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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 31, 2002

Black poet honored

As a poet, novelist and playwright, Langston Hughes was a man for all seasons. Hughes' vivid portrayal of black life in America from the 1920s to the '60s will be further remembered with a new stamp issue tomorrow by the Postal Service.

The new 34-center marks both the centennial of Hughes' birth and the 25th anniversary of the Black Heritage series.

First-day-of-issue postmarks can be obtained by mail. Buy the new stamp at your local post office, then affix it stamp to your envelope, address the envelope and place in a larger envelope addressed to: Langston Hughes Commemorative Stamp, 421 8th St., Room 2029B, New York, NY 10199-9998. All orders must be postmarked by March 4. You also can order by phone by calling (800) STAMP24.

— Associated Press

We're only No. 3

Drum roll, please: The No. 1 preferred domestic winter travel destination is ... NOT Hawai'i, alas, not by a long shot. It's Las Vegas, according to the American Society of Travel Agents Fodor's Winter 2001 Hot Spots Survey.

The survey showed more than 22 percent of member travel agents reported Las Vegas as the preferred winter destination, edging out Orlando, Fla., which came in second place with 20.04 percent. Hawai'i holds third position (9.4 percent) followed by New York City (5.4 percent). Overall, Florida is the most popular state for winter travel, followed by Nevada. Still, Hawai'i is among the other most-favored states.

— Chris Oliver, Advertiser staff writer


This item carries a parental advisory: It's not for the squeamish.

It's for people who are looking for a way to take out their aggression against Osama bin Laden.

Check out osamabindead.com/games.php to find games like "Bin Blaster" and "Osama Invaders." The Web site offers glimpses at animated blood that only a hardcore video game enthusiast could love.

Just remember, you've been warned.

— Tanya Bricking, Advertiser staff writer

Exercise Honolulu

While rain kept the numbers down last weekend, city officials estimate more than 200 people have hoofed around neighborhood parks for hourlong walks as part of Exercise Honolulu, now midway through its seven-week program.

The walks take place at 8 a.m. Sunday mornings at 25 city parks from Hale'iwa to Waimanalo.

A closing event will be at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park. For information and locations, check out www.exercisehonolulu.com or call 536-6988.

— Advertiser staff