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Are Hassle Free Airlines Truly Possible?

Are Hassle Free Airlines Truly Possible? Aug 2nd, 2013 at 5:00PM: jerdlngr, Flickr A new airline in Memphis is looking to take the frustration out of flying, letting travelers skip airport security and show up at the airport just minutes before their flight takes off. Southern Airways Express has been operational for four months and the carrier's CEO believes it's the answer to many passengers' woes. "You're going to be able to walk from your car less than...

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers Aug 9th, 2011 at 12:00PM: When city plans exceed reality, or the money dries up, or people simply leave in a mass exodus, skyscrapers vacate and slowly decay. High winds thrash through broken windows. Rats live undisturbed amongst decades old rubble. Stairways lead to doors that may never open again. The ghost of ambition's past arrives in the present like a howling specter, creating eyesores, dangerous conditions,...

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator Jun 27th, 2011 at 12:15PM: Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. If you're looking for some last minute Independence Day deals, our pals at Viator have pulled together a list of Fourth of July bargains to help travelers get the most out of their three-day weekend. From New York to Oahu, below are some suggestions that will have you seeing red, white and blue without spending a whole lot of green. New York:...

Johnny Cash childhood home to become a museum

Johnny Cash childhood home to become a museum Apr 25th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Johnny Cash is a music legend, and now his boyhood home in the otherwise obscure town of Dyess in northeastern Arkansas is being turned into a museum. Funds from the Johnny Cash Music Festival on August 4 will go towards renovating the home and creating the museum. Family members will be among those performing, as well as George Jones and Kris Kristofferson. Locals are also raising funds with...

ExpressJet pilot refuses body scan, puts privacy over safety?

ExpressJet pilot refuses body scan, puts privacy over safety? Oct 20th, 2010 at 3:30PM: ExpressJet Airlines pilot Michael Roberts wasn't at all interested in getting a body scan, and now he's wondering how long he'll have his job. Roberts was selected to be scanned at Memphis International Airport last Friday. He refused. He was offered a pat-down. He refused that, too. Then, he went home, according to an Associated Press report. The pilot says he doesn't want to be "harassed...

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor Oct 8th, 2010 at 9:00AM: California loves to get wasted! San Diego and San Jose are the top two cities that drink stupidly, according to a survey by Insurance.com. They lead the country in alcohol-related driving violations, a dubious distinction to say the least. So, if you step into the crosswalk in these two spots, take an extra second to look both ways. The reasons for hitting this list vary and include proximity...

Top five cities for travel spending ... and the bottom of the barrel, too

Top five cities for travel spending ... and the bottom of the barrel, too Jul 25th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Hey, Arlington, Virginia residents, why are you spending so much on travel? Do you really want to get out that badly? According to a report by Bundle.com, the folks who live in Arlington spent twice the national average on travel last year: a whopping $3,534 per household. Nationwide, the norm came in at $1,571 for 2009. Meanwhile, Detroit residents spent a meager $1,158 per household on travel...

Thirsty? Drink up at one of these top 10 roofdeck bars

Thirsty? Drink up at one of these top 10 roofdeck bars Jun 22nd, 2010 at 2:00PM: It's been a long day, it's hot outside, and you need a cold beverage - stat! Maybe you're celebrating a good friend's promotion, or commiserating over a failed board meeting. Whatever the reason, rooftop bars were created for a reason - to relax, rejoice and re-hydrate while taking in some of the best views. Here are the top 10 roofdeck bars not to be missed: 1. Sky Terrace, on the Hudson Hotel...

The world's most dangerous destinations (according to the Los Angeles Times)

The world's most dangerous destinations (according to the Los Angeles Times) May 24th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The Los Angeles Times recently compiled a list of their picks for the world's most dangerous places, with some popular tourist destinations earning amongst their ranks. Unlike other lists of this kind however, they automatically omitted places like Baghdad or Afghanistan, which are not travel friendly to begin with. Instead, this list points out the the very real dangers that a tourist might face...

Woman's body found inside a motel bed frame

Woman's body found inside a motel bed frame Mar 17th, 2010 at 5:30PM: The body of a Memphis mother of five was discovered stuffed inside a hotel bed frame, according to local Memphis news services. Sony Millbrook, 28, was first reported missing in late January. News reports say Millbrook was staying at the Budget Lodge hotel and was last seen on Jan. 27. A missing persons case was opened a few days after her disappearance, and family members had later come to...

Celebrate Elvis' 75th Birthday at Graceland this week

Celebrate Elvis' 75th Birthday at Graceland this week Jan 4th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Had he lived, Elvis would be turning 75 years old on January 8. Superfans can celebrate with a week of parties hosted Graceland from January 7 to 10. Events include a day tour of Tupelo, where Elvis grew up, book signings from authors of books on Elvis, fan club events, and panel presentations from close friends and associates of Elvis. There will be musical performances, including a gospel...

Graceland to get a makeover

Graceland to get a makeover Dec 30th, 2009 at 11:00AM: In need of a little pick-me-up, Heartbreak Hotel is undergoing a makeover to help revive its natural beauty. The owners of Graceland the Heartbreak Hotel are putting together redevelopment plans for the famous hotel and Elvis' home. The owners are no strangers to makeovers. Robert Sillerman, the owner of the "American Idol" franchise, also owns CKX Inc., the company that bought controlling...

Odds are, you'll be on a smaller plane

Odds are, you'll be on a smaller plane Dec 5th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Airlines are using the little planes for longer runs, these days. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the average regional airline flight hit 461 miles in 2008, up profoundly from 274 miles in 2009. That's an increase of 41 percent! This is an industry-wide trend, so shopping around isn't likely to help you get a larger jet. The major carriers are relying on regional affiliates, so you'll probably be...

Justin Timberlake opens eco-friendly golf course

Justin Timberlake opens eco-friendly golf course Jul 26th, 2009 at 11:30AM: Justin Timberlake - singer, dancer, actor, restaurateur, golfer, and. . . eco-innovator? That's right, the guy who "brought sexy back" is also responsible for the first Platinum LEED certified golf course in the United States. The course also received the first Audubon International Classic Sanctuary certification in the U.S. The Memphis, Tennessee golf course, originally called Woodstock Woods,...

Delta wonders about Atlanta

Delta wonders about Atlanta Jan 29th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Is Delta playing chicken with Atlanta? The airline is getting ready for negotiations with Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport ... and has opened by threatening to lean on secondary hubs like Memphis and Cincinnati. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution questions the airline's likelihood of pulling the trigger, though. Delta is concerned that the costs of running through...

Bring your car: America's 10 least walkable cities

Bring your car: America's 10 least walkable cities Jul 22nd, 2008 at 5:00PM: It may come as no surprise that San Francisco ranks as America's #1 walkable city, but what about the rest of the country? After compiling a list of the "walkability" of 40 American cities, Walk Score gives us a good idea of what cities are pedestrian friendly and which ones require cars. The bottom ten cities on the list give us a few places where pedestrians are far and few between and driving...

It's Important to Type the Name of Your Desintation Correctly

It's Important to Type the Name of Your Desintation Correctly Sep 14th, 2007 at 9:12PM: I recently came across this story about three Norwegian tourists who planned a trip to Rhodes in Greece, only to end up in the French town of Rodez instead. They booked their trip through the Internet, you see, and made a mistake when typing the destination. Despite efforts of Rodez locals to make their stay pleasant, the confused tourists promptly returned to Norway. But while Rodez probably...

World Championship Barbecue-Cooking Contest, May 17-19

World Championship Barbecue-Cooking Contest, May 17-19 May 5th, 2007 at 1:37PM: Also known as "Super Bowl of Swine," the World Championship Barbecue-Cooking Contest sounds like a mighty fine time -- at least, if you like pork. Shredded, pulled, piled high, or on a slab, this Memphis tradition features opportunities for you to pick up some BBQ tips for yourself (if you sign up for the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of the teams), as well as the chance to help select the...

Video of FedEx Planes Avoiding a Storm

Mar 9th, 2007 at 4:05PM: We mentioned recently that Memphis International airport has more cargo traffic than any other airport in the world. The reason? FedEx uses Memphis as its shipping hub. This is an amusing, 46-second video of FAA radar tracking a bank of FedEx aircraft getting into Memphis as thunderstorms pass over the airport. Trust me. It's cooler than it sounds. [Via Kottke]...

Photo of the Day (12/23/06)

Photo of the Day (12/23/06) Dec 23rd, 2006 at 10:49AM: This photograph taken by teokaye on a Greyhound ride in Memphis, TN back in 1999 doesn't exactly scream Christmas or holiday anything. While the hook seen on the man's right hand serves as an interesting focal point teokaye provided some really sweet details and back story on what was going down. It was Christmas Eve and the man talking was a Jehovah's Witness. The man apparently had politics on...

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