The LG Weekly News Roundup: 7.15.10

Weekly Travel News — By on July 15, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Molly Fergus
LG Deputy Editor, Travel News

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here….

Police End Barefoot Bandit’s Crime Bender
Colton Harris-Moore, better known as the “Barefoot Bandit,” was forced to end his two-year crime spree when police caught him on Sunday following a high-speed boat chase in the Bahamas. At only 19 years old, the teenager is accused of nearly 70 break-ins and property crimes across the U.S. and Canada and allegedly stole a plane to fly from Indiana to the Bahamas. Harris-Moore pled guilty to illegally entering the islands, was flown back to the U.S. for further prosecuting on Tuesday, and apparently did commit many of his crimes without wearing shoes. Source: NPR

New Legislation Would Protect Cruisers
In scary travel news, studies indicate that crimes on board cruises are far more common than traditionally thought – and sexual assault crimes are the number one incidents on ships. That’s why RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, has pushed forward legislation that will, among other protections, require cruise ships to put peepholes on doors, give victims of sexual assault immediate onboard access to the organization’s hotline, and have medications available to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. The last step before approval: President Obama’s John Hancock.
Source: USA Today

Bullet Trains Rumored to Hit U.S. Rails
Could it really be true? President Obama is said to be considering new cross-country routes for Japan’s Shinkansen trains, the super-fast “bullet trains” that reach speeds as high as 200 miles per hour. East Japan Railway made the most recent model, the E6 Shinkansen, and hopes it will become the go-to choice for countries like Taiwan and Vietnam, which are planning high-speed routes. Stateside, the bets are on highly trafficked routes, such as Las Vegas to Los Angeles and Tampa to Miami. Source: Conde Nast Traveler

London Joins Bike Rental Bandwagon
Here’s a trend we like: On July 30, London becomes the next in a string of European cities to offer citywide hourly bike rentals. Similar programs are already in place in Barcelona, Paris, and Vienna, and the move seems like a win-win for everyone: Cyclists cut down on road congestion, residents have a new way to scoot around town, and tourists get to pedal to the capital’s top sights. Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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Travel News Bits

Bryant Park Broadway
Catch free lunchtime showings of New York’s top musicals and theater performances at 12:30 p.m. every Thursday today through August 12. Source: New Yorkology

Carnival to Dock in Turkey
Carnival Cruises announced last week that it will launch 12-night sailings from Istanbul in fall 2011. Source: USA Today

Legislating Airline Fees
The House is evaluating the legality of many airlines’ out of control a la carte fees (including those pesky baggage charges). Source: 11Atlanta.com

European Carriers Accommodate For Delays
Are we surprised? When European flights get delayed or canceled, the airlines put up passengers — and it’s required.
Source: New York Times

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    2 Comments

  • Ben H. says:

    Bike rentals are a great way to get around town, especially if you are sightseeing. We rented bikes in 3 different cities in Costa Rica, and I really enjoyed the flexibility of moving at our own pace.

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