- Kelly O'Mara at Compass3 hrs ago
Down in the Caribbean’s Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T to the locals), sweet aromas of tropical plants waft on northeast trade winds, the temperature is mild, and the living is mostly easy. But on the night of April 14, there may have been a touch of apprehension in the air. The Moon turned an eerie shade of red, and that’s creepy.
Unlike a blue moon, which is actually a bonus moon in a month (occurring about every two to three years, hence the name) a red moon ( blood moon if you want to sound scary) can happen any time there is a total eclipse. That’s because the dispersed light from all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets falls on the face of the moon at the time known as totality. To read some scary stuff about “blood moons,” click here.
Photographer Giancarlo Lalsingh assembled this composite of the eclipse in Trinidad & Tobago.
- Kelly O'Mara at Compass9 hrs ago
In 1907, Milton S. Hershey opened Hershey Park for workers in his Pennsylvania chocolate company. On April 24, the park marked its grand opening with a baseball game. The original conception of Hershey Park was a place for picnicking and boating, with a grandstand and a band shell. With most of the town of Hershey working for the chocolate factory or otherwise tied to the company, the park was aimed at creating a leisure place for the community. A merry-go-round was built in 1908 and two bowling alleys, a tennis court and a scenic train were added in 1909.
Over the years, the park expanded to include a zoo that housed Hershey’s own exotic animals. The first roller coaster was added in 1923 to celebrate the town of Hershey’s 20th anniversary. During the 1970s, the park changed from a typical park – with landscaping and trees – to an amusement park and was renamed Hersheypark.
- Michael Clemmer at Compass1 day ago
In this remarkable photograph taken by Brian Hammonds, the Alhambra evokes the meaning of its Arabic name: Al-Hamra , “the red one.” It was built by the 11th-century Moorish king Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar, of the Kingdom of Granada. In 1492, with his soldiers greatly outnumbered, Muhammad XII of Granada surrendered the Emirate of Granada to the Catholic King and Queen Ferdinand and Isabella, who ordered the expulsion of all non-Christians from Spain.
The Alhambra was built to reflect the beauty of Paradise itself, but subsequent Spanish kings had other plans. Most of the beautiful Moorish tile work’s arabesques and calligraphy were whitewashed or effaced. King Charles I added Renaissance architecture; Phillip V Italianized rooms and replaced the Moorish building with his own palace.
- Christy Karras at Compass1 day ago
There was baseball in Chicago before there was a Wrigley Field, and Wrigley Field (originally called Weeghman Park) existed before the Chicago Cubs called it home. But the match of team and venue is one of the most iconic in professional sports. The stadium would help define baseball as we know it now, and — despite a lackluster Cubs record over the ensuing decades — it remains a symbol of baseball’s history and popularity.
The city’s first professional baseball franchise was a minor-league called the Chifeds; that strange name was an amalgamation of Chicago and Federal, after the Federal League in which it played. The team started out playing at DePaul University, but c lub president Charles “Lucky Charlie” Weeghman soon secured a 99-year lease for a site, formerly a seminary campus, on the city’s North Side.
- Christy Karras at Compass2 days ago
As countless amateur gamblers and weekend partiers have learned the hard way, the cash we spend in Vegas stays in Vegas. But even as Sin City increasingly caters to high rollers with plush new rooms, top-notch entertainment and gourmet restaurants, it can still be surprisingly inexpensive — if you play your cards right.
I’ve been visiting Las Vegas since childhood. My brother is a longtime resident, having spent the last 20 years building and overseeing maintenance of casino pools (his tip? Stay away from pools known for hosting big late-night parties. Chlorine can only do so much).
Things you could buy for a little in the old days ($2.99 breakfast buffet, anyone?) now cost a lot. But savvy Vegas veterans have a few secrets on how to enjoy classic Sin City pursuits without losing your shirt — unless you want to.
Time your bets.
Many of the best money-saving tricks boil down to timing. A big one: Avoid weekends, when room prices can easily double.
- Kelly O'Mara at Compass2 days ago
The little-mentioned and now often-ignored Olympic Games of 1906 — also known as the first-ever Intercalated Olympic Games — kicked off on April 22, 1906 in Greece. Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) no longer recognizes those games, and no records achieved at them count in official Olympic history.
In 1896, the French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin revived the idea of a modern Olympics. Those first games, held in Athens, were considered a success and paved the way for an international competition every four years. But there was a dispute: Greece wanted to host every Olympics, while Coubertin and the newly-formed IOC wanted the host country to change for each Games. A compromised was reached wherein Greece would host an Intercalated (basically meaning “placed between”) Olympic Games in the years between the rotating-city Olympic Games.
Because the compromise was reached in 1901, hosting a 1902 event between the 1900 and 1904 Olympics was deemed to be too soon. The first Intercalated Olympic Games in Greece were then scheduled for 1906.
- Bekah Wright at Compass2 days ago
A string of titles follow in Terence Blanchard’s wake: world-renowned jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, five-time Grammy Award winner, Golden Globe nominee. One he holds most dear: New Orleans native. He’ll be in his hometown when the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend. Afterward, he’s back touring and simultaneously composing for projects like the films “Black and White” and “Little Rootie Tootie.”
What’s something you never fail to pack in your suitcase?
Other than my trumpet, my iPod.
Fred Hammond, Disturbed and Miles Davis.
Carry-on or check-in?
Window or aisle?
What’s your idea of the perfect vacation?
Being in an area where you’re forced to do nothing for three weeks.
Tell us about a vacation you’ve taken that’s come close thus far.
A couple of years ago, we had a staycation. We did nothing and didn’t venture too far from home, trying to really appreciate our neighborhood, home and some of the great local restaurants — Dante’s Kitchen, ONE and Refuel Café.
- Michael Clemmer at Compass3 days ago
There once was a cat from Rabat, who lived for her next tasty rat. She loved the color blue and said, “ This corner will do; I will sit here and relax.”
Linda Hatfield of northern Westchester County, N.Y., photographed this fine feline in the historic medina of Morocco’s capital city. Hatfield’s love of photography began as a child with a Brownie Duraflex. Her photo showing goats grazing in a tree set an all-time record for Flickr photo of the day comments.
- Christy Karras at Compass3 days ago
With both the space race and Seattle’s rise to aerospace hub in full swing, the Seattle World’s Fair of 1962 celebrated the emerging jet age. Its design showcased the city and capitalized on America’s enthusiasm for all things modern (not coincidentally, “The Jetsons” first aired that same year). The structures that remain feel quaint now, but many have become beloved landmarks.
The world’s fair — and the look of Seattle’s skyline — might have been very different if the Seattle World’s Fair had happened in 1955, when organizers originally hoped. Realizing they would never have the site ready by then, they switched themes from the American West to the future.
Much of the result is preserved in what is now Seattle Center, a park and performance space just north of downtown. The most iconic: the Space Needle, a 605-foot-tall concrete tower that crews raced to build in less than a year and that was finished the day before the fair opened.