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Burbank couple commits suicide
After one failed attempt in the past, an elderly Burbank couple committed suicide in their home earlier this week, Burbank police announced Wednesday.
Neighbors in the 800 block of North Screenland Drive heard a gunshot shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday, calling to the scene officers, who found the bodies of the husband and wife, both in their 80s.
The names of the couple were not released, pending notification of relatives. But Lt. Jay Farrand said they had tried to kill themselves once before. Farrand said police are calling the deaths a double-suicide and not a murder-suicide. It appears the wife died of asphyxiation asphyxiation /as·phyx·i·a·tion/ (as-fix?e-a´shun) suffocation; the stoppage of respiration.
Oxygen starvation of tissues. and that the man apparently shot himself, police said.
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Man arrested in fatal stabbing
ARLETA - A man suspected of stabbing his roommate to death in Arleta was in custody Wednesday, police said.
Officers sent to the 13000 block of Reedley Street about 9 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a stabbing found the victim, said 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 Sgt. John Seaquist of the Foothill Division.
The victim, whose name was not immediately released, died at the scene. Police arrested 52-year-old Carl Hardmon on suspicion of murder, Seaquist said.
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An animal shelter is a facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals; primarily a large variety of dogs and cats. boundaries to shift
Beginning today, the boundary dividing the service areas for the East Valley and West Valley animal shelters will be modified.
Residents north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway in Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Mission Hills will be served by the West Valley shelter on Plummer Street in Chatsworth instead of the East Valley Shelter on Sherman Way in North Hollywood. The change will be used on a six-month trial basis in hopes of equalizing the work between the two shelters.
People living in the 91342 ZIP code will be served by West Valley, along with parts of the 91340 and 91345 ZIP codes. If residents lose a pet in area being shifted to West Valley, the department recommends that the owner go to both Valley shelters to look for their animal, Persic said.
When the department's board of commissioners discussed the boundary shift at its latest meetings, several commissioners said the Valley may be due for a third animal shelter.
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MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.
(2) See M Technology Association.
1. (messaging) MTA - Message Transfer Agent. , union at odds on overcrowding overcrowding
overcrowding of animal accommodation. Many countries now publish codes of practice which define what the appropriate volumetric allowances should be for each species of animal when they are housed indoors. Breaches of these codes is overcrowding.
MTA officials said Wednesday they have met an end-of-the-year deadline to reduce bus overcrowding under a consent decree A settlement of a lawsuit or criminal case in which a person or company agrees to take specific actions without admitting fault or guilt for the situation that led to the lawsuit.
A consent decree is a settlement that is contained in a court order. , though leaders of the Bus Riders Union said the agency still routinely violates the decree on its most heavily used lines.
The MTA was required to reduce the average number of passengers standing on its 43-seat buses systemwide from 19 to 15 by Wednesday and to no more than nine by 2002.
The agency said it has made its first deadline, and taken several other steps to meet the decree, which was signed last year to settle a 1994 federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the Bus Riders Union and several other groups and individuals.
The MTA also said it is proposing to suspend work on most of its rail lines, so more can be spent on the bus system; plans to buy 1,313 buses, mostly to replace its aging fleet; and said it added or expanded 12 routes as part of pilot projects called for in the decree.
The Bus Riders Union said, however, that MTA buses on the most heavily used routes are still routinely jammed, particularly at rush hour, and far exceed the limits called for in the decree.
Bus Riders Union leaders said they plan to take their complaints to the court-appointed special master overseeing the case, hoping that he will force the agency to add more buses on the badly crowded lines.
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Women employees sue novelty maker
A federal class-action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, alleging that female employees of a North Hollywood novelty items maker were sexually harassed and retaliated against when they complained.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit on behalf of current and former employees of Doc Johnson Enterprises.
``By this lawsuit we are sending a message that the EEOC EEOC
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EEOC n abbr (US) (= Equal Employment Opportunities Commission) → comisión que investiga discriminación racial o sexual en el empleo has a zero tolerance The policy of applying laws or penalties to even minor infringements of a code in order to reinforce its overall importance and enhance deterrence.
Since the 1980s the phrase zero tolerance has signified a philosophy toward illegal conduct that favors strict imposition of level for sexual harassment sexual harassment, in law, verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, aimed at a particular person or group of people, especially in the workplace or in academic or other institutional settings, that is actionable, as in tort or under equal-opportunity statutes. and retaliation,'' said EEOC regional attorney Pamela Thomason.
``We're not just talking about dirty jokes here,'' she said. ``Women were being touched and fondled against their wishes.''
Doc Johnson officials were unavailable for comment.
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Neighbor pulls man from burning home
VAN NUYS - A neighbor rescued a 92-year-old man from his burning home Wednesday morning, a fire official said.
The fire erupted in the 13000 block of Hartsook Street shortly before 11:15 a.m., said Jim Wells, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), also known as the Los Angeles City Fire Department to distinguish it from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Los Angeles. .
Both the 92-year-old unidentified man and the neighbor, identified as Scott Rowen row·en
n. New England
A second crop, as of hay, in a season.
[Middle English rowein, from Anglo-Norman rewain, variant of Old French regain : re-, re- + , sustained minor smoke inhalation Smoke Inhalation Definition
Smoke inhalation is breathing in the harmful gases, vapors, and particulate matter contained in smoke.
Smoke inhalation typically occurs in victims or firefighters caught in structural fires. and were treated and released at the scene, Wells said.
Wells said that without the neighbor's help, the nonambulatory man would not have made it out on his own.
The fire, which caused about $45,000 in damage, was under investigation, Wells said.