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Too Bad Waterford Didn't Make Crystal Balls

For years, visitors to Dublin have been taking side trips (and getting lost on the way, it must be admitted) to the town of Waterford, 100 miles south. Its presence on the Irish dance card was attributable in large part to the world-famous crystal company located there and especially the...

By Christina Talcott | February 18, 2009; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

EasyHotel: Easy on the Wallet

Everyone knows about EasyJet, the low-cost European airline with a penchant for the color orange that's giving major carriers a run for their money across the pond. But what about EasyHotel? The good news is that it's run by the same folks, the bad news is that the rooms have...

By Christina Talcott | February 12, 2009; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (4)

Winners, Losers in Atlantic City

When we came across the words "Win/Loss Statement" on the Resorts Atlantic City casino Web site today, we thought it an extraordinary admission of candor. After all, "Column Financial, a commercial mortgage subsidiary of Credit Suisse, filed a petition [today] with the state Casino Control Commission asking permission to foreclose...

By Scott Vogel | January 22, 2009; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Embark on Virtual Field Trips

How badly is the recession hitting our pocketbooks, you ask? "TRAVEL BUDGET TIGHT? TAKE KIDS ON VIRTUAL TOURS." So announces a press release from MeetMeAtTheCorner.org, a Web site that hosts 3- to 4-minute video clips it likes to call virtual field trips. The interesting wrinkle here is that while each...

By Christina Talcott | December 18, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Traveling to India? A Mumbai Update

Needless to say, the tragic events in Mumbai last week have made that city a potentially dangerous destination for American citizens, among others. The situation remains fluid but it's unlikely that things will return to normal in the foreseeable future. As a statement on its Web site puts it, "The...

By Scott Vogel | December 1, 2008; 01:48 PM ET | Email a Comment

Deals: The Financial Meltdown Thaws Prices in Iceland

"OUR LOSS - YOUR GAIN .... DEVALUATION IS SILVER LINING FOR AMERICANS," pleads a page on Iceland's official tourism Web site. They aren't kidding. The financial crisis may be a worldwide thing, but nowhere have things turned so serious so fast than this once-expensive island nation of 320,000. With Iceland...

By Scott Vogel | October 15, 2008; 07:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

You Paid For It: AIG's Retreat Destination, Up Close

It's the kind of publicity you just can't buy. Times are tough in the tourism business; accordingly, hotel chains around the world are pulling back on their advertising buys. But that's okay, there's another way tourist-hungry resorts can gain attention in a down economy: host a retreat for AIG executives....

By Scott Vogel | October 9, 2008; 07:18 AM ET | Comments (58)

The Monday Rant: Overrated? Really?

Everyone knows that there are a thousand places everyone must see before they die (uh-huh), but isn't there an equal number of places that you must avoid before you die? In other words, what are the world's most overrated travel destinations? That's the question we put to readers of our...

By Scott Vogel | September 29, 2008; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (26)

Hurricane Ike Hobbles Turks & Caicos

Damage reports are still coming in, but one thing is clear: Hurricane Ike has been a major disaster for the islands of the Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean. The Associated Press has reported that 80 percent of the homes on Grand Turk have been damaged or destroyed, while the...

By Scott Vogel | September 9, 2008; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (6)

Dept. of Dress Code

We recently received the below e-mail from a traveler inquiring whether American airlines has a dress code. It read, in part: "I was flying from Austin to DFW on Monday afternoon on American Airlines, and I saw the gate attendant deny boarding to a woman because he said she was...

By Scott Vogel | September 8, 2008; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (11)

Gustav Update

Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna update: Sunday, 9 a.m. Louisiana: As predicted, mandatory evacuation was indeed called for Sunday morning in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Gustav, which is expected to make landfall Monday. Visitors as well as residents are now required to leave. Visitors who need transportation...

By Scott Vogel | August 31, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Restoring Sanity to the New York Hotel Market

Here's a new way to save money while traveling, although I recommend only it advisedly: staying in hotels that are under renovation. Depending on when and where you visit, "under renovation" can mean anything from cosmetic changes to a complete overhaul of a hotel's lobby and rooms. But if you...

By Scott Vogel | August 26, 2008; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (24)

The Monday Rant: Mouse Values

Here we go with another installment in our periodic Time to Update Those Guidebooks series. This week we're talking Orlando, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, a place that -- like many hot spots -- has been hurting recently. On the other hand, Disney just reported strong profits...

By Scott Vogel | August 11, 2008; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (11)

August Is the Cruelest Month

If your vacation happens to begin tomorrow and you're planning a car trip -- well, I'm not suggesting that you cancel it, but do be careful. August 6, it seems, is one of the deadliest days of the year when it comes to car accidents, according to a set of...

By Scott Vogel | August 5, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

How Clean is Your Beach?

If you're planning a beach vacation near or far -- and who isn't at this time of year? -- do yourself a favor and peruse a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council that was just released this morning. The study I'm referring to, Testing the Waters 2008, a report...

By Scott Vogel | July 29, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Monday Rant: Yet Another Amtrak Derailment?

Like a lot of people, I have a relationship with Amtrak that's straight out of "Codependent No More": can't live with it, can't live without the hope that America will someday figure out how to have a passenger rail system. On the one hand, I can certainly understand why Amtrak...

By Scott Vogel | July 21, 2008; 06:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Anteing Up in Copenhagen

Or rather, to be completely truthful, I've just returned this morning from a trip I took there for an upcoming Travel piece. Everyone knows that Europe's expensive -- which may be why I saw a rather startling lack of Americans in Denmark -- but just how out-of-reach is it? The...

By Scott Vogel | July 17, 2008; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (9)

(Hurricane) Bertha and a Nation

"The indication is that the hurricane is turning away from Bermuda, so we don't want to alarm people." That's Tyrone Smith of the Bermuda Police Service, speaking about the possible path of Hurricane Bertha over the next few days. As of yesterday afternoon, the storm was 780 miles southeast of...

By Scott Vogel | July 10, 2008; 06:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Things Are Bad, Except Where They Aren't

Think no one's traveling these days, that we're all scaling back, setting our sights on day trips or worse -- staycations? Think again. Even as millions of Americans are rethinking their commitment to the summer vacation, a small fraction of us are actually living it up like never before. These...

By Scott Vogel | July 8, 2008; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Dispute of Happiness

You may not believe it from a perusal of recent headlines but the world is apparently becoming a happier place. Wait, I want to get this headline right: "Happiness is Rising Around the World." There you are. That's the title of a study released yesterday by the University of Michigan's...

By Scott Vogel | July 2, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Monday Rant: Airline Pricing Reconsidered

First of all: full disclosure. Today's rant is not technically my own, but that of a ranter in last week's online chat, although it's one I am enthusiastically re-ranting today for those of you who might have missed it. In fact, things got a bit heated during last week's discussion...

By Scott Vogel | June 30, 2008; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (9)

The Olympics: Yet Another Thing to Worry About

Air pollution, terrorism, political unrest: The list of potential concerns by athletes and visitors regarding the upcoming Beijing Olympics just seems to go on and on. And now there's another one. Rabies. According to a study released just yesterday by the CDC, believe it or not, dog bites are among...

By Scott Vogel | June 27, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog World

Is it possible to cast your net too widely in search of travel ideas? Judge for yourself as we take a whirlwind spin through a few of today's (other) Travel blog offerings. Expand your horizons, or just read some really weird stuff. It goes without saying that you could discover...

By Scott Vogel | June 26, 2008; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: Dream Books Giving Nightmares?

I'll admit it. I've taken my swipes at Conde Nast Travel on occasion, chiefly for its fixation on trips that 99% of the public couldn't or wouldn't ever take (Bay of Kotor, anyone?). But it's a rare month when I don't learn something of immediate relevance to my travel career....

By Scott Vogel | June 23, 2008; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (14)

The Monday Rant: If the Hotel's a Rockin' . . .

Not a week goes by, it seems, when we in Travel don't hear from some poor soul whose vacation was ruined by a bad hotel stay. The question is, what to do about it? Case in point: I recently stayed at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center in preparation for...

By Scott Vogel | June 16, 2008; 06:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tale From the Road: One Tony Visit to NYC

The Tony Awards are in less than two weeks, which means that we'll soon know the outcome of this year's most hotly contested race, that of Best Actress in a Musical. If their respective marquees are any indication, both Patti LuPone ("Gypsy") and Kelli O'Hara ("South Pacific") are giving the...

By Scott Vogel | June 4, 2008; 06:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Site Inspection: You and Your Rebate Checks

It's no secret that many Americans are ambivalent about the stimulus checks they're receiving from the government. (Ambivalent, that is, about how well the checks will jumpstart the American economy. Most are not ambivalent about receiving money in the mail.) But the situation is even more complicated for check recipients...

By Scott Vogel | June 2, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Extra Leg Room, Checked Bags and Now ... Pretzels?

From the Dept of How Much Stranger Can Air Travel Get? comes word that not only can't you fly for peanuts anymore, you can't even get peanuts on a flight. Not if your airline is US Airways, that is. In a cost-cutting measure that may well save the airline less...

By Scott Vogel | May 30, 2008; 02:49 PM ET | Comments (15)

Insta-CoGo: A Less-Traveled Memorial Day?

Preliminary reports on automobile traffic over Memorial Day weekend are confirming what some in the travel industry and elsewhere had long suspected: Gas prices are finally beginning to take a toll on holiday car travel. The decrease was far from dramatic. Traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, for instance, declined...

By Scott Vogel | May 28, 2008; 06:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Tuesday Rant: Trouble Afoot

"What's with people thinking that an airplane is their family room?" The Travel section recently received a letter that began with the above question, one that proceeded to call out airline passengers thus: "After takeoff recently, the disgusting person next to me removed his shoes and leaned his feet up...

By Scott Vogel | May 27, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (23)

The Adirondacks: Appointment Television

It's not very often that we recommend a television program in this forum, but I'm a big fan of a travelogue that's airing nationally starting tonight on PBS. It's called "The Adirondacks," a rather nondescript title for a landscape and vacation spot that is anything but. Gorgeously shot (I've never...

By Scott Vogel | May 14, 2008; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (8)

Insta-Q&A: Gotham's Best Guide

Thanks to ever-expanding entertainment options and skyrocketing prices in the city that never sleeps, there's never been a better time to come to grips with New York. Hence today's Insta-Q&A question. It comes from a reader who'd like to hear your opinions on the Big Apple's best guidebook. If you've...

By Scott Vogel | May 14, 2008; 06:11 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Monday Rave: In Praise of Slow Travel

Does anyone still remember the 1969 comedy "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"? It's a mildly entertaining film whose best joke is its title and whose protagonists are cartoonish tourists who try to visit nine European countries in 18 days. This was not an unexpected plotline, especially when you...

By Scott Vogel | May 12, 2008; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (9)

When in Venice: Feed the Birds, Tuppence (and 1,000 Bucks) a Bag

In pigeon advocacy circles, these are perilous times indeed. For one thing, the birds have been targeted by local governments around the world, many of them tourist hot spots like New York, London, Los Angeles and now ... Venice. Buying a bag of bread crumbs and feeding the winged residents...

By Scott Vogel | May 7, 2008; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

AAA's Sobering Analysis: The Safety Dance

If you haven't the time to read the new, much talked-about study on traffic safety, I have two words for you: cognitive dissonance. The report, the "2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index," [PDF] which was released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, has been nicknamed "Do as I say,...

By Scott Vogel | April 29, 2008; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (23)

Insta-Q&A: Compromise Campgrounds

As the belt-tightening continues and Americans begin planning summer vacations closer to home, we're keeping it local with Today's Insta-Q&A question. It comes from a reader who's looking for a tent campground somewhere between Boston and Washington, and seems like the ideal query to throw out to our knowledgeable and...

By Scott Vogel | April 23, 2008; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Orlando: Will the Smoke Ever Clear?

By law, 80 percent of all hotel rooms in cities like Atlanta, Honolulu and Cleveland must be nonsmoking. In Philadelphia and Chicago, it's 75 percent, and in Detroit it's 70 percent. So what percentage of rooms in Orlando -- one of the world's most popular destinations for children -- are...

By Scott Vogel | April 22, 2008; 06:39 AM ET | Comments (15)

Tijuana Tragedy: Is It News to You?

In case you haven't heard, a new travel alert -- or, to be precise, an updated travel alert -- was issued yesterday for Americans traveling to Mexico. The bulletin, which you can read in full here, is primarily concerned with criminal activity in the border towns, and warns of an...

By Scott Vogel | April 16, 2008; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: Air Wars, Part II

Let me see if I've got this straight. Airport security lines are longer than ever, flights are more expensive than ever, planes are more crowded than ever and more often delayed than ever. Meanwhile, a second checked bag costs more, food costs more, legroom costs more. And best of all,...

By Scott Vogel | April 14, 2008; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (15)

Checking In: How to Get a Better Room

Imagine yourself in the following situation. Your flight's just been canceled and you've been given a voucher entitling you to a free night's stay at the Red Roof Inn near LAX airport. (I know, pinch yourself!) Just before you enter the property, you notice that one side of the hotel...

By Scott Vogel | April 10, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Planes, Trains and Great Danes

Today's Insta-Q&A question comes from a reader who's in the process of planning a cross-country driving trip. In fact, whether or not this Maryland family travels to the Badlands and Wyoming and Colorado and Missouri this summer . . . may well depend on you. You see, they're interested in...

By Scott Vogel | April 9, 2008; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (13)

Insta-Q&A: Jellyfish Lake, the Movie

Apropos of our March 30th Q&A item on Palau's Jellyfish Lake, Annandale veterinarian Steve Cohen sent us a terrific video of his 2006 trip to the place. (Video has sound.) As you'll see, a picture really is worth a thousand words, or in this case hundreds of thousands of jellyfish....

By Scott Vogel | April 2, 2008; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cherry Blossom Confidential: What You Need to Know

What's a team of inveterate Travel types to do when the best option in town is a staycation? That's the dilemma we're facing this weekend, now that Washington's Japanese cherry trees have reached their peak blooming phase and suddenly there's no place we'd rather be than the Tidal Basin. Besides,...

By Scott Vogel | March 28, 2008; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (10)

It Came From the Chat: You Are Now Free to Mortify the Cabin

So I was rereading Monday's Travel chat, right? As you'll see if you click on this link, we promised to give a prize to the chatter who revealed his or her most embarrassing travel experience (that was printable, natch). With the caveat that ours was far from a statistically valid...

By Scott Vogel | March 27, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

Insta-Q&A: Rooms in Paris for La Famille

Today's Insta-Q&A question comes from a reader who's trying to find a reasonably priced hotel in Paris that can comfortably house a family. If you have some advice for Allison from Millersville, by all means post a comment. And if you have a question yourself, e-mail us at travelqa@washpost.com. She...

By Scott Vogel | March 19, 2008; 07:16 AM ET | Comments (6)

Insta-Q&A: Taking Credit for Italy

It's Insta-Q&A time again, where you can pose questions to the Travel section and also help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. Today's question comes from a reader who's wondering about credit card use during an upcoming Italian vacation.If you have some advice for Tom from...

By Scott Vogel | March 12, 2008; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Grunge Report: One Dirty Hotel in Lancaster, Pa.

Once upon a time, amid the bucolic splendor of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, there was an awful little hotel called the Days Inn Lancaster. Actually, "awful" is too weak a word. Godawful is more like it. The Days Inn, unlike most others in the hotel chain's stable of properties, was the...

By Scott Vogel | March 5, 2008; 07:14 AM ET | Comments (11)

The Monday Rant: It's About Time for ... More Time Off

Memo to all presidential candidates championing health care reform: What's something that improves health, strengthens family ties, increases worker productivity and, despite all these wonderful outcomes, is conspicuously missing from your platforms? Mandating more vacation time for Americans. Now, when you read that, I'll bet a lot of you rolled...

By Scott Vogel | March 3, 2008; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (13)

Insta-Q&A: Girls-only Getaways in Virginia

Welcome once again to Insta-Q&A, where you can both pose questions to the Travel section and also help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. Today's question comes from a reader who's planning a weekend for her and some girlfriends. If you have some advice for Jo...

By Scott Vogel | February 28, 2008; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Travel Trends: The Late, Great Outdoors

For kids, it was a playground opportunity akin to the planets aligning. First of all, it was a Saturday. Second, the sun shone brightly on an unseasonably warm February day. Third, there was this really cool new play structure -- the kind with lots of ingenious moving parts -- that...

By Scott Vogel | February 26, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (5)

Insta-Q&A: Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel

It's time once again for Insta-Q&A, where you can both pose questions to the Travel section, and also help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. Today's question comes from a reader whose wife is soon to celebrate her 50th birthday. If you have some advice for...

By Scott Vogel | February 20, 2008; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (7)

It Came From the Chat: Are Searches and Seizures Unreasonable?

It's a question that's been raised by business travelers all over the country. A version of it surfaced in our chat on Feb. 11: Arlington, VA - Searching my BlackBerry?: Why in the world should Customs have the right to search my BlackBerry and laptop files just because I am...

By Scott Vogel | February 19, 2008; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (6)

Insta-Q&A: Finding Someone to Travel With

If it's Wednesday, that must mean it's time for another edition of Insta-Q&A, in which you can both pose questions to the Travel section and help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. If you have some advice for today's questioner, by all means post a comment...

By Scott Vogel | February 13, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: A Nip, a Tuck and a Tuk Tuk in Bangkok

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Insta-Q&A, where you can both pose questions to the Travel section, and also help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. Our first question is one we didn't get a chance to answer during this week's chat (it's every Monday at...

By Scott Vogel | January 30, 2008; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Happy Talk: Americans vs. the World

The problem with traveling, someone once said, is that you take yourself with you wherever you go. We all dream of escaping, but accomplishing escape is far more difficult than advertised. Which brings me to the following public service message: Are you planning to travel to a foreign land in...

By Scott Vogel | January 29, 2008; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (8)

Sailing Into Controversy

Let's see. What are the three topics you're never supposed to bring up in casual conversation? Politics, religion and ... uh... I know, cruising! Yeah, those first two can ignite the occasional minor squabble, but if it's World War III you're in the mood for at the next cocktail party,...

By Scott Vogel | January 18, 2008; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (25)

Island Report: The Incident Fiji Wants to Forget

"Fiji Me." That's the slogan they're using on the official Fiji Islands Web site these days. It appears to mean something along the lines of, "Put some Fiji all over me." Anyway, the South Pacific nation is extending an invitation to tourists everywhere, asking them to immerse themselves in the...

By Scott Vogel | January 10, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (5)

Iowa After the Caucuses: What's in It for You?

Soon today's "historic" Iowa caucuses will be over -- interpret that however you like -- and the state will abruptly recede back into its customary position in the Midwest as Iowa's outsized reputation is not something that typically lingers. And you can't really blame the Department of Tourism for that;...

By Scott Vogel | January 3, 2008; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (7)

Bus Travel: A Thing of the Past ... and Future?

The strangers you meet on planes, trains and cruise ships can all be interesting, but for sheer oddball entertainment value you can't beat the folks who take the bus. Conspiracy theorists, get rich quick schemers, people who swear by the Zodiac -- there's really no limit to the wackiness you...

By Scott Vogel | December 28, 2007; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (8)

Kids and Travel: A Guilty Plea

I haven't been a member of the Post Travel section a terribly long time, and thus haven't gone on many trips yet, but recently I was lucky enough to spend a week at a far away destination that I'll be writing about soon. There, I became acquainted with a new...

By Scott Vogel | December 21, 2007; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

(Ditching) Home for the Holidays

What can we learn about our culture from the Christmas cards we receive? (Besides the fact that Santa has a strange propensity for Coke in vintage bottles, I mean.) For one thing, Christmas and precipitation are inextricably bound. Think of it: In the case of every other holiday, no one...

By Scott Vogel | December 6, 2007; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (9)

A Blog for Plog

I recently spent a very illuminating half-hour on the phone with Stanley Plog, a man whose name ought to be better known to travelers. It's Plog, after all, who for decades has conducted market research for some of the biggest names in the travel industry. It all started in 1967,...

By Scott Vogel | November 29, 2007; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hedonism: It's Not Just a Resort Anymore

If you're like me, there's no vacation that can't be made better by a good stripper pole, which is why I was pleased to discover that the perennial bachelor party staple is more traveler-friendly than ever. In fact, stripper pole technology has advanced so far, it seems, that enthusiasts can...

By Scott Vogel | November 15, 2007; 07:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Tourism Industry: Betting the House?

If one more person informs me that the present crisis in residential mortgages stems from people using their homes as ATMs, I'm going to go postal. (For a group that supposedly got duped on a mass scale, they certainly did some fancy wheeling and dealing.) Anyway, it's been reported ad...

By Scott Vogel | November 12, 2007; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (14)

The French Rail Strike: What You Need to Know

By the time you read this, a general rail strike will have begun in France, a massive shutdown that's certain to wreak havoc on travelers who are already in -- or about to travel to -- the country. Here's the latest strike information: A domestic rail strike -- called by...

By Scott Vogel | October 17, 2007; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Lights Are On, Nobody's Home

What's your reaction when a new hotel provokes reactions like this on TripAdvisor?: "The valets were terrible, but also 99% ... of the other hotel employees we spoke with reacted as though every question or request was a huge inconvenience for them." "We found trash on the closet floor, soap...

By Scott Vogel | October 8, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (9)

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back In the Water

For all those parents who made me stand idly by the pool for hours this past summer, staring longingly into placid yet befouled waters, I have four words for you: Swim diapers aren't enough. My 7-year-old and I hit them all this past summer, from the coolest waterparks to the...

By Scott Vogel | September 26, 2007; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hurricane Katrina: This Bus for You?

The second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has come and gone, and with it an avalanche of press coverage emphasizing how far New Orleans has come and -- more often -- how far it's got to go. (Okay, Anderson, we get it: you're keeping them honest.) For a time, the media...

By Scott Vogel | September 19, 2007; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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