officials who cared for the girl until her family could retrieve her.

The teen

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:16:02 -0600 <![CDATA[By the numbers: Property values of theme parks in dispute]]> http://gazette.com/by-the-numbers-property-values-of-theme-parks-in-dispute/article/feed/451426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/by-the-numbers-property-values-of-theme-parks-in-dispute/article/feed/451426?custom_click=rss ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld are engaged in legal battles with the county appraiser and tax collector regarding what their massive properties are worth. The theme parks claim the Orange County appraiser has assessed the properties too highly, resulting in higher tax bills than they deserve. The market value of a property is what it is worth if it were sold on the open market; the assessed value is usually a lower figure the appraiser uses to arrive at a tax bill.

Here's a look, by the numbers, at the dispute.

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Number of theme park parcels in dispute from lawsuits filed last year: 46

Market value of all the theme park parcels in dispute from lawsuits filed last year: $

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:39:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Carlsbad Caverns sees uptick in visitors]]> http://gazette.com/carlsbad-caverns-sees-uptick-in-visitors/article/feed/451424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/carlsbad-caverns-sees-uptick-in-visitors/article/feed/451424?custom_click=rss CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns is celebrating the highest number of visitor in 15 years.

The national park says it saw higher-than-average visitation for the 2017 spring break season, hosting over 42,000 people in the first three weeks of March.

That's a 44 percent increase in visitors compared to the same period in 2016.

The park is known for its underground limestone caves. Former President Barack Obama and his family visited last summer.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:29:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Landmark Air Force Academy chapel to close for major repairs]]> http://gazette.com/landmark-air-force-academy-chapel-to-close-for-major-repairs/article/feed/451350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/landmark-air-force-academy-chapel-to-close-for-major-repairs/article/feed/451350?custom_click=rss

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The landmark Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy will close for up to four years starting next summer for major restoration work.

The academy said Wednesday the project includes replacing the 53-year-old chapel's aluminum skin, removing and cleaning 24,000 stained-glass tiles, stiffening the steel superstructure and adding a water barrier.

The restoration is expected to cost between $58 million and $68 million.

The academy says the chapel has leaked since it was built and previous repairs failed.

Officials say they will arrange alternative sites for all the faiths that use the chapel.

The chapel, a National Historic Landmark, is a striking, triangular-shaped structure that

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:35:40 -0600 <![CDATA[On the rocks, with ice: Utah parks in offseason just as grand]]> http://gazette.com/on-the-rocks-with-ice-utah-parks-in-offseason-just-as-grand/article/1598738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-the-rocks-with-ice-utah-parks-in-offseason-just-as-grand/article/1598738?custom_click=rss

Among the many photos I have from a vacation to Utah, one shows me at Canyonlands National Park, cupping my hands around my eyes and peering into the Island in the Sky Visitor Center. It was closed for the winter, and I was forlorn that I could not get a stamp in my National Parks passbook, an obsession of mine born last year as the park service marked its centennial.

I say I was forlorn, and I was, but only partly: A winter visit to the dreamy deep-red caverns and arches that stretch across eastern Utah had been something of a gamble. My boyfriend, Reed, and I love hiking, but we knew that rough weather easily could ruin the vacation. What we found, however, is what travelers often do when they head someplace offseason: smaller



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<![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: The lows and highs of Alma]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-the-lows-and-highs-of-alma/article/1599210?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-the-lows-and-highs-of-alma/article/1599210?custom_click=rss

ALMA - It's tough living here.

"Definitely, you've got to be a hearty soul to make it a long time," Mayor Gary Goettelman says.

Just ask Erik Mursewick, 41, whose family has been here for decades. He's shoveling the sidewalks outside what used to be Alma's Only Bar, now boarded up like other structures around the place. Shoveling, he says, is how he makes money in the winter so he can live in the surrounding hills spotted with cottages and sideways-leaning shacks.

"I mean, look at us!" Mursewick says, himself and myself the only ones this afternoon on the main street of the 275-person town, the mountains all around billowing snow.

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]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[From Dublin to Colorado Springs, by way of the world]]> http://gazette.com/from-dublin-to-colorado-springs-by-way-of-the-world/article/1598725?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/from-dublin-to-colorado-springs-by-way-of-the-world/article/1598725?custom_click=rss

"A rolling stone gathers no moss."

When Ann Doolan-Fox's father quoted that proverb to her some 30 years ago, he meant it in the cautionary Irish sense: Keep moving and you'll never plant roots, never mature or flourish.

At the time, Doolan-Fox was in her early 20s and busy living out the axiom's more proactive American interpretation: Keep moving and you'll never stagnate.

She might not have acknowledged the full arc of her plan out loud, before or after leaving the family home in Dublin to travel the Western world, live in seven countries and master four languages, but her wanderlust always had a destination.

"The end game was always America," Doolan-Fox said. "I knew I wanted to one day live in America.



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