November 27, 2012 |
After years of proposals and discussion from several companies hoping to reintroduce passenger rail service between Southern California and Las Vegas , one project now appears to be on the fast track. Las Vegas Railway Express , the company that plans to operate a weekend, adults-only party train between Fullerton and Sin City, marked a milestone this month with the signing of an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad. The pact will allow the "X Train" to run on tracks that have carried only freight since Amtrak ceased passenger service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas 15 years ago. The venture has purchased 16 rail cars, but they need to be refurbished before the trains can begin operating.
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November 5, 2012 |
Gae Aulenti, an Italian architect who attained international prominence turning old buildings into modern museums, including Paris' Musee d'Orsay and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco , died Wednesday at her home in Milan. She was 84. Her family told Italian media that she had been ill for some time. One of the few women working in postwar Italian design, Aulenti began her career designing furniture, lamps and other accessories. One of her most famous pieces is the Tavolo con Ruote (Table With Wheels)
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October 6, 2012 |
Soon it will sprout from an industrial patch between Anaheim's sports stadiums, a massive 67,000-square-foot structure with white steel ribbons arching high into the sky and a state-of-the-art transparent material that will let the Southern California sun gleam into what has been billed as the upcoming transportation hub of Orange County. The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center - known simply as ARTIC among transportation planners - will look like an iceberg beside the 57 Freeway by the time it's estimated to be finished in 2014.
July 30, 2012 |
Amtrak is taking another step into the digital age. Following the lead of many airlines, Amtrak announced Monday that passengers can now skip the ticket counter by buying online electronic tickets that are sent as a printable document. Passengers on the government-owned train service can print the tickets at home or from a train station kiosk. Train riders can also show e-tickets to a conductor from the screen of a smartphone or a mobile device. "E-tickets deliver the convenience and flexibility expected by passengers and its innovative technology is transforming other aspects of how Amtrak does business," said President and Chief Executive Joe Boardman.
May 27, 2012
I enjoyed reading the adventurous eating in Delhi, India, by Peter Mandel ["Where Street Cred Helps," May 20]. I have just finished a 21/2-year contract there and wanted to add a few more words of advice. First, do not let anything scare you away from a visit to India. There will be inconveniences, poverty and dirt, but there will also be amazing colors, vibrant street life and, with luck, your own Mr. Gupta. For those who want to enjoy street food without much risk, I suggest going to Dilli Haut (a stop on the new metro)
May 25, 2012 |
L.A. concert pianist and radio show host Mona Golabek makes her theatrical debut at the Geffen Playhouse in "The Pianist of Willesden Lane," a one-woman show of music and words based on "The Children of Willesden Lane," the book she co-wrote about her concert pianist mother's journey from 1938 Vienna to England on the storied Kindertransport. The show runs through June 24. Why did you want to tell your mother's story? When I was a little kid, when she taught me the piano, she made it the most extraordinary experience.
April 7, 2012
While visiting my daughter in Geneva, we took the train to Lyon, France, to shop and have lunch at the charming Les Terrasses d'Alex. It was a five-minute cab ride from the train station, in a residential district. Wonderful menu and a full bar. I can't wait to go back in the spring and dine outside under the great shade trees. Les Terrasses d'Alex,14 Rue Alexandre Boutin, Villeurbanne; 011-33-4-78-65-95-74, http://www.lesterrassesdalex.com . Main dishes from about $11. Linda Groover San Luis Obispo
January 31, 2012 |
Construction of a massive new project in Irvine consisting of nearly 5,000 homes and 1.2 million square feet of commercial space is underway, according to the company in charge of the effort. FivePoint Communities Management Inc. broke ground on the Great Park Neighborhoods project Tuesday. The development sits on the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Irvine approved the first phase of the construction last year. "With today's groundbreaking, we are moving forward with the first phase of Great Park Neighborhoods.
January 5, 2012 |
In "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's new 3-D film based on Brian Selznick's bestselling "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," London-based costume designer Sandy Powell helps create the storybook image of an orphan boy (played by Asa Butterfield) living inside a Parisian train station in the early 1930s. Her awards are many (she's won three Oscars in nine nominations — her second was with Scorsese for 2004's "The Aviator"), and she's a favored Scorsese collaborator ("Shutter Island," "The Gangs of New York")
December 20, 2011 |
Rick Vetter was rushing to board the Amtrak train in Charlotte, N.C., on a recent Sunday afternoon when a canine officer suddenly blocked the way. Three federal air marshals in bulletproof vests and two officers trained to spot suspicious behavior watched closely as Seiko, a German shepherd, nosed Vetter's trousers for chemical traces of a bomb. Radiation detectors carried by the marshals scanned the 57-year-old lawyer for concealed nuclear materials. When Seiko indicated a scent, his handler, Julian Swaringen, asked Vetter whether he had pets at home in Garner, N.C. Two mutts, Vetter replied.