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Collapsed Hard Rock Hotel, New Orleans, to be Demolished

Recently the unfinished Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter partially collapsed. This event unfortunately took the lives of three people and injured dozens more. The city has now announced the entire structure which is 18 stories tall will be imploded.

The building owners’ engineers pointed out it will take 9 weeks to demolish the complex and another 3 months to remove and clear debris. This process will have the Hard Rock missing many busy tourist times including Mardi Gras, New Years and the Sugar Bowl.

New Orleans’ Fire Chief commented that the planned controlled demolition is the only safe way to handle the damaged building. The building owners will pay all costs for the demolition, but the city will be in control of the process. Additionally, the city will not allow demolition to interrupt any tourist season activity.

The top floors of the hotel are what unexpectedly collapsed. The cause is still under investigation by multiple city departments including the police and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

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4 Places to Celebrate the 4th

Thinking of experiencing the celebration of our nation’s independence away from home this year? Here are a few suggestions on fantastic destinations and what kind of star spangled surprises they have to offer.

Boston, MA
An important city steeped in patriotic history, Boston, MA hosts over 200 separate events on or around July 4th. Many of the events are free and range from fireworks, concerts, children’s days, cruises, tours and more. Particularly famous is the Boston Harborfest. This year’s Harborfest runs from July 2nd to July 6th with a large schedule of daily events. More information available here: http://www.bostonharborfest.com/index.html

Lake Tahoe, CA
Lake Tahoe hosts “Lights on the Lake,” which is known as the largest pyrotechnics show in the West. The Today Show calls it as one of the country’s top 4th of July celebrations. The American Pyrotechnic Association has this display on their top 5 list. The display can be seen all over town, but for some tips on sweet spots to watch from: http://tahoesouth.com/events/details/6196/lights_on_tahoe_south_fireworks

San Francisco, CA
The City of San Francisco will host a 4th of July Celebration at its famous Pier 39 on July 4th. Entertainment includes Mobility of the USAF Band of the Golden West and Tainted Love (an 80s pop music cover band). The fireworks display boasts the exploding of 10,000 fireworks. More information here: http://www.pier39.com/home/events/fourth-of-july-celebration-at-the-pier/

New Orleans , LA
The Crescent City area of New Orleans, concentrated in the French Quarter has a fantastic Independence Day celebration that spans Jul 3rd to July 6th. Local shops including art galleries, specialty boutiques, antique shops and other small business “roll out the red carpet” to celebrate independence day. The height of the festivities is of course the fireworks display. Other activities include boat cruises and discounted rates at the Audubon Institute. More information here: http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/seasonal/fourthofjuly.html