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    From Sochi to St. Petersburg by train
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    From Sochi to St. Petersburg by train

    October 21, 2019


    The passenger train Adler – Izhevsk leaves from the seventh way. The passenger train Adler – Izhevsk leaves from the seventh way. Numbering from the head of the train. Please check availability of tickets. The fast train Sochi – St. Petersburg arrived on the fifth way. 25th place is farther. Here and so. How can I get down this seat? Wait. And what’s that? This is the entrance to another railway carriage. Dress the blouse so you don’t get sick. If you want to walk, and not lie in the hospital. It’s good here. Are you cold? It’s horrible. […about nudists on the beach] Why are they naked? Are they not embarrassed by other people? No. They are not shy. It’s cold here. Elizabeth should be put on the bed below. I’m afraid for her. Elizabeth is very cold to you? No. Now it’s very important to save yourself. How cool it is. We must ask that the air conditioner be turned off. You can open it. Close the doors. What, I’m telling you … What? Larisa Alexandrovna didn’t call? What is the number of this railway carriage? Eighteenth. If yesterday you went, you would have “enjoyed” the railway carriage. You only show tickets? Here the air is very hot. Yesterday in the railway carriage was 35 degrees Celsius. To all people you will not please. One passenger says that there are no paper napkins in the toilet. Where do I get them from? What I was given, I put in the toilet. I’m not selling napkins. We go with our: paper, napkins. There are not such people, but filthy things. Everywhere there are such people. I work in trade. I know it. I passed it from and to. I was traveling in a two-storey railway carriage, they even fed it for free. Now everything is normal in the railway carriage. What doesn’t suit you? People are different. There’s a phone, speak, write about it. Apricots, apples, garlic. Apricots, apples, garlic. Hot pies, hot food. Son, do you need apples? No. Tasty apples. Cigarettes, beer… Balyk smoked, fish. White fish. Beer. Cigarettes. Beer… Do you need a fish? No. Thanks. Tasty apples… Patties… Why do you go there? … these are pads … These gauges hang… aaa gauges…. The lamp may not light up. You see that it is pumped out. Why are we standing here? Numbering of wagons from the tail of the train. Patties. Sausages. Pies with potatoes and cabbage. Potatoes with cucumbers… Cigarettes. Cards. Cigarettes. Patties… Hot patties… Homemade hot patties… Wait.

    My Fastest Model Train, At Absolute Top Speed!
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    My Fastest Model Train, At Absolute Top Speed!

    October 21, 2019


    Of course, that wasn’t the only crash that happened
    as I was making this video. Let’s take a look at a few more! And if you enjoyed this video… Please do me a favor and hit the thumbs-up button. This helps me a lot
    because it tells YouTube that this is a good video… That they should be recommending to other people. I’m Jim Zim, thanks for watching. Check out my YouTube channel
    for many other model train videos… And a lot of videos about cruise ships, too.

    Your Legislators: Light Rail (March 12, 2015)
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    Your Legislators: Light Rail (March 12, 2015)

    October 21, 2019


    >>VIEWER IS CONCERNED ABOUT
    TRAIN SERVICE FROM DULUTH TO   TRAIN SERVICE FROM DULUTH TO
    MINNEAPOLIS.   MINNEAPOLIS.
    IS THERE ANYTHING HAPPENING ON   IS THERE ANYTHING HAPPENING ON
    THAT AND THERE’S BEEN DISCUSSION   THAT AND THERE’S BEEN DISCUSSION
    OF THAT.   OF THAT.
    WHAT ABOUT YOU SENATOR SENJEM,   WHAT ABOUT YOU SENATOR SENJEM,
    WHAT DO YOU THINK?   WHAT DO YOU THINK?
    >>I DON’T KNOW ABOUT DULUTH BUT  >>I DON’T KNOW ABOUT DULUTH BUT
    THE ROCHESTER POSSIBILITY IS   THE ROCHESTER POSSIBILITY IS
    IT’S BEING RELEASED THAT WHEN   IT’S BEING RELEASED THAT WHEN
    AND IF THIS EVER HAPPENS, IT   AND IF THIS EVER HAPPENS, IT
    WILL BE A PRIVATE VENTURE WITH   WILL BE A PRIVATE VENTURE WITH
    PRIVATE MONEY TO BOTH BUILD IT   PRIVATE MONEY TO BOTH BUILD IT
    AND OPERATE IT AND ALBEIT THE   AND OPERATE IT AND ALBEIT THE
    MONEY ISN’T GOING TO BE MADE ON   MONEY ISN’T GOING TO BE MADE ON
    THE PASSION TO TRAFFIC ITSELF   THE PASSION TO TRAFFIC ITSELF
    BUT THE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS   BUT THE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS
    AROUND THE STOP SITES RELATE TO   AROUND THE STOP SITES RELATE TO
    DO THIS TRAIN.   DO THIS TRAIN.
    WE WERE TOLD POSSIBLY THERE WILL   WE WERE TOLD POSSIBLY THERE WILL
    BE AN ANNOUNCEMENT, AND THIS   BE AN ANNOUNCEMENT, AND THIS
    MONTH WE WILL SEE, BUT IT’S ALL   MONTH WE WILL SEE, BUT IT’S ALL
    BEING AT LEAST PORTRAYED RIGHT   BEING AT LEAST PORTRAYED RIGHT
    NOW AS A PRIVATE INVESTMENT   NOW AS A PRIVATE INVESTMENT
    ALONG THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY.   ALONG THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY.
    >>THERE DOES STILL CONTINUE TO  >>THERE DOES STILL CONTINUE TO
    BE SOME INTEREST IN INTRACITY   BE SOME INTEREST IN INTRACITY
    PASSENGER RAIL AND THE ROUTES WE   PASSENGER RAIL AND THE ROUTES WE
    HAVE STUDIED OR THE CONNECTION   HAVE STUDIED OR THE CONNECTION
    BETWEEN THE TWIN CITIES AND   BETWEEN THE TWIN CITIES AND
    CHICAGO, AND THE CONNECTION TO   CHICAGO, AND THE CONNECTION TO
    DULUTH AND NORTHERN LIGHTS   DULUTH AND NORTHERN LIGHTS
    EXPRESS.   EXPRESS.
    THE ZIP LINE, AND A LOT OF   THE ZIP LINE, AND A LOT OF
    PRELIMINARY WORK HAS BEEN DONE,   PRELIMINARY WORK HAS BEEN DONE,
    AND AS THEY LOOK AT THE   AND AS THEY LOOK AT THE
    SIGHTING.   SIGHTING.
    IT IT SLOWED DOWN SOMEWHAT BY   IT IT SLOWED DOWN SOMEWHAT BY
    THE FACT THAT THE FEDERAL   THE FACT THAT THE FEDERAL
    GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW CAN’T SEEM   GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW CAN’T SEEM
    TO PASS A TRANSPORTATION BILL   TO PASS A TRANSPORTATION BILL
    THAT’S LONG-TERM.   THAT’S LONG-TERM.
    WHEN JIM OBERSTAR WAS STILL   WHEN JIM OBERSTAR WAS STILL
    THERE AND CHAIRING THE   THERE AND CHAIRING THE
    COMMITTEE, HE HAD ACTUALLY A   COMMITTEE, HE HAD ACTUALLY A
    PROPOSAL ON THE TABLE WHICH   PROPOSAL ON THE TABLE WHICH
    WOULD HAVE BEEN A TEN-YEAR BILL,   WOULD HAVE BEEN A TEN-YEAR BILL,
    THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED STATES   THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED STATES
    TO PLAN, AND THAT BID INCLUDED   TO PLAN, AND THAT BID INCLUDED
    FUNDING FOR ALL MODES INCLUDING   FUNDING FOR ALL MODES INCLUDING
    INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL.   INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL.
    WE HAVE SLOWED DOWN A GREAT DEAL   WE HAVE SLOWED DOWN A GREAT DEAL
    ON THAT PLAN.   ON THAT PLAN.
    >>THE PLAN FROM DULUTH TO THE  >>THE PLAN FROM DULUTH TO THE
    TWIN CITIES WOULD NOT BE SHARING   TWIN CITIES WOULD NOT BE SHARING
    THE AMTRAK TRAIL.   THE AMTRAK TRAIL.
    >>THAT WOULD BE A POSSIBILITY  >>THAT WOULD BE A POSSIBILITY
    OF ACTUAL SUCCESS, IF YOU ARE   OF ACTUAL SUCCESS, IF YOU ARE
    PUTTING ANYTHING ON, YOU ARE   PUTTING ANYTHING ON, YOU ARE
    COMPETING WITH OIL, THE REGULAR   COMPETING WITH OIL, THE REGULAR
    FREIGHT, THE GRAIN, AND YOU KIND   FREIGHT, THE GRAIN, AND YOU KIND
    OF GET SQUEEZED OUT.   OF GET SQUEEZED OUT.
    THE REABILITY OF THAT IS WHAT   THE REABILITY OF THAT IS WHAT
    MAKES IT LESS THAN SUCCESSFUL.   MAKES IT LESS THAN SUCCESSFUL.
    YOU CAN’T COUNT ON IT TO GET   YOU CAN’T COUNT ON IT TO GET
    WHERE YOU ARE GOING ON TIME.   WHERE YOU ARE GOING ON TIME.
    ANY OF THESE WOULD HAVE TO BE   ANY OF THESE WOULD HAVE TO BE
    BETTER THAN AMTRAK, TOO, BECAUSE   BETTER THAN AMTRAK, TOO, BECAUSE
    AMTRAK CAN GET YOU WHERE YOU ARE   AMTRAK CAN GET YOU WHERE YOU ARE
    GOING ON TIME I THINK IT WILL BE   GOING ON TIME I THINK IT WILL BE
    A WHILE UNTIL WE SEE.   A WHILE UNTIL WE SEE.
    WE HAVE A SHORT LINE THAT RUNS   WE HAVE A SHORT LINE THAT RUNS
    FROM FARGO TO MORE HEAD.   FROM FARGO TO MORE HEAD.
    SOME SUGGEST WE COULD PUT A   SOME SUGGEST WE COULD PUT A
    PASSENGER ON IT.   PASSENGER ON IT.
    BUT IT’S RATED AT ABOUT 10 MILES   BUT IT’S RATED AT ABOUT 10 MILES
    PER HOUR.   PER HOUR.
    A SLOW LITTLE JOURNEY.   A SLOW LITTLE JOURNEY.
    >>AND.  >>AND.
    >>PROBABLY NOT DESTINED FOR IT.  >>PROBABLY NOT DESTINED FOR IT.
    >>AND THERE’S, I WOULD SAY,  >>AND THERE’S, I WOULD SAY,
    NOTHING SHORT OF MASSIVE   NOTHING SHORT OF MASSIVE
    RESISTANCE TO GOING OVER FARM   RESISTANCE TO GOING OVER FARM
    HAPPENED AND BREAKING NEW GROUND   HAPPENED AND BREAKING NEW GROUND
    FOR THESE.   FOR THESE.
    >>LOOKING MUCH MORE AT THE  >>LOOKING MUCH MORE AT THE
    HIGHWAY 52 CORRIDOR.   HIGHWAY 52 CORRIDOR.
    >>ANY THOUGHTS ON TRAINS?  >>ANY THOUGHTS ON TRAINS?
    >>AND I HAVE HEARD STORIES FROM  >>AND I HAVE HEARD STORIES FROM
    PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TRAVELING   PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TRAVELING
    BY PASSENGER RAIL.   BY PASSENGER RAIL.
    OF NOT BEING ABLE TO GET TO THE   OF NOT BEING ABLE TO GET TO THE
    LOCATION DESTINATION ON TIME,   LOCATION DESTINATION ON TIME,
    AND I DO THINK THAT THAT IS A   AND I DO THINK THAT THAT IS A
    MAJOR ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE   MAJOR ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE
    ADDRESSED, AND THE RAILS HAVE   ADDRESSED, AND THE RAILS HAVE
    BEEN TALKING ABOUT DOUBLE   BEEN TALKING ABOUT DOUBLE
    TRACKING TO RELIEF SOME OF THE   TRACKING TO RELIEF SOME OF THE
    CONGESTION ON THE RAILS, BUT   CONGESTION ON THE RAILS, BUT
    THAT CREATES MORE CONGESTION OFF   THAT CREATES MORE CONGESTION OFF
    THE RAILS TRYING TO GET ACROSS   THE RAILS TRYING TO GET ACROSS
    THE TRACKS, BECAUSE YOU ARE   THE TRACKS, BECAUSE YOU ARE
    GOING TO HAVE TWO RAILS NOW THAT   GOING TO HAVE TWO RAILS NOW THAT
    YOU ARE TRYING TO GET ACROSS.   YOU ARE TRYING TO GET ACROSS.
    THIS INCREASES THE NEED FOR   THIS INCREASES THE NEED FOR
    UNDERPASS AND THINGS OF THAT   UNDERPASS AND THINGS OF THAT
    NATURE AGAIN.   NATURE AGAIN.
    THERE’S REAL RAILROADS AND ARE A   THERE’S REAL RAILROADS AND ARE A
    SIGNIFICANT ISSUE WE ARE GOING   SIGNIFICANT ISSUE WE ARE GOING
    TO HAVE TO GRAPPLE WITH THIS   TO HAVE TO GRAPPLE WITH THIS
    SESSION.   SESSION.
    >>AND PEOPLE MAYBE GREW UP AND  >>AND PEOPLE MAYBE GREW UP AND
    TRAINS ARE ON THE DOWNHILL   TRAINS ARE ON THE DOWNHILL
    SLIDE.   SLIDE.
    SAME THING WITH CHARLIE’S, AND   SAME THING WITH CHARLIE’S, AND
    YOU LOOK AT THE EARLY HISTORY OF   YOU LOOK AT THE EARLY HISTORY OF
    THE TWIN CITIES, AND THEY HAD   THE TWIN CITIES, AND THEY HAD
    TROLLEYS EVERY MINUTE, FULL OF   TROLLEYS EVERY MINUTE, FULL OF
    PEOPLE.   PEOPLE.
    PEOPLE THINK THAT’S PRETTY   PEOPLE THINK THAT’S PRETTY
    ROMANTIC AND THEY WOULD KIND OF   ROMANTIC AND THEY WOULD KIND OF
    LIKE TO SEE THAT AGAIN.   LIKE TO SEE THAT AGAIN.
    THAT’S WHERE THE LIGHT RAIL   THAT’S WHERE THE LIGHT RAIL
    COMES IN AGAIN.   COMES IN AGAIN.
    >>AND WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, THE 20  >>AND WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, THE 20
    AND 30-YEAR-OLDS, THEY WANT IT,   AND 30-YEAR-OLDS, THEY WANT IT,
    AND THEY ARE GOING TO THE CITIES   AND THEY ARE GOING TO THE CITIES
    THAT HAVE IT.   THAT HAVE IT.
    THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY KNOWS   THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY KNOWS
    THAT’S THE GENERATION WE NEED   THAT’S THE GENERATION WE NEED
    FOR THE FUTURE.   FOR THE FUTURE.
    WE USED TO THINK OF THE CAR AS   WE USED TO THINK OF THE CAR AS
    FREEDOM, AND THEY THINK OF NO   FREEDOM, AND THEY THINK OF NO
    CAR AS FREEDOM.   CAR AS FREEDOM.
    THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO WALK AND   THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO WALK AND
    BIKE AND TAKE MASS TRANSIT TO   BIKE AND TAKE MASS TRANSIT TO
    LIVE WHERE THEY WORK, AND DENVER   LIVE WHERE THEY WORK, AND DENVER
    IS GETTING MORE OF THAT   IS GETTING MORE OF THAT
    POPULATION THAN WE ARE, AND THE   POPULATION THAN WE ARE, AND THE
    BUSINESS COMMUNITY NOTICES THAT,   BUSINESS COMMUNITY NOTICES THAT,
    AND AT LEAST HERE THE ST. PAUL   AND AT LEAST HERE THE ST. PAUL
    CHAMBER, THE GREATER   CHAMBER, THE GREATER
    MINNEAPOLIS, AND TWIN WEST HAVE  

    Day Out with Thomas
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    Day Out with Thomas

    October 21, 2019


    (Thomas the Tank Engine blows his whistle at Day Out with Thomas.) Hi Thomas (Thomas blows his whistle.) Welcome – Thomas & Friends Day Out with Thomas (Thomas blows his whistle.) Hi Thomas! (Thomas blows his whistle.) (Railroad crossing bells clang) Let’s wave to all the passengers. (Train bell) (Railroad signal bell) (Trolley) (Trolley bell) (Thomas blows his whistle) (Thomas blows his whistle) (Thomas blows his whistle) (Thomas blows his whistle) (Thomas blows his whistle) Hi! Hi! (Thomas blows his whistle) (Thomas toots his whistle) (Railroad crossing bells ring) (Train horn) (Railroad crossing bells ring) Thomas! All Aboard, please! (Diesel engine horn) (Car horn honking) Thomas! (Train bell ringing) (Diesel engine horn sounds) (Diesel engine horn sounds) (Diesel engine horn sounds) (Thomas blows his whistle) (Thomas blows his whistle softly) (Thomas blows his whistle)

    The High Speed Rail Revolution | China’s Future MEGAPROJECTS: Part 4
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    The High Speed Rail Revolution | China’s Future MEGAPROJECTS: Part 4

    October 21, 2019


    The Chinese aren’t just flying in record
    numbers, they’re falling in love all over again with the preferred method of travel
    in the 20th century, as hundreds of millions of Chinese acquire middle class status and
    the extra income to afford cars. This is presenting a relatively new challenge: heavy congestion
    on their motorways. So to tackle this problem, China has set itself apart from the rest of
    the world by embracing high speed rail at a breakneck pace. It’s goal to build a system
    with more than 35,000 kilometers of track is now more than half complete, making it
    one of the most expensive megaprojects in history. The other reason behind this plan is to allow
    people to commute to work from much farther distances than they could than if they had
    to drive, making high speed rail the key to urbanization. And because China has as much
    high speed rail as every other country combined, it will have more and more of the world’s
    largest cities. In fact, of the top 10 urban areas on Earth
    with more than 20 million people, three of them are in China—and those cities are growing
    so fast that two of the three weren’t in the top 10 last year. The explosion in high speed rail in China
    is especially mind-blowing when you consider that it was first introduced there in 2007,
    that’s less than a decade ago. Since then, daily ridership has grown from 237,000 to
    over 2.5 million. To accommodate all those passengers, it’s
    Railway Ministry has swelled, and now has the same number of employees as there are
    civilians working for the entire United States government. China got to this point under the heavy-handed
    leadership of Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun, or “Great Leap Liu,” who pushed his patriotic
    workers in shifts around the clock to plan and build rail lines as fast as possible.
    He famously said, “to achieve a great leap, a generation must be sacrificed.” Liu meant
    his workers, but when a poorly designed signaling system caused a dramatic crash on a viaduct
    high above a valley in 2011, it was clear that some of the first generation of passengers
    would be sacrificed as well. News anchor: “China’s railway system has
    been plagued with problems including corruption and quality concerns. Authorities have come
    under fire for the way they’ve handled the accident, especially when they buried several
    carriages before carrying out an investigation.” Bryce: But, despite the 40 deaths – and more
    than 200 injuries – in the Wenzhou train collision, the attempts of the government to cover the
    disaster up, and Great Leap Liu’s subsequent fall from grace, the high speed rail boom
    in China has roared on and the system is now considered to be among the safest modes of
    transportation in the entire world. It also leads the globe in annual ridership,
    has the longest single service at 2,400 km from Harbin to Wuhan and has the fastest commercially
    operated train with peak speeds of 430 km/h. Now, having successfully linked up much of
    its own country with high speed rail, China aims to do the same for the rest of the world.
    It is building systems in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and South America, and is bidding on projects
    in Russia, Brazil, Myanmar, and the United States. Thank you very much for tuning in. Until next
    time, for The Daily Conversation, I’m Bryce Plank.

    Tobu 50000 Series (Hitachi A-Train) – Omotesandō to Aoyama-itchōme (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)
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    Tobu 50000 Series (Hitachi A-Train) – Omotesandō to Aoyama-itchōme (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)

    October 21, 2019


    Next station, Aoyama-itchōme Aoyama-itchōme Guidance on transfer: Interchange station for Ginza Line and (Toei) Odeo Line Dear customers, Tokyo Metro is currently on heightened (security) alert on stations and on trains. If you see any suspicious looking person or article, please inform any Tokyo Metro staff or Tokyo Metropolitan Police or security guards. Doors will open on the right

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    Learn Letters With Max the Glow Train – TOYS (Letters and Toys)

    October 21, 2019


    Hi! I am Max the glow train. When it is dark you can see me glow! Look! Today we are going to learn the alphabet. Let’s go find the letters and take them to the zoo on top of that playground ship. Hi, letter A. Let’s go to the zoo! Hi, Max. Sounds great! I am landing the airplane. A is for AIRPLANE. Look! The letters B and C are fixing the bridge. Hi, Max! I am B and I operate the bulldozer. I am C and I operate the crane. Let’s go to the zoo. I am almost done. The bridge is complete. B is for BULLDOZER. C is for CRANE. Hi, D. Do you want to go with us? Sure. Let me get my dog. D is for DOG. Hi, Max. I am the letter E. Let’s go to the zoo, E. I am almost finished. E is for EXCAVATOR. Hi, F. Hi, Max. We are going to the zoo, do you want to go too? Just one second, let me help the shapes. OK, shapes. Circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, octagon. F is for FIRE TRUCK. Wait for me. I want to go to the zoo too. Hi, G. Let me dump this garbage and we will go. G is for GARBAGE TRUCK. Now which way should we go – left or right? I can help you, Max. We need to go right. Thank you, H. Let’s go to the zoo! H is for HELICOPTER. Who wants ice cream? I have yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green. And who wants jam? Hi, I. Hi, J. I want both ice cream and jam. Thank you I. And thank you J. I is for ICE CREAM. And J is for JAM. Hi, letters. Hi, Max. Let’s load the fruits and go to the zoo. K is for KIWI.
    L is for LEMON.
    M is for MANGO. N is for NECTARINE.
    O is for ORANGE. Pull over, Q. Look, the letter P in the police car pulled over the letter Q for going too fast. I am sorry, P. I won’t be going so fast anymore. I was late delivering the quilts. Please slow down next time. We are going to the zoo. Can you go with us? Yes, Max. P is for POLICE CAR and Q is for QUILT. Looks like the letter R is fixing the road. Hi, R. Do you want to go with us? Hi, Max. I am ready to go. R is for ROAD ROLLER. Hi, S. Are you going to the zoo? Sure. Let me finish sweeping. Oh, no! My sweeper broke down. I will help you, S. I drive a tow truck. Thank you, T. S is for SWEEPER and T is for TOW TRUCK. Hi, U. Have you seen V and W? Hi, Max. Let me see. Yes, I see V and W coming this way. U is for UMBRELLA. Look the letter V is in the van pulling the letter W in the wagon. Hi, V. Hi, W. Let’s go to the zoo! Thank you, Max. V is for VAN. And W is for WAGON. Hi, X. Nice music. Let’s go to the zoo. Thank you, Max. X is for XYLOPHONE. Nice yacht, letter Y! Thank you, Max. Let’s go to the zoo! Y is for YACHT. Hi, Z. Hi, Max. We are finally here and ready to see the animals in your zoo. OK, Max. Let me show them to you. Here we have bear, cow, duck, elephant, hedgehog, mouse, pig, giraffe, zebra. We found all the letters! Z is for ZEBRA. Run! It’s a tiger! Uh-oh! It is just a cat. We are safe. Thank you for telling us, C. It is getting late Let’s repeat the letters one more time. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z See you next time!

    Essential California  The long fall for Californias bullet train   Los Angeles Times
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    Essential California The long fall for Californias bullet train Los Angeles Times

    October 21, 2019


    Essential California The long fall for Californias bullet train Los Angeles Times Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California . Its Thursday, Feb. 14, and heres whats happening across California: TOP STORIES It was billed as the most ambitious public works project since the transcontinental railroad opened up the West. But bite by bite, huge cost overruns, mismanagement, political concessions and delays ate away at the sleek and soaring vision of a bullet train linking San Francisco to San Diego. A project meant to drive home Californias role as the technological vanguard of the nation was looking more and more like a pepped up Amtrak route through the Central Valley. During his first State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he was scaling back the dollar 77 billion project. While his wording was open to interpretation, it signaled to many a death knell not necessarily of the project itself, but to that original dream. Plus: After Newsom announced plans to scale back the high speed rail project, President Trump demanded that California return billions of dollars to the federal government. In a tweet Wednesday, Trump said the state had been forced to cancel the project and referred to it as a green disaster. Newsom fired back in his own tweet, decrying what he called fake news. A closer look at the sheriffs numbers Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the jails he now supervises are a dangerous mess: Inmates increasingly are assaulting one another, staff members are suffering more attacks and use of force has gone way up. He also says that his immediate predecessor, Jim McDonnell, covered up data on the jail violence in order to hide the problem from the public. But many of the numbers Villanueva is using to make his case are known to be unreliable. Cracking down on Huawei The White House is preparing a sweeping executive order that could bar Chinese companies from selling equipment for use in future U.S. telecommunications networks, claiming Beijing could exploit the technology to carry out cyber intrusions and espionage. The main target of the draft order, expected to be released in days, is Huawei, the worlds largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer. The order would not affect U.S. consumer electronics companies whose products incorporate components from China. L.A. STORIES Wet weather: A storm that forecasters say is the strongest this winter created havoc in Northern California, then descended on Southern California. Plus: Atmospheric rivers are pounding the state. What are they exactly? The tide turns: Three of West Hollywoods five City Council members have called for Mayor John Duran to resign amid allegations that he sexually harassed fellow members of the Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles. USC update: As federal regulators continue investigating USCs handling of a campus gynecologist accused of sexual abuse, the university is pressing forward with a dollar 215 million class action settlement with former patients. A good Valentines Day read: Fall in love with the work of Yesika Salgado, a Salvadoran poet in Silver Lake. IMMIGRATION AND THE BORDER Headed to the clink: Drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman twice escaped from prison in Mexico. With his conviction on drug trafficking and murder charges in U.S. federal court this week, he is likely headed to a much more secure facility: the so called Alcatraz of the Rockies. POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT Rough stuff: Michael Avenatti agreed to relinquish financial control of his longtime law firm hours after a former partner filed papers accusing him of hiding millions of dollars from the court that oversaw its bankruptcy. A wild wall: Can Democrats prevent Trump from using his executive power to build a wall? Gross: All that trash on Bay Area highways? Caltrans is under threat of fines if its not cleaned up. CRIME AND COURTS Big news: Los Angeles County supervisors this week narrowly approved tearing down the dungeon like Mens Central Jail downtown and building at least one mental health treatment facility in its place. Manhunt ends: A man who was placed on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted list when he skipped bail after his arrest in connection with a series of sexual assaults in the Los Angeles area was shot and killed by federal agents in North Carolina, authorities said Wednesday. Wild: Billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III was charged in Las Vegas with multiple counts of narcotics trafficking six months after police discovered heroin and meth in the Broadcom co founders massive suite at the Encore hotel. Arrested: A 20 year old North Carolina man who federal authorities say is part of a hacker collective was arrested Tuesday and charged with threatening Southern California schools and Los Angeles International Airport. Trouble in Fresno: Is Granite Park still cursed? The Fresno district attorney is reviewing an audit tied to a local developer and newly elected Rep. TJ Cox. THE ENVIRONMENT A helping hand: Gov. Newsom signed a pair of bills into law to immediately provide dollar 131.3 million in funding to expand access to clean drinking water, improve emergency preparedness and support wildfire ravaged communities. CALIFORNIA CULTURE RIP: Opportunity, the intrepid NASA rover that spent 15 years on Mars climbing in and out of craters to gather evidence of the planets watery past has been brought down by tiny particles of dust. Laker trouble: Luke Waltons job is said to be safe, even as the Lakers keep losing games. Be like Mike: LeBron James wants to own an NBA team. Not just for the office pool: New Jersey has become the first state in the United States that will take legal Oscars bets. Plus: How Hollywoods diversity push is also changing the makeup industry. Troubling story: Musician Ryan Adams dangled success. Though the musician denies wrongdoing, women say they paid a price. CALIFORNIA ALMANAC Los Angeles area: rainy, 63, Thursday; rainy, 57, Friday. San Diego: rainy, 63, Thursday; cloudy, 61, Friday. San Francisco area: showers, 56, Thursday; showers, 52, Friday. San Jose: showers, 60, Friday; showers, 52, Friday. Sacramento: thunderstorms, 55, Thursday; showers, 52, Friday. AND FINALLY Todays California memory comes from Dorothy Daily: Arroyo Seco Parkway, one of the first, if not the first, freeways. My mother drove our 1936 Dodge from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles to do our annual school shopping. I dont think we passed more than two dozen cars. Of course it was wartime 1942 1944 and gas and tires were rationed. After shopping at the May Co. we had lunch at Cliftons cafeteria. My favorite was the orange sherbet.