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August 14, 2013 | By Ted Rall
On ce again, the MTA extends the L.A. Metro toward the airport -- and once again, it doesn't quite get to the airport. Reminds one of a famous Greek mathematical paradox. ALSO: The view from above Los Angeles Wishing for Hyperloop, betting on high-speed rail Photo essay: 10 reasons to salute L.A.'s transportation future Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
June 20, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Although work at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal is still incomplete, Los Angeles International Airport officials celebrated their success anyway on Thursday with outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Instead of marking the Bradley's completion, which has fallen behind schedule, a series of airport special events will showcase the substantial progress that has been made transforming the outdated terminal and LAX, which has long received mediocre grades from travelers. “We've gone from worst to best,” Villaraigosa declared as he strolled through the soaring Great Hall of the Bradley 10 days before he leaves office.
April 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Andrew Blankstein, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Operations personnel at Los Angeles International Airport late Monday were reviewing their computer systems to determine how multiple flight status boards were hacked to show an emergency message, authorities told The Times. [Updated, 2:10 a.m. PDT April 23: LAX officials declared the display of an emergency evacuation message on flight status screens Monday night an accident. An airline contract worker with authorized access to the display system accidentally caused the override of screens that normally display flight statuses, according to LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles.
November 4, 2013 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
LAX is not trending on Twitter. Seventy-two hours after a man opened fire on our gateway to the world, there is no discernible outcry for action, little apparent conversation at all. As I write these words, the latest mass shooting is not on the front page of the left-leaning Huffington Post or the right-leaning Drudge Report. It's not lighting up the social media outlets where average people exchange points of view, or the op-ed pages where our nation's elite do the same. The president called the head of the TSA to express condolences, but there will be no presidential visit to console the families of the victims.
November 5, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A roommate of Paul Anthony Ciancia dropped off the shooting suspect at LAX on Friday before, authorities say, he killed a Transportation Security Administration worker during a rampage, documents say. Authorities revealed new details on Ciancia's journey to Terminal 3 at the Los Angeles International Airport in an affidavit released Monday. One of Ciancia's roommates interviewed by the FBI said Ciancia entered his room unannounced and asked to be driven to LAX. The roommate agreed and drove him in a black Hyundai Accent to what the affidavit called "the Virgin Airlines airport terminal.
January 28, 2014
Re "Metro shelves direct rail to LAX," Jan. 24 How can we think ourselves a first-rate city when we do not have the will to build a light-rail system directly to our airport? We failed with the Green Line. Are we to fail again with the Crenshaw Line? Looking at the proposed route, it seems obvious that routing the line at some point to the west side of the existing railway line would allow a straight path to the airport along Century Boulevard's center divider. Michele Wynne Los Angeles Colorado, with a population less than L.A. County, will soon have a direct rail line more than 22 miles long between Denver International Airport and that city's downtown.
November 13, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Responding to allegations it built a defective runway at Los Angeles International Airport, a major construction company on Wednesday claimed it is the victim of a witch hunt and blamed poor maintenance by LAX workers for the deteriorating pavement. Tutor-Saliba Corp., of Sylmar, which participated in the $250-million project to relocate the southernmost runway at LAX, leveled the charges in a letter sent to Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports. The agency sued Tutor and four other contractors in October, asserting that the 13,000-foot runway is riddled with defects, including premature cracking, exposed steel reinforcing bars and deteriorating concrete.
December 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One runway at Los Angeles International Airport was temporarily closed Friday after a Southwest jet blew a tire after landing. None of the 79 people on board Southwest Airlines Flight 1641 were injured when a main landing gear tire was blown when it landed at LAX around 8:40 a.m., said Los Angeles World Airports spokeswoman Nancy Castles. The passengers on board deplaned while on a taxiway and were bused to their gate, Castles said. No fire or hazardous materials were exposed during the incident, Castles added.
March 26, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Law enforcement authorities on Wednesday night were serving search warrants and apprehending suspects as part of a months-long investigation into luggage and cargo thefts at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police and other officers swooped down on a cargo facility building near Imperial Highway and Aviation Boulevard by the southeast side of LAX, according to a source familiar with the operation. Television news footage showed officers at the facility, where luggage is handled.
May 21, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The centerpiece of the modernized Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport will be named in honor of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa because of his contributions to airport development. The city's Board of Airport Commissioners decided Tuesday that the cavernous Great Hall in the center of the expanded Bradley terminal will carry Villaraigosa's name. Commissioners noted that the mayor, who leaves office June 30, played a pivotal role in settling a 2006 lawsuit brought by a coalition of cities and neighborhood groups that challenged plans to modernize the airport, the third busiest in the nation.
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