For the second day in a row death befell a Texas freight train, this time in Eagle Pass, where one person was found dead and three other people were injured, officials said Sunday. Someone inside a freight train boxcar in the small border city called 911 to report distress Saturday afternoon, and responding U.S. Border Patrol agents found 12 people inside, railway Union Pacific reported. One of the 12 was dead, and three others were hospitalized, the railway said. Their conditions were unavailable. Eight others were detained, Union Pacific said. The stopped car was in a Union Pacific rail yard, it said. The discovery follows Friday's separate report of 15 suspected migrants on board a freight train about 70 miles northeast of Saturday's incident. At least two dead, 10 hospitalized after medical emergency on Texas train March 25, 2023 01:16 The report Friday was made in Uvalde County, near the small town of Knippa, officials said. … [Read more...] about Second incident of train deaths in Texas border area reported
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His Heart Is in the Art of Sleuthing
There might be a few agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who could sit down at a piano and run through a Chopin Fantasie to calm their nerves, as Robert K. Wittman used to do. But there probably aren’t many who could also chat knowledgably about Cézanne’s influence on Soutine. Or who have studied formalism at the Barnes Foundation art museum outside of Philadelphia. Or who have found themselves in Hollywood, Fla., eating lunch with — and probably being targeted by — two large French assassins nicknamed Vanilla and Chocolate, while tantalizingly close to recovering paintings from the biggest art heist in American history, the 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. For 15 years, until his retirement in 2008, Mr. Wittman — the author of a rollicking memoir, “Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures,” released last week by Crown Publishers — was the driving force behind the F.B.I.’s efforts to pursue art thieves, a … [Read more...] about His Heart Is in the Art of Sleuthing
The Moment They Knew: A ‘Last First Date,’ and Not a Moment Too Soon
Kyle Long and Skylar Simpson matched on Tinder in March 2019, during a period when both were reaching their limits on dating apps and hoping to find someone serious. They started chatting, and within 48 hours they met at food hall in Denver and spent hours getting to know each other. They were among the last people left at closing time. “I just think, based on our first date, there were so many things that I just loved about Skylar,” Mr. Long, 31, said in a phone interview. Mr. Simpson, 26, a nurse, said that their shared values and similar backgrounds were what really drew him to Mr. Long, who works as a fitness instructor and life coach. “We’re both from really small rural towns, and we have a shared similar experience of growing up as gay kids in a small town,” he said. “Additionally, we’re both devoted to our families. And I think it’s been a really beautiful experience to begin to build our own family.” The pair, who live together in Denver with a cat, Monty, and … [Read more...] about The Moment They Knew: A ‘Last First Date,’ and Not a Moment Too Soon
TELEVISION; Can Kirstie Alley Keep the ‘Cheers’ Bar Open?
See the article in its original context from September 20, 1987 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. KIRSTIE ALLEY SAT IN A COR-ner of Stage 25 Pararamount -the stage where ''Cheers'' has been filmed for the last five years. There were 10 cigarette butts standing on end, like a row of primitive soldiers, in front of her. ''When I'm nervous, I don't eat and I smoke cigarettes and line them up,'' she said. ''Walking around this set, I shake. For the first few days I was out of my … [Read more...] about TELEVISION; Can Kirstie Alley Keep the ‘Cheers’ Bar Open?
In San Juan, on the Road to Gonzo
“The Rum Diary,” directed by Bruce Robinson ( “Withnail and I” ) and based on an early novel of the same title by Hunter S. Thompson, will appeal to anyone who harbors romantic ideas about liquor, newspaper journalism or that mythical late-Eisenhower, early-Kennedy “Mad Men” time when the ’60s were getting ready to happen. Connoisseurs of straw hats and cool sunglasses will find much to savor, as will aficionados of guilt-free cigarette smoking and midday boozing. A mild lark disguised as a wild bender, “The Rum Diary” is also a touching tribute to Thompson himself, who committed suicide in 2005. Thompson’s alter ego, a young writer named Paul Kemp, is played by Johnny Depp. This makes the new film a prequel of sorts to Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998), in which Mr. Depp impersonated Thompson in his full Gonzo glory, with Hawaiian-print shirts draped over his torso and wild hallucinations sprouting from his balding pate. Kemp is, at least at first glance, … [Read more...] about In San Juan, on the Road to Gonzo
Black Hair’s Blockbuster Moment
In Wakanda, the techno-brilliant African nation of the Marvel film “Black Panther,” black warrior women don’t wear wigs. Compelled to conceal her shaved head to carry off an undercover mission, General Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, calls her flowing wig “a disgrace” and discards it the instant she draws her spear to battle the bad guys. The general and her royal guard of female combatants, the Dora Milaje warriors, are among a cast of characters graced with gorgeous natural hairstyles that imbue this film with the visual power of holistic black beauty. The movie weds a Black Nationalist aesthetic to an ethos of global kinship. It projects a resilience that captures the mood of our present moment. Despite and perhaps because of a surge in white supremacist language in the United States, a wave of black cultural resistance is flooding the arts as well as the streets. And with it, black hair in its natural state of sublime uprightness has returned as a symbol of political … [Read more...] about Black Hair’s Blockbuster Moment