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Devastating Ike roars ashore in Galveston
By JUAN A. LOZANO and CHRIS DUNCAN
The Associated Press
Saturday, September 13, 2008; 4:15 AM
GALVESTON, Texas — A massive Hurricane Ike ravaged southeast Texas early Saturday, battering the coast with driving rain and ferocious wind gusts as residents who decided too late they should have heeded calls to evacuate made futile calls for rescue.
Though it would be daybreak before the storm’s toll was clear, already, the damage was extensive. Thousands of homes had flooded, roads were washed out and several fires burned unabated as crews could not reach them. But the biggest fear was that thousands of people had defied orders to flee would need rescue from submerged homes and neighborhoods.
‘Total destruction’: At least 15 die in head-on Metrolink crash
Commuter train with 225 aboard slams into freight train on winding route in Chatsworth. More than 135 are injured.
By Joel Rubin, Ann M. Simmons and Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
September 13, 2008
Rescue teams worked frantically into the night Friday after a Metrolink passenger train carrying 225 people collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train on a sharp curve in Chatsworth, killing at least 15 people and leaving more than 135 injured. It was one of the worst train crashes in Southern California history and Metrolink officials said they could not explain why warning systems failed to prevent such a catastrophic collision.
Los Angeles City Fire Capt. John Virant, his face glistening with sweat hours after the crash, described the scene as “total destruction . . . chaos.” “They are in there removing dead bodies that are lying on top of survivors,” Virant said. In the front train carriage, he said, “it was as if somebody had just taken all the seats and thrown them in there.
Groundhog Day election forces rival teams to alter strategy
Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Saturday September 13 2008
After almost two years of campaigning, the US election is arriving with a rush. Although there are 52 days left until the November 4 poll, the first of the ballot booths will open next Friday in Virginia for early voting.
Other states will follow soon after; 36 of the 50 are offering the opportunity to vote early, either in person or by post.
The expansion of early voting is posing a dilemma for the campaign teams, with decisions having to be made about whether to time ads and rallies to coincide with them or whether to delay drives until nearer November 4.
With 30% or more of the electorate predicted to vote early, the Barack Obama and John McCain campaigns are in overdrive.