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HOPES DIM FOR QUICK END TO TEACHER STRIKE

Hopes dimmed Saturday for an end to the teachers' strike that has sharply reduced attendance in the nation's second-largest school district before classes resume next week.

Negotiations were scheduled to resume Saturday evening at a downtown hotel, where more than 20 hours of bargaining Thursday and Friday failed to produce progress on salaries, the main stumbling block.While admitting "there's always hope" as long as bargaining continues, United Teachers-Los Angeles President Wayne Johnson charged during a break in Friday night's talks that school officials might want to wait until next week to settle.

Both sides spent Saturday in separate meetings discussing the previous night's negotiations, which Dick Fisher, the district's chief negotiator, said yielded "little reason to be optimistic."