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Pricey blaze guts mall restaurant

SANTA CLARITA - An early-morning fire inside a restaurant at a Santa Clarita strip mall caused an estimated $2.25 million in damage.

Los Angeles County Fire personnel, including 75 firefighters, were sent about 5:32 a.m. Saturday to Don Cuco Restaurant in the 27200 block of Camp Plenty Road and had the fire contained by 6:54 a.m., said county fire Inspector Ron Haralson.

There were no injuries reported, Haralson said. The fire caused $1.5 million worth of damage to the structure and $750,000 worth of damage to its contents. A cause of the fire was under investigation, but it appeared to have started in the restaurant's kitchen or bar, officials said.

- City News Service

Hollywood parade will feature stars

Today's 74th Hollywood Christmas Parade will feature Hollywood stars, Los Angeles Clippers players and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the procession's grand marshal. It's the first time in the parade's history that the honor has been given to an elected official.

Hollywood icons Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt are scheduled to ride in the parade, along with Vivien Cardone of ``Everwood,'' Tyler Hilton of ``One Tree Hill,'' Richard Schiff of ``The West Wing'' and Camille Winbush of ``The Bernie Mac Show.''

Shaun Livingston and Cuttino Mobley of the Los Angeles Clippers are also scheduled to participate, along with marching bands, equestrian units, floats and, of course, Santa Claus.

Organizers said they expect about 1 million spectators along the route of the parade, which begins at 5 p.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive and also will be televised on KTLA (Channel 5).

- City News Service

Lakers, Kings set holiday donations

Local sports teams are launching several donation efforts this holiday season. The Los Angeles Lakers will conduct a children's book drive for the library at Miles Avenue School in Huntington Park before today's game at Staples Center in conjunction with Chick Hearn Night.

Fans who donate children's books will receive a Lakers bookmark and get the opportunity to write their name on a sticker that will be placed inside the book stating that it is donated in memory of Hearn, the team's play-by-play broadcaster from its inaugural 1960-61 season in Los Angeles until his death in 2002.

The book drive is an element of the team's Read to Achieve campaign. Lakers fans have donated more than 4,000 books in drives over the past three seasons, according to a team executive.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings will conduct toy and food drives before their next three games at Staples Center, beginning with Saturday night's contest against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fans are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy or nonperishable food as they enter Staples Center. Kings players will distribute the toys to patients at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in December.

The drives will also be held before Monday's game against the Detroit Red Wings and the Dec. 8 game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

- City News Service

Winds knock out power Saturday

High winds knocked out electricity Saturday to more than 4,400 Los Angeles homes and businesses.

The first outage happened at 1:48 p.m. near Universal City, said Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Marie Lemelle. It affected some 900 customers in an area within Craig, Wonderview and Blair drives and Cahuenga Boulevard, she said.

An outage at 2 p.m. in the Park La Brea area between Rosewood and Spaulding drives and Detroit and First streets left some 670 customers without power.

In Boyle Heights, an outage at 2:05 p.m. affected 2,800 customers in the area of Fairmount, Indiana and Percy streets and Evergreen Avenue.

A downed high-voltage wire on Borden Avenue near the Ronald Reagan Freeway near San Fernando left an unknown number of customers without power, Lemelle said.

- City News Service

Two men found dead in East L.A.

EAST LOS ANGELES - Two men were found fatally shot early Saturday, the Sheriff's Department reported.

The victims, who were not immediately identified, were found after deputies were sent about 12:50 a.m. to the 800 block of South Bonnie Beach Place, according to a Sheriff's Department statement.

- City News Service

Wrong-way crash kills 1 on freeway

SOUTH GATE - At least one person was injured in a traffic crash Saturday involving a wrong-way driver on the southbound Long Beach Freeway in South Gate, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash at Firestone Boulevard was reported to the CHP at 4:43 a.m., said CHP officer John Seumanutafa said.

One person was taken to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, Seumanutafa said.

- City News Service

Man, 31, arrested in exposure claim

SIMI VALLEY - A 31-year-old Simi Valley man was behind bars on charges of indecent exposure, police said.

A woman called police around 11 a.m. Saturday to report she saw a man fondling himself at the parking lot of the Do-It Center.

Luis Fernandez Perez Gonzalez was arrested Saturday after police found him inside his vehicle.

- Daily News

Cigarette sets fire to woman, clothes

THOUSAND OAKS - A 44-year-old woman was badly burned when her clothes caught fire as she smoked a cigarette in her bathroom, fire officials said.

The woman, whose name was being withheld, was taken Saturday to USC County Medical Center after she was burned around 9 a.m. in the 1600 block of Aspenwall Road.

- Daily News
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