Despite crowds, Beijing’s subway system is calm, clean, efficient

As the world’s third most-populous city, getting around in Beijing takes some planning. For example, the city’s 21 million residents are only allowed to drive their vehicles in designated sections of the city. In an effort to curb pollution, a system is also in place to regulate which days certain drivers can hit the road….

WATCH: Touring Germany by high-speed train

Planes, trains, & automobiles — I did it all to travel across Germany. Click here for the spectacular view from the Deutsche Bahn ICE train!

Texas DMV rejects hundreds of ‘indecent, vulgar’ personalized license plates

Picking a personalized Texas license plate isn’t a free-for-all. The Department of Motor Vehicles uses very specific criteria for reviewing vanity plate requests, resulting in more than 1,600 rejected requests. Car enthusiasts at Saturday’s ‘Classic Cars & Art in the Park’ in Mineola are very familiar with the application process. Dozens of hot rods, rat…

Camera cops are watching our streets

In the blink of an eye, you’ve not only run a red light, but now you’re facing a automatic traffic ticket. Since moving to East Texas, it’s been hard to find an intersection that doesn’t have a set of electronic eyes watching and waiting for a car to run the red. Photo-enforced intersections aren’t as new as you’d…

Day 17: Adventures in mass transit

After returning to the station from Gainesville on Tuesday, I realized that I had to figure out which train to take home from downtown. After checking the schedule, I waited for the train, when suddenly it hit me. I had always been told “Do not take the DART rail after dark.” Friends and family had…

Day 12: Stumbling upon hidden treasure

Take a step in any direction in downtown Dallas, and the only way to find any sign of nature, is to look straight up — way up at the sky, slightly hazy from the tinge of smog lingering over the city. One would not expect to see the simple, delicate spirit of Mother Nature present in this jungle…

Day 5: My first week in the WFAA newsroom

I’ve had a spectacular first week at WFAA. Let me recap some of the highlights. I couldn’t ask for a group of people who are so professional, personable, and committed to their responsibilities as journalists. I’ve learned walking is the cheapest form of transportation. Gas prices are still ridiculously high (might be the topic of…