Tuesday, December 1, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 18

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What are you thankful for?

El Niño—finally I’ll be able to dance in the rain.
A few days off from work!
That I don’t live in a war zone.

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Off the rails: Debate over oil trains raises the profile of railroad safety

Miles and miles of railroad track snake up the California coast though big cities and small towns. For coastal residents in SLO and Santa Barbara counties, those rails and the trains that run on them were a seemingly banal part of everyday existence.  Walking in cities like Santa Barbara, Guadalupe, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo, residents see the tracks and hear the sounds of trains every day. So ubiquitous was the presence of the railroad that what was once considered a modern marvel and a near-miraculous revolution in tra... [ Read Article ]