Olivia Harden

Travel Reporter at SFGATE -- based in California. Writing about social justice and mental health everywhere else. Passionate about food, exploring the world, and uplifting the voices of those who often go unheard.

NFL QB's wife partied at Las Vegas hotel recently treated for bedbugs

Las Vegas might be known as the entertainment capital of the world, but nothing is fun about dealing with bedbugs after they hitch a ride home in your suitcase.

In a report spanning five months, health inspectors from the Southern Nevada Health District found bedbugs in four resorts on the Las Vegas strip: the Encore, Venetian, Excalibur Hotel & Casino and Mirage, KLAS-TV reported.

The first sighting occurred in September at the Venetian in a guest’s room. Hotel staff cleaned the items and pla

Video shows SFO flight to Boston grounded for plane wing 'coming apart'

A United flight from San Francisco to Boston was forced to divert to Denver after its crew discovered damage to one of the plane wing’s flaps.

On Monday, United Flight 354 left San Francisco International Airport around 1:45 p.m., according to FlightAware, and was scheduled to land around 10 p.m. Eastern time in Boston. However, the plane diverted to Denver because of “an issue with the slat on the wing of the aircraft,” a spokesperson for United Airlines told SFGATE in a statement.

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Viral TikTok shows man at Disneyland arrested on suspicion of assault

In the latest case of unruly behavior at Disneyland, a man was forcibly removed from the park by police after he allegedly assaulted a woman and a Disneyland employee, a spokesperson for the Anaheim Police Department told SFGATE in a statement.

On Feb. 9, at about 9:30 p.m., officers responded to a call from Disneyland security about a possible assault inside the park. The officers arrested the 20-year-old man on suspicion of domestic violence and assault. Following the arrest, he was taken to

NPS threatens 'extremely rare' termination at West Coast national park

Following years of reported issues with facility upkeep at Crater Lake National Park, the National Park Service is threatening its most drastic measure — terminating the operator’s contract.

The park’s concessionaire, Crater Lake Hospitality, is a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Aramark. The company also manages Yosemite’s hospitality programs. In 2018, Aramark was contracted to handle food and lodging at Crater Lake, taking over from Xanterra Parks and Resorts, which operated in the park f

'Yelling, screaming' fistfight breaks out on Oakland to Hawaii flight

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a passenger disturbance in which a fight allegedly broke out on a Southwest Airlines flight from the Bay Area to Hawaii.

Flight SWA 128 took off on time from Oakland on Monday and was headed to Lihue in Kauai around 10 a.m., according to FlightAware. However, two passengers “became disruptive” on the flight, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines told SFGATE over email.

“I heard yelling, screaming and punches. I turned around and saw one man

$500K anti-Tesla Super Bowl ads under fire from government agency

For the second year in a row, the Dawn Project, which “aims to make computers safe for humanity,” according to its website, launched two attack ads at Tesla, alleging that its “Autopilot” system is unsafe and asking consumers to boycott the company. Dan O’Dowd, a software company owner based in Santa Barbara, founded the Dawn Project, which spent $552,000 on the Super Bowl ads this year, a spokesperson for the organization told Business Insider.

“90% of people agree that the safety defects in T

Popular Yosemite trail closed until further notice

Winter visitors to Yosemite hoping to admire the snow and the park’s legendary firefall might be disappointed to find that a popular Yosemite Valley trail closed this week.

“The trail between Happy Isles and the Vernal Fall footbridge is closed due to a rockfall until further notice,” a Feb. 6 post on the national park’s Facebook page said.

The park offered an alternate hiking route, saying visitors could “follow posted detour signs from the Happy Isles shuttle stop (#16) to the stock trail be

SFO debunks viral claim that Chex Mix at the airport costs $20

But somewhat surprisingly, just how not cheap they are varies from airport to airport. Or at least, that's what a half-serious "investigation" from NYC-based comedian Kylie Brakeman revealed this week on social media as she crowd-sourced prices around a single data point: an 8 oz bag of traditional Chex Mix.

The viral post from Brakeman, who’s also an actor and TV writer, included a screenshot of her notes app compiling data on the price of Chex Mix at different U.S. airports, with the biggest

'Ripped fuel tanks' dumped diesel on I-80 after crash near Tahoe

The agency was notified of the spill on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. A truck driver had been toggling between the second lane and the shoulder when the spill occurred, Jeremy Linder, spokesperson for Caltrans District 3, told SFGATE.

“It appeared that he got basically sucked into the embankment of snow next to him, and then in the process lost control. The truck spun around and was facing the wrong way. He was facing eastbound when he was in westbound lanes,” Linder said. “At the same time, it ripp

Southwest Airlines sparks controversy with new seat design

On Feb. 2, the airline unveiled designs for its new cabin by dropping a video on its TikTok page showing before and after interior images of its planes.

The animated video has been viewed 8.5 million times in the last four days, and the responses from viewers are mixed.

“So the cushions not gonna be flotation devices anymore, or do we take the whole seat with us & use it like a water mat?” another user commented.

A spokesperson for Southwest Airlines told SFGATE in an email that the animation

There's a private jet parking problem for the 49ers-Chiefs Super Bowl

Celebrities, tech bros and other high earners who waited until the last minute to figure out where to park their private jets for the Super Bowl may be out of luck this weekend. Both North Las Vegas Airport and Henderson Executive Airport report private parking is at or near capacity, Harry Reid International Airport spokesperson Heidi Hayes told SFGATE.

That capacity “includes overnight parking reservations as well as drop-and-go operations which is common during the Super Bowl. The parking re

Caltrans issues emergency declaration after coastal landslide

In response to the January mudslide in San Clemente that halted commuter train service indefinitely, Caltrans issued an emergency declaration that will release up to $10 million to fund repairs, according to a Caltrans news release. The $10 million is funded by the California Transportation Commission.

“This section of rail is vital to the economic prosperity of the entire Southern California region and provides critical commuter, intercity and freight rail service every day. This emergency dec

Railing falls off popular Hawaii hotel, lands on Waikiki beach

On Jan. 30, around 1 p.m., a railing fell off a hotel balcony on the fifth floor at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki, Hawaii, nearly missing a passerby before it fell onto the beach.

“When I went to the bedroom balcony and looked down, I saw where it landed, and I thought ‘Thank God’ because two feet either way it probably would have killed somebody,” a guest told Hawaii News Now.

The railing didn’t directly hit anyone, the Honolulu Fire Department told Hawaii News Now, but one person was treate

Rumors about A’s stadium fly as Vegas demolishes historic hotel

On Jan. 29, the owners of Tropicana Las Vegas, announced the hotel would close “to prepare for the decommissioning and demolition of the existing structures,” Bally’s Corporation told SFGATE in a news release.

Following the demolition, a proposed nine acres of what used to be the Tropicana will be designated to build a new resort and a 30,000-seat ballpark. However, Bally’s notes that the master plan for the site is not finalized and that the nine acres will be contributed to the Athletics “or

Flight from Calif. to Hawaii sends 6 to hospital following 'hard landing'

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an American Airlines flight to Hawaii that ended in a “hard landing,” the bureau told SFGATE in a statement, resulting in several crew members and a passenger requiring medical attention at a Maui hospital.

On Jan. 27, Flight 271 took off from Los Angeles International Airport at 10:31 a.m. and arrived at Kahului International Airport at 2:06 p.m. HST, according to FlightAware.

There were 167 passengers and seven crew members on the Airbus 3

Flyers are changing their tickets to avoid these planes

After weeks of taking the Boeing Max 9s out of commission, the FAA is clearing the planes for takeoff. How do passengers know what planes they’re flying on, and is there a way to avoid specific ones?

On Jan. 5, Alaska Airlines passengers suffered emotional distress when part of their plane’s fuselage blew out and left a gaping hole in the side of the aircraft. The experience is making some flyers think twice about flying on Boeing 737 Max 9 planes.

While passengers safely returned to the Por

SFO's most important security team is made entirely of plastic

Is it a polar bear? A loose dog on the runway? These were some of the guesses shared on Reddit after a photo was posted with a blurry, white four-legged shadow on the runway at San Francisco International Airport.

The five decoy coyotes (or “decoyotes”) placed around SFO are used to deter birds from congregating on the runways so that pilots can safely take off and land.

“This is one of many different measures we employ to keep birds away from our runways,” SFO spokesperson Doug Yakel told SFG

Coastal California mudslide suspends popular section of train line indefinitely

Southern California is recovering from torrential rains that flooded parts of San Diego. In the wake of the storm, sections of the coastline crumbled in a landslide that has disrupted service indefinitely for a popular train line.

Amtrak and Metrolink announced Wednesday evening that portions of the Pacific Surfliner and other commuter lines are temporarily suspended due to a mudslide in San Clemente. The Orange County city has suffered from dramatic mudslides on its coastline in recent years a

Delays, cancellations mount at SFO as FAA issues ground stop

According to FlightAware, there have been 92 delays at SFO so far today — largely impacting flights on United Airlines and SkyWest Airlines —while 46 flights have been cancelled, mostly from United and Alaska Airlines flights.

When airport officials announced the runway project, they warned that the closure could cause delays of up to an hour for up to a third of the airport’s flights for the next five months. However, due to poor weather conditions Wednesday morning, the anticipated delays tur

Major Tahoe ski resort gondola closes indefinitely during peak season

While weather might make driving to Lake Tahoe futile this weekend, travelers who’ve already made the trek to South Lake Tahoe to carve the slopes might be disappointed if they planned to visit one of the region’s most popular ski resorts.

Heavenly Ski Resort recently announced it would be shutting down its famed gondola due to a mechanical issue caused by “one of the bearings in the high-speed shaft,” according to a social media post on Thursday.

“At no time has the Gondola been unsafe to ope

Porsche driver faces jail time after going off-road in Death Valley

The first event was on Dec. 22, when the National Park Service says that two men drove their rented Porsche SUV into the mud, according to a news release. The men were headed toward a salt flat 2 miles from Badwater Basin, but only made it about 200 yards from the designated road before they got stuck.

However, instead of following directions and waiting for the park service to supervise the rescue, the men allegedly hired a pickup driver to remove their vehicles. The pickup ended up with the
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