Baltimore wins grant to continue water taxi
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Charm City Circulator Harbor Connector has been awarded a federal grant to continue operating as an all-electric water taxi service in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Sen. Ben Cardin and Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Baltimore an $854,130 grant to continue operating the water taxi.
The Harbor Connector is a free service for residents, commuters and visitors in Baltimore. It connects Harbor View with Harbor East and is one of five free circulating commuter routes.
The department also awarded $3.3 million to the Virginia Department of Transportation for two ferries that would be used to connect Jones Point Park in Alexandria, Virginia, to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Southeast Washington.
Southwest announces summer, fall fare sale
DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines Co. has kicked off a three-day air fare sale.
Southwest on Tuesday announced the sale with fares starting at $49 one way to select destinations from Aug. 25 through Dec. 17.
Blackout dates include Sept. 1, plus Nov. 21 through Dec. 2. Other restrictions may apply and seats are limited.
Some sale flights are on AirTran Airways, which Dallas-based Southwest bought in 2011. The fleets will be combined under the Southwest brand by year's end.
Federal limits on long-haul flights from Dallas Love Field will be lifted in mid-October, clearing the way for new nonstop flights.
Ansel Adams images on display in S.C.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A collection of iconic images by nature photographer Ansel Adams is on display in Myrtle Beach.
The exhibit opened at the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum on Tuesday and continues through Sept. 21.
A touring exhibit is from the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences of Peoria, Illinois in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution.
The collection includes 72 black and white images Adams printed for his daughter. It is part of a portfolio he conceived in the 1970s as the best images from his career.
Most of the images are landscapes, but there are also close-up nature works, portraits and architectural subjects.
An opening reception is being held on Tuesday with a talk by Andrea Stillman, Adams' former assistant and author of a book on Adams.
Museums bring exhibit on Greece to Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - Two Chicago museums are partnering to bring an exhibit about ancient Greece to the city.
The Field Museum and National Hellenic Museum announced "The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great" will premiere at the Field Museum in November 2015. The exhibit will feature more than 500 pieces and artifacts from nearly two dozen Greek museums.
Those artifacts include pieces from the tomb of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great.
The National Hellenic Museum plans to host related programming at its facility in Chicago's Greektown neighborhood. Field Museum curator William Parkinson says visitors will see the evolution of "Greek culture, politics and economics."
The exhibit will be in Chicago from Nov. 26, 2015, to April 17, 2016.
SLS Las Vegas to open within Hilton group
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say the SLS Las Vegas hotel-casino will open in late August as part of a new chain of independently operated Hilton Worldwide hotels.
A Monday announcement puts the $415 million hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Hilton's Curio brand.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that other hotels in the collection are The Sam Houston Hotel in Houston; Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, S.D.; The Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill, N.C.; and an unnamed development in downtown Portland, Ore.