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Say Goodbye to Summer: The Autumnal Equinox is Thursday

A quick glance at the thermometer in much of the United States may say summer, but the calendar says otherwise, namely that summer is coming to an end on Thursday.
Indeed, the first day of autumn is not only just around the corner, but, in the United States, the autumnal equinox is tomorrow, September 22, at 9:03 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT, and 6 p.m. PDT).
In the European …

Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed on the Day of the Queen’s Funeral

Monday, the day of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, is a bank holiday in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
While retailers are not required to shut on the day, it is likely that many will do so to mark the occasion, as well as to avoid attracting criticism.
The British Retail Consortium said in a statement that “[R]etailers are taking their lead from Government and are choosing to mark the …

With New iPhones, Apple Is Offering Services It Hopes You Never Need to Use

Apple is already known for what legitimately could be considered its life-saving smart watch that has located and helped lost hikers, passengers involved in a small plane crash, someone who fell into a frozen stream, and even somehow a person who somehow got trapped in a trash compactor.
Indeed, such emergency scenarios took center stage at Apple’s recent launch event where it introduced the new iPhone 14 family of smartphones as …

Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96, Succeeded by King Charles III

Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96, Succeeded by King Charles III

Her Majesty the Queen, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died Thursday at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace said.
Prince Charles, 73, who has been heir to the throne since the age of three, is now king,  His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, is now Queen Consort.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said that “[T]he Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” adding that “[T]he King and the Queen Consort will …

Gas Prices Continue to Fall at the Pump, Easing Labor Day Travel Plans

Gas Prices Continue to Fall at the Pump, Easing Labor Day Travel Plans

The Labor Day weekend brings with it the unofficial end of the summer travel season and gasoline prices at the pump continued to fall as the holiday approached.
The summer driving season came to an end without protracted record high prices for petrol many experts had predicted.
Gas prices are expected to continue their more than  two-month decline as people continue to drive less and take measures to conserve fuel.
The average price …

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

Monday is Labor Day in the United States, a holiday that honors the labor movement in the country, signifies to many the end of summer, and is the last day of a three-day weekend.  It’s also the third Labor Day to take place during the pandemic.
Trade unions first proposed a holiday to recognize the contribution workers have made to the prosperity and well being of the country in the mid-nineteenth …

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Closes, Another Casualty of the Pandemic

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Closes, Another Casualty of the Pandemic

The play “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a stage adaptation of the highly regarded Harper Lee novel, won’t reopen after pressing pause in January of this year.
The hit Broadway show closed temporarily twice due to the pandemic, the first time when Broadway theaters were shuttered in March 2020.  It reopened in October of 2021 at its original home, the Shubert Theater, and closed for a second time in January of this …