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Washington D.C. making Olympics bid for summer 2024

By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 8/27/13 10:14 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — The inconveniences of the daily routine in the nation's capital will be a selling point as Washington, D.C., makes a push to host the 2024 Olympics. "We are the safest and most secure city in the world," said Bob Sweeney, president of DC 2024. "The largest expense of any Olympic Games is security, and the fact that we've got it pretty built in to our everyday life here in Washington, we would leverage that asset tremendously to put on this high-profile event." Sweeney announced Tuesday the formation of a nonprofit group aimed at making D.C. the first American city to host the Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996, and the first to host an Olympics since the Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City in 2002.
The bid has a long way to go. Washington was one of 35 U.S. cities to receive a letter from the U.S. Olympic Committee to gauge interest, and Sweeney expects about 10 to step forward as serious ca…

JetBlue goes after high-income fliers with lie-flat seats

Los Angeles Times


JetBlue Airways, the low-cost New York-based carrier, will begin vying for big-spending business travelers with the introduction next spring of upper-class seats. The airline, which until now has offered only economy seats, will install new lie-flat seats and private suites on transcontinental flights on the highly competitive routes between Los Angeles and New York and San Francisco and New York. JetBlue is not skimping on comfort. The new seats added to Airbus A321 planes will have adjustable firmness, a massage function, a 15-inch wide-screen television  and a "wake-me-for-service" indicator if the flier decides to sleep. The private suites will include a closeable door for privacy. The airline plans to dedicate 11 planes to serve the two transcontinental routes, with expansions along the same routes and the addition of lie-flat seats on other routes, depending on demand, the airline said. "Transcontinental routes have had high premium fares we beli…