It’s not like we really need a day dedicated to beer to celebrate our favorite drink — but it sure doesn’t hurt. Established in 2009 and recognized every April 7, National Beer Day celebrates the establishment of the Cullen-Harrison Act, which legalized the sale of beer and went into effect on April 7, 1933. Supposedly Virginia resident Justin Smith came up with the idea while drinking pints with friends at his local Buffalo Wild Wings. “It’s not about what beer does, it’s about what beer is,” Smith told a TV station in 2016. “It’s the quintessential beverage that you can do so many different flavor pairings, you’re going to get flavors that you can’t get from anything else, because there’s so many things you can put in a beer.” We’ll drink to that, today and everyday, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate your love of beer in Atlanta and beyond.What to drink AJC beer writer Bob Townsend has shown … [Read more...] about National Beer Day 2018: Where and what to drink in metro Atlanta
By Max Smith | @amaxsmith April 6, 2018 4:06 am 04/06/2018 04:06am The street-level tunnel through a glitzy new building — directly across from the Rosslyn Metro station entrance — would significantly speed up bus trips. ARLINGTON, Va. — A bus tunnel in Rosslyn critical to many commuters — which Metro said more than a year ago would open in days — remains closed due to outstanding construction concerns, WTOP has learned. The street-level tunnel through a glitzy new building, directly across from the Rosslyn Metro station entrance, is supposed to replace an alley that the building was constructed over. Metrobuses used the alley to significantly speed up trips by cutting directly from North Moore Street to North Lynn Street for a direct connection to Lee Highway, Interstate 66 and the Key Bridge. Instead, Metrobuses and Arlington’s ART buses have had to loop around onto Wilson Boulevard and other roads, adding to … [Read more...] about Metro said this tunnel would open in 2016. Why is it still closed?
Turin and Milan are making public transport free in a bid to combat air pollution. Photo: Andrea Puggioni/Flickr The northern Italian cities of Milan and Turin are letting people use public transport free of charge in an effort to combat dangerously high levels of airborne pollution. Turin made headlines last year when a study named the city as the worst in the EU for air pollution, and the situation has not improved, news agency Ansa reported. In a bid to stop pollution reaching dangerous levels, the council is making the city's buses and metro free on Thursday and Friday to reduce the emissions caused by Turin's heavy traffic. The initiative, called 'Leave you car and travel free', will see the city's one metro line and 88 urban and suburban bus routes made free to the public between 5am and midnight. “This is an anti-pollution measure that calls upon the citizens of Turin to take responsibility,” Mayor Piero Fassino said. “The quality of the air we … [Read more...] about Smog: Italian cities offer free bus and metro rides
The woman gave birth on a platform of Milan's metro. Photo: Ian Fisher A woman unexpectedly went into labour and gave birth on a Milan metro platform on Monday evening. The woman, said to be in her early twenties, went into labour immediately after getting off a train at Molino Dorino station, La Repubblica reported. The woman, who had been travelling on the metro with her husband, reportedly had to steady herself as she got off the train, before her waters broke. Medical staff were quickly on the scene and within ten minute she gave birth to a baby girl. The mother and baby were taken to Sacco hospital and are reportedly doing fine. A number of other emergency births have occurred on underground networks around the world, although the event is still rare. Three have taken place on the London Underground in its 151-year history, the first in 1924 and the latter two within the space of a few months in 2009. In 2013, a woman gave birth to a baby boy on the platform of … [Read more...] about Woman gives birth on Milan metro platform
They do it in school classrooms right in front of teachers and other students, using devices that look like flash drives and phone chargers that emit little to no odor and are easily hidden inside sleeves and hoodies. Vaping — a form of electronic cigarettes — is booming in popularity inside Metro Detroit middle and high schools, prompting education leaders to turn to police and health officials for help. Young people are drawn to the devices because they’re cheap, easy to access and assumed — falsely, experts say — to be safe. Adding to the problem: schools can ban vaping, but there’s no Michigan law banning minors from using e-cigarettes. Teens are using the devices right in school, exhaling thick plumes of vapor into their clothing during class or on breaks in stairwells and bathrooms. “Some school are saying this is an epidemic. They are dealing with it on a daily or weekly basis,” said Carol Mastroianni, executive director of the … [Read more...] about Metro Detroit schools weigh deterrents to vaping