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CNN: Pilotless Planes Will Make Flying Cheaper And Safer


It’s already happening on the highways with driverless cars. According to the news service report, predictions are that within a dozen years, human pilots will be gone from some airliners.

Expectations also are that ground-controlled commercial flying will be safer. Sophisticated automated functions would eliminate the human error factor, such as live pilots making wrong decisions and physical impairment suddenly happening in the cockpit.

One of the predictions is of reduced ticket prices, considering that today’s airline pilots get hefty salaries, expense accounts and benefits. The scientific beancounters estimate the savings would be as much as $35 billion annually. A sad note about pilotless airliners for crews is that membership participation in the mile high club would also be greatly reduced.

Paris, France: It’s Oui Oui To Wee Wee At City Outdoor Privies PDF Print E-mail


The no-door urinals in many city areas where tourists pass by are called uritrottoirs. According to local officials they’re there on the sidewalks to cut back on roaming men who just stop anywhere to pee in public. When your travels take you to Paris, try not to be too horrified when you pass by busy outdoor uritrottoirs.

 
Q&A: Safety For Single Senior Woman Traveling Alone PDF Print E-mail


Q: I’m a retired teacher and want to travel by myself. It gives me total independence and freedom to set my own pace. I’ve gone with groups, but gave up due to restrictive schedules, boring companions and other bothers. What’s your opinion on a single, 67-year-old senior woman seeing the world by myself? Ms MML, Boston MA

A: We strongly suggest you travel with at least one healthy companion. This is necessary where current conditions may be dangerous. While planning, search online for crime rates, political unrest and other reasons to be cautious or stay away.

When checking in, ask the hotel host about current safety conditions. When in public, especially crowded areas, keep your purse safe under an elbow with shoulder strap. Secure phone or camera, and wrap the straps around a wrist. Obey safety rules, and keep your companion close at all times.

 
Hollywood Bowl In 96th Season Of Music Under The Stars PDF Print E-mail


Are you ancient enough to remember the 1945 movie, Anchors Aweigh? In this scene, sailors Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra visit the Hollywood Bowl. The outdoor music venue has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922.

This season the orchestra is presenting a varied program, with music ranging from classical to opera to pop. Some famed performers scheduled during August, September and October include Queen Latifa, Harry Connick Jr., Dave Chappelle, Beck, Ozzie Osborne and many others. For schedules, tickets and other info, go to www.hollywoodbowl.com

 

 
Bus Tour Of Hollywood Visits Famous Movie Sites PDF Print E-mail


Driver: It was at this very street corner of La La Land where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone danced. And years earlier, where Elvis serenaded Ann Margret. Also, much earlier, it was here where Nelson Eddy sang a love song to Jeanette MacDonald. And next week we’ve scheduled another Hollywood Walk of Fame event featuring angry guys with jack hammers once again chopping up Donald Trump’s star.

 
Hollywood Walk Of Fame Plaques Targeted By Crazies PDF Print E-mail


Tourists who visit the Los Angeles area usually spend at least an hour or two walking along the famed sidewalk. Many times they find their journey violently interrupted by angry people chopping and otherwise attacking one or more the plaques under their feet. The latest is the Donald Trump star. A nutcase has defaced it, this time with an axe, banging the metal star and sidewalk around it into pebbles.

So, next time you wander along Hollywood Boulevard, don’t stand too long over the star of your favorite show biz immortal. You may just find yourself in a dangerous destruction zone.

 
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