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Stories for July 20, 2011

Polka Dots, Feathers And Bright Flowers Adorn Hats At Del Mar's Opening Day

July 20
By KPBS
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Before the thoroughbreds thunder down the track come the hats. In a grand and glorious tradition, the dolls — and even some guys — turned out in their outrageous finery.

Short-Term Homelessness On The Rise, Funding Down

July 20
By Andrés Barraza

Strategy and prevention were among the issues discussed in San Diego by the California State Assembly's Select Committee on Homelessness.

Insight: State Traffic Deaths Fall To Lowest Levels In Almost 70 Years

July 20
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Car travel used to be a deadly activity. It still is, but not nearly as much.

POV: Mugabe And The White African

July 20
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“Mugabe And The White African,” much of which was filmed clandestinely, tells an alarming story from one of the world’s most troubled nations. In Zimbabwe, de facto dictator Robert Mugabe has unleashed a “land reform” program aimed at driving whites from the country through violence and intimidation. One proud “white African,” however, has challenged Mugabe with human rights abuses under international law. The courage Michael Campbell and his family display as they defend their farm — in court and on the ground — makes for a film as inspiring as it is harrowing.

Comic-Con Floods Region With Cash

July 20
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's Convention center and much of downtown is firmly in the grip of Comic-Con. The five day event is an economic engine for San Diego.

Video: Adult Swim Show Set In San Diego

July 20
By Angela Carone
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Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has a new series set in San Diego spoofing TV crime procedurals. It's called "NTSF:SD:SUV::" or "National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego : Sport Utility Vehicle::" Check out the video.

Everyday Edisons: Over The Cliff (Hanger) - Part One

July 20
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The "Everyday Edisons" team reveals the winners and losers of this long season three journey. Travel with us as we take you on a wild ride of discovery, challenges and revelation… the same ride taken by our ten talented inventors. Take a look at all of our featured inventions one last time as we revisit all the steps of their development, from concept to commercialization… showing you how you, too, can become an ‘Everyday Edison’!

Antiques Roadshow: Grand Rapids, Mich. - Hour One

July 20
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW drives to the Gilmore Car Museum near Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a look at their collection of more than 1,500 hood ornaments or “mascots.” Highlights include a letter from Grand Rapids native son Gerald Ford, written in 1967 to his former kindergarten teacher; a pair of earrings made from cufflinks given to the guest’s grandfather by Czar Nicholas II of Russia; and an 1881 painting by noted Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey, valued at $300,000.

Ocean Decline And How It Affects San Diego

July 20
Midday Edition
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How does ocean degradation affect us locally in San Diego in terms of water quality, water temperature and levels, weather, seafood, and economy? What is being done and what can you do to address these issues?

Will There Be Enough Horses To Race At Del Mar?

July 20
Midday Edition
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Del Mar Racetrack opens today but the economy is affecting the number of California horses participating.

Boat Hits Whale In Bay; 2 Injured

July 20
KGTV-10 News

A woman and her father suffered minor injuries and were shaken after their small boat apparently struck a California gray whale near Shelter Island.

Is School District Anti-Christian?

July 20
Midday Edition
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is it possible to discriminate against the dominant religion and religious ideology in a society? Some people say yes, and there's been a controversy in North County's San Dieguito Union High School District about an alleged anti-Christian bias.

Video: 'Glee' Inspires A Mini-Warbler From San Diego!

July 20
By Angela Carone
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This adorable Mira Mesa boy was so inspired by "Glee's" Warblers, he performs his own version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." Some of "Glee's" Warblers are in town this week for Comic-Con International.

Everyday Food: Chicken Four Ways

July 20
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"Everyday Food" creates four amazing dishes with chicken, the country’s most popular meat. First, Sarah makes roast chicken with lemon and fennel. She then prepares braised chicken with a sweet and earthy date sauce that’s a perfect meal for cool weather. Lucinda lightly fries chicken cutlets until they’re slightly crispy, then tops them with a simple herb butter and white wine sauce. John assembles lemony chicken breasts with peppery watercress and radishes, a healthy dish that tastes great.

Arrests Made In Connection To Mexico's Largest Marijuana Plantation

July 20
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Dozens have been arrested in Baja California in connection with the largest marijuana plantation found in Mexico.

U.S. Laws Lead To The Rise Of Mexican Meth

July 20
By Jude Joffe-Block
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Meth has been a major drug problem in San Diego County for years. Despite new laws to combat the scourge, the highly addictive drug remains abundant as traffickers find ways around the rules.

Senate Panel To Consider End Of Federal Gay Marriage Ban

July 20
By Npr
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A bill introduced by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday to end the federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday.

San Diego Moves Toward Balboa Park Makeover

July 20
By Katie Orr
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A plan presented by Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs for a major makeover of Balboa Park has received preliminary support from the San Diego City Council.