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VENTURA COUNTY NEWSWATCH

October 19, 1994|Adrianne Goodman

FLY SWARM: Two crop-eating cousins of the Medfly have surfaced recently--but not in Ventura County. . . . Three guava fruit flies were found in Pomona and four Oriental fruit flies were discovered in Walnut Park, both in Los Angeles County. . . . But hold the aerial malathion spraying, please. Instead, workers hand-spray a lethal mix of bait and pesticide that kills only the male flies.

FEELING GOOD: Tracy Sproule of Ventura completed the Gatorade Ironman Triathlon over the weekend, finishing 11th in the 18-to-24 age group (C6). . . . Triumphing over tough conditions, including brutal heat and winds during the race in Hawaii, was "one of the best feelings in the world," the 23-year-old said.

PLAZA ACCESS: Some Thousand Oaks residents worry that the Civic Arts Plaza isn't accessible to the disabled (B1). . . . In an Oxnard program designed to give the disabled greater access to public buildings, four volunteers have collected $75,000 in fines from motorists who park illegally in spaces reserved for the disabled. Now, officials are looking to expand the program. . . . "The community wins because they get money for access modifications," said Glenn McIntyre, an Oxnard police officer who uses a wheelchair and helps oversee the program. "And people with disabilities win because they get more open parking spaces."

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