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A July Wall Street Journal report revealed that some women’s clothing stores in Tehran, Iran, do a brisk backroom business in tight, colorful, sheer, form-fitting robes that are severely frowned upon by the conservative Islamic government, which prescribes the formless hijab robe. One clerk showed one that was actually a “paper-thin beige tunic made of stretchy material with two slits on each side,” and “a matching tank top.” Other popular robes make strategic use of zippers for women who have to convert their flashy clothing into something conservative in a hurry.

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INDEX Horoscopes Make yourself scarce, Gemini . . . .2

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State Which Arnold shall lead us? . . . . . .8

National Family feud draws fanfare . . . . . . .10

International Nobel smiles on Iranian judge . . .11

People in the News Limbaugh airs drug problem . . . .16

Citizen cops get lesson in policing 11-week course sets out to put human face on the department BY CAROLYN SACKARIASON Daily Press Staff Writer

Ever want to know what it’s like to be a cop? As a reporter, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what the job entails — it’s thankless, dangerous and emotional at times. But after spending 11 weeks delving into the core of the Santa Monica Police Department, I’ve realized it’s much more than that. And so have hundreds of others. Those people, including myself, are graduates of the Santa Monica Police Department Citizen Police Academy. Several years ago, SMPD Chief James T. Butts Jr. created the class so the community at-large could gain a better understanding of how the police force operates. It also was an attempt to humanize an organization that is stereotypically all about procedure.

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See ACADEMY, page 4 Citizen police student Maggi Cox takes aim during a simulated firearms exercise.

Keeping the peace is all in a day’s work Citizens allow SMPD to take them for ride BY CAROLYN SACKARIASON Daily Press Staff Writer

I usually steer clear of cops on a Saturday night in Santa Monica. But one rainy night last fall, I decided to stay out of trouble by getting into the thick of it. All 20 students in my Citizen Police Academy class last fall did a “ride along” with patrol officers. Thinking it would garner the most action, I signed up for a Saturday Carolyn Sackariason/Daily Press night. Unfortunately, it rained that Santa Monica Police Officer Dan Kurtz, a three-year veteran, night and many criminals seemingloves the department cama- ly stayed under their rocks. Despite there being less crime, it still proved raderie and variety of the job.

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Man pleads not guilty to holding 24 kilos of cocaine By Daily Press staff

The man police say had more than $5 million worth of cocaine stashed in his Santa Monica apartment pleaded not guilty to possession on Friday. Amir Ali, a 24-year-old Middle Eastern, Canadian national, is charged with one count of possession for sale of a controlled substance — over 20 kilos, which carries more jail time. If convicted, he faces up to 19 years in jail. He appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court downtown on Friday with his attorney,

Alex Kessel. Kessel did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Ali was arrested by police last Monday after police responded to a suspicious circumstances call from an unknown man on the 1200 block of 18th Street, where Ali lives. When patrol officers arrived, they located 24 kilos in Ali’s apartment, said Santa Monica Police Department Lt. Frank Fabrega. Then a search warrant was obtained and police found more kilos inside the apartment, as well as

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shift that night. The then-25-year-old had just completed his rookie year and was assigned to beat four — north of Wilshire Boulevard. Kurtz was primarily responsible for patrolling that section of town, but other calls for service took us throughout the entire city. Kurtz, a soft-spoken and intuitive young police officer who hails from my home state of Minnesota, briefed me on what to expect that night — anything and everything. Kurtz joined the SMPD in September 2001, when the department hired a slew of new recruits. Kurtz said he was drawn to SMPD because of its opportunities — the department has a host of specialized

to be an action-packed shift. Santa Monica is a unique city to keep the peace in because, while its population is about 80,000, it swells to more than 300,000 on any given day as a result of tourism, the beach and its business districts. “This is an interesting city, it acts bigger than it is,” said Santa Monica police officer Dan Kurtz. “I like this city and I like the people I work with.” I showed up at 4 p.m. for roll call in the squad room where officers are briefed before heading out on patrol. The sergeant briefed the crew about the day’s events and what to look for when they patrol the streets. While surprises on the job are almost routine, Kurtz didn’t expect a reporter to be tagging along with him during his 10-hour

several thousand dollars. It is unknown how the officers initially found the cocaine or how police gained entry to the apartment. Ali wasn’t home, but he arrived shortly after police were investigating the scene. When he drove up and saw police, he fled, according to Fabrega. Police were able to apprehend him soon after. Ali, whose preliminary trial is set for Oct. 23, remains in jail with no bail because of an Immigration and Naturalization Services hold while it considers his status in the United States.

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS Series acknowledges mental illness month By Daily Press staff

In honor of October being mental illness month, a series of informative lectures will be staged at First Presbyterian Church on a wide array of topics. ■ Oct.14 — Medications 2003: A discussion about medications and treatment of mental illness — Dr. Alex Kopelowicz. ■ Oct. 21 — How families can help in the recovery process — Fay Pannor. ■ Oct. 28 — What is psychosocial rehabilitation and why is it the state of the art treatment for mental illness — Dr. Alex Kopelowicz. Parking for the events will be available directly across the street from First Presbyterian Church in the Santa Monica public parking lot. Due to limited space, telephone reservations are recommended. For more information, call Iris at (310) 394-6889, ext.. 22 or e-mail iris@stepuponsecond.org. The church is located at 1220 2nd St., between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue.

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Presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich will be in Santa Monica today. Organizers and participants from all over the city will meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 1:45 p.m. and depart promptly at 2 p.m., skating or biking a 10-mile loop through Santa Monica. The mobile activist pack will leave the pier and cover terrain on the bike path to Rose Avenue, from Rose to the Water Gardens, then to Montana Avenue, on to Ocean Avenue, Entrada and the bike path back to the pier. The route can be viewed in detail at: http://www.fridaynightskate.org/santamonica.shtml Enthusiasts of presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich are launching a mobile effort to “Roll out Dennis’ platform” and to promote his traveling tour with actress Mimi Kennedy that will cover 11 states in three days, beginning Oct. 13. To learn more about Kucinich’s traveling tour, log onto: http://members.audiogenerator.com/postcards/?1254993

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Free shots will be offered next weekend for kids under 18 year old. “Shots for Tots & Teens” will provide free immunizations and TB skin tests to all infants, adolescents and teenagers at Saint John’s Hospital on Oct. 18. California law requires that all children must have up-to-date shot records to attend school or child care centers. The immunizations will protect against diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, rubella, hemophius, influenza, mumps, polio, tetanus and whooping cough — diseases known to infect small children, as well as teenagers. Since the inauguration more than 10 years ago, Shots for Tots & Teens has immunized more than 2,00 children for free. Shots for Tots & Teens is sponsored by Saint John’s Health Center and the Santa Monica Rotary Club. The clinic lasts from 10 a.m. until noon and is located at the Saint John’s Health Center cafeteria on the ground floor at Arizona Avenue and 22nd Street. For more information, call (310) 829-8234.

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Citizen ‘cops’ go from narcotics to vice to out on shooting range ACADEMY, from page 1 While the graduates had different reasons for spending more than two months learning the intricacies of the SMPD, I wasn’t sure what I was doing sitting in the squad room on that first night of class a year ago. Then the class facilitator, Lauralee Asch, a former patrol cop and now a community relations officer for the SMPD, asked us each to tell the group of 20 what we were doing there. At first, my enrollment was a public relations move. I cover cops for the Daily Press, so when SMPD Lt. Frank Fabrega asked me to go to class and write a story about it, I figured it would get me further in the organization. I was hesitant to sign up because of the time commitment — a three-hour class every Wednesday for 11 weeks — was too much for my busy schedule. But after the first class, I actually started to enjoy myself and increasingly looked forward to the next week. My 19 other classmates seemed to feel the same way. Their reasons for showing up every Wednesday for more than two months were as varied as were their backgrounds. Their ages ranged from early 20s to a man who was 80 years old. Asch said she has enrolled a diverse group of community members throughout the years — actors, attorneys, aspiring cops and RAND employees, just to name a few. Several screenwriters looking for material also have enrolled. And while they seemed to get what they came for, they got more than they bargained for in the long run. “I find that’s half of the fun — finding out what their agenda is and watching them change,” Asch said. “Watching them awaken to what they learn and leaving a different person is probably the best part.” Asch, who facilitates the fall class (there is another in the spring), tries to get a broad range of people in terms of age, ethnic background, profession and reason for wanting to join. “Most people are just concerned about what goes on here,” Asch said. “I try to get a nice mixture because it makes it more interesting.” And my class certainly was. A few students went on to apply for jobs in the SMPD as officers. Others, many of whom either work in city government or with nonprofit organizations that indirectly work with SMPD, now have a better understanding of how the organization operates. Nancy Glavan is married to a SMPD cop and she wanted to understand what her husband does each day. Hub Martin, a traffic services officer, wanted to learn more about the SMPD because he is considering a career in law enforcement. Bill Goldstein just wanted to learn more about the city he’s lived in for 25 years. Oscar Vizcara, an 80-year-old student, just wanted something to do. And Herman Pass thought being a graduate may entitle him to getting out of at least one ticket. Whatever our motives were for joining, we can’t help but look at the SMPD now as an organization with a human face. And we all realized that it takes a lot to be a cop — not just in training, but also personally putting themselves on the line to protect and serve the Santa Monica community. Nowhere was that more apparent than in the second week of class when we had to play the role of an officer who had just pulled someone over during a routine traffic stop. The driver, who was played by a SMPD detective, gave a different scenario for each stop, sometimes being extremely difficult to deal with. We quickly realized that our judgment on how to react to the situation didn’t come naturally, and how dangerous it is to approach a vehicle when you have no idea who is in it or what they plan to do. “Traffic stops are so meaningful because people have the most probability of meeting an officer,” Asch said. “It totally emphasizes the danger, they get scared just acting.” We learned that same lesson during firearms training when we spent some quality time in the shooting range in the basement of the police department with range master Jason Mann, a towering ex-Marine and former L.A. County Sheriff. Using a simulated program that puts you in a virtual reality scenario, we were forced into situations where we had to react to suspects with weapons. Within a matter of seconds, we had to decide whether or not to shoot the suspect. My scenario was a domestic vio-

lence call. When I entered the house, a man was yelling at his wife and threatening her. As I got closer to the suspect, he lunged at me with a knife. I shot him seven times. Some of my classmates wound up dead because they didn’t react in time. Others blew away the suspects even though they hadn’t presented a danger. Mann noted that it’s more dangerous to be a cop today, with dramatic increases in the number of officers assaulted and killed, statistics that haven’t been that elevated since the 1970s. A favorite class for many was a boat ride with the Harbor Patrol, a branch of the SMPD that is responsible for the bay, the beach and the pier. We boarded the boat in Marina Del Rey, headed out to sea and got a lesson in nautical policing. There are more than two dozen topics that make up the classes, which range from the narcotics and vice units, forensics, internal affairs, the jail, the K-9 unit and the SMPD’s offices of special enforcement — like the homeless liaison team that deals specifically with Santa Monica’s growing homeless population. The team was put in place when Santa Monica’s homeless population peaked in 1991 and 35 percent of the SMPD’s calls were related to transients. These officers make the first contact with the homeless, who mostly are mentally ill. They try to help them get assistance through a variety of social services programs, sometimes even putting them up in a motel room for three days. The officers told war stories of encounters they’ve had with some of Santa Monica’s more notorious homeless characters and answered dozens of questions from class members. The participation in this class was extraordinarily high because the issue affects us all. Being taken through the dispatch and 911 center also was an eye opener for many students — the SMPD receives 750,000 calls a year, including 100,000 calls for service. There are 7,200 alarm calls, only about 15 percent of which are actually legitimate calls. One my favorites was the media relations unit. Lt. Fabrega and Capt. Gary Gallinot, who routinely have to deal with persistent and sometimes annoying reporters, gave their perspective on how they handle people like me. The SMPD also offers twice a year a Spanish citizen police academy called “Academia Communidad” that targets bilingual and Spanish-speaking people. Many of them are Santa Monica residents, as well as immigrants. The course is designed to educate them about municipal government, how to get involved and put a human face with the police. SMPD’s Police Activities League offers the same kind of academy for youths under the age of 17. The presenters, all SMPD officers, volunteer their time to teach the class. “People always strive to put their best foot forward in their presentations,” Asch said. “Everyone, including the students, are there because they want to be there.”

Fall Citizen Police Academy session begins this month By Daily Press staff

The next Santa Monica Police Department Citizen Police Academy, which provides an inside look at local police work, will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The 11-week program, taking place one night per week for three hours, gives participants an overview of the department’s functions, responsibilities and operational procedures. Classes are taught by police officers, police executives and highly specialized non-sworn employees of the SMPD. Included in the course are demonstrations, discussions, lectures and personal participation in mock exercises. Units involved include the defensive tactics team, metro team, K-9, traffic enforcement and internal affairs. Participants also will get to tour the new Public Safety Facility, where a majority of the classes will be held. Enrollment is open to anyone over the age of 21 who lives, works or attends school in Santa Monica. Applications will be accepted until the class is full. For more information or to request an application, call the SMPD at (310) 458-8474.

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Top: Forensics Officer Jim Simpson provides a how-to on the procedure he uses to analyze evidence. Middle: Citizen Police Academy student Hub Martin volunteers to pose as an assailant while SMPD officer Maury Sumlin shows how to break free during the presentation on defensive tactics. Bottom: SMPD range master Jason Mann explains firearms training to the Citizen Police Academy class.


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Arresting developments on streets of Santa Monica significant call of the night — a serious car accident on Wilshire Boulevard and 21st Street. It occurred in front of the Gaslite lounge, which made for interesting witness statements. Kurtz, who remained remarkably patient, interviewed witnesses who were outside the bar when the accident happened. He took a series of conflicting statements from about a dozen people who were intoxicated, which made it difficult to determine what actually happened. As he was taking information from one witness, Kurtz smiled and asked the middle aged man how much he had to drink. “I’ve had three mai tais,” the witness said, calling Kurtz “Kiddo.” “I’m a little high, but I am clear on what I saw.” There was a certain bond between Kurtz and the other officers on patrol that night, many of whom Kurtz graduated with at the police academy. “It’s something different every day,” Kurtz said. “There’s a camaraderie here.”

POLICING, from page 1 units and encourages officers to move up through the ranks. After checking the patrol car to make sure the rifle and other necessities were intact, we headed out to patrol the streets of Santa Monica. Our first call was obviously from someone who isn’t familiar with “Marilyn,” a mentally ill homeless woman who hangs out in the alley between Rite Aid and Vons supermarket on Euclid Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard. Marilyn sometimes wanders into the middle of Wilshire Boulevard with her shopping carts. Although it’s fairly routine to see her strolling down a car lane, it’s dangerous, nevertheless, and it’s Kurtz’s job to keep her out of harm’s way. We headed to the area, but we couldn’t find her. The second call is what made me realize how much I am not cut out for police work. It was your average 911 hang-up call. When we walked up the stairs to the apartment, I suddenly got scared. Even though I was following Kurtz, who had his hand on his gun, I was nervous because I didn’t know what was behind the door he had just knocked on. A person on the other side said, “Hello.” Kurtz replied, “Police, can you open the door?” Then there was a long pause. Finally, the door opened and it was a grandmother and her grandson. Kurtz walked through the apartment and determined there was no foul play. Then we headed to the pier to respond to a call of a possible suicide. We scouted the area, which was eerie because it was virtually empty and the fog was thick. The water below us was violently crashing against the pier pilings. There was no sign of a suicidal man. We then went to a beach parking lot to

When citizens see a half dozen officers parked in the street, it doesn’t always mean something big is going down, it could just mean that officers are backing each other up because there isn’t anything else going on. respond to a call of a possible sexual predator in the area. Kurtz made contact with a thin, sickly-looking transient with open sores all over him who described the suspect. He told us the suspect approaches homeless women in the bathrooms. We sat in the beach parking lot for a while just scoping the scene. “There are a lot of shady characters down here at night,” Kurtz said. As part of his patrol, Kurtz is responsible for what are known as “periodic checks,” which are special circumstances that require extra attention by police. That evening, a woman who lives at 11th Street and Idaho Avenue, had asked the SMPD to check the area periodically because a man was stalking her. We patrolled the area around her apartment on foot, checked the alley, and the nooks and crannies where someone might be able to hide. We then headed over to the south side of town where Kurtz does his own periodic check — Ozone Park. Only kids are allowed in the park, but oftentimes transients will hang out there. “It’s a pet peeve of mine,” he said. A majority of calls police respond to involve homeless people. One call over the radio was a transient who stuck his hand in the condiments at La Salsa on Santa Monica Boulevard and the Third Street Promenade. We went to Main Street where other

officers had detained a homeless man in an alley. He was found with more than a dozen different IDs that he had stolen. When it’s slow on the streets — like it was that rainy night — more than enough officers respond to a call. So when citizens see a half dozen officers parked in the street, it doesn’t always mean something big is going down, it could just mean that officers are backing each other up because there isn’t anything else going on. “This would be the wrong night to commit a crime,” Kurtz said, noting the availability of many of the officers on patrol. The shift ended with probably the most

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LETTERS Council’s advice seems hard to swallow Editor: The commercial toothpaste companies affix a warning label on their tubes: Do not swallow and if you do, contact a poison control center. This, of course, is because industrial-grade fluoride is added to their toothpaste. Our City Council plans to add this toxic fluoride to our city’s water, advising us that this “stuff” is good for our health. Since when are they medical experts? And what gives them the right to add a prescription drug to our water? I’ve also been advised by nutritionists that there is plenty of “naturally occurring” fluoride in so much of our foods. Who should we believe? Come on Santa Monicans: Wake up and question this proposed action by our city council’s “medical experts.”

breaking the speed laws as well. A sting operation at that corner would reap a lot of revenue in traffic fines. The only thing I disagree with Mr. Martini on is the stop sign. They need a stoplight. The stop sign would be ignored as well. As an avid walker in Santa Monica, I am well aware a stop sign here doesn’t actually mean stop, rather it just means, “totally pause.” Or drivers just plain ignore the sign completely, especially when turning. The stoplight could even be continuously green on the San Vicente side until someone wanting to cross would hit the button and the light would turn red. Marilyn Brennan Santa Monica

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City intersection screams for stoplight Editor: I totally agree with Richard J. Martini of Santa Monica (SMDP, Oct. 9, page 4). In a city where drivers continually put pedestrians at risk, the corner of San Vicente Boulevard and Fourth Street is the worst. His friend’s father may have been the same gentleman who was my daughter’s neighbor. This sweet man who cared for his wheelchair-bound wife in such a loving manner was killed on this corner. Several dogs have been hit. The other day, after much screeching of brakes, a driver plowed up the grass meridian and knocked over the pedestrian crossing sign, perhaps to avoid hitting someone who had the temerity to cross the street at a legal crossing place. Because of drivers’ absolute disregard for the crosswalk, getting across San Vicente at Fourth Street is a very scary proposition. When my daughter was nine months pregnant, she and an elderly couple tried to cross San Vicente at Fourth, taking more than five minutes until they could cross. Sometimes you make it to the middle and are stuck on the median until there is no traffic, a long wait. And when I would take my granddaughter across the street, I would carry her, my heart in my mouth, as we took our lives in our hands trying to get across while the speeding oncoming cars whizzed past us. It was much safer to walk out of our way to Seventh Street, where there is a stop light. The pedestrian crosswalk is totally ignored by the cars that race past, very much

Accepting responsibility needs to follow words ‘I’m sorry’ MODERN TIMES By Lloyd Garver

One of the most famous lines in movie history is, “Love Story's” ‘Being in love means never having to say you're sorry.’ I don't know if that's true or not, but I do know, being in the public eye means having to say you're sorry often and quickly The words “I'm sorry” are said so much these days that they've become about as meaningless as “Have a nice day.” In the past week, Arnold Schwarzenegger was called on to apologize for groping women and making other unwanted sexual advances. Even though he admitted that he had done some of these things, Arnold went for the nonapology apology. He didn't apologize for what he did, he apologized if he offended anybody when he did it. But his non-apology seemed to work anyway, because he was smart enough to

do it quickly. Bill Clinton didn't have the same wisdom, so his pathetic too-littletoo-late apology was a big failure. So Arnold ends up in the governor's office, and Clinton ends up desperately seeking photo ops. If Arnold can't deliver on some of his campaign promises, he'll probably apologize right away again, and people will forgive him. And he won't be able to deliver on everything because once he's in office, he'll really have his hands full. Of course, Arnold is used to that. If it's really important to be forgiven, the apology also has to contain the “I accept full responsibility” phrase. This seems to work for scandalized television preachers, cheating football coaches and college athletes who steal television sets. Sometimes it's necessary to cry along with the apology. President Bush hasn't apologized for the war in Iraq, but if his popularity continues to decline, look for him to make a statement like this sometime before the election: “We were given some misinformation and poor intelligence about Saddam Hussein's connection to al-Qaida, weapons of mass destruction, and Iraq's

being an imminent threat to the United States. As President, I accept full responsibility for this, and apologize for the intelligence failure. I am determined to get to the bottom of this, and I will succeed because nothing can deter Americans in their search for the truth.” If he is smart enough to say something like this soon, the American people will not only accept his apology, but will embrace him for being “big enough” to have made it. The fact that it's hard for people to apologize has given the words “I'm sorry” extra weight. No less an icon of the American male than Fonzie on “Happy Days” had so much trouble with those words that he would stutter when he wanted to apologize, saying, “I'm sor ... sor ... sorry.” But he would eventually get the apology out, earning everyone's respect and the audience's applause because he was man enough to apologize. Being man or woman enough to apologize means a great deal in our society ... too much. Criminals get lighter sentences if they “show remorse.” Why? How does that undo the crime? And how often has somebody done something awful to you,

and then felt they were off the hook because they apologized? Of course, people should say, “I'm sorry” when they've done something wrong, but sometimes just saying those words is not enough. I'm not a very good artist — my stick figures would embarrass a 4-year-old — but if I could draw a couple of political cartoons, this is what they would look like: One would show an Attila the Hun-like figure finally being brought to justice after pillaging village after village. The other cartoon would show a wayward husband in bed with two of his mistresses as his put-upon wife is walking out the door with her suitcase. The caption for each of them would be the same — the transgressor would be saying, “Hey, why are you so upset? I said I was sorry.” (Lloyd Garver has written for many television shows, ranging from "Sesame Street" to "Family Ties" to "Frasier." He has also read many books, some of them in hardcover. He writes the "Modern Times" column for CBSnews.com’s Opinion page and can be reached at smdp@lloydgarvermoderntimes.com)

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Tram operators scramble as 53 passengers dangle By The Associated Press

PALM SPRINGS — Operators of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tried to find a helicopter to lift a mechanic up Mount San Jacinto when two tram cars carrying 53 people became stuck, but no private, government or military helicopter could be obtained, the tram's president said. Tram officials said this week they were looking to develop closer ties with local police or military bases in case a similar emergency takes place again, although they said that was highly unlikely. “Because it happened doesn't mean it's going to be happening again,” said Rob Parkins, the tramway president and general manager. He said the tramway would attempt to arrange emergency contacts with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms for quick help. The cars were stuck for 4 1/2 hours Monday after a 100-foot-long strand of a rescue cable got wrapped around the carriage of a tram car. Since the rescue cable was broken, it couldn't be used to send another car to repair it, Parkins said. Tram car operator Scott Barrick, 36, who has some experience as a rock climber but none in tramway maintenance, climbed onto the top of the car with a borrowed utility knife and freed the tangled wires. The trams began moving again about 6:45 p.m. Parkins said the tramway was losing about $18,500 a day from the shutdown and investigation. It is expected to be shut down until at least Oct. 20. Two Swiss experts in engineering and cable design will visit the tramway this weekend to examine the nearly inch-thick steel rescue cable and determine how best to repair it. The rescue cable hangs above three larger cables that support and drive the two passenger cars. Parkins said the rescue cable was in place to transport maintenance workers in any emergency — but there had been no such emergency in the tram's 40-year history.

First 5 puts faith, and bucks, into preschool plan By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County First 5 Commission this week approved spending $500 million in tobacco tax money over the next five years to launch a system of preschools that could begin enrolling students early next year. The project was approved despite misgivings by some members that the huge outlay would leave little money for youngsters' health care and programs for newborns. Although the commission already had committed $100 million to the preschool plan, proponents said the bigger, long-range funding commitment was necessary to fully implement a full-day system that eventually would seek to enroll more than 150,000 4-year-olds. The funding will allow planners to move forward with building new facilities in communities with the greatest need and help to speed the expansion of existing preschools. Money also will be available to public and private preschools. Karen Hill-Scott, an educator hired to direct the planning process, said the official launch is set for next September. But students could begin enrolling in some test programs after the beginning of the year. Filmmaker and child advocate Rob Reiner, who is chairman of the statewide First 5 Commission, said he was thrilled by the action. “It does what we needed to do, and we feel comfortable with that,” he said. Spearheaded by Reiner, Proposition 10, also known as the California Children and Families First Act, was approved by voters in 1998. It levies a 50-cents-a-pack tax on cigarettes to be used for health and education needs of children in their first five years. The proposition established a statewide commission — currently headed by Reiner — and 58 local commissions to oversee the tax revenues, which are expected to shrink as smoking declines.

Headlands development makes little headway By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Community activists and environmentalists urged the state Coastal Commission this week to reject plans to build homes, an inn and even a faux lighthouse on a 121-acre promontory at Dana Point. The commission was urged by its own staff to deny developer Sanford Edward's plans for the Headlands. A decision was postponed until the commission's January meeting. A majority of the 12-member commission said that they supported the project but want their concerns about environmental issues resolved. Commissioners said they want the developer to reduce beach grading and to consider refurbishing a sea wall instead of building a new one along the coast. New sea walls cannot be built under state law. Edward said he is “cautiously optimistic” that he will be allowed to proceed. “The commission is supportive of the hotel and some development in the environmentally sensitive habitat. What we need to look at is refinement to the grading,” he said. Chris Evans, executive director of the Surfrider Foundation, praised the commission's actions. “We're one step closer to a project that is lawful,” he said. Developers have been trying since 1989 to build on the property, which once was landfall for sailors exploring the California coastline. It is one of the last undeveloped promontories in Southern California. The project approved by the Dana Point City Council would have 125 luxury homes, a 90-room inn on the Headlands and beach strand, 40,000-square feet of commercial space and five parks linked by greenbelts and three miles of trails.

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Arnold: An army of one or open-minded leader? BY LYNN ELBER Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — All the world was a sound stage during Arnold Schwarzenegger's run for governor. He starred as the hero come to rescue California from the bad guys — self-serving politicians — and vanquish the evils of high taxes and unpopular policies. Movie catchphrases and imagery marked his campaign. “In the movies, if I played a character and I didn't like something, you know what I did? I destroyed it, I wiped it out!” Schwarzenegger shouted at one rally where a car symbolizing a tax increase was smashed. Voters applauded the theatrics, shoving Gov. Gray Davis out and the actor in. When his three-year term begins next month, will Schwarzenegger govern the way he campaigned, like a political army of one? Or will the Austrian-born immigrant who has regularly reinvented himself, from bodybuilder to action hero to political candidate, morph yet again into a statesman adept at compromise instead of combat? “If he thinks he's going to come in here and be Mr. Terminator, he will have his head handed to him,” state Senate leader John Burton, a San Francisco Democrat, told the Los Angeles Times before the election. Schwarzenegger sounded diplomatic, not fierce, during his victory speech Tuesday night. “I will call all the leaders of the Legislature, both Democrats and Republicans, and I will let them know that my door will always be open. That I want to work with them together for the good of California,” he said. But don't expect him to be a traditional pol, for better or worse, observers suggest. “What Schwarzenegger has going for him is the same thing Reagan had going for him: He can talk to people directly, he can talk over the heads of the Legislature. ... He's got a built-in audience,” said veteran political reporter Lou Cannon, whose new book, “Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power,” details Ronald Reagan's trailblazing journey from Hollywood to Sacramento a generation ago. GOP consultant Allan Hoffenblum agreed: “Arnold is news. He sells. That's

going to give him more power” in negotiating with lawmakers over the budget deficit and other issues. But one difference is this: Reagan's Hollywood specialty was light romantic comedies, the small-town melodrama “Kings Row” and a few heroic sagas such as “Knute Rockne All American.” Schwarzenegger's screen persona was shaped by violent action movies, including “Predator,” “Total Recall:” and the “Terminator” series. Reagan on film “wasn't the guy who made things happen. He was the guy who facilitated things happening. He was never an ubermensch,” said social critic Neal Gabler, author of “Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality.” Schwarzenegger is precisely that, Gabler said, with his films espousing Hollywood values that are “about accommodating nothing. Movie values are about one individual who comes in and imposes his will.” Gabler warned that what audiences enjoy on screen is : “antithetical to the values of democratic politics.” “In an entertainment context, this is catharsis, and most moviegoers love it. In a political context, it historically has had fascist undertones with disastrous consequences,” he said in an essay on the recall. “It was Benito Mussolini, after all, who said he would make the trains run on time.” “I'm not saying that Schwarzenegger is a fascist,” Gabler elaborated in an interview. But “his appeal is fascistic.” Voters who backed Schwarzenegger see a far different picture. “He's larger than life. He will not be beholden to special interests,” said businessman David Gilmore of San Diego. Other observers warn against judging what Schwarzenegger will do in office by how his campaign was conducted. “Compare it to a thousand other candidates in the last decade and he's saying the same old stuff,” said Robert Thompson, a Syracuse University popular culture professor. “It's confident, aggressive promises.” Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, said the moderate Republican needed those catchy movie-isms. “It's hard to rally people with moderation. If you can't rally them with moderation, you rally them with ‘Hasta la

Gang member ‘not monster,’ but still receives life sentence By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A gang member was sentenced this week to life in prison with a minimum of 57 years for firing a gun down a crowded Hawthorne street, killing an 11-year-old girl and wounding another. Before Juan Baeza was sentenced, a Spanish-language translator read a letter written by his mother that said he was a respectful, loving and educated son and brother. “Juan is not a monster,” the letter said. Deputy District Attorney Brian Schirn said Baeza, a resident of Lennox who turned 25 on Thursday, had four previous felony convictions as an adult and had never shown any remorse for killing the girl and wounding her friend on Dec. 26, 2001, while shooting at a fleeing rival gang member.

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Pressure to oust Iowa, N.H. from leadoff spots mounts BY WILL LESTER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — Filling out the Democratic primary calendar, the notations for Iowa and New Hampshire can be written in ink, the other states in pencil. The two relatively small states with overwhelmingly white populations have maintained a firm grip on the early dates in the primary calendar, fending off challenges from states that are larger and more diverse. Iowa's caucuses have been first since 1972; New Hampshire's primary has led the pack for some 85 years. But after the 2004 elections, the primacy of Iowa and New Hampshire could disappear in a challenge from Democrats who argue that their states look more like America. “There's a lot of frustration with the calendar,” Florida Democratic Party chairman Scott Maddox said. “The larger states don't play enough of a part in it. There's a lot of attention to small states. Everybody agrees Florida is the battleground state.” Said Arizona's Democratic Party chairman, Jim Pederson: “Our argument is that we want a primary system that reflects the width and breadth of our party.” Those comments reflect a strong determination in many of the other 48, but Iowa and New Hampshire have prevailed in the past. Just ask Michigan and its Democrats. The Great Lakes state tried to break the Iowa-New Hampshire stranglehold, threatening to hold its Democratic primary the same day as New Hampshire, tentatively set for Jan. 27. But labor unions in Michigan, a crucial Democratic bloc, had second thoughts about the challenge and state Democratic officials backed off, receiving the promise of a post-2004 commission to examine the issue. “I led the effort to end this monopoly that is totally arbitrary — that any two states have a lock on going first,” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said in an interview. “It ought to be rotated. ... I know other states feel deeply about it.” Levin said he expects national Democrats to find a solution to the complaints, not just delay the issue for another four years. Iowa and New Hampshire vow to fight any efforts to change their status. “I can't see us ever giving that role up,”

said Kathy Sullivan, New Hampshire Democratic chairwoman. “In both parties, there are people who cut their teeth on the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses. They understand that the process works.” Iowa Democratic Chairman Gordon Fischer was equally determined. “We'll do whatever it takes to hold onto our first-in-the nation status,” he said. New Hampshire law dictates that the secretary of state must set the primary a week ahead of any similar event in the country; the tentative 2004 date is Jan. 27. Iowa law says the caucuses must be held eight days before the New Hampshire primary; next year's event is slated for Jan. 19. The two states also lead in the Republican calendar. Democrats allowed numerous states to move up and hold their contests in February but that hasn't stopped the grumbling. The District of Columbia will hold a nonbinding primary Jan. 13, although the Democratic National Committee does not recognize that contest. “The only argument that people from these states offer as a reason to continue being first in the nation is that this is the way it has always been done,” Ed Tinsley of Montana said during a recent meeting of the DNC. “This is not a good reason to allow them to frame the rest of the primary season.” States like to be the first to vote because it draws plenty of media attention, puts their issues in the forefront of the presidential campaign and helps energize state parties. Candidates compete in those early states because winning can bring them momentum, money and media coverage. New Hampshire has a population of almost 1.3 million that is 95 percent white, with manufacturing, trade, finance, insurance and real estate the major industries. Iowa has a population of almost 3 million that is 93 percent white, with farm implement production, financial services, insurance and grain processing the major industries. Democratic officials acknowledge time may be running out for the two states. Strategist Donna Brazile predicted “a vigorous debate following this election cycle on the primacy of those two states. I've supported it in the past; I'm not sure what position I'll take in the future.”

Vice President Cheney insists America must carry big stick By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney, taking up the White House's new public-relations counteroffensive on Iraq, is defending the decision to go to war as the kind of bold action the Bush administration has chosen to combat terror. Cheney, in a speech scheduled for delivery Friday, was to pick up where President Bush left off a day earlier, when the president told listeners in Portsmouth, N.H., “The challenges we face today cannot be met with timid actions or bitter words.” The vice president's address to the conservative Heritage Foundation was to expand on that message by arguing

that the administration's approach to fighting terrorism boils down to two choices, two senior administration officials said. Cheney's remarks framed the administration's approach as one of action for the nation's security, versus the “passive” course its predecessor followed, one of the officials said. Cheney also was responding to specific criticisms from Democrats and others, the officials said. His speech was the latest in a wave of public appearances and interviews top White House officials are using to strike back at critics of Bush's handling of Iraq. The president planned to conduct a half-dozen TV interviews on Monday.

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Pilots volunteer to aid family feuding with Park Service BY MIKE CHAMBERS Associated Press Writer

JUNEAU, Alaska — Volunteer bush pilots are flying winter supplies to a family whose cabin in the backcountry of Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve has been isolated by a dispute over use of an old road through the park. The cabin owner, who legally changed his name from Bobby Hale to Papa Pilgrim, lives with his wife and 15 children deep within the park. He wants the right to drive a bulldozer over an old 14-mile mining road. The National Park Service so far has refused a permit. Friends and a property-rights group called the American Land Rights Association are collecting donations and asking pilots to ferry in supplies for the winter. “It's just beautiful,” Pilgrim said by telephone from his cabin. “I cannot tell you the unity. ... They just poured out their hearts.” The dispute arose after Pilgrim drove his bulldozer over the road earlier this year, sometimes with the blade up and sometimes down, carving a way through the overgrowth. The Park Service sued Pilgrim and closed the road to motorized vehicles, leaving the Pilgrims with the prospect of either traveling by horse through the upper valley of McCarthy Creek or reaching their property by airplane. It also left them unable to ship up large or bulky quantities of supplies. Pilgrim has tried since June 17 to get permission to use the road, said attorney J.P. Tangen. A formal request was made in September, he said. Part of the problem is the Park Service has to perform an environmental assessment of the route and any damage that could be done by the bulldozer. Park Superintendent Gary Candelaria said each journey requires about 13 stream crossings and park officials have to determine damage to spawning fish and unfrozen ground. The family could use snowmobiles in the winter, Candelaria said. As for the family's predicament, it isn't considered an emergency under federal regulations, Candelaria said. “There's a lot of personal choice, personal responsibil-

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people have agreed to ferry supplies and land on the small airstrip located within Pilgrim's property, Rowland said. Candelaria doesn't agree with Cushman that the Park Service is being heavy-handed, nor does he agree with assertions that the road is state property. Alaska has listed the road as its own under obscure federal mining statutes, but the Interior Department hasn't agreed. The 1866 mining claim statute allows the state to assert claim to historic rights of way across federal land. State officials have been reluctant to push the claim for this and hundreds of other routes it has identified. Pilgrim accused the Park Service of trying to starve his family out, but said they are resolved to stay. “I just trust before this is all over, we will all be on the same side and we are going to see the needs of people, and the basis of it all is to love each other,” Pilgrim said.

GOP digs in for fight over war funding By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans plan to complete a nearly $87 billion bill for Iraq and Afghanistan within two weeks, hoping to strengthen President Bush's hand when donor nations meet in Spain to discuss aid for Iraq. That timetable was bolstered Thursday when the GOPcontrolled House Appropriations Committee approved the spending package by 47-14. Similar versions of the bill — called a “supplemental” because it supplements funds already approved for next year — are scheduled to be debated next week by the full House and Senate.

All 14 “no” votes were from Democrats. Fifteen other Democrats voted for the measure. A week of White House lobbying paid off as Republican advocates of using loans rather than grants ended up not even forcing votes on their proposals because of certain defeat. In recent days, committee members heard personal pitches from Secretary of State Colin Powell, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Bush himself that loans would slow the rebirth of Iraq's economy and sow suspicion that the United States wanted to control the country's oil.

Episcopalians: Leaders must atone for gays By The Associated Press

DALLAS — After an enthusiastic rally that concluded with a strong protest declaration demanding church leaders repent for their growing acceptance of gay relationships, conservative Episcopalians are waiting anxiously for an emergency summit meeting in London. A delegation from the American Anglican Council (AAC), sponsor of the Dallas meeting, will take its declaration to a Tuesday huddle with overseas archbishops who agree that

the summer Episcopal Church convention violated church teaching when it took steps toward accepting same-sex behavior. The Oct. 15-16 summit on the American church crisis and a parallel dispute in Canada involves the 38 heads of the national Anglican branches, one of which is the Episcopal Church. The session is chaired by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion. The 2,700 Episcopalians in Dallas

this week petitioned the London summit to discipline Episcopal bishops who backed liberal actions on gays, to have special bishops intervene to lead conservative congregations in liberal U.S. dioceses and to “guide the realignment of Angli-canism in North America.” The shape of that “realignment” is unclear, but the Dallas meeting began the process of creating a new U.S. conservative network and, very likely, its total break from the Episcopal Church.

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Iranian activist Shirin Ebadi wins 2003 Nobel Peace Prize BY DOUG MELLGREN Associated Press Writer

OSLO, Norway — Human rights activist Shirin Ebadi won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her work fighting for democracy and the rights of women and children, the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to receive the accolade. Ebadi, 56, the first female judge in Iran who also was jailed on charges of slandering government officials, was praised by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for promoting peaceful, democratic solutions in the struggle for human rights. “This prize doesn't belong to me only — it belongs to all people who work for human rights and democracy in Iran,” Ebadi told The Associated Press in an interview in Paris, where she was visiting. She said she was completely surprised when she got the call from Oslo saying she had won. “And then I was very happy and glad,” she added. The Nobel committee said Ebadi is well-known and admired by Iranians for her defense in court of victims of attacks by hard-liners on freedom of speech and political freedom. The news, which made headlines around the world, was not reported immediately on Iran's state-run media. “As a lawyer, judge, lecturer, writer and activist, she has spoken out clearly and strongly in her country, Iran, far beyond its borders,” the awards committee said in its citation. It said she has stood up as a “sound professional, a courageous person, and has never heeded the threat to her own safety.” “I am extremely happy. This is a great day for reformers in Iran. It's great for her and great for the country,” her husband, Javad Tavassolian, said from Tehran, where she was expected to return from Paris next week. Ebadi, who is often sharply criticized by hard-liners and conservative clerics, was

arrested in 2000, spent about three weeks in jail after a closed trial, and given a suspended sentence. Ebadi was banned from working as lawyer for five years. It was unclear whether the ban was still in effect. “I'm a Muslim, so you can be a Muslim and support democracy,” Ebadi told Norwegian television when reached in Paris after winning the prize. “It's very good for human rights in Iran, especially for children's rights in Iran. I hope I can be useful.” This year's prize is worth $1.3 million. Ebadi, who also is known for her writings, was Iran's first female judge, her husband said, and served as president of the city court of Tehran from 1975-79. Forced to step down as a judge after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, she has since been an activist for democracy and the rights of refugees, women and children. As an attorney, she represented families of writers and intellectuals killed in 1999 and 2000, and worked to expose conspirators behind an attack by pro-clergy assailants on students at Tehran University in 1999. She is the third Muslim to win the prize. Yasser Arafat won the prize in 1994, sharing it with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat shared the prize with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin for jointly negotiating peace between the two countries. Former President Jimmy Carter, last year's Nobel peace prize winner, called Ebadi “an inspiration to people in Iran and around the world.” “She proves that one person, standing on principle, can make a positive difference in the lives of many,” he said. Human rights activists around the world also praised the decision. “By honoring Shirin, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has recognized the critical importance of human rights and the

individuals who defend them around the world,” Amnesty International said. Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner called Ebadi “a courageous woman who has earned the support of all women in the Western world.” Former Czech President Vaclav Havel sent his congratulations through his secretary, Jakub Hladik, who said “he judges that she certainly deserves it.” “It's a great victory for Iran, for human rights militants in Iran, for Iranian democrats in Iran,” said Karim Lahidji, president in exile of the Iranian League for Human Rights and vice president of the Parisbased International Federation of Human Rights Leagues. “Shirin Ebadi spent 25 years of her life so that rights reign in Iran,” said Lahidji, a friend for 40 years. In Beirut, human rights activist Samira Trad said the Nobel committee “has made a good judgment. It is good for a woman and good for our area.” Jordanian human rights activist Rana Husseini called it “a great achievement.” “I think this will promote women's causes worldwide including Arab and Muslim women's issues,” Husseini said. Committee chairman Ole Danbolt Mjoes said Ebadi's work in human rights made it an easy decision. “This is a question of fundamental rights about women, about fundamental rights of children and mothers,” he said. “I hope the award of the peace to Ebadi can help strengthen and lend support to the cause of human rights in Iran.” The committee also lauded Ebadi for arguing for a new interpretation of Islamic law that is in harmony with vital human rights such as democracy, equality before the law. The medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace prizes were first awarded in 1901. The secretive five-member awards

WORLD BRIEFLY Two U.S. soldiers killed in ambush By The Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four wounded in an ambush just hours after a fatal car bombing that killed 10 people — including the driver — in the same Baghdad neighborhood, the U.S. military said Friday. The troops from the 1st Armored Division were on a routine patrol when the ambush occurred late Thursday, the military said. Earlier Thursday, a bomber crashed a white Oldsmobile loaded with explosives into a police station in the Sadr City neighborhood, killing himself and nine other people and wounding as many as 45. Sadr City is the largest Shiite Muslim enclave in the Iraqi capital.

Israeli-Palestinian clash below surface By The Associated Press

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Israeli forces trying to demolish smuggling tunnels fought gunmen for hours Friday in the largest raid in half a year in the Rafah refugee camp, a frequent battlefield in the Gaza Strip. Five Palestinians were killed and 38 wounded. An Israeli soldier also was hurt. In the West Bank, the survival of Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia's proposed Cabinet was in question after the legislature put off a vote of approval amid intense political wrangling Thursday. An exasperated Qureia told Yasser Arafat he no longer wants the job, but

stopped short of formally resigning. Israel's raid of the Rafah refugee camp — codenamed “Operation Enchanted Day” — began around midnight Thursday and could last several days, military sources said. It was part of stepped up military activity in response to last weekend's suicide bombing that killed 20 Israelis in a restaurant in the port city of Haifa.

Veteran Clark’s rivals go on the attack By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Washington insiders seeking the presidency gave Wesley Clark a rough welcome to the Democratic race, dismissing the insurgent outsider's 11th-hour allegiance to the party and assailing his indecisiveness on the Iraq war. The insiders — six congressional veterans with 75 years of combined experience — scored a few hits in a debate Thursday night in Phoenix. But some Democratic strategists wondered if they did so at their own peril, coming on the heels of Californians' recall of career politician Gov. Gray Davis and their decision to replace him with Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, a political novice. Clark's rivals were primed to attack the man who jumped to a lead in some national polls within days of his entry into the race last month. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and Sens. John Kerry, Joe Lieberman and John Edwards took turns criticizing Clark, attacking him as a late convert to the party who can't make up his mind on the war.

committee, which is appointed by but does not answer to Norway's parliament, makes its choices in strict secrecy. It also keeps the names of candidates, a record 165 this year, secret for 50 years, although those who make nominations often reveal them. Speculation this year had centered on Havel and Pope John Paul II. In Poland, Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, the 1983 Peace Prize winner, expressed disappointment that John Paul didn't receive the award. “I bear nothing against this lady, but if anyone among the living deserves it then it is the holy father,” Walesa told TVN24. The announcements of this year's Nobel awards started last week with the literature prize going to J.M. Coetzee of South Africa. On Monday, American Paul C. Lauterbur, and Briton Sir Peter Mansfield were selected for the 2003 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discoveries leading to a technique that reveals images of the body's inner organs. The physics prize on Tuesday went to Alexei A. Abrikosov, Anthony J. Leggett, and Vitaly L. Ginzburg, for their work concerning two phenomena called superconductivity and superfluidity. On Wednesday, Americans Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for studies of tiny transportation tunnels in cell walls, work that illuminates diseases of the heart, kidneys and nervous system. American Robert F. Engle and Briton Clive W.J. Granger shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for developing statistical tools that have improved the forecasting of economic growth, interest rates and stock prices. The prizes are presented to the winners on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death in 1896 in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The Peace Prize is presented in Oslo.

Clark, who voted for Republicans Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush for the White House, labored to fend off the criticism from the early moments of the debate, which was conducted by CNN. “I would never have voted for war. The war was an unnecessary war and it's been a huge strategic mistake for the country,” he said.

Sniper suspect plans insanity defense By The Associated Press

FAIRFAX, Va. — Defense lawyers for sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo say their client had been brainwashed — a victim of “indoctrination” by older co-defendant John Allen Muhammad — and plan to use the argument to propel an insanity defense. In previous motions and hearings, Malvo's attorneys have argued their client was “under the spell” of Muhammad. For the defense to work, lawyers must show jurors that Malvo could not tell right from wrong at the time of the shootings. Lawyer Craig Cooley will rely on privately retained mental health experts who have examined Malvo, not the expert appointed by the court. Cooley called indoctrination a form of mental illness and said it will be up to the jury to decide if it amounts to insanity. “This case is so bizarre in its facts, and the degree of indoctrination is so severe, that we would be remiss if we failed” to put the sanity issue before a jury, Cooley said at a hearing Thursday. Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr. said the reports of a court-appointed mentalhealth expert working for the defense team suggest no signs of insanity or mental disease. “It says absolutely nothing about insanity,” Horan said. “Apparently it's a late-blooming insanity.”


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KING DOUBLE Pillowtop Mattress Set. Brand new, brand name. Must sell! List $895. Sacrifice $295. (310)350-3814

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EXPANDING SALON private rooms for rent, skin care/hair & related service. 485 By The Beach. (310)577-3079. F/T JEWELRY Salesperson: Must be customer service oriented. Must have sales experience. Santa Monica Location. Fax resume to: (310)451-3289.

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Real Estate Wanted SANTA MONICA 1510 11th Street 400-1165 sq. ft. 127 Broadway 200-400 sq. ft. 2210 Main Street 580-2100 sq. ft. Par Commercial (310)395-2663. SHARE ARCHITECT Santa Monica Office. Converted brick bank building, high vaulted skylight 31st & Ocean Park. Kitchen facilities. (310)452-4788. SM RETAIL Lincoln Blvd. 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000/sf. G. Gross Coldwell Banker Commercial (310)586-0344.

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Massage BLISSFUL RELAXATION! Heal your body, mind, spirit. Therapeutic, Swedish, Deep-tissue. Energy balancing. Strictly nonsexual. Introductory specials from $50.00/1hr. Lynda, L.M.T. (310)749-0621

EXQUISITE, INTUITIVE, strong and tender relaxing bodywork by mature European. Professional Lady Sonja (310)397-0433. FULL BODY Swedish to light fingertip massage by classy European therapist. Serious callers only. (310)826-7271. I’M BACK. Enjoy an hour , a lifetime w/massage and companionship. Call (213)399-0369. OCEAN THERAPY: nice relaxing massage Spanish & Asian Staff (310)899-3709. REVITALIZE & Rejuvenate. Body, Mind & Spirit with a therapeutic Swedish/Deep-tissue massage. Laura (310)394-2923 (310)569-0883. STRONG & SOOTHING DeepTissue Therapy. Intro: $35/70min. Non-sexual. Will also trade. Paul: (310)741-1901. THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE, Swedish, Accupressure, Deep-tissue, Sports Massage, Reflexology. For apt call Tracy at (310)435-0657.

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B.C. HAULING clean-up; all types big truck; hydrolic liftgate -small truck. No Saturdays. (310)714-1838.

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MARCO TELECOM: Phone jacks, installation & repair. Rewiring phone line, splitting business. (310)301-1926, pager: (310)351-7673.

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HOME THEATER AND MUSIC: system design, installing and troubleshooting. 16 years experience with audio/video systems, satellite, cable, telephone and computer networks. (310)450-6540.

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HOT JAZZ CLASSES TAUGHT BY NICOLE SANTOS @ Santa Monica Dance Studios Jazz Intro: Tues - 9am, Thurs - 10am Fri - 6pm Jazz I-II: Mon & Wed - 7:30-9pm Teen Jazz: Ages 12-18 - Wed, 4:30pm Hip Hop classes in Brentwood Tues: 8pm & Fri: 4pm (317 Barrington Place)

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Setup. Repair. Network Virus Removal. Internet Training: Word, Excel.

SURROUND SOUND systems at a reasonable price installed. Lots of inventory/references. Hear The Difference (805)2583197. TILE, NEW & repairs, grouting, regrouting, handyman work. Reasonable. Paul (310)3867534 TOWN & Country Builder. Masonry work, concrete, driveways, brick, stone wall, patio, tile. State/Lic. 441191 (310)5787108. WESTSIDE HOME INSPECTION 1 day service (310)315-1914 fax (310)315-1914. Cell (310)430-3360.

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PROFESSIONAL INTERNET specialist Hal Halvorson can help you with your online web business. If you need help from someone who has all the tools under one roof call (310)7047484. Hal currently consults for Hollywood’s biggest stars, He can help you too.

Attorney Services CRIMINAL ATTORNEY 15 yrs. Experience (323)330-0517; (888)663-8622 24 hour line (310)671-1904.

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S A N TA M O N I C A S C E N E °C A L E N D A R E D I T I O N

WEEKEND, OCTOBER 11, 2003

M O V I E °G U I D E LAEMMLE’S MONICA 4-PLEX 1332 2nd Street American Splendor R — 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 The Event R – 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 9:55

EVENTS Bio energy healing World renowned bio energy healer, Ze’ev Kolman, who is acknowledged by leades of the International Institute of Human Sciences as “one of the greatest living healers on the planet today.” An evening of inspiration and healing from 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25. RSVP (323) 571-1725. Le Meridian Hotel 465 South La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills

Puppetolio! Watch a puppet show at the Santa Monica Puppet and Magic Center. This is a great place to take the kids and to unwind after a long day. Showings on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission: $6.50. 1255 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 656-0483

Joy in Birthing The author of Joy of Birthing will discuss hypnosis and painless natural childbirth, as well as the basics on lactation. This free lecture begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Wild Oats Marketplace 500 Wilshire Blvd.

Because of You The Life and Loves of Sholom Aleichem Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCalo created 'Because of You' a musical based on the letters and stories of Sholom Aleichem, the creator of the characters in “Fidler on the Roof.” Aleichem wrote about the Russian-Jewish experience, including works in Yiddish at a time when there was no literature in the language. Santa Monica Playhouse (310) 394-9779 1211 Fourth St. Santa Monica, CA 90401

Expand your business contacts The Women’s Referral Service, southern California’s leading business and professional organization for men and women, is holding their Saturday Brunch Chapter monthly networking meeting. Call to make reservations at (818) 9956646. Paying at the door is accepted and visitors are welcome. Four Points Sheraton Hotel 530 W. Pico Blvd.

The Other Shoe: Original Short American Plays On Saturday and Sunday, the Edgemar Center for the arts will present this compilation of musical and comedic plays. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $20. Reservations can be made at (310) 392-7327. Saturday and Sunday. Edgemar Center for the Arts. 2437 Main Street

Kids design dream bedroom Discovery Kids presents a live version of the program, “Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls.” Kids will be able to participate on stage by helping to design the bedroom of their dreams. 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. 1300 Block of Third Street Promenade CULTURE CULTURE A Hansel and Gretel Halloween The Santa Monica Playhouse presents a light, sing-along musical that takes the audiences through the mysterious Black Forest. Suitable for all ages, this play is written and directed by Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie. Birthday parties are available. Tickets for kids 12 & under cost $9; adults $10; they are available at (310) 394-9779 ext. 2. Showings Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 Fourth Street

Dungeonmaster Youngsters will love this improvisational gaming play where members of the audience are selected to participate in a Dungeons & Dragons style adventure. Every week the adventure is new. Showing Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission: $15. Magicopolis Theatre 1418 Fourth St. (310) 451-2241 Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra The SMSO features Pianist Javier Gonzalez at a free concert begining at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night. For more information, call (310) 458-8551. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 1855 Main Street SMC Jazz Band “Big Band Jazz” genre music conducted by Keith Fiddmont. Concert begins at 4

p.m. and costs $10. For more information, call (310) 434-4323. Seating is on a first arrival basis. Santa Monica College Concert Hall 1900 Pico Blvd.

Wonderland R — 12:45 p.m., 1:45, 3:25, 4:25, 6:05, 7:05, 8:45, 9:45

LANDMARK NU-WILSHIRE 1314 Wilshire Blvd Casa de los Babys R — 4:30, 7:30, 10:00

Los Angeles Art Show in Santa Monica The three day event will be presented by the Fine Art Dealers Association and will feature over 3,000 works. This is the ninth year of the Los Angeles Art Show and second time is has been located in Santa Monica The show is perfect for both browsers and collectors. Tickets cost $18. For more information, call (323) 857-6147. Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Avenue

My Life Without Me R — 1:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45

LOEWS CINEPLEX BROADWAY CINEMAS 1441 Third Street Promenade Anything Else R —11:15 a.m., 1:40, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30 Kill Bill Vol. 1 R – 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00, 2:15, 3:30, 5:00, 6:05,

ENTERT ENTERTAINMENT 14 Below An intimate and well-equipped club that is leading the Westside music scene with live performances seven nights a week. This weekend 14 Below features the following: Sat., 8 – 9 p.m., Stephen Collins; 9 p.m., Wake; 9:50 p.m., PFO; 10:40 p.m., Eliono; 11:30 p.m. Mr. Jazz; 12 a.m., Frog One; Sun., Cubensis, a tribute to the Greatful Dead. 1348 14th St. Santa Monica (310) 451-5040 Harvelle’s Established in 1931, Harvelle’s is the oldest blues club on the west side. This is the kind of blues joint you’d expect to find in a dark Chicago alley; yet even if it’s your first visit, it feels familiar. On Saturday, Harvelle’s features C. Vierra & the Whippin’ Boys with Jimmy Z. On Sunday, witness pure soul at the Toledo Show. 1432 4th St. (310) 395-1676

7:40, 9:00, 10:30, 11:30 Lost in Translation R — 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:10, 2:30, 3:45, 5:00, 6:10, 7:45, 8:40, 10:15

AMC SANTA MONICA 7 1310 Third Street Promenade House of the Dead R – 11:40 a.m., 2:00, 4:20, 7:05, 9:35 Out of Time PG-13 – Sat., 2:35: 5:00, 8:00, 10:30; Sun., 2:30, 5:00, 7:40, 10:10 School of Rock PG-13 – Sat., 11:45 a.m., 1:2:25, 3:50, 5:10, 6:45, 7:55, 9:30, 10:35; Sun., 11:45 a.m., 1:00, 2:25, 3:50, 5:10, 6:45, 7:45, 9:30, 10:15

Temple Bar Here visitors can enjoy concoctions like White Chocolate Martinis, a Gingirtini or a Razzmatazz. Those who are really hungry can enjoy a Chicken Tamale Plate with Fried Plantains. Temple Bar even offers vegetarian options like veggie eggrolls and burgers. But no good bar would be complete without live music. Saturday features DJ Carlos Nino and the following: 9 p.m., David Ryan Harris; 10:30 p.m., Kim Hill; 11:30 p.m., Blay Ambolley and his Hi-Life Afrikan Jazz Band; $10. Sunday features the Critical Brass Brass Band at 9:00 p.m. for $7. 1026 Wilshire blvd. Santa Monica (310) 393-6611

Intorlerable Cruelty PG-13 – 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Under the Tuscan Sun PG-13 – 11:30 a.m., 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Once Upon a Time in Mexico R – 1:15, 4:00, 7:00, 9:40

MANN CRITERION 6 THEATERS 1313 Third Street Promenade Good Boy! PG – 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:45 Secondhand Lions PG – 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 10:00 Duplex PG-13 – 12:15 p.m., 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 9:55

If you know of an upcoming event which may be included in the calendar please send the information to calendar@smdp.com or fax it to (310) 576 9913

Matchstick Men PG-13 – 11:30a.m., 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:30 The Rundown PG-13 – 11:15a.m., 2:00, 4:55, 7:30, 10:20 Underworld R — Sat., 1:00, 4:00, 10:10; Sun., 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00


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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Radio host Limbaugh admits to drug addiction on air By The Hollywood Press

■ WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh announced during his radio show Friday that he is addicted to painkillers and is checking into a rehab center to “break the hold this highly addictive medication has on me.” “You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life,” Limbaugh said during a stunning admission aired nationwide. “So I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication.” “Immediately following this broadcast, I am checking myself into a treatment center for the next 30 days to once and for all break the hold this highly addictive medication has on me,” he added. Limbaugh gave up his job as an ESPN sports analyst Oct. 1, three days after saying on the sports network's “Sunday NFL Countdown” that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed. The reports of possible drug abuse surfaced at about the same time, first in the National Enquirer. The tabloid had interviewed Wilma Cline, who said she became Limbaugh's drug connection after working as his maid. She said Limbaugh had abused OxyContin and other painkillers. Law enforcement sources who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed to The Associated Press that Limbaugh was being investigated by the Palm Beach County, Fla., state attorney's office. ■ NEW YORK — Memo to Jack Valenti: A lot of filmmakers disagree with the decision to stop sending out special DVDs and videos to Oscar voters. Nearly 150 directors, including Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Redford, sent a letter to Valenti, the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, urging the

MPAA to immediately repeal the anti-piracy plan it implemented last week. The ban on sending screeners means the 5,600 Academy Awards voters will have to catch most movies in theaters. “Many great films, and in particular films that take risks, rely on critical acclaim and, when the film is fortunate enough, Academy consideration to reach a broad audience,” states the letter, which appears in the trade paper Variety on Friday. “The MPAA decision to ban screeners irreparably damages the chances of such films: films that already have a difficult enough time finding financing and distribution. ... “We condemn piracy, but are unconvinced that material links exist between screeners and the illegal industry of pirating our work — and the work of our colleagues.” The list of 142 people who signed the letter includes movie veterans (Sydney Pollack, Barry Levinson, Norman Jewison); international filmmakers (Pedro Almodovar, Bernardo Bertolucci, Atom Egoyan); and a bevy of young directors, including Spike Jonze, Sofia Coppola, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Rodriguez and Kimberly Peirce. The MPAA's response: “Jack Valenti has had conversations with individuals and several groups on the subject of the new screener policy. He welcomes the exchange of thoughts and ideas on the critical issue of combating piracy. That said, the screener policy remains as it was originally announced.” ■ SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Bill Richardson, known for playing peacemaker in disputes around the world, had dinner with Val Kilmer in an effort to quash a brouhaha that erupted over a Rolling Stone interview with the actor. Richardson also invited state Sen. Phil Griego of San Jose to dinner this week at the governor's mansion, but Griego couldn't attend because of health problems.

Kilmer, who has a ranch south of Pecos, was quoted in the magazine as saying he lives “in the homicide capital of the Southwest” and that “80 percent of the people in my county are drunk.” Griego, whose district includes Kilmer's ranch, has said the “Wonderland” star can leave if he doesn't like the area. Kilmer, 43, said he was misquoted, comments were taken out of context and he never said some of the things in the article. He said he actually bragged about New Mexico during the interview. Rolling Stone spokeswoman Claudia Diromauldo has said the magazine stands by the article. Richardson said after the dinner that Kilmer loves the state. “This is a great New Mexican,” the governor said. Part of Thursday's discussion focused on how New Mexico can attract more filmmakers. Kilmer suggested more advertising of the state's initiatives for filmmakers, including free loans and tax benefits. ■ LONDON — Friends and family toasted the late punk pioneer Joe Strummer at the launch of his last album. Mick Jones, Strummer's former bandmate in The Clash, was among guests at the event at London's White Cube Gallery Thursday night to mark the release of “Streetcore.” Other guests included actor Keith Allen, comic Paul Kaye, actress Sadie Frost and her former husband, ex-Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp. Strummer's widow, Lucy, helped launch the Strummerville charity, which aims to help youth groups, organizations and individuals buy instruments, studio and rehearsal time. Members of reggae band UB40 also attended, as did photographer Pennie Smith, famed for her striking cover shot for The Clash's 1979 album “London Calling.” Strummer, who made his name expressing his politics through his music, died on Dec. 22 after a heart attack. He was 50.


Santa Monica Daily Press, October 11, 2003  

The newspaper of record for the City of Santa Monica and surrounding areas.

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