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March 5, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM -- Israel is under fire from civil rights groups after launching a new West Bank transportation service for Palestinians that is expected to keep them off the buses used by Jewish settlers. Palestinians and Israeli human rights groups decried the new policy as racist. "Today Israel is officially an apartheid state," said Palestinian lawmaker and activist Mustafa Bargouti. Haaretz, a liberal Israeli newspaper, ran an editorial denouncing the " new routes to racism . " Israeli lawmaker Zehava Galon demanded that the plan be canceled immediately, saying "ethnic separation on buses was practiced in the past by racist regimes and is unacceptable in a democracy.
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NEWS
January 21, 2013
The following poem was delivered by inauguration poet Richard Blanco during ceremonies for  President Obama's second inaugural Monday. The text of the poem was provided by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. "One Today" One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies. One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.
TRAVEL
January 13, 2013
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
Bored kids in the back seat of the car aren't the only ones trying to spot a particular type of vehicle on the road. Contemporary art fans can also play a  game: trying to find the L.A. city buses made over by artist John Baldessari. Twelve metro buses that go into service this week have been redesigned to look like traditional yellow school buses, with one side bearing Baldessari's saying “Learn to dream” while the other says the phrase in Spanish, “Aprende a soñar.” Last year, artist Barbara Kruger wrapped buses with questions and slogans such as “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” The point of this project is to “start a conversation about the role of arts education and give artists a platform to address this issue,” says ForYourArt founder Bettina Korek, who produced the work as part of the larger Arts Matter campaign by the nonprofit Los Angeles Fund for Public Education.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Michael Muskal
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Amid increased security, schools reopened here on Tuesday as this town searched for a road back to normality after last week's massacre at a local elementary school. Funerals for the 20 first-graders and six adults killed Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School will continue throughout the week. Two children were buried on Monday amid the cold and rain and two more funerals are scheduled for Tuesday. Sandy Hook remained closed, however, and will likely be shuttered for months as authorities continue their investigation into the shooting spree by Adam Lanza, 20, who killed himself after invading the school, opening fire on students and staff and then turning a gun on himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
When Sheyenne Reyes was growing up in Riverside she could always find a seat on the public bus. Reyes is 21 now, and while waiting for the Route 1 line to take her to work last week, the college student lamented that these days the bus often "gets too crowded to the point where some people have to stand up - they stumble a little bit" as the bus rushes from one stop to another. Standing nearby with his wife and infant daughter, 24-year-old Trayvor Chandlis said that he's looking for work and that his family rides the bus because of high gas prices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
John Greenwood, a political moderate who headed the Los Angeles Board of Education in the mid-1980s and later served as president of the Southern California branch of the nonprofit Coro organization, has died. He was 67. Greenwood died of a heart attack Oct. 11 in San Pedro, where he and his family had lived for many years, said his sister-in-law Peg Greenwood. First elected to the school board in 1979, Greenwood saw his eight-year tenure begin at a time of deep contention among trustees and in the sprawling district over court-ordered mandatory school busing for integration, which had been launched the previous year.
NATIONAL
October 12, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Violence aboard buses is in the news, with two separate incidents that were caught on video going viral online. And, demonstrating the power of even snippets of video, both cases have ended with someone out of a job. In a Sept. 18 incident aboard a Cleveland bus, the driver -- reportedly a longtime employee of the transit agency -- is shown delivering a stunning uppercut to a woman with whom he has exchanged heated words. (Warning: The video includes profanity.) He then physically tosses the woman from the bus, throwing her belongings out after her.  The woman reboards, they continue scuffling, with the driver at one point grabbing her by the hair as passengers intervene.
OPINION
July 1, 2012
Re "Metro's humdrum workhorse," June 28 The Times' epiphany about busways should have struck the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (now the Metropolitan Transportation Authority) 30 years ago, but the agency wanted nothing to do with the facts. Compared to railways, busways are cheaper to build, offer higher vehicle speeds, have lower operating costs, are more flexible because vehicles can get on and off the guideway to collect and distribute riders, and have higher capacity because buses can be safely separated by seconds instead of the minutes needed to separate trains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
As Los Angeles County pumps billions of dollars into its expanding commuter rail network, a different kind of mass transit has become an unlikely hero of the San Fernando Valley. The 7-year-old Orange Line, a 14-mile east-west busway connecting North Hollywood to Warner Center, has been a less-flashy workhorse of success for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Less than a year after its opening, the Orange Line busway's projected ridership more than tripled to 22,000 a day, and a study by UC Berkeley researchers found it even slightly helped relieve morning traffic on the 101 Freeway, which parallels the busway.
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