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On The Waterfront

Musicians, the auction of a 2001 Audi TT and food from local restaurants helped raise $85,000 Sunday afternoon in Hermosa Beach for the families of firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. The $100 a ticket fund-raiser was held at the Manhattan Ave. Plaza and hosted by Ein Stein’s restaurant and Trilogy Spa.

DESERT STORM II: Local Congresswoman Jane Harman was asked by Larry King, this week, what she thought of the FBI’s idea of a brain-storming session with Hollywood creative types to dream up future terrorist attack scenarios. Harman, who chairs the Congressional Committee on Terrorism and Homeland Defense, said she liked the idea. "Look what Tom Clancy came up with," she said in reference to the suspense writer’s "The Sum of All Fears." The book’s plot involves Muslim terrorists who blow up the Super Bowl…

ROBINHOOD TERRORIST: An identity thief taps into bank accounts of the rich and transfers their assets to the poor. Of course, he takes a 15 percent commission…

HIGH STAKES: Hermosa school board candidate Greg Breen got a laugh at a pre-election forum when he noted that there can be only one loser in the four-person race for three open seats. He claimed he wouldn’t be able to bear it if that loser is himself. "I am a very gentle person," he said…

RESPONSIBLE RUNNER: A man who showed up for the Manhattan Hometown 10K Run Sunday morning demanded a refund after being refused a T-shirt. The race committee had run out of T-shirts due to a last minute surge in registrations for the race, which was on Saturday.

SELF RELIANT BOATERS: The Redondo Beach Boaters Association has placed trash barrels and nets on long handles throughout King Harbor so boaters can fish prop-fouling plastic bags and other trash out of the water. Ten barrels of trash were collected last weekend alone, according to "Disappearance" captain Bob Meistrell…

A BAT BY ANY OTHER NAME: It isn’t lost on Adam Burt, organizer of the Hermosa Beach Open tennis tourney, that his semi-namesakes Adam West and Burt Ward starred as the Caped Crusader and Robin in the campy 1960s "Batman" TV show. "Their names were over the titles, across the screen, and I used to read it ‘Adam Burt, West-Ward,’ the tennis instructor said. So he moved west, from the Mammoth area to Hermosa…

GAS-LY DISINFORMATION: Drivers snarled traffic last Thursday as they waited in line for free gas at the Chevron station, at the corner of Sepulveda and El Segundo Blvds. Local news agencies reported that the station was pumping free gas from 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. A TV news van even showed up to report on the give-away. Unfortunately, the give-away was only for vouchers, and only carpoolers were eligible. The vouchers qualified carpoolers for a drawing for free gas as part of a national carpooling campaign. It took several police units to disperse disappointed drivers.

PLAYING HER TUNE: Piano instructor Emily Baum didn’t miss the chance to plug her Pier Plaza studio when she served as emcee for a pre-election candidates’ forum at Sangria restaurant in Hermosa. Her podium sported a keyboard logo and the words "Emily’s Piano Studio." As the forum ended she reminded the 100-plus attendees that she offers lessons, plus a musical story time for children, and…