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Historic streetcars running again in New Orleans

By wire services
Published December 19, 2005


NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans on Sunday resumed its streetcar service, which had been out of commission since Hurricane Katrina wiped out the utility poles and metal tracks used to propel the city's trademark mode of transportation.

Car number 930, adorned with holiday garland and red ribbon, was the first to roll out from the French Market post at 7 a.m.

Six of the 35 historic New Orleans streetcars that before Katrina ran along St. Charles Avenue, the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, operated Sunday along the Mississippi Riverfront line and part of the Canal Street line.

There were two backup cars on the tracks as well.

Republican leaders agree on $41.6-billion in cuts

WASHINGTON - Republican congressional leaders agreed to trim deficits by $41.6-billion and sought to unlock the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling Sunday in a frenzied year-end bid to enact the core of a conservative agenda.

House Republican leaders said they would call for a vote within hours, and a postmidnight session seemed likely.

Passage would clear the way for a Senate vote as early as today.

GOP leaders hoped the ANWR drilling legislation would be close behind.

But it faced a rockier course - a threatened filibuster in the Senate that can only be broken with a 60-vote majority.

[Last modified December 19, 2005, 16:15:22]


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