NEW YORK TIMES The sprawling Grand Hotel Dieu in Lyon, France, was first founded in the 1300s and contains shops, restaurants and public spaces in addition to a five-star hotel. Lyon is among The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2019. 1. Puerto Rico After a devastating hurricane, an island on its way back For as long as I can remember growing up in Puerto Rico, El Morro, the indestructible fort with the endless lawns at the entrance to San Juan harbor, was where you went to fly a kite. And on a recent sunny afternoon, just as expected, a couple and their young son were there trying to catch an updraft to loft a plastic butterfly with a long blue tail into the sky. On Fortaleza Street, an art installation of colorful umbrellas hovered above pedestrians, triggering countless selfies. A short ferry ride away from the old city, at the Bacardi rum distillery in the town of Catano, visitors sipped cocktails in an open-air pavilion with a roof shaped like a bat in flight. … [Read more...] about New York Times recommends these 52 places to explore in 2019
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52 Places To Go 2019 (Tag bylines with individual items.), New York Times Published 6:47 pm PST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Photo: Louise Denton Photography/Getty Images Photo: Louise Denton Photography/Getty Images Image 1 of / 38 Caption Close Image 1 of 38 Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. … [Read more...] about The New York Times picks 52 places to go in 2019
Birmingham is the Magic City. Huntsville is the Rocket City. But which Alabama city has the better claim to be, as some publications recently put it, the "Southern Silicon Valley?" The answer may depend greatly on Alabama's past, and could dictate the state's future. No less an authority than the Wall Street Journal gave Huntsville the nickname, saying it was one of three cities in the U.S. that represent the future of the tech industry. Entrepreneur said it's one of seven cities competing with Silicon Valley. Forbes and Barron's recently slapped the "Southern" moniker on Birmingham. Livability called it an-up and-coming tech spot. U.S. News said it is one of 10 cities where gig workers can flourish. Those are only a few of the superlatives lavished in the past few years. The two cities, at first glance, wouldn't seem to have that much in common. Birmingham's economic past was forged in steel and nurtured by its medical sector. Huntsville became America's space portal and an aerospace … [Read more...] about Which city is the ‘Southern Silicon Valley?’ Birmingham or Huntsville?
OPINION 08/20/2018 05:45 am ET Julia Hudson-RichardsGuest Writer “Huntsville Family Buys Teacher a Car.” “Co-workers Donate Vacation Time to New Moms for Maternity Leave.” “Riverside Police Donate Sick Days to Officer Battling Cancer.” “How to Crowdfund Your Kid’s Medical Expenses.” “A Teacher Battling Cancer Ran Out of Sick Days. School Employees Showered Him With Theirs.” These are real headlines for real news stories ― the types of stories people share on Facebook and Twitter because they’re heartwarming and uplifting and restore their faith in humanity. But give these stories a closer look, and they reveal much bleaker aspects of our society. We live in a country in which people cannot afford to take time off to have a baby. Or to be sick. In which parents have to declare bankruptcy or crowdfund their children’s medical treatments. In which teachers have to crowdfund classroom … [Read more...] about Why That Feel-Good News Story Should Actually Make You Feel Very Bad
I can't say whether a green Huntsville cop screwed up when he answered a call to help a mentally ill and suicidal man and wound up shooting him dead. Neither can you. All we can count on are competing conclusions by public employees. Like Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard, a professional prosecutor who looked at the case and was "gravely concerned" that it "was not a justified shooting." A grand jury looked at the evidence and agreed. It saw enough to charge officer William Darby with murder. Murder. A fatal, violent act. As an individual. Not the city. Not the mayor or council. But Darby, the man who pulled the trigger. Then there's the Huntsville police chief, who assured his city that Darby is no murderer. And there's Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, who urged his city council to defend Darby, because he was totally sure the officer followed protocol and is doubly sure the officer is "innocent of the charges filed against him." And there's the council, which on a 4-0 vote … [Read more...] about Huntsville pays to defend officer, implicates itself