July 28, 2013
Memorial for derail victims LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - An overflow crowd attended a memorial service Saturday for the 47 people who were killed when a runaway oil train derailed and exploded. About 1,000 people packed St. Agnes Church for the morning Mass presided over by Luc Cyr, the archbishop of Sherbrooke. Among the dignitaries attending was Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the town's mayor, Colette Roy-Laroche. Maine Gov. Paul LePage also was on hand to offer his condolences. The service came three weeks after a runaway train carrying 72 carloads of crude oil hurtled down an incline, derailed, and slammed into downtown Lac-Megantic.
July 10, 2013 |
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - The death toll in the devastating oil train derailment in Quebec reached 13 on Monday, while about 40 people remained missing, officials said after investigators finally got near where the runaway train exploded. Quebec provincial police Sgt. Benoit Richard said Monday eight more bodies had been found in the wreckage, after conditions improved enough for inspectors to get better access to the charred site two days after the disaster. Police would not say where the bodies were located for fear of upsetting families.
August 21, 2012
TONY SCOTT'S final movie was "Unstoppable," and I admired it so much I pleaded for an interview, and he was kind enough to grant one. To me, there was something particularly lovely, or loving, about the way U.K. native Scott had photographed the industrial byways of Pennsylvania in "Unstoppable," and I wanted to ask him about it. We ended up having a long conversation about our shared roots growing up in our countries' respective Rust Belts, about...
July 28, 2011
BETHLEHEM - Northeast Extension to Exit 44. Route 663 to Route 309 (unless you know the back roads, which are faster but which will remain privileged information) to Route 378. Then follow the signs. It is how the Eagles begin the journey from July to January, every year, even this year. In the maelstrom that is the National Football League in 2011, this is the rock that Eagles coach Andy Reid has grabbed. At a turbulent time, this, Lehigh, is his greatest chance for some continuity.
May 19, 2011
THREE QUARTERS of the city's voters reaffirmed a likely second term for Mayor Nutter. The bad news: One quarter voted for a stunt candidate who owes the government more than $1 million in back taxes. Still, Nutter now has a choice: to make it a second term in which he has lots of free time because he can't get anyone to do anything . . . or a second term in which, having nothing left to lose, he lets it rip. We prefer the latter. Here is our advice: The mayor should forgo green and eat more red meat : Nice Mike should acquire a taste for blood.
March 28, 2011 |
NEWARK, N.J. - A runaway train was coming for Kentucky. The lights were getting brighter. The noise was getting louder. It arrived with exactly 3:18 left in the East Regional championship game at the Prudential Center. Just as North Carolina, which had trailed for the previous 33 minutes, was set to run over the Wildcats, freshman Brandon Knight hit the 11th of his team's 12 three-pointers right in front of his bench. Kentucky rolled off the tracks. The train passed by the station when DeAndre Liggins, one of three holdovers from the pre-Cal regime (the rest are in basketball's version of the witness-protection program - gone without a trace)
November 12, 2010 |
TONY SCOTT'S rousing "Unstoppable" is something unique in contemporary Hollywood - a big, glossy thriller about two men just trying to do their blue-collar jobs. No jewel heist, no casino robbery, no albino hit men, spies, transformers, terrorists, wizards, warlocks, werewolves or vampires. The heroes are a pair of Pennsylvania railroad workers who are rolling along when word comes over the radio that up ahead, barreling toward them at high speed, is an unmanned locomotive pulling tanks of toxic chemicals.
November 12, 2010 |
Denzel Washington and Tony Scott would have been good together in preschool - two playmates off in the corner, monopolizing the toy cars and trains, slamming them into one another and making lots of big, kabooming explosion noises. A star and a director who clearly enjoy each other's company, Washington and Scott have made five action-packed pictures now, including one in a submarine ( Crimson Tide ), one on a subway ( The Taking of Pelham 123 ), and now, with Unstoppable , on a train rocketing down the tracks - no brakes!
November 12, 2010 |
At lunchtime on May 15, 2001, CSX Locomotive No. 8888 eased down tracks in a rail yard outside Toledo, Ohio. The engine known as "Crazy Eights" picked up speed as it pulled 47 freight cars, two of them loaded with toxic chemicals, south toward Columbus. Only no one was on board. Jon Hosfeld, a native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was in the rail yard eating his lunch. He wasn't supposed to be there that day. Hosfeld, 52, ran a CSX yard 67 miles south in Kenton; he'd come north to deposit a carload of children and Ohio's lieutenant governor in Toledo for a program aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of rail crossings.