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NTSB issues safety recommendations for Alaska aircraft charter company
According to Alaska Dispatch, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued an urgent safety recommendation directed at HoTH, Inc., an aircraft charter and rental company based in Alaska. The recommendations come after a series of accidents and open investigations drew the attention of the safety bureau. The recommendations urge the FAA to ‘conduct a comprehensive audit’ of the company and its subsidiaries. Read more: alaskadispatch.com
Construction begins for new Vegas arena
On Thursday, MGM Resorts and AEG broke ground on a 20,000-seat arena on the Las Vegas Strip. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, this is the first major new arena in Vegas in 30 years, and it is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016. The construction project will cost $375 million. Read more: reviewjournal.com
Tourist shuttle in Hollywood opens to ease traffic
Driven by complaints from Hollywood residents, the LA Recreation and Parks Department has started a shuttle service to transport visitors to popular tourist spots in the area. This weekend, sightseers will be able to board a 21-passenger bus at the Greek Theatre and ride to the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory. The fare is $7. Read more: abclocal.go.com
Follow your Kentucky Derby horse on Twitter!
The Kentucky Derby horse race, otherwise known as the ‘greatest two minutes in sports’, is taking place in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday and now you can follow your favourite horse on Twitter. Almost half of the runners have their own Twitter account with the latest from @candyboyhorse reading ‘Had another great gallop this morning. Feeling good.’ Read more: usatoday.com
Blind man to ride in TD Five Boro Bike Tour this weekend
On Sunday many of the streets and bridges of the five boroughs of New York City will be given over to peddle-pushing New Yorkers as they take part in the 40-mile TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Of the 32,000 riders taking part, one man, Chris Wilkinson, will have more of a challenge than most. Chris is certified blind and will be riding in tandem with a training partner. Cycling events will be taking place in New York throughout May’s Bike Month. Read more: nydailynews.com
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