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NEWS
May 1, 2012 | By Dan Turner
It is in the nature of politicians to keep making the same mistakes over and over again, especially if they're the kind of mistakes favored by a lawmaker's key financial backers. Yet the award of an important rail-car contract Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board to a company that submitted the best bid for the job -- but isn't the most politically connected -- is a rare and wonderful demonstration that L.A. leaders have the capacity to learn. Rail cars are a touchy subject in L.A., at least to anyone who remembers what happened in 2009.
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WORLD
August 17, 2011 | By Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times
Hong Ji-min cannot forget that crowded, morning rush-hour commute when she felt someone groping her. "I knew that someone did it on purpose, but it had happened so fast," the 25-year-old nurse recalled. "I couldn't do anything but look around with angry eyes. But there was no way I could identify the person in that sea of people. " Seoul city officials now may have a solution for victimized female commuters: women-only subway cars. South Korean officials next month will begin a program offering the exclusive train coaches, reviving an idea that was abandoned two decades ago. Reaction to the plan has been so mixed, however, that the city is going to test those cars only late at night to see how it goes.
NATIONAL
June 27, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
Three days after a horrific crash involving an Amtrak train and a big rig outside Reno left at least six people dead, investigators had more questions than answers Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said the number of missing had been "whittled down" from an earlier estimate of 28, but further information would have to come from local officials — who referred questions back to the NTSB. Amtrak analyzed the westbound California Zephyr's manifest and determined that 196 passengers had been aboard when it was struck by the truck Friday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2011 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
The two rail cars sit side by side, neither here nor there. Stopped midway along the 298-foot route up the face of Bunker Hill between Hill and Olive streets, the historic Angels Flight railway cars have been forced to halt after inspectors determined that their 15-year-old wheels need replacing. The California Public Utilities Commission concluded Thursday that the wheels' flanges — rims added for strength — were worn down to less than a quarter of an inch, one-third of what is deemed safe.
NEWS
May 6, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The fourth National Train Day , a kind of grass-roots celebration of all things rail , will kick off Saturday with more than 200 exhibits and displays nationwide. The biggest events will take place at Amtrak stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. These activities had been planned well in advance of news Thursday about the discovery of documents indicating that Al Qaeda last year may have considered terrorist attacks on rail networks . In an email, Amtrak said its employees remain at "a heightened state of vigilance.
TRAVEL
June 25, 2010
If you go: 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.
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.
OPINION
June 4, 2010
George Marshall's call to rebuild Europe was delivered at Harvard in 1947; Dwight Eisenhower's plea to students to resist the "book burners" was uttered at Dartmouth in 1953, at the height of the McCarthy era; Alexander Solzhenitsyn gave his searing critique of Western society at Harvard's graduation in 1978. To that short list of great commencement addresses should be added last weekend's eloquent exposition on the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in American society, delivered again at Harvard, this time by former Justice David H. Souter.
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