Stand in the shoes of King
Visitors to a Memphis museum can now stand on the very spot where Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. For the first time, the National Civil Rights Museum – housed on the site of the former Lorraine Motel – is allowing public access to the balcony where the civil rights activist was hit by a sniper’s bullet. The death site will remain open until early 2014 while the museum undergoes renovations. The museum continues to operate, but with scaled-back exhibits.
Tourism revenues plunge at Atlantic City’s boardwalk
If you thought Atlantic City’s historic boardwalk was obliterated by Superstorm Sandy, you are not alone. Four of 10 respondents in a recent survey believed it was gone forever. That’s why the New Jersey city’s 12 casinos have relaunched a “Do AC” ad campaign to spread the word that the beachfront walkway survived intact. Casinos and businesses reopened five days after the storm but visitor counts and tourism revenues have plunged. The TV, print, radio and e-mail campaign will stress that the city is open for business.
A cure for jet lag in a pair of sunglasses
A sunglasses-like device that emits a soft green light is being touted as the newest weapon against jet lag by researchers in Australia. Known as Re-Timer, it is said to adjust the body’s internal clock by stimulating part of the brain. Time-zone travellers wishing to wake up earlier than at home are advised to wear a pair for 50 minutes after rising for three days. Those wanting to sleep later should use them for the same amount of time, but at bedtime. Re-Timer sells for $258. Details: re-timer.com.
Sources: The Canadian Press, Australian Associated Press.