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Review: ‘Hamilton’ at Richard Rodgers Theater

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If you are tired of hearing “Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton” and think the musical with its $32 million in advance sales is just hype, I have just three words for you: go see it.
“Hamilton,” of course, is the megahit hip-hop musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and is loosely based on Ron Chernow’s biography of the nation’s first treasury secretary.
The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, took bows for his farewell performance July …

Virgin America to Add Extra Flights From Newark to LAX, SFO

Virgin America to Add Extra Flights From Newark to LAX, SFO

Virgin America announced that it plans to increase service from Newark to both Los Angeles and San Francisco starting November 18. At that point, the airline will offer four daily non-stop flights to each of the two cities from Newark Liberty International Airport. It currently offers three to each destination.
Flights will depart Newark at 8 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:05 p.m., and 5:59 pm., and will arrive at Los Angeles International …

U.S. Global Entry Enrollment Center to Open in London in September

U.S. Global Entry Enrollment Center to Open in London in September

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced plans to open, on a temporary basis, an enrollment center for the Global Entry trusted traveler program in London.
Interviews will be conducted at the U.S. Embassy at 24 Grosvenor Square in London for conditionally-approved applicants who register online for an appointment. The interviews will commence on September 26 and the temporary center will be open for 60 days.
U.K. citizens have been eligible …

Xiamen Airlines Launches Xiamen-Vancouver Route

Xiamen Airlines Launches Xiamen-Vancouver Route

Xiamen Airlines announced the launch of new service between Xiamen, China, and Vancouver, Canada. The carrier will operate the service three times a week, using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
Flights will depart Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport at 9:30 p.m. and arrive at Vancouver International Airport at 6:40 p.m. From Vancouver, flights are scheduled to depart at 1:40 a.m. and arrive in Xiamen at 5:30 a.m. the next day.
Xiamen’s Boeing 787-8s are …

Do Electronic Devices Interfere with a Plane’s Systems? The Jury is Still Out

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Most airline passengers today believe that their electronic devices – mobile phones, portable navigation systems, and tablets among others – are designed so they won’t create any interference with an aircraft’s flight systems. We – and some rocket scientists – beg to differ.
It turns out that the issue is not quite as clear-cut as it would appear. Earlier this year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which maintains the Aviation …

Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, Minnesota – Review

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These pages have seen reviews of hotels that formerly had been monasteries, post offices, and army barracks, so it stands to reason that, eventually, one of us would check into what had been a church, or at least a building built with that purpose in mind.
Recently, I checked into the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, a Mesopotamian Ziggurat style tower erected in 1930 as part of the Second Church of Christ Scientist. …

Canada Upgrading Rail Infrastructure in Quebec City-Windsor Corridor

Canada Upgrading Rail Infrastructure in Quebec City-Windsor Corridor

The government of Canada and Via Rail, the country’s national rail passenger service, announced a $34.4 million ($26.1 million) program to upgrade rail infrastructure in the Quebec City-Windsor rail corridor.
The corridor runs between Quebec City in northeast Canada and Windsor, Ontario in the southwest, spanning some 710 miles (1,150 kilometers) and covering more than half of the country’s population and three out of four of its largest metropolitan areas.
“This investment …