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Is the National Anthem of the United States Racist?

Traveling around the world means visiting countries and experiencing customs which are different than the ones where you live; and among what comprises the identity of a nation are the flag, its people — and its national anthem.

A few bars of God Save the Queen and people recognize the national anthem of Great Britain; and many people are familiar with O Canada, which is the national anthem of…er…Canada, of course…

…but if Alice A. Huffman has her way, the Star Spangled Banner would…

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Travel Alert October 2017: Severe Weather to Impact Northeastern United States

If the northeastern United States is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects resulting from two storms which will become one significant storm.

Although this storm is…

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Job Offer: Travel the World For a Year For The New York Times

You love to travel and enjoy it so much that you are willing to pay to do it — that is a likely conclusion to assume if you are reading The Gate — but how would you like to get paid to travel for one year?

The New York Times annually recommends 52 Places to Go, which pertains to “one place to dream about exploring each week. The list is an ambitious forecast of which beaches will remain unspoiled, which starchitect-designed museums will live up to their renderings and which culinary treasures are worth hopping a flight to eat.”

For 2018…

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Update: Super Typhoon Lan to Impact Japan October 2017

If Japan is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to seriously consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects from Super Typhoon Lan.

Maximum sustained winds of Typhoon Lan — which is the equivalent of a strong Category 4 hurricane currently located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 350 miles east of Kadena and moving north northeast at a speed of 20 miles per hour — are at…

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Travel Alert October 2017: Typhoon Lan to Impact Japan

If Japan is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects from Typhoon Lan.

Maximum sustained winds of Typhoon Lan — which is the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane currently located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 500 miles southeast of Okinawa and moving north at a speed of 9 miles per hour — are at…

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Just Destroy Every Statue and Monument Ever Erected. Problem Solved?

A campaign has been sweeping across the United States to literally erase reminders of the days when the Confederate States of America formed after Abraham Lincoln — who was opposed to slavery — was elected the 16th president of the United States in November of 1860.

A statue of Robert Edward Lee mounted on his horse Traveller was commissioned in 1917 and was commemorated in 1924 in Charlottesville; but the vice mayor of the city in Virginia called upon the city council for the removal of the statue, as Robert E. Lee was a general for the army of the Confederate States of America, which is considered offensive to people such as descendants of those who were slaves.

A protest — which was called the Unite the Right rally — opposed to the removal of the statue became violent and resulted in the death of one woman and left 19 other people injured on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

That incident…

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Travel Alert October 2017: Typhoon Khanun Impacts Southern China, Hong Kong and Vietnam

If southern China, Hong Kong and central Vietnam are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects from Typhoon Khanun.

Maximum sustained winds of Typhoon Khanun — which is the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane currently located approximately 200 miles west southwest of Hong Kong and moving west at a speed of 22 miles per hour — are at…

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Travel Alerts Expanded For Deadliest Wildfires in California History

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions due to thick smoke and traffic problems — including road closures.

Here are eight airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of these wildfires…

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Travel Alerts Expanded For Wildfires in Northern California 2017

At least 26 fatalities have now been confirmed; greater than 450 people are currently missing; at least 3,500 structures are destroyed; tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate; and a minimum of 191,000 acres of land are already scorched. Entire neighborhoods are gone, with little more than smoke and burnt trees remaining; and many major thoroughfares — such as United States Highway 101 — are still closed to traffic. Power and gas is out in many areas — one reason because strong winds have knocked down trees, taking down power lines with them.

The situation is so critical that…

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Travel Alert: Hilton Hotel Burns Down; Waivers Issued by Airlines Due to Wildfires; Boeing 747 Used to Drop Fire Retardant

If Napa Valley, Santa Rosa and Sonoma and other areas especially north of the greater San Francisco Bay area are in your travel plans over the next few weeks, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — as wildfires continue to rage out of control.

The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for…

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