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New York State to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

New York State to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

New York is the latest state that plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The move, officials say, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and getting more electric vehicles on the road.
The state’s governor, Kathy Hochul, had announced plans to take this step in 2021 but the state could not act because, under the Clean Air Act of 1970, California is the only state that …

Southwest Airlines President to Retire at End of Year

Southwest Airlines President to Retire at End of Year

Southwest Airlines said that its president and COO, Mike Van de Ven, will retire from both positions by the end of the year, following 30 years at the carrier.
Mr. Van de Ven will step down as COO at the end of September and as president at the end of December. He will, however, become an advisor to the company at the start of the coming year.
Southwest’s CEO, Bob Jordan, will …

Thursday is National Coffee Day: Here’s Where to Get Your Free Brew

Please pass the milk and sugar.  Tomorrow, September 29, is National Coffee Day, a day that celebrates the rich, delicious hot (and sometimes iced) beverage that so many of people across the globe love to start and sometimes finish the day with.
To celebrate, many coffee houses and businesses are offering customers free or discounted cups of coffee.
Here’s where to get yours.
Caribou Coffee. The Minnesota-based company is offering members of its Caribou …

Virgin Atlantic to Join SkyTeam Alliance in 2023

Virgin Atlantic to Join SkyTeam Alliance in 2023

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced on Tuesday that it will join the SkyTeam alliance after years of saying it had no plans to do so.
The airline, which was founded in 1984 by Sir Richard Branson, is 49% owned by Delta Air Lines, a founding member of SkyTeam.  Virgin Atlantic is also a founding partner of a joint-venture partnership with two SkyTeam members, Delta and Air France-KLM.
The London-based carrier will become the …

Marriott Opens New Bethesda Headquarters That Celebrates the Hotelier’s Past

Marriott Opens New Bethesda Headquarters That Celebrates the Hotelier’s Past

Marriott International announced the opening of its new corporate headquarters on its campus on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland.
The opening of the 785,000 square-foot (72,929-square-meter) building was celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Monday.
The 20-story building encompasses not only work space but a day-care center, a fitness center, a massive test kitchen, and the hotelier’s Innovation and Design Lab.   It opened its doors to employees after six years of planning, …

Oktoberfest 2022 Opens in Munich with Parades and Ceremony After Pandemic Pause

MUNICH—After multiple cancellations amidst the first years of the pandemic, Bürgermeister Dieter Reiter opened the 187th Oktoberfest on Saturday with the exclamation “O’zapft is” (“it’s tapped”) after tapping the first keg with three knocks of a mallet.
The opening was heralded by a 12-gun salute and, as tradition demands, the Bürgermeister handed the first Maß – literally a measure but also a liter – of beer to Bavarian Ministerpräsident Markus Söder.
Prior …

Amtrak Works to Restore Passenger Train Service After Freight Rail Strike Is Averted

Amtrak Works to Restore Passenger Train Service After Freight Rail Strike Is Averted

The greeting “All aboard, Amtrak!” began to return to long-distance passenger rail service after a looming freight railroad strike was averted early Thursday morning.  The news caused Amtrak to scramble to restart service as quickly as possible after saying on Wednesday it would have to suspend almost all long-distance service due to the strike.
Amtrak, the operator of most of the United States’ passenger rail services, had said late Wednesday that …