Pinterest launches location-based pins
NEW YORK — Pinterest, the online pinboard for sharing everything from wedding china ideas to travel inspiration, is now letting users add location to their pins.
San Francisco-based Pinterest says that its “Place Pins,” were designed to “combine all the beautiful imagery of a travel magazine with the utility of a map and put it all online so you can share it with friends.”
Pinterest says there are more than 750 million travel-related pins on the site already. With the new location-based pins, users will be able to create maps for visiting friends or vacation spots they want to see.
According to comScore, Pinterest has more than 53 million users. The San Francisco-based company is privately held and is only testing the waters of generating any revenue.
Detroit Zoo lighting things up for holidays
ROYAL OAK, Mich. — The Detroit Zoo is planning a light display for the upcoming holiday season.
The zoo in Royal Oak will use 2 million LED lights to illuminate buildings, animal sculptures and trees. Called Wild Lights, it will be situated along a half-mile trail and feature holiday entertainment and activities for kids of all ages, including a mini-musical, a musical light show, cookie decorating, storytelling, ice carving demonstrations and a Lego city and train display.
Wild Lights will be held through Jan. 5. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate for ages 2 and up. Parking is $5 per car.
Navy sailor, fiancee marry at Nev. airport
LAS VEGAS — A Navy sailor married his high school sweetheart last week in Reno-Tahoe International Airport, just moments after returning from an 11-month deployment off the coast of war-torn Syria.
Seaman Apprentice Dylan Ruffer and Madison Meinhardt, both 19, tied the knot just after midnight under a tulle-covered arch in front of the arrivals escalators. More than 200 invited guests, passengers and others looked on.
“Seeing her for the first time, it was amazing,” Ruffer told reporters.
A reception followed in the baggage claim area.
“We were expecting a little wedding in the corner,” Meinhardt said. “This is definitely more than we could have ever asked for.”
The couple, who met at Chester High School in Northern California, initially planned to marry in October but had to postpone the wedding when Ruffer’s deployment was extended, according to KOLO-TV.
The bride had inquired about an airport wedding about three weeks earlier, saying Ruffer wanted to get married the moment he laid eyes on her after returning from his Navy assignment.
Businesses and community members rallied after hearing about the plan. The Peppermill casino offered a spa package so the bride could prepare, while the Eldorado casino donated a honeymoon suite and limousine.
The airport catering service prepared food for the reception, which was held in a fully decorated section of the baggage claim area and featured a DJ.