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August 08, 1995|Jeff Schnaufer

CRIME WEB: Want to snare crime? Try a web. . . . Burbank-based NBC-TV's "Unsolved Mysteries" now has a World Wide Web site on the Internet that posts the faces of fugitives profiled in the television series' past four episodes. "A lot of people call us after the show wanting the photos of fugitives," said coordinating producer Tim Rogan. "Now they can just download it or print it out." The "Unsolved Mysteries" Web address is http://www.unsolved.com .

GUN FIGHT: William Andrew Masters II--the man who shot and killed a graffiti vandal--on Monday presented a novel argument for dismissal of charges of carrying a concealed weapon: He blamed Los Angeles' 18-year policy of refusing to issue permits for concealed weapons. . . . But prosecutors point out that Masters never applied for a concealed weapons permit (B4).

SLOW RIDE: If the 1980s symbolized life in the fast lane for Valley limousine companies, the 1990s are definitely the skids. . . . Recession-weary corporate clients are opting for sedans over limos. And the film industry--the biggest spender on limos--has cut back by 40%. Said North Hollywood limousine company owner Chris Hundley, above: "We're working twice as hard to make half as much." See Valley Business, Page 3.

PUMPED UP: In medical terms, the infusion pump is a pager-sized device that allows diabetics to forgo daily injections of insulin. In business terms, it's a lifesaver. . . . Sylmar-based MiniMed Inc. is in the black for the first time in years, largely because of a study touting the device's ability to reduce health risks. See Valley Business, Page 5.

ONCE BITTEN: Remember the 3-year-old Glendale boy who was bitten by a rattlesnake? You could learn a lot from his family. . . . Medical experts call his family's reaction a textbook example of how to handle snakebites. The result--saving a child's life (E1).

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