With its long, white, sandy beaches, Sanibel Island off the coast of south-western Florida is usually a perfect place for families to enjoy these last days of summer.
This year, however, 267 tons of marine life, including thousands of small fish, 72 Goliath groupers, and even a 21-ft whale shark have washed up on the beach since July – thanks to a a disastrous “red tide” of toxic algae.
The algae, called Karenia brevis, began in November and has affected beaches along about 150 miles of Florida’s Gulf Coast from Anna Maria Island to Naples. In Sarasota, two hours north of Sanibel, wildlife scientists recovered nine dead bottlenose dolphins last week.
The carry-on bags at Washington Dulles International Airport are getting a little closer scrutiny, but not because of any increased security threat.
The Transportation Security Administration chose the airport as one of the first 15 to test 3D scanners at checkpoints this summer. TSA hopes to test 40 nationwide by the end of the year. The advantage over standard X-ray machines is that screening officers can rotate the color image digitally, to take a closer look at a suspicious object without unpacking a carry-on bag.
The Celebrity Edge, a new ship due in November, will feature a high-tech main theater that won’t have a traditional proscenium arch.
Celebrity Cruises said the space will have four stage areas and three oversized moving projection screens, with a main stage extending into the audience creating a theater-in-the-round sensation.
There will be extensive use of moving platforms, video projection mapping and other new-age theater technology.
Visitors to Turkey flocked to its high-end shops to snap up bargains on Monday, their purchasing power buoyed by a currency crisis as the country’s lira sank to a record low beyond 7 per dollar.
Barely moving lines of mainly Arab tourists snaked outside the Chanel and Louis Vuitton stores in Nisantasi, an upscale Istanbul neighborhood, waiting to reap the benefits of a meltdown that saw the currency lose 18 percent on Friday alone.