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Weather station's contact restored

WOODLAND HILLS -- The Pierce College weather station was fully restored Wednesday, allowing West Valley weather watchers around the world to get up-to-the-minute data, according to officials.

A computer glitch on Oct. 2 had severed online links to the 57-year-old facility, dubbed by one climatologist as ``the Rolls Royce of weather stations.''

The restored Internet connection automatically links station weather gauges to the National Weather Service and the station Web site, www.piercecollege.com/offices/weather.

-- Daily News

Power discharge burns contractor

LA CRESCENTA -- An electrical discharge severely burned a Southern California Edison maintenance contractor Wednesday and disrupted power for more than 2,100 customers, officials said.

The discharge from a 16,000-volt circuit occurred about 10:30 a.m. near Pennsylvania Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, where a crew with Riverside-based Pouk & Steinle was repairing faulty transformers, said Tom Boyd, an Edison spokesman.

The contractor's identity was not immediately released, but he suffered first- and second-degree burns to the arms and face and was transported to Verdugo Hills Hospital, Boyd said.

The wounds did not appear life-threatening. Boyd said 2,158 customers were affected, though power was restored to all but 103 by 11:20 a.m.

-- Daily News

Morning shooting hurts man's back

NORTH HILLS -- A bullet grazed a man's back early Wednesday morning in what police believed was a gang-related shooting.

The man, who was shot at 5:30 a.m. in the 8700 block of Langdon Avenue, was taken to a local hospital for treatment, said Kevin Maiberger, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

Witnesses saw two Latino men with shaved heads running north on Langdon immediately after the shooting, he said.

-- Daily News

Jury still unsure in market deaths

A jury ended its eighth day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the case of an 89-year-old man whose car tore through a Santa Monica farmers market, killing 10 people and injuring 63 others.

Earlier in the day, jurors asked the judge to clarify the charges against George Russell Weller, who is accused of 10 counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in the incident that occurred on July 16, 2003.

Weller's lawyers said he mistook the accelerator for the brake pedal and lost control of his car.

The jury foreman told Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson that members ``have not been able to reach common ground'' and sought clarification on the definition of gross negligence.

-- Associated Press

Hit-and-run driver injures two girls

A hit-and-run driver injured two 16-year-old female students Wednesday, one critically, near Fremont High School in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

The girls, whose names were withheld, were struck at 78th and San Pedro streets shortly before 9 a.m., said Kevin Maiberger of the Los Angeles Police Department.

One of the teens was hospitalized in critical condition with a head injury and internal injuries, while the other was reported to have stable vital signs and a leg injury, according to police and school district officials.

Police said despite her injuries, the critically injured girl is expected to survive.

The suspect was described only as a male in his mid-30s. Anyone with additional information on the collision was asked to call (323) 290-6063. After hours or on weekends, call (877) 529-3855.

-- City News Service
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