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1:50 AM / Thursday October 22, 2020

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Smooth Traveler: Maryland: Frederick Douglass in Talbot County

October 2, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Frederick Douglass statue (Photo: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon “I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.” Frederick Douglass September was International Underground Railroad Month and nowhere is that history better preserved and…

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Airbnb bans house parties worldwide, citing virus mandates

August 20, 2020

By DEE-ANN DURBIN Airbnb is banning house parties worldwide as it tries to clean up its reputation and comply with coronavirus-related limits on gatherings. The San Francisco home sharing company will limit occupancy in its rental homes to 16 people. It may offer exceptions for boutique hotels or other event venues. Airbnb said it may…

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Carnival Corp. hacked; guest and worker information accessed

August 20, 2020

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. says it was the victim of a ransomware attack that likely got some personal information about the cruise company’s guests and employees. The attack was first detected Saturday. The attack accessed an encrypted portion of technology systems for one of the cruise line’s brands and certain data files were downloaded,…

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Spirit airlines warns of layoffs; aid for contractors being examined

August 3, 2020

Spirit Airlines is warning employees that it could furlough up to 30% of its roughly 9,000 workers in October, when federal payroll-help money runs out. CEO Ted Christie said in a memo to employees that furloughs might be needed because Spirit is burning through too much cash as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cut sharply…

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Bahamas bans US travelers starting Wednesday

July 21, 2020

HAVANA (AP) — The Bahamas is banning travelers from the United States starting Wednesday after a surge in coronavirus infections followed the islands’ reopening to international tourism. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Sunday that the country had seen 49 new coronavirus infections since it opened on July 1, nearly a third of the total of…

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CDC extends US ban on cruise ships through September

July 21, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of September as coronavirus infections rise in most U.S. states, including Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it was extending a no-sail order that had been scheduled to expire July 24. In the…

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Europe banning U.S. travelers due to America’s soaring COVID-19 infections

June 30, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Continent on Tuesday decided to reopen to visitors from 14 countries but not the U.S., where some of the states that pushed hardest and earliest to reopen their economies are now in retreat because of an alarming surge in confirmed coronavirus infections. The European Union’s decision came a day after…

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Apr 9: Septa to close select stations, suspend certain regional rail and bus routes under New Lifeline Service

April 8, 2020

New Lifeline service goes into effect on Thursday, April 9, 2020 across all modes that focuses on providing access for essential workers traveling to hospitals, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services. Below is a summary of the changes: Market-Frankford Line: Select stations will be closed (Church, Tioga, Somerset, York-Dauphin, 2nd Street, 5th Street, 13th Street,…

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Smooth Traveler: The Black Dispatch: Spying While Black (Part Two)

March 12, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Harriet Tubman statue   (Photo: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon  African Americans served as spies during the American Revolution with the belief that their service would prove the loyalty of the people, improve their condition and for the ever present promises of freedom. However, the status of African Americans largely did…

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