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AA6 SATURDAY,OCTOBER30,2010LATIMES.COM 10HD169 Getwhat goesbestwith yourTVremote. Turn to TV Weekly Sign up today for TV Weekly, the ultimate new television guide. With larger, easier-to-read grids and content, here’s where to look before you watch. • Complete TV listings • Informative TV movie section • Puzzles, trivia & games • Much more 2 EASY WAYS TO ORDER ONLINE: CALL: 1-888-927-2220 BELL Councilman is released on bail Bell Councilman George Mirabal, one of eight current and former Bell city officials arrested for allegedly misappropriating millions from the city’s treasury, was released from county jail Fri- dayafter spending more than a month behind bars. Mirabal, 60, who has been in jail since his arrest Sept. 21, is among those implicated in the Bell corruption case in which former administrators, the mayor, council members and former council members are charged with misappropriating more than $5.5 million from the working-class community. Of the eight, former Councilman Victor Bello, 51, is the only one still jailed. —Stephen Ceasar POMONA Fraternity is suspended ACal Poly Pomona fraternity has been suspended while the college investigates allegations that Pi Kappa Alpha staged ceremonies in December 2009 in which members were blindfolded and branded, campus officials said in a statement. The remaining 31Greek organizations on campus will be placed on temporary probation while the school performs a hazing audit. The university banned Sigma Phi Epsilon a year ago after a new member suffered second-degree burns over a third of his body. The incident took place during a fraternity bonfire ceremony in the desert when a fraternity member splashed gas onto the fire for “dramatic effect,” burning the new member. —Sam Quinones CATHEDRAL CITY Officer in hot water over dip ACathedral City police officer will be arraigned Monday on multiple felony counts after allegedly stripping off his uniform and jumping naked into a pool while on duty. Officer John Fox Jr., 37, is accused of sexually assaulting one of three women in the pool during the Sept. 29 incident, officials said. Fox had responded to a noise complaint at the private home. The owner of the home called 911, but Fox put his uniform back on and left before other officers arrived, according to the Riverside County district attorney’s office. Fox has been charged with one felony count each of attempted sexual penetration and assault under the color of authority, two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and one count of indecent exposure. —Phil Willon LOS ANGELES Alert issued on pot-laced treats The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is urging parents to look for candy containing marijuana this Halloween. Investigators have confiscated candies and snacks containing pot from marijuana dispensaries, and they are concerned such items could wind up in children’s trick-or-treat bags, they said in a statement Friday. The warning comes days before Californians vote on Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization measure. —Sam Quinones SAN JOSE Man arrested in attack on priest Aman who says hewas molested three decades ago by a priest attacked the retired clergyman in the lobby of his retirement home after pretending to be there to deliver news of a family member’s death, authorities said. William Lynch, 43, was arrested Friday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in the attack on the Rev. Jerold Lindner, according to aSanta Clara County sheriff’s spokesman. Lynch called the Jesuit retirement home in Los Gatos before the May attack to say he had a death notification for the 65-year-old priest. Authorities said Lindner came to the lobby and Lynch began punching him in the face and body in front of witnesses. Lindner was never charged with abuse and denies the allegations. —associated press CALIFORNIA BRIEFING LOS ANGELES Ex-Marine convicted in threats to kill 2 judges Aformer Marine has been convicted in federal court of threatening to assault or kill two federal judges over a dispute involving his care at a Veterans Affairs hospital. The jury convicted Terry Lee Steward, 45, of Palmdale of making threats against U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz and U.S. Magistrate Judge Oswald Parada. The two jurists had overseen Steward’s lawsuits against the VA alleging medical malpractice for surgery to remove a tumor from the base of his skull. Matz presided over a bench trial in 2006 and awarded Steward $75,000. Steward then filed a second lawsuit but it was dismissed by Parada. In court filings, Steward referred to the possible killing of the two judges, according to court documents. He was arrested in November 2006. He will be sentenced in February. —Tony Perry what she sees happening here. “Actually it feels like a betrayal for the elephants,” Doyle said. “The San Diego Zoo shouldn’t have taken them if they didn’t plan to keep them. These elephants have had a very hard life, and they deserve to go to a permanent and stable situation.” Doyle, like other animal welfare advocates, believes that multi-acre sanctuaries, not zoos, are the best places for retired captive elephants. But she praised a new L.A. Zoo policy that will allow only “protected contact” — as opposed to “free contact” — between elephants and zookeepers. With protected contact, there is always a barrier between keeper and elephant. That’s safer for the keeper but also ensures that the keeper usesonly positive reinforcement — not the threat of punishment — to coax an animal to do something. “That’s a step in the right direction,” said Doyle. Lewis said he expected Tina and Jewel to remain in L.A. for quite a while. There could be reasons in the future “why they should go somewhere else,” but “our intent is to bring them here and keep them here,” he said. In the last few years, as the zoo fought to continue building the new facility, it coped with a number of elephant problems. The zoo’s beloved Asian elephant Gita died in her enclosure, ninemonths after They will arrive in Los Angeles, well, when they feel like it. First they have to be trained to get into their transport crates, which is no easy business. “Until Tina and Jewel tell us they’re ready, we’ll wait,” said John Lewis, director of the L.A. Zoo. They will become charter members of the L.A. Zoo’s Elephants of Asia program, which zoo officials have indicated in the past would include breeding. Tina and Jewel, however, are well beyond hearing the ticktock of their biological clocks (which, for first-time pachyderm moms, stops by age 30, according to Lewis). The exhibit’s primary purpose, Lewis said, is to exhibit Asian elephants of various ages and expose visitors to the conservation needs of this endangered species. “The important part is to be able to show these great animals,” he said. Zoos across the country have come under fire for their treatment of the giant mammals. But management of elephants in zoos has evolved dramatically. Over recent decades, most zoos have come a long way from the days when the animals were kept on concrete in small spaces and often disciplined with sharpbull hooks. Today, the better zoos offer elephants softer ground, more space and various enrichments: waterfalls, mud holes and other natural attractions of the sort they might find in their native habitats. The L.A. Zoo’s new six- acre exhibit has all that and- more (sandy hills, bathing pools) plus medical care a wild animal wouldn’t have. Still, animal welfare advocates argue that almost no zoo can replicate the habitat of wild elephants, which roam for miles each day and often stay in intact family groups. Zoos, they say, don’t fail just on the space front; they transfer animals to other zoos when they see fit. Catherine Doyle, elephant campaign director for the advocacygroup In Defense of Animals, said that’s surgery on a severe foot problem. Ruby, the zoo’s African elephant, was moved to a sanctuary — something animal welfare advocates had urged for years. The one remaining elephant — an Asian bull named Billy, known for bobbing his head in his small enclosure — was finally moved to larger quarters when a chunk of the new exhibit was finished early for him. With Tina and Jewel, the zoo will have three elephants. The plan is to acquire no more than two more in the next few years, Lewis said. That number is a good fit, he said, for the zoo’s current level of staffing and funding. Real estate agent Aaron Leider is suing the zoo as a taxpayer, alleging that the city agency wastes funds by poorly managing its elephants. His lawyer, David Casselman, unsuccessfully asked this weekfor a temporary injunction to bar the zoo from acquiring any new pachyderms. “I think this is typical of the way the zoo has proceeded,” Casselman said. “They act as if the litigation is merely an annoyance rather than a consideration.” The next hearing in the case is scheduled for December. “We’re going to keep proceeding until the court tells us otherwise,” said Lewis. Barbara Davidson Los Angeles Times WET: The six-acre exhibit, with waterfalls, sandy hills and bathing pools, is designed to display Asian elephants and expose visitors to their conservation needs. New elephant home [ Zoo, from AA1] Ken Bohn San Diego Zoo PAIR: Tina and Jewel have to be trained to get into their transport crates for the trip from San Diego. away, but in this economy it’s going to be hard. It’s a concern that we as parents have no voice.” The 23-campus Cal State system and the 10-campus UC system received a boost in state funding in the recent state budget, with UC gaining about $265 million and Cal State $260 million from the previous year. They also got about $106 million each in one-time federal stimulus money. But officials said those gains failed to make up for severe cuts from previous years that have left them in a deep hole and forced drastic reductions in course offerings, in student services and in the numbers of part-time faculty. The schools also face increased costs for health and pension benefits, energy bills and other expenses. At Cal State, the proposed fee increaseswould raise an additional $27 million in revenue this year and $121.5 million next year, which would be used to add class sections and restore many services such as li- brary and counseling hours, said Robert Turnage,the assistant vice chancellor for budget. Trustees already increased fees 5% this fall. Cal State’s proposed budget for 2011-12 asks the Legislature to “buy out” next year’s fee increase.But that’s uncertain, Turnage said, given the state’s precarious financial situation. Some UC fee increase is likely. “I don’t see how we would avoid it,” said Patrick J. Lenz,UC’s vice president for budget. He added that officials are also discussing ways to extend more financial aid programs to the middle class. Steve Boilard,higher education director at the state Legislative Analyst’s Office, predicted that UC President Mark G. Yudofwould seek an 8% to 10% fee increase that is likely to be controversial. Among UC regents, he said, “there is a real tension between those who feel more revenue is needed to maintain the quality of the university and those who feel af- fordability is paramount.” UC raised fees 32% for the 2010-11academic year, sparking system-wide protests, and students are likely to be just as upset by an additional increase, said Claudia Magana,president of the UC Student Assn. UC undergraduates now pay about $11,000 a year in fees and campus-based costs; room and board can add $16,000. Graduate and professional students pay more. Veronica Smith, a third- year UC Santa Barbara student, said she has so far avoided taking out loans. But Smith, a history of public policy major who receives some scholarship aid, said she fears that her family will not be able to cover any fee increase and that her summer job as a grocery store cashier won’t be able to make up the difference. “Of course it’s going to be hard for them,” she said of her family. “Nothing is more important to them than me getting my education.” Hardships feared as state colleges discuss fee hikes [ Fees, from AA1] LABroadsheet_10-30-2010_AA_6_AA6_LA_1_ CMYK T Set:10-29-201022:26

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