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Stories for July 21, 2010

Photo Gallery: Opening Day Hats At Del Mar Racetrack

July 21
By Angela Carone
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Opening Day for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club means the start of the horse racing season and a sea of outrageous and fabulous hats. Check out the millinery delights in our photo gallery.

Season Is Off And Running At Del Mar Racetrack

July 21
By Kyla Calvert
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The 71st racing season at the Del Mar racetrack is off and running, and everyone has a theory on how to pick a winner.

No Charges Filed In Justice Department Probe Of US Attorney Firings

July 21
By Amita Sharma

The Justice Department has wrapped up its investigation into the Bush Administration's firings of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006. No charges will be filed. San Diego's Carol Lam was among the U.S. attorneys ousted.

How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin

July 21
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This is the extraordinary and untold story of how the Beatles punctured the Iron Curtain. In August 1962, award-winning director Leslie Woodhead made a two-minute film, in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, with a raw and unrecorded group of unknown rockers — the Beatles. Twenty-five years later, while making a series of films in Russia, Woodhead learned just how powerful Beatlemania was in the Soviet Union.

Move Afoot To Cut Benefit Costs For Public Safety Employees

July 21
Joe Britton, CNS

A San Diego City Council committee today sought a change to the city's code, so that police, firefighters and lifeguards won't have to pay for disability retirement benefits.

Carrier: Squared Away

July 21
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"Carrier" is a character-driven, edge-of-your-seat, nonfiction drama and a once-in-a-lifetime total immersion in the high-stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier. Mentoring and camaraderie are what hold the ship together. But life on deployment is stressful for everyone aboard, and there can be considerable friction between enlisted personnel and their superiors. Port calls allow sailors to blow off steam, but they don't relieve all the pressure.

Talk About SD Sales Tax Increase Continues

July 21
By Katie Orr

Talk of a potential sales tax increase is continuing at San Diego City Hall. A council committee voted to forward the issue.

Emergency-Services Cuts Decried As Possible Factor In Toddler's Death

July 21
By Alison St John and City News Service

Cutbacks in the city's emergency-services staffing may have played a role in the death of a toddler who choked on a gumball at his Mira Mesa home, Fire Chief Javier Mainar acknowledged today.

Volcan Mountain Fire Burns 1 Acre Before Being Contained

July 21
city news service

A lightning strike sparked a small, slow-moving brush fire on rugged sloping terrain in the East County highlands today. The blaze caused no injuries or structural damage.

Number Of San Diego Homes Headed For Foreclosure Goes Down

July 21
city news service

The number of San Diego County homes slipping toward foreclosure dropped by 44.7 percent in the second quarter of the year, compared to the same period in 2009, a real estate information service reported today.

Political Analysis: State Budget Cuts May Put More Burdens On County Jails

July 21
These Days

San Diego officials are reacting to the Governor's proposal to keep more low-level felons out of state prisons. The idea may bring a big increase to San Diego County's jail population.

Raw Food For Pets Growing In Popularity

July 21
These Days

How do you know if your pet is eating a nutritious diet? What should you learn if you are considering a raw food diet for your pet? We speak to a local veterinarian and the owner of a health food store for pets.

Eureka Moments Revealed

July 21
These Days

Hear the surprising stories behind ideas that shaped the world, as compiled by a San Diego author.

Top Ten Survival Guide To Comic-Con 2010

July 21
Aaron Watanabe
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A veteran Comic-Con attendee offers some sage advice for surviving four days of the pop culture extravaganza in downtown San Diego.

Illegal Immigration In California - A Study In Contradictions

July 21
These Days

Call them what you will - unauthorized , illegal, or undocumented - the three million immigrants in California who either entered the U.S. illegally or overstayed their visas have an impact on the state's economy and a polarizing effect on its politics. We explore the costs of illegal immigration on business, government, and the children of those who are deported, and we look at why illegal immigrants continue to find their way north in spite of formidable obstacles.

Local Event: Comic-Con Fan Video

July 21
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Tijuana filmmaker Aaron Soto loves Comic-Con. Maybe even as much as I do so when he gave me a video postcard of last year's Con, I just had to share it. Hope it gets you revved up for this year's show.

Preview Night Is Tonight At The Comic-Con International Convention

July 21
city news service

Industry insiders and a lucky few will get a taste of what's in store at this year's Comic-Con International convention tonight during Preview Night. Attendees at Comic-Con's Preview night will experience special programming, screenings and get the first look at the main exhibit hall at the San Diego Convention Center.

Victories In Congress May Cost Democrats At Polls

July 21
Andrea Seabrook, NPR
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Wednesday, President Obama will sign into law a sweeping new package of Wall Street regulations. It's a big win for Democrats, but it comes at a price: The majority party has taken a pummeling from the GOP in that time. Polls show the Democrats have largely fallen out of favor with independent voters.

Over 5 Million Children Caught Up In Illegal Immigration Debate

July 21
By Ana Tintocalis
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The national immigration debate largely focuses on adults. But there are more than five million children living in the U.S. whose parents are here illegally. When those parents are deported, many of those young people are left to fend for themselves.

Local Event: Shadow Cast of 'Repo! The Genetic Opera'

July 21
By Beth Accomando
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Comic-Con kicks off tonight. But the event has gotten so big that not everything is at the convention center any more and many groups are holding unofficial tie-in to Comic-Con events, like the Saturday screening of "Repo! The Genetic Opera" with creator Terrance Zdunich and director Darren Lynn Bousman in attendance.