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For the fourth time in six months, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday postponed its decision on whether to condemn underground easements beneath Studio City and Hollywood Hills homes for a subway tunnel through the Santa Monica Mountains after a raucous hearing marked by emotional appeals and accusations.
September 24, 2005 | Rick Cole
DECADES AGO, a gadfly candidate for Los Angeles mayor promoted a quick fix for smog: Drill tunnels through the San Gabriel Mountains and use giant fans to blow the dirty air out the other side. Amazingly, a similar scheme is currently getting serious consideration -- and not from crackpots. This time, three massive freeway tunneling projects are being studied by regional transportation leaders. Two are funded by the pork-laden federal transportation bill recently signed by President Bush.
August 15, 2001
Wen Ho Lee, a scientist fired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, spent 279 days in solitary confinement while the Federal Bureau of Investigation tried vainly to build a case that would convict him of espionage or, failing that, coerce a confession that he had spied for China. That the FBI made a mess of its three-year-long investigation into an alleged theft of nuclear secrets comes as no revelation.
October 12, 1997
Of all the ideas and proposals put forth to solve the increasing traffic problems in the Orange County and Inland Empire area, the one described in the Oct. 5 article that would build a tunnel under the Cleveland National Forest has by far the greatest merit. This would link Interstate 15 in Riverside County with the Costa Mesa Freeway, just south of the interchange with the Riverside Freeway. A "Y" should also be incorporated to link up with the Riverside Freeway near Green River Drive, to access the Chino Hills area and maximize this project.
December 27, 2009 | By Steve Harvey
Authorities called the burglary crew the Hole in the Ground Gang. In the mid-1980s, the thieves tunneled under three L.A.-area banks, zipping through the underground in all-terrain vehicles. They broke into two of the banks, making off with about $270,000 as well as the contents of 36 safe-deposit boxes. The FBI and Los Angeles police "had never seen anything like this," wrote retired FBI agent Bill Rehder and veteran journalist Gordon Dillow in their book, "Where the Money Is: True Tales from the Bank Robbery Capital of the World."
May 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Sarah Jones will receive a special Tony Award next month for "Bridge and Tunnel," her critically praised celebration of the immigrant experience in New York. Jones wrote and stars in the show, in which she portrays a dozen or so characters who get together for a poetry slam in a Queens cafe. The decision to honor Jones was made by the Tonys' administration committee, which rules on the eligibility of shows and performers for what is considered Broadway's highest honor.
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