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November 6, 2011 | By Emily Rome, Los Angeles Times
Surely, any author's dream is to be able to walk into the world they've created in their book. Plenty of writers have been afforded virtually that experience as their books have been adapted to film, but perhaps no one has realized this dream so intensely as Brian Selznick when he visited the set for the Nov. 23 release "Hugo," based on his 2007 book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret. " The film — director Martin Scorsese's first geared toward a young audience — was shot on a full-scale train station set built from scratch, directly inspired by Selznick's illustrations.
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March 5, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - The eight knife-wielding attackers who went on a deadly rampage in a southwestern China train station had tried to leave the country several times but were unable to and then decided to “carry out 'jihad'” in the city of Kunming, the Communist Party chief in Yunnan province said. Four of the assailants - three men and a woman - were shot dead by police at the scene of Saturday's attack at the Kunming train station that left 29 other people dead, and another female suspect was wounded and detained.
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December 14, 1995 | Associated Press
The first air-duct cleaning in 12 years at Grand Central Terminal kicked up clouds of dust in a shopping area filled with holiday consumers Wednesday, requiring 23 people to get treatment for breathing problems. Nine people were taken to the hospital for "respiratory difficulty," an Emergency Medical Service spokesman said. Train service was not affected.
WORLD
March 1, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
SHANGHAI - At least 28 people died and more than 113 were injured Saturday when a group of assailants wielding large knives stormed into a railway station in southern China and apparently attacked people at random, state-run media reported. President Xi Jinping vowed swift action to punish those responsible for the bloody attack and "suppress terrorists' rampant momentum," the official New China News Agency reported. The agency said separatists from the far western region of Xinjiang were behind the highly unusual and terrifying attack in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.
AUTOS
June 1, 2013 | By Peter Pae, Los Angeles Times
For years I contemplated selling my car and riding a bicycle to work. I would ride to the Tustin train station four miles from my Irvine home on a bike path that would put me just half a mile from the station. From there I would take the Metrolink train to work in downtown Los Angeles. But the few times I tried riding my road bike, I was exhausted by the time I got home. Getting there was easy - all downhill - but coming home was sheer agony, grinding up hills after a long workday.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
DETROIT - He'd heard stories of ruin and blight, but that didn't prepare Oliver Kearney for what he saw: Prostitutes roaming the streets at 8 a.m., rubble-strewn parking lots overrun with weeds, buildings taken over by bright pink graffiti, the message scrawled on blackboards in deserted schools: "I will not write in vacant buildings. " He took 2,000 photographs his first day. "No other American city has seen decline on this scale," Kearney said. "It's really a once-in-a-lifetime thing you're going to see. " And he saw it all on a tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1998
The Santa Clarita Metrolink station was evacuated for two hours Thursday night after a commuter reported a suspicious object that turned out to be a brick used as a door stop, according to authorities. The incident occurred just after 5 p.m. at the station in the 22100 block of Soledad Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
WORLD
March 1, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
SHANGHAI - At least 28 people died and more than 113 were injured Saturday when a group of assailants wielding large knives stormed into a railway station in southern China and apparently attacked people at random, state-run media reported. President Xi Jinping vowed swift action to punish those responsible for the bloody attack and "suppress terrorists' rampant momentum," the official New China News Agency reported. The agency said separatists from the far western region of Xinjiang were behind the highly unusual and terrifying attack in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1995
I am writing this letter to voice my extreme displeasure at the city of San Juan Capistrano. It recently enacted an ordinance to charge for parking at the San Juan Capistrano station, which became effective Saturday. Several years ago the city attempted to do this and was forced to drop such action. The Commuters Assn. was assured at that time that the city would never institute paid parking. Well, they've gone against their word. I live in South Laguna. I have no choice but to use the San Juan Capistrano station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO
The Van Nuys Amtrak/Metrolink station will add 115 parking spots, officials said. Caltrans allocated $1.6 million to acquire the property and build the additional parking spaces for the station, on Van Nuys Boulevard north of Saticoy Street. On Wednesday, the City Council approved the transfer of funds to the city for the project. The station currently has 229 parking spots and has had increased use by both Metrolink and Amtrak passengers.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is scheduled to tour a revived train station in the Midwest on Wednesday to extol the benefits of federal spending on light-rail, roads and bridges as he tries to prod Congress to take up a major transportation bill this year. During a visit to St. Paul, Minn.'s freshly renovated Union Depot, Obama is to outline a four-year, $302-billion transportation plan, the White House said. If Congress doesn't act to renew infrastructure programs, more than 700,000 jobs will be at risk, Obama plans to say. The president's warning may be a bit premature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
This post has been corrected. See note below. A man has been arrested in connection with last week's fatal stabbing on the Metro Red Line in East Hollywood, officials said Sunday. Angelo Correia , 24, was arrested Friday after investigators served a search warrant at his home in North Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He is being held on $1 million bail. Homicide investigators received an anonymous tip that led them to the suspect and his residence, the department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ari Bloomekatz
A man was just sitting in his seat on a Red Line train when another passenger walked up to him and fatally stabbed him before fleeing at the next stop in East Hollywood, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. No weapon has been found and no one has been arrested in Monday's killing of 34-year-old Jose Velazco-Alvarado, officials said. Velazco-Alvarado was stabbed about 9:18 a.m. and taken to a hospital in grave condition when the train stopped at the Vermont/Santa Monica station, said Metro spokesman Marc Littman.
WORLD
December 29, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to a railway station in Volgograd, an industrial city in southern Russia, killing at least 15 people and injuring 43, officials said, in an attack that sent jitters through the country as the Winter Olympics in Sochi approach. No group claimed responsibility for Sunday's deadly bombing, one of several to hit southern Russian in recent months. Volgograd is close to the troubled Caucasus region, where Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov has vowed to use "maximum force" to prevent Russia from staging the Olympics, which he called "satanic games held on the bones of our ancestors.
OPINION
December 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The new pilot program at Union Station that forbids people who are not holding train tickets to sit in the waiting room seats is another sad reminder of the city's desperate homelessness problem - and of how difficult it is to balance the rights of Los Angeles' most vulnerable citizens with the rights of others to go about their business safely and without fear or harassment. The pilot program was instituted this month by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority because, MTA officials say, about 135 homeless people a night were descending on the station, intimidating travelers with aggressive panhandling, taking over the bathrooms and sprawling across seats.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
DETROIT - He'd heard stories of ruin and blight, but that didn't prepare Oliver Kearney for what he saw: Prostitutes roaming the streets at 8 a.m., rubble-strewn parking lots overrun with weeds, buildings taken over by bright pink graffiti, the message scrawled on blackboards in deserted schools: "I will not write in vacant buildings. " He took 2,000 photographs his first day. "No other American city has seen decline on this scale," Kearney said. "It's really a once-in-a-lifetime thing you're going to see. " And he saw it all on a tour.
WORLD
December 29, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to a railway station in Volgograd, an industrial city in southern Russia, killing at least 15 people and injuring 43, officials said, in an attack that sent jitters through the country as the Winter Olympics in Sochi approach. No group claimed responsibility for Sunday's deadly bombing, one of several to hit southern Russian in recent months. Volgograd is close to the troubled Caucasus region, where Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov has vowed to use "maximum force" to prevent Russia from staging the Olympics, which he called "satanic games held on the bones of our ancestors.
NATIONAL
April 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A tractor trailer that witnesses said didn't seem to slow down rammed into a crowded bus shelter and a Chicago Transit Authority train station, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen others. The truck smashed into the street-level bus shelter without warning, then "climbed the stairs" of the north stairwell, said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. The truck's driver was treated at a hospital and released. Police took him into custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A man was killed Thursday when he was struck by an Amtrak train in Moorpark, officials said. Ventura County firefighters responded at 9:07 a.m. to the 10900 block of West Los Angeles Avenue, according to Capt. Mike Lindbery. Firefighters at first had trouble locating the body, but later discovered it behind a row of businesses, he added. The victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.   Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said the incident occurred a few miles from the Moorpark train station.
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
The Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card is joining the ranks of the smart-card set later this month when it becomes available with a chip. The card will continue to have a magnetic stripe -- the standard most often used in the U.S, in which the card is swiped, then the receipt signed to complete a transaction. However, the new card also will have an embedded computer chip, the standard used in much of the world. The new cards will still require a signature; they are, not surprisingly, called chip-and-signature cards.
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