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March 26, 1985 | Associated Press
Authorities this week will lift a 2 1/2-month ban on the use of private cars, Bucharest radio reported Monday. The ban, imposed during Romania's harshest winter in years, was aimed at conserving fuel. The report said that cars with even-numbered license plates could take to the road today and vehicles with odd numbers could join them on Wednesday.
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BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Add these personality quirks to the qualities that mark you as a social dinosaur: You're not comfortable renting out a room in your house or turning over the keys to your car for hours or days at a time to total strangers. When you travel you prefer to stay at a hotel with a predictable level of guest service rather than racking out on someone's couch. When you rent a car, you prefer that you're dealing with a company that has a corporate reputation to protect, rather than a person who may or may not have had the brakes checked sometime in the last decade.
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NEWS
February 25, 2000 | JUANITA DARLING and ANDRES ANGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Puffing on bicycles up the steep hill of La Suba Avenue, riding rented horses to lunch or simply catching a bus to work, residents of this capital city left their cars at home Thursday in a bold experiment in ecology consciousness. "Day Without a Car" was Mayor Enrique Penalosa's audacious attempt to lure residents out of the 700,000 private automobiles that regularly clog the boulevards and pollute the air of this high-perched city. From 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WORLD
August 12, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - The newly elected mayor of Rome plans to radically redraw the map of the Eternal City by ripping up a busy road routed through a vast archaeological site by the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Ignazio Marino, who trained and worked as a surgeon in the United States before returning to Italy to enter politics, said he planned to create "a completely new urban setup" in Rome by reuniting the excavated Roman Forum and the imperial forums of Trajan, Augustus, Caesar and Nerva in one massive archaeological park.
NEWS
April 20, 1997 | Reuters
The first supplies of United Nations food for Albania's poor and needy were handed out Saturday and ferried across the volatile Balkan country in a flotilla of small private cars. Without waiting for a multinational security force to provide armed escorts, the U.N. World Food Program passed out about 38 tons of flour, beans and vegetable oil at the port of Durres, 25 miles west of Tirana.
NEWS
November 2, 1986 | BOB DVORCHAK, Associated Press
Bliss for John Owen is sipping champagne from a Lenox crystal goblet on the brass platform of his private railroad car as it rolls through a Rocky Mountain gorge or across the Great Plains. "It's the only way to go," said Owen, 62, a retired employee of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Pittsburgh. "It's like a year-round Christmas gift. It's a big toy. "There's nothing like sitting back in the lounge watching the world go by. It costs some money, but what the heck.
NEWS
March 22, 1994 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the poorest country in Europe, there sure are a lot of Mercedes-Benzes here. They glide down the dirt-encrusted streets, nosing aside donkey carts and scattering pedestrians who leap for high ground like spry Albanian goats. It wasn't always so. Private cars were banned under the long, brutal, Stalinist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, who shut his country off from the rest of the world and believed that all good Albanians should walk or take public transport.
WORLD
August 12, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - The newly elected mayor of Rome plans to radically redraw the map of the Eternal City by ripping up a busy road routed through a vast archaeological site by the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Ignazio Marino, who trained and worked as a surgeon in the United States before returning to Italy to enter politics, said he planned to create "a completely new urban setup" in Rome by reuniting the excavated Roman Forum and the imperial forums of Trajan, Augustus, Caesar and Nerva in one massive archaeological park.
OPINION
December 26, 2003
Re "Security at LAX Highest Since 9/11," Dec. 24: How is more security created by giving only limos and taxis, but not private cars, curbside access? Peter Heiman Malibu
NEWS
May 26, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Dutch Environment Minister Ed Nijpels said today he plans strict controls--possibly a ban--on private cars because of abnormally high ozone levels from traffic exhaust fumes. He met officials in the province of South Holland where lower atmospheric ozone has reached more than four times normal levels as the sun has reacted with nitrous oxide from car fumes. Nijpels said he is considering a range of actions, including cutting the maximum speed limit to 50 m.p.h. from 75 m.p.h.
WORLD
October 2, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
The French capital rolled out the first of its new eco-friendly electric "bubble cars" on Sunday at the launch of a car-sharing plan it hopes will spark a quiet transportation revolution. Hot on the wheels of Paris' self-service bicycle program known as Velib', comes Autolib'. As with the 20,000 cycles at hundreds of stations across the city since 2007, anyone wishing to get from Point A to Point B in the French capital will soon be able to pick up an electric Bluecar at one location and drop it off at another.
TRAVEL
June 25, 2010 | By April Orcutt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Train fans like to say that nobody waves at a jet. Classic private railroad cars — ones designed last century for the railroad's corporate executives and their most important clients, ones with Art Deco styling or elegant flourishes? Those are something to wave at or, better yet, travel in. You can grab your trunk and hunker down in a chartered rail car attached to almost any Amtrak train rolling through the U.S. These rail cars were the corporate jets of the early 20th century.
TRAVEL
June 20, 2010 | By April Orcutt
Rail Cars Scottish Thistle. Business car. Day trip: 20 people. Overnight: Six people. Based in Southern California; (714) 544-5779, http://www.scottishthistle.com Overland Trail. Lounge car. Day trip: 39 people. Overnight: Three people. Based in Southern California; (714) 546-6923, http://www.overlandtrail.com Colonial Crafts. Sleeper-lounge. Day trip: 33 people. Overnight: Nine people. Based in Los Angeles; (818) 951-1800, http://www.colonialcraftsrailcar.com Pacific Sands.
FOOD
June 24, 2009 | Emily Dwass
Shaun Murphy was facing a chef's worst nightmare: a dining room full of guests and nothing to feed them. And running around the corner to the market was absolutely out of the question. Murphy was cooking aboard a train that was stuck between Los Angeles and Chicago. A highly regarded chef, Murphy was in the galley of a private rail car that was delayed for 12 hours after a train up ahead went off the track in Iowa.
OPINION
April 1, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
Given that Los Angeles is the modern city most shaped by the automobile, it's remarkable that the impending economic implosion of at least two of the nation's Big Three carmakers has had so little local resonance. After all, Wilshire -- our city's signature east-west thoroughfare -- was the first great processional urban boulevard designed to accommodate the automobile.
OPINION
December 26, 2003
Re "Security at LAX Highest Since 9/11," Dec. 24: How is more security created by giving only limos and taxis, but not private cars, curbside access? Peter Heiman Malibu
OPINION
August 23, 1987
News item: FAA closes visual flight rules corridor to private aircraft--reason; too much traffic. Future news item: Caltrans closes San Diego Freeway to private cars--reason; too much traffic. ROBERT J. HUBER Canoga Park
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1987
I read Norma Serrato's letter (Dec. 22), "Near Misses," in which she proposed a number of restrictive actions on general aviation with the belief that airline flying would be safer if her ideas were followed. As a commercial pilot, I would like to suggest to her that a parallel course of action be taken against private cars that are largely responsible for the carnage on our freeways, causing the accident and death rate in private driving to be several times that of flying on an airline.
OPINION
October 19, 2003 | Sam Crane, Sam Crane is a professor of Chinese politics at Williams College and is the author of "Aidan's Way."
This year, China became the fourth-largest market for new-car purchases in the world, behind the U.S., Japan and Germany but ahead of such automobile-conscious countries as Britain, Italy and France. The growing prosperity of the burgeoning Chinese middle class has fueled a spending spree on privately owned cars, something that was impossible in the ever-more-distant Maoist past. Though the boom in Chinese auto demand has significant business implications, it also has cultural ramifications.
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