April 5, 2013 |
It seems like an epidemic: Drivers talking and texting. Now federal regulators have put a number to the dangerous habit. At any given time, about 660,000 drivers are texting, tweeting, talking or otherwise preoccupied with their cellphones while speeding along the freeways or crawling through downtowns and suburban neighborhoods. That's more people than live in Baltimore. "There is no way to text and drive safely," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, whose agency released the survey results Friday.
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March 30, 2013 |
Dan Turner, a Times editorial writer for nearly a decade who was known for his sharply witty observations on a broad range of subjects, died Saturday at his Los Angeles home. He was 49. The cause was pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed two years ago, said his wife, Jocelyn. "No matter what the subject - and no matter how nerdy - he approached it with the same extraordinary voice and sense of humor," Nicholas Goldberg, editor of The Times' editorial pages, said in an e-mail to the staff announcing Turner's death.
March 18, 2013 |
A trade group for the world's airlines is pushing to modernize a decades-old booking system to help speed along the latest airline trend - the sale of customized fare packages. Behind the effort is the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for about 240 of the world's largest airlines. The group filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation last week to upgrade the computer system used by travel agents and online travel sites such as Orbitz and Travelocity.
February 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration issued a travel advisory Friday: Because of a budget standoff in Washington, flights will be delayed. That was the message Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood delivered at the daily White House briefing as he outlined the impact that across-the-board budget cuts would have on air travel, a drumbeat he acknowledged was aimed by the administration at Republicans in Congress. "I would describe my presence here with one word - Republican," LaHood said of the White House.
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February 1, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Friday that he plans to stay mayor until the end of his term June 30, an announcement aimed at ending talk of him taking a post as President Obama's secretary of Transportation. "I have said many times that I will be focused on my job as mayor of Los Angeles until 11:59 and 59 seconds on June 30, 2013," Villaraigosa said in a prepared statement. "I am flattered and humbled by the speculation that has included my name for a possible Cabinet secretary position, but I am firmly committed to remaining in L.A. and finishing my term.
January 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the last Republican left in President Obama's Cabinet, announced Tuesday he is stepping down. In a note to department staff, LaHood said he would remain at the helm until a replacement is confirmed to ensure "a smooth transition for the department and all the important work we still have to do. " The former seven-term congressman from Peoria, Ill., has led the department since 2009 and was not expected to stay on through a second term.
January 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former lawmaker from Illinois and the last Republican left in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, announced Tuesday he was stepping down once a replacement was confirmed. Among those mentioned as a possible successor is Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, whose second and final term ends June 30. He has sought to establish himself as a national leader on transportation and made improving L.A.'s transit system a cornerstone of his tenure.
January 21, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russia is sending two airplanes to evacuate scores of its citizens from longtime ally Syria, Moscow said Monday, in the latest signal that the Kremlin may be preparing for the collapse of President Bashar Assad's government. The airplanes will fly to neighboring Lebanon on Tuesday and transport more than 100 people back to Russia, a spokeswoman for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Russian media. The evacuees are reportedly mostly women and children. Russia has already disclosed contingency plans for a massive naval evacuation of thousands of its nationals living in Syria.
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January 20, 2013 |
Los Angeles County transportation officials have released the final version of their analysis of alternatives for closing the so-called 710 gap between Alhambra and Pasadena, setting the stage for more vigorous environmental review. The analysis by the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority focuses on five options - down from an initial 39 - for reducing traffic and providing better transportation access in the area between the end of the 710 Freeway in Alhambra and the 210 Freeway in Pasadena.
January 7, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Two veteran police officers broke down on the stand Monday morning as they described the horrific crime scene at a suburban movie theater where a gunman opened fire on spectators, leaving a bloody trail of bodies. Aurora police officer Justin Grizzle said he entered the theater where “The Dark Knight Rises” was still playing on the screen and saw people screaming for help, some covered in blood as they desperately sought safety. Fighting back tears, Grizzle said that he slipped on something slick as he tried to make his way into the theater, only later realizing it was blood.