Tampa water taxi will bring back its Haunted River Tours in October

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Pirate Water Taxi has announced that it will bring back its Haunted River Tours to set sail every weekend in October from downtown Tampa.

Led by dressed-up ghouls, the crew offers family friendly spooks as they “tell eerie stories of Tampa’s past,” a news release said.

The return of the haunted tours brings one more Halloween event in a year that some of the big ones, like Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights and Disney’s after-hours party at the Magic Kingdom, have been canceled. But others, including Busch Gardens and ZooTampa, are going ahead with Halloween parties, just at a reduced capacity and with greater social distancing.

Organizers said the Haunted River Tours will take place on its newest vessel Captain Jack II, which will operate at 50 percent capacity along with new health and safety protocols.

Tickets start at $25 for adults and $20 for children. The 45-minute cruise will have

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‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child pornography charge, appears in federal court

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Cheer star Jerry Harris was arrested by the FBI on a child pornography charge, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced on Thursday. The cheerleader, a fan favorite from the Netflix docuseries, is accused of enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself.

Harris, 21, has been charged with one count of producing child pornography. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years.

Harris made an initial court appearance on Thursday which lasted about 10 minutes. According to the Chicago Tribune, he will be held in federal custody until Monday’s detention hearing. Harris was led away in handcuffs after the hearing.

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Scott Dixon Earns 50th Career IndyCar Series Win at Gateway

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IndyCar championship leader Scott Dixon continued his winning ways in 2020 by holding off a hard-charging Takuma Sato in thrilling fashion, winning the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race 1 at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday in the second-closest series finish ever at the track.

Dixon, who started third, drove the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to his 50th career win and fourth win in eight races this season with a .1404 margin of victory over Sato in the No. 30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

That result swapped positions from the 104th Indianapolis 500 last Sunday, when Sato held off Dixon for his second victory in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

“It’s awesome,” Dixon said. “I can’t thank the PNC Bank crew enough. Superb race all day. Sato was going to be strong at the end, but I didn’t realize how strong he was

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This Texas city is ranked among the best destinations for a quick getaway

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Discount travel and booking website Hotwire, an Expedia Group company, released its annual “America’s Best Cities for a Quickie” ranking, which determines the cities best suited for quick trips and weekend getaways.

Whittled down from 300 locales across the country, the index features 40 cities.

One Texas city secured a spot on the list — Austin.

Hotwire ranked Austin at No. 8 in the major metropolises category, ahead of No. 9 Denver, CO and No. 10 Porlant, OR. Las Vegas, San Francisco and Washington D.C. took the top three spots, respectively.

Hotwire said it analyzed more than 10,000 internal and external data points related to factors like leisure, value, drivability and population to determine its ranking.

“No one is certain how much longer COVID-19 will disrupt travel plans, so quick getaways can help Americans enjoy a change of scenery right now without making major commitments,” said Nick Graham, head of

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Chedid Capital and Ascoma Group join forces to create a leader in insurance broking in the Middle East and Africa

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BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Husson family and Chedid Capital entered into exclusive negotiations for the transfer of control of Ascoma Assureurs Conseils (“Ascoma”). The Husson family will maintain a sizeable stake in Ascoma and will participate in the transition and development of the new group. Completion of the transaction will only be subject to the condition precedent of obtaining regulatory authorizations.

This transfer of control pertains to the African activities of the Ascoma group, noting that the Husson family will maintain its insurance brokerage activities in Monaco and France.

Ascoma is a major broker in Africa with a network of 23 subsidiaries in 21 countries in Africa, with an office for international affairs in Paris. The group’s activities revolve around insurance broking (P&C and Healthcare) and the management of healthcare costs on behalf of companies and insurers. Ascoma currently has around 780

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How Gibraltar Became Europe’s Pandemic Wedding Hot Spot

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Olivia Windham Stewart, a 34-year-old British human rights specialist, who married her American partner in Gibraltar’s botanical gardens last week, echoed that determination. “It’s been such a frustrating and disappointing year, having to slow down all our life plans, so it was such a big relief when we found Gibraltar and realized that there was a place where we could actually get married,” she said.

Throughout the day, couples line up outside Gibraltar’s Civil Status and Registration Office, waiting in anticipation for their ceremony, which takes place in a drab room, brightened up by a youthful portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, and typically lasts around 15 minutes.

Afterward, couples stand in front of the building’s blue shutters and pose for photos, some wearing full wedding attire, complete with bridal veil and pocket square, others in summer dresses and slacks.

One item of clothing is mandatory for the ceremony: a face

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Kiwi movie Shadow in the Clouds debuts to rave reviews at Toronto Film Festival

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Chinese-New Zealand director Roseanne Liang’s latest film has debuted to rave reviews.

Shadow in the Cloud, which had its world premiere as a midnight drive-in screening as part of the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival last weekend, has earned plenty of praise from those writing for well-known international entertainment news outlets.

Starring Suspiria’s Chloe Grace Moretz and Otara-raised Hawaii Five-0 actor Beulah Koale, it’s the story of a secret cargo-carrying World War II pilot, whose fear of an imminent Japanese ambush is overtaken by the threat posed by a sinister presence onboard her plane.

Describing it as the year”s “craziest feminist adventure”, IndieWire’s Kate Erbland wrote that Shadows is bolstered by “an energy that never relents”.

“Audiences willing and able to lean into its special brand of wacky horror will likely enjoy it best, but Liang also keeps a steady tension running throughout its

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Visegrad Four to Present EU New Belarus Support Package | World News

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WARSAW (Reuters) – The Visegrad Four grouping of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia wants to propose visa-free movement for Belarusian citizens and a support package for Belarus at an EU summit, Poland’s prime minister said on Friday.

At talks in the eastern Polish city of Lublin, the Visegrad Four reiterated a call for a new election in Belarus, where protesters have been demanding the end of President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule, and said the protests needed support.

Further sanctions against Belarusian officials are expected to be discussed at the Sept. 24-25 EU summit.

Lukashenko denies rigging an Aug. 9 presidential election, which official results said he won by a landslide, and has cracked down hard on the protesters demanding his resignation.

“We want to propose an offer of economic cooperation for the future … We want to propose visa-free travel for Belarusian citizens and this economic package for

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Best Airport Newsstand / Travel Essential Winners (2017)

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Hudson News/Discover, Relay, The Washington Informer and 7-Eleven also winners

Whether you’re in search of a good airplane read, need an aspirin to kill a headache or simply want a quick pre-flight snack, these 10 airport shops, nominated as the best newsstands and travel essentials by Airport Revenue News and voted to the top by USA TODAY 10Best readers, have you covered with a range of travel essentials.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Airport Newsstand / Travel Essential are as follows:

  1. North Loop Market – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  2. Hudson News/Discover – San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  3. Relay – Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  4. The Washington Informer – Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  5. 7-Eleven – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  6. Air Essentials – Miami International Airport (MIA)
  7. Shellis News – Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
  8. Univision – Dallas/Fort Worth International
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Here’s your first look at Apple’s upcoming AirPods Studio wireless headphones

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Apple has long been rumored to be working on pair of wireless headphones that might debut as the Airpods Studio. Early rumors claimed that they will borrow tech and a few design inspirations fro the Beats line-up, but nothing concrete so far has emerged. Now, we might have our first look at the AirPods Studio and some of its key features, thanks to prolific Apple leakster Jon Prosser. The leaked renders show a device with an extremely minimalist design, which falls in line with Apple’s preferred industrial aesthetics language, and appears to use predominantly leather and metal. The leather band has a cushion on the inner surface and is connected to the earpiece through a stem that is just a plain cylindrical piece of polished metal. 

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