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September 03, 1996|Ann W. O'Neill

Figaro Does NoHo: Its digs in a refurbished 1939 DWP building aren't quite the Chapel of Love, but comedic opera's original marrying man will take the stage at the Lankershim Arts Center when the L.A. Music Theater Company performs "Scenes From the Marriage of Figaro" during the annual Los Angeles County-Wide Arts Open House on Oct. 5. Mark your datebooks, culture vultures, and turn to Morning Report in today's Calendar section.

Fires Cooling: Firefighters appear ready to declare victory over the Marple fire, the largest brush fire in Los Angeles County since 1993. . . . It has burned more than 21,000 acres so far but fire officials expect to contain the fire by evening. A San Fernando teen is accused of starting the blaze that drew 2,000 firefighters at its height. Fire officials worry that dry conditions could create the worst fire season in 15 years. B1

Going for Gold: John Schaefer, 68, of San Fernando trains for the wheelchair shotput event at the Golden Age games for disabled veterans, which begin Monday. He's among 14 competitors from the Sepulveda VA rehabilitation center, which last year won 31 medals--more than any other team. B12

Take 2 Bananas: Taking a blood sample from a 2-ton Indian rhino, removing a tumor from an emerald tree python's liver, even prescribing Prozac to a stressed-out simian is all in a day's work for the veterinarians who tend to the 1,200 patients of the Los Angeles Zoo. As the city renewed its commitment to the zoo, the veterinary staff was expanded to five last year, including retired Tufts University professor Charles Sedgwick, one of the patriarchs of zoo medicine. B1

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