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BRIEFLY; CIRCUS PROTESTER HAS FATE ON HOLD.

A Los Angeles judge delayed sentencing for former child actor Pamelyn Ferdin, who was arrested in August during an animal rights protest over a circus held at Pierce College.

A Municipal Court judge on Tuesday pushed back her sentencing to Feb. 1.

Ferdin, who was the voice of Lucy in the animated ``Peanuts'' specials, faces up to six months in prison for carrying a ``bull hook'' during the protest at the circus on the college campus in Woodland Hills. A city ordinance bars protesters from carrying large wooden sticks.

The wooden rod topped by a metal hook is used by elephant trainers. Ferdin, 39, said she was carrying it as an educational tool.

- Associated Press

NEIGHBORHOODS OFFICIAL QUITTING

After only three months on the job, the assistant general manager in the new Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has decided to quit.

Yolanda Chavez, former chief deputy to Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard prior to taking the job as assistant general manager, said on Tuesday it was a ``very personal'' decision to leave so soon. Her last day is Friday.

``It has nothing to do with what's going on here,'' Chavez said. ``I look forward to what they do. I just felt it wasn't for me and I wasn't doing what I felt I should be at this point of my career.''

- Daily News

BEAM KILLS MAN AT BUILDING SITE

A falling steel beam killed a construction worker Tuesday at what will be a $430 million theater and shopping complex in Hollywood, and the permanent home of the Academy Awards show starting next year.

Francisco Javier Mendoza Jr., 24, of Norwalk apparently was at the bottom of an 80-foot parking structure excavation for the Hollywood & Highland Development when he was hit, officials said.

- City News Service

WOMAN MISSING IN AUSTRALIAN SEA

BRISBANE, Australia - A search was under way early today for a California woman who disappeared while snorkeling on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority was coordinating a sea and air search for the 80-year-old woman, who was last seen on Tuesday afternoon in the sea at Agincourt Reef, 33 miles northeast of the tourist city of Cairns in Queensland state.

Officials said the woman was from California, but have not released her name or hometown details.

- Associated Press

CARO FAMILY MOM PLEADS NOT GUILTY

VENTURA - Standing up from her wheelchair, with her fingers grasping the chain-link fence of the holding cell for support, Socorro ``Cora'' Caro silently nodded a not guilty plea Tuesday to charges that she murdered three of her young sons.

Caro, recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, is scheduled for a Feb. 22 hearing to determine whether she will stand trial on three counts of first-degree murder.

Caro remains held without bail in the Ventura County Jail medical ward in the Nov. 22 slayings of her sons Christopher, 5, Michael, 8, and Xavier ``Joey'' Jr., 11, all shot as they slept.

- Daily News
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