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October 13, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU
A woman who was living without the owner's permission at a vacant Northridge house was sentenced Thursday to 60 days' community service, authorities said. Aisha Lawrence, 24, who pleaded no contest to theft and trespassing, was also ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Randy Rhodes to pay $12,500 restitution for her squatting, said Deputy City Atty. Maureen Rodriguez. The house in the 18500 block of Labrador Street had been foreclosed, Rodriguez said.
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October 11, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Actor Jan Michael Vincent, who was once one of the highest-paid stars on television, is now serving time at the Culver City Police Department--as a janitor. The only inmate to do his time by swabbing up, Vincent is performing the menial tasks to trim about a month from his sentence for several alcohol-related convictions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Araceli Avila knew she would come back. True friends never hold grudges. Two weeks after parent protests led to the closure of the Shalimar Learning Center, the center reopened this week to a stream of eager children from the gritty Costa Mesa neighborhood. The after-school tutoring center, located in converted apartment units on Shalimar Drive, shut down after about 30 parents protested the dismissal of one of its founders, Maria Alvarez.
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October 6, 2000 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Annie Dinkins could hear the young children outside her window cursing and fighting. She asked the Lord to do something. Instead, she says, the Lord asked her: What are you doing? She conferred with her granddaughter, Teiyana Muse, who also was contemplating doing something to mentor the idle children on their block in the Hyde Park district of South Los Angeles. Two months ago, they formed Youth With Purpose--a weekly gathering of some of the children, held in Muse's apartment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA
Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) will present the Northeast Valley Health Corp. with a $17,200 state grant today to help purchase vans that will transport HIV patients to its clinic. The health corporation needed the money to receive $86,000 from a state program called Caltrans 5310, which requires organizations to provide a 20% matching grant. "We contacted Assemblyman Cardenas and he got the $17,200 from the state budget," said Helen Arriola, a health corporation spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2000
The Board of Education on Tuesday approved four new children's centers to be located on the grounds of a middle school and three high schools. The centers, each serving 120 children ages 2 to 5, will open at Northridge Middle School, Gardena High, and Cleveland and Verdugo Hills high schools. The Gardena and Cleveland sites also will each serve 18 infants of teenage mothers, officials said. The centers at Cleveland High and Northridge Middle School are scheduled to open in mid-2001.
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