Baseball Notes: Uribe close to LA deal

November 30, 2010 by  
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Two people with knowledge of the situation say Juan Uribe is closing in on a three-year deal with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

A key member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants this season, Uribe was set to travel from the Dominican Republic to undergo a physical on Tuesday, one of the people said.

Martinez signs with Tigers. Victor Martinez will make $12 million next year in the first season of his $50 million, four-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.

Vazquez deals with Marlins. Pitcher Javier Vazquez and the Florida Marlins reached a preliminary agreement on a $7 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

Torrealba signs with Rangers. Free-agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba has agreed to a $6.25 million two-year contract with the Texas Rangers, filling one of the biggest off-season needs for the AL champions.

The Rangers also agreed Monday to a $1.2 million, one-year contract with righthander Mark Lowe, the reliever acquired from Seattle with Cliff Lee in July.

Bob Feller hospitalized. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, 92, is improving after being hospitalized with pneumonia. No word on when Feller could be released.

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Football fans search for Rose Bowl deals

November 30, 2010 by  
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The Badger football victory over Northwestern and the Big Ten Championship has students in Madison smelling roses — and pondering how to make the trip to Pasadena, Calif. for the Jan. 1 game.

Though the University of Wisconsin’s place in the Rose Bowl will not be confirmed until Dec. 5, football enthusiasts and travel agencies alike are already pursuing travel packages available for purchase.

UW Athletics spokesperson Justin Doherty said tickets for student season ticket holders go on sale at 9 p.m. Dec. 5 on The face value of tickets is $145, and ticket sales will continue until tickets are sold out or at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6, whichever comes first, he said.

Michael Garson, a representative of Badger Trips, said the company is chartering private planes to transport fans to California.

The package, which includes a three night hotel stay, airfare and ground transport costs $1495 without a ticket to the game.

“There are currently 505 seats on flights departing from Madison for Pasadena and we expect to sell out,” Garson said. “We’re seeing significant demand for people wanting to fly out of Madison.”

Garson added more than 60 percent of people signing up have been for the Madison departure, with others choosing to fly out of Chicago O’Hare and John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

Lindsay Juley, a travel expert for STA Travel, said flying out of Minneapolis, Milwaukee or Chicago can bring down the price for students who are strapped for cash.

She said departing flights from Madison to Los Angeles on Dec. 29 and 30 are running nearly $700.

Juley said a particular trend among students planning on a budget includes flying into Las Vegas or San Diego and renting a car to make the final drive to Pasadena. This method drops the price per person by almost $300.

“People can find savings if they’re willing to get creative,” Juley said.

She also said travelers willing to fly out of larger airports and who can be flexible with dates of departure have seen their rates drop extensively.

For example, flying from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago to Las Vegas costs only $422 round trip departing on New Year’s Eve and returning Jan. 3, according to

Amid the logistical planning, Garson acknowledges there is risk associated with planning trips amid uncertainty of which teams will actually be competing in the National Championship game.

He estimated there was a 99 percent chance the Badgers will go to the Rose Bowl, though the outcome of several key impending match-ups could result in other teams going to the championship.

Garson said this uncertainty was a risk some fans will have to take in order to ensure availability for some travel packages.

The Wisconsin Alumni Association will announce the details of their own travel package on Sunday, a representative said. The group only confirmed that fans would depart on Dec. 29 or 30 and return after the game on Jan. 2.

He said many travel organizations have been guaranteed a certain number of tickets to issue on a first come, first serve basis.

Juley said many students are not interested in packages that include stays in four-star hotels and a number of fans have inquired about packages consisting of solely a tailgate or a hotel stay.

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Hawaiian Airlines orders more Airbus A330 planes (AP)

November 30, 2010 by  
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HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines has ordered more Airbus planes, meaning it could potentially have as many as 31 of the European manufacturer’s aircraft in its fleet.

The Honolulu-based carrier, whose parent company is Hawaiian Holdings Inc., said Monday it had exercised existing rights to purchase six Airbus A330 planes.

It also acquired the rights to buy four more A330 planes, pushing its total potential Airbus fleet size to 31.

The airline is currently flying three Airbus 330s, using them on Honolulu to Los Angeles and Honolulu to Las Vegas routes.

It’s expected to fly some of the additional A330s to Manila, Seoul and Tokyo.

Before Monday, Hawaiian had submitted firm orders for six A330s and six A350s. It still has purchase rights to six A350 planes that it hasn’t yet exercised.

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Report: Google Buying Groupon for $2.5B

November 30, 2010 by  
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Report: Google Buying Groupon for $2.5B

Is Google adding online deals to its arsenal of acquisitions this year? According to a site called VatorNews, Google is purchasing Groupon for $2.5 billion, though All Things D’s Kara Swisher says the deal will likely be upwards of $3 billion.

VatorNews had few other details about the purchase and Google and Groupon are not talking. Swisher was actually the first to report about a possible Google-Groupon tie-up back on November 19.

At the time, talks between Google and Groupon were still ongoing, and Swisher suggested that others might also be interested, including Microsoft, Amazon, or eBay. Yahoo was rumored to be interested in Groupon earlier this year, but a deal was not reached.

Swisher also noted that Google could face regulatory scrutiny. In July, the company purchased travel software firm ITA for $700 million, a deal that is under review by regulators and has been criticized by rival travel companies.

Groupon is a discount site that offers one major deal per day (buy $50 worth of clothes for $25, for example). Earlier this month, the company launched Grouponicus, featuring online deals tailored for holiday gifting.

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Portable GPS Thanksgiving Travel Tips

November 30, 2010 by  
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If you thought the Cyber Monday deals were awesome, you really will prepare yourself for Cyber Monday deals! The Cyber Monday deals are going to get even more amazing. Stores are seeking to remove their stock from last year to bring in products for 2010.As a result they bring down the prices to draw even more shoppers.
It’s that season again! Cyber Monday After Thanksgiving sales are out and retailer advertisements are in! now is the greatest weekend to buy sales on Portable GPS at retailers like Walmart Best Buy and more.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips
If you are traveling this weekend, you won’t be alone on the road or in the air. AAA reported that the number of Americans traveling this Thanksgiving holiday will jump over last year. With more people traveling, here some steps that both drivers and fliers can take to make their trip more pleasurable.
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Amazon Black Friday Deal: .99 Toshiba Canvio 500GB USB HDD
Amazon offers the Toshiba Canvio 500GB Portable HDD for only $ 49.99 (list: $ 85.99) in the Amazon Black Friday Deals Week.Toshiba Canvio hard drives require no external AC adapter and is Plug …
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Good luck finding your After Thanksgiving Portable GPS bargain! Do not forget the Portable GPS online only sales going on now!

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Ski deals at Lake Tahoe resorts

November 30, 2010 by  
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For the AJC

Snowfall records are being broken at many of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts. Several storms dumped up to 10 feet of snow in the days just before Thanksgiving making November the snowiest in more than a decade — and in some areas in over 30 years. All seven of the world-class ski resorts in the Tahoe area are boasting the deepest base depths in the nation.

One of the most popular resorts, Squaw Valley, is reporting receiving ten feet of snow in recent days and more than five feet at Northstar-at-Tahoe. Skiers and boarders coming off of slopes at Heavenly (which straddles the Nevada-California line at South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) say conditions are January-like. South of Tahoe, the Kirkwood Mountain Resort reported its snowiest November in 30 years. Alpine Meadows, just north of Tahoe, received the largest single November storm in its history with nine feet of snow.

What are you waiting for? The Lake Tahoe area is the most affordable for lodging and ski lift tickets in the country with per person rates starting at $52 per night.

For instance, the Heavenly Mountain Resort offers a “Buy-One-Get-One” stay-and-ski package on midweek stays through Dec. 16. Accommodations at Big Pines Mountain House are priced at $55 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. A two-night minimum stay is required.

The “Heavenly for Half Off” package starts from $52 per person, per night on four-night stays — and includes four days of skiing or riding.

One more package, valid on stays through Dec. 20, is priced from $135 per person and includes three nights of lodging at Big Pines Mountain House (midweek) with two days of lift tickets.

Other lodging options are available at higher rates.

For more, visit Heavenly at .

Get to Reno-Lake Tahoe at round-trip airfare rates of $218 on trips finished on or before Feb. 10.

Three airlines are participating which should make finding sale seats a bit easier.

All three carriers require a one-week advance purchase notice and stays of three to 30 days. Travel is permitted any day of the week, based on availability.

USAirways and United have no blackout dates on this offer. However, Delta Air Lines does not permit this special rate on Dec. 16-31.

United serves Reno-Tahoe with connecting service in Denver; USAirways through Phoenix and Delta via Salt Lake City. Stopovers are not permitted.

Hurry to buy tickets at this low rate — it could vanish at anytime.

Sale fares listed here are subject to change. Every seat on every flight is not offered at the lowest rate. Since only a limited supply of seats is available, act quickly to make your purchase. I recommend starting the search for available seats at vs. calling an airline directly. You can also search for the sale at travel Web sites such as Expedia or Travelocity, etc. Airlines can discontinue or pull a sale price without notice when the offer is deemed “sold out,” or when that rate does not have a “ticket-by” date.

Clara Bosonetto is a retired travel consultant.

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Hanukkah menorah lightings around the globe (AP)

November 29, 2010 by  
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NEW YORK – A Jewish outreach organization is hosting a variety of public menorah lightings for Hanukkah in more than 70 countries around the world.

Events sponsored by the Chabad-Lubavitch organization include menorah lightings at several sporting events, including the Miami Heat-Detroit Pistons basketball game, Wednesday in Florida, and the Portland Trail Blazers-Los Angeles Clippers basketball game, Sunday in Oregon.

Menorahs made from whimsical materials are a hallmark of Chabad’s holiday programs. Menorahs made from ice are scheduled to be lit Thursday in Helsinki; Sunday in Berlin, and Monday (Dec. 6) in Central Park in New York City. Chocolate menorahs are due to be lit Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia; Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Monday (Dec. 6) in Stockholm.

Menorahs made from Legos will be built in Brookline, Mass., Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Flemington, N.J.; and balloon menorahs will be on display in Maple, in Ontario, about 25 miles from Toronto, and in Bend, Ore.

For details on these and other events, visit The eight-day holiday begins at sundown Wednesday.

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Cyber Monday Travel Deals: Flights for $39+

November 29, 2010 by  
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Cyber Monday deals include some discounts on airfare for Virgin America as well as a mystery sale for JetBlue.

You’ve already got that gadget you really wanted, and that outfit you really liked. Why not grab a travel deal and escape to somewhere exotic, or visit loved ones?

Virgin America is offering seven-day advanced purchase tickets for some pretty popular routes for as low as $39. Fares have to be purchased a week ahead of time for travel between Dec. 6 and May 11, 2011.

Sample Virgin America fares:

(Note: fares below are for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday travel. For Friday and Sunday travel, fares are about $10 to $20 higher)

-$39: San Francisco—Los Angeles, San Francisco—Las Vegas, or San Francisco—San Diego.
-$109: Boston—Los Angeles and Boston—San Francisco
-$109: New York (JFK)—Los Angeles, New York—San Francisco, or New York—Las Vegas.
-$119: Boston—Seattle, Boston-Las Vegas, or Boston-San Diego
-$119: Washington (Dulles)—San Diego, Washington—Seattle, or Washington—Las Vegas
-$129: Dallas/Ft. Worth—Los Angeles or Dallas/Ft. Worth—San Francisco.

JetBlue is offering a “Top Secret Sale” for Cyber Monday for Boston and New York fliers, who will be treated to a “mystery” three to five star hotel when they book four day, three night vacation packages for $99 a night and above through its website at

Destinations include Tampa, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cancun, Barbados, and Saint Lucia. Travelers will know hotel details 72 hours ahead of time.

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Cyber Monday travel deals

November 29, 2010 by  
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If you missed Black Friday, there’s still time to catch a travel deal today for Cyber Monday — online retailers’ answer to the brick-and-mortar post-Thanksgiving extravaganza. Many Americans are making at least part of their travel arrangements online, so you might as well click your way to some savings. Here are a few examples I’ve seen: is offering up to 50 percent off room rates when you book online and use code 4DAY.

The Duane Street Hotel in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood is offering rooms for $129 per night (rooms typically start around $350 for a superior) when you book today between 1:29 p.m. and 1:58 p.m. The offer is good for stays Jan. 1- Feb. 28, with blackout dates around Valentine’s Day.

The Vinoy Renaissance Resort Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla., will take 30 percent off the best available rate for those who book using booking code DOD. Good for stays through Jan. 8. Rates start at $112 per night.

Starwood Hotels, including the Westin brand, are offering special rates for stays Jan. 1- April 30. Use rate code CYBERLTO for savings on stays at the Westin Resort Aruba, Westin St. Maarten and Westin New York at Times Square, among others.

Red Roof Inn is offering a 15 percent discount when you book a room online at and use VP code 608270.

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A Roundup of Cyber Monday Travel Deals

November 29, 2010 by  
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A number of hotels throughout the Caribbean are offering sales today, “Cyber Monday” (the online retail answer to Black Friday). A roundup of some of the best deals are below. To be valid, these deals must be booked by 11:59 p.m.


The high-end CusinArt Resort Spa is offering a seven-night stay for the price of five, and a $250 food and beverage credit too. Pro-rated nightly rates with this promotion start at $580 per night, a savings of $235 per night. Valid for travel Jan. 3 through April 2, 2011. Reservations:, (800) 943-3210.


Two nights at the leisure rate (starting at $294 a night) at the Aruba Marriott Resort Stellaris Casino gets guests two additional nights free. Valid for travel from April  26 through Dec. 22, 2011. Reservations: and request promo code D52, (800) 223-6388.

Costa Rica

Throughout 2011, Marriott Hotels Resorts of Costa Rica has rates from $99 to $119 per night plus tax. Participating hotels include the Costa Rica Marriott San Jose (deluxe room $99 a night plus tax); Courtyard San Jose Escazu (standard room $99 a night plus tax); Residence Inn San Jose Escazu (studio $99 a night plus tax) and the Los Sueños Marriott Ocean Golf Resort (standard room $119 a night plus tax). Valid for travel from Jan. 1 through Dec. 19, 2011. Reservations: and request promo code PR5.


Buy two nights (starting at $130 a night) and get a third free at the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino or the Lodge Kura Hulanda Beach Club. Valid for travel today through Dec. 23 and Jan. 3 through April 16, 2011. Reservations: (877) 264-3106 or e-mail and mention CyberMonday.

Puerto Rico

The San Juan Marriott Resort, Puerto Rico, has a unique offer for travel during the month of December: follow @SanJuanMarriott on Twitter and tweet “I want to book a #CyberMonday vacation at @SanJuanMarriott” anytime today. You’ll receive a reply DM (direct message) with details on the offer and an exclusive booking code. Reservations:, call (800) 228-9290 and use the code to book (subject to availability).

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