Some fireworks, beach, & MMA this week. Can you believe the line at the Waikiki Red Lobster--it looks like this pretty much all the time. The local food in Hawaii is outstanding, but to each his own!
SICK: South Korea has proposed to resume whale hunting for "scientific research."
PARADISE: Fascinating piece on surfing in the Maldives in the 1970s, before most of the world's tourists even knew about the islands.
NUKE: Nuclear plants in Japan resumed today after a 2-month hiatus.
IOC: Saudi Arabian women and their current struggle to compete in the Olympics with the rest of the world's athletes.
TRIP: More Chinese tourists are spending their cash in Taiwan recently.
DESTRUCTION: Timbuktu has been overtaken by a destructive extremist group, and has little hope for its residents and artifacts.
YUM: Lawson, a popular convenience store chain in Japan, is set to open in Hawaii, no doubt to compete with the ABC mart chain.