---American Airlines canceled 200 flights today, citing maintenance issues. During a routine audit, American said, "a joint team of AA and FAA inspectors raised questions regarding an already accomplished directive concerning how a certain bundle of wires is secured to the MD80 aircraft. We are re-inspecting the MD80s to make sure the wiring is installed and secured exactly according to the directive." The MD80s will return to service throughout the day, said American, which has a total of about 4,000 flights a day. American is the major operator of MD80s, which are considered to be fuel-inefficient. America flies 300 MD80s in its mainline fleet of a total of 655 aircraft.
---Excited Drudge Headline of the Day: "EARTH DIVIDED ON OBAMA/CLINTON ... Oh, I dunno, some earthlings probably have more pressing matters to fret about in Darfur, Tibet -- oh hell, even Scotland and Greece.
Joe Sharkey's work appears in major national and international publications. For 19 years until 2015 he was a weekly columnist for the New York Times. He is now a weekly travel and entertainment columnist with the global website Travel.Buzz, as well as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Arizona, He has written five books, four non-fiction and a novel, one of which is in development as a movie. Previously, he was an assistant national editor at the Wall Street Journal and a reporter and columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer.
On Sept. 29, 2006, he was one of seven people on a business jet who survived a mid-air collision with a 737 over the Amazon. All 154 on the 737 died. His report on the crash appeared on the front page of the New York Times and later in the Sunday Times of London magazine.
He and his wife Nancy (who is a professor of journalism at the University of Arizona) live in Tucson with horses and parrots. He is working on a new novel about an international travel writer who hates to travel.
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