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August 29, 1988 | United Press International
An explosion early Sunday ripped through an empty railroad tank car that had contained ethylene oxide, a toxic chemical, releasing a cloud that dissipated after closing the Houston Ship Channel briefly, officials said. There were no injuries or evacuations.
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November 18, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Phil's Diner, a North Hollywood landmark, returned Wednesday on the back of a truck after a long absence and a $1.2-million renovation. Movers lowered the 25,000-pound diner into place at its new location on Lankershim Boulevard north of Magnolia Boulevard, where it will open in March after being closed for a decade. The restaurant was moved from its historic home on Chandler Boulevard and kept in storage to make way for real estate development near the North Hollywood subway station.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1996
A Sunday morning fire in a railroad car filled with granulated plastic was probably deliberately set, a battalion chief said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 2:38 a.m. in a Southern Pacific car parked on a railroad spur in a commercial area at 12122 Western Ave., said Battalion Chief Nick Booker of the Garden Grove Fire Department. Flames were coming from a hatch at the top of the car, and it took firefighters about 30 minutes to control the blaze, Booker said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Five railroad tanker cars derailed Thursday at a train yard in La Mirada, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the 6:19 a.m. accident near the intersection of Macaw Street and Herron Avenue, said Capt. Mike Brown of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Three of the tankers fell into La Mirada Creek, but none of them leaked into the waterway, Brown said. They were carrying ethanol, said Lena Kent, a spokeswoman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. One tanker on the ground was empty, she said, but another carrying potassium hydroxide, used as a bleach in the manufacture of soaps, glass and alkaline batteries, was leaking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1991 | HERBERT J. VIDA
In four years or so, Frank Sano, 55, expects to be whizzing down the tracks in his 1914 railroad car, all the time playing piano as leader of his Paradise Hotel Jazz Band. "I'd rather do the train bit than anything else on earth," said the San Clemente private detective who retired in 1986 after 24 years as a policeman in Westminster, the final years as a captain. "Can you imagine the fun, riding a train with a jazz band to keep you entertained?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1986 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
The billboard at the entrance to Colton High School, usually reserved for announcements of football games, says simply: "In Loving Memory of Erica Martinez, Frances Mendoza and Cathy Robles." The three close friends, just 17 and nearing graduation, were apparently driving to lunch on Thursday, when they were struck by a runaway railroad car that had been set off by a local boy playing on the tracks. Police said the impact destroyed the car.
NEWS
February 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Two explosions caused by runaway railroad cars rocked Montana's capital city Thursday, cutting off electricity and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people as wind chills dipped to 70 degrees below zero. The runaway cars derailed and hit a propane tank near the railroad tracks, setting off an explosion. Minutes later, the fire from the blast caused one of the derailed cars containing a flammable chemical to blow up, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1992 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man and a woman, illegal immigrants apparently trying to return to Mexico on a freight train, died early Tuesday in the City of Industry when they were crushed in a moving railroad car that carried more than 100 tons of steel rods, authorities said. Armando Garcia, 19, of Mexico, who also was inside the car, was impaled by the rods and taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina where he was reported in critical condition.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Phil's Diner, a North Hollywood landmark, returned Wednesday on the back of a truck after a long absence and a $1.2-million renovation. Movers lowered the 25,000-pound diner into place at its new location on Lankershim Boulevard north of Magnolia Boulevard, where it will open in March after being closed for a decade. The restaurant was moved from its historic home on Chandler Boulevard and kept in storage to make way for real estate development near the North Hollywood subway station.
NEWS
October 14, 1985
Workers plugged a leak in a derailed railroad car from which lethal ammonia gas had seeped since the day before, and authorities ended an evacuation that had forced 350 people from their homes in a sparsely populated area west of Lake City, Fla. Chemical experts pumped the anhydrous ammonia from the tanker, which derailed along with 37 other cars of a 144-car Seaboard System Railroad train. Railroad spokesman Mark Sullivan said the accident probably was due to equipment failure.
MAGAZINE
April 4, 2004 | JAN WEIMER, Jan Weimer last wrote for the magazine about salt-crusted beef.
The safe L.A. cliches found on most menus--tuna tartare, chicken Caesar, crab cakes--are being joined both at new eateries and old haunts by an unlikely novelty: sweetbreads. Though this delicacy has long been beloved by chefs, the audience has been less than effusive. Blame it on a lack of adventurous culinary spirit. "Angelenos will stick needles of toxin into their face, but God forbid they should eat anything unfamiliar," says Stephane Beaucamp, executive chef at Vermont restaurant.
REAL ESTATE
August 24, 2003 | Robert Smaus
For me, plugging into an outlet in the middle of a meadow, miles from the nearest paved road or utility line, was nearly as novel as watching water gush from our well. Maybe it's a guy thing. Other than starting up the generator and running it a few times at home (while letting friends listen to it over the phone), this was the first time we actually used it. It's small, so we put it in our SUV and bring it up when we need it.
REAL ESTATE
March 9, 2003 | Robert Smaus, Special to The Times
It was quite an elegant little property that we found late last summer, with marble underfoot and oaks overhead. The rough, white marble had tumbled from an outcrop high on the side of the canyon, and the oaks grew from its floor -- deciduous kinds that turn gold in the fall and evergreen oaks, which remain green and produce fat acorns for playful gray squirrels. There are huge manzanitas with polished mahogany limbs, aromatic gray rabbitbrush and even a few cactuses in one corner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1999
Five railroad tanker cars carrying hot asphalt derailed Thursday evening next to Cerritos Regional County Park. Some asphalt leaked from one car, but no one was hurt, authorities said. The derailment occurred just before 6 p.m. east of Bloomfield Avenue and north of Del Amo Boulevard in Cerritos, said county Fire Capt. Steve Valenzuela. The train was carrying asphalt from Paramount to Anaheim, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1996
A Sunday morning fire in a railroad car filled with granulated plastic was probably deliberately set, a battalion chief said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 2:38 a.m. in a Southern Pacific car parked on a railroad spur in a commercial area at 12122 Western Ave., said Battalion Chief Nick Booker of the Garden Grove Fire Department. Flames were coming from a hatch at the top of the car, and it took firefighters about 30 minutes to control the blaze, Booker said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1992 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man and a woman, illegal immigrants apparently trying to return to Mexico on a freight train, died early Tuesday in the City of Industry when they were crushed in a moving railroad car that carried more than 100 tons of steel rods, authorities said. Armando Garcia, 19, of Mexico, who also was inside the car, was impaled by the rods and taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina where he was reported in critical condition.
REAL ESTATE
August 24, 2003 | Robert Smaus
For me, plugging into an outlet in the middle of a meadow, miles from the nearest paved road or utility line, was nearly as novel as watching water gush from our well. Maybe it's a guy thing. Other than starting up the generator and running it a few times at home (while letting friends listen to it over the phone), this was the first time we actually used it. It's small, so we put it in our SUV and bring it up when we need it.
REAL ESTATE
March 9, 2003 | Robert Smaus, Special to The Times
It was quite an elegant little property that we found late last summer, with marble underfoot and oaks overhead. The rough, white marble had tumbled from an outcrop high on the side of the canyon, and the oaks grew from its floor -- deciduous kinds that turn gold in the fall and evergreen oaks, which remain green and produce fat acorns for playful gray squirrels. There are huge manzanitas with polished mahogany limbs, aromatic gray rabbitbrush and even a few cactuses in one corner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1991 | HERBERT J. VIDA
In four years or so, Frank Sano, 55, expects to be whizzing down the tracks in his 1914 railroad car, all the time playing piano as leader of his Paradise Hotel Jazz Band. "I'd rather do the train bit than anything else on earth," said the San Clemente private detective who retired in 1986 after 24 years as a policeman in Westminster, the final years as a captain. "Can you imagine the fun, riding a train with a jazz band to keep you entertained?"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1990 | DAN BERGER, Dan Berger is Times wine critic.
No railroad dining car ever had this array of wines. The Pacific Dining Car's wine list, modest when the restaurant opened in 1921, became a personal project of the grandson of the original owners. By 1964, Wes Idol had created an excellent list, and he has kept it that way for a quarter century. Fans of the list at the downtown location will be pleased to know that the list at the new restaurant is identical.
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