October 19, 2000 |
The new Amtrak Acela Express bullet train rolled into Union Station here yesterday, one year after it was supposed to start service. The train, long-troubled by mechanical problems and delivery delays, will make an "invitation-only" inaugural run along the Northeast Corridor on Nov. 16 and start regular service Dec. 11. The train with the snub snout will hit speeds of 150 mph. through parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, 25 mph. faster...
August 20, 2012 |
BEIJING - With its sparkling domed skylight, polished granite floor tiles, grand piano, and string of retail outlets such as Timberland and Nautica, the Beijing South Railway Station could compete with the world's finest for modernity and cleanliness. It was here in December that we boarded China's new high-speed bullet train that whisked us off to Shanghai, more than 800 miles to the south, in just five hours. For efficiency and comfort at a relatively low price ($185 round-trip for second-class seats that were nicer than those on Amtrak's Acela)
December 29, 2011
Jailed American gets visit in Cuba HAVANA - An American government contractor jailed in Cuba is in good spirits and fine health, but anxious to get home to his family and disappointed he was not included in a prisoner amnesty announced by President Raul Castro last week, a Jewish leader said Wednesday. Adela Dworin said that she and another Jewish leader spent nearly two hours Monday with Alan Gross at the military hospital where he is being held. They celebrated Hanukkah by lighting candles, eating potato pancakes, and passing around chocolate coins.
August 14, 2011 |
BEIJING - China's infatuation with high-speed rail soured at bullet train velocity. Six months ago, the rail network was a success symbol and the basis of a planned high-tech export industry. But after a July crash that killed 40 people, Beijing has suspended new construction and is recalling problem-plagued trains, raising questions about the future of such prestige projects. It was an extraordinary reversal for a project that once enjoyed political status on a level with China's manned space program.
July 26, 2013 |
KEEPING "The Wolverine" straight from all the other Wolverine movies should be pretty easy - it's the one with the most tea ceremonies. Logan goes Shogun in his latest incarnation: Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is in Japan to honor a friendship that goes all the way back to WWII and Nagasaki, where he once helped a Japanese soldier survive the atomic blast. Now, the former soldier is a wealthy industrialist on the verge of death. Corrupt factions are vying for control of his billions, so Logan honors their bond by pledging to protect the man's granddaughter and heir (Tao Okamoto)
November 6, 2001
My husband and I recently completed our second 30-day Amtrak tour of the United States. Everything was wonderful. Delicious food comes with very fine private sleeper accommodations. Bathrooms and showers were spotless and the porters were courteous and helpful in every way. It is much cheaper than air travel. And it compares favorably with our year of "Shincansen" bullet-train travel in Japan in every way. So, to all who may have read the letter criticizing Amtrak (Letters, Oct. 29)
April 4, 2008 |
Bathroom humor According to various media reports, Major League Baseball investigators cornered Jose Canseco in a New York bookstore on Wednesday. The former star of VH1's The Surreal Life was in Gotham signing copies of his new book, Vindicated. USA Today reported that Canseco was approached in the bathroom; the New York Post said the meeting took place in the bookstore's green room. A source told USA Today that investigators hunted down Canseco because he claims to have the goods on some of baseball's steroid users.
January 6, 2000 |
Well, so much for that millennium. The electricity is humming; the water is flowing; the computer - that designated litmus test of modern society - is up and running. Those who were waiting for the other shoe/bomb/economy to drop can start sharing the cans of tuna and sacks of rice that Ed Yourdon, the author of Time Bomb 2000, stored in his New Mexico retreat. I plan to use my security bottle of water for coffee. The logs that I bought, sheepishly, at Home Depot can be burned for atmosphere instead of heat, and, hey, we can always use another flashlight.