In Indianapolis for the Flyers game today? A few other things to do ...

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

Sure, if you’re in Indianapolis today, you’re probably pretty focused on that little basketball game coming up this evening.

But surely you’ll have some time to squeeze in a good meal and some sightseeing, right?

Here are more than a dozen things to add to your Indianpolis, Indiana bucket list. How many can you get through on this trip?

Enjoy!

Opening date announced for Pandora: The World of Avatar, Star Wars land

Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 @ 7:03 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 @ 7:03 AM


            Opening date announced for Pandora: The World of Avatar, Star Wars land

The opening date for Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom has just been announced. 

During the Walt Disney Company's Q1 FY17 Earnings Call, Disney CEO Bob Iger shared the news that the new land will debut on May 27, 2017.

Based on the 2009 sci-fi film, Pandora: The World of Avatar is expected to be the biggest expansion in Animal Kingdom's history.

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In addition to an amazingly detailed setting guests will enjoy 2 new attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey which will take you through the jungles and rainforests of Pandora.

There will also be themed restaurants and shopping when the area opens this summer.

During the same event Iger announced new details on the opening of Star Wars lands on both coasts.

Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will debut their respective Star Wars-themed expansions in 2019. 

The land will take guests to a new and never seen before gateway planet located in the Outer Rim; filled with familiar characters and locations based on stories from a galaxy far, far away.  

Walt Disney World also announced the land's signature attraction: a new ride that allows guests to take control of the Millennium Falcon.   

At 14 acres, the Star Wars-themed land is set to be the largest single-themed expansion in Walt Disney World history.

List ranks best U.S. cities to get married

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 5:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 5:16 PM


            List ranks best U.S. cities to get married

Looking for a place to get married? A new study claims that there is a premiere wedding destination in our own backyard.

According to WalletHub, Orlando ranks as the second-best city for weddings in the United States, and Atlanta is right behind at third. The study looked at factors such as the average cost of a wedding, the number of wedding chapels, churches and bridal shops in an area and the area with the most attractions.

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WalletHub said its methodology involved comparing 15 U.S. cities in cost, activities and attractions and facilities and services.

The eastern half of the country dominates the list. Not surprisingly, Las Vegas tops the list.

Cincinnati, Ohio; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Knoxville, Tennessee; Miami and Austin, Texas, made the top 20 of the list at fifth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 18th, respectively.

Other cities on the list include Spokane, Washington, 24th; Pittsburgh 29th, Seattle 32th, Tulsa, Oklahoma, No. 36th, Los Angeles 39th and Memphis, Tennessee, 43rd.

The full list ranking 150 cities can be found at WalletHub.

 

Kelcie Willis of the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this story.

Beagle Brigade help confiscate roasted pig, horse meat sausages over Thanksgiving weekend at airport

Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 9:11 PM


            Beagle Brigade help confiscate roasted pig, horse meat sausages over Thanksgiving weekend at airport

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents say their Beagle Brigade helped confiscate several illegal items -- including an entire roasted pig -- from travelers flying out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Joey, a beagle pup, alerted agents Wednesday to the bag of a traveler from Peru to find the pig. Agents said it was seized and destroyed.

On the same day, agents said a traveler arriving from Uzbekistan was found to have fruit trees, carrots and cured sausages consisting of horse meat.

Investigators said the fruit trees lacked a United States Department of Agriculture import permit and phytosanitary certificates, while the meat and fresh carrots were seized to prevent the potential introduction of pests or animal diseases.

“Our best defense against destructive pests and animal diseases is to prevent the entry of prohibited agriculture products they use as vectors from entering the United States,” said Carey Davis, CBP Area Port director for the Port of Atlanta.

“One measure Customs and Border Protection employs to intercept prohibited agriculture products is the effective deployment of highly-trained K-9 units. These seizures at ATL illustrate the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States’ many agriculture industries.”

On Friday, Candie, also a Beagle, alerted agents to a bag that belonged a traveler from Bulgaria containing fig trees, tulip bulbs and almond seeds, and seized it for destruction.

How to avoid long airport lines this holiday season

Published: Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 6:00 AM

How to avoid long airport lines this holiday season

If you were one of the 3.55 million Americans that AAA estimated would be flying for Thanksgiving, chances are you waited in some lines at the airport. 

If that’s something you don’t like to do, now is the perfect time to consider applying for TSA Pre-Check status, especially if you plan to fly during the December holidays.

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Eligible flyers who are approved for the expedited screening program wait in the airport security line less than 5 minutes, on average, according to the Transportation Security Administration’s website

The process is simple: Apply online and schedule an appointment at an enrollment center where you’ll present your passport or other official ID, get fingerprinted and be interviewed in a matter of minutes. Dayton’s enrollment center is located on Webster Street near Fifth Third Field. 

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After a background check is conducted, you’ll be contacted whether you’re approved. Either way, the process costs $85. If approved, you’ll receive a unique KTN (Known Traveler Number), which is good for 5 years. The background check process can take up to 30 days, but I was approved in less than a week after my in-person interview. 

Once you have your KTN number, submit it when booking a flight to go through the TSA Pre-Check line. That means you’ll get to keep your shoes, belt and jacket on, and your baggie of liquids and laptop stay in your carry-on bags. 

More than 180 airports with 19 airlines have TSA Pre-Check.