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December 12, 1990 | From Associated Press
An Amtrak train from Washington derailed and slammed into a packed commuter train in Boston's Back Bay station during this morning's rush hour, injuring 186 passengers, 10 of them critically, officials said. The impact "threw the trains in the air," and spilled 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel that caught fire in the downtown underground station, said acting city Fire Commissioner John Harrison.
August 1, 1985 | From Associated Press
A powerful storm unleashed a deluge on parts of the Northeast today, flooding streets in parts of Massachusetts with up to six feet of water, while twisters downed trees and tore roofs off homes in Philadelphia and south-central Pennsylvania. At least two people were reported killed in weather-related traffic accidents. A dam in southwestern Pennsylvania that appeared to be moving threatened homes and forced 13 families to evacuate. They returned later in the morning.
May 8, 1986 | Associated Press
A train packed with commuters slammed into a freight train in the fog Wednesday morning, injuring 200 people as passengers were hurled through the cars seconds after the conductor yelled: "Brace yourselves." Although most suffered only cuts and bruises in the crash of the four-car commuter train from Framingham, about 50 people were taken away on stretchers and five were seriously hurt. "I was reading my paper and then--bang. There was no warning. People really went flying.
November 24, 1996 | Bruce McCall, Bruce McCall is a regular contributor to the New Yorker
'Thanksgiving Day," billed as a "can't-miss combination of historical costume drama, screwball comedy, animal adventure, film noir and doomsday thriller," hits screens nationwide this holiday weekend. And all movieland is holding its collective breath. Will this colossally costly production--$259 million-- yet again up the industry ante for blockbuster hits, or will it founder on the hubris of makers who have too brazenly defied movie-making convention?
January 15, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Hawaiian Airlines plans to buy more than a dozen new Airbus planes to help it meet demand for travel between California and the islands. The planes, to be delivered in four to seven years, will allow Hawaiian to open new markets, the airline said . . . . The inaugural June Lake Winter Festival takes place Feb. 1-3, with snow sculptures, snowshoeing and the Triple Threat Winter Triathlon . . . . The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. is holding "Sex and the City Zoo 4: Sexy beast!
May 8, 2001 | From Associated Press
The pilot who flawlessly ditched a small plane carrying his family and neighbors into the sea also led them safely to a life raft as the aircraft sank in Massachusetts Bay, passengers said Monday. Pilot Dana Lake and his neighbor, James Comosa, managed to prepare their wives, Lake's three daughters and Comosa's two sons for Sunday's emergency landing. "Dana kept his cool through the whole thing. He told us exactly what to do. The little girls were freaking out," said Jamie Comosa, 14.
April 23, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
As SWAT officers moved in to capture Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was hiding in a boat parked in a residential backyard, they didn't know whether he had a gun or explosives that he could use against them. So they approached from behind a Kevlar shield, focusing intently on the suspect's hands. "You could see one hand was clear of any weapons, but each time he went the other way, his hand went down inside the boat, out of our view. And I know everybody here -- we've spoken about it. Each time he did that, we had to assume that he was reaching for either a weapon, a firearm, or some type of explosive ignition device to try to draw us in and then take us out in a suicide-type manner," Officer Jeff Campbell of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority said on CNN on Monday.
October 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Police will resume inspections of bags on public trains, buses and boats in the greater Boston area for the first time since the city held the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Gov. Mitt Romney announced Thursday. Romney, a Republican considering a 2008 run for president, said that the inspections for explosives were not a response to any immediate threat, but that police recognized transportation systems were vulnerable to terrorist attacks. "We are facing a very different threat.
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