November 29, 2014 |
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 )
November 26, 2014 |
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.
November 24, 2014 |
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.
November 23, 2014 |
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)
November 20, 2014 |
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.
November 2, 2014 |
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.
November 1, 2014 |
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.
October 23, 2014 |
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.
October 10, 2014 |
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.
October 6, 2014 |
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.