Short Stay: The Windsor Boutique Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina

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After a number of stays in umpteen-story hotels whose upper rooms poke into the clouds, it can be a refreshing change of pace to check into a smaller property with only 14 rooms. Shortly following a stay in a 1,000+ room skyscraper, I found myself in the lobby of a different kind of property: the Windsor Boutique Hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. And everything about my stay would prove …

Boeing Plans Changes to 737 Max Software as Indonesian Investigators Release Lion Air Crash Findings

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Boeing said Friday it is addressing the findings and recommendations made by Indonesian investigators who were looking into the causes of Lion Air flight 610 to make certain “that this never happens again.”
“We commend Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee for its extensive efforts to determine the facts of this accident, the contributing factors to its cause and recommendations aimed toward our common goal,” the airplane manufacturer said in a statement.
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American, Southwest Airlines Say Boeing 737 Max Grounding Will Cost Over $1 Billion

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The worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, now in its seventh month, is costing the airline industry billions of dollars and the exact figures are starting to come out as airlines release third-quarter financial information.
The grounding, which has yet to be lifted, has cost American Airlines and Southwest Airlines at least $945 million and that figure is expected to rise in the weeks ahead.
American Airlines, which has 24 of …

Europe to Set Clocks Back for Winter Time This Weekend

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Most European nations will adjust their clocks back one hour early Sunday as the cutover from Summer Time to Winter Time takes place. The move akin to the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time in the United States, although it is on a different schedule.
The United States will mark the end of Daylight Saving Time on November 3, 2019.
The change from Summer Time to Winter Time is observed in …

How to Practice Safe Computing Using Public Wi-Fi and Avoid ‘Evil Twins’

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In travel – as in real life – not everything is as it appears.  The free Wi-Fi hotspot you just logged into in the hotel lobby to read your e-mail, conduct your banking, or read the news wasn’t necessarily a nice amenity provided by the hotel.  In fact, it might have been operated by the well-dressed gentleman sitting beside the potted palm.
While you caught up on social media and e-mail, …

Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

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Tokyo Motor Show at the Big Sight Convention Center

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show is a showcase of the automobile industry’s wish list for futuristic technology, and was the first Tokyo show without a major figure in the Japanese auto industry, former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in 2018 for financial misconduct, a charge he has denied.
Held at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center on the shores of Tokyo Bay, the show opens to the public on …

Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Westside Theater

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Theatergoers may flock to “Little Shop of Horrors” – a doo-wop musical based on Roger Corman’s low-budget horror movie about a flower shop assistant who cultivates a plant that feeds on human blood – to see the tantalizing combination of Jonathan Groff, Christian Borle, and Tammy Blanchard on stage, but the real star is the set of four puppets that portray Audrey II, the carnivorous plant.
Michael Mayer’s splendid revival of …