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Q: Tim, please help me. My husband and I are at odds as to what’s slowly ruining all of my wonderful clear glasses and heat-treated glass items in my kitchen. Each time I remove them from my dishwasher, they look worse. My husband states it’s just hard water. I tried soaking some of the ruined things in hot white vinegar, and there was no change. It’s got to be something else, but I can’t figure it out. Can you shed light on this? —Sandra P., Las Vegas

Pretty soon, many of you will be sufficiently discontented with staying home that you’ll plan to travel again. And at least some travel looks to be feasible as soon as this fall and winter. But with limitations. Worldwide and nationally, COVID isn’t going to slink off into history any time soon. Travel planning must still be constrained by COVID — along with other issues.

Log onto Expedia, check the price for a room for one night at the Luxor Hotel in mid-September, and the first comparison page is likely to highlight the rate at $39. Log onto, and the first comparison page will show $79.48, highlighted as "Booking.basic" rate in orange type, along with other rates starting at $49. And log onto, select "nightly + local taxes & fees" option, and the Luxor listing shows $84, which morphs to the same $79.48 shows when you link directly.

You've already encountered the dismal "resort" fees, but how about additional "venue," "gratuity," "service," "urban," "facility," and even "coronavirus" fees? I've written for many years that in the travel business, nothing catches on faster than a bad idea, so I suppose I should be surprised that it's taken so long for a laundry list of mandatory fees to infiltrate the hotel and restaurant businesses. All of those fees, added to the nominal price of a hotel room, restaurant meal, or bar drink, are documented in the blogosphere. Some appear to have originated in Las Vegas, but if history is any guide, you'll see them spread quickly to other prime visitor destinations.

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After dating four years, Jordan marries Juanita Vanoy at 3:30 a.m. in front of four guests in the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas.

Travel may be the last thing on your mind right now, but you aren't going to stay home forever. So the current lull might be a good time to think about what you plan to do when the world starts up again. The big immediate news is that, last Friday, the Department of Transportation issued an Enforcement Notice firmly reminding airlines that DOT means what its rules say: If...

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Sin City has decades of credentials as an all-out party destination, between its colossal casinos, trendy nightclubs, live shows and seedier establishments.

Spring break, generally before and after Easter Sunday, is observed by a large majority of U.S. elementary, high, and college schools. A secondary break period, often called " Ski Week," leverages the Presidents Day holiday to extend to a week or two. The folks at Your First Visit, a leading guide to the Disney parks, compiled a useful tabulation of the dates when most kids...

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