Washington Monument reopens after quake repairs

The Washington Monument re-opened on Monday after a 5.8 earthquake in 2011 caused cracks in the structure.

The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall hosted a reopening ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony included entertainment from “American Idol” winner Candice Glover, the Boy and Girl Choristers of Washington National Cathedral Choir, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the U.S. Navy Band.

Enjoy this time-lapse photography of the three-year repair of the Washington Monument from EarthCam.com.

Surge in Denver hotel occupancy stirs debate on legal pot’s impact

Denver experienced an uptick in hotel occupancy during the first year. What’s being debated is whether it’s due to the legalization of marijuana.

Stakeholders ranging from specialized tour operators to Expedia’s Hotels.com division have asserted that the surge is largely attributable to the fact that recreational use of marijuana became legal in Colorado on Jan. 1, resulting in an influx of out-of-state visitors looking to use the drug without fear of arrest.

The 2014 guide to lie-flat seats in first and business class

Not all lie-flat seats are created equal. This guide will let you see which one is better.

Not surprisingly, airlines have chosen vastly different paths in developing their fully lie-flat seats, largely due in part to cost and in part to the airline’s culture and vibe (yes, some airlines take this into consideration). In choosing a seat, the airline’s managers also have to take into consideration how to fit as many seats as possible into a given space to ensure maximum revenue for the cabin.

(Photo: Ron Cogswell/Flickr Creative Commons)