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TRAVEL: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como, Italy

The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, in the Lombardia region of northern Italy, could win every award just by its location, but the staff, food, rooms and service are equally wonderful. Every modern amenity is here in an atmosphere of sumptuous splendor. An indoor and outdoor pool, 2 tennis courts, dock, fitness center, spa and private beach provide recreational activity. Sailing, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking are nearby, as is golf.

Trail Times

A 'Wii' bit of fun

Virginia's delegation to the Republican National Convention stayed on schedule Sunday night and managed to have a little fun, despite news that convention activities had been scaled back due to Hurricane Gustav.

Trail Times

Change in tone

Many of the political events and fundraisers scheduled for this week have been scrapped or changed into fundraisers to benefit the Gulf Coast.

Politics 101

MoDo a sexist?

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's piece attacking John McCain's new vice presidential pick, Gov. Sara Palin, has ruffled some feathers in the blogosphere.

National Pastime

Prospect Q&A - George Kontos, Yankees

George Kontos has long impressed scouts with his live arm and good stuff and shown flashes of brilliance, but command issues have prevented him from achieving consistency in his results and reaching his full potential. 2008 was an important year for Kontos - who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 prospect in the Yankees organization - and the 23-year-old righty has responded with an impressive campaign with the double-A Trenton Thunder. By Jay LeBlanc.

National Pastime

KILL - Prospect Q&A - George Kontos, Yankees

George Kontos has long impressed scouts with his live arm and good stuff and shown flashes of brilliance, but command issues have prevented him from achieving consistency in his results and reaching his full potential. 2008 was an important year for Kontos - who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 prospect in the Yankees organization - and the 23-year-old righty has responded with an impressive campaign with the double-A Trenton Thunder. By Jay LeBlanc.

Trail Times

Delegates feel for Gulf Coast

Delegates expressed sympathy for the people of the Gulf Coast, even though the deadly hurricane headed in their direction is responsible for scaling back the GOP’s quadrennial partisan bash.