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November 12, 2010 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 1986 | By JOE BALTAKE, Daily News Film Critic
"Runaway Train. " A drama starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Mornay. Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky from a screenplay by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel and Ed Bunker. Based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. Photographed by Alan Hume. Edited by Henry Richardson. Music by Trevor Jones. Running time: 111 minutes. A Cannon release. In area theaters. 'Runaway Train," a title that dosen't hold much promise, is Soviet filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky's unexpectedly witty and absorbing version of "Of Mice and Men. " What commands attention here is the fact that Konchalovsky's vision is a fractured one, which helps explain his film's entertainment value, as well as a relentlessly venal one, which makes it so fascinating.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
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!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 1998 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A Russian filmmaker whose credits include a definitive Uncle Vanya, an epic of life in Siberia, a ritzy Hollywood action film, a TV miniseries of Homer's Odyssey and even an instantly forgettable Sylvester Stallone outing (Tango and Cash) surely redefines the meaning of artistic range. Andrei Konchalovsky is now 60 years old, and his life has encompassed both controversy and distinction in his homeland and an eclectic up-and-down career in Hollywood. This weekend, International House is hosting a well-chosen retrospective of Konchalovsky that touches on both sides of his rather schizoid persona as a director.
NEWS
March 1, 2000
The City Council is scheduled to hold public hearings today on the new stadium issue. If you go, fasten your seatbelts. It's not going to be a smooth ride. Mayor Street wants Council to approve a Nov. 3 deadline for a stadium deal. But some Council members, particularly Jim Kenney, Michael Nutter and Angel Ortiz, are quite rightly feeling pressured for too much too soon and have come up with alternative bills (see chart to the right). Meanwhile, the sports teams and the building trade unions, who want a new stadium for the jobs it represents, will be on hand to lobby for stadiums.
NEWS
October 24, 1994 | By Annette John-Hall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writers Kevin Tatum and Maureen Graham contributed to this article
These days, Chris Cason gathers his wits before walking into Woodrow Wilson High School. Not just his book smarts, but his street wits. He wonders if there will be another bomb scare. Already, seven have been reported since September. He worries about more fights breaking out in the cafeteria. He constantly watches his back because he never knows who might be packing a weapon. Cason, 17, a junior who runs track and sings in the choir, was never one to fret. But this year, he has a very bad feeling about his school.
NEWS
May 29, 2010
Sex and the City 2 A flute of champagne on a runaway train - bubbly, giddy-making, and all over the place. Overlong and overdressed, but its target audience will find its "girls just want to have friends" message hard to resist. R Iron Man 2 At least two too many villains hounding Our Hero, but Robert Downey Jr. carries the day with his self-mocking color commentary on Tony "Iron Man" Stark's action, in and out of the superhero suit. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, and Mickey Rourke.
NEWS
February 15, 1987
Tim Weiner's excellent Feb. 8-10 investigation of covert Pentagon operations funded through the classified black budget both shocked and outraged me. It left no doubt in my mind that Ronald Reagan is one of the most dangerous presidents ever elected. I fear, however, that little will be done by Congress and the American people to stop this "runaway train. " The apathy of elected officials to confront Mr. Reagan on the diversion of billions of dollars to illegal and highly questionable operations throughout the world is precisely what allows such manipulations to continue.
NEWS
June 29, 1988 | By Elaine Ganley, Associated Press Inquirer wire services contributed to this article
Workers with heavy machinery tore through the wreckage of two French commuter trains yesterday and found more bodies, raising to 59 the number killed in a crash that the railroad blamed on a brake problem. Authorities said the names and nationalities of the victims were not yet being made public. At least 38 people were injured. The accident happened during the evening rush hour Monday when a commuter train arriving from the southeast suburbs slammed into a crowded train waiting at a platform at the Gare de Lyon, a huge underground station in Paris.
NEWS
March 7, 1991 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
First things first. Three bravos to the Joffrey Ballet, not only for surviving May's attempted coup d'etat by some board members against artistic director Gerald Arpino, but for surviving with style. The dancers look splendid, and Tuesday's performance at the New York State Theater revealed no stall on the creative front. No fewer than three premieres bowed in one night, and other new works also will be shown before the Joffrey ends its run on March 17. Any program with three new works is news, but a new work by Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Christopher d'Amboise is of special interest to Philadelphians.
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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.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Benjamin Shingler, Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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...
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
March 28, 2011 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
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!
NEWS
November 12, 2010 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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