The LG Weekly News Roundup: 8.27.10

Extras — By on August 27, 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….

Las Vegas, Los Angeles Most Stressful Cities in Country
New York’s ambitious, driven masses have earned a reputation for being frazzled and overworked, but according to Forbes it’s really Sin City locals who need to reach for the Xanax. Las Vegas earned top honors as the most stressful city in the country on Forbes’ list, thanks to a 14.5 percent unemployment rate, dusty desert heat, and a 24-hour workday to keep the high rollers rolling. Angelenos are the second most stressed out, because of health problems, and Houston ranked third due to a serious case of work-a-holism. Source:

Bed Bugs Conquering New York City
New York travelers (and residents) beware: Bed bugs have officially invaded the city. The parasites have burrowed in scattered New York City mattresses and closets for a while now, but it looks like the nasty critters are moving on to larger targets. They’ve been spotted everywhere from movie theaters to Victoria’s Secret, and exterminators still don’t have a great method for getting rid of the creepers. Source: CBS News

Octogenarian to Raft Across Atlantic Ocean
Here’s a man after a Lost Girl’s own heart: Anthony Smith, an 84-year-old from the U.K., plans to sail a raft across the Atlantic Ocean, from the Canary Islands to the Bahamas, in a few months. The self-declared lifelong adventurer wants to take the journey to prove that the elderly don’t have to settle for little thrills, like trips to the grocery store or going to church on Sunday. Cheers to that! Source: Telegraph

Chinese Traffic Jam Could Last a Month
The next time road rage creeps into your morning community, say a little serenity prayer and think of China. A major expressway heading into Beijing has been enduring gridlock since August 14, when construction halted traffic for nearly 100 kilometers. The scene turned to general chaos, as trucks idled on the expressway and vendors overcharged stranded travelers for food and water, and the congestion might not clear up until Sept. 13. Source: Xinhuanet News


Travel News Bits

Bmibaby debuts “Enterplanement”: Prague State Opera singers performed on Bmibaby flight from Manchester to Prague, and the British carrier plans to bring more live entertainment on board in the next few months. Source: AOL Travel

Seaworld Fined for Trainer’s Death: The federal job safety agency fined the Orlando amusement park $75,000 for the death of a trainer who was drowned by a killer whale. Source: Huffington Post