When Will It Be Safe to Sit in a Theater Without a Mask?

by Paul Riegler

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease specialist, said that will be “well into 2021” before life in the United States begins to resemble life prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Fauci said Friday in an …

Nation Observes 9/11 Anniversary Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

by Kurt Stolz

As the families of those lost 19 years ago came together once again to honor their loved ones at the September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, the nation faced a harrowing and devastating crisis that has yet to abate.
Nineteen years ago, four passenger jets were hijacked by terrorists.  Two slammed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and one crashed into a field in …

Movie Review: ‘The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz’ on Amazon Prime Video

by Jonathan Spira

The 1960s hit television comedy “Hogan’s Heroes” used the tagline, “If you liked World War II, you’ll love ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’”  To paraphrase that thought, originally a quip by comedian Stan Freberg, I would say, “If you liked ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ you’ll love ‘The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz.’” 
“Paula Schultz” is the story of a fictitious East German Olympic star (played brilliantly by Elke Sommer) and a bumbling group of Americans …

Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

by Paul Riegler

Labor Day. One’s thoughts run to barbecues, beach, and blowout sales at appliance stores and car dealerships.
Something is missing, however, this year, namely those loud, boisterous commercials by car dealers and appliance salesmen touting never-before-seen savings.  As a result, car and appliance buyers are in for a disappointment.
In recent months, car sales are down some 20% but prices are setting records despite the slowdown.
The situation is a bit different for appliance …

Dr. Fauci’s Six Tips for a Safe Labor Day Weekend

by Anna Breuer

Monday is Labor Day and millions will take advantage of the three-day weekend to travel and see friends.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, told the nation’s governors that peoples’ behavior over the holiday weekend will be crucial in determining whether the country can get a “running start” on stemming the pandemic in the fall.
“The …

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 …

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

by Paul Riegler

It’s September, there are just a few weeks left of summer, and it’s time to see how up-to-date you are with travel, aviation, and coronavirus 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, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question asking which entity banned walking and eating on its premises (the answer …