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Stories for July 16, 2009

S.D. County, Chula Vista Get Funds to Fight Drug Cartels

July 16
By Amy Isackson

San Diego County and Chula Vista will receive nearly $8 million from the U.S. Government to fight violence that stems from Mexican drug cartels. Chula Vista's police chief says federal officials think drug violence could spill over the U.S. Mexico border. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson tells us, Chula Vista's Chief says that's not true, but he can still use the money.

P.O.V. The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court

July 16
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More than 120 countries have united to form the International Criminal Court (ICC) — the first permanent court created to prosecute the perpetrators, no matter how powerful, of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. “The Reckoning” follows dynamic ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo and his team for three years across four continents as he issues arrest warrants for Lord’s Resistance Army leaders in Uganda, puts Congolese warlords on trial, shakes up the Colombian justice system and charges Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir with genocide in Darfur.

Jumbo Squid Invade San Diego Shores

July 16
Associated Press

Thousands of jumbo flying squid - aggressive 5-foot-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles - have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, spooking scuba divers and washing up dead on tourist-packed beaches.

Calif. Universities Announce Major Spending Cuts

July 16
San Diego Week
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California universities are announcing major spending cuts caused by the state’s financial crisis. California State University Chancellor Charles Reed says his system is facing a $584 million revenue shortfall. Reed says that means belt-tightening measures are required immediately.

Changes Considered for S.D. Pension Fund

July 16
By Katie Orr

The board that administers San Diego’s pension system is considering ways to lower the city’s pension payment next year.

Curbside Recycling Comes To Mission Beach

July 16
By Ed Joyce

A popular vacation area in the City of San Diego opted out of curbside recycling in 2000 because of narrow alleys. But that will change next summer in Mission Beach.

S.D. County Reports 2 more H1N1 Deaths, Bringing Total to 9

July 16
City News Service

Two more deaths associated with the swine flu pandemic have occurred in the San Diego area, bringing the total number of local fatal cases to nine, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

Foreclosure Still Increasing In California

July 16
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

Foreclosures are continuing to rise in California. That’s despite the moratorium on home foreclosures that the state and some banks started earlier this year.

Julia

July 16
By Beth Accomando
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If you think there are no strong roles for older women, look again. This month "Downloading Nancy," The Stoning of Soraya M." and "Julia" all showcase actresses over 40. In "Julia" (opening July 17 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters), Scottish actress Tilda Swinton grabs center stage and makes the most of it. But then for Swinton that's nothing new. You can listen to my radio feature or read the review.

SoCal Teen Youngest to Sail Solo Around World

July 16
Associated Press
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A 17-year-old in Southern California has become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. Zac Sunderland docked Thursday in Marina del Ray, completing a 28,000-mile trip that began last year.

Calif. Budget Talks Stall Over Education Funding

July 16

Foiled by a dispute over education funding, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders remain at odds over how to close California's $26.3 billion budget shortfall.

Man Accused of Killing Wife on Cruise to Mexico

July 16
Associated Press

A cruise ship passenger was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly killing his wife days earlier during a trip to Mexico, authorities said. The man was arrested by FBI agents after the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation docked at its homeport in San Diego, FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth said.

California Ballot Measure Targets Illegal Immigrants

July 16
Mandalit del Barco, NPR
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As California wrestles with its worst economy since the Great Depression, illegal immigrants are becoming part of the debate. It's not unlike what happened the last time the state was having money problems.

Local Playwright Pens Drama About Emily Dickinson

July 16
These Days
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A local playwright has taken on one of the most enigmatic figures in American literature, poet Emily Dickinson. Lynx Performance Theatre will stage the drama Dickinson: The Secret Story of Emily Dickinson, portraying the reclusive poet as a brilliant, bold and sexual woman frustrated with Victorian society and suffering from bouts of mental illness.

Groups Works to Protect Kids from Internet Crime

July 16
These Days

America is the number one producer and consumer of child pornography in the world. We speak to people who are working to protect children from internet crimes.

The March for Gay and Lesbian Rights Continues

July 16
These Days

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which was the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement. We'll mark the anniversary by talking about the progress made on rights for the LGBT community and the upcoming San Diego Pride festival.

Poway Wants To Save More Reservoir Water

July 16
By Ed Joyce

The City of Poway is revising its current practice of draining substandard drinking water from its Sagewood Drive reservoir. The changes are designed to conserve water.

Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Returns to San Diego After 10 Years

July 16
These Days
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Grammy-award winning jazz guitarist Earl Klugh has been performing for over 30 years. His distinct musical style blends classical guitar, Latin music, soul and jazz. He has recorded more than 30 albums and worked alongside Chet Atkins, Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder. Earl Klugh joins us to discuss his musical inspiration and his upcoming show at Anthology.

Water Conservation Rebates Checks Coming Soon

July 16
By Ed Joyce

Some San Diego County people will soon be getting promised rebate money for installing water conservation devices.

Park Chan-Wook Coming to Comic-Con

July 16
By Beth Accomando
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As a fan of Asian Extreme Cinema I was thrilled to discover that South Korea's Park Chan-Wook will be making his first Comic-Con appearance on Thursday July 23 at 6:30pm. He will be part of the Focus Features panel on Park's new vampire tale, "Thirst." See clips from the film.