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Stories for July 15, 2009

Harry Potter and the Midnight Screening

July 15
Michael Shymon, Teen Critic
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Let me set the scene. Dozens upon dozens of fans, some of whom have been waiting since eleven o’clock the morning before, have finally been led into the theatre where their hours of vigilant persistence against the elements will finally be rewarded in a mere matter of minutes when the rousing score of John Williams, set against the Warner Bros. opening logo, unveils the first Harry Potter film in two years. As the fans take their seats, one eager Potter-phile brings himself to the front of the auditorium, dressed in a full black cape, a black witch hat, a yellow foam finger sporting the words, “Harry and the Potters," and his very own wooden wand, as he announces that he wants to lead the entire audience in singing the Harry Potter theme.

Navy Investigating Death of Gay Sailor

July 15
By Alison St John
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Two weeks after a Navy seaman was found shot to death in a guard shack on Camp Pendleton, the Navy still has not decided if the case is serious enough to go before the military equivalent of a grand jury.

AG Announces $8.7 Million in Funds to Fight Drug Trafficking

July 15
Associated Press
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today the disbursement of more than $8.7 million in federal funds -- primarily to San Diego County and Chula Vista -- to fight crime and drug trafficking along the Southwest border.

S.D. Officials Say Progress Too Slow in Qualcomm Contamination Cleanup

July 15
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San Diego city officials are worried that Kinder Morgan Energy isn't going to meet deadlines to cleanup the groundwater underneath Qualcomm Stadium.

Hubert Keller- Secrets of a Chef: Celebrating Salmon

July 15
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Chef Keller serves up two very unique, mouth-watering ways to prepare salmon, starting with an exquisitely slow-roasted recipe that is all the rage at his San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys. He finishes with a one-of-a-kind salmon burger injected with a silky smooth sauce. Slow-Roasted Alaskan Salmon; Double Salmon Tartare Burger.

Sonia Sotomayor and Identity Politics

July 15
By Gloria Penner
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Unless Judge Sonia Sotomayor commits a monstrous gaffe during her final hours of grilling as President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee, she will replace retiring Justice David Souter when the next court session begins.

Baja California Attorney General Says "El Teo" Behind Police Attacks

July 15
By Amy Isackson
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A Mexican law enforcement official says the renegade drug trafficker who declared war on Tijuana's Arellano Felix Cartel last fall is behind the recent series of attacks on Tijuana and Rosarito police.

S.D. Council to Respond to Trash Pickup Report

July 15
By Katie Orr
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The San Diego City Council has until mid-August to respond to a Grand Jury report that says the city should charge residents for trash pickup. But if a council committee meeting held Wednesday is any indication, formulating a response might not be so easy.

University Committee Votes for Worker Furloughs

July 15
San Diego Week
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A key committee of the University of California on Wednesday approved a budget plan that would force most of the system's 180,000 employees to take unpaid leave and pay cuts to offset a steep drop in state funding.

Schwarzenegger: Will is There to Close $26.3B Gap

July 15
Associated Press
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he and top lawmakers have the will to close California's $26.3 billion shortfall by the end of the day. The governor cautioned reporters during a Wednesday news conference that several difficult issues still must be resolved. Negotiations are scheduled to resume later in the afternoon.

Local Median Home Prices Rising

July 15
City News Service
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Home sales in San Diego County jumped by 20 percent in June, compared to the same month a year ago, but prices dropped by 15.1 percent, a real estate information service reported today.

A Kinder, Gentler PETA?

July 15
These Days
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PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk's new book is The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights. It is being promoted as a "kinder, gentler" approach to helping animals in trouble. We ask her about the history of PETA, the controversy that continues to surround the organization, and what this new approach involves.

Sotomayor Pressed On Abortion Views

July 15
Ari Shapiro, NPR
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Sotomayor confirmed that neither President Obama nor any other White House staff asked her position on abortion before nominating her to the high court. "I was asked no question by anyone, including the president, about my views on any specific legal issue," she said.

Latest Potter Disappoints Teen

July 15
Janeane White, Teen Critic
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"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (opening July 15 throughout San Diego) is the newest installment to the "Harry Potter" series. Unlike the previous movies based on the J.K. Rowling books, this movie was somewhat of a disappointment.

Quarantine at Detention Center Due to Swine Flu

July 15
Associated Press
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Authorities say dozens of immigrants being held at San Diego's Otay Mesa detention center are being quarantined because of fears over the swine flu. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say two cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed at the facility since last month. The individuals were treated and recovered.

What Can You Do to Prevent Rats, Mice and Mosquitoes from Invading Your Home?

July 15
These Days
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What can you do to prevent rats and mice from invading your cupboard? How can you make your yard mosquito-proof? We speak to Chris Conlan, a vector ecologist for the County of San Diego, about the most common vector-borne diseases in our area and which animals carry them.

Fundamentals of CA Economy Strong, According to PPIC Report

July 15
These Days
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Despite the state's current economic problems, the fundamentals of California's economy are strong, according to a new report by the PPIC. We speak to PPIC Researcher Jed Kolko about the strengths and weaknesses in the state economy. We also talk to Kolko about a report he did on who's moving out of California, and why.

Political Analysis: The Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings

July 15
These Days
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Critics of US Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor say they have concerns about her ability to render impartial legal decisions. Are those concerns valid or are they just playing politics?

California Budget Held Captive By State Prisons

July 15
NPR
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California is a mess financially, and one of its huge burdens is its prisons. The state spends $10 billion a year on its prison system, which once was a model for states to follow but now is a model of what to avoid, NPR's Laura Sullivan tells Renee Montagne.

Sotomayor Returns For Senate Panel Grilling

July 15
Ari Shapiro, NPR
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Judge Sonia Sotomayor returned to the hearing room of the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday morning for her third day of Supreme Court confirmation hearings. She will try to reveal little more than she did in her first day of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

SDFD Losing More Than 100 Employees

July 15
By Katie Orr
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The San Diego Fire Department is losing more personnel than usual this year. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says changes to the city’s retirement plan prompted a lot of firefighters to take an early retirement.

Critics Say SD Port Commissioners Lack Oversight

July 15
San Diego Week
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The Port of San Diego controls more than 5,000 acres of tidelands and 10,000 acres of the bay. The port is governed by seven unelected commissioners. They decide what to build on the waterfront, how to promote trade and how to keep the bay clean. Critics say that’s too much power with too little oversight.