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VALLEY NEWSWATCH

November 16, 1994|Michael Arkush and Timothy Williams

BAD TIMING: If you're about to fall asleep at the wheel, it might be a good idea to make sure the police chief isn't watching. Take the case of a motorist in Reseda on Monday night. Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L. Williams spotted the car weaving between lanes, and alerted officers. . . . The motorist did not get a ticket. "We just gave him a lecture and let him go," said Lt. John Dunkin.

FIGHTING SPIRIT: Like George Foreman, the teen-age boxers in Augie Maldonado's Las Palmas Youth Group didn't pay attention to the odds. Forced out of a public park by the city of San Fernando in September, they are now forging links with other youth groups (B1). . . . "It's beginning to work," Maldonado says. "Kids from different areas don't see each other as enemies. They're seeing each other as friends."

WHAT STRIKE? Spring arrived early on the CSUN campus Tuesday--it was media day for the school's baseball and softball teams. One woman on the spot is new softball Coach Janet Sherman (above), who takes over a team that made it to the NCAA championship game last year. . . . Sherman is replacing Gary Torgeson, who won 636 games in 13 seasons, more than any coach in school history.

CRUDE JOB: Poor Jeff Fisher. The former Taft High receiver this week was named head coach of the worst team in football, the Houston Oilers. The Oilers (1-9), in fact, look like they couldn't beat the current Taft squad. . . . In 1975, Fisher set a City Section record with 12 receptions for 258 yards against Chatsworth High. He was selected West Valley League Player of the Year.

TEEN SNITCHES: It might soon become profitable for Antelope Valley high school students to inform on each other. The school board tonight will consider a program offering $25 to those reporting classmates with weapons or drugs on campus (B1). . . . The district promises confidentiality. "The intent is to reduce violence on campus," says board member Sue Stokka.

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