October 9, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - For this resort, struggling to keep gamblers - and their money - coming, May 21 was one of the worst days in years. That morning, two Canadian tourists, an 80-year-old woman and her daughter, 47, were knifed to death on a sidewalk across from one of the casinos, allegedly by a schizophrenic homeless woman from Philadelphia. The stabbings of Po Lin Wan and Alice Mei See Leung of Scarborough, Ontario, were among 15 homicides in the city so far this year, though they were the only two involving tourists.
August 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK - New York officials proudly tout the Big Apple as the safest big city in America. But blasts of gunfire in front of crowds near some of the city's best-known destinations this month painted a picture at odds with its tame, tourist-friendly image. Police confronted a knife-wielding man in Times Square and then shot him to death a few blocks away Aug. 11 as onlookers followed along and snapped photos. And on Friday, a gunman with a workplace grudge shot a former co-worker dead outside the Empire State Building - and then was killed himself by police in a burst of bullets that left at least nine bystanders wounded, some apparently by police rounds.
July 27, 2012 |
IT MAY BE vacation season, but times are hard. Why blow a load of money traveling when you can stay home and play tourist in your own city? With so many attractions in Philadelphia, though, it can be hard to decide which ones are worth your time — and which ones are best left for conventioneers from Topeka. We've made it easy for you with this list of Daily News staff picks we think are worth a visit — even if you've lived here all of your life. Float your boat The newly redesigned Sister Cities Park on Logan Square in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is little more than an acre, but it's jam-packed with fun. Watch kids frolic in the fountain, whose 10 jets of water shoot up from the ground.
July 23, 2012 |
GETTYSBURG - Tourists trickle through the Gettysburg Train Station's burgundy door, some to escape the heat, others to pick up battlefield maps. Only a few come to trace Lincoln's path through here to deliver the two-minute speech that defined the Civil War and began to reunify a nation. When Walter Powell walks through, his eyes don't register the racks of picked-over tourism brochures or the weary travelers resting achy feet on 150-year-old benches. Rather, he sees what the station could be: a bustling railroad museum that gives visitors a fuller picture of the Civil War and draws tourists to downtown businesses.
July 20, 2012 |
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Israel vowed Wednesday to strike back at Iran, blaming the Islamic Republic for a brazen daylight bombing that targeted a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria and killed at least seven people. President Obama termed it a "barbaric terrorist attack. " The U.S. leader called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express his sorrow over the attack and pledged assistance to bring the perpetrators to justice, according to statements from the two leaders' offices.
July 20, 2012 |
BURGAS, Bulgaria - He looked like any other impatient tourist checking the big board at airport arrivals: a lanky, long-haired man in a baseball cap with his hands in the pockets of his plaid Bermuda shorts, a bulky backpack hanging from his shoulders. Minutes later, authorities say, the man, filmed by security cameras at the Burgas airport, would board a bus filled with young Israeli tourists and blow himself up, killing six others as well. Authorities looked Thursday for clues as to who he was, using his fingerprints, his DNA and his fake Michigan driver's license.
July 1, 2012 |
By Christopher Lawler FOR THE INQUIRER When I announced to friends that I had booked a trip to Paris last summer, many responded with those old Francophobe prejudices: "Parisians are rude" or "The French don't like Americans. " I honestly don't get it. I never encountered a single impolite Parisian in the nine days I spent there. On the contrary, the locals were delightful and went out of their way to accommodate a couple of English-speaking tourists who made respectful (if laughable)
June 25, 2012 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Wildfires moved in on some of Colorado's most popular summer tourist destinations over the weekend, demolishing nearly two dozen homes near Rocky Mountain National Park and emptying hotels and campgrounds at the base of Pikes Peak. A wildfire near Colorado Springs erupted and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles early Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists. On Saturday, a blaze destroyed 21 structures near the mountain community of Estes Park, where many visitors stay while visiting the park.
May 23, 2012 |
THE OFFICIAL grand opening of the luxurious Revel Casino this coming weekend has led many rooting for Atlantic City to imagine a bright future for the troubled resort town. On Monday, they were forced to deal with a reminder of Atlantic City's dreary recent past. Two female Canadian tourists were stabbed multiple times Monday morning in the shadow of an Atlantic City casino and died in a trauma center a block away. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said Antoinette E. Pelzer, 44, of Pennsylvania, stabbed the two Canadian women, ages 47 and 80, at the intersection of Michigan and Pacific avenues, a busy section of the resort city near Bally's Casino.