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BRIEFLY INDICTMENT LINKED TO INSURANCE SCAM.

SAN FRANCISCO - The scandal within the California Department of Insurance widened late Thursday when a grand jury indicted a Sacramento man on charges of siphoning thousands of dollars from a community relief fund created in the aftermath of the Northridge Earthquake.

The indictment, unsealed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, came two days after former Deputy Insurance Commissioner George Grays pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering charges. Brian K. Thompson was indicted Thursday, accused of pocketing about $90,000 from the California Research and Assistance Fund by scheming with Grays in a financial kickback operation in which the two profited about $263,000.

- Associated Press

Architect picked for kids museum

Officials with the Los Angeles Childrens Museum plan to announce today the selection of Sarah Graham as the architect for the Hansen Dam campus portion of the new museum.

Graham is with Angelil/Graham/Pfenninger/Scholl, a Los Angeles-based firm that has overseen projects across the country and is known for its innovative and environmentally friendly designs, officials said.

The announcement is the next significant step in developing the two- campus Childrens Museum, the outgrowth of a long debate over the future of the facility once it outgrew its downtown space.

Earlier this week, officials announced they had selected Edwin Schlossberg Inc. as the master exhibit design firm for the Hansen Dam campus.

- Daily News

Drunk teens must attend counseling

GRANADA HILLS - Seven Kennedy High School boys caught drinking off campus after skipping class have been suspended for two days, campus officials said Thursday.

Assistant Principal Tim Guy said the students, ranging in age from 15 to 19, are due back in class today and all must attend a mandatory districtwide counseling program on alcohol use.

Acting on a neighbor's tip, school officials discovered the teens Tuesday morning at an apartment on San Fernando Mission Boulevard. Three of the teens were so intoxicated that they had to be taken to local hospitals, where they were later released.

- Daily News

$1 mil for maglev, $5.7 mil for bridge

WASHINGTON - Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater had bad news Thursday for backers of a proposed high-speed magnetic levitation train in Southern California, granting only a token $1 million for further study of the project.

But Slater had good news for motorists, announcing $5.7 million for widening and upgrading the Santa Clara River Bridge between Oxnard and Ventura, a major bottleneck on the Ventura Freeway west of Los Angeles.

Slater also announced $438,500 in federal funds to repair the Oaklawn Pedestrian Bridge in South Pasadena.

- Daily News

Man dies shortly before doctor visit

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE - Just four hours before his scheduled appointment with a cardiologist, an 82-year-old man went into cardiac arrest Thursday at the La Canada Library, deputies said.

The unidentified man had apparently left his car running in the parking lot of the library at 4545 North Oakwood Ave., gone inside the library and collapsed, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Toly. It's unclear why he went into the library, Toly said.

- Daily News
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Date:Jan 19, 2001
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