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VALLEY NEWSWATCH

February 09, 1996|David E. Brady and Beth Shuster

ANNIVERSARY: At 6 a.m., 25 years ago today, the Sylmar-San Fernando earthquake laid waste to Olive View Medical Center, killing three people in the building's collapse. Staffers will commemorate the tragedy today with a two-hour quake preparedness seminar. . . . "It's still on our minds," says spokeswoman Sumiko Kazahaya. . . . Today's City Smart page (B2) looks back at the 1971 quake.

DANGER ZONES: There's also news about future quake perils. . . . The state released 16 maps identifying Southland areas subject to liquefaction or landslides (B1). In the East Valley, geologists believe that the area threatened by possible liquefaction is larger than previously thought.

CLINTON VISIT: Less than two weeks ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton answered questions before a federal grand jury. Thursday, the questions came from pupils at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima, above (B1). . . . Sixth-grader Claudia Morales told Clinton she felt "OK" about wearing a uniform, but later confessed she fibbed for the first lady's benefit.

THE OMEN: Sylmar High football star Durell Price committed to play at Ohio State by fax. But when it was sent incorrectly, Price saw it as an omen. So he changed course and signed with UCLA. It was a pleasant surprise for UCLA Coach Bob Toledo, but not for OSU's John Cooper. "Hey, if he's not happy, I don't want him here," said Cooper (C8).

HELPING HANDS: Signed into law in 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act guarantees disabled people equal access to public facilities. Ten AmeriCorps volunteers this week are visiting state parks in the Antelope Valley to identify spots where items such as wheelchair ramps must be added to comply with the law. . . . "It's things we couldn't possibly have gotten to with our limited staff," said parks spokeswoman Mary Lou MacKenzie.

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