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HOMELESS: Candles will be lit, and the...

HOMELESS: Candles will be lit, and the names of the dead may be read--there won’t be a dry eye in Santa Clarita Saturday night as the homeless are honored. Well, maybe a few dry eyes. This is a vigil for animals, not for people, which has raised some questions. . . . It’s part of Homeless Animals Day. The idea is to encourage people to get their animals spayed or neutered (B16).

PLAY BALL: The Dodgers’ Mike Piazza and Eric Karros will play some ball Friday. But it’ll be OK with the union because they’ll face a championship Santa Clarita fast-pitch softball team of 9- to 10-year-old girls. . . . Still, they could be embarrassed. “We don’t think the professionals will get a bat on the ball,” says Greg Owen, whose daughter, Erika, plays for the team. The event was put together by a local radio station.

SHE’S ARMED: Dot Jones (above) of North Hollywood knows how to throw her weight around. Jones, at 233 pounds, has won 11 consecutive heavyweight world arm wrestling titles. . . . But she has consistently beaten women over 300 pounds. “There’s also a lot of strategy and technique involved,” she says.

MAKING UP: Bobcat may do some time . . . on TV, that is. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait has agreed to record a 15-second public service announcement as part of a settlement to take care of charges filed by the city of Burbank that he set his chair on fire in May during “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” The court still has to approve the deal. . . . The message would promote the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation in Canoga Park (B3).

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TEAM EFFORT: Pooling their resources is nothing new for Harry Pantelas, 57, and his colleagues. They belong to the Friends of Pierce Pool, which raised about $10,000 last year to reopen the Woodland Hills facility. . . . Later this month (B3), they’ll swim laps as part of a fund-raiser to upgrade the pool. “It means a great deal to me and a lot of people,” says Pantelas.


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