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About 1,000 Marine Corps reservists from Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana are bivouacked at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center to train
and stand by for "any contingency," the military said.
Members of the 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment arrived at the sprawling high
desert base on Sunday. The reserve battalion is headquartered in New Orleans, with units in Montgomery, Ala., North Little Rock, Ark., and
Baton Rouge, La.
Capt. Jeff Pool said the Marine reservists are mobilized for one year, but the length of their stay at Twentynine Palms
and where they may be going subsequently or what they will be doing hasn't been announced.
"We honestly don't know, but they are
mobilized for contingencies," Pool said.
Capt. Rob Crum, a base spokesman, said the reserve unit is undergoing pre-deployment training
but emphasized the contingency mission is "to respond when and to wherever, depending on what develops."
The battalion's last
contingency deployment was in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm and the Persian Gulf War, where the unit was in combat, Pool said.
course, they are ready, willing and able and would like to be part of some action," he said.
GARDENA, Calif. (AP) - The City
Council approved a law banning overnight sleeping in cars on public streets, an ordinance designed to help police crack down on the
The new law passed Tuesday takes effect in 30 days. The law makes it a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail to
live, sleep or conduct other activities in parked vehicles from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
"We realize some people are down on their luck and
we'll use every precaution to treat them with dignity and respect," police Capt. John Browning said.
Homeless advocates complained the
law unfairly targets the poor and does nothing to address the regional problem of homelessness. More affordable housing, and emergency and
transitional housing is needed, Homeless Authority spokeswoman Siri Khalsa said.
City leaders said a growing number of people were using
public roadways as campground sites and the law was needed to curb the problem.
"Homelessness is a larger societal problem that local
government doesn't have the resources to address," City Attorney Ed Lee said. "By the same token, city government must be concerned about the
conduct of people on the street and how that impacts neighborhoods."
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - A father backing his pickup
truck into the driveway of his home ran over and killed his toddler son.
Seventeen-month-old Martin Bautista was dead when he arrived at
Santa Paula Hospital shortly after Wednesday's 11 a.m. accident.
The garage door was up and Jose Bautista, 32, was slowly backing into
the driveway with a truck bed full of boxes. Neighbors said the toddler had been standing near the garage door next to two toy trucks before
the pickup ran over him.
"He (the father) picked up the baby and threw him into the car and went to the hospital," Senior Officer Troyce
"It looks like a really tragic accident. I think what happened is the kid saw his dad coming home and ran to him," police
Detective Sgt. Ismael Cordero said.
The boy's mother, Maria Bautista, 32, had been washing clothes in the garage and didn't see the
LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County woman was arrested for allegedly assaulting the caretaker of a patriotic
display to memorialize victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Jennifer Quintana, 19, was booked on Tuesday for investigation
of misdemeanor assault after police responded to a call that she had pushed and poked at two women at the display on Whittier Boulevard and
Macy Street, police spokeswoman Cindy Knapp said.
The memorial fence was vandalized during the weekend. Flags were ripped and burned on
Saturday by vandals who were putting up anti-war signs to replace patriotic messages on the fence memorial.
When Quintana showed up at
the site Tuesday evening, Knapp said she pushed one woman out of the way and grabbed and poked Tracey Chandler, the Whittier mother of four who
has maintained the memorial.
Knapp said Quintana was cited and released.
In a news release, police said Quintana walked through
the crowd making comments about her involvement in the vandalism involving flag burning over the weekend. Knapp said her comments weren't
enough to arrest her for the vandalism.
Chandler said she was more shocked by Quintana's actions at the fence than by the original
destruction of the memorial.
"She walked through the crowd saying, 'They can't arrest me, they won't do (expletive) to me,'" Chandler
said. "To do that, to walk through a crowd of angry people, well she must be one hamburger short of a Happy
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - An alleged bank robber got caught with his dress down.
Deputies arrested a naked man
and his allegedly accomplice in a residential area shortly after Sun Country Bank was held up about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. The
nude man had been wearing a dress during the robbery, deputies said.
In an apparent fashion frenzy, Andre Morgan, 29, of Los Angeles,
dressed as a woman during the robbery but stripped off his feminine attire during the getaway, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's
Sheriffs Sgt. Rick Roelle said Morgan and Henry Covarrubias, 31, of Los Angeles were arrested and booked for investigation
of bank robbery. The men told bank workers they had guns, but it wasn't immediately clear if they were armed.
The amount of cash taken
LOS ANGELES (AP) - County health officials want vigorous state regulation over adult film businesses,
saying the industry poses public health and workplace safety problems.
The move comes after the Board of Supervisors ordered a county
health department investigation into the industry, which is highly concentrated in the San Fernando Valley.
In a Feb. 27 report, the
department found that the industry poses a health risk to its workers as well as a public health concern to the general population. Although
several production companies require HIV tests, examinations for other sexually transmitted diseases "are not mandatory under current
heterosexual industry protocols," the department said.
Health officials recommended that the Board of Supervisors seek state regulations
that would specifically require adult-film actors to use condoms and be tested for a variety of communicable diseases, including HIV and
Attorney Paul Cambria, who represents adult-film producers Hustler, Vivid Video and Wicked Pictures, among others, insists
that the leading companies do require testing for sexually transmitted diseases among their workers.
The extent of infection among adult
entertainment performers is unknown because no government or regulatory medical agency has consistently tracked the industry.
administered by the Adult Industry Medical HealthCare Foundation clinic to 483 adults between October 2001 and March 2002, 40 percent tested
positive for at least one sexually transmitted disease.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Student organizers of an anti-war march that led
to the looting of a San Fernando Valley convenience store apologized to the owner Wednesday and gave him several gifts.
The six Canoga
Park High School students who organized the March 5 protest presented a carnation, sweat shirt and cap bearing the school name to Masood
Behroozi, who owns the Mobil gas station and convenience store on Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
The teenagers didn't participate in the
"What the kids did here, it's not all of Canoga," said Luis Lopez, 16. "We'd like to apologize for that."
Iranian who fled his country with his family in 1985 because of persecution over their Bahai faith, accepted the apology.
"Thank you so
much," he said. "Don't blame them. They should change. Not you guys."
Since the protest, Behroozi said he has also been visited by
remorseful students who did take part in the store looting. Canoga Park High Principal Dennis Thompson stopped by the gas station to apologize
On March 5, about 500 students skipped class to participate in a lunchtime anti-war march that was part of a world protest against
U.S. foreign policy on Iraq. A small group broke free and began to loot the gas station convenience store, stealing snack foods and tipping
over a display of sunglasses, causing about $500 worth of damage.
Police arrested three students for petty theft.
ANGELES (AP) - Parking tickets can now be paid over the Internet.
Mayor James K. Hahn, the Department of Transportation and its parking
citation contractor, Affiliated Computer Services, said a new online service can be used by the public to pay parking citations using a credit
"This new online service gives our residents and visitors another easy and quick option for paying a parking ticket," Hahn
The service can be accessed through the Department of Transportation's Website at www.lacity-parking.org.
"While no one
likes to pay a parking ticket, we hope the online service will at least make it more convenient to pay the fine," transportation general
manager Wayne Tanda said.
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