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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 …

That iPhone ‘On Us’ Offer? There’s No Such Thing as a Free iPhone 14

The introduction of the new Apple iPhone 14 and its siblings has brought with it a spate of offers from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon that appear to offer the latest iPhone for free.
“Get the new iPhone 14 Pro On Us” screams a current and very enticing T-Mobile offer on the carrier’s webpage.  The phrase “on us” implies something that’s not confirmed in the fine print. That something is “free.”
If you’re …

New Yorkers Wake Up to Tornado Warning, Severe Flooding

New Yorkers Wake Up to Tornado Warning, Severe Flooding

Severe thunderstorms in the New York metropolitan area brought with them heavy rainfall and flash flooding, closing highways and causing mass transit delays in the morning rush hour. The severe weather was accompanied by a middle-of-the-night tornado warning from the National Weather Service.
“We had quite the soaker last night,” the weather service’s New York bureau said on social media.
A tornado warning was issued for Brooklyn and Queens but the twister …