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Rock and Roll Banjo Player Curtis Eller Brings His American Circus to Town — Curtis Eller is a rock and roller, albeit a rock and roller with the tightest, most badass banjo playing you could pay a ticket price for. "I most definitely consider myself a rock and roll singer" he told me in a recent interview.

Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown) on Eric Clapton and Jerry Lee Lewis — Names like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck quickly come to mind when discussing the greatest British rock and blues guitarists. Few venture forth the name Kim Simmonds - a Welshman who, night after night, rips off guitar licks that Otis Rush and B.B. King would be proud to call their own.

Southside Johnny on Cream, Springsteen, and James Brown — It's a common remark - and sometimes a boast - of music aficionados worldwide: "That was the best concert I have ever seen." Those glowing words, though, can mean a lot more when they come from the mouths of experienced musicians.

Why Some Emails Are So Easy for Scammers to Fake

Why Some Emails Are So Easy for Scammers to Fake — Emails purportedly sent by health insurance companies and large banks are more likely to be fraudulent than those claiming to be from social media companies, a new research study reveals. An email that appears to come from a health insurance company is four times more likely to be fraudulent - or two times more likely from a large U.S.

Site recommends top hotels for business travelers — For business travel, the Los Angeles Airport Marriott is the quintessential hotel, says frequent business traveler Michael Gregurich of Manitowoc, Wis. "It has great Wi-Fi, a great business center, meeting rooms and numerous dining options," says Gregurich, a USA TODAY Road Warrior who volunteers travel information.
Sep 02, 2014

Web site offers up its list of the best hotels for business travelers.

Liberians clash with police as Ebola deaths multiply — Soldiers and riot police Wednesday used barbed wire and wood to seal off about 50,000 people in a slum in Monrovia, Liberia, in an attempt to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least more than 1,000 people in West Africa.
Aug 21, 2014

Liberians clash with police as #Ebola cases increase in West Africa:

Female business travelers find more accommodating world — Female Road Warriors see much progress in the travel world's treatment of women, but they still have many gender-related concerns. Emilie Kroner believes it's getting easier for a woman to travel frequently on business.
Aug 17, 2014

Female business travelers find more accommodating world, Road Warriors tell @USATODAY.

Aug 17, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Female business travelers find more accommodating world

Aug 18, 2014

Female business travelers see a changing world of travel for women, @usatodaytravel says.

Aug 18, 2014

RT @garystoller: Female business travelers see a changing world of travel for women, @usatodaytravel says.

Crossing the line from pet to service animal — Many fliers avoid airline fees by misrepresenting their pet dogs as service animals, giving legitimate service animal owners a bad reputation. Frequent business travelers and at least one airline say they have noticed an uptick in the number of service dogs in aircraft cabins, raising questions for others as to whether a number of dogs that are truly pets are being passed off as service dogs.
Aug 04, 2014

What happens when travelers avoid airline fees by calling their pets service animals

NYC's lesser-known boroughs have a lot to offer — Many travelers are unaware of the many attractions and nightlife in New York's boroughs outside Manhattan. Los Angeles-based television executive Stephen Tao has found there is more to New York than Manhattan. He took "a respite from the city" at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, dined in the borough's Park Slope neighborhood and shopped in its DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood.
Jul 29, 2014

Looking for a special place to eat or nightlife in NYC's outer boroughs? Maybe @usatodaytravel or @Zagat can help:

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Aug 25, 2015

A true rock-poet @Elliottmurphy remembers in @nodepression other artists' amazing live shows:

Aug 25, 2015

Amazing what the Flores Factor has done to @NewYorkMets mojo. Bumbling GM's missteps unknowingly energizes team. Long live #WilmerFlores.

Aug 13, 2015

Such an incredibly powerful, soulful, beautiful performance at @chirpct tonight by @matt_andersen

Aug 11, 2015

Way down by the ocean @donovanofficial recalls for @nodepression how concert @TheGarden was highlight of his career:

Aug 06, 2015

Valid reasons for @1allisonmoorer recording break. She fondly remembers live performances of @hayescarll and @LeonardCohen74

Aug 03, 2015

Despite repeated blunders of management, @NewYorkMets have arrived. @sandyalderson destroyed the good mojo but #WilmerFlores brought it back

Jul 29, 2015

Another team lets @lamelaza_7 go. He is a ball player who loves to come to the park and play. Shame on @sandyalderson and the #Wilbaboons

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