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August 24, 1986 | Donald Chase
Railroad ties brought Mary Steenburgen and first-time director Jay Russell together on "End of the Line," now shooting in Arkansas. Steenburgen is exec producer/star of the $2.9-million drama, which Columbia U Film School grad Russell (26) co-wrote with John Wohlbruck. The film is the first in which Orion Classics has made an upfront investment. "My father worked for 40 years, mostly as a conductor, on the Missouri Pacific Railroad," Steenburgen explained.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two freight trains apparently collided head-on Tuesday afternoon near the 40 Freeway in San Bernardino County, fire officials say. No injuries were reported in the accident near mile marker 47 by Ludlow, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. The cargo was produce, and there were no reports of hazardous materials, fire officials say. Some railroad ties were ablaze. The crash was reported shortly before 3 p.m. No other details were immediately available.  ALSO: DA seeks victims of medic accused of groping patient Councilman Huizar says affair with former aide was 'huge mistake' USC law school to offer online master's program for students abroad Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 65 firefighters spent much of Wednesday morning dousing a large pile of railroad ties that caught fire next to Metrolink tracks. The blaze started about 4:15 a.m. in a storage yard in the 13800 block of Saticoy Street, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said. The cause was not known.
NATIONAL
August 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
About 100 homes remained evacuated on Monday as officials worked to clean up the area around the derailment of a train carrying chemicals near the town of Lawtell, La., about 60 miles from Baton Rouge. The accident, which took place around 3:30 p.m. Sunday and derailed 27 cars of a Union Pacific train, is under investigation, railroad spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said by phone Monday morning. The evacuation area is an about 1.5-mile radius from the accident site near U.S. Highway 190, she said.
REAL ESTATE
April 13, 1997 | ROBERT SMAUS, TIMES GARDEN EDITOR
QUESTION: We are using railroad ties for a border around vegetable beds on a moderately sloping hill. From their appearance, it is evident that they are heavily treated. A friend from Germany was concerned about the treatment leaching into the soil and affecting the plants. Is my friend's concern valid? --J.R., Palos Verdes ANSWER: Although people have been using railroad ties for years to hold back hills and make raised beds, I would not use them near vegetables.
NEWS
March 29, 1991 | DAN LOGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Railroads don't go as many places as they once did, but railroad holdings and rights of way still cut through our back yards, downtowns and meadows. Roughly 100,000 miles of abandoned strips of land that used to be lined with railroad ties are part of what greenbelt advocates call America's "recreational frontier." Many of these rights of way are tiny sections and remnants of the rail system that time and altered transportation needs have orphaned.
SPORTS
May 19, 1996 | THOMAS BONK
He was bigger than the Road Hole bunker at St. Andrews, louder than the crowd noise blasting through the pines at Augusta National and as colorful as the Bloody Mary you might have found in his hand. He was known for his biting wit and his sharp truths, which probably were only transitions to one of his other abilities: He found it easy to irritate, as if he were rubbing a wedge squarely against your forehead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two freight trains apparently collided head-on Tuesday afternoon near the 40 Freeway in San Bernardino County, fire officials say. No injuries were reported in the accident near mile marker 47 by Ludlow, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. The cargo was produce, and there were no reports of hazardous materials, fire officials say. Some railroad ties were ablaze. The crash was reported shortly before 3 p.m. No other details were immediately available.  ALSO: DA seeks victims of medic accused of groping patient Councilman Huizar says affair with former aide was 'huge mistake' USC law school to offer online master's program for students abroad Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
NEWS
September 26, 1985
The City Council has ratified a Planning Commission decision to permit temporary replacement of a house trailer at 3 Pinto Road in the Flying Triangle landslide area of Rolling Hills. Mr. and Mrs. France Raine will use the 12-by-50-foot trailer as a home for three months while a network of steel I-beams and railroad ties is installed under their 20-year-old home.
NATIONAL
August 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
About 100 homes remained evacuated on Monday as officials worked to clean up the area around the derailment of a train carrying chemicals near the town of Lawtell, La., about 60 miles from Baton Rouge. The accident, which took place around 3:30 p.m. Sunday and derailed 27 cars of a Union Pacific train, is under investigation, railroad spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said by phone Monday morning. The evacuation area is an about 1.5-mile radius from the accident site near U.S. Highway 190, she said.
SPORTS
May 30, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Golf is a disease that invades your blood cells and usually becomes incurable. The people who benefit from its trappings — golf course owners, equipment manufacturers, cart girls — count on that. Their assumption has been that you may shank and you may chunk and you may throw your driver farther than you can hit it, but you will come back. Well, maybe not. It appears that there is trouble in River City, and it has nothing to do with billiards. Tiger Woods is declining, and so is the game he plays.
SPORTS
August 16, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Little old Sheboygan, Wis., was once best known for a summer extravaganza called Bratwurst Day —100,000 drunks eating too much pork and passing out on the beach. Now, for awhile at least, its notoriety will be as the home of PGA Black Sunday, a day when the wind whistled through the straits and in one ear and out the other of several in the golf world who should have more brain matter blocking the breeze. Let us count the ways. We felt for Dustin Johnson, who would have been in the playoff for the PGA Championship had he not grounded his club in a sand trap he didn't know was a sand trap.
MAGAZINE
September 16, 2007 | Aavid L. UIlin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
To take Amtrak's Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to the Bay Area is an all-day excursion, 12 hours if you're lucky, 14 or more if there are delays. You can do it only if you have time to give yourself over to the experience, which is why, on a Saturday morning in summer, my 12-year-old son, Noah, and I are in our seats, waiting to leave Union Station for the long passage north.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 65 firefighters spent much of Wednesday morning dousing a large pile of railroad ties that caught fire next to Metrolink tracks. The blaze started about 4:15 a.m. in a storage yard in the 13800 block of Saticoy Street, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said. The cause was not known.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2001 | JANICE JONES DODDS
* Looking for a new neighborhood to explore? Here are a few suggestions, culled from recent stories. Complete stories can be accessed at http://www.calendarlive.com/go/discover. * A visit to Irvine Regional Park is like stepping back in time with its quiet lakes, outdoor band shell and a boathouse built in 1914. It's open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 through March 31; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 1 through Oct. 31. The Irvine Park Railroad, a one-third-scale replica of an 1863 C.P.
BUSINESS
August 12, 1999 | GREG HERNANDEZ
McDonald's scored big this summer with its promotional tie-ins to Disney's "Inspector Gadget" and "Tarzan" films. In contrast, Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut did only so-so when the three Tricon-owned chains teamed up with the new "Star Wars" film.
MAGAZINE
May 21, 1989 | ROBERT SMAUS, Robert Smaus is an associate editor of Los Angeles Times Magazine.
ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WAS a steep back yard that was choked with ivy and weeds. It was too steep for just about any kind of landscaping, even a path. But this hillside- garden story has a fairy-tale ending--and not all such stories do, as anyone who has tried to garden on a slope can tell you. Brentwood resident Josefina Keen was determined not to let her back-yard chasm get the better of her. And what she had in mind when she commissioned the garden designers at Sassafras Nursery and Landscaping in Topanga to select the plantings was a "fairyland garden."
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