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LOCAL NEWS WEATHER EDITORIAL PAGES SECTION .- THURSDAY " JANUARY 18, 19 CCt METRO B HIGHLIGHTS MORE HOSPITAL WOES: The Civil Service Commission concluded that Martin Luther King Jr.Drew Medical Center discriminates against nonblacks but declined to do anything about it. Bl COVERAGE DEFENDED: Faced with the prospect that live courtroom coverage of trials could be drastically curbed in California, the founder of Court TV issued a ringing defense of it, declaring that cameras in courts are based on the nation's deeply rooted tradition of public trials. Bl NEGATIVES VANISH: Disappearance of negatives of photos taken in the moments around the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy raises questions. Bl SCIENCE FILE TOM GORMAN Los Angeles Times A team of scientists traveled to the bottom of the ocean to explore a dead volcano, and came away with as many questions as answers. Above, research assistant Louise Proctor holds a sample of a black glass called hyaloclastite, a remnant of an ancient eruption. B2 EDITORIALS 911 PROBLEMS: The emergency telephone call system is not a luxury. Its shortcomings must be' addressed quickly. B8 COMMENTARY SOUTH KOREA: If President Kim is a true reformer, he will put a special prosecutor on the cases of his indicted predecessors. B9 ON THE RECORD "I think there is going to be an absolute flood of cities passing ordinances like ours." Paul Koretz, the West Hollywood city councilman who proposed a ban on Saturday night specials that has prompted a host of other cities to follow suit. Al Lottery Reult For Wednesday, Jan. 17 SUPER LOTTO Winning Numbers: 14-15-18-21-39-45 Jackpot: $8 million DECCO Winning Cards: ? 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Los Angeles Zoo handler Laurie Hrdlicka cradles a female gorilla born at the gorilla that was born Tuesday morning. The baby, the first mother after birth Court TV Founder Defends Live Media: Steven Brill tells bar group the cases are 'meant to be highly public events.' He made the speech as a special state task force is considering curbs. By HENRY WEINSTEIN TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER Faced with the distulbing prospect that live courtroom coverage of trials could be drastically curbed in California, the founder of Court TV issued a ringing defense of live coverage Wednesday, declaring that cameras in courts are based on the nation's deeply rooted tradition of public trials. "The framers of the Constitution didn't Kennedy Photo Mystery Deepens By EMI ENDO and ERICMALNIC TIMES STAFF WRITERS The negatives of some photographs taken in the moments surrounding the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy are missing. That is not a matter of debate. But almost everything else about the pictures is. Did they show the crucial seconds when bullets felled the presidential candidate in a pantry at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5. 1968, as claimed by the photographer, Jamie Scott Enyart? Or did they show nothing of the assassination, as alleged by the city attorney's office? Could they have been destroyed, along with other evidence, after the official assassination Brawls at Pitchess Jail who guard the county jail, suffered minor injuries in breaking up the fights, which started at 2 p.m. and lasted into the night, officials said. The Pitchess Detention Center has been plagued for years by fights between African American and Latino inmates, sometimes several brawls a week. Some spontaneous fights have involved seemingly trivial issues such as use of telephones or toilets, but authorities say many are part of an ongoing power struggle between the two ethnic groups for control of prisoner life. On Wednesday night, more than 500 deputies swarmed through the sprawl for Now require public trials because they wanted to throw a symbolic bone to the public or to the press, but because they thought public trials were part of the essence of what a trial was in colonial America and in the mother country before that," Steven Brill, chief executive officer of Court TV, said in a Century City speech to the Los Angeles County Bar Assn.'s Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law wing. "Trials were meant to be highly public events, not just official proceedings offering minimal public access" afforded by small courtrooms with room for few spectators. In the O.J. Simpson trial, only seven seats were available for members of the public. Brill acknowledged that the Simpson trial left Americans with a distorted impression of the legal system but said "the investigation, as suggested by Enyart? Or were they simply misplaced, only to turn up in state archives more than 25 years later, as claimed by city and state officials? And was a manila envelope containing the recently rediscovered negatives stolen from a courier's car in Ingle-wood last Friday, as claimed by the courier? Even attorneys for the city, who may soon have to mount a defense in Enyart's $2-million lawsuit over the missing negatives, admit that the circumstances surrounding the alleged theft are "highly unusual." V - Photct by RICK MEYER Lot Angeles Timet Photographer Jamie Scott Enyart Enyart's attorney, Alvin Greenwald, hinted darkly at a conspiracy a suggestion, never substantiated, that has haunted every investigation of the New York senator's death. Please see PHOTOS, B3 ing complex, which was at maximum shutdown, with all prisoners locked in their cells or dormitories, Deputy Angie Prewett said. Deputies said the initial fight Wednesday appeared to have been planned because it started simultaneously at 12 of the 13 dormitories in the maximum-security east facility of the jail complex. It took deputies about an hour to control the prisoners, who attacked one another with fists, feet, jail -made knives and weapons fashioned from broken urinals, beds and light fixtures in the dormitories, Deputy Matt Bailey said. Please see JAIL, B6 CARY FRIEDMAN Los Angeles Times zoo since 1987, was abandoned by her and will be reared by animal keepers. Trial Coverage answer. , . left by one aberrant case is not to make it so that the public will not see any other cases." He stressed that Court TV televised 33 other cases during the Simpson trial, including two in California, "where the judge had no problem controlling his or her courtroom and where the dignity of the process was on display for millions of Americans to see." Of the 430 cases that Court TV has televised since its birth, 46 were California trials. Brill made the speech as a special task force of the California Judicial Council, in the wake of criticism spawned by the Simpson trial, is considering proposals to change current state procedures permitting live courtroom coverage. Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas convened the task force Please see COURT, B6 I - - - - -V 'i Attorney Louis "Skip" Miller, representing city, with contact print of negatives. He says .theft wasn't a conspiracy, just bad;iuck. Police Kill : 2 Suspected Kidnappers Violence: Detectives were fired upon first, authorities say. The abducted man is rescued'.: By JEFF LEEDS ' and MILES COR WIN TIMES STAFF WRITERS .- i ' Two kidnapping suspects who. were on their way to pick up a ransom were shot to death Wednesday after they fired at Los Angeles Police Department detectives who had surrounded their van and were -about to arrest them, investigators said. , ' While investigators closed in on, the van, the kidnapping victim who was being held in a nearby apartment escaped and ran into the street just as police arrived; to rescue him, said LAPD Cmdr. Tim McBrjde. Police arrested two men and a woman at the apartment and later booked them on suspicion of kidnapping. The victim, Pablo Please see POLICE, B3 Panel Finds Bias at Hospital but Declines to Act Health care: Board upholds report on racism at KingDrew Medical Center but votes down doctors plea to be reinstated. By JOSH MEYER TIMES STAFF WRITER Los Angeles County's embattled Martin Luther King Jr. HospitalDrew Medical Center was thrown into further turmoil Wednesday when the Civil Service Commission concluded that the hospital discriminates against non-blacks including the former head of its emergency room-but declined to do anything about it. Upholding what the former emergency room chief's lawyer called a "devastating finding of racism," the commission voted 4 to 0 to formally approve a tentative ruling it made in June. At that time, it upheld a hearing officer's critical report that cited Please see BIAS, B6 BKK Landfill to Close, W. Covina Officials Say By RICHARD WINTON SPECIAL TO THE TIMES West Covina officials say they have hammered out an agreement with BKK Corp. to permanently shut down one of the nation's largest landfills, ending years of legal wrangling and further tightening the region's scarce landfill space. "We expect to file final papers with the court Thursday morning that will confirm the final closure date of the landfill,"' said ; West Covina City Manager Jim Starbird. "This settlement is a victory for everyone in West Covina," said Councilman Michael Touhey, a longtime opponent of the dump. "It's great," concurred Councilwoman Nancy Manners, who said the agreement calls on BKK to close the landfill by Sept. Please see LANDFILL, B3 r,

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