October 5, 2018: Brett Kavanaugh Protesters March on Washington, $13 Billion Plan to Fix J.F.K. Airport Unveiled, Uber and Lyft to Help Voters Find Polling Locations

By Michele Laufik October 5, 2018, 8:57 AM EDT

1. BRETT KAVANAUGH PROTESTERS MARCH ON WASHINGTON: On Thursday, protesters gathered in Washington to march against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ahead of the Senate confirmation vote. The group of mostly women marched from the federal courthouse to the Supreme Court to the Senate in an effort to sway the lawmakers believed to be swing votes. USA Today: “Protesters at the rally in D.C., one of several across the nation Thursday, were diverse: people of all races and ages, from grandmothers to children in strollers. The majority were women, but there were plenty of men. Many chanted 'We believe survivors!' and ‘Whose court? Our court!’ as one man pounded a drum in rhythm with the chants.”

2. $13 BILLION PLAN TO FIX J.F.K. AIRPORT UNVEILED: Officials unveiled a $13 billion plan to improve New York’s J.F.K. airport on Thursday. The plan includes the construction of two terminals, one of which will be built by four foreign airlines and one by JetBlue Airways, along with improvements to roadways and other infrastructure. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates J.F.K., expects the airport to serve 80 million passengers annually by 2035, up from nearly 60 million last year. The New York Times: “‘This is long overdue—it’s about 20 years overdue,’ said Mitchell L. Moss, director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University. ‘It isn’t just cosmetic. The roads stink there. The signage at J.F.K. is predigital. They have not changed the signs since they named the airport after John Kennedy.’ Mr. Moss said the planned improvements to Terminal 1, the main international terminal, would ‘turn the thing into a global shopping mall.’ But he said that is the established trend in airports around the world, where a ‘captive audience’ of travelers waiting to board planes is enticed to spend money in sleek shops and restaurants. ‘J.F.K. has been very slow to recognize that there’s more money to be made on the ground than in the planes,’ he said.”

3. UBER AND LYFT TO HELP VOTERS FIND POLLING LOCATIONS: For the mid-term elections, which take place on November 6, ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft aim to make the voting process easier. Uber will add a new button to its app to help people find and book rides to their local polling place. The poll locator will be available to anyone who lives in the U.S. Lyft also plans to offer a similar location finder feature. The Verge: “Uber is hoping it can make a small contribution to turnout. ‘Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button,’ Uber C.E.O. Dara Khosrowshahi said in a blog post. The ride-hail company will also partner with two GOTV organizations, #VoteTogether and Democracy Works, to provide free rides to riders in certain communities. Uber will also help register riders and drivers to vote by sharing voter registration information through the app. An email went out to all Uber drivers this week encouraging them to visit one of Uber’s 125 Greenlight Hubs where they can register to vote.”


AUSTIN:  Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed Todd Raessler general manager of Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa. He will oversee all operations at the renovated Texas Hill Country resort, which is reopening in May 2019.

CHICAGO:  Chicago Architecture Center’s “Open House Chicago” Festival, a weekend-long celebration offering behind-the-scenes access to more than 250 buildings across the city, will take place October 13 and 14.

Private charter company Chicago's First Lady Cruises has partnered with catering companies Summer House Santa Monica and Gino’s East. 

Union League Boys & Girls Clubs’ “Made in Chicago Gala” will take place November 3.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH:  Belinda Daniel has been named director of sales for Dallas Marriott Las Colinas.

LAS VEGAS:  Donald Bowman has been named general manager of the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Hotel & Residences.

LOS ANGELES:  The Teen Vogue Summit will return to Los Angeles on November 30 and December 1. Serena Williams and Cara Delevingne will headline, and Storm Reid will host.

The Amfar Gala Los Angeles will take place on October 18 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. Katy Perry and Blake Mycoskie will be honored.

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NEW YORK:  Simone Tong of Little Tong Noodle Shop is launching the Cornelia Series, a series of weekend pop-up dinners with guest chefs at the midtown restaurant. On October 6 and 7, Simone will team up with Jose Alvarez, the sous chef at Ferris, to kick off the dinner series. There will be two seatings each night, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets for two people are $180.

For the 2018 Walter Annenberg Lecture, Kara Walker will speak with Adam D. Weinberg on November 1 at 7 p.m. in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater on the Whitney Museum of American Art’s third floor.

Global Lyme Alliance's New York Gala will take place October 11 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

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SPRING GREEN, WIS.:  Taliesin Preservation’s Shining Brow Awards will take place October 19 at the Hillside Drafting Studio.

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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