Katrina hits Florida: 2 dead; 1 million in dark

by Jon Surmacz on August 26, 2005

Katrina hits Florida: 2 dead; 1 million in dark — Hurricane Katrina lumbered ashore Thursday evening with punishing winds and torrential rain in densely populated southeast Florida, leaving at least two people dead and more than 1 million without electricity. (CNN)

Children under two won’t need to buy plane tickets — The Federal Aviation Administration had considered making safety seats mandatory on planes for small children. That would require parents to buy extra plane tickets, which they don’t now have to do for children under 2. The children will be allowed to sit on their parents’ laps. (AP)

Deadly storm sideswipes Tokyo — A powerful Pacific storm disrupted air and rail traffic as it slammed Japan with heavy winds and rains Friday, killing one person and injuring two others, authorities said. (AP)

Top official urged change in how national parks are managed — A high-ranking appointee at the Interior Department proposed fundamentally changing the way national parks are managed, putting more emphasis on recreational use and loosening protections against overuse, noise and damage to the air, water, wildlife or scenery. But a group of senior National Park Service employees rejected the proposal at a meeting this month. (The New York Times)

Some Londoners traveling less after July bombings — A third of Londoners plan to use Tubes, buses and trains less and cut down visits to the city centre following the July bomb attacks, a study has found. (BBC News)


Resorts offering steals for a weak Labor Day
— After a summer travel season of high prices and packed hotels, Labor Day weekend vacationers are finding some surprises: bargains and perks to lure them out of their homes and into less-than-full resorts. (The Wall Street Journal)

Fed funds may build bridge for sightseers — A $2.4 million boost of federal cash has put Tempe about $1 million away from making a 1,000-foot pedestrian bridge over Town Lake a reality. This fall, the City Council likely will decide whether to cover the balance of the bridge expenses. (The Arizona Republic)

Cayman Islands concerned over increase in human trafficking — Increased concern is being expressed in the Cayman Islands over human trafficking, as a number of Chinese nationals reportedly attempted to enter the country recently using false Japanese passports on a vessel from Jamaica, according to the local Immigration Department. (Caribbean Net News)

Greek official wants to extradite Britons for X-rated antics — A Greek MP last night called for the extradition of British tourists caught on camera having sex in the bars and beaches of the Greek island of Zakynthos, Europe’s latest party haven. (The Guardian)

Judge rules against travel agencies — A Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge ordered two Columbus travel agencies to pay nearly $500,000 to customers who got bad trips. Judge John Connor ordered Morena Tours Inc., Victoria Travel Inc. and their owners to pay $450,000 in civil penalties and $40,000 in reimbursement, Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro said Friday. (Columbus Business First)

Hurricane Katrina kills 4, moves to Gulf of Mexico — Hurricane Katrina killed four people, cut power to 2.4 million and left Florida’s densely populated southeast coast littered on Friday with branches and fallen trees. Katrina had been downgraded to a tropical storm as it churned across the swampy Everglades, but it strengthened back into a hurricane as it moved over warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)


Car renters often overdo insurance
— Rental-car companies say the insurance can provide peace of mind on the road that if the unexpected happens, you’re protected. But the four main types of coverage — collision, liability, personal accident and personal-effects insurance — cost up to $42 a day, according to the Insurance Information Institute in New York. That can be more than the price of renting the car. (USA Today)

LA transit agency to add cameras on subway and train cars — The county’s transit agency voted to spend nearly $7 million to place a closed-circuit camera system in subway and train cars as well as develop anti-terrorism training. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved the funding Thursday, speeding up the process after last month’s terrorist attacks on London’s public transportation system. (AP)

Experts: Book, arrive early for Northwest flights — Are you holding a Northwest Airlines ticket and wondering how the mechanics strike will affect your travel plans? In the near term, delays and cancellations are likely, airline experts say. (CNN)

Short on sleep? Mall of America sells naps — The Mall of America has a 74-foot Ferris wheel, a shark tank and a dinosaur museum. But if that puts you to sleep, a new nap store will sell you some shuteye for 70 cents a minute. The store, to be called MinneNAPolis, is aimed at weary travelers who need a nap after a long flight but aren’t staying long enough to book a hotel room, or spouses of shoppers who are traversing the mall’s 4.3 miles of storefronts. (AP)

Skip Bowman, Carrie Charney, Leslie Friedman, John Frenaye, Charles Leocha, Marge Purnell, Valerie Schneider, Mary Staley, Stephanus Surjaputra, Richard Wong.

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