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    Metro Careers — Communications
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    Metro Careers — Communications

    October 22, 2019


    Hi, my name is Yvette Rapose and I’m the Director of Construction Relations, working in Community Relations. My team is responsible for conducting all of the public outreach, gearing up to get the community ready to now coexist with new trains in their community. To work in construction relations, we need people who are really committed public servants. You need to be comfortable delivering tough messages. And most importantly, you need to be able to communicate. So have to do this really for the love of being of service. It’s been a great adventure. I love the creative process and it’s been an opportunity to do that. Metro’s purpose is a vehicle to allow people to live their dreams. People would probably say “no, they provide transportation, they build things” Well, yes, that’s what we do, but I think what we’re about is facilitating people’s dreams. At Metro, I get to be an agent of change.

    Orange County leaders get feedback on light rail plans
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    Orange County leaders get feedback on light rail plans

    October 20, 2019


    IT IS UNCLEAR THE REASON. HE IS THE SECOND POLICE CHIEF TO STEP DOWN IN WEEKS. STANDING ROOM ONLY AS DOZENS OF RESIDENTS GOT QUESTIONS ANSWERED. THEY ARE CONNECTING TOWNS THROUGH BUS AND LIGHT RAIL WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG. PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT WILL BE WORTH. THE TOPIC OF LIGHT RAIL WILL BE DISCUSSED. THERE IS A NEED FOR AN ALTERNATE SYSTEM FOR THE BUSES, CABS AND PEOPLE TO THE WORK, PLAY AND LIVING ENVIRONMENTS. KEEPING UP WITH THE LIGHT RAIL MEETINGS. HE IS HOPEFUL ONE DAY HE WILL BE ABLE TO LEAVE HIS CAR BEHIND. I DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO DRIVE IN THIS AGGRESSIVE STYLE OF DRIVERS THAT ARE TAKING ON THE LANES. ORANGE COUNTY TO DURHAM, IT COMES AT A COST, $3.3 BILLION. IT IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT. NOT EVERYONE FEELS THE SAME WAY. ALL WE DO IS MAKE DEVELOPERS RICH. SHE DOESN’T THINK LIGHT RAIL WILL BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY THE WAY IT IS PROMISED. IT IS NOT GOING TO RTP OR THE AIRPORT OR RALEIGH. 50 PEOPLE GAVE THEIR INPUT. THE DEBATE SPLITS THE COMMUNITY ACROSS THE BOARD AND WHETHER OR NOT THE INVESTMENT IS WORTH IT. TONIGHT WAS JUST TO GET THE OPINION OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. NO DECISION WAS MADE. IT IS POSSIBLE THEY WILL MAKE A DECISION NEXT THURSDAY. THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. THE FTA IS LOOKING FOR A

    Light Rail extension to Cosumnes River College opens today
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    Light Rail extension to Cosumnes River College opens today

    October 18, 2019


    THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND. IT IS A MAJOR LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION PROJECT THAT IS OFFICIALLY NOW OPEN. TEO: THE BLUE LINE EXTENSION IS OPEN JUST IN TIME FOR THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. BRIAN HICKEY IS LIVE. BRIAN: THE FIRST TRAIN CAME IN RIGHT ON SCHEDULE. THEY HAVE BEEN RUNNING EVERY 15 MINUTES. WE ARE AT THE NEW END OF THE BLUE LINE AT COSUMNES RIVER COLLEGE. IT ADDS 4.3 MILES OF TRACK TO THE BLUE LINE. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT THIS MORNING. WE ARE STARTING TO SEE MORE PEOPLE COME OUT HERE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE . NEW LINE. IT ADDS 2700 PARK AND RIDE SPACES. THEY ARE EXPECTING 3000 PASSENGERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADDITION. IT IS SO CONVENIENT. IT TAKES ME 30 MINUTES TO GET TO WORK. I AM WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE SO I GET A LITTLE BIT OF EXERCISE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SIT ON THE FREEWAY OR WORRY ABOUT GETTING HIT BY ANOTHER CAR BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE CRAZY DRIVERS IN SACRAMENTO. MIKE: MANY PEOPLE HAVE WALKED FROM THEIR HOUSES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW EXTENSION. THEY USED TO HAVE TO TAKE THE BUS TO THE MEADOWVIEW STATION. A LOT OF PEOPLE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS. THE STUDENTS COMING HERE COULDN’T ASK FOR BETTER SERVICE. IT BRINGS THEM RIGHT TO THE FRONT DOOR OF THE COLLEGE. THE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION IS SET FOR 9:50 RIGHT HERE.

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    Black Friday: When Brisbane Police Beat and Suppressed Demonstrators

    October 18, 2019


    In 1912, Brisbane had grown into a city of
    140,000 people. People worked a 12 hour day, less than 20 percent
    earned the minimum wage and women in the textile industry were paid a woeful 9 shillings a week. Twenty two thousand people joined trade unions that year, and many participated in a wave of strikes across the State. When tramcar workers were sacked en masse, the city’s 43 unions all agreed to stop
    work at the same time, in what became the world‘s first simultaneous strike. Thousands of people took to the streets but the government was having none of it. Police were out in force and mayhem ensued. Mounted troopers charged, police were brutal
    with their batons, leaving scores of people injured and maimed. Suffragette Emma Miller, then a feisty 70 year old, stabbed her hat pin into the rump
    of the Police Commissioner’s horse, causing him to fall off. He walked with a limp for the rest of his life.

    A Happier Morning in the Paris Metro
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    A Happier Morning in the Paris Metro

    October 13, 2019


    Hello Paris How are you ? I know, it’s very cold, people are not smiling in Paris so I would like to wake everybody up. The point is you dance, we have fun, we enjoy Paris. Let’s do it !! That’s it! Thank you! Where are you from ? From Quebec. In Paris, we have fun! Thank you Paris. God bless you and “Vive la France” !

    Ultra-high-speed rail is possible in Seattle, study says
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    Ultra-high-speed rail is possible in Seattle, study says

    October 10, 2019


    KING KING 5’S KING 5’S KALIE KING 5’S KALIE GREENBERG KING 5’S KALIE GREENBERG PUTS KING 5’S KALIE GREENBERG PUTS
    THIS KING 5’S KALIE GREENBERG PUTS
    THIS MASSIVE KING 5’S KALIE GREENBERG PUTS
    THIS MASSIVE PROJECT KING 5’S KALIE GREENBERG PUTS
    THIS MASSIVE PROJECT INTO THIS MASSIVE PROJECT INTO THIS MASSIVE PROJECT INTO
    PERSPECTIVE. PERSPECTIVE. PERSPECTIVE.
    >>PERSPECTIVE.
    >>Reporter: PERSPECTIVE.
    >>Reporter: IN PERSPECTIVE.
    >>Reporter: IN THE PERSPECTIVE.
    >>Reporter: IN THE WORLD>>Reporter: IN THE WORLD>>Reporter: IN THE WORLD
    TODAY,>>Reporter: IN THE WORLD
    TODAY, EVERYTHING>>Reporter: IN THE WORLD
    TODAY, EVERYTHING IS>>Reporter: IN THE WORLD
    TODAY, EVERYTHING IS ALMOST TODAY, EVERYTHING IS ALMOST TODAY, EVERYTHING IS ALMOST
    IMMEDIATE. IMMEDIATE. IMMEDIATE.
    LIFE IMMEDIATE.
    LIFE MOVES IMMEDIATE.
    LIFE MOVES FAST IMMEDIATE.
    LIFE MOVES FAST AND IMMEDIATE.
    LIFE MOVES FAST AND IT IMMEDIATE.
    LIFE MOVES FAST AND IT IS IMMEDIATE.
    LIFE MOVES FAST AND IT IS NO LIFE MOVES FAST AND IT IS NO LIFE MOVES FAST AND IT IS NO
    SURPRISE LIFE MOVES FAST AND IT IS NO
    SURPRISE PEOPLE LIFE MOVES FAST AND IT IS NO
    SURPRISE PEOPLE WANT LIFE MOVES FAST AND IT IS NO
    SURPRISE PEOPLE WANT TRANSIT SURPRISE PEOPLE WANT TRANSIT SURPRISE PEOPLE WANT TRANSIT
    TO SURPRISE PEOPLE WANT TRANSIT
    TO SPEED SURPRISE PEOPLE WANT TRANSIT
    TO SPEED UP. TO SPEED UP. TO SPEED UP.
    WASHINGTON’S TO SPEED UP.
    WASHINGTON’S DEPARTMENT TO SPEED UP.
    WASHINGTON’S DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON’S DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON’S DEPARTMENT OF
    TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON’S DEPARTMENT OF
    TRANSPORTATION WANTS WASHINGTON’S DEPARTMENT OF
    TRANSPORTATION WANTS PEOPLE WASHINGTON’S DEPARTMENT OF
    TRANSPORTATION WANTS PEOPLE TO TRANSPORTATION WANTS PEOPLE TO TRANSPORTATION WANTS PEOPLE TO
    KNOW TRANSPORTATION WANTS PEOPLE TO
    KNOW AN TRANSPORTATION WANTS PEOPLE TO
    KNOW AN ULTRAHIGH TRANSPORTATION WANTS PEOPLE TO
    KNOW AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED TRANSPORTATION WANTS PEOPLE TO
    KNOW AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL KNOW AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL KNOW AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL
    IS KNOW AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL
    IS POSSIBLE. IS POSSIBLE. IS POSSIBLE.
    SAYING IS POSSIBLE.
    SAYING ONE IS POSSIBLE.
    SAYING ONE DAY, IS POSSIBLE.
    SAYING ONE DAY, PEOPLE IS POSSIBLE.
    SAYING ONE DAY, PEOPLE COULD SAYING ONE DAY, PEOPLE COULD SAYING ONE DAY, PEOPLE COULD
    GET SAYING ONE DAY, PEOPLE COULD
    GET FROM SAYING ONE DAY, PEOPLE COULD
    GET FROM SEATTLE SAYING ONE DAY, PEOPLE COULD
    GET FROM SEATTLE TO SAYING ONE DAY, PEOPLE COULD
    GET FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND GET FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND GET FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND
    IN GET FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND
    IN ONE GET FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND
    IN ONE HOUR. IN ONE HOUR. IN ONE HOUR.
    >>IN ONE HOUR.
    >>OH IN ONE HOUR.
    >>OH WOW.>>OH WOW.>>OH WOW.
    >>>>OH WOW.
    >>Reporter:>>OH WOW.
    >>Reporter: A>>OH WOW.
    >>Reporter: A 400>>OH WOW.
    >>Reporter: A 400 PAGE>>OH WOW.
    >>Reporter: A 400 PAGE STUDY>>Reporter: A 400 PAGE STUDY>>Reporter: A 400 PAGE STUDY
    SHOWS>>Reporter: A 400 PAGE STUDY
    SHOWS AN>>Reporter: A 400 PAGE STUDY
    SHOWS AN ULTRAHIGH>>Reporter: A 400 PAGE STUDY
    SHOWS AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED>>Reporter: A 400 PAGE STUDY
    SHOWS AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL SHOWS AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL SHOWS AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL
    WOULD SHOWS AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL
    WOULD MOVE SHOWS AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL
    WOULD MOVE PEOPLE SHOWS AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL
    WOULD MOVE PEOPLE NORTH SHOWS AN ULTRAHIGH SPEED RAIL
    WOULD MOVE PEOPLE NORTH TO WOULD MOVE PEOPLE NORTH TO WOULD MOVE PEOPLE NORTH TO
    VANCOUVER, WOULD MOVE PEOPLE NORTH TO
    VANCOUVER, BC WOULD MOVE PEOPLE NORTH TO
    VANCOUVER, BC OR WOULD MOVE PEOPLE NORTH TO
    VANCOUVER, BC OR SOUTH WOULD MOVE PEOPLE NORTH TO
    VANCOUVER, BC OR SOUTH TO VANCOUVER, BC OR SOUTH TO VANCOUVER, BC OR SOUTH TO
    PORTLAND VANCOUVER, BC OR SOUTH TO
    PORTLAND AT VANCOUVER, BC OR SOUTH TO
    PORTLAND AT 220 VANCOUVER, BC OR SOUTH TO
    PORTLAND AT 220 MILES VANCOUVER, BC OR SOUTH TO
    PORTLAND AT 220 MILES AN VANCOUVER, BC OR SOUTH TO
    PORTLAND AT 220 MILES AN HOUR. PORTLAND AT 220 MILES AN HOUR. PORTLAND AT 220 MILES AN HOUR.
    ADDING PORTLAND AT 220 MILES AN HOUR.
    ADDING IT PORTLAND AT 220 MILES AN HOUR.
    ADDING IT WOULD PORTLAND AT 220 MILES AN HOUR.
    ADDING IT WOULD TRANSFORM PORTLAND AT 220 MILES AN HOUR.
    ADDING IT WOULD TRANSFORM THE ADDING IT WOULD TRANSFORM THE ADDING IT WOULD TRANSFORM THE
    PACIFIC ADDING IT WOULD TRANSFORM THE
    PACIFIC FORTH ADDING IT WOULD TRANSFORM THE
    PACIFIC FORTH WEST ADDING IT WOULD TRANSFORM THE
    PACIFIC FORTH WEST AND ADDING IT WOULD TRANSFORM THE
    PACIFIC FORTH WEST AND MANAGE PACIFIC FORTH WEST AND MANAGE PACIFIC FORTH WEST AND MANAGE
    THE PACIFIC FORTH WEST AND MANAGE
    THE REGION’S PACIFIC FORTH WEST AND MANAGE
    THE REGION’S POPULATION PACIFIC FORTH WEST AND MANAGE
    THE REGION’S POPULATION IN THE REGION’S POPULATION IN THE REGION’S POPULATION IN
    ECONOMIC THE REGION’S POPULATION IN
    ECONOMIC GROWTH. ECONOMIC GROWTH. ECONOMIC GROWTH.
    >>ECONOMIC GROWTH.
    >>ANYTHING ECONOMIC GROWTH.
    >>ANYTHING THAT ECONOMIC GROWTH.
    >>ANYTHING THAT COULD ECONOMIC GROWTH.
    >>ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP ECONOMIC GROWTH.
    >>ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP US>>ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP US>>ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP US
    BETTER>>ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP US
    BETTER CONNECT>>ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP US
    BETTER CONNECT OUR>>ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP US
    BETTER CONNECT OUR MAJOR BETTER CONNECT OUR MAJOR BETTER CONNECT OUR MAJOR
    CITIES BETTER CONNECT OUR MAJOR
    CITIES WOULD BETTER CONNECT OUR MAJOR
    CITIES WOULD JUST BETTER CONNECT OUR MAJOR
    CITIES WOULD JUST OPEN BETTER CONNECT OUR MAJOR
    CITIES WOULD JUST OPEN UP BETTER CONNECT OUR MAJOR
    CITIES WOULD JUST OPEN UP SO CITIES WOULD JUST OPEN UP SO CITIES WOULD JUST OPEN UP SO
    MANY CITIES WOULD JUST OPEN UP SO
    MANY DOORS. MANY DOORS. MANY DOORS.
    >>MANY DOORS.
    >>Reporter: MANY DOORS.
    >>Reporter: OVER MANY DOORS.
    >>Reporter: OVER AT MANY DOORS.
    >>Reporter: OVER AT KING>>Reporter: OVER AT KING>>Reporter: OVER AT KING
    STREET>>Reporter: OVER AT KING
    STREET STATION,>>Reporter: OVER AT KING
    STREET STATION, MISSY>>Reporter: OVER AT KING
    STREET STATION, MISSY MILLER STREET STATION, MISSY MILLER STREET STATION, MISSY MILLER
    AND STREET STATION, MISSY MILLER
    AND DAN STREET STATION, MISSY MILLER
    AND DAN SULLIVAN STREET STATION, MISSY MILLER
    AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE STREET STATION, MISSY MILLER
    AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE TWO STREET STATION, MISSY MILLER
    AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE TWO OF AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE TWO OF AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE TWO OF
    THE AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE TWO OF
    THE PEOPLE AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE TWO OF
    THE PEOPLE WAITING AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE TWO OF
    THE PEOPLE WAITING TO AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE TWO OF
    THE PEOPLE WAITING TO HOP AND DAN SULLIVAN ARE TWO OF
    THE PEOPLE WAITING TO HOP ON THE PEOPLE WAITING TO HOP ON THE PEOPLE WAITING TO HOP ON
    THE THE PEOPLE WAITING TO HOP ON
    THE NOW THE PEOPLE WAITING TO HOP ON
    THE NOW THREE-HOUR THE PEOPLE WAITING TO HOP ON
    THE NOW THREE-HOUR AMTRAK THE PEOPLE WAITING TO HOP ON
    THE NOW THREE-HOUR AMTRAK RIDE THE NOW THREE-HOUR AMTRAK RIDE THE NOW THREE-HOUR AMTRAK RIDE
    FROM THE NOW THREE-HOUR AMTRAK RIDE
    FROM SEATTLE THE NOW THREE-HOUR AMTRAK RIDE
    FROM SEATTLE TO THE NOW THREE-HOUR AMTRAK RIDE
    FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND. FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND. FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND.
    WISHING FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND.
    WISHING THE FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND.
    WISHING THE HOUR FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND.
    WISHING THE HOUR TRIP FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND.
    WISHING THE HOUR TRIP WERE FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND.
    WISHING THE HOUR TRIP WERE A WISHING THE HOUR TRIP WERE A WISHING THE HOUR TRIP WERE A
    REALITY. REALITY. REALITY.
    >>REALITY.
    >>I REALITY.
    >>I THINK REALITY.
    >>I THINK IT REALITY.
    >>I THINK IT HAS REALITY.
    >>I THINK IT HAS TO REALITY.
    >>I THINK IT HAS TO BE>>I THINK IT HAS TO BE>>I THINK IT HAS TO BE
    REALISTIC. REALISTIC. REALISTIC.
    IF REALISTIC.
    IF WE REALISTIC.
    IF WE DON’T REALISTIC.
    IF WE DON’T THINK REALISTIC.
    IF WE DON’T THINK THAT REALISTIC.
    IF WE DON’T THINK THAT WAY, REALISTIC.
    IF WE DON’T THINK THAT WAY, WE IF WE DON’T THINK THAT WAY, WE IF WE DON’T THINK THAT WAY, WE
    WILL IF WE DON’T THINK THAT WAY, WE
    WILL NEVER IF WE DON’T THINK THAT WAY, WE
    WILL NEVER EVER IF WE DON’T THINK THAT WAY, WE
    WILL NEVER EVER GET IF WE DON’T THINK THAT WAY, WE
    WILL NEVER EVER GET THERE. WILL NEVER EVER GET THERE. WILL NEVER EVER GET THERE.
    >>WILL NEVER EVER GET THERE.
    >>Reporter: WILL NEVER EVER GET THERE.
    >>Reporter: THE WILL NEVER EVER GET THERE.
    >>Reporter: THE DOT WILL NEVER EVER GET THERE.
    >>Reporter: THE DOT SAYS WILL NEVER EVER GET THERE.
    >>Reporter: THE DOT SAYS THE>>Reporter: THE DOT SAYS THE>>Reporter: THE DOT SAYS THE
    PROJECT>>Reporter: THE DOT SAYS THE
    PROJECT IS>>Reporter: THE DOT SAYS THE
    PROJECT IS FUTURE>>Reporter: THE DOT SAYS THE
    PROJECT IS FUTURE FORWARD. PROJECT IS FUTURE FORWARD. PROJECT IS FUTURE FORWARD.
    AND, PROJECT IS FUTURE FORWARD.
    AND, TAKES PROJECT IS FUTURE FORWARD.
    AND, TAKES VISION. AND, TAKES VISION. AND, TAKES VISION.
    ALSO, AND, TAKES VISION.
    ALSO, IT AND, TAKES VISION.
    ALSO, IT WOULD AND, TAKES VISION.
    ALSO, IT WOULD COST AND, TAKES VISION.
    ALSO, IT WOULD COST 24 AND, TAKES VISION.
    ALSO, IT WOULD COST 24 TO AND, TAKES VISION.
    ALSO, IT WOULD COST 24 TO $42 ALSO, IT WOULD COST 24 TO $42 ALSO, IT WOULD COST 24 TO $42
    BILLION ALSO, IT WOULD COST 24 TO $42
    BILLION WITH ALSO, IT WOULD COST 24 TO $42
    BILLION WITH ANNUAL ALSO, IT WOULD COST 24 TO $42
    BILLION WITH ANNUAL RIDERSHIP BILLION WITH ANNUAL RIDERSHIP BILLION WITH ANNUAL RIDERSHIP
    IN BILLION WITH ANNUAL RIDERSHIP
    IN THE BILLION WITH ANNUAL RIDERSHIP
    IN THE MILLIONS. IN THE MILLIONS. IN THE MILLIONS.
    >>IN THE MILLIONS.
    >>YOU IN THE MILLIONS.
    >>YOU HAVE IN THE MILLIONS.
    >>YOU HAVE TO IN THE MILLIONS.
    >>YOU HAVE TO THINK IN THE MILLIONS.
    >>YOU HAVE TO THINK LONG>>YOU HAVE TO THINK LONG>>YOU HAVE TO THINK LONG
    TERM. TERM. TERM.
    IT’S TERM.
    IT’S ABOUT TERM.
    IT’S ABOUT WHAT TERM.
    IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE TERM.
    IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU TERM.
    IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING
    TO IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING
    TO SPEND IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING
    TO SPEND NOW IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING
    TO SPEND NOW TO IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING
    TO SPEND NOW TO CREATE IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING
    TO SPEND NOW TO CREATE A TO SPEND NOW TO CREATE A TO SPEND NOW TO CREATE A
    MODERN TO SPEND NOW TO CREATE A
    MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE? MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE? MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE?
    200 MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE?
    200 MILES MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE?
    200 MILES AN MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE?
    200 MILES AN HOUR MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE?
    200 MILES AN HOUR SOUNDS MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE?
    200 MILES AN HOUR SOUNDS FUN. 200 MILES AN HOUR SOUNDS FUN. 200 MILES AN HOUR SOUNDS FUN.
    >>200 MILES AN HOUR SOUNDS FUN.
    >>Reporter: 200 MILES AN HOUR SOUNDS FUN.
    >>Reporter: BUT 200 MILES AN HOUR SOUNDS FUN.
    >>Reporter: BUT NOT 200 MILES AN HOUR SOUNDS FUN.
    >>Reporter: BUT NOT SO 200 MILES AN HOUR SOUNDS FUN.
    >>Reporter: BUT NOT SO FAST.>>Reporter: BUT NOT SO FAST.>>Reporter: BUT NOT SO FAST.
    THE>>Reporter: BUT NOT SO FAST.
    THE PROJECT>>Reporter: BUT NOT SO FAST.
    THE PROJECT IS>>Reporter: BUT NOT SO FAST.
    THE PROJECT IS JUST>>Reporter: BUT NOT SO FAST.
    THE PROJECT IS JUST AN>>Reporter: BUT NOT SO FAST.
    THE PROJECT IS JUST AN IDEA. THE PROJECT IS JUST AN IDEA. THE PROJECT IS JUST AN IDEA.
    AND THE PROJECT IS JUST AN IDEA.
    AND THEY THE PROJECT IS JUST AN IDEA.
    AND THEY ARE THE PROJECT IS JUST AN IDEA.
    AND THEY ARE STILL THE PROJECT IS JUST AN IDEA.
    AND THEY ARE STILL A THE PROJECT IS JUST AN IDEA.
    AND THEY ARE STILL A LONG THE PROJECT IS JUST AN IDEA.
    AND THEY ARE STILL A LONG WAYS AND THEY ARE STILL A LONG WAYS AND THEY ARE STILL A LONG WAYS
    TO AND THEY ARE STILL A LONG WAYS
    TO GO. TO GO. TO GO.
    JUST TO GO.
    JUST LOOK TO GO.
    JUST LOOK AT TO GO.
    JUST LOOK AT THE TO GO.
    JUST LOOK AT THE SOUND TO GO.
    JUST LOOK AT THE SOUND TRANSIT JUST LOOK AT THE SOUND TRANSIT JUST LOOK AT THE SOUND TRANSIT
    EXPANSION JUST LOOK AT THE SOUND TRANSIT
    EXPANSION FROM JUST LOOK AT THE SOUND TRANSIT
    EXPANSION FROM SEATTLE JUST LOOK AT THE SOUND TRANSIT
    EXPANSION FROM SEATTLE TO EXPANSION FROM SEATTLE TO EXPANSION FROM SEATTLE TO
    BELLEVUE. BELLEVUE. BELLEVUE.
    IT BELLEVUE.
    IT HAS BELLEVUE.
    IT HAS TAKEN BELLEVUE.
    IT HAS TAKEN 11 BELLEVUE.
    IT HAS TAKEN 11 YEARS, BELLEVUE.
    IT HAS TAKEN 11 YEARS, IT BELLEVUE.
    IT HAS TAKEN 11 YEARS, IT IS IT HAS TAKEN 11 YEARS, IT IS IT HAS TAKEN 11 YEARS, IT IS
    STILL IT HAS TAKEN 11 YEARS, IT IS
    STILL UNDER IT HAS TAKEN 11 YEARS, IT IS
    STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, IT HAS TAKEN 11 YEARS, IT IS
    STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND, STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND, STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND,
    IT STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND,
    IT COST STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND,
    IT COST MORE STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND,
    IT COST MORE THAN

    18 Arrested For Blocking Light Rail Line
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    18 Arrested For Blocking Light Rail Line

    October 9, 2019


    GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M ALI LUCIA. I’M KIM JOHNSON. A DOZEN PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR SHUTTING DOWN LIGHT RAIL SERVICE THIS MORNING FOR AN HOUR. THE GROUP WANTS I.C.E. WILL BE ABOLISHED. PROTESTERS SET ON THE TRACKS BLOCKING THE ROAD. THEY WERE GIVEN THREE VERBAL WARNINGS BY METRO POLICE BEFORE BEING ESCORTED OFF THE TRACK. MARY McGUIRE WAS THERE ALL MORNING. SHE HAS MORE ON THE WHAT THE GROUP WAS PROTESTING AND WHY THEY CHOSE TO DO IT TODAY. Reporter: THIS DEMONSTRATION CAUSED BIG HEADACHES FOR COMMUTERS TRYING TO GET TO WORK THIS TUESDAY MORNING. THERE CAN BE IN BUSINESS AS USUAL UNLESS DEPORTATION STOPS. DOZENS OF PEOPLE GATHERED NEAR THE FORT SNELLING BLUE LINE LIGHT RAIL STOP THIS MORNING. BEFORE 9:00 A DOZEN PEOPLE SAT ON THE TRACKS BRINGING TRAFFIC TO A STAND STILL. THEY CHOSE THAT LOCATION BECAUSE IT IS CLOSEST TO THE FEDERAL BUILDING WHERE MULTIPLE DEPORTATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY. THEY USE THESE ROADS. THE VERY ROADS WE ARE SITTING ON. I.C.E. USES THESE ROADS TO BRING PEOPLE TO IMMIGRATION COURT WHERE IS THEY RECEIVE DEPORTATION ORDERS. THEY BRING PEOPLE THROUGH HERE TO DEPORT THEM. WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN TODAY. THE PROTESTERS WERE ARRESTED AFTER SITTING MORE THAN AN HOUR AND A HALF ON THE TRACKS. IN ALL 18 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED BY METRO TRANSIT POLICE AND GIVEN CITATIONS. BUSES WERE BROUGHT IN TO HELP COMMUTERS GET TO THEIR DESTINATION. THIS COMES THREE DAYS AFTER GOVERNOR DAYTON VETOED A BILL. THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL PUT OUT A STATEMENT THIS MORNING SAYING THIS IS THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF WHY THE STATE NEEDS HARSHER PUNISHMENTS. THE LIGHT RAIL LINE TAKES SOME

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    Alaska: An Energy Frontier

    October 2, 2019


    I saw people with hope.
    I saw people with challenges. I saw people that know that their senator will
    stand up for them everyday in Washington, D.C. and do her best to try to deliver
    some solutions to energy challenges that most people in America have no idea exist. We’re here on Kodiak Island. We’ve been visiting the city of Kodiak looking at their extraordinary hydro and wind potential,
    making themselves a community that’s about 99 percent renewable. But finding the right mix and I think this is a great example of a portfolio that’s very
    diverse. Every part of this country has its unique challenges, obviously Alaska is one of
    them when it comes to being connected to the electric grid. It’s the reason I think it’s important for this country to have a very diverse
    portfolio when it comes to our energy resources number one we’re going to need
    it all to bring the economy into a place like Old Harbor requires access to power. Affordable power. Affordable and accessible. So that’s the real story. If we are able to solve their
    problems, their issues, their concerns, we can help facilitate an economy in in
    this region and again as you say Secretary “give them hope,” that’s what they’re asking. Thanks for bringing that to the attention of
    the American people Senator. Well thank you for making the trip out here It’s not your first trip to Alaska but … Nor will it be my last. There you go.

    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.