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Stories for July 15, 2011

Grocery Workers Closer To Strike Than Contract

July 15
By Erik Anderson
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Workers say they are running out of patience with the region's three largest grocery chains. Several hundred union workers rallied at a San Diego Vons today.

History Detectives: Drone Propeller; Clara Barton Letter; Teddy Roosevelt War Club

July 15
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Could this propeller be from a World War II drone, the prototype for the assault drones the U.S. uses today in Afghanistan and Iraq? This inscribed, wooden club appears to be a gift to Teddy Roosevelt. Who gave him this club, and why? If Clara Barton wrote this letter, why was she concerned about the life of the soldier she mentions? Find out the answers to these questions in this episode of "History Detectives."

Casey Anthony Case Provokes Two New Bills at Capitol

July 15
By California Capitol Network
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The murder acquittal of Caylee Anthony’s mom Casey has led to not just one new bill in the California legislature – but two. They share the same basic goal: to get parents to report missing or dead children immediately.

Great Performances: Rigoletto From Mantua

July 15
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From Andrea Andermann comes a visually and musically spectacular production of Verdi’s "Rigoletto," filmed last September on breathtaking locations in and around the Renaissance splendor of Mantua, Italy, in the places and hours specified in the libretto. Starring tenor Plàcido Domingo in the traditionally baritone role of 16th-century court jester Rigoletto, Julia Novikova as his innocent daughter Gilda, Vittorio Grigolo as the womanizing Duke and Ruggero Raimondi as the assassin Sparafucile, the production is directed by Marco Bellocchio, and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Autopsy Sealed In Bizarre Coronado Mansion Death

July 15
City News Service
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Details emerging from the strange case of a woman found bound and nude and hanging by the neck from a balcony at an historic Coronado mansion will not be made public, detectives said today.

San Diego River Park Foundation Heading To White House

July 15
By Ed Joyce
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The San Diego River Park Foundation has been selected as the 2011 Take Pride in America National Award winner for outstanding partner.

Roundtable: Balboa Park Plan Is Still Alive

July 15
Midday Edition
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Anyone who has spent time in Balboa Park would have to agree that a plan to remove the cars from the Plaza de Panama is a great idea. The matter comes before city council for a vote next week so now is a good time to review the issues.

Roundtable: SDSU's President Faces Challenges

July 15
Midday Edition
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Families sending a son or daughter to San Diego State University next year will have to pay considerably more than this year.

Antiques Roadshow: San Antonio, Texas - Hour Three

July 15
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At the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, appraisers hog tie some lively treasures, including a collection of memorabilia from a 1957 Buddy Holly and the Crickets concert in Liverpool, England; a quintessential Texas painting of bluebonnets by noted artist Robert Wood; and four unusual Chinese porcelain panels that tell the story of the seasonal rice harvest, valued at $40,000 to $60,000.

Roundtable: What Will Default Mean to Us?

July 15
Midday Edition
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What's going on in Washington DC may be political posturing - aimed at gaining the advantage in next year's election - but it could have an immediate effect right here in our community.

Antiques Roadshow: Chattanooga, Tenn. - Hour Two

July 15
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Chattanooga, Tennessee’s AT&T Field — home of the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball team — is the backdrop for "Antique Roadshow’s" look at collecting minor league baseball memorabilia. Highlights include a 19th-century military over-the-shoulder saxophone; an heirloom Confederate soldier’s sword; and a collection of movie marketing memorabilia from the 1920s to the 1980s, valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

Minorities Concerned About City Redistricting

July 15
By Katie Orr
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Minority groups in San Diego are uniting to make sure they’re recognized in the city’s redistricting process.

Chula Vista Schools Plan To Combat Obesity

July 15
By Kyla Calvert
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When a Chula Vista teacher proposed weighing the kids her school district, she didn’t expect to find an obesity epidemic that outpaced the nation’s. The city’s elementary schools are planning to fight the trend.

Locals Students Play Harry Potter's Quidditch

July 15
By Angela Carone
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Fans are lining up to see the last of the Harry Potter movies, which opens today. It may be the end for Harry Potter on the big screen, but some local students are keeping a sport from the books and movies alive. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone visits a Quidditch match in San Diego.

Review: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2'

July 15
Erika Hughes, Guest Reviewer
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It all ends. That's right, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (opening July 15 throughout San Diego) brings the 10-year franchise to a close.