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January 20, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As soon as the operator's words boomed across the control room--"Gate alarm!"--they were echoed by the safety officer with an additional, critical detail: "Gate alarm at New Westminster!" Somebody had jumped a gate at the New Westminster station of the SkyTrain driverless train system, alighting on the tracks. Computers swiftly closed the station and de-energized the rails to avoid electrocuting the intruder.
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January 20, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As soon as the operator's words boomed across the control room--"Gate alarm!"--they were echoed by the safety officer with an additional, critical detail: "Gate alarm at New Westminster!" Somebody had jumped a gate at the New Westminster station of the SkyTrain driverless train system, alighting on the tracks. Computers swiftly closed the station and de-energized the rails to avoid electrocuting the intruder.
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BUSINESS
August 20, 1985
One-time air tycoon Sir Freddie Laker went to court in St. Helier, Channel Islands, in a last-ditch attempt to block the $48-million settlement of Laker Airways' antitrust suit over the 1982 collapse of its cut-price, transatlantic Skytrain service. A liquidator acting for the creditors of Laker Airways, which for tax reasons was registered in Jersey, one of Britain's Channel Islands, is seeking permission to sign the settlement. But Sir Freddie contended that the deal is "pitifully inadequate."
NEWS
February 25, 2000 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there were things Boonchai Khamchia never expected to see in his hometown, they were a commute without mind-numbing traffic jams, a morning in which pollution didn't sting his eyes, and a Bangkok that looks green, quaint and orderly. But here he was, cruising above Sukhumvit Road at 30 mph in air-conditioned comfort, passing a golf course he didn't know existed and canals he thought had been filled in and paved over.
TRAVEL
January 6, 2002
Indiana: C.L. Gottlieb, Santa Monica--The Rathskeller, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis 46204; (317) 636-0396, fax (317) 630-4652, www.rathskeller.com. "Hearty German food in festive surroundings. Founded in 1894, the city's oldest restaurant still in operation." Dinner entrees about $17-$21. Thailand: James Fuhrman, West Hollywood--Trinity City Hotel, 425/15 Silom Road, Soi 5, Bangkok; 011-662-231-5050, fax 011-662-231-5417.
OPINION
February 11, 2006
I'm a big fan of Ray Bradbury's writing, but he's mistaken if he thinks monorails are a magic, futuristic solution to L.A.'s transit problems (Current, Feb. 5). Single-rail trains have been rejected by planners almost without exception because an elevated train costs the same whether it uses conventional tracks or a monorail. Monorails, however, can't run on the ground, even when an existing right of way is available. Think how much the Gold Line or Blue Line would have cost if every mile of track and every station had to be elevated.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Thailand's transgender residents are displeased with Swedish furniture retailer Ikea because of a new ad they say is “disparaging” and “disrespectful” to their way of life. The commercial - titled “Luem Aeb,” or “Forgot to Deceive” - began running on YouTube and Bangkok's BTS Skytrain system in late December. In the ad, a middle-aged man shops in an Ikea store with his long-haired, willowy, minidress-wearing partner. The partner is chatting in a sweet, high voice when she suddenly lets out a low-pitched exclamation upon seeing the discount section.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1996 | Times Wire Services
Former Pan American World Airways Inc. executive Martin Shugrue is about to unveil a reborn version of the airline as a low-cost domestic carrier. Shugrue, Pan Am's former chief operating officer, will hold a news conference Tuesday in New York to introduce the scaled-down version of the once-dominant international airline that collapsed more than four years ago, a spokesman said.
NEWS
March 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Lord Denning, who in a long and distinguished British judicial career led the investigation into the Profumo affair, one of his country's most notorious sex and politics scandals, has died. Denning died Friday at the Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, England. He was 100. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who as a young lawyer appeared before Denning, called him "one of the great men of his age."
NEWS
December 4, 1998 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Bangkok's snazzy electric Skytrain pulled into the station in October on its first test run, a marching band and a host of dignitaries were on hand to greet it. No wonder. The elevated train is part of the Thai capital's first rapid transit rail service. And though it won't come on line until late next year, just the sight of the sleek cars speeding at 50 mph above the gridlocked streets was enough to make many of Bangkok's 10 million residents blink in disbelief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1993
Thank you for featuring the Metro Green Line Light Rail project in the Los Angeles Times South Bay edition of Oct. 8, 1993. I was pleased to read the transportation article by Gordon Dillow during Rideshare Week; however, The Times missed a great opportunity to provide information and to educate its readers about the importance of having alternative modes of transportation within the region. The article could have highlighted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's work in the region to provide these alternatives that will eventually help improve the general quality of life in the region.
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