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February 9, 2003


O'Hare retains title of busiest airport

Chicago -- O'Hare International Airport has kept its title as the world's busiest airfield, according to preliminary figures from the Federal Aviation Administration.

O'Hare logged 922,787 takeoffs and landings in 2002 -- a 1.2 percent increase from the previous year's 911,861 and a record, the FAA says.

Hartsfield Atlanta International had 890,923 flights, while Dallas-Fort Worth International came in third on the FAA list with 777,386.

Town fights to save gunslinger's grave

Glenwood Springs, Colo. -- Historians fear erosion could unearth the grave of gunslinger Doc Holliday and others in the 115-year-old Linwood Cemetery.

The Frontier Historical Society, which oversees the city's Frontier Historical Museum, has formed a committee to try to spruce up one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

"This will be a long-term project, and we want to focus on the most immediate needs first, which is the erosion," said Randy Henrie, president of the historical society.

Holliday, trained as a dentist, became a legend when he joined Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp to shoot it out with the Clanton gang in 1881 at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz. He retired to Glenwood Springs hoping that its hot springs would help him fight tuberculosis.

Las Vegas expands tourist offerings

Las Vegas -- Las Vegas-bound gamblers can expect three new properties to open this year, says the January issue of Las Vegas Advisor newsletter. Most notable is the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, a Mediterranean-style resort with casino and 36 holes of golf, taking reservations for later this month. It's located 17 miles east of the Strip. The other openings are Cannery, a North Las Vegas casino, and Tuscany, part of an all-suites hotel on East Flamingo Road.

Expansions are planned at six big casinos this year. As 2002 came to a close, Wildfire, a small casino across from Texas Station, opened. Also new last year was Neonopolis, an entertainment complex on Fremont Street.

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