by Anna Breuer

So-called vaccine passports are intended to verify an individual’s Covid-19 immunization status. By virtue of this, they would allow vaccinated people to participate in everyday activities including dining in restaurants, attending theater performances, going to the cinema, working out at the fitness center, and traveling, among other pre-pandemic activities.
Vaccine passports document an individual’s vaccination status or, in some cases during the coronavirus pandemic, proof of a negative Covid test.
While they …

United Airlines CEO Kirby: ‘We’re Prepared’ for a Passenger Vaccine Mandate

by Paul Riegler

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said that his airline is “prepared” for an air travel environment with vaccine mandates.
Speaking on the CBS news program “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, Kirby said that such a mandate would place a “burden” on vaccinated individuals, but he would nonetheless support it given the “great data and science” the administration uses to make such determinations.
“If they tell us that they want us to check …

New Lucid Air EV Gets 520 Miles on a Charge, Beating Tesla in EPA Rating

by Paul Riegler

Lucid Motors, a start-up in EVs compared to Tesla, has beaten its competitor at its own game, namely extending the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a single charge.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range can go 520 miles (837 kilometers) on a single charge.  The Tesla Model S Long Range, which previously was the record holder, has a range of 402 miles …

Apple Unveils New iPhone 13, Smartwatch, and Tablets

by Kurt Stolz

At what’s become the company’s annual virtual product launch, Apple introduced several new iPhones and a new Apple Watch.
While Apple CEO Tim Cook last year was able to welcome the line of high-speed, 5G-capable iPhones and a new design, this year’s batch of iPhones has a more vibrant screen, improved cameras, faster microprocessors, and a larger, longer-lasting battery as well as the new A15 Bionic microprocessor.
The Apple Watch 7 has …

Remembering 9/11: The Day the Townsfolk Of Gander Opened Their Doors and Their Hearts To the Plane People

by Paul Riegler

For the better part of a week, the people of Gander opened their doors and their hearts to the Plane People, as the unexpected guests were called, after airspace over North America was shut down following the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.   Thirty-eight wide-body planes carrying approximately 7,000 passengers and crew members almost doubled Gander’s population overnight.
The Tony Award-winning musical “Come From Away” tells the remarkable story of the …

The 2021 Frankfurt Auto Show? It’s Now in Munich

by Paul Riegler

Things were different at the biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, this year.  For one thing, the IAA is now known as IAA Mobility.  It’s also not just about cars anymore, but covers everything from bikes to e-scooters to automobiles.  Oh, and it’s no longer in Frankfurt but rather in Munich.
In short, this is not your father’s IAA.
The show is the automotive industry’s first international event since the …

Amidst Chip Shortage, Car Dealers Skip Labor Day Blowout Sales For a Second Year in a Row

by Paul Riegler

A classic Labor Day tradition is slowly disappearing.  Last year, car dealers and appliance stores eschewed the loud, boisterous commercials touting never-before-seen savings.  That’s because there would be no Labor Day sales events.
Car dealers last year didn’t need to clear out the previous year’s models because the industry was recovering from the early pandemic-related shutdowns in the spring, leaving little on the lot.  Meanwhile, major appliance buyers were waiting up …

Monday Is Labor Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Anna Breuer

Monday is Labor Day in the United States, a holiday that honors the labor movement in the country, marks the meteorological end of summer, and is the last day of a three-day weekend.
Trade unions first proposed a holiday that recognizes the contribution that workers have made to the prosperity and well being of the country. Oregon was the first state to recognize the holiday, in 1887, and, by the time it …