RICHARD MASON: How to be a traveler, not a tourist

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If you have visited London and have never been to the British Museum, you are no traveler. You are just a tourist. A traveler would be one who would venture down a dark alley in Florence following the smell of lasagna, and would certainly visit the British Museum, which has a great collection of loot.

Uh, loot? Maybe I’m being severe in my description, but don’t suggest that to the Greeks. They are pointing fingers and saying bad words about the Brits because, as the British will tell you, “We saved one of the great treasures of ancient Greece from

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Grant to help fund transportation building at Alabama

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A $16.5 million grant will help fund a transportation research facility at the University of Alabama focused on electric vehicles, officials said.

The project announced Friday was the largest portion of $23.5 million in funding approved for educational building projects by the Public School and College Authority.

The building on the campus in Tuscaloosa will house the the Alabama Transportation Institute; the Alabama Mobility and Power Initiative, a partnership between Alabama Power Co. and Mercedes-Benz; and a state transportation agency office.

A statement by Tuscaloosa-area lawmakers said the partnership will create a research and development center for technology

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How to be a frugal traveler and still have fun

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That first post-vaccine vacation is finally a possibility for many, but after more than a year without travel, the sticker shock is no joke. In general, travel prices are increasing to reflect higher demand. According to the U.S. Travel Association Travel Price Index for May 2021, airfare is up 24.1% and lodging prices are up 10% year over year.

Nothing will stamp out that after-travel sense of bliss like getting a credit card bill full of vacation splurges. With some creativity and advanced planning, your trip can be budget-friendly without feeling cheap.

USE CREDIT CARD PERKS

Airline and hotel credit

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Kevin Hall wins APGA Tour event at TPC Deere Run

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Kevin Hall made golf look easy on Tuesday.

The Ohio State grad – winner of the individual title at the 2004 Big Ten Championship – shot a bogey-free, 8-under 63 to finish at 6 under and earn the win at the APGA Tour Deere Run at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. It’s Hall’s first APGA Tour win since 2018 at the APGA Tour Chicago.

“I’m just trying to stay calm and play my own game,” said Hall, 2016’s APGA Tour Player of the Year who was left with permanent hearing loss at just two years old following treatment

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