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Enough Already, Nicole's Neighbors Say

July 10, 1994

Is it simple curiosity that has brought so many reporters and other gawkers to Brentwood? Or is it a void on the home front?

The latter, according to a sign posted on Bundy Avenue in Brentwood, near Nicole Brown Simpson's condominium.

While some homemade signs in the area have greeted visitors with basic messages such as "Go Home . . . There is Nothing 2 See," another, spotted last week, offered some advice. "Media & Lookie-Loos: GET-A-LIFE," it said. "Go Home And Live Your Own So We Can Live Ours In Peace."

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LABOR PAINS: Their vote of support for the North American Free Trade Agreement is haunting U.S. Reps. Howard Berman(D-Panorama City) and Anthony C. Beilenson(D-Woodland Hills.)

Recently, NAFTA foes effectively vetoed a move by delegates of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor to endorse the ongoing reelection bids of Beilenson, whose district includes Malibu, and Berman, who has strong Westside political ties.

Before the delegates was a recommendation made by the federation's political wing and its new secretary-treasurer, Jim Wood. But the measure failed to win the two-thirds' margin needed for adoption.

According to dissident Carl Kessler, a veteran delegate from the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the rejection was unprecedented. The delegates routinely adopt the recommendations of the federation's political wing, he said. "I've been here since 1959, and it's never happened before."

Wood, who recently replaced Bill Robertson as federation leader, blamed himself for tactical errors that contributed to the defeat of the proposal. A union endorsement of the congressmen may still be forthcoming when the matter is taken up again at a state convention of labor unions later this month, Wood said. But he refused to make a prediction. "This issue is real emotional, and I wouldn't want to predict an outcome," he said.

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ANIMAL HOUSE: This Beverly Hills party will be really wild.

Jewelry giant Tiffany & Co. plans to sponsor a star-studded benefit Tuesday at 2 Rodeo Drive for the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania, where poaching has killed off much of the wildlife population. Jacqueline Bisset, Anjelica Huston and photographer Herb Ritts are among those expected.

The real stars, though, will be the live animals on display--a zebra, a chimpanzee and a baby elephant. But don't fear for your life. "These animals are pretty tame because they work in movies all the time," noted publicist Craig Donahue.

For tickets and information: (310) 777-2600.

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