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San Fernando Valley roundup: Crime and burglaries down, Freeway becoming accident prone and CSUN's president to earn $324.5K

Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, July 12, 2012. Some good news and some bad news: Crime is down in the region, but homicides are on the rise this year.

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For the second time in the past month, a car chase has ended on the Hollywood (170) Freeway. The driver allegedly hit a bus at 100 mph, but no one was seriously injured. NoHo Patch

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Cal State Northridge's new president is expected to earn a salary of $324,500, which is $30K more than the school's previous leader earned. Dianne F. Harrison might also receive a house and money for a car when her pay package is approved. A CSU spokesman says they need to offer competive salaries to recruit talent. Daily News

You've probably heard of a height requirement to ride certain roller coasters at amusement parks, but what about a limb requirement? Universal Studios Hollywood apparently prohibits riders unless they have at least one leg and one hand, according to two amputees who have filed a lawsuit against the park. L.A. Times

-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News

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