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Fees for unspayed dogs to increase

GLENDALE - The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to raise the annual licensing fee for dogs that have not been spayed or neutered from $22 to $100 to encourage owners to get their pets fixed.

The fee for dogs that have already been fixed would remain at $11. Owners whose dogs have not been spayed or neutered but whose dogs have completed an obedience training program would pay $50 fora license.

The city attorney will prepare an ordinance to be brought back to the council within weeks for a final vote.

- Daily News

Teen badly hurt by hit-run driver

PACOIMA - A 17-year-old San Fernando High School student suffered severe injuries Wednesday after being struck by an unknown vehicle that threw her at least 20 feet, authorities said.

The girl, whose name was not released, was struck at about 6:04 p.m. as she walked away from the high school at 11100 block of O'Melveny Avenue, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

``She sustained facial trauma, neck and back pain, and was in and out of consciousness,'' Humphrey said. She was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where she was listed in critical condition.

- Daily News

Student charged with killing baby

A University of Southern California student who authorities suspect dumped her newborn son in a trash bin pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges on Wednesday.

Holly Ashcraft, 21, of Billings, Mont., also had her $2 million bail reduced by a Superior Court commissioner to $200,000. She has been charged with one count of murder and one count of child abuse. If convicted, she would face 25 years to life in prison.

Commissioner James M. Bianco said that if she makes bail, she must be electronically monitored, have another adult present if she is in the presence of any children under age 16 and remain in Los Angeles County while her case is pending. She is scheduled to return to court Dec. 19.

- Associated Press

Supervisors seek new exec officer

A search is under way for an executive officer for the county Board of Supervisors to replace the current department head, who is set to retire in several months, county officials said Wednesday.

Violet Varona-Lukens, who has been the executive officer since February 2000, will retire Feb. 22 after 37 years with the department.

The executive officer is the administrative head of the Department of Board of Supervisors and responsible for preparing the board's weekly agenda, maintaining the board's official records and providing other administrative services. The annual salary range for the position is listed at $122,961 to $184,443.

- City News Service

Degrees, income expected to slip

SAN JOSE - If current trends continue, the percentage of California workers with a college degree will decrease and the personal income of state residents will decline over the next 15 years, according to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

The report says that if California does not improve the education of Latinos, the percentage of the state work force with less than a high school diploma is projected to increase, while the percentage with an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree is expected to decline.

- Daily News

Students, faculty are tested for TB

WOODLAND HILLS - A Pierce College student was diagnosed with tuberculosis last month, requiring the college to inform about 500 students and faculty members that they may have been exposed to the disease, college officials said.

Beth Benne, director of the Pierce Health Center, said she was notified Oct. 13 by the Los Angeles County Department of Health that a student had been diagnosed with TB.

- Daily News

City wins ruling against strip club

RESEDA - The city of Los Angeles won a court ruling against a strip club that has been operating in Reseda for six years, but the owners said Wednesday they plan to appeal the ruling and remain open.

In the long-running battle involving the Frisky Kitty Bar, at Reseda Boulevard and Oxnard Street, the state Second Court of Appeal upheld the city's right to deny a permit for its operation.

``This is important to the quality of life for residents who have had to suffer with this place and for the city to have the power to uphold its zoning rights,'' said Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area and has been trying to close down the bar.

Roger Jon Diamond, the attorney for the club, however, said the business will remain open as an appeal is made to the state Supreme Court and then the federal courts, if necessary.

- Daily News
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