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BRIEFLY WOMAN KILLED AS SUV RUNS RED LIGHT.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - A 20-year-old woman was killed and two men were critically injured in a traffic collision Friday after a sport-utility vehicle ran a red light, police said.

The SUV driver was heading south on Whitsett Avenue about 11:30 a.m. when he broadsided a westbound Nissan 350Z at the Riverside Drive intersection, LAPD Sgt. Robert Weisz said.

The passenger in the Nissan was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Both the 20-year-old driver of the Nissan and the 30-year-old driver of the SUV were hospitalized in critical condition.

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Motorcyclist dies in crash with car

GRANADA HILLS - A 23-year-old motorcyclist died Friday after being injured in a traffic crash late Thursday.

The Torrance man was riding his motorcycle east on Rinaldi Street when he was cut off by another driver near Ruffner Avenue, said Los Angeles police Lt. Steven Allen. A 74-year-old woman had been traveling in the opposite direction on Rinaldi when she turned into the motorcyclist's path, Allen said.

The motorcyclist's identity was not immediately available Friday. No charges have been filed in connection with the crash, which remains under investigation.

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Man sentenced for bagels fraud

The former chairman of a Manhattan Bagel subsidiary was sentenced Friday to 7 1/2 years in federal prison for inflating the number of bagels the chain sold, and for other crimes unrelated to the chain.

Allan Boren, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary Feess, who increased his punishment after determining his conduct was predatory as well as ``callous and despicable,'' according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Boren, who was the chairman of I&J Bagel Inc., pleaded guilty in May 2002 to securities fraud and accounting fraud, admitting he caused Manhattan Bagel to include bogus bagel sales in its 1995 and 1996 financial statements.

- City News Service

Leopard sharks spotted nearby

SANTA MONICA - A couple of 3-foot leopard sharks could be seen prowling in the ocean off Will Rogers State Beach Friday, but neither posed a threat to swimmers, authorities said.

``There is no danger,'' said county lifeguard Capt. Garth Canning.

A law enforcement helicopter crew saw the silhouettes of the sharks offshore and notified lifeguards, who identified the species, Canning said.

``There has never been a shark attack in Santa Monica Bay,'' he said.

- City News Service

Three critically injured in crash

STUDIO CITY - A two-vehicle crash in Studio City Friday left three people critically injured, authorities said.

Paramedics were sent to Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue about 10:35 a.m., said Bob Collis of the Fire Department.

Firefighters freed one trapped victim, Collis said.

A man about 30 was in one vehicle, and a couple, both about 20, were in the other, Collis said.

- City News Service

Lake bridge will close for repairs

LOS ANGELES - The Lake Vista Drive bridge over Malibu Lake will be closed to vehicle traffic until September for emergency repairs, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

The bridge was closed at 7 a.m. Friday, and will remain closed until early September, according to a department statement. The rest of Lake Vista Drive will remain open to vehicle traffic.

Sidewalks on the bridge will remain open for pedestrians, according to the statement.

Mulholland Highway can be used as an alternate route.

- City News Service

Mercury soaring in the Southland

High heat returned to Southern California Friday, breaking one record and pushing the mercury to near record temperatures across Los Angeles.

Los Angeles International Airport hit 87 degrees, breaking a 1984 record of 82 degrees, said National Westher Service Meteorologist Bruce Rockwell.

It was 94 degrees in Woodland Hills, 90 downtown, 89 in Burbank and 87 in Pasadena.

Temperatures across the region today are expected to be in the 80s to low 90s, Rockwell said.

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Metro work slated to begin in Valley

WOODLAND HILLS - Daytime and nighttime construction will take place starting Monday at two Woodland Hills locations on the Metro Orange Line, a 14-mile busway linking the Metro Red Line and Warner Center, authorities said.

Crews will begin reconstruction of a portion of Mason Avenue north of Victory Boulevard at 7 a.m. The work will continue from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Ed Scannell of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

The work will continue for more than five months and will consist of excavating, grading and repaving the existing intersection and installing underground utilities, modifying pavement striping and the traffic signal systems, and building new curbs, gutters and crosswalks, Scannell said.

Crews will also conduct nighttime work on Monday and Tuesday between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

- City News Service

Residents agree to pay for lighting

PACOIMA - Residents near Ritchie Valens Park voted overwhelmingly to pay about $53 a year per home for new streetlights, a spokesman for Councilman Alex Padilla said Friday.

The lights will illuminate about 500 homes on the outskirts of the park, making it one of the largest single lighting projects in Padilla's northeastern San Fernando Valley district, said spokesman David Gershwin.

Gershwin said the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power agreed to pay the $1,600-per-home installation charge, a key stumbling block for new streetlights in low-income areas. Residents voted 129-49 to tax themselves $53 a year for ongoing maintenance.

- Daily News
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