Louisiana hurricanes are causing thousands to languish in hotels. Now they’re waiting for help from FEMA.

“We’re not complaining about it. It’s a place to live,” said Skyla M. Thomas, 20. “But at the same time, it’s disgusting.”

She and her partner, Quaylon Pitre, thought they had stability 125 miles away on the outskirts of Lake Charles, La., where Pitre worked as a casino security guard. Thomas cared full-time for their children, including an infant who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. They rented a three-bedroom house with a yard. Family members were nearby.

That was before Hurricane Laura screamed across the Louisiana shoreline on Aug. 27 with sustained winds of more than 150 mph, devastating their home and thousands of others. They now are part of a diaspora of evacuees spread across hundreds of miles who have been without a permanent home for six weeks. Their numbers are expected to swell after Hurricane Delta rumbled ashore Friday night with Category 2 strength about 15 miles

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Tourist Returns Stolen Artefacts From Pompeii Claiming They’re Cursed

A tourist who stole artefacts from the ancient city of Pompeii in 2005 begged for them to be taken back after allegedly suffering 15 years of bad luck. 

The Canadian woman, identified only as Nicole, stole items including two mosaic tiles, parts of an amphora and a piece of ceramics while on a trip to Pompeii’s archaeological park in her early 20s.

In a letter of confession written to a travel agent this year, Nicole admitted she took the artefacts because she wanted a piece of history that ‘nobody could have’.

In the years after her trip to Pompeii, Nicole, who is now 36, revealed she had suffered with breast cancer twice, ‘the last time ending in a double mastectomy’, and that she and her family also struggled with financial problems.

We’re good people and I don’t want to pass this curse on to my family or children.

Nicole asked

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Travel agents wait for the world to reopen from COVID shutdowns; here’s how they’re staying afloat with travelers wary of cruises and flights

NORTHAMPTON — The DRI-Voyage, as travel agent Martha S. Borawski describes it, is the travel option for people who normally like a cruise but are not getting on a plane — much less a cruise ship — anytime in the foreseeable future due to the risk of coronavirus.

“It’s a three-night hotel stay package you can drive to in your own car and I’ve got great deals lined up with hotels and resorts in the northeast,” says Borawski, president of Pioneer Valley Travel in Northampton, of the mini-vacation concept she originated in the midst of the pandemic.

She’s been working at the family-owned business for 50 years.

The DRI-Voyage is one option for travelers concerned about venturing out amid the pandemic, focused on destinations within two- to three-hour drives from Western Massachusetts. So, too, are deals she’s worked out with RV rental companies for driving tours in the United States

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