Maryland city cleared to remove statue linked to slavery

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) – A Maryland city has cleared what could be the last obstacle to its plan to rid the City Hall courtyard of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery. Frederick’s Historic Preservation Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to allow the removal of the bust of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (TAW-nee), and a nearby bust of Maryland’s first governor, Thomas Johnson, who owned slaves. City officials say both will go to nearby Mount Olivet Cemetery, where Johnson is buried. The city hasn’t announced a timetable for removing the sculptures. The Taney statue was erected in 1931. He practiced law in Frederick before becoming the nation’s fifth chief justice. Aldermen voted a year ago to remove the Taney statue, which…

Ephesus: How I Blundered at the Wonder of Wonders Some 2 million visitors a year, many from cruise ships, pack the lanes of Ephesus. I took a whole bunch of pictures at the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus. Actually, I didn't know much about this spot on the Turkish coast before our cruise ship stopped at the port of Kusadasi, from which it's a half-hour bus ride to the ruins. Ephesus turned out to be a real eye-popper. Think of a travel poster showing the columned lanes, temples, shrines and theaters of an ancient Roman city. Then make the city 10 times bigger, super-size its baths, library and amphitheater, and you've got Ephesus. Historians say it was the Roman empire's second largest city, topped only by Rome itself. Rich Ephesians lived in opulent hillside...

TripAdvisor names 2017 award winners Connect with nature in Whistler, Canada. Credit: VisualCommunications / Istock.com     Located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, San Jose del Cabo is increasingly popular with intrepid travellers, who have published a growing number of reviews of the town's hotels and tourist attractions. The seaside resort has won first place in the Traveler's Choice Awards published by TripAdvisor on Tuesday December 6. The Americas are popular with travellers seeking out of the way destinations. San Jose del Cabo, a seaside resort which is located at the southern extremity of the Baja peninsula, offers an alternative view of Mexico. Placing second in this year's awards for destinations on the rise, Whistler in Canada's British Columbia has attracted praise for its mountain climate. Travellers come here to experience...

The Best Travel Deals To Shop On Black Friday And Cyber Monday If political talk at Thanksgiving dinner makes you want to fly far, far away, these Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel discounts will help you do it. Check out the following deals for major savings on 2016-2017 travel. Abercrombie Kent Beginning Nov. 28 at 8 a.m., Connecticut travel company Abercrombie Kent will offer up to 50 percent off their premier private journeys. Their Bologna and Florence private journey is marked down from $4,995 to $2,995, and their Chile private journey is down from $6,395 to $3,795. Check out the rest of their holiday deals on their website.  American Express Travel Use American Express Travel to book travel now through November 28 and you’ll receive up to 50 percent off your fare HOTEL RATE?. This deal applies to travel booked for Jan. 9, 2017 through...

Travel Tips: How to Get the Most Out of a Vacation by Train Lars Leetaru If you think that traveling by train isn’t your idea of a fun vacation, think again, says Eleanor Flagler Hardy, the president of the Society of International Railway Travelers, a Louisville, Ky.-based travel agency specializing in trips by rail. “Traveling by train is a fabulous way to see any country unfold, and you can truly relax onboard because you’re not worrying about driving, directions or traffic,” she said. Here, she shares her top tips on planning an enjoyable train trip. PICK THE RIGHT TRAIN There’s a train journey for just about every type of traveler. For example, VIA Rail Canada and Rocky Mountaineer, both Canadian companies, offer the option of two- to three-day trips that are suited for families with younger children...

Insider: Monterey County for dog lovers When traveling with a popular four-member band, going out in public can get complicated. Especially when each of the band members has his or her own quirks, qualities and preferred scratchy spots. But this band manager doesn’t mind the hustle. In fact, she lives for moments out with all four of her French bulldogs. Monterey County resident Marci Bracco, owner-operator of Chatterbox PR, has plenty of names for the group, but #BulldogParkingLot gets the most play. When they perform, she frequently has them focus on their core songs, “Jingle Bells” and “Happy Birthday,” and — for frontman Geno — the National Anthem. Certain practices make it easier for the entourage to roll out. For instance, everyone knows where to sit in the car, and...

Popular blogger Lauren Bullen forgives copycat who takes identical photographs A travel blogger who wrote about another woman taking the exact same photos around the world has forgiven the "copycat". Lauren Bullen, who has more than 700,000 followers on Instagram, said she was worried when she saw photos of a woman in the same locations - and even wearing identical clothes - as her. In a post to her blog, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery", Bullen shared the almost-identical images that another woman, known on Instagram as Diana Alexa, took. "When a girl travels across the world recreating your exact imagery over and over again you begin to worry," she wrote in at he post that has since made headlines worldwide.  Read more:* Yes, I'm a travel blogger, please don't attack me* Wanderluster of the...

Lufthansa facing another possible strike Lufthansa. Credit: Bodo Bondzio/Lufthansa     German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit on Monday called for a new strike against airline Lufthansa as a long-smouldering dispute over pay reignited. "Expect industrial action at Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo," the group said in a statement, adding that it would give 24 hours' notice of the extent and duration of any strike. Cockpit demands a pay rise of an average of 3.66 percent per year, retroactive for the past five years. The union says pilots have endured a wage freeze over that time and suffered a "significant loss of purchasing power" due to inflation, while Lufthansa has made billions in profits. Lufthansa labelled the decision to strike "incomprehensible" via Twitter after the pilots' organisation announced what will be its 14th strike since...