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reading characters from a file?

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hi. i want to read characters from a file("sample.txt") that contains the following:
# LOCATIONS

# number of locations
15

# intersections
1st St & 101st Ave
1st St & 102nd Ave
1st St & 103rd Ave
2nd St & 101st Ave
2nd St & 102nd Ave
2nd St & 103rd Ave
3rd St & 101st Ave
3rd St & 102nd Ave
3rd St & 103rd Ave

# Freeway North locations
Freeway North @ 101st Ave
Freeway North @ 102nd Ave
Freeway North @ 103rd Ave

# Freeway South locations
Freeway South @ 101st Ave
Freeway South @ 102nd Ave
Freeway South @ 103rd Ave


# ROAD SEGMENTS

# number of road segments
40

# 1st St
0 1 1.5 30.0
1 0 1.5 27.5
1 2 2.0 30.5
2 1 2.0 27.5

# 2nd St
3 4 1.5 26.5
4 3 1.5 28.0
4 5 2.0 30.2
5 4 2.0 24.5

# 3rd St
6 7 1.5 29.0
7 6 1.5 28.5
7 8 2.0 35.2
8 7 2.0 32.5

# 101st Ave
0 3 2.3 37.5
3 0 2.3 37.4
3 6 2.5 39.2
6 3 2.5 38.5

# 102nd Ave
1 4 2.3 30.3
4 1 2.3 32.5
4 7 2.5 31.5
7 4 2.5 30.9

# 103rd Ave
2 5 2.3 42.6
5 2 2.3 40.5
5 8 2.5 42.8
8 5 2.5 43.2

# Freeway North
11 10 2.75 57.6
10 9 3.2 59.3

# Freeway North on and off ramps
0 9 0.05 40.1
9 0 0.05 39.5
4 10 0.1 37.1
10 4 0.1 39.0
8 11 0.07 35.4
11 8 0.07 37.6

# Freeway South
12 13 2.75 60.0
13 14 3.2 59.5

# Freeway South on and off ramps
0 12 0.06 40.0
12 0 0.06 40.5
4 13 0.09 38.5
13 4 0.09 39.0
8 14 0.08 41.5
14 8 0.08 37.5


# TRIPS

# number of trips to analyze
4

# the trips
0 8 D
1 8 T
2 7 T
12 14 D
what i want to do is read each line seperately except for the lines that start with a '#' sign and store the information. i tried the readLine() method but i cant seem to read off any characters from where i store each line. any help is appreciated. thanks
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