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    Stephen King Biography: The Man Who Almost Didn’t Become a Writer
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    Stephen King Biography: The Man Who Almost Didn’t Become a Writer

    August 31, 2019


    The world outside of central Maine almost
    never got to know Stephen King. If not for his wife’s diligence and her
    confidence in her husband, the book that launched a million pages might never have come into
    being. When his wife Tabitha rescued the start of
    the manuscript of “Carrie” from the trash and insisted her husband finish it, King was
    working as an English teacher and writing on the side. Tabitha’s judgment was right, Carrie became
    a smash hit, and Stephen King is one of the world’s most famous and most prolific authors. So what’s the story behind the stories? Let’s delve into his life… Early Life Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine,
    the largest city of the mostly rural state that serves as the setting for so many of
    his famous stories. Stephen was the second son born to Nellie
    and Donald King, but the family of four soon became a family of three. When Stephen was only two years old, and his
    brother only four, their father went out, telling the family he was buying a pack of
    cigarettes. He never returned. King’s mother worked several jobs, moving
    with the boys from Maine, going from state to state to find work and a place she could
    afford to live and raise two boys on her own. But Maine was home, and it’s where the family
    eventually settled for good. When they moved back to Maine, the family
    didn’t have indoor plumbing. And this was the 1960s. King’s life growing up was a far cry from
    the wealth he has now. But King didn’t see his childhood as exceptional
    or out of the ordinary. Though he does acknowledge he’s always liked
    scary things. “My childhood was pretty ordinary, except
    from a very early age I wanted to be scared. I just did. I was scared afterward. I wanted a light on because I was scared. There was something in the closet. My imagination was very active even at a young
    age.” Some have said that King might also be inspired
    to write such horrifying stories by a childhood event he doesn’t even remember. “According to Mom, I had gone off to play
    at a neighbor’s house—a house that was near a railroad line. About an hour after I left I came back (she
    said), as white as a ghost. I would not speak for the rest of the day;
    I would not tell her why I’d not waited to be picked up or phoned that I wanted to
    come home; I would not tell her why my chum’s mom hadn’t walked me back but had allowed
    me to come alone. It turned out that the kid I had been playing
    with had been run over by a freight train while playing on or crossing the tracks (years
    later, my mother told me they had picked up the pieces in a wicker basket).” As traumatic as that event must have been,
    it was not the only explanation for King’s vivid imagination. Friends of the King tell stories about how
    the family was known for their attention to literature. If their mother couldn’t find – or couldn’t
    afford – a babysitter, she’d leave her sons alone with the expectation they would read
    aloud to each other. King’s love of stories and the written word
    was fostered from an early age. And, the tradition stuck – King and his wife
    Tabitha also made their own kids read aloud to each other, and to them. He’d even record them on cassettes to make
    the family their own collection of audiobooks. Growing up, King also wrote material for his
    brother’s newsletter. Called “Dave’s Rag,” they made copies
    on a mimeograph machine and distributed it to their friends. But King was soon able to move beyond just
    writing for his sibling’s newsletter. In 1965, when he was still in high school,
    King was published in Comics Review. The story was right in line with the frightening
    plots we all know King for today. King had been working as a gravedigger to
    earn money as a teenager. The job inspired him to write a story called
    “I Was A Teenage Grave Robber,” and its publication was his first taste of published
    success. The only downside – he didn’t get paid for
    the work. His first paid published work didn’t come
    until he was in college and earned $35 for a story called “The Glass Floor.” King graduated from Lisbon Falls High School,
    the high school in the town that later became the setting for portions of the book “11/22/63.” Lisbon Falls was a milltown, and King spent
    time working in the town’s mill when he was a teenager. College & Career Start After graduation, King had aspirations to
    be a writer. So he headed north to the University of Maine
    Orono to earn a degree in English Literature. While in college, King was a columnist for
    the college paper, was outspoken against the Vietnam War, and worked in the college library. That same library is now home to many of King’s
    papers. It’s also where he met his wife. Tabitha was looking for a book in the stacks,
    King passed by and struck up a conversation with her, and four years later the literary
    couple had graduated, had a daughter and was married. Though King had been writing in college, he
    was far from being able to support himself and a growing family just by writing. He, Tabitha, and their daughter Naomi were
    living in a trailer outside of Bangor, and King was working two jobs. He was teaching English at Hampden Academy,
    and in the summers was pumping gas at the local station while also working shifts at
    a laundromat. Tabitha took on shifts at a Dunkin’ Donuts,
    and they struggled to get by. But King always made time to write. Even in the cramped quarters of the family’s
    trailer, he made a point to set aside space for a writing desk and typewriter. 2,000 words a day was his goal, and that’s
    a goal he stands by today. Eventually, King earned a teaching certificate
    and was able to put his college education to use as a teacher at Hampden Academy. The work still wasn’t what he wanted to
    be doing, though. It was writing he loved, and writing that
    he wanted to earn a living from. Writing has always been his purpose in life,
    as he explains, “There was nothing else I was made to do. I was made to write stories and I love to
    write stories. That’s why I do it. I really can’t imagine doing anything else
    and I can’t imagine not doing what I do.” Though it took years of effort, his big break
    did come. After Tabitha fished the beginning of Carrie
    out of the trash in 1973, King finished the book and sent it off to a publisher. He wasn’t confident about its chances of
    being published: “…my considered opinion was that I had
    written the world’s all-time loser.” The family wasn’t doing well financially
    when he sent Carrie in, and they couldn’t even afford a phone. So he got the news via telegram … he’d
    be receiving a 2500 dollar advance and Doubleday would be publishing Carrie. Then…even better news. The paperback rights were sold for 400,000
    dollars. King could quit teaching and write full-time,
    and his family would be better off than they had ever dared to imagine. The book was a smash hit. Within the next year, a million copies were
    sold and only three years later it was made into an Academy Award winning movie. Stephen King was now officially a writer,
    and an American celebrity. But success didn’t mean that King settled
    into a completely untroubled life. As he kept writing, cranking out books like
    Misery, Cujo, and Pet Sematary, he was drinking heavily…and he knew he had a problem. King told Rolling Stone: “Nobody in the house drank but me. My wife would have a glass of wine and that
    was all. So I went in the garage one night, and the
    trash can that was set aside for beer cans was full to the top. It had been empty the week before. I was drinking, like, a case of beer a night. And I thought, “I’m an alcoholic.” That was probably about ’78, ’79. I thought, “I’ve gotta be really careful,
    because if somebody says, ‘You’re drinking too much, you have to quit,’ I won’t be able
    to.” He knew he had a problem, but he didn’t
    stop drinking. In fact, he took it one step further. In the late 70s, King started doing cocaine,
    using it at night while he was writing. By this time, he and Tabitha had three kids
    and he knew his addictions were taking a toll both on his family and his writing. He attributes the length of Tommyknockers
    to cocaine, and looking back has said the book could have been half the length if so
    much of it hadn’t been inspired purely by his drugged-up energy. He’s also said he doesn’t even remember
    writing Cujo, so bad was his consumption of alcohol and drugs during the 80s. “There’s one novel, Cujo, that I barely remember
    writing at all. I don’t say that with pride or shame, only
    with a vague sense of sorrow and loss. I like that book. I wish I could remember enjoying the good
    parts as I put them down on the page.” And, The Shining and Misery both carry an
    undercurrent of reference to his struggles – Jack Torrence is an alcoholic in The Shining,
    and King has described the antagonist of Misery as essentially the personification of cocaine. It wasn’t until the late 80s, when Tabitha
    threatened to leave him and the family staged a dramatic intervention that King cleaned
    up his act. At the intervention, his family displayed
    drug paraphernalia and pills they had collected from the trash. King, with the magnitude of his problem laid
    out in front of his eyes and in front of family and friends, made the decision to get sober. Now, he’s been sober for nearly three decades. During the 1990s and into the 21st century,
    King continued to be one of the world’s most prolific and well-known writers. His books spawned movies and mini-series,
    and over 350 million copies of his books have been sold. After he became so popular, King took the
    step of publishing under a pseudonym – Richard Bachman. He wanted to see if he could still get books
    published and have them sell without his now-famous name splashed across the front. Turns out, he could. The first book he published under the name
    Richard Bachman was “Rage.” Set in King’s familiar world of a Maine
    high school, the book tells the story of a teenager who engages in violent acts at his
    school. He sets his locker on fire, shoots his algebra
    teacher, and attacks another student with a wrench. In 1977, it was a figment of King’s imagination. But in the late 1980s and 1990s, the book
    unfortunately started to resemble actual occurrences at schools across the United States. In 1997, after a student shot eight people
    at a prayer meeting in Kentucky, it was discovered that he had a copy of Rage in his locker. Disturbed by this, King asked his publisher
    to take the book out of print. To this day, Rage remains out of print. Accident Even as his success grew, King remained living
    in Maine. The family owns a home in Bangor, and a home
    in Lovell near the lakes for the summer. It was near the home in Lovell that King’s
    life almost ended in 1999. King was taking a walk along one of the winding,
    wooded roads that are so familiar a part of Maine’s landscape. Then, a van smashed into him from behind. King was knocked off the road, into a ditch. Witnesses said he was in a heap and it was
    clear his leg was broken. His glasses flew off, and landed in the van
    that hit him. At the hospital, he underwent multiple surgeries
    and had to do physical therapy as part of his recovery. Bryan Smith, the driver who hit King, had
    a track record of driving infractions, including an OUI. The King accident was blamed on the Smith’s
    dog distracting him, causing him to swerve into the author. Smith received a six month jail sentence that
    was later suspended, and has his license revoked for a year. King was upset … he wanted Smith’s license
    revoked for life given his history of bad driving. Only a year after the accident, Smith was
    found dead in his trailer at the age of 43. He died of a painkiller overdose, and, in
    a twist of fate that seemed straight out of a King novel – he died on King’s birthday,
    September 21st. King sustained horrific injuries in the accident,
    but he resumed writing only a month after being released from the hospital. He finished the highly regarded “On Writing,”
    and in 2000 the book was published, but by 2002 King decided that he simply didn’t
    have the strength to keep writing as he had in the past. Where he had previously sat and typed for
    hours at a time, it now hurt him to sit for long periods. Addiction had also become part of his life
    again. After the accident, he took OxyContin to deal
    with the pain from his injuries and became addicted. As he had a decade earlier, he was able to
    overcome the addiction and live soberly. The lure of the written word ultimately proved
    too strong for his post-accident injuries and struggles, and so King returned to his
    craft. He has said that he literally needs to write
    to live. What would happen if he didn’t write? “’Oh, I’d be dead. I would have drunk myself to death or drugged
    myself to death or committed suicide or some goddamn thing.” Since his accident, he’s published dozens
    of stories and books, including Mr. Mercedes, Duma Key, 11/22/63, and Under The Dome. A diehard Red Sox fan, like so many of his
    New England neighbors, Stephen King also co-wrote a book after the Red Sox 2004 World Series
    win. Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans
    Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season, shared the story of the emotional roller coaster
    King and so many other Red Sox fans rode throughout the summer and fall of 2004. In a further display of his eclectic interests
    and abillities, King dabbles in music. He played guitar for “The Rock Bottom Remainders,”
    a band whose other members you might recognize too: Amy Tan, Dave Barry, and Matt Groening
    are only a few of the other celebrities who joined King on stage. And, he even co-wrote a musical with John
    Mellencamp. Billed as a “southern gothic supernatural
    musical,” Ghost Brothers of Darkland County opened ran for a month at the Alliance Theater
    in Atlanta. King is 70 now, but hasn’t run out of ideas…in
    fact, he and his son Owen just released a co-written book in 2017. Charitable Work & Political Involvement King is incredibly wealthy – he writes and
    sells books at a breathtaking pace. But he doesn’t use his wealth to amass ‘stuff.’ He and Tabitha own three houses – two in Maine
    and one in Florida. It’s the house in Maine that is most iconic…located
    in Bangor, it’s a huge old Victorian surrounded by a wrought iron fence decorated with bats. From the outside, the house is exactly where
    one would expect Stephen King to live. On the inside, it has an indoor swimming pool
    and a huge underground library. The houses are extravagant by everyday standards,
    but they are really the primary way King prefers to spend money on himself and Tabitha. “I’m not a clothes person. I’m not a boat person. We do have a house in Florida. But we live in Maine, for Christ’s sake. It’s not like a trendy community or anything.” His houses are beautiful, but they don’t
    use all of his money … so what does he do with it all? Well, he gives it away, mostly. Or, he invests in projects that support his
    interests and his community. A music fan, King has purchased radio stations
    in Maine. A huge baseball fan, he funded the construction
    of a Little League Field in Bangor. The field is now known as “Field of Screams,”
    a tip of the hat to the field’s funder. Together, he and Tabitha run the Stephen and
    Tabitha King Foundation. Libraries and colleges, especially the University
    of Maine and the Bangor Public Library have benefitted from the Kings’ philanthropy. Maine’s historical societies, fire departments,
    arts organizations, and hospitals have also been beneficiaries of the Kings. In a 2001 speech at Vassar College, King made
    his view on generosity and charity clear to his audience. “Should you give away what you have? Of course you should. I want you to consider making your lives one
    long gift to others, and why not? All you have is on loan, anyway. All you want to get at the getting place,
    from the Maserati you may dream about to the retirement fund some broker will try to sell
    you on, none of that is real. All that lasts is what you pass on. The rest is smoke and mirrors.” In that same speech, he discussed natural
    resources and his dislike of the George W. Bush administration. With the advent of Twitter in the years to
    follow, King had an even wider audience to share his political views with. He’s take on President Trump via Twitter,
    announcing that the President wasn’t allowed to see the new version of “It” when it
    hit theaters in 2017. He’s also made clear in very profane language…we
    won’t repeat it here… what he thinks of the President and his administration. Stephen King is a national figure in his own
    right. For thirty years he has been affecting the
    conversation around pop culture. His books sell by the millions, and his movies
    rake in millions of dollars and win Academy Awards. Growing up, he knew he wanted to write, but
    he never wanted to do it to achieve the wealth and fame he’s now amassed. His reasoning was much simpler, and it remains
    his mantra to this day. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting
    famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives
    of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.” For over three decades, from his home tucked
    away in the northeast corner of the United States, Stephen King has been able to live
    out his childhood dream to write for a living. In doing so, he’s brought many of us nightmares
    – but they’re nightmares the world gladly welcome as we continue to delve into his stories.

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    WESH 2 Investigates risky driving near railroad tracks
    Articles, Blog

    WESH 2 Investigates risky driving near railroad tracks

    August 23, 2019


    STEWART: IT’S GETTING RESULTS,
    IT’’S GETTING RESULTS, CUTTING
    — IT IS GETTING RESULTS,
    CUTTING DOWN ON DANGEROUS
    DRIVING AROUND RAILROAD
    CROSSINGS, AND AS WESH 2 NEWS INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GREG FOX
    SHOWS US, ITS CATCHING PEOPLE ON
    VIDEO PUTTING THEMSELVES AND
    OTHERS AT RISK. GREG: NO CAR OR TRUCK CAN MATCH
    THE FORCE OF A TRAIN. MANY WHO’VE TRIED TO BEAT THEM
    HAVE PAID WITH THEIR LIVES. INCLUDING THIS COLLISION WITH A
    SEMI IN SEMINOLE COUNTY. FLORIDA WAS SECOND ONLY TO
    CALIFORNIA LAST YEAR IN THE
    NUMBER OF FATAL TRAIN VERSUS
    VEHICLE CRASHES. FROM JANUARY 2017 TO LAST MONTH,
    THERE WERE 30 TOTAL COLLISIONS
    STATEWIDE, NEARLY HALF IN OUR
    REGION. SIX PEOPLE DIED IN THAT TIME
    FRAME, AND 24 PEOPLE SUFFERED
    INJURIES. NOW WESH 2 INVESTIGATES HAS
    OBTAINED VIDEO SHOWING DOZENS OF
    LOCAL DRIVERS TRYING TO BEAT THE
    TRAIN. SOME FAILED, RESULTING IN
    COLLISIONS WITH CROSSING ARMS. OTHER DRIVER STOPPED ON THE
    TRACKS ONLY TO HAVE THE GATES
    BATTER THEIR VEHICLES, SOMETIMES
    BREAKING. DRIVERS TELL US IT’S JUST PLAIN
    WRONG.>>I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT WOULD
    CAUSE SOMEBODY TO BE IN THAT
    MUCH OF A HURRY. TO RISK THEIR LIFE JUST TO GET
    ACROSS THE RAILROAD TRACKS. THAT’S JUST CRAZY.>>IT’S UNSAFE. AND IT PUTS OTHER PEOPLE IN
    DANGER AS WELL.>>THE WAY THEY HAVE IT
    SEPARATED AND THE TRAIN’S RIGHT
    THERE AND I’M SCARED SOMEBODY IS
    GOING TO GET KILLED EVERY DAY. GREG: THE VIDEOS WERE PROVIDED
    TO US BY THE CITY OF ORLANDO,
    WHICH, FOR TWO YEARS, HAS BEEN
    RECORDING PEOPLE AT THREE
    RAILROAD CROSSINGS DRIVING
    AROUND, OR THROUGH, CROSSING GATES. JUST LIKE THE SYSTEMS SET UP TO
    CATCH RED LIGHT RUNNING DRIVERS
    SO CITIES AND COUNTIES CAN
    TICKET THEM, YOU SEE THE CAMERAS
    HERE IN THIS BOX, AND OVER HERE,
    ALSO LIKE RED LIGHT RUNNING SYSTEMS, THERE’S A SIGN THAT
    SAYS “PHOTO ENFORCED” AND STILL
    PEOPLE VIOLATE. MORE THAN 2,500 HAVE BEEN SENT
    WARNING NOTICES OF VIOLATION. THERE’S NO FINE, NO PUNISHMENT,
    BUT PEOPLE CAN LOOK UP THEIR
    VIDEO
    AND WATCH THEIR RISKY ACTIONS.>>SO WE’VE SEEN A 15% REDUCTION
    IN VIOLATIONS AS A RESULT OF THE
    PROGRAM. GREG: CITY TRANSPORTATION
    DIRECTOR BILLY HATTAWAY TELLS ME
    THAT REDUCTION MEANS ONE THING,
    LIVES ARE BEING SAVED. THAT’S WHY THE FEDERAL
    GOVERNMENT IS EXTENDING THIS
    UNIQUE PILOT PROGRAM FOR TWO
    MORE YEARS, TO DISCOURAGE
    DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR LIKE THIS.>>THEY’RE VERY MUCH PUTTING
    THEMSELVES AT RISK. THESE TRAINS HAVE A LOT OF
    MOMENTUM GOING AND EVEN THOUGH
    THEY ARE GOING AT RELATIVELY
    SLOW SPEEDS HERE, THEY CAN’T
    STOP. GREG: VIOLATORS ARE ASKED TO
    TAKE A SURVEY. SO FAR, 27% SAY THEY DID NOT SEE
    THE SIGNALS. 17% THOUGHT THEY HAD ENOUGH TIME
    TO GET THROUGH AND 11% DID NOT
    SEE THE TRAIN. THE STATE SAYS SUNRAIL SERVICE
    IS GROWING, AND THAT MEANS THE
    RISK TO DRIVERS WHO TRY AND BEAT
    THE CROSSING GATES GOES UP.>>TRAINS ARE MUCH BIGGER THAN
    ANYTHING OUT HERE ON THE ROAD,
    AND YOU KNOW, IF YOU DON’T OBEY
    AND YOU’RE TEARING DOWN OUR
    GATES AND YOU’RE STUCK ON THE
    TRACKS, THERE’S A CHANCE IT COULD TAKE YOU OUT. GREG: THE PROGRAM COULD BE USED
    IN THE FUTURE TO TICKET AND FINE
    DRIVERS, BUT THAT WOULD REQUIRE
    A CHANGE IN STATE LAW. BUT REMEMBER, IF POLICE CATCH
    YOU DOING THIS, YOU COULD BE
    FINED $204 A

    Miniatur Wunderland: Largest model train set – Meet The Record Breakers
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    Miniatur Wunderland: Largest model train set – Meet The Record Breakers

    August 21, 2019


    Besuche die Rekordbrecher Europa Hamburg, Deutschland Größte Modelleisenbahn Hallo ich bin Gerrit ich bin einer der Gründer vom Miniatur Wunderland und wir befinden uns jetzt hier in unserem großen Schweiz A bschnitt. Wir haben hier im Miniatur Wunderland annähernd 1300 Züge, wir haben tausende Autos, davon fahren 300. Wir haben 60 Flugzeuge und wir haben verschiedene Länder. Wir haben angefangen mit Deutschland, dann sind wir weitergegangen nach USA, Skandinavien, Dänemark, Norwegen, Schweden, ein Teil von Finnland, sind dann weiter hier über die Schweiz, einen großen Flughafen, jetzt nach Italien gewandert und aktuell bauen wir an Venedig und demnächst kommen Monaco und Frankreich dran. Venedig hat fast zwei Jahre gedauert zu bauen. Wir haben ganz viele Sehenswürdigkeiten von Venedig uns natürlich genommen. Wir haben hier die Rialto Brücke. Wir haben hier den Markusplatz. Wir haben Karneval in Venedig dort hinten. Und wir haben wirklich versucht diese bombastischen Sehenswürdigkeiten von Venedig und diese Vielfalt auf diesen paar Quadratmetern darzustellen. Etwas, dass ich zurzeit in Venedig sehr mag sind die Kunstwerke der Kunstausstellung Venedig. Im Gegensatz zu unseren anderen Bauabschnitten ist Venedig sehr detailliert. Alles andere ist auch sehr detailliert, aber in Venedig ist jede Ecke ausgeschmückt. Alles soll zu 100% perfekt sein. Also die schwierigste Region für uns zu bauen hier war modellbautechnisch Venedig, weil da wirklich jedes im Detail nachgebaut werden muss. Und technisch war es der Flughafen, weil die Flugzeuge zum Starten und Landen zu bringen und diesen ganzen Verkehr auf dem Vorfeld so realistisch hinzubekommen war fünf Jahre lang eine große Herausforderung. Wenn ich einen Blick auf die Anlage werfen will, bevorzuge ich den Flughafen. Es ist großartig zu sehen, wie die Flugzeuge starten und wie alles funktioniert. Ja, das ist der Ort, an dem ich die meiste Zeit verbringe. Der Flughafen ist eins, der komplizierten Systeme, die wir haben. Es wird von drei Computern aus gesteuert, da ist also viel Technik hinter der Anlage. Solange hier alles reibungslos funktioniert, fliegen wir pünktlich. In Knuffingen ist die größte Ladestationen, die wir haben im Miniatur Wunderland, weil die Ladestation hier lädt die Autos vom Airport, sowie auch von Knuffingen. Es ist so, dass die Autos immer selbstständig in die Ladestation fahren. Das System erkennt quasi: Ein Auto wird langsamer, weil der Akku zum Beispiel schwächer wird und dann muss ich es in die Ladestation schicken. Das Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg hält den Guinness Welt Rekord für die größte Modelleisenbahn, mit einer Länge von 15.400 Meter. Wir haben als Kinder viel mit der Modelleisenbahn gespielt, aber wir haben eigentlich erst auf dem Fußboden aufgebaut, dann Unfälle gebaut und dann hat unsere Mutter gesagt wir sollen es wieder abreißen und dann irgendwann verschwand dieses Hobby, aber ist schlummerte anscheinend noch in uns drin, denn irgendwann kam die Idee wieder hoch und dann waren wir sofort infiziert von der Idee loszulegen, mit dem Deutschlandabschnitt und die größte Modelleisenbahn der Welt zu bauen. Um den Guinness Welt Rekord für die größte Modelleisenbahn zu feiern, hat das Miniatur Wunderland eine Figur der Rekordjurorin gebaut, um ihren großen Rekord in einem kleinem Weg zu feiern.

    Union Pacific and police team up to teach people about railroad dangers
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    Union Pacific and police team up to teach people about railroad dangers

    August 19, 2019


    TRAGEDIES ON THE TRACKS. 2-SHANNON:WHEN A CROCKETT HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WAS HIT BY A TRAIN LAST MONTH – UNION PACIFIC TOLD KXAN THEY’D SEEN SEVERAL SIMILAR INCIDENTS WITHIN TWO MILES OVER THE LAST YEAR.2-ROBERT:TO KEEP OTHER PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE TRACKS – TWO POLICE DEPARTMENTS TEAMED UP TODAY TO TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT RAILROAD DANGERS.WE WENT ABOARD THE TRAIN TO SEE HOW THEY’RE KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE. ROBERT HADLOCK: THE UNION PACIFIC POLICE DEPARTMENT STARTED MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO. (5)ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ SPECIAL AGENT, UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD:14:54:29 “IT GOES BACK TO THE 1800’S FRANK AND JESSE JAMES, BUTCH CASSADY AND THE SUNDANCE KID WERE ROBBING THE TRAINS THEY HIRED THE PINKERTONS BACK THEN TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES AND PROPERTY.” 14:54:38 (9)ROBERT HADLOCK: THEY’RE NOT CALLED THE PINKERTONS ANYMORE BUT THE GOAL FOR THE DEPARTMENT IS STILL THE SAME AS IT WAS THEN KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE. (8) ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ, SPECIAL AGENT UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD: 14:55:14 “WE’RE WORKING AT UP AND DOWN, HIGH VISIBILITY PATROLS AND WE’RE TRYING TO DETER PEOPLE FROM GOING ON THE TRACKS.” 14:55:22 (8) {BUTT TOGETHER} 14:56:54 “TRAINS CANNOT STOP QUICKLY. FROM THE TRAIN WEIGHING 12 MILLION POUNDS, WHEN THEY APPLY THEIR BRAKES TO A COMPLETE STOP IT TAKES ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF.” 14:57:03 (9)ROBERT HADLOCK: TO HELP MAKE THAT MISSION A SUCCESS THE UNION PACIFIC POLICE ARE TEAMING UP WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT LOOKING FOR CARS DRIVING AROUND RAILROAD CROSSINGS OR PEOPLE WALKING ACROSS THE TRACKS. (11)NATS 15:26:09 “IF ANYBODY CROSSES RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN GET ‘EM.” 15:26:12 (3)SENIOR POLICE OFFICER JEFF VANCEAUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT:15:29:53 “THEY’VE MADE A COUPLE OF STOPS NOT AS MANY AS WE THOUGHT WE WOULD.” 15:29:56 EACH STOP THEY’RE HANDING OUT WARNINGS OR EVEN TICKETS… TO DETER PEOPLE FROM MAKING THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN…JEFF VANCE, AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT: 15:30:00 THEY’VE MADE I THINK THREE OR FOUR DIFFERENT STOPS ON PEOPLE THAT GUN IT AND GO ACROSS THE TRACKS AFTER THE TRAIN PASSES.” 15:30:11 (17)ROBERT HADLOCK: CONDUCTORS SAY JUST ONE STOP COULD BE ENOUGH TO SAVE A LIFE….ROBERTOFF THE TRACKS — UNION PACIFIC ALSO WORKS WITH LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY RAILROAD SAFETY. ROBERT: SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES OR BEEN SERIOUSLY HURT AFTER BEING HIT BY A TRAIN IN CENTRAL TEXAS.AT THE BEGINING OF THE MONTH, A MAN WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A UNION PACIFIC TRAIN IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.IT HAPPENED ON WEST 5TH STREET- NEAR CAMPBELL STREET.STILL NO WORD WHY THE MAN WAS ON THE TRACKS AT THE TIME.AND AS WE MENTIONED, EARLIER THIS MONTH- A 15YEAR-OLD STUDENT FROM CROCKETT HIGH SCHOOL WAS SERIOUSLY HURT WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY A TRAIN WHILE WALKING ALONG THE TRACKS.A UNION PACIFIC SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE CREW HONKED THE HORN BUT SHE DIDN’T MOVE OUT OF THE WAY IN TIME.HER PARENTS HAVE FILED A LAWSUITAND IN MARCH OF LAST YEAR- 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM BUDA WAS KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY A A TRAIN WHILE WALKING ALONG THE TRACKS.AND IN NAVASOTA- ABOUT 60 MILES NORTHWEST OF HOUSTON…. A 19- YEAR-OLD WOMN WAS KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY A TRAIN WHILE TAKING PHOTOS TO HELP LAUNCH HER MODELING CAREER- LAST

    Railroad Crossing Campaign Relaunched
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    Railroad Crossing Campaign Relaunched

    August 18, 2019


    HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S EMERGENCY ORDER REQUIRING VACCINATIONS. OFFICIALS RELAUNCHED A RAILROAD CROSSING SAFETY AD CAMPAIGN. IT’S CALLED STOP TRAINS, CAN’T REMIND DRIVERS OF THE DANGERS GOING AROUND LOWER GATES. LAST YEAR 99 PEOPLE WERE KILLED TRYING TO BEAT TRIPS AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS. EARLIER THIS YEAR ON LONG ISLAND THREE PEOPLE DIED AFTER TWO TRAINS HIT THEIR CAR WHEN THE DRIVER WENT

    ISP cracking down on drivers who ignore stop-signs near railroad tracks
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    ISP cracking down on drivers who ignore stop-signs near railroad tracks

    August 14, 2019


    US-31 WLKY SHAQUILLE LORD HAS
    MORE ON THIS THOSE LIVING
    ALONGSIDE RAILROAD STREET SAY
    DRIVERS. USUALLY DON’T STOP AT
    THE STOP SIGN AND GO STRAIGHT
    PAST THE RAILROAD TRACKS, INDIANA STATE POLICE SAY THEY
    ARE STARTING TO CRACK DOWN ON
    THOSE WHO ARE BREAKING THE LAW
    IN FIVE MINUTES TIME. I WATCH 10
    VEHICLES CROSS AT 10 VEHICLES
    AND ONLY 10 VEHICLES CROSSED THAT INTERSECTION. NONE OF THOSE
    TEN COMPLETELY STOPPED AT THE
    STOP SIGN. IT CAME AS A SURPRISE
    TO SERGEANT KERRY HOLES WITH
    INDIANA STATE POLICE WHEN HE SAW
    IT AND MANY PEOPLE DECIDE. I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE THERE WAS A
    STOP SIGN AT THE INTERSECTION. SO PEOPLE AREN’T PAYING
    ATTENTION DRIVERS NOT STOPPING
    AT THE STOP SIGN NEAR THE
    RAILROAD TRACKS ON US-31 AND
    SCOTTSBURG SO FAR, INDIANA STATE
    POLICE HAVE HANDED OUT A NUMBER OF TICKETS, BUT PEOPLE WHO LIVE
    IN THE AREA SAY THE PROBLEM
    ISN’T NEW. WE JUST SAW TWO CARS
    JUST NOW PASS IT WITHOUT
    STOPPING. STUPID BUT THEY DO IS
    BE STAYING TROOPERS WILL BE MONITORING THESE AREAS IN THE
    FUTURE TO PREVENT FUTURE
    TRAGEDIES LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN
    HENRYVILLE MONDAY A MESSAGE
    THOSE LIVING HERE BELIEVE IS
    DEARLY NEEDED. I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA. IT’S A SHAME HAS TO
    COME TO THAT. I MEAN P

    Brazil’s Geography Problem
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    Brazil’s Geography Problem

    August 14, 2019


    This video was made possible by Skillshare. Learn from 21,000 classes for free for two
    months at https://skl.sh/wendover3. There are plenty of lines you can draw on
    the globe but perhaps none is more consequential than the equator. Of the 15 wealthiest countries
    in the world as measured by GDP per capita, all are in the northern hemisphere. Only 800
    million of earth’s 7.6 billion residents live south of the equator. There is a clear
    divide between north and south but of those 800 million people a quarter of them, about
    207 million, live here in Brazil. The country is an exception to the global trend. Brazil
    is the fifth most populous country in the world and the most populous entirely within
    the southern hemisphere. Its economy has grown enormously and the country is quickly developing.
    Although, the very land it sits on stacks the odds against it. Its location gives it
    a disadvantage. Given this, the question is whether Brazil can develop into a world superpower
    by the likes of the US, Europe, Russia, India, and China or if the country is doomed to fail? Brazil, of course, looks like this but in
    reality almost 80% of the country’s population lives here—within 200 miles of the coast.
    You do see a concentration of population near the coast in any country as it provides a
    cheap and easy means of transportation by boats and a source of food through fishing
    but few countries have such a severe concentration of people by the oceans as Brazil. This small
    area, for example, is home to three of Brazil’s six largest cities. Normally this would help
    development as the area in between cities will urbanize but this map doesn’t tell
    the whole story—this one does. You see, this area of Brazil is rather mountainous.
    The major cities mostly exist in small pockets of low-altitude, flat land on the ocean. This
    is because major cities need easy water access to get goods in and out. The majority of Brazil’s
    coast is defined by steep, sheer cliffs. Petrópolis, for example, a suburb of Rio, is a mere 13
    miles from the ocean and yet it sits at almost 3,000 feet of altitude. The rare areas with
    low-altitude land on the water are where cities like Porte Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, and Recife
    are but this pattern has two consequences. First, these cities, while being on flat land
    themselves are surrounded by cliffs and mountainous regions which means their growth is limited.
    There are plenty of cities that exist in mountainous regions but the world’s largest and most
    influential cities like London and Delhi and Beijing all exist in areas with absolutely
    no geographical features limiting their growth. The fact that Brazil’s cities locate in
    rare low-altitude coastal land means that the country will likely never have a megalopolis
    by the likes of the Pearl River Delta or the US Northeast. It takes a surprising six hours
    to drive between Rio and Sao Paolo and since there’s no low-altitude coastal land in
    between them, there are really no major cities in between them too. Brazil’s cities are
    confined to the geographically convenient areas which are spread out from each other.
    This means the cities can’t collaborate easily with each other thereby limiting Brazil’s
    impact on the world stage. Like any large country, Brazil’s development
    potential is also linked to how it gets its food. This, in fact, might be Brazil’s greatest
    obstacle as it really doesn’t hav e much great farmland, at least yet. The country’s
    main agricultural region is its south which is blessed with great soil and great rivers
    that help transport crops away from their farms. Interestingly, the same elevation that
    leads to steep coastal cliffs causes rivers to run in a counterintuitive direction. The
    Tietê river, for example, starts near Sao Paolo a mere 10 miles away from the Atlantic
    ocean but then runs inland almost 500 miles where it flows into the Paraná River which
    eventually flows out into the ocean near Buenos Aires, Argentina. If a farmer wants to export
    their food abroad, it’s often cheaper to first ship it the thousands of miles by boat
    on these rivers than just hundreds of miles overland to Brazil’s coast due to their
    poor road infrastructure. This means that Argentina gets the business of packing up
    and shipping Brazil’s food to other countries. That’s just lost money for Brazil as a result
    of their geography. Brazil’s south, though, does not even have enough land to feed the
    country’s own 200 million residents. Given that, the question is where to put the rest
    of the farms. In Brazil’s north is the Amazon basin. The
    central feature of this region is, of course, the Amazon River which is navigable for boats.
    Normally this feature would lead to a significant population as navigable rivers serve as cheap
    and easy transport for crops and goods but the banks of the Amazon are a tough place
    to farm or live. Not only are they muddy and unstable which makes building difficult, but
    the Amazon also regularly floods which means that every year many of the communities on
    the banks of the Amazon can have their streets underwater for months. Building and living
    in the Amazonian cities is difficult, but what’s more difficult is building the roads
    in and out. The largest city in the Amazon, Manaus, is home to 2.6 million people, it’s
    as big as Baltimore, and yet there are only three roads connecting the city to the outside
    world. Many of the smaller towns around the Amazon have no roads going in and out as its
    just incredibly costly and difficult to build roads through the rainforest. In fact, rather
    unbelievably, there is not a single bridge spanning over the Amazon so there is no way
    to drive from the northernmost region of Brazil to the rest without taking a ferry. Overall,
    this whole area is just empty. Even if there was the infrastructure to transport crops
    to market, farming in the Amazon involves clearing huge amounts of land and even then,
    the soil is relatively infertile which leads to poor yields. Despite being Brazil’s largest
    state, Amazonas is home to just 1.8% of its population. It just costs too much to build
    the infrastructure needed to live there. To the south of the Amazon, though, is an
    area known as the Cerrado. This vast savanna used to be in the same category as the Amazon—it
    was empty. The problem was not only that there was no natural network of rivers to get crops
    out of the area but also that the soil was too acidic and lacking enough nutrients to
    easily grow large quantities of crops. Between both the Amazon and the Cerrado being off-limits
    for large-scale farming, that meant that Brazil really didn’t have much land at all for
    farming. 30 years ago, with only the south to farm, Brazil was actually a net importer
    of food—it bought more food from other countries than it sold. That was until researchers discovered
    that all you needed to do to fix the soil was add phosphorous and lime. The phosphorous
    served as a fertilizer in the place of natural nutrients and the lime worked to reduce the
    level of acidity. In the early 2000’s, the country spread more than 25 million tons of
    lime per year and so today the Cerrado accounts for 70% of Brazil’s farmland. In addition,
    Brazil has begun growing soybeans. This plant is normally grown in more temperate climates
    such as the US, northern China, or Japan, but through cross-breeding and genetic modification
    it can be modified to grow in warmer and acidic environments such as the Brazilian Cerrado.
    Thanks to the enormous amount of land Brazil has and these technological advancements the
    country has gone from producing 16% of the world’s soybean in 2005 to 31% today.
    A country’s level of development is often to linked to how good its natural transportation
    system is. That’s part of why the US developed so much so fast—it has a great system of
    navigable rivers right in its agricultural heartland that helps get goods from the fields
    to cities fast and inexpensively. The Brazilian Cerrado, though, does not have that. It doesn’t
    even have much of a preexisting network of roads since before this recent agricultural
    advancement barely anyone lived there. Therefore anyone who wants to farm in the Cerrado has
    to find land, level it, treat it with phosphate and lime, and build roads to get supplies
    in and crops out. Cerrado farms can be profitable but it takes an enormous amount of money to
    build the infrastructure needed to start a farm. It’s not like the US or France or
    China where all you need is some land. The consequence of this is that farms in Brazil
    tend to owned by corporations rather than individuals because only corporations have
    the money to build farms. That therefore increases the level of wealth disparity in Brazil. According
    to the World Bank’s Gini index, Brazil is the 11th most economically unequal country
    in the world. Lower wealth disparity and the emergence of a middle class are indicators
    of economic development so the country should want to fix this. Brazil’s government has
    recognized its infrastructure problem as a source of its wealth disparity and has therefore
    worked to build roads in the interior so that more individuals can run farms but the government
    only has so much money to spend and it’s a big country.
    Brazil does, though, understand the importance of its core. It understands that the coastal
    cities are constrained and that economic development will come from the center. It was partially
    for that reason that the country decided to move its capital from Rio de Janeiro to here—Brasília.
    The thinking was that putting the capital in the core would stimulate the economically
    underdeveloped region and, in many ways, it worked. The city simply did not exist before
    1960 yet today more than 4 million people live in its metropolitan area. Being located
    on relatively flat land unlike Rio, the city can just grow and grow and grow without hinderance.
    Brazil has potential, but its defining issue is that it’s an expensive place. It’s a
    vicious cycle. In order to make money, Brazil needs to invest in its infrastructure but
    without people making money it doesn’t have the tax money to build what it takes t o transition
    into the first world. The question of why tropical countries are less developed is an
    enormous one without a clear answer, but Brazil is one of the most likely candidates to break
    this trend. It certainly lags behind other developing countries like China, but as its
    agriculture industry develops it will become a bigger and bigger exporter which will bring
    more money in. With time, its average income will inch up. The country already does have
    major companies in other industries such as banking, manufacturing, and oil but with how
    big Brazil is, agriculture is the one that’s the world’s focus right now. Only France,
    Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States export more agricultural products per year
    which is good company to be in. Brazil may not have the explosive growth rate of some
    other less developed countries but by continuously taking what it earns and reinvesting it to
    open up more of the country to agricultural production it will continue its path to superpower
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    Wendover Productions video.

    Union Pacific Aims To Remind Public Of Dangers Of Trespassing On Railroad Tracks
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    Union Pacific Aims To Remind Public Of Dangers Of Trespassing On Railroad Tracks

    August 9, 2019


    HER HUSBAND TORTURED AND NEGLECTED THE CHILDREN LIVING IN THEIR HOME. SHE PLEADED NOT GUILTY.>UNION PACIFIC HAD A RAILROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF TRESPASSING ON TRACKS. WE HAVE MORE. Reporter: WE ARE ON THE TRAIN IN STOCKTON. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT RAIL SAFETY. PEOPLE GET HIT BY NOT PAYING ATTENTION, NOT HEEDING WARNINGS. YOUR WITH UNION PACIFIC. TELL US WHAT THIS MOVEMENT IS? WE DO THIS THROUGH THE ENTIRE NETWORK. WE WANT TO BRING EDUCATION AND AWARENESS TO THE HAZARDS OF RAILS. Reporter: YOU HAVE OFFICERS OUT. HOW ARE YOU DOING THAT? WE HAVE POLICE AND WE PARTNER WITH LOCAL JURISDICTIONS. AMTRAK IS HERE AND WITH PARTNERSHIP, WE WORK TOGETHER TO BE AWARE OF CROSSINGS. WE NEED TO EDUCATE AND BRING AWARENESS ON WHY THEY DIDN’T STOP. Reporter: THIS IS TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM GETTING HURT? YES. EVERY THREE HOURS SOMEONE WENT — SOMEONE IS HIT. PEOPLE TRY TO BEAT THE TRACK. THEY IGNORE THE SIGNALS. IT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY. THAT JUST LETS PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO FIND OUT