March 21, 2014 |
The film crew walked out on the old railroad trestle high above Georgia's Altamaha River, then placed a metal-frame bed on the tracks for actor William Hurt. The plan called for Hurt to lie on the bed in a dream sequence for the film "Midnight Rider," in which he plays rock singer Gregg Allman. Two trains had already crossed the bridge that day, and the crew was told no more were scheduled, hairstylist Joyce Gilliard recalled. Then a train came barreling toward them. "We all ran for our lives," Gilliard said.
January 27, 2008 |
In East Hermosa, the waves don't crash outside your doorstep, but neither does the party crowd that descends upon Pier Avenue every weekend. Yes, this is still surfurbia -- just east of Pacific Coast Highway. What it's about Known as the "less expensive" section of Hermosa Beach, East Hermosa, the 12-block slice south of Artesia Boulevard and roughly north of Anita Street, offers peaceful streets and stunning views.
July 3, 1987 |
The news accounts, now 70 years old, offer only fragments of the "ghastly drama" that surrounded the marriage of Mary Kenan Flagler Bingham, "the richest woman in America." She was the widow of Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler and her estate was worth between $60 million and $100 million. Her bridegroom was Judge Robert Worth Bingham, a Kentucky lawyer without independent means. Their wedding in 1916 made headlines, even in New York. And so did her mysterious death eight months later.
September 11, 1994 |
When the fire came, some hid in wells or cisterns. They died. Some escaped to a swamp, and they suffocated. But others survived, boarding trains to outrace the flames or wading into water to avoid their reach. One hundred years ago, on Sept. 1, 1894, a firestorm swept over 480 square miles of northeastern Minnesota's white pine forest. In just four hours, six towns were reduced to rubble and the forest to a wasteland of charred stumps. And in that time, at least 418 people died.
February 19, 2012 |
"Don't go there," a well-traveled friend said when I mentioned my plans to visit Capri, a sunny island off southern Italy. Why? "You're not going to want to come home," he said. I laughed. My friend, a know-it-all author, loves to give advice. I didn't need it; I already knew I would fall in love with Capri. It's been one of Europe's favorite island getaway for more than 2,000 years, enthralling a cast of characters ranging from Roman emperors to 21st century luminaries and A-listers.
February 25, 2007 |
A tentative deal was reached to end a 2-week-old strike by about 2,800 Canadian National Railway Co. employees that had provoked a threat of government intervention.
August 27, 1995 |
French police on Saturday found an unexploded bomb on the tracks of a high-speed railway in central France, French radio said. The bomb was found near Lyons in a gas canister on the rail line to Paris. It was apparently meant to explode when a high-speed train passed but did not go off because of a fault, France Info radio said today. Homemade explosives had been packed into the canister. The bomb was taken to Paris for examination.
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December 24, 1987 |
Employees of Spain's state rail company went on strike Wednesday to protest the company's job reductions that have eliminated 5,000 jobs, union and company spokesmen said. About 12,000 passengers were affected by staggered three-hour strikes, a company spokesman said.
September 24, 1988 |
Three songs into its Thursday night Lingerie set, Gary Newby, singer for the Railway Children, qualified the quartet's approach: "We're not all miserable bastards in Manchester." Though they may come from the same English town that brought such disparaging gloomsters as disco-depressives New Order or those purveyors of eternal romantic misery, the Smiths, the Railway Children have an attitude best summed up in song titles like "Brighter."
November 6, 2011 |
This quaint Mississippi River city divided by limestone bluffs seems quiet enough, with stately Victorian homes, ornate 19th century commercial buildings and a graceful Gothic Revival cathedral. But even here, where Santa hitches a ride on what may be the steepest, shortest railway in the world, you can't be too careful. Much of Dubuque is on the National Register of Historic Places. That includes the Fenelon Place Elevator, an incline railway spanning just 296 feet -- 2 feet shorter than Angel's Flight on L.A.'s Bunker Hill.