BRIEFLY : MOTIVE FOR SLAYING OF TRANSIENT UNCLEAR.
CANOGA PARK - Police searched for a motive Monday in the slaying of a man found beaten to death in an alley over the weekend, officials said.
The body of Francisco Villareal, 37, was found about 8 a.m. Sunday in an alley in the 7100 block of Remmet Avenue, said Detective Rick Swanston of the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Police Department's West Valley Division.
Police found a stick, considered the possible murder weapon, near the body but were unsure of who killed Villareal, described by authorities as a transient.
``We don't think it was robbery,'' Swanston said. ``He was in the center of an area that's rather heavily gang-infested, so we have not eliminated the possibility that this was gang-related. But (Villareal) was not a gang member.''
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Pitt stalker ordered to begin counseling
HOLLYWOOD - An aspiring actress who entered Brad Pitt's Hollywood Hills The Hollywood Hills, an unofficial designation of part of the City of Los Angeles, California, are part of the eastern section of the low transverse range of the Santa Monica Mountains, which extends from the Los Feliz District and Hollywood, on the south side of the Valley, to home through an open window told a judge Monday that she enrolled in a court-ordered community service program but has failed to begin counseling sessions.
Hollywood Municipal Court Judge Dale Fischer ordered Athena Marie Rolando to do so immediately and return to court April 14 to show she has complied with the order.
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Mouseketeer's suit deal deadline set
Arbitration talks in a former Mouseketeer's $200 million royalties dispute against The Walt Disney Noun 1. Walt Disney - United States film maker who pioneered animated cartoons and created such characters as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck; founded Disneyland (1901-1966)
Disney, Walter Elias Disney Co. and the Screen Actors Guild must be completed by May 21, a federal judge said Monday.
Former Mouseketeer Darlene Fraschilla alleges cast members of the 1950s television show are owed the money from reruns and spin-off products.
U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real ordered that the arbitration talks be completed by the May deadline or a lawsuit Fraschilla has filed against both Disney and SAG can proceed.
The royalties lawsuit has languished because of slow action by SAG in setting up the arbitration talks, said Fraschilla's attorney, Charles Rondeau rondeau
One of several formes fixes (fixed forms) in French lyric poetry and song of the 14th–15th century, later popular with many English poets. The rondeau has only two rhymes (allowing no repetition of rhyme words) and consists of 13 or 15 lines of 8 or 10 .
A Disney spokesman declined to comment.
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Food inspector tells trial he's not guilty
A Los Angeles County food inspector accused of soliciting a bribe BRIBE, crim. law. The gift or promise, which is accepted, of some advantage, as the inducement for some illegal act or omission; or of some illegal emolument, as a consideration, for preferring one person to another, in the performance of a legal act. from a Burbank restaurant owner restaurant owner n → dueño/a or propietario/a de un restaurante in exchange for an A grade pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Orlando Arias, 42, of Van Nuys is charged with bribery and filing a false public document.
Deputy District Attorney Rune rune
Any of the characters within an early Germanic writing system. The runic alphabet, also called futhark, is attested in northern Europe, Britain, Scandinavia, and Iceland from about the 3rd century to the 16th or 17th century AD. Sodonis said Monday that Arias told the owner of Wok Avenue he would give the restaurant an A for $200.
The owner called KCBS-TV (Channel 2) in November and a reporter there wired the restaurant owner, Jeff Tsai, with a camera and a microphone.
When Arias arrived at the restaurant he did not inspect the eatery's kitchen.
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