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The bill initially called for a variety of state agencies to provide separate Antelope Valley data, but supporters said they had to accept some whittling down as a condition of getting the legislation passed.
Reviewers on the Tutorials Committee accepted only 36 percent of submissions, whittling down a record 87 submissions to create a program of 17 full-day and 14 half-day tutorials covering topics across the spectrum of high performance computing and networking.
The letters ask owners to bring their vehicles to the California Highway Patrol station in Lancaster to have them inspected for front-end damage, thus whittling down the list of potential suspects.