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The Lede, Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Good Morning! It’s Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

I’ve been on the road quite a bit in the last several days. This morning it’s Boston, later today New York. There’s literally been some planes, some trains and some automobiles on this trip for me. So I’ve been thinking about travel news.

THE LEDE
On the Road Again

To wit, some news from the world of travel:

PLANES: New Canadian “ultra-low-cost carrier” Swoop is making its first push into the United States, with plans to fly seven routes from five U.S. airports starting in October, when it will serve Las Vegas; Fort Lauderdale; Orlando; Phoenix; and Tampa. USA Today.

TRAINS: An old railroad is accused of delaying the building of the new railroad – a bullet train in California. LAT

AUTOMOBILES: Avis is now giving discounts for Amazon customers. USA Today

BONUS: SPACESHIPS – Yeah, we’re going to be able to travel in space as ordinary travelers, not trained astronauts, I think. If not our generation, then our kids’. Elon Musk confirms reports that SpaceX will be ready for “people-carrying space adventures” as early as April next year. But for now, we’re still talking about trained astronauts, not tourists. More from Inverse

And here’s a weird idea if you’ve got a WHOLE lot of extra time on your hands. Take a cross-country road trip from your desk – by clicking your way across the country on Google Maps. Some guy actually did this

Also from today’s news pages

The White House is expected to announce the reimposition of economic sanctions on Iran today. Europe is intent on ignoring it and continuing its lucrative business with Iran anyway – an EU “blocking statute” will take effect on Tuesday to nullify US legal action against European firms in connection with Iran.

Notes From the Age of Disruption:

Walmart
Will use robots to find, bring items for customers ordering online for store pickup. LedeTree

GM
Is hiring hackers. Detroit Free Press

Starbucks
Will Deliver to Stores in China in Alibaba Partnership. CNBC

Crazy Parenting News of the Day: 

Parents Are Hiring Fortnite Coaches for Kids. From the WSJ (subscription)

A little economic reading:

Can the strength of the craft beer industry tell us something about the broader economy?

From the Washington Post:

“The more alarming issue is that older and more recent craft brewers alike have all ridden a wave of investment, financing and consumer spending since the financial crisis in 2008, but that wave can’t take them that much higher. And we all know what happens when a wave crests….For now, though, things look sunny — for the overall U.S. economy. For craft beer, it’s another story, and a possibly predictive one at that. In the 1990s, what turned out to be another decade-long economic expansion lifted craft beer to dizzying new heights. It entered the 1990s as a passing fad, but the larger wave of investment and spending helped it expand right along with the economy. Toward the end of the decade, there were more than 1,500 craft breweries and brewpubs, an improbable milestone. Then the keg went dry. Loans on new breweries and brewery expansions came due. Breweries looked around and didn’t find as many customers as a few years before. Banks stopped lending. The economy overall started to wobble. Hundreds of breweries closed or reduced their footprints between 1999 and 2001.”

About David Royse

David Royse
David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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