- Created on 12 November 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a drunken driver in California slammed into a bus carrying passengers to Las Vegas, killing 19 people, investigators said a lack of seat belts contributed to the high death toll. But 45 years later, safety advocates are still waiting for the government to act on seat belts and other measures to protect bus passengers.
The National Transportation Safety Board has repeated its call for seat belts or other means to protect passengers during crashes involving large buses used for tours, charters and intercity passenger service. About half of all motorcoach fatalities occur in rollover crashes, especially when passengers are ejected from the bus.
- Created on 08 November 2013
The department stores are already decked out with holiday décor so it’s prime time to get in some last minute family activities before the holiday season blows in like the frigid winter wind! If you know your house will be bustling with a boatload of kids, siblings and out-of-town aunts and uncles who are scheduled to spend the holidays with you and yours, then plan ahead for some fun and budget-friendly activities before the big celebrations begin. Here are five family-friendly activities to do before the holidays.
Visit holiday light displays – In Atlanta I’m taking my kids to see Garden Lights, Holiday Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This twinkling winter wonderland has festive lights with hypnotic spiral displays, a harvest of illuminated corn, brilliant bugs and a grand Poinsettia Tree. It’s one-of-a kind but there are many kinds of light displays throughout cities across the globe. The lights and festive displays are a great way to be awed and get into the holiday mood. Most of these displays charge by the car-load and is an economical family activity.
Try an Ice-Skating Experience – My dream is to one day take my kids ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center in New York City since we’ve never been there and they’ve never ever been ice-skating before! To me, ice-skating accentuates the holiday season. And it’s a great activity that you can easily make a fun family skating tradition. There’s surely an ice-skating rink in your area and most even host family nights especially designed for inexperienced skaters who are free to slip, slide and fall without being judged on their ice-skating skills.
Off-season tourist attraction – There’s nothing wrong with getting wet in the winter. Yes the beaches are closed but it’s open season for getting wet at waterparks! Wilderness at the Smokies is Tennessee’s largest indoor Waterpark. They have special discount packages and winter rates for the budget conscious family. And according to Ellen Liston, Director of Public Relations and Events at Wilderness at the Smokies, you can’t beat the value this place offers. “It’s a great thing to do no matter what time of the year,” she said. “The key is that the waterpark is included in the hotel price and that makes a good value.” And it’s a place that you and your family can indulge since kids eat free, there’s an indoor laser tag facility and a massive 66,000 square foot indoor waterpark with a see-through roof that makes you feel like you’re outside. The weather outside may be frightful, but the 84 degree indoor Wild WaterDome makes this family attraction delightful. www.WildernessAtTheSmokies.com
- Created on 30 October 2013
We triple-dog dare you to pretend you can't recall the iconic cinematic scene.
The northwest Indiana town of Hammond on Tuesday is unveiling a new statue immortalizing the character of Flick's fateful acceptance of a dare to put his tongue on a flagpole in the yard of Warren G. Harding Elementary School, the fictional Hohman, Ind. school featured in the classic holiday film "A Christmas Story," the AP reports.
"Hohman" was based on Hammond, the hometown of Jean Shepherd, whose childhood stories the movie was based on.
According to NBC Chicago, Scott Schwartz, who played Flick in the 1983 film, attended the unveiling of the bronze statue at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority's welcome center located at 7770 Corinne Dr.
The statue was made by Rotblatt-Amrany, the company also responsible for the Michael Jordan statue at the United Center, CBS Chicago reports. The statue will also be a part of the center's annual “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, which this year is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film and opens on Nov. 6.
- Created on 25 October 2013
WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines will pay more than $1 million in fines for stranding passengers on 13 planes for more than three hours on the tarmac last year in Chicago.
The Transportation Department says it's the biggest fine against an airline since 2010. That's when new rules barred airlines from stranding passengers on the tarmac for longer than three hours without giving them the opportunity to leave the plane.
The delays involve 13 United and United Express planes at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. They happened on a day when severe thunderstorms and lightning caused several ramp closures and disrupted the movement of aircraft at O'Hare. Toilets weren't working on two planes.
United will pay the government only $475,000. The rest of the fine will go toward steps to prevent similar events.