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  • Metro Crash: 'Anomaly' Found on Key Track Circuit

    06/24/2009 3:49:46 PM PDT · by NCjim · 12 replies · 782+ views
    ABC Nwes ^ | June 24, 2009
    A key circuit on the train track near Monday's derailment in Washington, D.C., was apparently not operating as it should have been, raising the possibility that the Metro train that crashed into another one may not have known to slow down, accident investigators said today. Investigators tested six circuits between the two stations where the crash occurred. Five of those performed as expected, according to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Deborah Hersman. Such circuits let trains know how fast to go and provide them with information about whether there's another train up ahead. But one circuit showed what Hersman described...
  • General, Wife Among Metro Casualties

    06/24/2009 4:35:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 493+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2009 – A former commander of the District of Columbia National Guard and his wife were among the nine people killed in the June 22 collision of two Metro subway trains here, officials announced yesterday. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr. and his wife, Ann, were among nine people killed in a train collision on Washington D.C.'s Metro subway system June 22, 2009. The general commanded the District of Columbia National Guard for five years. Photo courtesy of the District of Columbia National Guard   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Retired Air Force...
  • Retired D.C. National Guard Head Dies in DC Metro Subway Crash [Gen. Wherley]

    06/23/2009 4:17:22 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 31 replies · 1,881+ views
    WTOP ^ | June 23 2009
    WASHINGTON - Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr., retired commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, and his wife, Ann, were among those killed in the collision of two Metro trains. *snip* especially during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. That time saw the changing of the D.C. National Guard from weekend warriors to Army troops performing the duties of enlisted soldiers in battle. Wherley worked on deployment and returning ceremonies for Guard troops, funding for tuition for Guard members, and after school activities conducted by the D.C. National Guard. *snip*
  • Computer failure may have caused D.C. train crash

    06/23/2009 5:30:04 PM PDT · by normanpubbie · 42 replies · 1,353+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6-23-2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Investigators looking into the deadly crash of two Metro transit trains focused Tuesday on why a computerized system failed to halt an oncoming train, and why the train failed to stop even though the emergency brake was pressed. At the time of the crash, the train was also operating in automatic mode, meaning it was controlled primarily by computer. In that mode, the operator's main job is to open and close the doors and respond in case of an emergency. Debbie Hersman, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said it was unclear if the emergency brake...
  • Do government authorities get a pass on regulatory enforcement? … A look at DC's subway crash.

    06/23/2009 1:34:33 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 5 replies · 811+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | June 23, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    Last week I wrote that about the suppression of an EPA report identifying the locations of “high hazard” coal sludge sites. I questioned whether the federal government was giving another government entity favored treatment, in this case the TVA -- which was the source of the original massive spill. It appears this may have been so the case of the fatal subway crash in Washington DC. In a report in the Washington Post today, a NTSB Board member says Metro failed to heed the advice of federal regulators to either strengthen the cars or take them out of service. They...
  • Breaking: Nine killed in Washington-area Metro train collision

    06/22/2009 2:31:06 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 252 replies · 16,744+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/22/2009 | n/a
    CNN producer Vito Maggiolo saying "one train on top of each other."
  • Two Trains Collide on Metro's Red Line [Washington Metro train accident] [possible casualties]

    06/22/2009 2:32:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 2,900+ views
    WASHINGTON - Metro confirms two trains have collided on the Red Line between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations. It happened close to the Fort Totten station, a Metro spokesperson said. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter said one train was on top of the other train. The number of injuries and the extent of the injuries could not be immediately confirmed. Mass casualty units were called to the scene.
  • Warden Message: Colombia High Threat Environment for Terrorism & Crime

    05/22/2009 3:51:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 340+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Colombia High Threat Environment for Terrorism & Crime CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Americas - Colombia 22 May 2009 RELATED REPORTS 14 May 2009 WARDEN MESSAGE: COLOMBIA CONFIRMS H1N1 2009 INFLUENZA CASES 20 Apr 2009 FARC CONTINUES TO TARGET COMMERCE IN EXTORTION CAMPAIGN 25 Mar 2009 TRAVEL WARNING: COLOMBIA 20 Mar 2009 WARDEN MESSAGE: COLOMBIA BLACK MARCH ADVISORY 27 Jan 2009 WARDEN MESSAGE: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, EXPLOSION; REPORTS OF TWO FATALITIES The U.S. Embassy Bogotá issued the following Warden Message on May...
  • USO Metro Takes ‘Home’ to Troops with New Mobile Canteen

    04/23/2009 4:41:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 526+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2009 – The USO of Metropolitan Washington unveiled the newest addition to its arsenal in a brief ceremony at the Pentagon today. The USO Mobile Canteen is a 34-foot vehicle that will deploy throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region in support of community events and on military installations to support events and training exercises. “I think this is an example, yet again, of Metro USO’s commitment to support our troops and their families no matter where they’re serving,” said Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Having this is...
  • Metro closes station after rider falls

    01/20/2009 7:52:48 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 8 replies · 900+ views
    AP, via Yahoo! News ^ | January 20, 2009 | Associated Press
    <p>Metro officials say someone fell onto the subway tracks at a downtown station and was struck by a train, prompting officials to close two stations and turn around some trains.</p> <p>Metro spokesman Doug Karas said Tuesday the Gallery Place station on the Red Line was closed after the accident and trains were turning around at Judiciary Square and Farragut North.</p>
  • DC transit, bank reach deal on AIG-tied funds

    11/14/2008 4:38:12 PM PST · by HarleyD · 7 replies · 255+ views
    AP ^ | 11/14/2008 | STEPHEN MANNING
    -snip- The Washington transit system reached an agreement Friday with a Belgian bank seeking $43 million from a financing deal gone bad after the near collapse of insurer American International Group. -snip- The Washington Metro system and KBC Group made the deal after three days of talks overseen by a federal judge. Terms were not disclosed on the judge's instructions... -snip-U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer sent a strong message when she warned against banks trying to collect "windfalls" from public transportation systems, Catoe said.
  • Power Outage Shuts Down 30 Blocks in N.W. [DC]

    06/13/2008 7:48:47 AM PDT · by Braak · 19 replies · 184+ views
    WRC Channel 4 TV ^ | 06/13/08 | WRC-TV
    WASHINGTON -- Thousands homes and businesses are without power and Dupont Circle and Metro Center Metrorail stations are closed after a major outage in northwest D.C. on Friday. Officials said the outage was due to a failure at a substation on 10th Street. About 12,000 customers were without power at 10:30 a.m. Pepco said the outages stretches from as far north as U Street N.W. to F Street N.W., the Dupont Circle area to the west and Third Street N.W. to the east. Many downtown workers have been waiting outside on city streets because their offices are dark. Power is...
  • Council backs Columbia River bridge with light rail, tolls (Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA)

    06/06/2008 7:53:43 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 15 replies · 202+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | June 6, 2008 | Eric Mortenson
    Metro doesn't dismiss a Portland-to-Vancouver "mega-bridge" with up to 12 lanes A divided Metro Council on Thursday endorsed building a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River that will extend light-rail transit into Vancouver from Portland, require tolls to cross and have room for pedestrians and bicyclists. The 5-2 decision, after a six-hour public hearing, did not specify how many lanes the bridge should have. Rather, it established Metro's position on what may be the region's costliest public works project in a generation. Also, it rejected a proposal to back off from what critics called an unnecessary "mega-bridge" solution....
  • Dulles Rail Gets Federal Approval

    04/30/2008 1:27:27 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies · 117+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | Amy Gardner and Lena H. Sun
    Federal transportation officials today told Congress and Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) that they have approved the proposed 23-mile extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, reversing their announcement in January that the project was unfit for federal funding. In a letter to Kaine and in a 10 a.m. conference call with the governor and Virginia congressional leaders, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said the $5 billion project had finally met the Federal Transit Administration's standards for cost efficiency, construction and expected ridership. The project will now move into the final design phase, a major step toward receiving $900...
  • Stories of left wing tolerance in Maine. (must read but keep a barf bag near)

    04/24/2008 2:11:21 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 23 replies · 224+ views
    Lately I've been thinking of four left wing incidents that happened in Maine over the course of two years. I feel I should get them off my chest I think some of them would be interesting and I think others should know about them. The first one involves an incident that took place in the Bangor metro area two years ago. This freind of mine and his family were having trouble. He had difficulty getting by and he worked at Edwards Shop'n'save in Hampden outside Bangor. He was on food stamps and his wife was laid off and couldn't get...
  • No Pants Metro Ride Planned for Jan. 12

    01/09/2008 11:47:00 AM PST · by steve-b · 43 replies · 79+ views
    DCist ^ | 1/7/08
    For the last seven years, a renegade group of anti-pants New Yorkers have held an annual No Pants Subway Ride event, which last year attracted over 200 participants. In 2006, it even garnered several arrests. And now a Facebook group has popped up promoting a copycat event here on D.C.'s Metro this Saturday, Jan. 12. The proposed event, scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, currently has 82 confirmed guests on Facebook and another 140 people who are listed as maybes. The organizers, Elizabeth Ody and Richard Julian, are asking anyone who'd like to ride Metro without pants...
  • Metro funding Spanish lessons

    10/23/2007 11:17:09 AM PDT · by JZelle · 9 replies · 67+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-23-07 | Gary Emerling
    Metro officials are spending nearly $12,000 to teach employees Spanish at the same time the transit agency has proposed increasing rider fares to help cover a budget deficit. Agency employees this month began taking basic Spanish as part of a pilot project that aims to fulfill federal requirements mandating better service for customers with limited English proficiency. "It's a business need that we have, to communicate with those that do not speak the English language," Metro spokeswoman Joanne Ferreira said. Metro is paying a contractor $11,900 to teach 18 employees, and the money will come from the agency's $1.9 billion...
  • Metro Closes Green Line Stations After Hazmat Situation[DC Area]

    07/29/2007 10:52:16 AM PDT · by BGHater · 35 replies · 2,794+ views
    WJLA ^ | 29 July 2007 | WJLA
    Prince George's and Montgomery County are investigating a possible chemical exposer and a strange substance at several above ground Green line Metro stations, Sunday afternoon. Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato says the Greenbelt and Takoma Park stations on the green line are closed while authorities investigate an early report of a man seen spraying some sort of chemical. Asato says the Greenbelt station had as many as 20 dead birds outside, and the others had one to three each. The first report came from Naylor Road just after noon Sunday.The Anacostia Stations, College Park, and Branch Avenue stations have also been...
  • GOE Participants Using Metro: Be Aware of Delays This Weekend

    03/16/2007 7:03:29 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies · 665+ views
    WMATA ^ | 3/16/2007 | n/a
    Weekend track work to cause Blue and Green line delaysTrack maintenance and rail car testing on the Blue and Green lines this weekend (March 16, 17 and 18) will cause moderate delays on those lines as inbound and outbound trains take turns sharing one track. Blue Line Track Maintenance Inbound and outbound trains between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road will share one track while Metro conducts track maintenance from 10 p.m., Friday, March 16, to 10 a.m., Saturday, March 17, and from 10 p.m., Saturday, March 17, to 10 a.m., Sunday, March 18. Customers traveling between these locations should add up...
  • Government workers paid big on leaving Metro (DC)

    02/02/2007 11:22:09 AM PST · by JZelle · 3 replies · 260+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2-2-07 | Gary Emerling
    Several employees who followed City Administrator Dan Tangherlini from Metro to the D.C. government made six-figure salaries during their short tenures at the transit agency, were eligible for thousands of dollars in paid-out vacation time and received significant raises after switching jobs. Mr. Tangherlini left Metro in November and officially began working in the Fenty administration Jan. 2. His employees at Metro included Emeka C. Moneme, who was recently named director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Mr. Moneme began working as Mr. Tangherlini's chief of staff -- an executive management position at Metro -- on Feb. 16 at...
  • Metro Considers Increasing Rail Fares

    12/16/2006 8:17:35 AM PST · by 69ConvertibleFirebird · 69 replies · 786+ views
    Washington (com)Post ^ | December 11, 2006 | Lena H. Sun
    Metro Considers Increasing Rail FaresService Cuts Are Also Among Ideas to Plug $116 Million Shortfall By Lena H. SunWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 11, 2006; A01 Metro faces a $116 million budget shortfall the next fiscal year, raising the possibility of fare increases, reduced bus and rail service and higher contributions from area taxpayers, according to budget documents and interviews with board members....The proposed changes are part of a $1.2 billion operating plan that will be made public Thursday during the board's budget committee meeting. The fiscal 2008 spending plan, which would take effect July 1, also includes 5 percent...
  • France Yields Control over Subway

    11/05/2006 11:47:20 PM PST · by spkpls4 · 36 replies · 1,461+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | 11-6-2006 | Brussels Jourmal
    France Yields Control over Subway From the desk of The Brussels Journal on Mon, 2006-11-06 05:40 A quote from the Augean Stables weblog, 5 November 2006 100 “youths” from the “difficult neighborhoods” [...] attacked and robbed of their personal possessions passengers on the Metro inside Paris to the point that the police had to evacuate the station Chateau-Rouge, a site already on some people’s “dangerous sites in Paris” list. This incident, which had people fleeing the subway in panic, [...] is not unprecedented. [...] [T]he French MSM [apart from Le Parisien] avoid any mention of the incident. Thus the French...
  • Plans Underway for Md. Suburban Transit Line

    07/07/2006 9:11:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies · 619+ views
    AP ^ | Friday, July 7, 2006 | AP
    Silver Spring, Md. (AP) - A study of an east-west transit route in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is moving ahead despite a perception that it is being muscled out by higher profile projects, Maryland transportation officials said Wednesday. State planners hope to complete a study of the environmental effects of the Bi-County Transitway next year, a necessary step to winning federal funding that will be needed to build the line. Work could begin as early as 2010, according to Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert Flanagan. But it is still unclear what form of transit would be used for the line...
  • Metro ponders signs in Spanish (Washington DC)

    06/25/2006 3:59:07 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 72 replies · 1,058+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 June 06 | Keyonna Summers
    Metrorail officials are considering adding permanent Spanish-language signs, system maps, fare-card machines and announcements in stations after a push by immigration advocates. They say the idea has been discussed for several years within the agency's Office of Project Communications, but no official plans have been made. The estimated cost of the changes is at least $500,000 per station and as much as $900,000 for a large, multilevel station such as Metro Center or L'Enfant Plaza. "It would really depend on what signs, where, what they're made of, the cost of fabricating and installing them," said Murray Bond, director of sales...
  • Washington's Metro Embraces Spanish

    05/18/2006 8:49:28 AM PDT · by poisonivy27 · 128 replies · 1,771+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | May 17, 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    The subway system serving the nation’s capital had a different look and feel yesterday, featuring fare signs and announcements in Spanish to assist with an influx of illegal-immigrant supporters who were lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill.Throughout the day, audible announcements that are piped through Metro’s system came through in both English and Spanish. At station entrances, Spanish-language signs explained the cost of a ride. Metro also boosted the presence of Spanish-speaking employees at stations.The efforts came in response to the April 10 protests in Washington, which drew tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to the National Mall. Operators of the...
  • Alleged sexist comments derail conductor on T

    02/02/2006 3:24:32 AM PST · by Panerai · 73 replies · 1,809+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/02/2006 | Thomas Caywood
    A rookie MBTA commuter rail conductor who allegedly harassed women and girls on the Rockport line with X-rated wisecracks and saucy talk is facing discipline after one fed-up mom dropped a dime. “I was totally disgusted,” said Jennifer Barrett, 24, of Gloucester. “This guy should not be working with the public.” The trouble started in December, Barrett said, when new conductor Junior Rodriguez remarked that her 7-year-old daughter, Tiarra, had a “ghetto booty,” slang for a large behind. “I’m like, ‘Excuse me?’ ” recalled Barrett, who said she also overheard the conductor making inappropriate comments to two young women on...
  • The Newspaper Editor Bubble

    01/20/2006 10:36:56 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies · 686+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 20th, 2006 | Earl Wright
    The editors of most of California’s metro newspapers will gather in Santa Barbara next month to have a few drinks and compare notes. They will wring their hands wondering why their readers are fleeing. They will show each other the beautiful new products they’ve developed and the other-than-English material that they produce in an effort to retain subscribers. They will discuss in serious tones the threat from the liars on talk radio and the amateurs on the blogosphere. I could offer them some advice, but I have not been invited. Although I am a former colleague and remain friends with...
  • Tensions escalate in Metro strike

    10/25/2005 9:37:33 PM PDT · by CAWats · 1 replies · 143+ views
    Register-Pajaronian ^ | 10/25/2005 | Laura Norton
    As the Santa Cruz Metro Transit strike enters its fifth week today, confrontations between striking bus drivers and their supporters and the Metro board they are in negotiations with have heightened, officials on both sides reported Monday afternoon. The comments came in the wake of a noise disturbance Sunday night at the home of Metro board member Dene Bustichi. Police were called to Bustichi’s home about 9:12 p.m. to respond to a group of 20-50 University of California Santa Cruz students demanding to speak with Bustichi about the strike, according to Scotts Valley police reports. “They wanted to talk about...

    10/09/2005 9:56:07 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 52 replies · 1,014+ views
    Montana News Association ^ | Oct. 8 2005 | Unknown
    Terrorist Threaten NYC--ACLU Lawsuit Questioned WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /Christian Wire Service/--/MNA PRESS/--On August 3, 2005 the ACLU announced that they were suing the city of New York for violating the rights of subway riders by subjecting them to random searches. This case has not yet been brought before the court. However, if the ACLU had already won this case, the 19 suspected terrorist American officials are searching for right now, could have already been allowed to simply walk onto our New York City trains and detonate their bombs. The ACLU must not be allowed to win this lawsuit or others...
  • Mayor Says Up to a Million Might Need to Evacuate

    09/20/2005 8:10:03 PM PDT · by anymouse · 17 replies · 1,059+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 20, 2005 | MATT STILES
    Up to a million Houstonians living in low-lying and flood-prone areas might need to evacuate if Hurricane Rita threatens the region, Mayor Bill White said today. He cautioned that it's too early to predict any evacuation details, but he urged residents — especially those who might need help leaving the city — to get ready now. "I'd like to ask all Houstonians to begin thinking about their own evacuation plans if there was a request — or order — to evacuate," White said at a City Hall news conference. "If the storm continues on its current trajectory, based on the...
  • Video of 7/7 London Bombing ringleader blames foreign policy

    09/01/2005 8:26:24 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 541+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday September 2, 2005 | Vikram Dodd and Richard Norton-Taylor
    The man believed to be the ringleader of the July 7 bombing attacks appeared last night in a video claiming the killing of 52 people was directly linked to Tony Blair's foreign policy and promising Britain would suffer more suicide attacks. British-born Mohammad Sidique Khan, from West Yorkshire, said civilians were legitimate targets because of the policies of the UK government, a reference to Iraq and Palestine. He said: "We are at war and I am a soldier. Now you too will taste the reality of this situation." The video of the one-time classroom assistant was broadcast by the Arabic...
  • Milk Makes You Sick? Let's Sue Somebody!

    08/25/2005 6:09:23 PM PDT · by Pat_Cleary · 5 replies · 292+ views
    Manufacturers' Blog ^ | 8/25/05 | Pat Cleary
    Washington DC Metro riders this summer have been treated to a poster campaign by a left-wing group intent on combating that scourge of society, lactose intolerance. The ad features a foursome of near-perfect racial and ethnic balance (only Aleuts are missing, near as we can tell) obviously in discomfort, racing to a unisex biffy. "Got Lactose Intolerance?" the ad screams, "Take Legal Action." After you go to the bathroom, that is. It goes on. "Do you suffer from symptoms of lactose intolerance?", it asks. (We won't list the symptoms, it's too soon after breakfast.) "If so," it says, "You may...
  • Keeping Score - How many Metro crashes? Depends who's counting.

    08/12/2005 8:45:35 PM PDT · by weegee · 4 replies · 462+ views
    Houston Press ^ | Published: Thursday, August 11, 2005 | As told to Richard Connelly
    Undaunted by bad publicity, Metro light-rail trains continue to barge recklessly into cars and pedestrians. Equally undaunted, some cars and pedestrians continue to barge into the trains. But just how many collisions have occurred? There is some dispute. Metro's count, as of August 4, is 99. In its world, Houston is waiting breathlessly for that historic 100th crash. For a lot of Metro-crash aficionados, though, that momentous entry into triple digits is old news. John Gaver, an IT guy who runs the conservative Webzine Action America, has kept an exacting eye on the number of Metro incidents, and he has...
  • Va. Rail Plan Exempted From Stricter Cost Gauge (Tyson Corner Metrorail)

    08/02/2005 11:12:03 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies · 575+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2005 | Peter Whoriskey
    The project to extend Metrorail through Tysons Corner would be exempt from new federal cost standards under the transportation bill Congress passed last week, effectively removing a key guideline it would have flunked. The exemption, tucked into the 321-page legislation, allows the controversial project to win federal funding despite scoring only a "medium low" rating for cost-effectiveness. A recent change in federal standards called for projects to receive a cost-effectiveness rating of "medium" or better. "It means we don't have to meet the new criteria," said Marcia McAllister, a spokeswoman for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, an arm of the...
  • The Citizen's Guide to Refusing New York Subway Searches (WOW)

    07/29/2005 12:07:35 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 337 replies · 6,208+ views
    In response to the recent London terror attacks, New York police officers are now conducting random searches of bags and packages brought into the subway. While Flex Your Rights takes no position on the usefulness of these searches for preventing future attacks, we have serious concerns that this unprecedented territorial expansion of police search powers is doing grave damage to people's understanding of their Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. In addition, as innocent citizens become increasingly accustomed to being searched by the police, politicians and police agencies are empowered to further expand the number of places where...
  • Blair: 'we are all desperately sorry' for death of innocent man

    07/25/2005 9:48:01 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 112 replies · 2,317+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 25th, 05 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - Prime Minister Tony Blair said that Britain was "desperately sorry" for the death of an innocent Brazilian man who was shot dead by police in an anti-terror chase in London last week. "We are all desperately sorry for the death of an innocent person, and I understand the feelings of the young man's family," Blair told a press conference. "But we also have to understand that the police are doing their job in very very difficult circumstances and I think it's important we give them every support," Blair said at Number 10 Downing Street, his office and...
  • Planners Pushing Rail To Ft. Belvoir

    05/23/2005 5:13:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies · 331+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, May 22, 2005 | Peter Whoriskey
    Since the recent proposal to nearly double the workforce at Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County lawmakers have been talking up the idea of extending Metrorail tracks to the military post.But planners have yet to resolve who would pay for the construction and where the extension would run.One idea, which Metro has studied since at least 1999, would extend the Blue Line from the Franconia-Springfield Station and run it south along the CSX railroad tracks and the Fairfax County Parkway to the post. Some options would swing the line west to serve the post's Engineering Proving Ground as well. Estimated costs, depending...
  • Pickup driver killed in first fatality involving MetroRail

    05/11/2005 7:17:41 AM PDT · by weegee · 59 replies · 1,299+ views
    Houstonchronicle ^ | May 11, 2005, 1:43AM | Mike Glen
    A pickup driver was killed in downtown Houston late Tuesday when his vehicle was broadsided by a Metro light rail train, the first fatality on the rail line since it opened to the public in January 2004. The accident happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. on southbound Main at Jefferson. The driver, who was killed on impact, was believed to be a man in his 30s. He was the only person in the Dodge pickup truck, police said. Veda Flores was following the pickup truck when she said the driver drove through a red light and into the path of the...
  • Suspect in Los Angeles Train Wreck Wasn't Suicidal, Police Say

    02/19/2005 6:24:21 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 33 replies · 934+ views
    NYT ^ | Feb. 19, 2005 | NICK MADIGAN
    The authorities now say that the man who parked his truck on a rail line last month intended to cause the deadly train wreck that resulted and was not suicidal, as they had initially surmised. The police in Glendale, the Los Angeles suburb where the wreck occurred on Jan. 26, said this week that the man, Juan M. Alvarez, believed he would get his estranged wife's attention by causing a catastrophic accident. Eleven people died and 180 were injured after Mr. Alvarez, 25, abandoned his Jeep Cherokee on railroad tracks during the morning rush hour. The vehicle was hit by...
  • Latenight rail service's fate riding on Metro evaluation Low ridership could spell end to last call

    12/05/2004 11:30:38 PM PST · by weegee · 15 replies · 697+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 6, 2004, 12:55AM | By LUCAS WALL
    RIDING THE RAIL Late-night rail service's fate riding on Metro evaluation Low ridership could spell end to 'last call' trains By LUCAS WALL Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Late-night bar patrons downtown might be running out of time to use the train as their designated driver. Metro is reviewing whether to continue late rail service on Friday and Saturday nights. The extended weekend hours began in June at the request of city officials and downtown businesses who hoped the availability of the rail ride might lure more customers. It hasn't happened. "Ridership has been disappointing, but Metro leadership is now working...
  • Police Defend Arrest Over Loud Cell Phone Call

    09/27/2004 8:07:13 PM PDT · by freebilly · 252 replies · 3,904+ views
    The Washingto Post ^ | 9/28/04 Go Figure | By Lyndsey Layton
    Sakinah Aaron was walking into the bus area at the Wheaton Metro station several weeks ago, talking loudly on her Motorola cell phone. A little too loudly for Officer George Saoutis of the Metro Transit Police. The police officer told Aaron, who is five months pregnant, to lower her voice. She told the officer he had no right to tell her how to speak into her cell phone. Their verbal dispute quickly escalated, and Saoutis grabbed Aaron by the arm and pushed her to the ground. He handcuffed the 23-year-old woman, called for backup and took her to a cell...
  • Tri-State Chapter to Meet at 6th Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC, for the National March Against Terror

    09/08/2004 2:28:20 PM PDT · by firebrand · 46 replies · 920+ views
    Sept. 8, 2004 | firebrand
    We will be meeting on Saturday, September 11, 2004, at 12 noon, at the northwest corner of Bryant Park (the park behind the main public library). This is the southeast corner of the intersection of 42nd and Sixth (Avenue of the Americas).We have T-shirts for the first 36 people to RSVP, and are working on the signs. I am also working with some other groups to join us.The plan is to do a sidewalk march, for which you do not need a permit as long as you don't block the pedestrian flow, to Union Square Park (14th Street and Broadway)....
  • Retro v Metro: The book which divides America

    08/23/2004 10:26:40 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 686+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | August 24, 2004 | Alex Massie
    MEL Gibson and The Passion of the Christ are retro; Michael Moore and Fahrenheit 9/11 are metro. Smart kids are metro; smart bombs are retro. California is metro and Alabama retro. Newt Gingrich and George Bush are retro; Hillary Clinton and John Kerry metro.On the one hand you have metropolitan, tolerant sophistication; on the other rural backwardness, religious superstition and narrow-minded intolerance. One America eats french fries; the other freedom fries. This is the reality of modern America. Or so says John Sperling, author of a new book, The Great Divide: Retro vs Metro America, which has been heavily trailed...
  • Breaking in Houston: Prison bus collides with MetroRail train downtown.

    08/20/2004 10:14:14 AM PDT · by Jalapeno · 129 replies · 4,790+ views
    Headline on paper front page online. Controversial Metro Rail hits Prison bus. More details to follow.
  • Retro Vs. Metro (The Great Divide)

    08/18/2004 10:44:03 PM PDT · by plewis1250 · 27 replies · 2,369+ views
    Okay folks, here is something I stumbled upon this evening. I find it remarkable what these people believe, think, and say. The website is called and is filled with various misquotes, slanderous implications, and misleading facts that lend the viewer to feel as if "progressive" thinking is more modern and "hip" than good old fashion conservative ideals. After doing some digging, I found the following on Great DivideThe description says it all: The Great Divide explains why America is so bitterly divided and how it is really two countries whose people, with different economic interests, think and vote...
  • Report: (Houston) Chronicle will no longer cover METRO accidents

    08/06/2004 12:24:58 PM PDT · by weegee · 21 replies · 939+ views ^ | August 06, 2004, 08:00 AM | Phil Magness has learned of an apparent new Houston Chronicle policy regarding light rail's notorious accident rate. The Chronicle will no provide coverage of many Metrorail collisions. News of the policy appears in an message by the Chronicle's Lucas Wall on Wednesday: From: Wall, Lucas; XXXX@XXXXX Date: Wed Aug 4, 2004 3:46 pm Subject: MetroRail Crash NumbersI’m not going to continue this debate. But FYI, the Chronicle is no longer reporting every light rail collision in the paper. This decision has to do with space constraints and the fact we do not report on every fender bender car crash. But we...
  • Woman Arrested for Eating in Subway

    07/29/2004 2:17:31 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 178 replies · 2,463+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, July 29, 2004
    WASHINGTON — A government scientist finishing a candy bar on her way into a subway station where eating is prohibited was arrested, handcuffed and detained for three hours by transit police. Stephanie Willett said she was eating a PayDay (search) bar on an escalator descending into a station July 16 when an officer warned her to finish it before entering the station. Both Willett and police agree that she nodded and put the last bit into her mouth before throwing the wrapper into a trash can. Willett, a 45-year-old Environmental Protection Agency (search) scientist, told radio station WTOP that the...
  • Woman Arrested For Chewing Candy Bar In D.C. Metro Station (Grab the mace!)

    07/29/2004 10:00:47 AM PDT · by Doctor Wu · 145 replies · 3,231+ views
    WFTV ^ | 7/29/04
    Woman Arrested For Chewing Candy Bar In D.C. Metro Station Woman Handcuffed, Held For Three Hours POSTED: 7:21 am EDT July 29, 2004 WASHINGTON -- You can't eat and ride in the nation's capital. A Maryland woman said a transit officer in Washington, D.C., handcuffed and held her for three hours after she finished a candy bar at a Metro station. Stephanie Willett told The Washington Post she was heading into a station while eating a PayDay bar when a transit officer told her to finish it before entering. They both agree that she put the last bit in her...
  • Train hits pedestrian; riders left stranded (Houston)

    07/09/2004 5:31:21 PM PDT · by Dog Gone · 39 replies · 760+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 9, 2004 | LUCAS WALL and ROBERT CROWE
    Stranded riders complain of lack of communication A MetroRail train struck a pedestrian downtown Thursday evening, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries and stranding hundreds of commuters trying to get home from work. Witnesses said the man appeared to be intoxicated as he crossed Main between Rusk and Walker, stepped onto the landscaped esplanade in the center of the street and then into the path of the northbound train about 5:15 p.m. The man, whose name and age were not available Thursday night, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where he was listed in serious condition. The man...
  • Funeral procession fuels record usage of Metro

    06/10/2004 11:51:15 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 11, 2004 | Tarron Lively and Jeffrey Sparshott
    <p>A record 850,000 riders used Metro on Wednesday during the casket procession of former President Ronald Reagan, fueling a surge of activity at downtown restaurants and hotels.</p> <p>Wednesday's was the highest one-day ridership in the transit system's 28-year history, Metro officials said.</p>