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LOOK HOMEWARD: While some news junkies are...

LOOK HOMEWARD: While some news junkies are consumed with watching the Simpson trial coverage on TV, students in Buena High School’s visual communications class are busy keeping track of things in their own back yard. . . . The class produces Buena ’95, a half-hour magazine show all about goings-on at the Ventura school. The students’ latest coup: a “world exclusive” of video footage shot on the storm-damaged Ventura Pier. “They’re doing a wonderful job,” said teacher Greg Norberg, who supervises the class. Catch the show on Avenue or Century Cable every other Monday at 6 p.m.

ALL WET: So what, it’s raining? That hasn’t stopped die-hard anglers from heading for Lake Casitas in search of a few good trout. . . . “We have quite a few people out, surprisingly,” Randy King, manager of the Lake Casitas Marina, said during Wednesday’s showers. The lake is being restocked today with a shipment of fish from a trout farm in Idaho. . . . The storms have kept some people away, though. Said King: “A lot of roads have been closed--and there’s been a perception that other roads are closed even when they’re not.”

TOP DOGS: Chalk up another victory for good old rock ‘n’ roll. . . . The Newbury Park-based band majority DOG makes its debut Friday at the Civic Arts Plaza, the first local rock band to play at the Thousand Oaks venue (Ventura County Life, Page 8). At one point, rock met with resistance from some city leaders who had proposed banning the music--but rock ‘n’ roll won out.

DOGS’ BEST FRIENDS: As for real dogs. . . . Simi Valley’s canine police unit has been making arrests--and winning awards--since it was started in 1981. Now the dogs have their very own fund-raising group, started this month and dubbed Friends of the Police Canines of Simi Valley. The group will drum up more money for the dog fund, which has received about $11,000 so far. This week, the City Council approved expanding the program from two units--each made up of a dog and an officer--to three.

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