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Stories for July 1, 2011

Belmont Park Rides Not Affected By Park's Legal Woes

July 1
By Katie Orr
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The roller coaster will keep running and the tilt-a-whirl will keep spinning at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, despite ongoing legal issues.

Review: 'Hobo With a Shotgun'

July 1
By Beth Accomando
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Yes! I just found out that "Hobo With a Shotgun" (playing tonight at midnight at Landmark's Ken Cinema) has been held over and you will have at least one more shot at this grindhouse homage.

NOVA: Ape Genius

July 1
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The great apes - which include chimps, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos - seem to have rich emotional lives similar to our own. But just how smart are these animals? A new generation of investigators is revealing the secret mental lives of great apes; our evolutionary next-of-kin are turning out to be far smarter than most experts ever imagined. But just as clever experiments are exposing the extraordinary abilities of great apes, new research is redefining the mental talents of our own species.

Expect A Crowded Lindbergh Field

July 1
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's main airport is expecting larger-than-usual crowds this 4th of July holiday weekend.

Lifeguards Bracing For Warmest, Busiest July 4th Weekend In Years

July 1
By Susan Murphy
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More than a million people are expected at San Diego beaches this weekend. Lifeguards say if you’re planning to hit the beach, show up early, and along with your sunscreen and towel, don’t forget your patience.

History Detectives: John Brown Pike; Siberian Bullet; Ronald McDonald Costume

July 1
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Wes Cowan asks, “Did rebels use this spear, or pike, in abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry?” The word “Siberia” etched into a bullet makes Eduardo Pagán wonder why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I. And Elyse Luray sizes up a Ronald McDonald costume. Was it part of the first national Ronald McDonald ad campaign?

Roundtable: "Non-Partisan" Mayor's Race Heats Up

July 1
Midday Edition

The primary election for mayor of San Diego is about a year away, but the race is already heating up. Several well known republicans and one high-profile Democrat are running.

Roundtable: County Supes Draw Own Districts

July 1
Midday Edition

The ACLU and some minority groups are preparing to challenge the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in court over redistricting. Every 10 years the census is taken, political boundaries are redrawn by the Supervisors themselves.

Roundtable: Unkind Cuts at SD Unified

July 1
Midday Edition

On Tuesday, the San Diego Unified Board of Education gave the green light to a new budget for the school year. One school board member put it this way: the budget is going to cause grave damage to our schools in San Diego.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Poirot XI: Hallowe'en Party

July 1
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"I saw a murder once...I did! I did!" boasts a clumsy, disliked girl at a Halloween party. For this, she is ridiculed and dismissed. But before the party's end, she is dead, snuffed out in an apple-bobbing tub. Party guest Ariadne Oliver — never again to consume another apple — summons her old friend Hercule Poirot for help and the gallant sleuth is only too happy to oblige.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Beef Meets Grill

July 1
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In this episode, Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make real Texas barbecued beef ribs at home. next, equipment expert Adam Reid reviews paper plates, and finally, Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to preparing perfectly char-grilled steaks at home.

Kelp, Flies Cover San Diego Beaches

July 1
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego City crews will have their hands full this summer cleaning up San Diego beaches. A bumper kelp crop is washing ashore and attracting sworms of pesky flies and worms.

Strauss-Kahn Free From House Arrest; Charges Stand

July 1
Associated Press
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Prosecutors said an extensive background investigation of the hotel housekeeper accusing him of sexual assault gave them pause.

Welfare To Work Checks Reduced, Starting Today

July 1
By Alison St John
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Starting today, July 1st, thousands of families on California’s Welfare to Work program, Cal Works, will see their benefit checks shrink. It’s another casualty of this year’s state budget cuts.

Southern California Drivers Plan To Visit San Diego

July 1
By Erik Anderson

San Diego highways will get plenty of use this weekend. The city is the top destination for Southern California holiday travelers.

San Diego Airport Hopes Recovery Fuels Airline Business

July 1
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego’s Airport is an economic engine for the region, but that engine sputtered as the economy took a recessionary nose dive three years ago.

Interview: Chris Ordal

July 1
By Beth Accomando
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Imagine a work of art that that not even the artist can see until it's done and you'll have the subject of "Earthwork" (opening July 1 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters). Listen to my interview with director Chris Ordal.

Trailer: 'Larry Crowne'

July 1
By Beth Accomando
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Here is the trailer for "Larry Crowne" (opening July 1 throughout San Diego). I have to confess that it scared me so badly that I couldn't bring myself to see the film. So here's my review of the trailer.