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  • Orlando

    SeaWorld drops appeal of OSHA violation

    SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale, ending any chance of trainers ever again swimming with orcas during shows.

Oregon

Oregon wine country a world away from Napa

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While Napa Valley and Sonoma are renowned for their world-class wines, tasting trips there generally come attached to luxurious digs, spa treatments, $25 tasting fees, Hummer limos and standstill traffic — and all the “no picnicking” pretension that goes with that.

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A detail of the carving on one of the ancient temples at Palenque.

    Mexico

    At last, a soaring look at Palenque’s Mayan ruins

    From seat 7A, I look down to see miles of dense rain forest blanketing the ground below me. I’m 10,000 feet above the Mexican state of Chiapas, coming in for a landing at Palenque, where an ancient Mesoamerican city flourished for five centuries, until its Mayan inhabitants mysteriously abandoned it, leaving their temples, homes and palaces to be reclaimed by the encroaching forest, not to be rediscovered for nearly 900 years.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">WHAT’S FOR DINNER?</span> Zombie actress Kristina Acevedo hides in the trees while waiting to perform for the Zombie Train.

    California

    Undead ahead: All aboard Sacramento’s Zombie Train

    Initial symptoms of the zombie infestation were subtle, barely evident as we boarded our dangerously exposed, open-air coach with roughly 50 other normal, uncontaminated humans, their heads surely screwed on straight. Big, juicy, brain-filled heads.

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Baseballs signed by many legends of the game are on display at the Pittsburgh Pirates Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh.

    Quick trips: Pennsylvania

    For sports fans, Pittsburgh covers all the bases

    My baseball fanatic friends and I always close the bar at the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club after Pirates games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. We linger for as long as they let us, enjoying the great view of the field and reduced postgame drinks prices. We’re usually the last ones out the door before they turn off the lights. It’s just one of many reasons why we love coming to PNC Park and hate leaving.

  • The travel troubleshooter

    My Priceline hotel closed — what should I do?

    Q: I’m scheduled to stay at a Ramada Inn next weekend, which I booked through Priceline earlier this year. I called today to confirm my reservation, and I found out that the hotel closed a few weeks ago.

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