Local News Roundup – Jan. 4, 2009

Here are some of the stories in the Southland on Sunday...

LOCAL REACTION TO ISRAELI ACTION IN GAZA

Local protests in response to the Israeli ground incursion into Gaza continue. LA Jews for Peace planned a 2 p.m. protest Sunday outside the Federal Building. Similar demonstrations were planned in Anaheim and San Diego at 1 p.m., both sponsored by The ANSWER Coalition. Several pro-Israel demonstrations were also planned in Arizona and other parts of the country.

STAR TREK'S NURSE CHAPEL MEMORIALIZED

"Star Trek" cast members, relatives, friends and fans are attending a memorial service Sunday for Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who portrayed Nurse Chapel on the original science-fiction television series but was better remembered as the wife of the late "Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry.   Roddenberry, 76, died of leukemia Dec. 18 at her home in Bel Air. The 10 a.m. memorial service at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills was open to the public.

ORANGE COUNTY BUS FARES INCREASE

A 25-cent increase to the regular fare on Orange County Transportation Authority buses went into effect Sunday, the second increase in 18 years. The new $1.50 fare is 82 cents below the $2.32 average bus fare in metropolitan areas throughout California, according to Joel Zlotnik of the OCTA. Day passes rise $1 to to $4, senior day passes up 25 cents to $1.25, a 7-day pass increases $5 to $20, and senior fares 10 cents to 60 cents.

ARREST IN STUDIO CITY SHOOTING

A man suspected in the fatal shooting of a former local basketball star at a New Year's Eve party in Studio City was behind bars SunsY. Gilbert Llewelyn McDonald, 34, of Los Angeles, is accused of killing Felix Lavern Lang Jr., 28, of Los Angeles, around 4 a.m. Thursday at a foreclosed home in the 3900 block of Avenida Del Sol off Coldwater Canyon Avenue. Police believe McDonald shot Lang outside the house party during an argument. The gathering was promoted as a pay-at-the-door party set up at a rented home in foreclosure.   Lang was a star guard at Los Angeles Valley College.

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