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Stories for July 14, 2011

Padres Pledge Support for LGBT Student Athletes

July 14
By Sasha Doppelt

The San Diego Padres are the first professional sports team to sign a contract promoting safe team environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student athletes.

SAFE Won't Fund Emergency Alert System

July 14
By Katie Orr

The regional board tasked with promoting driver safety declined to help fund a new emergency-alert system for San Diego's fire department.

UC Regents Approve 2nd Fee Hike

July 14
By Kyla Calvert

The tuition squeeze continues for public-university students across the state. University of California students will pay more than $12,000 in tuition for the coming year.

Masterpiece Mystery! Zen: Vendetta

July 14
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What does an honest cop do when his bosses are on the side of the lawbreakers? Outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters, and run-of-the-mill kidnappers and killers, Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not, on "Zen," a trio of spellbinding cases based on the bestselling novels by Michael Dibdin. In the first episode, a killer is on a vendetta-fuelled rampage against those who wrongly imprisoned him, including a cop who had almost nothing to do with it: Zen. But Zen is too busy dealing with another crime—a politically-charged murder—to notice that he’s on the psychopath’s hit list.

Groups Hail High Court Ruling On Challenge To Bag Ban

July 14
By Ed Joyce
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The California Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a ban on single-use plastic bags in Manhattan Beach.

Betty Ford: The Real Deal

July 14
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This documentary profiles former First Lady Betty Ford, her time in the White House, her advocacy for equal rights and the substance addiction that led to the founding of the Betty Ford Center in California. The program draws from an interview with Mrs. Ford, then 84, conducted in 2002 by historian Michael Beschloss.

Everyday Edisons: So Many Shoes, So Little... Storage

July 14
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Holly Tucker never met a stranger… even as she’s trekked the globe as a travel agent. Holly is one of Season Three’s most effervescent inventors. She brings her enthusiasm and winning smile to the casting call and wows our judges with her shoe skirt, a unique concept in “out of the way and out of the box” shoe storage. After our industrial design team reviews her idea and expands on the concept, it’s off to test the product for Direct Response Television (DRTV). Will the shoe skirt twirl with audiences? Only time will tell.

Hiring Boom Connected To Rise In Corruption At Border Agency

July 14
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Drug cartels are taking advantage of the federal effort to beef up border security by corrupting agents of Customs and Border Protection, the nation's largest law enforcement agency.

Everyday Edisons: Know When To Fold 'Em, Pan

July 14
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In this episode, inventor Phil Avery had a storage problem in his kitchen and seeing how Phil loves to bake, he came up with a unique idea – a variety of folding baking pans and a great case in which to store them. This soft-spoken, die-hard Red Sox fan from Pennsylvania is really onto something… so much so that one of the nation’s leading bakeware companies is interested. So preheat the oven ‘cause in this episode, the foldable baking pan may become the hottest thing or just cool off in the highly competitive kitchen accessories industry.

Insight: Market Forces And San Francisco Parking

July 14
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Smart street sensors and parking meters are part of a plan to make parking in San Francisco more available and easier to find.

Stand Down in San Diego Starts Friday

July 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Stand Down got its start here in San Diego back in 1988, and this weekend the tradition of providing homeless veterans with much needed care continues.

Events: Dr. Horrible, Voz Alta, And Beers For Books

July 14
Midday Edition
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A beer festival in Tijuana, a musical based on a popular blog, and a band from Columbia have our attention this weekend.

Debt Ceiling Negotiations Continue - How Could You Be Affected?

July 14
Midday Edition
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Debt ceiling negotiations continue -- but how will it affect us locally? It could mean those depending on government checks may have to wait.

Insight: Down With Planning

July 14
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The San Diego Planning Department has disappeared into the city bureaucracy. Now it's unclear how we'll decide what the city should become.

Sweetwater Tries To Recover With New Superintendent

July 14
Midday Edition
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The biggest high school district in San Diego County, the Sweetwater district in the South Bay, is in the midst of damage control right now, led by a new superintendent.

Insight: The Plaza Is Back In Play

July 14
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Next week the San Diego City Council will take hold of a boiling pot when they decide whether to endorse a plan to make Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama a pedestrian-only zone.

Treasurer: Calif. May Borrow $5B If Feds Default

July 14
Judy Lin, Associated Press
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California's state treasurer said Wednesday that he's preparing contingency plans to borrow as much as $5 billion for the state in case the federal government misses its Aug. 2 deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

Debt-Ceiling Deal? 'Hell, No Caucus' Stands Firm

July 14
David Welna, NPR
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A fourth consecutive day of talks at the White House for a deal to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2 ended abruptly Wednesday night, with President Obama walking out on a meeting with congressional leaders.

Review: 'Terri'

July 14
By Beth Accomando
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Harry Potter makes his final film appearance this weekend but there's another screen teen worth checking in on and his name is "Terri" (currently playing at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas).

Military Contingent To Be Part Of Pride Parade

July 14
By Andrés Barraza

As the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell continues to make its way through the Pentagon, some San Diego servicemembers aren't waiting -- they'll be openly marching in Saturday's annual Gay Pride Parade.