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May 26, 2013 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
PARIS - An attack on a French soldier who was stabbed in the neck while patrolling outside a Paris train station appears to have been an act of terrorism, but there are no clear links to the hacking death of a British soldier in London last week, authorities said Sunday. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was evident that the victim was targeted because he was a soldier. Interior Minister Manuel Valls told France 5 television there were "elements" that led police to believe it was a terrorist act. "I cannot say more at this stage as the inquiry has only just begun," he said.
January 3, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
She was an orphan, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, when she went to the Berlin train station on a summer day in 1939, leaving behind all that she had ever known. She had already experienced loss: her parents claimed by illness, her brother taken by the Nazis. Now Dora Gostynski was about to get on a train that would take her and hundreds of other Jewish children to safety - but they had to go without the comfort of their parents. She remembered the other children's sobs as they embraced their parents, who had made the agonizing decision to give their children a chance at life, even if meant never seeing them again.
December 13, 2012 | By Jay Jones
A ski vacation deep in the heart of Francophone Quebec is an adventure in its own right. But at Le Massif de Charlevoix , a year-round resort about 90 miles northeast of Quebec City, getting to the slopes by rail adds to the experience. Not content to open a resort amid spectacular scenery overlooking the broad and beautiful St. Lawrence Seaway, the owners created their own railway to ferry passengers between Quebec City, the provincial capital, and the 350-year-old village of Baie-Saint-Paul.
November 27, 2012 | By Jay Jones
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.
November 5, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
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)
October 6, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Hugo Martin
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 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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, . Main dishes from about $11. Linda Groover San Luis Obispo
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