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  • Florida preserve brings wolves, people together Aug 9, 2014 6:00 AM
    At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans — and for a $25 fee, they even let visitors mingle with a wolf pack. It lets wolves become ambassadors for their species, they say, and helps people become advocates for wolves.

  • On the road: Ed Paschke Art Center opens in Jefferson Park Aug 9, 2014 5:12 AM
    There’s a new museum in Chicago, and what a doozy it is: The Ed Paschke Art Center includes a permanent Paschke collection showcasing the distinct, in-your-face style that the artist explored, as well as the work of other Chicago artists. Get in on a one-time special event from Chicago Detours that will tour artist studios, a factory, warehouse, church and artisanal bakery in the Bridgeport neightborhood. And bring your young conductor to the Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine at the Illinois Railway Museum.

  • Explore Maine’s scenic Vinalhaven Island by ferry and bike Aug 9, 2014 6:00 AM
    Take a ferry to picturesque Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay off the Maine coast for great biking, good food, beautiful coastal scenery and a few surprises: the eye-catching home of a famous artist, a connection to the beloved children’s book “Goodnight Moon” and old granite quarries now used as quiet swimming spots.

  • Hawaii’s storms now more a scare than a threat Aug 9, 2014 3:58 PM
    After Hawaii cleared Tropical Storm Iselle largely without deterring sunbathers and surfers, the state looked toward Hurricane Julio, which was expected to pass roughly 160 miles northeast of the islands at its closest point early Sunday and linger near the state into Monday.

  • Greek isles: Views, beaches, sunsets and crowds Aug 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    Whitewashed houses stacked like sugar cubes on the cliffs. Colorful sunsets and black-sand beaches. Donkeys, windmills and a local winemaking tradition that goes back to ancient times. These are some of the things that stood out on a visit to the Cyclades, a Greek island chain in the Aegean Sea. Little wonder the place draws gaggles of visitors — enough to make even crowd-loving extroverts long for a peaceful island paradise.

  • Abandoned horses keep flooding overtaxed rescues Aug 8, 2014 6:01 AM
    Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money as they continue to be strained by an influx of abandoned equines, a trend that began during the recession. Although hundreds of nonprofits nationwide care for thousands of horses, resources are stretched thin. When the downturn started seven years ago, some owners got rid of their horses, many donors discontinued contributions to horse charities and adoptions plummeted.

  • Go for the food: Traverse City, Michigan's Harvest Aug 8, 2014 8:49 AM
    Let's face it: In today's hurry-up culture, there always will be a need for fast food. Even when you're enjoying a leisurely vacation in a place like Traverse City, a Lake Michigan resort community. For a quick, inexpensive meal there that includes items like Korean beef tacos, udon noodles and much more, head to Harvest. The menu is in constant flux, dictated largely by what sustainable, organic produce is available at local farms and markets.

  • Missing from New Zealand’s ski slopes? Snow Aug 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    Winter has rolled into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he’s going stir crazy as he stares out at the driving rain on the small ski area he manages in the Southern Alps. The Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is one of several areas that haven’t opened for a single day this season, and some fear there may not be enough snow to open at all this year — something Jarman says has never happened during his 30 years carving turns on the mountain’s slopes.

  • Red ceramic poppies spill from Tower of London Aug 5, 2014 10:12 AM
    A blood-red sea of ceramic poppies is spilling from the Tower of London to commemorate British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in World War I on the 100th anniversary of its start. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry on Tuesday to “plant” the ceramic poppies in the dry moat surrounding the Tower to honor the military dead.

  • Hotel negative review policy spurs online backlash Aug 5, 2014 7:03 AM
    A hotel received a flood of online criticism Monday following reports that it threatened to charge $500 if guests posted negative reviews. The New York Post reported early Monday that the Union Street Guest House in Hudson, N.Y., warned on its website that “a $500 fine ... will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review placed on any Internet site by anyone in your party.” The policy was aimed at guests booking the inn for weddings and other events.

  • U.K. museum looks at epic, intimate sides of WWI Aug 5, 2014 5:30 AM
    It’s an iconic scene of Britain at war: Thousands of Londoners huddled in Underground stations as German bombs rained down. But this is not the 1940s Blitz — it’s World War I, more than 20 years earlier. For most people, the Great War evokes images of mud, gas masks and the trenches of the Western Front. The Imperial War Museum wants to expand that view. A century after the conflict began, the London museum aims to provide a new perspective on “the war to end all wars.”

  • Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats Aug 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a feast for the rats. And they’re getting help from animal lovers who dig up poison and feed them water.

  • Illinois historic sites to cut hours Aug 4, 2014 4:23 PM
    Here's a list of 13 state historic sites that will reduce their operating hours after Labor Day.

  • 5 tips for making family trips with teens more fun Aug 3, 2014 5:45 AM
    When it comes to family trips, the teenage years can be nearly as challenging as the toddler years — because to a teen, any place a parent wants to go is by definition uncool. It’s tempting to fantasize about leaving them home, but they might throw wild parties in your absence, so you’ll have to bring them along. Here are five strategies — crowdsourced and from personal experience — to help you survive. It may not be cool for teenagers to travel with their parents, but you can definitely make it more fun.

  • Idea to shorten TSA lines could be worth $15,000 Aug 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Did you hear the TSA needs your help? Apparently, they can’t figure out how to improve airport security lines, so they want you to do it. And if they choose your solution, you could collect as much as $15,000. But there’s a catch. Getting your idea registered is a lot like waiting in one of those security lines at the airport.

  • On the road: Beach Butlers make hotel stay even better Aug 2, 2014 6:15 AM
    Thompson Chicago beckons you to experience a favorite Chicago summertime pastime with a private and luxurious twist ... Beach Butlers! Also. grab some krofne and dance to Serbain music at Serb Fest, at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago. Retro on Roscoe is a flashback weekend of pure fun, featuring six full blocks of great global cuisine, continuous entertainment, antique vendors and an antique and classic car & motorcycle show.

  • Who made the decision to fly Ebola victims to Atlanta? Aug 1, 2014 4:12 PM
    The announcement that at least one of these Ebola sufferers will be flown to Atlanta didn’t mention who made the decision. It seems not to have been a high federal official, because the jet being used is a private charter. And just hours before it took off from Georgia, Tom Frieden, the CDC director, was talking with journalists and gave no hint of the impending action.

  • Researchers looking into beach rip currents Aug 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Vincent Klock was bodysurfing toward the beach when his momentum suddenly turned and he was whisked away from shore. He was caught in a rip current. “The current was just pulling me,” he recalled. Scientists wading into the surf nearby on Carolina Beach, N.C., were hoping to find some answers. Researchers from the North Carolina Sea Grant and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, launched a series of GPS-equipped “drifters” in hopes of better understanding deadly rip currents.

  • Mineral Point, Wis.: Figgyhobbin, the arts and only 3 hours away Aug 1, 2014 10:05 AM
    The tiny town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, just a three-hour drive northwest of Chicago, is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists’ galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets. A thriving arts center draws people from around the country to study everything from blacksmithing and bent twig furniture to the Cornish language. And it is one of the few places in the world — other than Cornwall, England — where you can feast on a raisin-studded pastry called figgyhobbin.

  • Banksy’s ‘Spy Booth’ artwork defaced Aug 1, 2014 7:23 AM
    A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced. “Spy Booth” shows three agents in trench coats and trilby hats eavesdropping on a phone booth. It appeared in April on a wall in Cheltenham, western England, home of spy agency GCHQ.

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