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Suspect in LA airport shooting pleads not guilty

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — The man authorities say killed a Transportation Security Administration screener and wounded three other people during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other felony charges in a case that could bring the death penalty.

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, who was wounded before his arrest, occasionally touched a bandage on his neck and spoke in a hoarse voice during a three-minute arraignment before a federal magistrate at the West Valley Detention Center east of Los Angeles where there is a medical facility.

The diminutive defendant acknowledged his name in a near-whisper and that he had read his 11-count indictment.

Trial was set for Feb. 11 in a downtown Los Angeles federal court.


Man fatally shot by police on Calif. school campus

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Police have fatally shot a 19-year-old man after he allegedly set fire to his ex-girlfriend's Los Angeles-area apartment with their 2-year-old son inside and made threats to kill officers.

Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt says Asa Dolak was killed Thursday after police found him in the girls' bathroom at Madrona Middle School armed with a knife. School was not in session. He fled and was shot in the school yard.

Police allege that Dolak set his ex-girlfriend's place on fire at 12:15 a.m. after a Christmas argument spiraled out of control. Firefighters rescued their son, who was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. Dolak then allegedly drove to his mother's house four miles away and set it on fire. She wasn't home.

The shooting is under investigation.


'Booty Call,' 'Above the Rim' director dies at 54

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A producer of TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and writer-director of "Above the Rim" has died.

Police say Jeffrey Ian Pollack was found collapsed early Monday morning in the Greenbelt jogging area of Hermosa Beach, about 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles. Pollack was 54.

Authorities said Thursday they do not suspect foul play. Pollack was wearing jogging clothes and carrying an iPod when a passer-by discovered him and contacted police.

Pollack produced several seasons of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," as well as a Jennifer Lopez concert documentary. Besides "Above the Rim," Pollack directed the films "Booty Call" and "Lost & Found."


LA plans $8M housing project toxic cleanup

(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Efforts to redevelop a notorious South Los Angeles housing project are literally starting from the ground up.

The Los Angeles Times says the city expects to spend up to $8 million to haul away dirt contaminated with lead, arsenic, oil and cancer-causing industrial chemicals from the site of a former steel factory and truck repair shop.

The site will be used in a $1 billion effort to convert the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts into a mixed-income community of up to 1,800 apartments.

The city Housing Authority hopes to start work this spring.

However, some critics say the contamination may be more widespread and they want more testing.