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March 4, 2012 | By Stephen P. Nash, For The Inquirer
Maybe for one reason or another you've thought about staying in "eco-friendly" hotels when you travel, but you're not eager to join the League of Environmental Hairsplitters to figure out a conscientious choice. You're not unusual. The most recent industry survey of U.S. travelers - not at all intended to promote the idea - concluded just the same that "green is mainstream. " More than four in 10 considered environmental impact to be important when planning travel. To find out about environmental impact, there are a few useful shortcuts to consider.
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January 18, 1993 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
There was a guest conductor at 30th Street Station yesterday morning. Mickey Rooney raised a "baton" to direct the High School for Creative and Performing Arts band, which greeted the actor and others when the Celebrity Train stopped in Philadelphia en route to Washington. The train trip started in New York, re-creating the ride taken in 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to his inauguration. Some descendants of FDR were among the passengers yesterday.
NEWS
December 17, 1994
Grabbing a bite to eat at Philadelphia International Airport is a completely unsatisfying experience. The food is bad, the prices worse. Better to pick up a fresh pretzel from the vendor at the end of the Schuylkill Expressway than to overpay for a stale imitation from an airport snack bar. So we're pleased to know that Aramark company (formerly ARA Services) - currently responsible for the dreadful, overpriced food at airport concessions - has bowed out. Aramark will be replaced by Marketplace Development Center, a Boston-based airport developer, and Redwood Advisory, which operates the Shops at Liberty Place, and whose owner, Ricardo Dunston, did an excellent job some years ago as manager of the Gallery.
NEWS
October 20, 1991 | By Sydney Trent, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fun doesn't have to end just because summer is over. The Delaware Valley is brimming with things to do in autumn. How about a drive through the covered bridges of Bucks County on a brilliant autumn day? There are few settings more stunning or romantic for viewing the fall foliage. And the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens in Chester County helps visitors forget that winter is on its way. Children are sure to enjoy a trip to Newlin Mill in Delaware County, where they can watch the giant white-oak wheel of the 18th-century grist mill turn as it grinds corn into meal.
NEWS
December 25, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Peter Tobia
At the Philadelphia airport yesterday, holiday volume, combined with the wintry weather, added up to long waits for many.
NEWS
June 4, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Charles Fox
Supporters of an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba held a festival in Camden last night for the Ninth Cuban Friendship Caravan. The caravan, which is traveling from Canada to Cuba, is collecting donations for distribution on the island.
NEWS
November 18, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
It's not here yet, but there may soon be a way to bypass those long lines at airport security checkpoints. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking at a plan to prescreen passengers who agree in advance to background checks. Those passengers would be issued "smart cards" to show at the screening area and pass through quickly. The plan would depend on a smart technology to verify the card holder's identity using a fingerprint or a retinal scan. The Air Transport Association, which represents the major airlines, has endorsed the smart card idea.
NEWS
January 16, 2011 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Travel Editor
London, Barcelona, and Guatemala will be hot destinations this year. Travelers will look to customize their trips and to connect with people with similar interests. And airlines will package their annoying fees to make it easier - but not necessarily cheaper - to pay them. Those are a few 2011 travel tips from Pauline Frommer, creator of a popular series of 14 guidebooks for budget-conscious but comfort-craving travelers. Frommer has been traveling the world since she was 4 months old, touring Europe while her father, Arthur, updated Europe on 5 Dollars a Day , the revolutionary guidebook that first came out in 1957.
NEWS
February 9, 2012 | By Jeff Plungis, Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia International Airport and the three airports used by the Sept. 11 hijackers to initiate the terrorist attacks will be among 28 where preapproved frequent fliers can get through security faster as the Transportation Security Administration expands expedited screening. The expansion marks a potential shift in TSA screening processes begun after the 2001 attacks, said Jeffrey Sural, a former assistant TSA administator. "This is the beginning of a wholesale change to the screening experience," said Sural, now a lawyer and public-policy adviser.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
The holiday week forecast looks good for travelers, high school football games, and Black Friday shopping. For the Philadelphia area, the next five days look rain-free with highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows around 40. In outlying areas west and north of the city, however, freezing or near-freezing overnight temperatures are likely through the weekend, except on Friday night, when the low could be closer to 40. Saturday and Sunday, also...
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November 29, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, and now residing in Philadelphia, American journalist and author Richard C. Morais became an internationally renowned best-selling author almost overnight with the 2010 publication of his debut novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey , an emotionally resonant story about travel, food, and love. It's no surprise, then, that DreamWorks Pictures came a-knocking. The studio hired the perfect person to helm its adaptation, Lasse Hallström, a specialist in heartful, feel-good romantic dramas such as Safe Haven , Dear John , and Chocolat . Due on disc Tuesday, The Hundred-Foot Journey stars South Carolina native Manish Dayal ( 90210 , The Sorcerer's Apprentice )
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
PLANNING TO travel today? We hereby grant you permission to kick off your shoes, crack a beer, ignore your in-laws and postpone your Thanksgiving journey until tomorrow morning. It might be safer. AAA Mid-Atlantic is predicting that about 580,000 Philadelphia-area residents will travel 50 miles or more away from home between today and Sunday - the heaviest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2007. But a coastal storm is expected to move in this morning and could create major traffic problems throughout the day. Fantastic.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
On page 266 of Kip Thorne's The Science of "Interstellar " - the companion book to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic about saving humankind by finding a new habitable planet - the Caltech theoretical physicist finally gets to the good stuff: time travel. "In 1987, triggered by Carl Sagan, I realized something amazing about wormholes," Thorne writes. "If wormholes are allowed by the laws of physics, then Einstein's relativistic laws permit transforming them into time machines. " Of course, Mr. Peabody, the talking dog from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show , already knew that.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
A recent traveler to West Africa who was evaluated for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania does not have the disease, the hospital said Friday. The patient's blood sample was tested at the state lab in Lionville, Chester County, and showed no evidence of the deadly virus, said Susan Phillips, Penn Medicine's senior vice president for public affairs. She said the hospital and the state lab have been in contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
TOMMIE TURNER couldn't sit still. When he wasn't working as a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service, he was on a cruise ship heading for the Caribbean or the Mediterranean or Alaska or the Panama Canal, or on a safari stalking the wild beasts in the jungles of Kenya, or on a dance floor doing the bop or the slop. Or he was golfing, or bowling, or playing pinochle, or organizing fundraising jazz concerts for his church, or a Valentine dance at a local caterer's place. In other words, Tommie Turner had to keep moving.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
It has its own "luggage" - a humble cardboard box that conforms to its hefty contours. There is tissue paper to cushion it. The "it" in question is the 20-inch box fan that goes with me whither I go. Invariably, this odd piece of luggage inspires dire warnings about breakage and nonliability from every airline clerk we encounter. But as a traveling insomniac, I desperately need that fan. It lulls me to sleep with its breezes and soft whirring when little else will. I will also be carting along several other items that make my travel life as a certified insomniac bearable.
NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia imposes a mandatory quarantine three or four times a year for uncooperative people with tuberculosis and is planning to automatically seek a court order as a precaution if a patient is confirmed with Ebola, officials said. The city is monitoring about 40 travelers from West Africa who arrived at five designated airports in other parts of the country. An additional 20 or so, including 11 in Burlington County, are being followed at least daily in surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
All passengers arriving in the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will now be required to fly into one of the five airports that have enhanced screening for the deadly Ebola virus, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The additional travel restrictions, designed to prevent the spread of Ebola, mean that travelers from the three West African countries hardest hit by the disease, if not flying into one of the five U.S. airports with increased screening, will have to rebook their flights.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five U.S. airports that receive the vast majority of travelers from the countries of West Africa hit hardest by Ebola will begin new screening procedures for passengers who may have been exposed to the deadly virus. Philadelphia International Airport is not one of them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it would send staff to the five airports, starting Saturday at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, which receives nearly half of all travelers to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sundance Vacations had a problem. Unhappy customers weren't just complaining to consumer agencies or regulators, where it was used to quietly settling or pushing back. Instead, many were connecting on Facebook - finding a "Boycott Sundance Vacations" page whose 2,200 thumbs-ups might as well be thumbs-downs. Today, a prospective customer who types "Sundance Vacations" into a search engine such as Google is likely to find the boycott page, managed by a group of activist critics, near the top of the results.
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