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BRIEFLY BACA SUES COUNTY OVER TERM LIMITS.

Sheriff Lee Baca is suing the Board of Supervisors in an attempt to force the removal of a March 2002 ballot measure regarding creation of term limits for elected officers in Los Angeles County.

- City News Service

Police planning sting at crosswalk

ENCINO - In response to residents' complaints, police will conduct a crosswalk sting this morning at a busy Encino intersection where motorists often fail to stop for pedestrians.

From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. today, a plainclothes officer will pose as a pedestrian and attempt to use a crosswalk at Balboa Boulevard and Edward Everett Horton Lane. Drivers who fail to stop could be cited for a moving violation and face hundreds of dollars in penalties under the California Vehicle Code.

- Daily News

Names released after fatal crash

TARZANA - Two men killed early Sunday in an Oxnard Street collision were identified Monday as 22-year-old Erasmo Ernesto Amaya of Canoga Park and 18-year-old Jony William Menjivar-Jovel of East Los Angeles, said Scott Carrier, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

- Daily News

L.A. air reopens to private planes

The Federal Aviation Administration is opening the skies over 12 more cities to all private planes, leaving only Washington, New York and Boston with limits on the small aircraft.

On Monday, the airspace over Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco reopened to all private planes.

- Associated Press

Not guilty plea in airliner ruckus

A man accused of making an anti-American threat aboard an Air Canada flight Sept. 27 pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court to a charge of interfering with a flight crew.

The trial of Javid Naghani, 37, of Woodland Hills is scheduled to begin Nov. 27. The Iranian national allegedly made the threat after he was found smoking in a lavatory.

- City News Service

Convictions urged in fatal 1994 blast

RIVERSIDE - Prosecutors will ask a jury this week to convict two scientists of illegally burning rocket propellants seven years ago in an incident that led to a deadly blast.

Two Rocketdyne scientists were killed and a technician burned in July 1994 when the chemicals were burned at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Chatsworth.

- Associated Press

Five deny charges in extortion plot

Five Southland residents with reputed ties to Armenian organized crime pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from an alleged kidnapping and extortion plot targeting an Armenian immigrant.

The five, arrested last week and being held without bond, entered their pleas before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Game Jr.

- City News Service

Undercover cops fire on suspects

CAMARILLO - Undercover narcotics officers shot at two narcotics suspects Monday who rammed a pickup truck the officers were using during a drug investigation outside a Camarillo mall, police said.

The drug suspects were not injured by the gunfire and were taken into custody, officials said.

A police officer suffered minor injuries when the Honda sedan the suspects were in rammed the truck in the shopping center parking lot off Los Posas Road near the Ventura Freeway about 4 p.m., authorities said.

- Daily News

Financier in court in MGM takeover

Florio Fiorini, one of two Italian financiers accused of acquiring MGM studios through fraud, was arraigned Monday as part of a plea deal that requires him to cooperate with a government probe of the French bank Credit Lyonnais.

Fiorini, 60, who with financier Giancarlo Parretti controlled major entertainment companies in the 1990s, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy, securities fraud and filing false reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The charges involve a $1.5 billion fraud related to the 1990 takeover of MGM.

- Associated Press

Funding awarded to local colleges

Two local community colleges with significant Latino student populations were awarded $400,000 grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, it was announced Monday.

Los Angeles Mission College and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College are among 13 colleges and universities around the country to receive Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities grants totaling $4.5 million.

- City News Service
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