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Officials concerned about housing shortage on Oregon coast:

January 1st, 1970

(AP) — Astoria officials are considering placing limits on temporary lodging like Airbnb rentals to free up units for permanent residents of the coastal Oregon city. Grandview Bed & Breakfast owner Loretta Maxwell bolstered that argument when she said Tuesday that her reservations have dwindled as temporary room rentals have taken off over the past three years. Price said the housing shortage shouldn't mean pitting groups against each other and argued that more data should be gathered on temporary rentals before the city council begins crafting a policy.


Low-cost Norwegian Air promises bargain flights to Europe:

January 1st, 1970

Norwegian Air announced Thursday that it's opening new flight crew bases and plans to hire pilots and flight attendants at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, about 60 miles north of New York City. The company won permission from the Obama administration in December for its disputed plan to expand flights to the United States, but did not receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration until Friday evening, spokesman Anders Lindstrom said. The Transportation Department approved a foreign air-carrier permit for the subsidiary in December, but pilot unions and other opponents are pushing Republican President Donald Trump to overturn the decision.


Surfer 'paradise' in Puerto Rico at stake in hotel fight:

January 1st, 1970

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) — The sun had just risen along Puerto Rico's northwest coast when Paul Schmidt hopped off his surfboard and emerged from the water at Wilderness Beach, ending another session at a remote area that draws surfers from around the world looking for the next big wave. [...] Schmidt and others worry that the days are numbered for this slice of rocky beach ringed by mangrove forest and palm trees, with not a store or house in sight. Developers and local officials eager to improve the economy want to transform the area into a more traditional tourism destination, bringing a hotel and villas to a place largely untouched since Christopher Columbus landed nearby on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere. Wilderness Beach and its surroundings, which provide habitat for endangered coral and sea turtles, is a place where many on the island, not just surfers, want to make a stand. More than 22,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that the $200 million project dubbed the Christopher Columbus Landing hotel be halted until new environmental impact studies are done and more public hearings are held for a development originally approved in the mid-1990s. The protests and ongoing legal fight frustrates Aguadilla Mayor Carlos Mendez, who said the project will create up to 700 jobs and boost tourism, which has become a critical source of income and employment with Puerto Rico's economy mired in a deep recession for about a decade.


Correction: France-Michelin Mistake story:

January 1st, 1970

The Michelin Guide has accidently awarded one of its coveted stars to a lowly local cafe that shares its name with a gastronomic restaurant 150 kilometers (93 miles) away. Jacquet, who seemed to be enjoying her 15 minutes of fame, said humbly she has "a small brasserie open from Monday to Friday, serving workers, so nothing to do with a gourmet restaurant."


Zika? It hasn't gone away, but some travelers are shrugging:

January 1st, 1970

Another reason Zika headlines have faded is because mosquitoes are less prevalent in late fall and winter, but "we're entering into the phase where the season might be picking up," said Bryan Lewis, a research associate professor at Virginia Tech's Biocomplexity Institute. Steve Loucks, spokesman for Travel Leaders Group, said his company's travel agents "routinely advise our clients that while Zika does not pose a threat to most people, anyone who is pregnant or wishing to become pregnant should avoid traveling to areas where Zika has been confirmed." Standard advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for travelers heading to Zika destinations includes wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants and using mosquito repellent. The CDC specifically advises pregnant women to avoid travel to Zika zones, to protect themselves from bites if they are in Zika-affected areas, and to protect themselves from infection during sex if their partners have been in Zika zones. A survey of travelers' concerns from TravelZoo found that Zika ranked lower than any number of security concerns for Americans planning vacations this spring, with terrorism, anti-American sentiment, and political unrest, along with crime and personal safety among the top negative factors impacting their booking choices. The CDC reports more than 5,000 cases of Zika in the U.S. Most were travelers returning from affected areas, but 220 people were infected by mosquitoes in Florida and Texas, and 72 were infected in other ways, including sexual contact with an infected person.


Security breach at Kennedy Airport unnerves some travelers:

January 1st, 1970

BOSTON (AP) — A breach that allowed 11 people to walk through an unattended security checkpoint lane at one of the nation's busiest airports has some travelers scratching their heads about how this could happen even with the enhanced security measures put in place after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The TSA said three passengers did not receive required secondary screening after they set off the metal detector at the unmanned checkpoint lane. Post-9/11 security procedures include body scans, pat-downs, fortified cockpit doors, screening of checked luggage for explosives and a ban on large containers of liquids to prevent anyone from making an improvised explosive device during flight. — In 2015, a Texas man walked through a security checkpoint without a ticket or identification at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and ran onto an American Airlines flight bound for Guatemala. Bennet Waters, a former deputy assistant administrator of TSA, said the incident at JFK should not cause a crisis of confidence in airport security. [...] the system is designed so that a failure in any one layer does not constitute a failure in the system at large.


Barnes tackles urban experience with 'Person of the Crowd':

January 1st, 1970

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is taking art to the streets — and bringing the streets into the museum — as part of a major new exhibition that looks at engaging with public space and the urban experience. More than 50 American and international artists are featured in the exhibit, which not only takes place inside the museum's Roberts Gallery, but also reaches into the streets of Philadelphia itself, via street performances, billboards, posters, themed walks and public participation in the show's social media components. Visitors to the show find themselves getting in the way of the video projections, and find their own silhouettes projected onto the screen, becoming part of the installation. Highlights of the gallery portion include gelatin silver prints by Marina Abramovic called "Role Exchange" documenting her changing roles with a prostitute in Amsterdam in 1975; and Vito Acconci's "Following Piece" inkjet prints depicting his selection of a passerby whom he followed for an entire day on the streets of New York. Wearing her signature neon yellow zebra patterned catsuit and high heels, she'll do jumping jacks, push-ups and roll around in the street, all documented on video.


Oregon flyfishers want to ban jetboats from portion of river:

January 1st, 1970

(AP) — A fishing club in Oregon is asking officials to ban jet-powered boat engines from a portion of the upper Rogue River. The petitioners say traditional sports like drift boating, kayaking and fishing are threatened by Grimes' operation. Marine Board boating safety program manager Randy Henry said the board has historically been pretty conservative about restrictions between conflicting users and requires a clear safety issue to restrict access to the river.


Manga, Mario and now ninja: Japan's hopes for wooing tourism:

January 1st, 1970

The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it's starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, and building a new museum in Tokyo devoted to ninja, set to open in 2018. The first certified product is an origami, or folding paper, for messages shaped like a shuriken, the star-shaped daggers that ninja throw as weapons. Dressed in a black ninja outfit, he stressed that ninja fun is good for business and potentially a big part of the government's "Cool Japan" campaign, which includes animation, video games, food and movies, especially leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The council put on a ninja-inspired martial-arts demonstration, in which a muscular actor used rope to ward off, choke and disarm an attacker, and a woman dressed in a mini-ninja outfit did flips to recorded rock music. According to the council, ninja can stare at a burning candle without blinking, frequently massage their ears to stay nimble and never gain weight above 60 kilograms (130 pounds).


Events, trail celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday:

January 1st, 1970

Wisconsin is celebrating the 150th birthday of native son Frank Lloyd Wright with events and a new 200-mile trail directing visitors to nine of the sites, homes and buildings he designed. Highway signs, with a graphic design and typography inspired by Wright's spare, geometric aesthetics and style, were unveiled in December. Wright fans who love cycling may want to register for the Tour du Taliesin cycling event, May 21, which offers rides ranging from 20 to 100 miles, all starting at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center at Taliesin in Spring Green. The global headquarters of the SC Johnson Co. includes the Wright-designed administration building, known for tree-shaped columns supporting the structure's Great Workroom, and a research tower where 7,000 glass tubes make up the windows. Tours, offered March through December, include a stop at a gallery with a rotating exhibit of Wright designs and artifacts.


DC-based for decades, Apollo 11 capsule to go on road trip:

January 1st, 1970

Part of the reason for the tour is that the Smithsonian is working to renovate the gallery at its National Air and Space Museum in Washington that tells the story of the Apollo missions, but that exhibit isn't scheduled to open until 2020. Smithsonian space history department curator Allan Needell says the Smithsonian didn't want to just store the capsule and instead decided that "while we're preparing for its new home we could share it with other venues and have some broader access to it." [...] it was the craft astronaut Michael Collins piloted while his crewmates, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, descended to the moon's surface in the Lunar Module "Eagle." Layers of the heat shield were designed to burn away when the craft re-entered the atmosphere and what remains will need to be stabilized before the capsule goes traveling. Visitors who go to see the capsule on tour will also get to see other objects that were used on the lunar mission, including gloves and a visor Aldrin wore on the moon and a "rock box" used to bring back the first samples of the moon.


A pub crawl in charming Dingle on Ireland's southwest coast:

January 1st, 1970

Foxy John's, a beloved spot, houses an old-fashioned hardware store and a bike rental business on the premises along with the classic pub. Some Dingle pubs offer live music, from traditional Irish ballads to pop songs with an Irish flair. Each December, Dingle hosts an annual concert called "Other Voices" that features dozens of Irish and international performers. The performances are edited and used on a weekly show that airs on Irish state television network RTE. Outside Dingle, visitors can take advantage of a sunny day with a driving tour of Dingle Peninsula, where you can see the ancient Dunberg Fort (earliest features on the site date to 500 B.C.), the Blasket Islands and some lovely views of the rocky coast.


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