April News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

by Paul Riegler

Find out how up-to-date you are with travel and aviation news from the past month. Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, TWA, Holiday Inn, and other travel companies.
In last month’s quiz, the question about the name of the CEO of Marriot who recently and sadly died of pancreatic cancer (the answer was Arne Sorensen) had …

One Quarter of All Adults in the U.S. Now Fully Vaccinated Against Covid

by Anna Breuer

Just four months after the start of coronavirus vaccine inoculations in December of last year, the United States reached an important milestone on Thursday: Over 25% – 25.6% to be exact – of adults 18 years of age or older have been fully vaccinated.
The news represents an increase of four percentage points in one week, representing 11.65 million people.
Of equal import, over 112 million Americans – or one third of …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

by Jonathan Spira

We were as excited as a group of auto writer can be when we welcomed the first of the Volvo 90 Series vehicles – a 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – into our short-term press fleet in the spring of 2016.  That was followed – in the winter of 2017 – with the arrival of a 2017 model year Volvo S90 T6 sedan and a trip to drive the …

With $80 Billion, Amtrak Wants to Be a Better Alternative to Flying and Driving

by Kurt Stolz

Amtrak, which is receiving $80 billion as part of President Joseph Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure package, released a 14-year plan detailing how it plans to modernize rail service in the United States, and it’s clear that the railroad wants travelers to consider it when planning short flights as well as long drives.
The plan calls for dozens of new routes as well as for the modernization of existing routes, many of …

The World Needs to Continue to Don Masks Until Science Says Otherwise, Says Fauci

by Anna Breuer

Even though 40% of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, it’s imperative that people continue to don face masks for the time being, until we learn more about whether inoculated individuals can transmit the coronavirus, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor.
“It is likely that if you are vaccinated, that you are not going to spread infection, if you get infected without any …

Review: ‘Blindness’ at the Daryl Roth Theatre – A Sound-and-Light Piece for the Pandemic Age

by Jonathan Spira

It was an odd thing, preparing for my first foray into a theater yet I was now entering one with (gasp!) other theatergoers.  Indeed, the Daryl Roth Theatre, which is presenting an audio adaptation of the novel “Blindness” with no live actors, has  made the experience pandemic-proof. Instead of actors on stage, the audience listens, via sanitized binaural headphones, to a story narrated by the British actress and Olivier winner …

Voltswagen is Dead. ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

by Kurt Stolz

In a move reminiscent of when the International House of Pancakes said it was changing its name to IHOb, the International House of Burgers, a PR stunt that brought that brand great attention, Volkswagen of America said Monday it would change its name henceforth to Voltswagen.
The move, the automaker said, was to call attention to its new lineup of electric vehicles.
While VW intended this to be an April Fool’s Day …