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Stories for July 19, 2011

Insight: Cities See Red In Red-Light Cameras

July 19
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Two more Southern California cities are talking about getting rid of red-light cameras.

Antiques Roadshow: Spokane, Wash. - Hour Three

July 19
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Discoveries abound at the Spokane Convention Center as well, including a circa 1900 Louis XIV-style clock, made in France and acquired by the owner's grandfather, who owned a silver mine in Montana; a beautifully preserved 19th-century silk Heriz rug; and an heirloom desk and chair used at the United States House of Representatives from 1857 to 1873. Rarely found together — with the desks being far scarcer than the chairs — the matched pair prompts appraiser Brian Witherell of Witherell's Americana Auctions to estimate the set's combined valued at $40,000.

Battle Of Midway

July 19
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In the space of just four minutes, at a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean called Midway, the entire course of World War II was changed. On June 4, 1942 – just six months after Pearl Harbor – the massed forces of the U.S. and Japanese fleets met for a decisive showdown. Thanks to both sides’ use of a relatively new piece of technology – the aircraft carrier – this battle would be decided without the ships of either fleet ever coming within sight of each other. At Midway, America’s carrier pilots destroyed Japan’s best ships and killed nearly four thousand men – the cream of Japan’s naval elite.

San Diegans Attempt To Balance Federal Budget

July 19
By Sasha Doppelt
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San Diegans broke up into small groups today at a public meeting sponsored by Congresswoman Susan Davis to try and address the U.S.'s budget woes.

History Detectives: Japanese Carved Cane; Kittery Telescope; Baker's Gold

July 19
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America's top gumshoes are back to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. Can the Japanese characters carved into this cane unlock the mystery of a family’s past in a World War II relocation camp? Can "History Detectives" trace this unusual wooden telescope to its Revolution era ancestor? And is this drawing of huge, eight pound gold nuggets genuine or another example of Gold Rush hype?

Sister of Woman Found Hanging At Coronado Mansion Says It Wasn't a Suicide

July 19
By City News Service
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Woman tells ABC News her sister seemed happy with mansion owner Jonah Schaknai.

Antiques Roadshow: Spokane, Wash. - Hour Two

July 19
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At the Spokane Convention Center, appraisers brighten at the sight of such enchanting finds as a collection of pottery by 20th-century master ceramicists Otto and Gertrude Natzler; a moving landscape painting by early 20th-century artist — and sometime Alaskan gold prospector — Sydney Laurence; and an heirloom Waltham railroad pocket watch with a rare winding mechanism and diamond end stone, valued at $4,000 to $6,000.

Are Schools for Military Kids Falling Apart?

July 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Mold. Leaking roofs. Electrical Fires. Overcrowding. Those are just a few of the problems discovered in schools for military children by a joint Newsweek and Center for Public Integrity investigation.

California Builders Say Sempra's Green Projects in Mexico Will Cost 15,000 U.S. Jobs

July 19
By Amita Sharma
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Builders project that $300 million in local, state and federal revenue would also be lost during the project's life.

Mortgage Default Notices Hit Four Year Low

July 19
By Erik Anderson
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The number of Mortgage Default notices hit a four-year low in California during the second quarter of last year.

Antiques Roadshow: Chattanooga, Tenn. - Hour Three

July 19
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At Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Walnut Street bridge — one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world — ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks at carved wooden folk-art walking canes. Highlights include an heirloom 18th-century Chippendale tall chest; a unique piece of presidential memorabilia: an “8-ball” presented to Harry Truman in 1948 by the Los Angeles Press Club; and a pristine Lionel train set, circa 1930, valued at $2,500 to $3,000.

Insight: Mortgage Defaults Take A Fall

July 19
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The still depressed California housing market saw some good news today when DataQuick reported a drop in notices of default, the first step in the foreclosure process.

Great Performances At The Met: Lucia Di Lammermoor

July 19
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Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece on opening night of the Met’s 2007-08 season in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo. They are joined by Ludovic Tézier as Enrico and Kwangchul Youn as Raimondo. Patrick Summers, the Music Director of Houston Grand Opera, conducts.

Masterpiece Mystery! Zen: Ratking

July 19
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When a wealthy industrialist and political party funder is kidnapped, the Ministry of Justice wants Zen to get the hostage back alive at any cost. But these kidnappers don’t seem to be playing by the rules, since they kill the lawyer who shows up with a ransom payment from the family. In kidnapping-plagued Italy, it’s illegal to pay a ransom, and Zen must skirt this issue while dealing with the bickering relatives, who seem ready to forget about their captive kinsman.

Insight: Is A Carpool Lane Just Money Down The Drain?

July 19
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Carpool lanes may be getting a fair amount of use, but the percentage of commuters who use them has gone down dramatically.

Balboa Park Renovation Plan Goes Before City Council

July 19
Midday Edition
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A controversial plan to re-route traffic through San Diego's historic Balboa Park goes before the city council today. We'll break down the renovation plans and explain the renovation plans and have both sides of the debate.

Is The Ocean's Health Declining?

July 19
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Water pollution, climate change, dead zones - all part of a report out on the health of the ocean, in part two of our three part series.

Project Aims To Provide School Supplies To Homeless Kids In SD

July 19
Midday Edition
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The annual "Drive for Success Project" provides school supplies including backpacks, books, and food to homeless kids attending school in San Diego County. The project has helped more than 7,000 students since it began in 2009.

Mexico - One Plate At A Time With Rick Bayless: Tacos On Fire!

July 19
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“What is a taco, anyway?” muses Rick over an upscale lobster taco at his white tablecloth restaurant, Topolobampo. “Is it crispy or soft? Grilled or griddled? Street food or taquería fare? Fast food or fine dining?” The answer is, “all of the above … and a whole lot more.” And to prove it, Rick heads to Mexico City, for a non-stop taco trek.

FRONTLINE: The Pot Republic

July 19
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With more than a third of all states now experimenting with some form of legalization and decriminalization — and several California counties attempting to openly regulate pot production — FRONTLINE and The Center for Investigative Reporting team up to investigate the country’s oldest, largest and most wide-open marijuana market. Is the federal government now moving to shut it down? Also this hour, New Yorker writer and surgeon Atul Gawande reports on a doctor in Camden, New Jersey, who actually seeks out the community’s sickest — and most expensive — patients.

Insight: ‘Carmageddon’ Didn’t Happen

July 19
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The weekend closure of I-405 in Los Angeles fell way short of the hype. That's caused people to wonder what's the point of adding any lanes to it.

Masterpiece Mystery! Zen: Cabal

July 19
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A disgraced aristocrat jumps off a bridge. Or was he pushed? As usual, Zen gets mixed signals from his scheming bosses: the Ministry of Justice wants a ruling of suicide, while a powerful and beautiful female prosecutor hints that Zen had better start looking for the murderer. The plot thickens when it appears that the victim was trying to inform on a previously unknown group called the Cabal, with conspirators at the highest levels of Italian society.

Travelscope: Switzerland - Scaling The Jungfrau Region

July 19
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Constantly shadowed by the towering heights of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, all above 12,000 feet, Joseph partakes of Swiss mountain culture at local street fairs and festivals. He gets to take part in a cheese-making demonstration and run with the goats through the streets of Wengen, a car-free mountain town. To get an up-close experience with the peaks he hikes to the Gleckstein, a mountain hut for climbers, and literally tops off his adventure with a train journey to the highest train station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Northern Cookout

July 19
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Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a state fair classic, Cornell Barbecued Chicken, and serves it with a side of Syracuse Salt Potatoes. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of bottled barbecue sauce. Finally, Julia Collin Davison brings a Midwest favorite home and uncovers the secrets to making perfect Jucy Lucy Burgers.

San Diego Could Lose Big Without A Raise In Federal Debt Ceiling

July 19
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's economy could be devastated if federal officials don't solve the debt ceiling issue by August. The region depends on a healthy dose of federal spending.

S.D. To Pay $70 Million to Keep Redevelopment Agencies

July 19
By City News Service
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The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a plan to pay about $70 million to keep its redevelopment agencies. The vote came as opponents filed a lawsuit to overturn the new state law requiring the payment.

San Diego Youth Tried In Mexico For Drug Cartel-Related Crimes

July 19
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The trial of a 14-year old San Diego resident hired as a killer by the drug cartels begins in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Council To Vote On Balboa Park Makeover Plan

July 19
By Katie Orr
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The full San Diego City Council will consider a controversial plan to transform Plaza De Panama today. A multi-million dollar makeover to remove cars from the plaza is at stake.