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BRIEFLY WEATHER CLOUDY, LESS DAMP TODAY.

Forecasters said there is a chance of rain in the Los Angeles area today but nothing like the torrential downpour that drenched some Southland areas earlier in the week.

The National Weather Service reported a 30 percent chance of showers this morning.

In the mountains, the snow level will be at 6,500 feet, according to the weather service.

Partly cloudy skies are expected today.

Dry conditions are expected this afternoon and are expected to continue through next week.

- Staff and Wire Services

Deputies arrest kidnap suspect

THOUSAND OAKS - Deputies arrested a man in connection with the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl, officials said Saturday.

A kidnapper had lured the girl into his pickup truck around noon Nov. 11 on Erbes Road, but she managed to escape after a few minutes, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department reported.

Paul Whitehead, 23, is being held on suspicion of kidnapping a juvenile. The Thousand Oaks man was arrested around 10 p.m. Friday after a four-day investigation, police said.

After spotting Whitehead's white pickup at an apartment complex on the 200 block of E. Wilbur Road, deputies noticed him getting into a car with others and driving away, according to a Sheriff's Department statement. Deputies stopped the car as it left the area and arrested Whitehead without incident, police said.

- Daily News

Public radio KCSN will extend range

NORTHRIDGE - KCSN, the public radio station at California State University, Northridge, will soon go digital, joining a national movement toward digital programming.

KCSN-FM (88.5), celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will receive a portion of $3 million in grants distributed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to 42 public radio stations in 13 ``seed markets'' across the country.

KCSN will use its nearly $110,000 grant to equip both its main transmitter and a new booster with high definition radio digital technology. The booster will give KCSN the potential to reach 400,000 new listeners on Los Angeles' Westside. KCSN now broadcasts primarily in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

- Daily News

Fire crew douses restaurant blaze

PASADENA - A fire caused $1 million in damage to a Pasadena restaurant early Saturday, officials said. There were no injuries.

At 1:08 a.m. fire personnel were sent to 55 E. Colorado Blvd. in response to a police call about sparks coming from the restaurant, said a Fire Department dispatcher.

Arriving fire companies reported fire coming from the roof.

The flames were knocked down at 1:39 a.m. Damage was placed at $500,000 to the structure and $500,000 to other property.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

- City News Service

TV drama raises flap over graffiti

Lincoln Heights residents are outraged that a cable TV police drama filming in their neighborhood inadvertently filmed a shot of graffiti that included the name of a real gang and the moniker of one of its members.

The residents say the graffiti glorifies the gang and could spark violence. They have written letters to Fox Television Studios, which had contracted a company to paint the graffiti, urging it not to air the scene during an upcoming episode of ``The Shield.''

The graffiti on the front of a house was primarily painted by a production company artist, who unknowingly allowed a man who police say is a gang member to add his moniker, said Scott Brazil, executive producer of ``The Shield.''

The production company artist also painted the name of the street, without knowing it was the name of a local gang, producers said.

- Associated Press
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