There are two levels of Amtrak service: Apocalyptic and Merely Panicked.
Those of us who are regulars on the long-distance trains--a coterie so small that we sometimes recognize each other in the corridors--don't really bother to read the newspapers anymore. You can tell Amtrak has gone into Apocalyptic Mode when suddenly everything stops being repaired.
The city of New Orleans announced today that the French Quarter will be renamed the Freedom Quarter.
You didn't even come close to falling for that, did you? Too much French blood here, with almost 300 years of a love-hate relationship with Paris anyway.