| Aug 3, 2014
There are two types of day-trippers in my mind — those who meticulously research and map out their adventure, and those that who out to explore with no itinerary in mind.
I'm somewhere in between. For a day trip to the Northern Neck, I picked...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 10:05 AM
Editor's note: Broadway actress and singer Elaine Stritch, 89, died on Thursday, July 17, at her home in Birmingham, Mich. (Story and photos here.) Following is an interview by Hartford Courant theater critic Frank Rizzo from 2008.
Elaine Stritch is...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 11:18 AM
I had the chance to ask Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer about the three new hotels being built or planned in the downtown Orlando area.
This boomlet is significant for downtown, especially if you include a fourth project, the new Aloft Downtown Orlando that...
| Jul 25, 2014
| 1:26 PM
Plans for a new 205-room Hyatt Place hotel were filed with the Orlando city planning office, for the corner of South Street and Garland Avenue, next to the Ballroom at Church Street.
The owner of the project is Boston-based Tremont Realty Capital, and...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 6:05 AM
The clink of a cafe con leche against a china saucer, the clatter of horse hooves on cobblestones, the laughter of tartan-clad children sent to retrieve a baguette from the ambulant baker: These are the telltale sounds of Madrid rising to greet another...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 10:29 AM
A new publicly traded company, Xenia Hotels & Resorts, may be headquartered in Orlando.
The company was formerly known as Inland American Lodging, which owns the Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando. It’s parent company, Inland American Real...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Orlando-based Clean the World Management Inc. has become the state’s first “benefit corporation,” a hybrid between a non-profit and for-profit company
Benefit corporations, or ‘B’ corporations, are a recent development in...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:51 PM
A historic hotel in downtown Pasadena that served as sedate senior housing for decades is about to make a splashy comeback.
The $60-million makeover of Hotel Constance reflects Pasadena's rising profile as an international travel destination. As part of...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:52 PM
By all accounts, Heather Mack's relationship with her mother was volatile, with police often called to their former home in Oak Park.
Now, after Sheila von Wiese-Mack's body was found on Tuesday stuffed inside a suitcase at a luxury resort in Bali,...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 2:33 PM
It is revealing that the Orange County office of the California Coastal Commission is not in Orange County. It's in Long Beach, Los Angeles County.
One wonders if the commission had to get an exception to the Coastal Act to erect a building in the wrong...
| Jul 6, 2014
When I learned that a Super PAC supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid for re-election had collected nearly $1 million in a single day, I had three thoughts:
1) There are people who have a lot more disposable income than I do.
2) The "PAC" in Super PAC...