December 25, 2013 |
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.
July 25, 2013 |
LONDON - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday promised two investigations of the deadly train derailment in northwestern Spain, with suspicion focusing on excessive speed as the cause of the disaster that has left at least 80 people dead, including an American, and scores more injured. "We have lived through a terrible accident … which I fear will remain in our memory for a long time," a somber Rajoy told reporters after visiting the site of Wednesday's derailment near the Christian pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region.
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July 19, 2013 |
A federal jury awarded more than $200,000 on Friday to a man who accused Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies of illegally detaining him and using excessive force during a 2009 encounter that left him with a fractured rib, the man's lawyer said. James Spinks, then 60, was injured when a deputy repeatedly kneed him in the side after knocking him to the platform floor at the Rosa Parks/Willowbrook train station, attorney Thomas E. Beck said. Witnesses loudly complained that deputies were beating an "old man," and one captured the encounter on a cellphone camera, Beck said.
July 13, 2013 |
PARIS - The French train accident Friday that resulted in at least six deaths appears to have been caused by a problem with a steel clip on a switch that enables trains to change tracks, according to the national rail company, SNCF. The clip, located on a switch about 200 yards from the train station, "broke away, became detached and came out of its housing," said Pierre Izard, SNCF's general manager for infrastructure. That probably led to the derailing of an intercity train departing from Paris, headed to Limoges, outside the Bretigny-sur-Orge station 12 miles south of the capital.
June 1, 2013 |
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.
May 1, 2013 |
Two years ago, every one of the elected officials representing South Los Angeles - members of the City Council, the Legislature and Congress - joined in an unprecedented show of unity to call for the Crenshaw-to-LAX light-rail line to include a stop in Leimert Park Village. Hundreds of residents packed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hearing room and urged the board to include this historic stop in what is the heart of the African American community and, increasingly, an important residential and business center for Latinos.