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  • TX: Concealed Permit Holder Shoots Attacker in Four Star Hotel

    07/17/2014 6:05:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Most defensive shootings do not occur in four star hotels.   But on the 6th floor of the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio last Saturday, the 12th of July, there was an exception. An occupant of the hotel, Moises Torres, 34, is said to have been creating a disturbance in the hallway, breaking light fixtures and banging on doors, saying "he was looking for someone to kill".  At least one person called security.   When the CHL (concealed handgun license) permit holder thought Torres was gone, he opened his door.   He reported that Torres charged him and the...
  • Video: How Not to Park a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

    07/11/2014 1:19:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A valet at the five star Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi, India is in a certain amount of trouble after he wrecked a guest's precious Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder recently, causing damages of up to $330,000 to the luxury vehicle. Captured on CCTV for all the world to see, the valet, Arun Kumar drives the car from the parking area at the hotel to the busy valet area. He briefly gets out of the car. Then, after climbing back in, the car suddenly lurches forward, sending other valets running for cover as it hits a wall head-on. The valet managed...
  • I may have been wrong to condemn Christian B&B owners for banning gay couple: English Judge

    06/19/2014 2:50:01 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 06/19/2014 | Steve Doughty
    A judge who condemned a Christian couple for turning away gay guests from their hotel yesterday said her decision may have been wrong. Supreme Court deputy president Baroness Hale called for a rethink on religious and gay rights six months after she rejected the B&B owners’ arguments in a key test case. Lady Hale said in a speech that the law has done too little to protect the beliefs of Christians. And she cast doubts over her own judgment in the landmark case in which a gay couple sued Christian hoteliers Peter and Hazelmary Bull.
  • Meth Lab Discovered Inside Chamblee Hotel (Georgia)

    01/26/2014 6:18:08 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    WSB-TV 2 Atlanta ^ | Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 | WSB-TV 2 Atlanta
    Meth lab discovered inside Chamblee hotel DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Investigators dismantled meth lab found at a DeKalb County hotel Saturday night. Channel 2 Action News was at the scene as the Georgia Bureau of Investigations began their investigation. Our crews watched them, armed with search warrant, go inside and investigate the meth lab. The owner of the Lodge on Buford Hotel only meant to evict a tenant who hadn't paid his bill, but he found himself calling Chamblee police. “When the officer got here, the tenant had actually left. He went inside with the owner of facility and found...
  • HIT & RUN: Dem Lawmaker Plows Over Hotel Ducks

    12/30/2013 8:42:00 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 30, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Where’s PETA? Police are investigating Democratic State Rep. David Campbell after he plowed over a number of ducks on the road at the Crowne Royal Hotel in Nashua. The Union Leader reported: Police are investigating the death of a number of ducks allegedly hit by a vehicle operated by one of the city’s state representatives. State Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, reportedly ran over the ducks at a speed of about 15 mph in the driveway of the Crowne Royal Hotel in Nashua. The incident is said to have occurred on Monday, Dec. 23, The Telegraph of Nashua reported Sunday. Campbell...
  • Undercover: Late-term abortion clinic completes abortions at Albuquerque’s Plaza Inn

    11/18/2013 9:37:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    How would you like to stay at a hotel where in the room next door an aborting mother was delivering her dead baby into the toilet, and where the abortionist came to complete the abortion and wrap and remove the dead baby? Worse, how would you like to stay in a hotel room where a late-term abortion was committed the night before? Where a mother delivered her dead baby on your toilet, in your bathroom, with all the blood and body secretions that come with it? Where the abortionist had the mother lie on your bed to finish it? Do...
  • Hotel Gives Discounts to Women Getting Late-Term Abortions at 25 Weeks

    11/15/2013 5:02:51 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    As pro-life groups continue to campaign for a measure residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico will vote on Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a new undercover video exposes how one local hotel is offering discounts for late-term abortion patients. The pro-life organization Live Action has released a second investigative video, highlighting what Live Action President Lila Rose has coined “room-service abortions” – and the hotels that profit off such sinister arrangements. The video follows closely on the heels of another one showing the local late-term abortion business that would be affected by the ban uses an...
  • Small bomb explosion injures one foreigner in Myanmar Yangon

    10/14/2013 10:59:35 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 10/15/2013 | Yan
    YANGON, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- A small bomb explosion in Myanmar's Yangon, injured one foeigner at midnight, Local witnesses said on Tuesday. The blast occurred in the ninth floor of the Traders Hotel at about 11:30 midnight (local time) on Monday, witnesses added. Currently, many media reporters have arrived this hotel, but police have not provided further information. A small bomb explosion in Thakayta, Myanmar's Yangon, injured two children Sunday evening. Another minor one occurred with a roadside bus stop kiosk in Yangon's Insein township without casualties on last Saturday midnight.
  • "Starving" "Palestinians" celebrate opening of five-star hotel

    09/30/2013 8:48:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/29/13 | Robert
    Hey, this thing will be great for firing rockets off the roof at Israeli civilians! "Grand Park Hotel Celebrates Being First Five-Star Hotel in Palestine," from the Palestine News Network, September 25 (thanks to Maxwell): The headquarters of the Grand Park hotel in Ramallah celebrated its coronation as the first "Five-Star" hotel in Palestine. The celebration was attended by Rula MaayÂ’a, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Musa Hadid, the Mayor of Ramallah, the hotelÂ’s Chairman Loay Qawas, and its General Director, Mohammad Zamlat. There was also a crowd of businessmen and representatives from many institutions. The Minister of Tourism...
  • Eight-Foot Crocodile Found Under Bed

    09/18/2013 7:17:19 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 21 replies
    Good Morning America- Yahoo news ^ | 09-18-2013 | Author Unknown
    A man in Zimbabwe got the surprise of his life when he discovered an eight-foot crocodile lying under his bed. Guy Whittall slept through the night at a Humani lodge, where he also works, without any idea what was lying beneath him. It was only after he got out of bed to eat breakfast and heard the screams of a housekeeper that he saw the crocodile.
  • LA:Hotel Patron Stops Drunken Intruder with Gunshot

    09/06/2013 7:10:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    From New  Orleans, a classic case of how becoming stupid drunk can cause you and other people  a world of trouble.  If you are so drunk as to not know where you are, you put your life at risk when you attempt to force your way into a place, and threaten a resident while doing so.  From nola.com The guest confronted Dousay and told him he had the wrong room, the report said.  But when the victim entered the room, Dousay threw his leg into the doorway and tried to force his way in, McGregor said. The victim yelled, "stop"...
  • Authorities kill murder suspect in hotel shootout

    08/29/2013 7:48:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | August 28, 2013 | Erika Pesantes and Ihosvani Rodriguez
    In the darkness of a hotel parking lot, the fugitive task force moved quickly to stop the black pickup with the murder suspect riding inside. Only their fugitive wasn't in the truck. Instead, Henry Kiner, 27, was dressed in camouflage and perched on the hotel's second floor, where he used a shotgun to blast away at the unsuspecting task force members below, officials said. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel called it an "ambush" that backfired when officers and deputies fired back toward the hotel, killing Kiner just outside Room 212 of the Days Inn in Oakland Park early Wednesday.
  • Terrorists in Sinai fire RPG at hotel, causing injuries

    08/01/2013 6:00:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 8/1/13 | staff
    Terrorists operating in the Egyptian resort town of El Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a hotel, according to Al-Ahram. Casualties were reported. Officials in Sinai say the political instability that continues to wrack the country in the wake of Mohammed Morsi’s ouster by the military is having an adverse impact on tourism to the peninsula, according to Al-Ahram.
  • Hotel bans kids with Down syndrome

    05/20/2013 6:56:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | breitbart
    ALMERIA, Spain, May 20 (UPI) -- A hotel in Spain has come under fire for refusing to let a group of children with Down syndrome stay the night because they "might annoy other guests." Hotel CaboGata Plaza Suites in Almeria refused a reservation for a group of children with Down syndrome who were planning on celebrating the end of their school year, The Local.es reported. The hotel said it would not board the children because "these kinds of people might annoy other guests." Management at the hotel has apologized for the incident, saying it was "a misunderstanding," adding, "In 35...
  • Pelosi, top House Dems to dine with Obama

    05/08/2013 4:36:23 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 65 replies
    AP ^ | 5/8/13 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama has invited House Democratic leaders to dinner Wednesday at a hotel near the White House. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California will attend the private dinner, along with the No. 2 and No. 3 Democrats in the House, congressmen Steny Hoyer of Maryland and James Clyburn of South Carolina. The top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, Maryland's Chris Van Hollen, will be there, plus the chair of the House Democrat's campaign arm, Steve Israel of New York.
  • Democrats Tap Radical Islamists for Cash

    11/02/2012 10:11:54 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Nov. 2, 2012 | Steven Emerson and John Rossomando
    The Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Democratic Party fundraiser with leaders of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood front groups in May of this year. The invitation-only fundraiser was sponsored by Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; and Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and took place on the evening of May 16, 2012, at the W Hotel in Washington D.C. In attendance were about 20 members of a Syrian dissident group and 10 officials representing Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas front groups. Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)...
  • Obama's $2.5M Hotel and 'Vehicle Rental' Tab on Last Mexico Trip

    05/01/2013 11:51:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/1/13 | Jeryl Bier
    As the White House first announced in March, Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Mexico and Costa Rica later this week. The trip is billed as "an important opportunity to reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America." And at yesterday’s White House press conference, the president stated that he is "very much looking forward to taking the trip down to Mexico" this week. But the trip won’t exactly be cheap for taxpayers, assuming the costs mirror those incurred by the American taxpayers for President Obama's last trip to Mexico,...
  • Sex pays for China’s budget hotels

    03/28/2013 6:40:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | March 3, 2013 | RNW China Desk
    China’s budget hotels used to target small business travellers, but their clientele nowadays is a rather different one. Cheap hotel rooms have become the space where the Chinese can pursue sexual freedom. Sexologist Xiaoliang Zeng writes on budget hotels and sexual liberation in China. The hotel I checked in to was recommended by a well-known travel website. But I regretted my choice as soon as I walked in. It was by no means a cheap hotel. Yet my room was filled with the unpleasant odor of semen and disinfectant. The pinkish wall, dim light, and green carpet created a sexually...
  • How Much Did it Cost to Send VPOTUS Biden to Paris for a Day?

    02/23/2013 11:18:05 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Feb. 23, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S. Department of State spent $585,000 on hotel rooms and racked up $322,000 on intra-country transportation costs for Vice President Joe Biden's recent trip to Paris, according to contracting documents that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located through routine database research. Despite the availability of a contracting awards granted to Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand and Biribin Limousines, respectively, no other procurement documents currently are available. Consequently, it remains unknown just how much State spent on Biden's European mission, which also included stops in Berlin and London.
  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views
    rediff.com ^ | February 17, 2004 19:12 IST | Shyam Bhatia in London
    The London accountant who accompanied Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to Timbuktu on three occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 says the 'father' of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert. A remote outpost in the middle of the West African desert, Timbuktu usually attracts explorers associated in the popular mind with the adventures of the comic character Tin Tin. And Pakistani dissidents told rediff.com the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • Help with hotel in Baltimore (Personal).

    12/14/2012 2:39:43 PM PST · by eCSMaster · 27 replies
    I'll be traveling to Baltimore next week with my wife. Can anyone please recommend a safe hotel somewhere near Cromwell Street? If there are no safe areas near there, can someone recommend a hotel out of town or in the suburbs? Thanks.
  • Construction of an Amazing Underground Hotel in Songjiang Begins

    11/18/2012 8:36:39 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 39 replies
    Amazing Planet ^ | 10/31/12 | James Holloway via Amazing Planet
    Some years ago, a British engineering firm Atkins proposed an extravagant design for a five-star hotel located deep within a 100-meter, abandoned and half flooded pit near the base of Tianmashan Mountain in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. Construction on the 19-story, 380-room Shimao Intercontinental Hotel finally is already underway. Initially the hotel was expected to be completed by May, 2009, but construction commenced only in March early this year. The innovative design of the luxury resort hotel stands two levels higher than the rock face of the 100 meter deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. Instead...
  • Officials warn DNC visitors of hotel, ticket scams

    08/31/2012 5:47:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 8/31/12 | Meghan Cooke
    Officials warn DNC visitors of hotel, ticket scamsBy Meghan Cooke The Charlotte Observer Posted: Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 **SNIP** Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont President Tom Bartholomy said credentials to see President Barack Obama deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium, which were handed out recently, will likely go on sale on Craigslist and eBay. But the BBB warns that some credentials sold by third parties could be counterfeit. Bartholomy said legitimate credentials have security features. People with fake tickets will be turned away, he said.
  • Nice hotel in Austin? Please help...

    08/12/2012 8:00:24 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 28 replies
    12 August 2012 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Dear Austin area Freepers, please inform me as to a fairly nice hotel in the Austin area in which one could stay for the weekend and be in a pleasant environment. Thanks in advance.
  • Obama Crosses Picket Line - Hotel Mogul Pritzker Gets Ride on Air Force One as Unions Launch

    07/24/2012 4:03:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/24/12 | staff
    Penny Pritzker, the billionaire heiress whose family owns the Hyatt hotel chain, took a ride on Air Force One this afternoon from San Francisco to Portland, Ore., where President Obama was making a series of fundraising stops. The ride came hours after the announcement of a global boycott of Hyatt Hotels by Unite Here, the nation’s largest hospitality workers union. That boycott has been joined by the National Organization for Women, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Black Justice Center, and the National Football League Players Association. Pritzker was the national finance chair of Obama’s 2008 campaign....
  • Hotel reccy in Panama City FL

    04/18/2012 3:43:13 PM PDT · by AnAmericanMother · 19 replies
    AnAmericanMother
    Looks like I'm going to be going to Panama City FL on business and have to stay overnight. Unfortunately I won't get to go to the beach! :-( The closest hotel to where I'm going looks to be the Wingate in Lynn Haven. It seems to have good reviews on line. Is this a decent part of town for a woman alone? Inquiring minds would like to know. Thanks!
  • Twenty or 21 women brought to Colombia hotel by agents, military -senator

    04/17/2012 4:10:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    yahoo ^ | 4/17/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty or 21 women were brought back to the hotel in Colombia by U.S. Secret Service agents and members of the U.S. military in an incident last week involving alleged misconduct with prostitutes, U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Tuesday. Collins was briefed by the director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, on Monday evening. "There are 11 agents involved. Twenty or 21 women foreign nationals were brought to the hotel, but allegedly Marines were involved with the rest," the Republican senator said in comments emailed to Reuters by her spokesman. (Reporting By Susan Cornwell; Editing by...
  • Turkish police dispose of bomb near Istanbul hotel

    04/02/2012 6:32:48 PM PDT · by Cindy
    (AP) via YNETNEWS.com ^ | Turkish police dispose of bomb near Istanbul hotel | n/a
    TRT television says hotel cleaners discovered a bag outside the hotel early Monday and notified police. It said bomb squads determined that the bag contained a bomb, closed all adjacent roads and set it off in a controlled-explosion. (AP)
  • Five suspected terrorists reported killed in Bali raids

    03/18/2012 2:37:02 PM PDT · by steveo · 5 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | 03-18-12 | Peni Widarti and I Wayan Juniarta
    Five suspected terrorists were reportedly killed during police raids at two different locations in Bali late on Sunday. Police have yet to issue an official statement on the nature of the raids and details on the casualties. The first raid took place at around 10:15 p.m. in a budget hotel, Laksmi, on Jl. Danau Poso 99X, Sanur. The area is known as one of the most famous red-light districts in Bali, where people can easily obtain a cheap room from staff at budget hotels who rarely ask for valid identification from their guests. Neighbors said that they heard a burst...
  • Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok

    02/14/2012 6:47:29 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Robert Johnson
    Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok Robert JohnsonFeburary 14, 2012 One day after bombs targeting Israeli embassy staff went off in India and Georgia, another botched attack played out this morning in Bangkok. Through several reports, the incident appears to have played out something like this: Saeib Morabi, a suspected Iranian, was fleeing an explosion that rocked through his rented home in central Bangkok. While he was on the road looking for transportation, another explosion went off "on a nearby road." When Morabi finally managed to flag down a cab, the driver...
  • Hotel rates zoom for Democratic National Convention (RATS in Charlotte - 99%ers forgotten)

    01/07/2012 6:13:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 12/27/11 | Celeste Smith
    Hotel rates zoom for Democratic National ConventionBy Celeste Smith Posted: Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 Room rates are going up in a big way at some area hotels during the Democratic National Convention. The markups - quadruple or more in some cases - don't affect the convention's official attendees. DNC organizers already reserved rooms and locked in rates for 6,000-plus delegates, VIPs and others during the Sept. 3-6 convention. **SNIP** Among the most expensive spaces: Holiday Inn Express Suites East Matthews, charging $849.15 to $1,014 per night during the stretch of Aug. 31 to Sept. 7 and Aug. 24 to Aug....
  • Clinton Foundation facilitates $45 million Haiti hotel deal (Marriott for aid workers, investors)

    12/02/2011 5:54:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/28/11
    Clinton Foundation facilitates $45 million Haiti hotel dealNovember 28, 2011 | By the CNN Wire Staff Two years after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake leveled Haiti's capital, a deal brokered by former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation will add new lodging for aid workers and other travelers to Port-au-Prince -- in the form of a $45 million hotel. With only about 500 operable hotel rooms, the city has limited space to house aid workers, potential investors and other visitors, according to a news release Monday by the future hotel's owner and its operator. Caribbean cell phone provider Digicel will own the hotel,...
  • Hotel explosion kills 3, wounds 27 in Zamboanga

    11/27/2011 11:50:51 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies
    SUNSTAR.com/AP ^ | November 28, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "ZAMBOANGA CITY (2nd update, 1:56 p.m.) -- A powerful blast killed at least 3 people and wounded 27 others in a budget hotel packed with wedding guests in the southern Philippines, officials said Monday. The explosion, suspected to have been caused by a bomb, ignited a fire that gutted the two-story Atilano Pension House in downtown Zamboanga city late Sunday." SNIPPET: "Zamboanga city, a predominantly Christian trading hub 540 miles (860 kilometers) south of Manila, is located in a volatile region long troubled by a decades-long Muslim insurgency, extortion gangs and kidnap for ransom syndicates."
  • KEY- Sharon claims that Herman Cain upgraded her room at the Hilton 14 years ago?

    11/08/2011 3:04:15 PM PST · by dictatorMA · 38 replies
    Why isn't someone tracking down Sharon's claim that Herman Cain upgraded her room at the Hilton 14 years ago???? Seems to me that if they can de-bunk that claim by her, he is home free as her story will completely crumble. The double standard our people face is unbelievable and highly depressing.
  • [Politically active in Reagan admin] Hotel guest checks out after 10-plus years

    11/01/2011 5:26:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | October 30, 2011 | Stacey Samuel
    Falls Church, Virginia (CNN) -- Garrulous and active, 79-year-old Joy Bricker presides over her hotel suite in a manner befitting a grander home. She offers tea to the staff and media with the ease of a person schooled in proper etiquette. Like many hotel guests, Bricker has learned to make herself feel comfortable, making her room a home away from home. Only, Bricker has called the Towne Place Suites by Marriott, in Falls Church, Virginia, home for more than 10 years. A former pilot, the 5-foot tour de force is finally turning in her key card, as movers wait to...
  • Bail set at $1M in slaying of woman in Chicago hotel

    10/14/2011 12:59:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 14, 2011
    A Lincoln Park man was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail after being charged with killing a LaCrosse, Wis., woman found stabbed to death in a boutique hotel this week, police said. Christopher Love, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder and soliciting for a prostitute in connection with the slaying of Sarai Michaels, 31, police said. A judge this afternoon set bond for Love at $1 million.
  • Israeli Student Receives Special Gift from Ahmadinejad

    09/26/2011 12:29:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies
    YNETNEWS.com ^ | Published: 09.23.11, 13:11 / Israel News | Aviel Magnezi
    SNIPPET: "Dan Folk (21), an Israeli who was invited to the event in which over 100 students took part, ended up getting a business card and memento from Ahmadinejad. "It was at his hotel in Manhattan, we got there and had to wait in the security check line for nearly an hour," said the student, adding, "we gave them our cell phones and any kind of camera we were carrying. During the security check I showed them my Israeli driver's license and the Iranian security officer smiled at me." Folk said he had mixed feelings over the question of whether...
  • Haqqani Network directed Kabul hotel assault by phone from Pakistan

    09/03/2011 6:42:03 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | Sept 3, 2011 | Bill Rigio
    Afghanistan's National Intelligence Directorate (NDS) recently disclosed that it intercepted communications on June 28 between fighters who were assaulting the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and their Haqqani Network handlers based in Pakistan. In an intercepted phone call, Badruddin Haqqani, a top leader of the terror network, is heard directing one of the fighters and laughing during the attack that killed 11 civilians and two Afghan policemen as well as nine members of the attack team. On Aug. 31, NDS officials briefed reporters in Kabul on the phone intercepts between Badruddin, another Haqqani Network commander known as Qari Younis, and two...
  • Muslim Sues over Israeli Delegation Bump

    08/30/2011 3:59:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/8/11
    A Muslim hotel valet in the United States has sued, saying he was barred from working on floors in which a delegation from Israel was staying, according to the Washington Post. Mohamed Arafi, a U.S. citizen from Morocco, says he was unable to work on two floors of the hotel in December of last year. All Arabs and Muslims were kept of the floor due to the Israelis' security concerns, Arafi claims. He is alleging unlawful discrimination.
  • All charges against Dominique Strauss Kahn set to be dropped

    08/21/2011 3:56:43 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:02 PM on 21st August 2011 | By Hannah Roberts
    Prosecutors are reportedly set to ask a judge to abandon the case against Dominique Strauss Kahn. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is preparing to ask that all charges against the former head of the IMF accused of attempting to rape hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo are dropped Tuesday. Such requests from the DA 'are never denied', an expert told the New York Post meaning Strauss-Kahn could finally return to his home country after being forced to remian in the U.S for months.
  • What Makes Google's Hotel Finder Better Than Other Hotel Sites?

    07/30/2011 7:18:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 7/29/11 | Rebecca Greenfield
    Yesterday Google launched Google Hotel Finder, a "search tool specifically designed to help you find that perfect hotel," explains Google software engineer Andrew McCarthy on Google's blog. This isn't exactly innovative on Google's part, plenty of hotel search sites exist--Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, to name a few. And it's not like they're even the first search engine to integrate travel plans into their site. Bing has a travel section, where users can search for ideal lodging. What makes Google's new site different or better than what you're already using? We're here to help you figure that out, parsing the differences between...
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser Tells Her Story in Exclusive ABC News Interview

    07/24/2011 7:13:17 PM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 28 replies
    ABC.COM ^ | 7/24/2011 | AARON KATERSKY
    The hotel maid who has accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to sexually assault her in a New York City hotel room has broken her public silence in an exclusive broadcast interview with ABC News. "I want justice. I want him to go to jail," Nafissatou Diallo told ABC's Robin Roberts in an interview to air Monday on "Good Morning America" and "World News with Diane Sawyer" and Tuesday on "Nightline." "I want him to know that there is some places you cannot use your money, you cannot use your power when you do something like...
  • Afghanistan: June 2011

    07/04/2011 7:44:45 PM PDT · by Gene Eric · 5 replies
    the Atlantic ^ | Jun 29, 2011 | In Focus w/ Alan Taylor
    Last week, after a decade of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, President Obama announced a plan to begin withdrawing thousands of U.S. troops from the country this year. The war has been expensive -- a Brown University research project released Wednesday estimates the total cost of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at nearly $4 trillion (a figure that includes the ongoing cost of veterans' care). The human cost is more difficult to quantify, as more than 2,500 coalition troops (1,644 of them American) have now been killed, and civilian casualties are estimated at well over 100,000. Canadian combat...
  • Hotel guests describe tense scene after Memphis officer, civilian killed Sunday

    07/04/2011 9:00:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    The Commerical Appeal (Memphis, TN) ^ | July 4, 2011 | Clay Bailey
    The atmosphere around the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel was in stark contrast this morning to the chaos that swirled at Third and Union after a Memphis police officer and a civilian were killed at the hotel Sunday night. Officer Timothy Warren, 39, and a still unidentified man were shot to death at the DoubleTree about 7 p.m. Sunday in what authorities say started as a "shots fired" call . A domestic dispute appears to have contributed to the incident.
  • Strauss-Kahn 'rape victim' accused of being a prostitute...

    07/02/2011 10:16:31 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:38 PM on 2nd July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The hotel maid who claims former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn raped her has been accused of working as a prostitute. Allegations have emerged that the 32-year-old cleaner was was taking extra money from male guests at the hotel for sex. 'There is information... of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it's not for bringing extra f**king towels,' a source close to the defence investigation told the New York Post. The woman also had 'a lot of her expenses – hair braiding, salon expenses – paid for by men not related to her,' the source added....
  • Fire sends smoke billowing from London hotel [Park Lane]

    07/01/2011 12:44:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 07-01-2011 | Staff
    Nature and extent of the blaze at Hilton on Park Lane is unclear Fire broke out Friday in a Hilton hotel in London, sending plumes of smoke billowing from the 28-story building. Photographs posted on social media sites showed people fleeing the London Hilton on Park Lane as smoke billowed high into the sky and at ground level. Sam Cunningham, a sports reporter for the Independent newspaper, said he was working in the hotel when the fire alarm went off and the building was evacuated swiftly. Cunningham told NBC News that a police officer said he had not heard of...
  • Is Strauss-Khan sex assault case about to collapse?

    06/30/2011 9:27:10 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:02 AM on 1st July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The sexual assault case against ex IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Khan is close to collapse, it was tonight revealed. The New York hotel maid who accused Strauss-Khan of raping her in his $3,000-a-night suite, lied to investigators, law enforcement sources told the New York Times. Despite a wealth of forensic evidence against the 62-year-old, prosecutors have dismissed a lot of what the maid said about the alleged encounter, according to the newspaper.
  • 3-6 Suicide Bombers detonate explosives inside Kabul Intercontinental Hotel

    06/28/2011 12:34:39 PM PDT · by library user · 18 replies
    breakingnews.com ^ | June 28, 2011 | Staff
    Just a headline for now. AP: The Taliban claim responsibility for the attack at the Intercontinental Hotel in telephone call to the AP. Gunshots heard from inside hotel.
  • Police: 1 dead after 2 women fall from W Hotel window while 'play fighting'

    05/29/2011 2:52:28 AM PDT · by tlb · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | May 28th, 2011 | Cindy Adams
    Atlanta, Ga. - Saturday morning, two woman plunged 10 stories out of a window at the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta after a round of 'play fighting,' according to police. LaShawna Threatt, an aspiring model was celebrating her 30th birthday at the posh hotel when the incident occurred. She was killed as a result of the fall. Ciara Williams, the other woman involved in the 'play fighting,' also fell, but rolled off a ledge and then fell the remaining 20 feet onto the patio below. She remains in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta Police Department spokesperson Carlos Campos...
  • Millennium Hotels offers LGBT discount

    05/28/2011 11:42:47 AM PDT · by Salman · 38 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 27, 2011 | Paul Makishima
    Summer is the season for Pride weeks around the nation, which potentially means travel for some members of the LGBT community. Seizing the opportunity, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, which partners with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, sent out press releases reminding about the 15 percent discount it offers LGBT travelers who book lodging through a special page on the company's website ... The discounted rooms are limited but the rates are good at all 14 of the chain's hotels in cities across the United States.