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Nov. 5, 2009
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New York Non-profit Distributes Leftover Food from Sport Events, Concerts
from The Voice of America
Major sporting events and rock concerts generate thousands of kilograms of uneaten food which is often simply thrown away after the event is over. Now one charity is collecting that leftover food and distributing it to the needy. Rock and Wrap It Up provides 100,000 meals a week to the hungry - meals made up of leftover hot dogs, hamburgers, and other food from sporting events, rock concerts, political rallies, film shoots and other events. More

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Chicago Music Festivals: Creative Thinking Could Save Them
from The Chicago Tribune
With Chicago's budget more than $500 million in the red, the ax was bound to strike the city-sponsored lakefront festivals. But while the likely demise of the long-running Venetian Night has generated the most hue and cry, there will be another consequence of Chicago's financial woes: The city's outdoor music festivals will be dramatically transformed and, in some instances, truncated next year. More

New National Study Shows Importance of Cultural and Heritage Travel to U.S. Economy (and California)
from The Fox & Hounds Daily
A new study, the first of its kind, confirms that cultural and heritage tourism is huge - and bigger than many of us thought in terms of economic impact. Caroline Beteta, Chair of the U.S. Travel Association says that this is great news for just about every destination in the U.S., as they have products that will appeal to this market. More

Blind Marching Band Gets Invite to Rose Bowl Parade
from WALB-TV
It's an honor for any band to be selected to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade each New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif. Each of the bands taking part is unique in its own way; however, it's a little different for one band from Columbus, Ohio. More

Hollywood Officials Fire Agency Director Amid Outrage at Beach Fest's Cost
from The Miami Herald
Hollywood City Commissioners voted to fire the director of a city agency that oversees redevelopment on the beach two days after he released a report that showed massive cost overruns for an event earlier this year. Commissioners voted to fire Gil Martinez 5-2 with Commissioners Fran Russo and Patricia Asseff voting against. More

Will Celebrity Tweeters Cash in on Sponsorship?
from The Media Blog
Would you keep following Stephen Fry or Jonathan Ross if sponsored tweets started appearing from them? An interesting piece on the Vancouver Sun Web site was recently published. It discusses the money which can be made from sponsored Tweets by celebrities with the largest followings. More

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2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade List of Performers Announced
from Associated Content
The 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is set to take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26. A new parade route is being unveiled for 2009. The parade will feature 1,500 dancers, cheerleaders, singers and performers; 15 giant character balloons; 800 clowns; 35 novelty or ornament balloons, balloonheads and balloonicles; 24 floats; 10 marching bands; and a slew of celebrity performers. More

Business Travel Pitched as Economic Engine
from KERO-TV
The travel industry is working to redefine itself as a key player in the American economy; a means by which companies can improve profits, a source of tax revenue and a provider of jobs. Geoff Freeman, U.S. Travel Association senior vice president, said factors that include the recession, a spurt of public anger over extravagant business travel and politicians who lashed out at the travel industry resulted in $2 billion worth of events and meetings being canceled when the rancor was at its peak early this year. More

China Looks to Export Censorship
from BBC News
A few days before the start of this year's Melbourne International Film Festival its executive director received an "audacious" telephone call. An official from China's consulate in the city called him to "urge" the festival to withdraw a film about the Chinese activist Rebiya Kadeer. More

Tips for Traveling Safely During Flu Season
from The Associated Press via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Last spring thousands of travelers canceled trips to Mexico after a swine flu outbreak there emptied beaches and resorts. Staying home won't protect you from swine flu now. Forty-six states have reported widespread flu activity. More


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