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SAYING NO: Learning about the perils of...

SAYING NO: Learning about the perils of drugs and the power of a wicked fast pitch are very different lessons. . . . But retired major-league baseball players hope to combine anti-drug messages with baseball pointers when they visit Simi Valley’s Boys & Girls Club under the Baseballers Against Drugs program. Officials hope big-name athletes will impress young minds. “I don’t think the President of the United States could have the same effect on these kids,” said Councilman Bill Davis.

DOUBLE TAKE: Tennis-playing twins Bob and Mike Bryan of Camarillo have competed together for years, becoming one of the best doubles teams in the U.S. Tennis Assn.'s juniors program (C8). . . . Now the 16-year-olds, seeded third and fourth in the USTA’s 16-and-under championships, may face each other across the net. . . . If their practices at Cabrillo Racquet Club in Somis are any indication, such a game could be fierce. “We’ve had some matches at the club where I’ve wanted to call out the National Guard,” said their father--and coach--Wayne Bryan.

MOVIE TIME: Fillmore officials are warning looky-loos to stay out of the landmark Towne Theater, which has been red-tagged since sustaining heavy damage in the Jan. 17 quake. . . . Trespassers took two vintage posters from the walls of the movie house, but for reasons unknown left them leaning against the chain-link fence that protects the property, Fire Chief Pat Askren said. Authorities have removed other items of value from the structure. Tonight, residents will discuss using a $475,000 state grant to restore the building (B1).

TALKING NAFTA: It’s off to the border for Ventura County Supervisor John K. Flynn--the Nevada border, that is. . . . Flynn’s in Lake Tahoe to talk about the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement at a meeting of the Western Council of Governments. Flynn has locked horns with NAFTA opponents since debate over the accord was at its height.

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