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Is travel insurance worth it? Seven things to consider

Reader Margo Kasdan of Seal Beach recently asked On the Spot whether travel insurance advertising was a giant scare tactic to get people to buy insurance.

The answer is yes, of course it is. But don't tune out the message just yet. In the Nov. 15 On the Spot column, I promised to tell you seven things you need to know about travel insurance.

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Ski or board at this Aspen, Colo., resort and come home with a Pop art piece by Takashi Murakami

Coolest thing on the slopes this winter: Japanese Pop artist Takashi Murakami's lift tickets for Aspen Snowmass ski resort in Aspen, Colo.

The "wearable art" created by Murakami features quirky characters (pictured above, from left) Pom, the dog; Kaikai and Kiki; and the toothy Mr. Dob. And of course, lots of colorful smiling flowers.

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Four Seasons Lanai to reopen for business in March

After a major face-lift, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai will be back in business in March and is taking reservations and offering a fourth–night-free promotion as part of the return.

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai, along Manele Bay, has been closed since June 1 for a renovation that includes the redesign of the property’s 217 guest rooms and refurbished public areas and restaurants.

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Step away from the leftovers: These 5 outdoor spots are a bargain on Black Friday

If you're skipping Black Friday's Super Bowl of Shopping tradition this year, you may be in good company. REI's decision to close its 143 stores Thursday and Friday and challenge America to #optoutside has gained momentum.

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How to get tickets to 'Hamilton' on Broadway -- and where to discover the man himself

You think going to see the Broadway show "Hamilton" would be a great holiday outing? Get in line -- literally.

The rap musical about America's lesser-known forefather, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is the hottest ticket in the city.

"We're not in the business of saying it's sold out," says Sam Rudy, spokesman for the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where the show has been playing since August.

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Getting into Alcatraz: the video that will chill you

Alcatraz has now been a tourist attraction for far longer than it was a federal prison – 42 years versus 29. And the word means “pelican.”

I picked up these nuggets while visiting the San Francisco island in mid-November – my first trip, after 54 years as a Californian. Here’s the video, less than two minutes, which features those and several other facts that surprised me.

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