| Jun 16, 2014
| 12:30 PM
SHANGHAI - Beijing Enlight Media, one of China's top film groups, unveiled plans to build a $1.6 billion (RMB10 billion) production studio and theme park in Shanghai. It also unveiled a joint venture with Bruno Wu's Seven Stars Media.
Enlight, which is...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:41 AM
Somali-linked Islamists have killed at least 50 people in a Kenyan coastal town, executing men in front of their families and killing others who had gathered to watch World Cup soccer on television.
The al Shabaab group said on Monday that its commandos...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 2:30 AM
JERUSALEM -- And then Mick Jagger walked in.
I was in Israel, with several friends, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be the site where Jesus was crucified and later buried. It is one of the biggest religious destinations in the...
| May 30, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Margaret Hicks says her training as a comedian has served her well in her new vocation: Chicago tour guide.
Hicks runs Chicago Elevated, dedicated to walking tours, mainly around the Loop. There's the architectural tour, the disaster tour (think the...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:27 PM
The political and scientific dispute over killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego and other marine parks is not over.
In April, a legislative committee in Sacramento tabled a bill that would have outlawed orca shows at SeaWorld. The bill, by Assemblyman...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 5:57 PM
One by one, they came to the microphone and made their case: The Maryland Renaissance Festival is fun, but it doesn't belong in a rural community.
The festival annually attracts to Crownsville about 300,000 visitors who gobble smoked turkey legs, guzzle...
| Jun 15, 2014
WILDWOOD, N.J. — I expect Frankie and Annette to walk out of the Lollipop Motel. If you know who they are, you will know what I mean. If you are too young to remember them, you owe yourself a ride on a Doo Wop Back to the '50s tour, centered in...
| May 31, 2014
Why is it that every time a transit corridor like the Sepulveda Pass is discussed, someone brings up the "great idea" of monorails? ("Make drivers pay for HOV lane access," Letters, May 29)
It has been proved through numerous studies over the years that...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 12:31 PM
For something educational to do before lunch, I admired bottle after bottle of pickled parasites. Some frilled. Some with suckers. Most hermaphrodite. And all gross.
Tokyo's Meguro Parasitological Museum is a research center as well as a tourist...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:41 AM
Early-1700s: New-Gate copper mine beings operation.
1773: The mine is repurposed, opening as a prison.
1782: State closes prison after prisoners burn down the wooden guardhouse for a third time.
1790: State reopens New-Gate.
| Jun 8, 2014
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to attract more tourists to Chicago creates a classic "frenemy" situation: The tourist city is both friend and enemy of the real city. It lures visitors and their dollars, yet in catering to tourist expectations, it threatens...