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The New York Public Library is giving away 500,000 books this summer – CNN

By Yenny Sanchez, CNN, Updated 8:37 AM ET, Sun June 19, 2022

The free books are available at any of the library’s 92 locations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.

(CNN) New Yorkers of all ages can now treat their shelves to a new book.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has announced that it will give away 500,000 books to city residents to keep as part of its “Summer at the Library Program.”

Its goal is to help kids, teens and adults build their home libraries, as well as keep youth productive through the summer break.

The books are available at any of the library’s 92 locations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. Some locations will even offer Spanish, Chinese, and large print titles.

“New York City students and families have been through so much over the last two years. It’s critical that, during this period of recovery and renewal, our ecosystem of learning do all it can to support and engage them,” Brian Bannon, NYPL’s Merryl and James Tisch director of branch libraries and education, said in a statement earlier this month.

“Public libraries are uniquely positioned to do this while students are out of the classroom over the summer months, providing quality, free programs to engage their minds while also getting them excited about books, reading, learning, and their communities.”

Source: The New York Public Library is giving away 500,000 books this summer – CNN

NASA creates team to study UFOs – CNN

By Katie Hunt and Ashley Strickland, CNN, Updated 3:20 PM ET, Thu June 9, 2022

from article…

(CNN) NASA is putting a team together to study unidentified aerial phenomena, popularly known as UFOs, the US space agency said Thursday.

The team will gather data on “events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena — from a scientific perspective,” the agency said.

Key lawmaker warns at UFO hearing: ‘Unidentified aerial phenomena are a potential national security threat’ Key lawmaker warns at UFO hearing: ‘Unidentified aerial phenomena are a potential national security threat’

NASA said it was interested in UAPs from a security and safety perspective. There was no evidence UAPs are extraterrestrial in origin, NASA added. The study will begin this fall and is expected to take nine months.

“NASA believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and apply here also,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Source: NASA creates team to study UFOs – CNN

America’s last Howard Johnson’s restaurant has closed – CNN

By Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business, Updated 1:51 PM ET, Wed June 1, 2022

Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Lake George, New York in a 2015 photo.

New York (CNN Business)

The last surviving Howard Johnson’s restaurant has closed.

Open for most of the past 70 years, the restaurant was located in Lake George, New York, a popular summer vacation spot near the Adirondack Mountains.

\The restaurant closed its doors in recent weeks and the property is up for lease, according to a local affiliate.”Lake George is officially dead,” a Howard Johnson’s fan wrote on Facebook, adding several pictures of the abandoned restaurant.

“Cobwebs on the door. Right before Memorial Day rush up here.”

The longtime roadside staple had about 1,000 restaurants in the 1960s and 1970s, and it was once America’s largest restaurant chain. Instantly recognizable for its orange roofs, the diners served 28 types of ice cream and became a part of American culture. “Mad Men” recreated the restaurant to film a scene.

But Howard Johnson quickly found itself in the shadow of McDonald’s(MCD) and other fast-food chains that maximized efficiency and better managed supply chains. Marriott(MAR) bought a crippled Howard Johnson in 1985, selling hundreds of the brand’s hotels and about 200 restaurants to Prime Motor Inn. That company sold the restaurants to other chains, and they lost the “HoJo” name.

By last decade just a handful of Howard Johnson restaurants were still operating: the Lake George location, along with one in Lake Placid, New York, and another in Bangor, Maine. The Lake Placid restaurant closed in 2015, and the Bangor location shut its doors in 2016.

Source: America’s last Howard Johnson’s restaurant has closed – CNN

Faster, cleaner, greener: What lies ahead for train travel | CNN Travel

Ben Jones, CNN, Published 29th May 2022

from article…

(CNN) — Faster, cleaner, greener and packed with advanced technology; rail is the only transport mode currently well placed to provide the backbone of our future mobility needs.

But, while a few niche projects promise ultra high-speed travel, much of the industry is focused on keeping the world’s increasingly urbanized population moving while simultaneously limiting the effects of climate change.

And then there’s the pandemic. Like many other sectors of the travel industry, train operators across the globe have experienced one of their toughest-ever periods over the last two years.

Passenger numbers collapsed overnight in 2020 as lockdowns prevented commuters and leisure travelers from leaving home. Two years on, Monday to Friday commuting looks to be a thing of the past as many of us choose to work from home or spend just a couple of days a week in the office.

Source: Faster, cleaner, greener: What lies ahead for train travel | CNN Travel

Top 10 US beaches for 2022 from ‘Dr. Beach’ | CNN Travel

By Marnie Hunter, CNN, Updated 25th May 2022

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(CNN) — A wild expanse on North Carolina’s Outer Banks has earned the top spot on an annual list of America’s best beaches.

Ocracoke Island’s Lifeguarded Beach is the No. 1 stretch of sand for 2022, according to coastal scientist Stephen Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach.”

Leatherman, a professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, has been ranking America’s best beaches since 1991.

He uses 50 criteria to evaluate 650 public beaches in the US. The criteria include beach width, sand softness, water temperature and color, wildlife and more.

The Lifeguarded Beach on Ocracoke Island rose to No. 1 this year from its No. 3 ranking in 2021. The beach is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is operated by the National Park Service.

“I like this area because it has the three things that you must have to make a great beach: clean sand, clean water and beach safety,” Leatherman told CNN Travel Wednesday morning from the shores of Ocracoke, where it was windy with a small surf.

Source: Top 10 US beaches for 2022 from ‘Dr. Beach’ | CNN Travel