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October 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Maura Dolan
The investigation into the deaths of two maintenance workers who were struck and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit train during a routine track inspection could take a year or longer, a federal investigator told reporters Sunday. “We will be turning over every stone and opening every door,” said Jim Southworth, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.   He said his team of investigators, who arrived at the scene Sunday afternoon, would be looking at  BART operations, mechanical issues, signals, records and inspections.
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October 20, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Walnut Creek, Calif.--On Sunday evening, more than 100 Bay Area Rapid Transit employees gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember two workers who were struck and killed over the weekend by a commuter train while conducting a track inspection.   Many of the workers were dressed in their work uniforms or purple and green union T-shirts. Most held candles, hugged each other and quietly talked among themselves.  At one point, the group formed a circle and some came forward and spoke of their grief and sadness, calling the accident “senseless.”  Holding a candle with tears running down his face, Nucion Avent, a BART worker and union member, said he knew both men who were killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit commuter train Saturday, two days into a labor strike that officials warned could cripple the area's transportation system starting Monday. The workers were investigating a report of a dip in the track when a train on a routine maintenance run hit them, BART officials said. One of the deceased was a BART employee and the other was a contractor. They were not immediately identified. One was acting as a lookout while the other inspected the track, officials said.
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October 16, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
This post has been updated. See below for details. At least nine students in San Bernardino suffered minor injuries Wednesday when their school bus was hit by a car, authorities said. The accident occurred about 7 a.m. near H and 9th streets, when a vehicle struck the rear of a small San Bernardino City Unified School District bus, said Officer Johnie Russell, a California Highway Patrol spokesman. He said parents were notified of the accident as soon as officers arrived, and at least nine of the students were taken to area hospitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A man suspected of driving into oncoming traffic at a Fullerton intersection died in an eight-vehicle accident Thursday. The collision occurred about 4 p.m. at Harbor Boulevard and Valencia Mesa Drive, said Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart. Witnesses said the male driver, who has not been identified, was speeding northbound on Harbor Boulevard when his Ford F-150 hit the vehicles in the southbound lane. "It looks like the cars were sitting at a red light and he plowed right into them," Stuart said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
In what likely won't help the stereotype about Los Angeles drivers in the rain, there were 404 crashes on the region's rain-slicked freeways during the first storm of the season, according to the California Highway Patrol. The total, accumulated between Wednesday and Thursday morning, was 55% more compared to the same period a week earlier. There were 404 traffic accidents between 5 a.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday, while during the same 24-hour period between Oct. 2-3 there were 260 crashes, said CHP Officer Ming Hsu. “People aren't used to [the rain]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education has scheduled a special Oct. 29 meeting to review efforts to provide iPads to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system. The meeting was proposed by board member Monica Ratliff, who chairs a district committee that is overseeing technology in L.A. Unified, including major elements of the $1-billion iPad project. The next phase of the iPad project "will cost a quarter of a billion dollars or more," Ratliff told The Times.
SPORTS
October 4, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
American cyclist Amy Dombroski died Thursday after being hit by a truck while training in Belgium, the cyclo-cross team Telenet-Fidea has reported. The 26-year-old native of Jericho, Vt., who became part of the Boulder, Colo., cycling community, has been racing with the Belgium-based team since 2012, according to Bloomberg News. "It is terrible, terrible news,"   said  Corne Lepoeter, president of Telenet's development team. "We are all so sad. " Dombroski had competed in the Gran Prix of Gloucester in Massachusetts earlier this week -- finishing eighth one day and 11th the other -- and joined her team in Belgium on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The California Highway Patrol is telling morning commuters to avoid Pacific Coast Highway near Topanga Wednesday morning after a woman was critically injured in an accident. All eastbound and westbound traffic near Coastline Drive was expected to be closed until about 7 a.m., CHP officials said, as authorities investigate the crash. Eastbound traffic on PCH was being diverted north on Topanga Canyon Road, with westbound PCH traffic diverted onto Sunset Boulevard. “Just avoid it,” said CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy.
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October 2, 2013 | By Meg James and John Horn
Rick Finkelstein, a longtime Universal Pictures executive who was featured in a documentary about injured athletes after he was paralyzed in a ski accident, died Tuesday of cancer, the studio said. He was 64. Finkelstein, known for his sharp mind and business acumen, for years led the studio's home video and television distribution. He most recently was in charge of the studio's strategic planning and anti-piracy efforts. He also was the studio's representative on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Assn.
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