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VALLEY NEWSWATCH

September 30, 1997

Boa Winds Up Here: She's baaaack. Alissss, the boa constrictor that ate a neighbor's Chihuahua, is returning to West Hills. Animal regulation commissioners voted 3 to 2 Monday to grant owner Angus Johnson a permit to keep the 9-foot snake. The action strikes down a ruling by animal services chief Gary S. Olsen, who banished the snake to Colton.

* VALLEY SPORTS: Eric Sondheimer, above, a reporter and columnist well-known as the leading authority on the local sports scene, joins The Times Valley Edition today. Sondheimer, a CSUN graduate who has won national and local awards for his stories, was named deputy sports editor. He will cover sports news and write columns each Wednesday and Sunday, beginning Wednesday. C8

* FIGHTING CRIME: City and county officials have finally agreed on how to spend a $43-million anti-crime grant. B1

* PLAY BALL: On a parched field in Lake View Terrace, Reynaldo Benitez, above, and other Latinos play pelota Mixteca, an ancient Aztec game. B12

* COOL PLAY: In a converted warehouse beside a sod farm, sports fans can find, of all things, big-time hockey. B1

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