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BRIEFLY : FOUR LOCAL BEACHES FLUNK BACTERIA TEST.

Surfers and swimmers may want to avoid the water this weekend at Santa Monica Municipal Pier, Malibu Pier, Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon, and Surfrider Beach at the breach between the ocean and lagoon.

Each of those beaches received an F this week on Heal the Bay's weekly report card, which rates Los Angeles-area beaches from A to F.

Beaches graded at B or lower show bacteria levels that can cause skin rashes and respiratory or stomach ailments. The lower the grade, the higher the risk.

The grades are based on monitoring data by the Los Angeles County health and sanitation departments and the city's Hyperion Sewage Treatment Plant.

Most other beaches in the area were rated A-plus, including Leo Carrillo, Malibu Point, Westward Beach and other areas of Surfrider, Will Rogers and Santa Monica beaches.

The Trancas Beach entrance, Paradise Cove, Los Flores Canyon Creek entrance and Topanga State Beach received C grades this week.

- Daily News

Jury convicts mom of killing daughter

VAN NUYS - A Panorama City woman with a history of abusing her children was convicted Friday of second-degree murder for killing her 19-month-old daughter, who died after being returned to the home for a 60-day trial period.

A Van Nuys Superior Court jury also found Maria Sabina Barajas, a 30-year-old mother of three, guilty of assault on a child resulting in death.

She faces 25 years to life in prison when she is sentenced Aug. 4 for the June 4, 1997, slaying of her daughter, Maricela, said Deputy District Attorney Peter Korn.

Barajas' children had been removed from their home on two prior occasions dating back to 1992.

``She didn't render aid to the baby,'' Korn said. ``She took her to her sister's house and wouldn't call 911 to try to save her life.

``She begged her sister not to call 911 and said her husband would pick up the baby. But the baby died before the husband could get there.''

In 1992, Barajas was accused of abusing her then-5-year-old son, Jose, and the county Department of Children's Services put him in a foster home.

``She underwent a year of parenting classes and individual therapy, and then Jose was returned to her,'' Korn said.

- City News Service

Exploding tar pot badly burns roofer

CANOGA PARK - A roofer suffered third-degree burns over more than 50 percent of his body in an on-the-job accident Friday at a Canoga Park auto shop, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The accident occurred at 1:13 p.m. as the man was doing repair work at the auto shop at 20124 Sherman Way, near Winnetka Avenue, city fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The roofer's tar pot exploded, covering the front of his body with the hot, gooey substance.

The unidentified man, believed to be in his early 30s, was airlifted to the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital and Health Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

- City News Service

Charter panel plans LAUSD discussion

The elected Charter Reform Commission will meet Monday in Pacoima to discuss how reform of the City Charter could affect the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at Ritchie Valens Park, 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima.

Presentations will be made on how the charter could be changed to effect reforms within the school district.

- Daily News
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