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Friday, August 27
Trying (Hard) to Be a Good Man in Africa
George Rush goes to Ghana to help impoverished villagers and to cover himself in glory, or at least a lot of African dirt. Mission accomplished--more or less...... Conde Nast Traveler

Spending a weekend in our nation's capital
Got 48 hours to explore Washington DC? People with local knowledge help visitors make the most of the city where American history surrounds you...

Pacific Revival
Oregon's coast has always been slightly off the radar, but now its small towns are gaining just the right amount of polish—without getting too fancy for their own good... Budget Travel Online

36 Hours in Sonoma County
Low-key Sonoma County combines a freethinking tradition with upscale shops, galleries and Old World restaurants... New York Times

Tours and Activities
Attention, chocoholics: It’s festival time in San Francisco
Chocolate lovers can revel in the sweet smell of excess during a weekend festival planned in San Francisco Sept. 11-12... LA Times

Trains offer a truly Russian shopping experience
The centuries-old monasteries and country estates on Moscow's outskirts may speak to Russia's history and traditions, but the train trips to get to them say a lot about what Russia is like today...Yahoo Travel News

Wining, biking: Take two wheels along the Danube
With paths that wind through vineyards, fruit groves and fairy tale villages overlooking the Danube, the Alpine republic's world famous Wachau region is best explored by bike... Yahoo Travel News

War planes to be the star in WWII museum expansion
Bombers and torpedo planes will be the stars of the latest expansion of the National World War II Museum, and visitors will be able to get close-up views of the war planes on elevated catwalks... Yahoo Travel News

Belize tourist area to cruise ships: Stay away
The arrival of cruise ships in a tourist town can result in an economic windfall for local businesses. And yet not every waterside destination is pursuing them... USA Today

Delta Expands London Service, Adds Boston, Miami
Delta jumped at an opportunity to add flights to London's Heathrow Airport, and will launch flights from Boston and Miami next year... Smarter Travel

Japan Airlines to launch budget carrier: report
Crisis-hit flag carrier Japan Airlines, which is undergoing government-backed rehabilitation, is considering establishing a low-cost carrier to boost its earnings, a report said Friday... Yahoo Travel News

American Airlines tilts at record $24M fine
American Airlines vows to challenge a record $24.2 million penalty for safety violations and insists that it did not endanger passengers during a 2008 dispute with safety inspectors that led to massive flight disruptions... USA Today

Should airlines be allowed to merge across continents?
Delta has closed its merger with Northwest and several other major-carrier combinations are under way. More will be on the way, if the International Air Transport Association (IATA) trade group gets its way... USA Today

Omni to build 800-room hotel at Nashville convention center
Get ready to start hearing more about conventions in Nashville. Omni Hotels just announced plans to build an upscale, 800-room, $250 million hotel adjacent to the convention center that's now under construction... USA Today

Other and Odd
How to Buy Lost Luggage Bargains
You might be surprised by what the airlines do with your misplaced baggage—and even more surprised by some of the items people lose on their flights... Travel and Leisure

New website offers $500,000 in experiences at no cost
Zozi, a new website that markets discounted activities in 16 U.S. cities, is picking up a $500,000 tab for experiences ranging from kayak trips to bike tours to dance classes for those who register on the site... USA Today

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