CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2011 |
Law enforcement and transit officials shut down four downtown San Francisco train stations and closed a swath of busy Market Street during the height of the evening commute Monday in response to a noisy protest. Market Street was choked with hundreds of pedestrians struggling to get home, stopping at each successive Bay Area Rapid Transit station entrance only to be turned away. Helicopters lumbered overhead and police in riot gear followed protesters east toward the San Francisco Bay. The stations were closed for about two hours during a demonstration against alleged BART police brutality and a decision by agency officials last week to cut underground cellphone service in an effort to quell an earlier protest.
February 20, 2011 |
Li Guangqiang rises early and pulls on his sharpest city clothes: dark jeans fashionably distressed, puffy down coat, black pouch slung over one shoulder. An outfit carefully chosen to announce: I am not a farmer or a villager. Not anymore. Li's journey will be long, and he has no time to lose. Heading out into the dry, dirty cold of a Beijing winter, he rolls his suitcase along frozen canals the shade of curdled milk, through the warren of alleyways where he and other migrants sleep in makeshift shelters of concrete block walls and corrugated tin roofs.
September 25, 2010 |
The packet that arrived from the Hallmark Channel with the screener for "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" was topped by a faux hand-written note insisting, in an almost threatening manner: "This time you will cry for real. " It also included this odd statement: " Richard Gere has no explanation as to why the critically acclaimed film did not get a U.S. theatrical window. " True, the film has made more than $40 million worldwide, but after watching it, the explanation seems abundantly clear.
September 1, 2010 |
It's a sweeping romantic moment set against the grandeur of New York's Grand Central Terminal, venue to countless poignant moments of tearful farewells. A forlorn young woman, suitcase in hand, buys her train ticket from the kiosk as her lover appears from out of the shadows to present her with a bouquet of flowers. The couple embrace and leave together on a horse and buggy waiting outside the station. Cut. The scene, from the Justin Timberlake romantic comedy "Friends With Benefits," is supposed to unfold in New York's renowned example of Beaux Arts architecture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2010 |
A friend of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by a transit police officer in Oakland clashed in court Tuesday with the officer's defense attorney, accusing the lawyer of unfairly trying to portray the victim and his friends as wrongdoers. In a downtown Los Angeles courtroom where former Officer Johannes Mehserle is on trial for murder, the defense attorney accused Jackie Bryson of trying to flee the scene as his friend was dying on a train station platform moments after the shooting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2008 |
Archaeologists have unearthed artifacts at the first train station to connect Los Angeles to the rest of the nation at the site of a state park under development near Chinatown, officials said Saturday. Scientists have uncovered redwood beams used to build the foundation of the station's turntable, which rotated trains between tracks. They also excavated artifacts from the station's roundhouse, which housed and repaired locomotives, as well as the foundation for industrial shops.
May 17, 2008 |
On the surface, almost everything appears as it has for decades on East 1st Street in Boyle Heights, the neighborhood east of downtown known as a haven for immigrants and blue-collar families. It's mid-afternoon and a couple of tipsy men spill out of Las Palomas Bar, arms locked over their shoulders, heading toward the nearby birrieria, a restaurant specializing in goat stew. Others greet more soberly as they pass traditional mom-and-pop shops that line the thoroughfare, selling soccer trophies, mariachi outfits and secondhand clothes.
April 26, 2008 |
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.