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Stories for July 19, 2010

City Workers' Union Against Trash Privatization

July 19
By Kyla Calvert

The union representing San Diego’s trash collectors is against a proposed ballot initiative that would allow the city to privatize garbage pickup. A representative said outsourcing would hurt the local economy.

NOVA: Who Killed The Red Baron?

July 19
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NOVA's exciting new investigation of the Red Baron's death presents newly discovered documents that overturn the conventional theory of von Richthofen's demise. In accounting for the Baron's singular success, NOVA explores the origins of the first fighter planes and the evolution of aerial tactics. The show features thrilling re-enactments of hair-raising duels between the fragile fighters of World War I.

SD Study To Look At Freeway Access From 10th Avenue Marine Terminal

July 19
By Amita Sharma

San Diego officials plan to study more ways to clean up the bad air in Barrio Logan. The movement of goods through the Port of San Diego's 10th Avenue Marine Terminal by ships, trucks and trains releases 256 million pounds of greenhouse gases each year.

Autopsy Released For Man Tasered At Border

July 19
By Amy Isackson

The autopsy of a man who died after being Tasered by U.S. federal agents at the San Ysidro border crossing last May says many factors contributed to his death.

Turmoil And Triumph: The George Shultz Years: Swords Into Plowshares

July 19
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In this episode, Shultz is in the midst of preparations for the summit meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, when news breaks that the United States was indeed trading arms for the Nicaraguan Contras to secure the release of the Iran hostages, and Newsweek reveals that the CIA is mining the harbor in Managua. The Reykjavik summit leads to the most significant nuclear arms reduction pact of the Cold War and is the pinnacle of Shultz' career in government service.

SD City Council Puts Solar Energy Program On Hold

July 19

The City Council today put on hold a program that would help San Diego property owners finance the installation of solar energy systems, following a call by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for mortgage lenders to steer clear of the programs.

History Detectives: Korean War Letter, Diana, Lookout Mt. Painting

July 19
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Rhonda Bradley never met her father. He's still listed Missing in Action from the Korean War. In a letter dated 1953, her father mentioned a man he said saved his life. Eduardo Pagan researches the "Korean War Letter" to find the man Rhonda believes is a hero. Then Tukufu Zuberi searches for the author of "Diana: A Strange Biography." Could "Diana" be groundbreaking literature as the first widely published and true lesbian autobiography? Then, Wes Cowan digs into the mystery of the "Lookout Mt. Painting," depicting a Civil War battle.

Antiques Roadshow: Las Vegas, Nev. - Hour One

July 19
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At a Las Vegas, Nevada, magic theater, "Antiques Roadshow" host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowery reveal that the artistry — and value — of vintage magic posters is no illusion. Appraisers at the Las Vegas Convention Center don’t need sleight-of-hand techniques to pull amazing discoveries out of the crowd, including drawings by the legendary folk musician Woody Guthrie, given to the owner’s journalist father after an interview with Guthrie.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Poirot X: Appointment With Death

July 19
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. An archaeological dig is the scene of murder in the Middle East, leading Poirot to unravel a tragic tale of twisted family secrets. The cast of suspects includes co-stars Tim Curry ("Spamalot") and Elizabeth McGovern (“A Room with a View”).

NATURE: Oceans In Glass: Behind The Scenes Of The Monterey Bay Aquarium

July 19
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Thanks to its realistic presentations, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as one of the most significant and spectacular aquariums in the world. Instead of exhibiting collections of animals, the aquarium presents entire habitats, virtual slices of ocean that include 30,000 animals and plants. But how does an aquarium work? What’s the science behind the magic? Each of the animals here has a story to tell, but of all the animals to be seen here, there is one animal in particular whose presence is drawing world-wide attention — a great white shark.

Great Performances: Hamlet

July 19
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Shakespeare’s immortal “To be, or not to be” takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors Sir Patrick Stewart, in his Laurence Olivier Award-winning turn as Claudius, and David Tennant, as the titular Dane, reprise their roles in this television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 stage production of "Hamlet."

New Scandinavian Cooking: The Mother Of Invention

July 19
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Andreas travels to Norway's Highland, near Hallingdal, where survival of the fittest spawned many local delicacies. Inspired by history, Andreas makes homemade yogurt and cream cheese, a quick gravlax and finally, tender lamb shanks with a root vegetable puree.

Books: Five Best Crime Novels

July 19
Seth Marko
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Culture Lust contributor Seth Marko knows his way around a hard-boiled detective yarn. We asked him to share his five favorite crime novels so you can add some noir to your summer reading.

Chargers Mini-Camp And Del Mar Races Underway This Week

July 19
By Dwane Brown

Mini-camp for the San Diego Chargers gets underway this week. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Live From The Artists Den: David Gray

July 19
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British singer-songwriter David Gray burst onto the world stage in 2000 with his multiplatinum fourth album "White Ladder" (which remains the bestselling album in Ireland ever), boosted by the success of the international hit single, "Babylon." In the decade since, the Grammy-nominated artist has sold over 12 million CDs and released three consecutive chart-topping albums in the UK. His first new project in four years, 2009's "Draw the Line" was proclaimed by USA Today "some of his most ambitious, affecting, and densely musical work to date."

Jellyfish & Stingrays Visit San Diego Beaches

July 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

In recent days, San Diego beachgoers have encountered giant black jellyfish and stingrays, two ocean phenomena that can cause pain when touched. We find out where they come from, where they have been sighted and what you do if stung.

Paul McCartney In Performance At The White House: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song

July 19
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President and Mrs. Obama will host a concert on June 2 in honor of musician Sir Paul McCartney’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The event in the White House East Room will include performances by McCartney himself and Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Lang Lang and Jack White, with remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.

Refugees Families Build New Lives In San Diego

July 19
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

Who are the refugees resettling in San Diego County? We'll hear the story of a Palestinian family who fled a refugee camp in Iraq to start a new life in El Cajon.

Refugee Act Called An Expression Of Goodwill

July 19
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

Learn about efforts to modernize the Federal Refugee Protection Act, which turns 30 this year.

Calexico Schools May Lose Millions Due To Lost Instruction

July 19
By Ana Tintocalis

The Calexico Unified School District could lose millions of dollars in state funding. Imperial Valley County education officials question the efforts to teach kids after the Easter earthquake.

Public Can Weigh In On Proposed SD City Hall

July 19
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The public will get its first chance tonight to sound off about a proposed new San Diego city hall. A public hearing on the issue will be held at 6 p.m. in the current City Hall.

Was This The Final Floatopia?

July 19
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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Perfect beach weather this past Saturday led to about 1,400 people showing up for what could have been San Diego’s last Floatopia. People float on rafts and drink alcohol at the loosely organized events. Next week the city council will consider closing a loophole in the beach alcohol ban that allows for the gatherings.

Ocean Beach Dunes Home To Endangered Species

July 19
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio
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San Diego is home to one of the few remaining coastal dune habitats in California. The area is also a key nesting area for an endangered bird.