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Dan Boylan

Dan Boylan was a former general assignment reporter at The Washington Times.

Articles by Dan Boylan

CSX Transportation is one of seven Class 1 freight train firms with annual operating revenues of $450 million or more. Despite a report of longer trains creating lengthy railroad crossings, CSX states that longer trains are a "tried and proven way to increase efficiency." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Longer freight trains create delays, safety concerns

U.S. freight trains have been growing up to three miles long, creating lengthy delays at railroad crossings for emergency responders and raising concerns about potential derailments, according to federal auditors. Published July 8, 2019

Widening highways to reduce gridlock fails for several reasons, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. It says studies show that more road space over time leads to further congestion because of a phenomenon called "induced demand." (Associated Press/File)

PIRG calls highway projects wasteful

A public interest advocacy group has identified the country's "most wasteful and pointless" transportation projects, which are costing taxpayers $25 billion. Published July 3, 2019

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, Seattle police recruits Travis Duennes, left, and Tre Smith work together through a practice scenario at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, Wash.  While some critics say that good officers already consider themselves protectors and that police need the best equipment to defend themselves and the public, many law enforcement leaders see a need for a broader change in police training and culture.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Police staffing shortage sparks recruit bidding war

The Seattle Police Department recently erected a billboard in Indianapolis to recruit Hoosiers for its force in Washington state, and other police departments have addressed staffing shortages by allowing officers to sport beards, mustaches and tattoos. Published June 18, 2019

Lawmakers in Texas and North Carolina are the latest to push for increases in fees for hybrid and electric vehicles. However, that push is getting resistance from environmental groups who say the fees would discourage people from buying these vehicles. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

States losing gas tax revenue on electric, hybrid cars

States are losing gas tax revenue on hybrid and electric cars, but their efforts to raise registration fees on those vehicles for road maintenance projects is meeting opposition from environmentalists and auto manufacturers. Published June 12, 2019

New York's Senate is considering a proposal that would make it illegal to text and walk at the same time. A transportation expert says the measure is "idiotic and backward." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Distracted walking laws slammed by safety advocates

Laws aimed at stopping pedestrians focused on their smartphones from wandering into traffic are generating criticism from safety advocates who say such measures are misguided and fruitless. Published May 23, 2019

This June 19, 2018 photo shows a ICOR Technology Mini-CALIBER robot next to a fire investigator's truck at Municipal Services Center in Lincoln, Neb. The new nimble, black, tracked tactical robot for Lincoln's bomb squad won't move faster than 5 mph, but its operators believe it could help the squad or a SWAT team defuse tense situations faster. (Francis Gardler/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

Robot Rodeo in New Mexico lets bomb squads put skills to the test

It's a scenario straight out of Hollywood: A Russian pilot ejects from a hijacked F-4 Phantom and leaves behind an improvised nuclear device that will detonate in 90 minutes. Can your bomb-disposal robot deactivate it in time to save the world? Published May 16, 2019

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Darknet illuminated by MIT tool

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an approach to identify the hidden hands running the illegal, anonymous marketplaces on the darknet. Published May 15, 2019