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State Parks Become Victim of Budget Slashing

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Aug 2nd 2011 10:30 AM
Several states struggling to fight budget shortfalls are announcing plans to shutter parks, recreation areas and reserves in an effort to save a little money.
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Air France 447's Pilots Lacked Training, Investigation Finds

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Jul 29th 2011 10:00 AM

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French investigators have found that the pilots at the helm of Air France 447 when it plunged into the Atlantic killing all aboard lacked the training to deal with a crisis at altitude.
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Cornell Computer Students Create Program to Keep TripAdvisor Honest

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Jul 27th 2011 12:00 PM


A group of Cornell University computer science students have created a program that can determine with nearly 90% accuracy whether hotel reviews on travel sites like TripAdvisor or Expedia are real or promotional.
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Man V. Food's Adam Richman Talks Traveling and Food

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Jul 22nd 2011 08:15 AM


Adam Richman is finally full. The Travel Channel host spent the last few years traveling around the country stuffing his face with down home cooking for his hit program Man v. Food, which featured him facing down the many consumptive challenges thrown at him by America's best BBQs and steakhouses. No more.
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Machu Picchu 100 Years After Hiram Bingham: She's Still Got It.

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Jul 8th 2011 08:30 AM


Travel writers who made the trek to Peru for the 100th anniversary celebration of Hiram Bingham's arrival at Machu Picchu are facing a dilemma, whether or not to put the word discovery in quotes. As more than a few scribblers have rightly observed, the American merely followed native guides to the abandoned city: His revelation was their morning stroll.
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Traveler Matt Scheurich Shot With Arrows By Tribesmen In Papua New Guinea

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Jul 5th 2011 11:25 AM
A group of Papua New Guinean tribesman hunted a foreign couple through the forest to a river, then shot them with arrows and pelted them with rocks, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Matt Scheurich, a 28-year-old New Zealander, was struck in the chest and stomach by arrows as the tribesmen attempted to molest his french girlfriend, an anthropologist, last month.

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Casey Anthony Trial: Rubbernecking Orlando's Newest Tourist Attraction

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Jun 30th 2011 04:15 AM
Casey Anthony Trial Becoming Tourist Spot Leads to Trial Becoming Tourist Spot

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The Casey Anthony trial became a huge tourist draw, culminating in the big "not guilty" of first-degree murder verdict handed down. Long lines in Orlando are nothing new, but there are no animatronics here - no singing animals or amiably drunken pirates - only Anthony.
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Destin-Nation Canada: Adventure with a Capital Eh

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Jun 27th 2011 08:00 AM


If Mexico is America's backyard, fenced in places and cluttered with the remains of yesterday's projects, Canada is the front lawn: The north country is green, welcoming and perfect for a roll in the grass.
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Vancouver Tourism Website to Help City Recover from New Riot Rep

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Jun 23rd 2011 10:45 AM


Vancouver Tourism doesn't want anyone getting the wrong idea about the citizens of Canada's third largest city because of one measly riot.
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Wallenda to Walk Across Niagara as Tightrope Bill Passes New York Assembly

by Andrew Burmon. Posted Jun 22nd 2011 03:00 PM
Wallendra to Walk Across Niagara as Tightrope Bill Passes New York Assembly

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The New York State Assembly voted Wednesday afternoon on an unusual piece of legislation, a bill directing the state's parks office to allow Nik Wallenda, of the "Flying Wallendas," to tightrope walk above Niagara Falls. Death-defying, tourism-friendly acts have long been outlawed at Niagara, but a companion bill had already passed the New York Senate.
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