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Front Page: Two Train Crashes, US Economy Grows, Suicide Bomb Kills 16 in Iraq

  • Two Train Crashes: Two train crashes happened within hours of each other in Chicago and Boston yesterday. In Chicago, an elevated train derailed, leaving several people hurt. Then during rush hour in Boston two commuter trains collided and derailed killing the train driver and leaving several passengers injured. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the Boston crash. The 24-year-old driver died when one train slammed into the back of another.
  • US Economy Grows: The Commerce Department reported today that economic growth was measured at a 0.9 percent growth rate. The growth was a slightly better pace in the first quarter, though still weak and hindered by cautious consumers hurt by housing, credit and financial problems. The growth was an improvement from the government’s initial estimate for the first quarter as well as the economy’s performance in the final quarter of last year — both saw 0.6 percent growth rate.
  • Suicide Bomb Kills 16 in Iraq: A suicide bomber detonated today in a crowd of police recruits in northwestern Iraq, killing at least 16 and wounding 14 others. The blast occurred in Sinjar, the town that also saw a series of suicide truck bombings that killed an estimated 500 people. No responsibility has been claimed for the latest attack, though some suspect al-Qaida in Iraq, backing up Iraqi claims that insurgents have fled to remote areas to escape a US-Iraqi offensive currently in Mosul, about 74 miles east of Sinjar.

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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
HF - If you ride the red line and the green line, does that mean you can just skip the blue line?
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Yeah...it was the Green Line here in Chicago that de-railed. I ride the red...scary.
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
woops! Sorry about the double post
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
omg! I ride it all the time when I'm in town for school. Ah, freaky. And I also run into the WEIRDEST people. So very strange...yet so entertaining.Cine, the fact that these happened in one day definitely is a bit of a strange coincidence. Very weird
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
omg! I ride it all the time when I'm in town for school. Ah, freaky. And I also run into the WEIRDEST people. So very strange...yet so entertaining. Cine, the fact that these happened in one day definitely is a bit of a strange coincidence. Very weird
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
omg! I ride it all the time when I'm in town for school. Ah, freaky. And I also run into the WEIRDEST people. So very strange...yet so entertaining. Cine, the fact that these happened in one day definitely is a bit of a strange coincidence. Very weird
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
I have only ridden the subway in foreign cities and I always stand way back!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Ugh yes, I always hated when people stood so close to the tracks/edge. I used to want to pull them back and give them a good talking to lol. I do miss NY
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Ugh yes, I always hated when people stood so close to the tracks/edge. I used to want to pull them back and give them a good talking to lol. I do miss NY
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I know Em. They do the same here. I mean what is the freaking rush? It will get here when it gets here and that is it. Now we have random searches by cops in the subways, and that actually makes me feel much safer that I am not going to have some crazy push me on the tracks. Unfortunately they are not in all subways and they are not around all the time. It is random where they are on any given day.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
That article was disturbing to say the least. I wonder if subway repair is included on the 10 worst jobs in the world. Having to clean up dead bodies every week would be enough to ponder wage versus job. As far as the danger, there are a lot of people who love living on the edge.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Oh, and cine, I cannot tell you how many people here lean so far over the platform to see if the train is coming. Sometimes it gets to the point where their toes are waaaay over the platform and it bugs the crap out of me!! Doing that is not going to make the train come any more quickly!! Ahem. Sorry ;)
em1282 em1282 8 years
Oh, and cine, I cannot tell you how many people here lean so far over the platform to see if the train is coming. Sometimes it gets to the point where their toes are waaaay over the platform and it bugs the crap out of me!! Doing that is not going to make the train come any more quickly!! Ahem. Sorry ;)
em1282 em1282 8 years
I don't know, cine, but UD may be onto something. ;) Then again I also met a (now-ex) boyfriend of mine on the train...hmmm...wonder if he's since gone crazy ;)
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
What a great article! I think this goes to show that people will work if you pay them what they deserve to be paid.On a side note. I never stand by the tracks because when I was a kid there was a guy who was pushing people in front of the trains. The story stuck with me, and now I stay against the wall until the train comes. I would rather stand on the train then be squashed by one.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
What a great article! I think this goes to show that people will work if you pay them what they deserve to be paid. On a side note. I never stand by the tracks because when I was a kid there was a guy who was pushing people in front of the trains. The story stuck with me, and now I stay against the wall until the train comes. I would rather stand on the train then be squashed by one.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I think it's the soothing effects of the train ride.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Em, it is the same here. What is it with subways and crazy people?
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
<b>New York</b> magazine had a <a href="http://nymag.com/news/features/46643/">fascinating article</a> about the people who work in the subway tunnels. It's completely worth a read. I could NOT do what they do.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
New York magazine had a fascinating article about the people who work in the subway tunnels. It's completely worth a read. I could NOT do what they do.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Haha, UD! Oh you meet so many interesting people on the train here...sometimes they can introduce you to lots of their own interesting friends, who seem to be, uh, imaginary...
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
This has been more frequent in Chicago in the last 6-8 months. It's a little scary especially with so many people riding the train. I hope they can pinpoint the problems in both cities. It's probably the repairs.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
UD, They (the school) showed us pictures of dead people who died by peeing on the rail. I wonder how they actually died? :ponder: Or maybe they were really close to the rail and they just opted to leave that out, so we did not go near it at all. You have to learn strang things growing up in New York.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Em, If I knew your name, I'd talk to you. I keep looking at you hoping you'll tell it to me. ;)
em1282 em1282 8 years
I think there were actually two train derailments here yesterday...luckily there were no passengers on the other train, so no one was hurt. I ride the train every day here in Chicago and am always a bit freaked out by the possibility of a derailment...oh, that and the possibility of the weird dude who stares at me on my train will try to talk to me.
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