L.A. City Fire says 2 classes were outside when liquid jet fuel rained down on them from the sky shortly before noon Pacific time.
BREAKING NEWS: Delta Airlines flight 89 from Los Angeles to Shanghai was nearing LAX in an emergency landing sequence when it dumped fuel on a school playground, and the kids and teachers who were outside.
• Authorities say 17 children and 9 adults were treated for minor injuries.
• The FAA has declared an emergency.
• Delta says the jet experienced an engine issue requiring return to LAX.
• Plane landed safely after the emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight. Read the rest
To celebrate a Shanghai tenant's first anniversary of their lease, the building's owners decorated the edifice like a yummy strawberry cake. Two days later, city workers had torn the decorations off at the behest of local officials. Read the rest
Turns out that when your giant, tax-dodging global furniture enterprise pitches itself as a kind of flat-pack-on-tap public utility, it gets treated like one. Read the rest
Ricky from Inside the Magic writes, "This weekend Shanghai Disneyland began soft openings and that means the world has now had the pleasure of finally seeing a TRON ride come to life - and it's brilliant. The Tron Lightcycle Power Run is a roller coaster that lets guests hop on the film series' signature vehicles and race around the track to Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy tunes, surrounded by special effects. The Grid is live and is very real." Read the rest
It's a third-party clip, not sanctioned by Disney, so it's pretty remote/long-lens, but there's still some tantalyzing stuff in this video. From what I know about the Shanghai park, it's going to be pretty bad-ass. Don't miss the brown/yellow smog on the horizon! Read the rest
This Rainbow Chapel at the Shanghai Museum of Glass was created for events like weddings, but a visit might make any day feel special. Read the rest
Redditor Mthomaseddy snapped this photo of the elegantly packaged "gas mask" (apparently an air-filter mask, not something to be used in gas-attacks) that was waiting in his room at the Shanghai Fairmont when he checked in. China's pretty damned smoggy these days.
Shanghai hotels know how to pamper you
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An early peek at the castle they're building in Shanghai Disneyland -- looks like quite a beautiful piece of work, the first Disney castle to top 200 feet.
When work is complete, the castle will become the largest Disney castle to have been built. Visitors will be able to take a 10-minute ferry boat trip from the ground floor of the castle around other scenic spots in the resort. In the heart of Enchanted Storybook Castle is a magnificent winding staircase (left) that will lead guests on a "Once Upon a Time Adventure" featuring Disney princesses, the company said yesterday. An ornate archway (right) provides a grand entrance to the castle, which Walt Disney says is the inspirational icon of Shanghai Disneyland.
Once up a time in Shanghai ...
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