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October 15, 1994|Michael Arkush and Steve Elling and John Dart

NOBEL PRIZE: Two local publishers--one Jewish, one Palestinian--share the same hopes for peace but feel quite differently about the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Yasser Arafat (A1, A15). . . . Phil Blazer of the Jewish News in Studio City complains that Arafat has "killed innocent women and children." But Joseph Haiek, who puts out an Arab American monthly in Glendale, says Arafat has "worked for peace despite the odds."

GUNS 'R' GONE: The toy firearms that look like the real thing are getting the boot from Toys 'R' Us and Kay-Bee Inc. (D1). . . . Police applauded the move. Said Detective Frank Bishop of the Valley's Foothill Division: "Every kid wants to be a cowboy, but when they're playing around, it's hard to tell the bad guys from the good guys."

BRUTAL ATTACK: Aliza Levi escaped the Holocaust, but she couldn't escape the burglars. Levi, who almost went to a concentration camp, was killed by intruders Tuesday in Van Nuys (B1). . . . Her husband, Zvi Levi (above), had a message for them Friday: "Have you a conscience? You could have taken anything from the house . . . and you take her life."

CLOSING SEMINARY: Our Lady Queen of Angels in Mission Hills has been grooming high school students as future priests for 40 years, but that will end July 1. The Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese said Friday there are less expensive ways to recruit priests. . . . "It was a very difficult decision, especially after 40 years," said Auxiliary Bishop Armando X. Ochoa (B4).

SORRY, GEORGE: George Genovese won't get his job back, but at least he finally got some respect. Genovese, the Valley-based scout for the San Francisco Giants who was fired last month, received an apology from General Manager Bob Quinn for the way it was handled (C15). . . . "At least now I know that I was right--they handled it badly," he says.

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