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A Sidewalk ‘Sleep-Out’ in Support of the Homeless on the UWS, Weed-Eating Goats, Fairy Doors in Queens, and Other News

Upper West Siders Hold Sleep-Out to Support Temporary Homeless Neighbors

A group of Upper West Siders gathered on the sidewalk of the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street last Saturday night for a “sleep-out” and art protest in support of the temporary homeless residents staying there and in two other neighborhood hotels. Per the organizers, around 80 people hung out with hotel residents and drew chalk messages on the sidewalk while at least 15 participants spent the night outside the Lucerne on yoga mats and in sleeping bags.

Corinne Low, a member of UWS Open Hearts Initiative group, which organized the event, said the best part was engaging with the hotel’s residents, who spoke about “how hurtful some of the stigmatization that they’ve experienced has been.”

The protest came a few days after another group of area residents, called the West Side Community Organization, hired lawyer Randy Mastro to further

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Laketown Twp. wrestles with large-scale vacation rentals – News – Holland Sentinel

LAKETOWN TWP. — Vacation rental owners looking to continue to rent to large groups under Laketown Township’s new rental regulations are facing resistance from neighbors.

Two men from Saugatuck who own and operate three large-scale, short-term rental properties in Laketown Township took a special-use request to the township planning commission Wednesday to be allowed to rent to groups of up to 30 people.

They have been renting the homes on Beeline Road and 63rd Street to large groups for years — they were built specifically for that purpose, the owners said. Rental listings on the short-term rental platform VRBO advertise a capacity of up to 38 people for the two 63rd Street homes.

But recently passed rental regulations in Laketown Township cap short-term rental capacity at 16 people.

The rental regulations did a number of things including mandating registration of all rental properties in the township and legalizing short-term rentals

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Up, Down and Sideways: a Voter’s Guide to U.S. Economic Data | Investing News

(Reuters) – In the countdown to the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election, the state of the economy is a key concern for many voters.

Americans face a barrage of data, from this Friday’s monthly jobs report to what in all likelihood will be a blockbuster economic activity scorecard a mere five days before Election Day.

No one is debating that the United States has been struck by a recession of historic magnitude because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rather, President Donald Trump says he is best placed to lever signs of a nascent recovery into a return to economic health. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, meanwhile, argues a lack of leadership by Trump – on containing the virus in particular – has made the slump worse than it needed to be.

With two months to go before the election, and less time than that for those planning to mail in their

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Environmental group sues over approval of major Lake County resort | News

The EIR concluded that the project and its wildfire prevention plan would reduce the risk of wildfires on the 16,000-acre site, a portion of which has burned during the LNU Lightning Complex fire.

The project proposes a new fire and emergency response center, an advanced fire detection and notification system, and a float plane dock and emergency helipads that could be used by firefighting aircraft.

While the Board of Supervisors was reviewing the project, officials with the state Department of Justice sent two letters arguing that the EIR didn’t adequately analyze the risk of wildfires. Even after developers made last-minute changes, including the removal of 16 proposed lots on dead-end roads, the Department of Justice maintained that the analysis was “inadequate.”

“The California attorney general has repeatedly raised concerns about the county’s failure to analyze the increased risk of wildfire ignitions from the development and how the project would affect

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Maharashtra Unlock 4.0 Guidelines: Maharashtra relaxes curbs on travel, govt office attendance | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Monday lifted restriction on inter-district movement of persons and goods, and raised attendance in its offices as it announced a slew of relaxations while extending the general Covid-19-enforced lockdown in the state till September 30.
It said hotels and lodges will be allowed to operate at 100 per cent capacity from September 2, but schools, colleges, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain closed till September 30.
Easing of restrictions came even as Maharashtra continues to registered a record number of new coronavirus cases with no flattening of curve in sight in the state.
The government announced that there shall be no restriction on inter-district movement of persons and goods, including those for cross-land border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries from September 2.
No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for the vehicles and persons travelling therein for such movements, the government said
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‘Not a good sign’: DC hotels face a double whammy of bad news

One iconic D.C. hotel is running at less than 40% occupancy. compared to 90% last year. “That is not a good sign,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO at the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

The Hay-Adams Hotel, in Washington, D.C., in a 2013 photo. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Some of the largest hotels in D.C. that closed at the beginning of the pandemic are reopening their doors: The Conrad Hotel, Hay-Adams and Mandarin Oriental all reopened in late August. But the future is unclear for others.

The Marriott Wardman Park, one of D.C.’s largest hotels, has said it may never reopen.

MGM National Harbor, which reopened in late June, just permanently cut 779 previously furloughed employees, 25% of its pre-pandemic workforce, many of them on the hotel side.

For those D.C. hotels that are reopening or that never closed, the near-term outlook is not good.

The pandemic-truncated peak

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Plan your next Arkansas adventure with the 2020 ‘Water & Woods’ guide – News – Paris Express

The 2020 “Water & Woods” guide (Arkansas Adventure Guide) is now available online and in print. Published annually by Arkansas Tourism, this publication features an in-depth look at outdoor activities across the state.

“From waterfalls and waterfowl to pristine forests and precious stones, Arkansas has so many wonders just waiting to be explored,” said Travis Napper, director of Arkansas Tourism. “I encourage Arkansans and visitors alike to check out the pages of ‘Water and Woods,’ which are filled to the brim with trails, hikes, waterfalls and other outdoor adventures to inspire travelers of all ages.”

To view the online version of the 2020 “Water & Woods” or to order individual copies, go to www.arkansas.com/publications.To request bulk copies for distribution, contact tourism.inquiries@arkansas.gov.

About Arkansas Tourism

Arkansas Tourism, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, strives to

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Report: COVID crashed North Carolina’s tourism sector, but vacation rentals are up – News – Wilmington Star News

With spending down nearly 60% since March 1, the industry is trying to bring back its customers

While most people might still have the itch to get away this summer, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions — not to mention health and safety concerns — have put the brakes on many travel plans.

But there’s one sector of North Carolina’s battered tourism industry that is racing back — vacation rentals.

Still, the state’s tourism sector has severely declined since the COVID-19 pandemic sent the national and state economies into a tailspin, according to a presentation made this week to the North Carolina Travel & Tourism Board.

Surveys have been conducted to measure consumer sentiment and other efforts are underway to try to bring back the customers, presenters told the board.

“It is estimated that North Carolina has suffered a loss of about $6.8 billion in travel spending from the beginning

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Pearl River Resort to open Silver Star Hotel and Casino Friday | Local News

The Silver Star Hotel and Casino is scheduled to reopen to the public at noon on Friday, Aug. 28, Pearl River Resort announced Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to be entering the final phase of reopening and proud to welcome guests back to our flagship casino,” William “Sonny” Johnson, president and CEO of Pearl River Resort, said in a statement. 

The resort is owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following steps were announced by the resort:

• Guests are asked to adhere to social distancing protocols while waiting to enter.

• Thermal cameras will conduct automatic noninvasive temperature scans at all entrances. Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted to enter.

• A UV lighting technology system will be installed to filter and clean the air as it circulates throughout the casinos.

• Advanced UV

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MGM Resorts International Just Laid Off 18,000 Furloughed Employees, and That’s Bad News for Hotel Investors

It’s no secret that the hospitality industry has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Not only are people traveling less by choice but those who wish to travel are grappling with restrictions related to quarantine mandates and capacity issues. And let’s not forget that as our current recession looms, companies may be seeking to cut costs, and an easy way to do so is to limit business travel and avoid booking conference spaces.

All told, now’s a pretty scary time to invest in hotels — and clearly, it’s also a bad time to work for them. In fact, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) just announced that it will be permanently laying off 18,000 previously furloughed employees. Given that a number of MGM Resort properties are closed due to the pandemic, that news is hardly shocking.

MGM’s Empire City in New York remains shuttered, and the same holds true for its

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