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The week ahead

June 02, 2008|Sam Quinones

A look at upcoming news events:

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Today

Immigration conference: Cal State Fullerton begins a three-day immigration conference focusing on higher education for undocumented students.

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Tuesday

O.C. sheriff: The Orange County Board of Supervisors will discuss its recent interviews of nine sheriff's candidates and could make a selection.

Judge honors: The Beverly Hills Bar Assn. plays host to the 54th annual Supreme Court Luncheon honoring the justices of the California Supreme Court. All seven justices are expected to attend.

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Thursday

Youth center: A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the Devonshire Police Activities League Supporters Youth Center. The center will include an education room for homework and tutoring, a computer lab, a library, an outdoor sports court and a community room with a mini-gymnasium.

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The Tip

If you find a dead crow on your doorstep, don't assume it's a victim of the cat next door and rush it to the trash can. State health officials urge that you first report it to experts keeping tabs on birds downed by the West Nile virus. Some dead birds have tested positive for the virus already this season -- 25 in Orange County, 18 in San Diego County and six in Los Angeles County. Crows, ravens, magpies and jays are among the most susceptible. In humans, the virus can cause flu-like symptoms and, in severe cases, can lead to encephalitis, meningitis and death. No human cases have been reported in California so far this year. To report a dead bird, call 877-WNV-BIRD or go to www.westnile.ca.gov.

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Ask a Reporter

Monrovia suffered a spate of interracial gang violence four months ago. What's the situation now?

In January, Monrovians were shocked by gang shootings between Latinos and blacks that left three people dead and a 16-year-old boy paralyzed. Since then, the city has called in regional gang investigators and borrowed patrol officers from nearby towns. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department increased patrols in unincorporated areas south of Monrovia.

The result is almost 400 arrests for offenses including weapons possession and parole and probation violations. "There has not been a gang incident of any kind in four months," said Dick Singer, Monrovia's spokesman. "That uptick was just that, and the gang suppression has apparently worked. We've moved on to long-term solutions."

Still, no arrests have been made in the deaths of Sanders "Pete" Rollins, 64; Samantha Salas, 16; and Brandon Lee, 19, who were shot to death in January. Another youth, Jimmy Santana, 19, is facing trial, charged with attempted murder in a shooting near a church south of Monrovia that left a 16-year-old boy paralyzed.

To report information about the slayings, call (323) 890-5500.

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-- Sam Quinones

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