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Stories for July 14, 2010

San Diego Officials Support Brown In Lawsuit Against Mortgage Giants

July 14
By Kyla Calvert

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is suing mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Brown was in San Diego today to talk about the effort to end a freeze on funding to homeowners for energy upgrades.

Antiques Roadshow: Salt Lake City, Utah - Part Three

July 14
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At Salt Lake City's Utah Museum of Natural History, appraiser Gary Piattoni introduces "Antiques Roadshow" host Mark Walberg to the world of the rock hound and the market in minerals. At the Salt Palace Convention Center, "Roadshow" appraisers hit a mother lode of precious objects, including a set of clubs once owned by Utah golf legend George "Gix" Von Elm, who won the U.S. Open Amateur in 1926; and a pair of rare documents: a Mormon advertisement on textile and a copy of Brigham Young's Invasion Proclamation - both issued in 1857, during hostilities between the Mormons in Utah and the U.S. government -valued at, $10,000 to $15,000.

San Diego Schools Chief Relies On Academic Team

July 14
By KPBS News

San Diego Unified's new school superintendent says he will rely on a team of experienced educators next year to help him guide the district academically.

POV: Good Fortune

July 14
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"Good Fortune" is a provocative exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. In Kenya’s rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multimillion-dollar rice farm. Across the country in Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest shantytown are being demolished as part of a U.N. slum-upgrading project.

State Sues Fannie, Freddie Over Solar Energy Financing

July 14
JAMES R. RIFFEL, CNS

The state of California is suing federal mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for blocking implementation of a program that helps property owners to install solar energy systems, it was announced today at a San Diego news conference.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Poirot X: Third Girl

July 14
By Jennifer Robinson
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David Suchet ("Henry VIII," "The Way We Live Now") stars as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in these new mysteries based on the novels by Agatha Christie. In this episode, a demon-haunted heiress is convinced she has committed murder, but Poirot believes she is innocent. Eccentric crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker, “Gormenghast”) helps the great sleuth crack the case.

NATURE: Andes: The Dragon's Back

July 14
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When this great spine-like mountain range rose from the sea, it created a new continent and a bridge that joined North and South America, allowing flora and fauna from each to mix and diversify. Today, the Andes continue to grow and evolve and are home to a rich tapestry of environments, including the largest ice field outside the poles, a desert where penguins nest and vertical mile-high geysers where flamingos huddle for warmth.

Ask This Old House: Updating Bathroom Installations/ Comparing Wall Insulation

July 14
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Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner update the look of her bathroom by installing a new vanity cabinet, countertop and sink. Then Richard, general contractor Tom Silva, landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O’Connor ask, “What is it?” Afterward, Tom and Kevin discuss several different types of wall insulation and how each is installed.

Phoenix Nixed As Border Governors Go To New Mexico

July 14
By Amy Isackson

Arizona's controversial immigration law has jettisoned the annual border governors meeting planned for this fall in Phoenix. The governors of states along the U.S.-Mexico border will meet in New Mexico.

Film Club: 'Wild Grass'

July 14
By Beth Accomando
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Thursday's the last chance to see Alain Resnais' "Wild Grass" at the Ken Cinema. But if you miss it, seek it out on DVD. Here's our Film Club of the Air discussion.

State Suspends Cancer Screenings For Low-Income Women

July 14
By Kenny Goldberg

A program offering breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women is now on hold; the budget stalemate in Sacramento is to blame. About 6,200 women in San Diego County use the program every year.

Schwarzenegger's Approval Rating Falls To New Low

July 14
Associated Press

California voters give Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger the lowest rating for a sitting governor in more than 50 years, according to a new Field Poll.

Visual Arts: A Pop Surrealist Dream At 'Survey Select'

July 14
By Meredith Hattam
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It's an eye candy extravaganza this weekend at 'Survey Select', a new exhibit which offers a modern day twist on the 19th century salon. Featuring over 65 international artists, workshops, a pop-up shop and more, Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam explains why you'll definitely want to check it out (bonus: it's free!).

Sunrise Powerlink Given The Green Light By The Forest Service

July 14
These Days

San Diego Gas & Electric has been given the go-ahead to build the Sunrise Powerlink through the Cleveland National Forest. We'll get local reaction to the controversial decision.

New Schools Chief Addresses District Issues

July 14
These Days

What will new Superintendent Bill Kowba bring to the San Diego Unified School District? We speak to Kowba about his background, and his goals for the district.

San Diego Housing Market On The Verge Of More Foreclosures

July 14
By Erik Anderson

A real estate tracking firm says San Diego home sales rose last month, but market watchers remain leery about the possibility of a second large wave of foreclosures.

Film Club of the Air: 'Inception,' 'Wild Grass,' 'Restrepo,' 'The Kids Are All Right'

July 14
These Days
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Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated 'Inception' opens in area theaters this weekend. We'll find out what our critics think of the mind-bending thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio. We'll also talk about French filmmaker Alain Resnais' latest film, the documentary 'Restrepo,' and the family drama 'The Kids Are All Right.'

Balboa Park May Get Own Fundraising Team

July 14
By Katie Orr
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Balboa Park may be getting its own fundraising team. The creation of a non-profit organization to help manage the park is one step closer to reality.

One-Stop Service Center For Homeless In Los Angeles A Model For San Diego

July 14
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego City Council’s Land Use and Housing committee is scheduled to vote today the one-stop homeless services proposed for the World Trade Center building. The center would be the city’s first permanent homeless shelter. The proposal is modeled on a center called the PATHMall in Los Angeles.

Public Input Wanted On Potential Convention Center Expansion

July 14
By Katie Orr
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San Diego doesn’t know how to fund a $700 million expansion of the convention center, but plans are still moving forward.

San Diego School Board Votes To Put Parcel Tax On Ballot

July 14
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School Board voted yesterday to place a parcel tax on the November ballot. Supporters hope the measure will save teaching jobs in San Diego.

Escondido Police Department's Relationship With Immigration Agents Prompts Warning

July 14
By Amy Isackson

An Escondido immigrants rights group has issued a travel advisory for people visiting the city.