News Tidbits For March 14, 2018

Workout of the Day

Source: The New York Times

President Trump fired his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, on Tuesday, suggesting he is determined to surround himself with loyalists more willing to reflect his “America First” views.

Mr. Trump announced he would replace Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director who has a close relationship with the president and has taken a harder line than Mr. Tillerson on critical issues like Iran and North Korea.

Rex Tillerson is said to have learned of his dismissal by Twitter.

Stephen Hawkins, physicist and best-selling author, has died at 76

Source: The New York Times

Stephen Hawking has died at  the age of 76. A physicist and best-selling author, Dr. Hawking never allowed his physical limitations to hinder his quest to answer the big question: “Where did the universe come from?”

Roaming the cosmos from a wheelchair, he examined the universe and explained black holes, becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity. His book “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes,” published in 1988, has sold more than 10 million copies.

He was the most well-liked scientist since Albert Einstein, admired by millions, all over the world.

Check-in Time Hours Away? Store Your Bags and Do Some More Sightseeing

Source: The New York Times

We have all been there: You’ve got a few hours before you can check into your hotel, or before leaving for your flight, and you want to do some sightseeing. But you have all these (very likely overstuffed) bags to tow around the crowded sidewalks.

Businesses in many cities are offering to take care of your luggage for a low hourly rate. In New York City, for example, you can stash your bags for $2 an hour per bag at Chelsea Bicycles, the Puerh Brooklyn teashop, or an Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen, among hundreds of other untraditional storage locations.

Websites and apps allow travelers to go online and book a date (it can be the same day) and location (maps show you your options), then drop off their bags.

United Airlines Apologizes After Dog Dies in Overhead Compartment

Source: The New York Times

United Airlines apologized after a dog died on a U.S. domestic flight during which it was stored in an overhead compartment on the orders of a flight attendant, rather than under the seat.

The dog, a black French bulldog that was traveling in a pet carrier, was placed in the compartment after the flight attendant instructed the owner, who was traveling with a baby, to do so. Although the pet owner at first adamantly refused, she eventually complied with the flight attendant. The dog barked during take-off, but soon stopped, and the owner, preoccupied with her infant during the flight, did not check on it. She discovered her dog was dead shortly after landing at La Guardia Airport.

Putting animals in the overhead compartment is against the airline’s policies, which say pets are required to travel in carriers that “must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times.” United said it was investigating who had put the dog in the overhead compartment and why.

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