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Stories for July 5, 2011

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‘Instant Justice’ for Holiday Weekend Partiers

July 5, 2011
Sasha Doppelt

Nearly 60 San Diegans worked off their weekend citations by picking up trash for five hours in Pacific Beach.

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New SDSU President Gets Whirlwind Introduction

July 5, 2011
By Kyla Calvert

Tuesday was the first day on the job for San Diego State University's new president, Dr. Elliot Hirshman. He spent the day touring parts of the campus and meeting with students.

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Lobbying For High Mileage Cars

July 5, 2011
By Tom Fudge

The Obama administration is seeking a CAFE standard of 56.2 MPG for cars coming out in 2025. That could require 50 percent of all American-made cars to be either hybrid or electric.

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Casey Anthony Acquitted Of Murder

July 5, 2011
Associated Press

Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter three years ago in a case that captivated the nation.

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Children of Deployed Parents Suffer More Mental Problems, Study Says

July 5, 2011
By Beth Ford Roth

A new study finds children whose parents are deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan are more likely to suffer mental health problems like depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, or behavioral problems.

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Local Real Estate: On The Rebound Or Facing Double-Dip?

July 5, 2011
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

Is the local housing market showing signs of a rebound, or can we expect more home price declines in the next few months? We discuss the latest local real estate numbers, and look ahead to what the rest of the year might hold for the San Diego market.

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The Future Of Redevelopment In San Diego

July 5, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Rachel Goetz

Along with a new state budget, late last week Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills drastically changing redevelopment agencies in California. These bills end the agencies as we've known them and require future agencies to use less property tax, with more going to local school districts. The change puts in question some major redevelopment projects in San Diego, along with making a serious impact on affordable housing.

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Four New Albums Out In Time For Summer

July 5, 2011
Dave Walters

Culture Lust contributor, Dave Walters, shares new music picks for your summer listening.

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CSU San Marcos Expands Program To Offer Local Students Guaranteed Admission

July 5, 2011
By Alison St John

Cal State University San Marcos is expanding its offer of guaranteed admission to students from local school districts who meet certain standards. The policy is designed to motivate more San Diego students to aim for college.

Search Continues For Missing Americans After Charter Boat Capsizes In Sea Of Cortez

July 5, 2011
MARIANA MARTINEZ, Associated Press

Mexican rescuers were scouring the Gulf of California for seven Americans whose fishing boat capsized two days ago, saying they were extending their search because the missing tourists could still be alive in the warm, calm waters.

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Texas Governor Wages Own Battle Along Border

July 5, 2011
John Burnett, NPR

Gov. Rick Perry has sent state police to show up the feds and fight his own border war.

Millions Of Poor Californians Face Higher Medical Costs

July 5, 2011
By Kenny Goldberg

Health care just got more expensive for millions of poor Californians. The new state budget forces people on Medi-Cal to pay more, and get fewer services.

Record Number of Immigrants Becoming Citizens Through Military Service

July 5, 2011
By Ruxandra Guidi

A record number of U.S. military personnel -- more than 11,000 service members -- were legal immigrants who became naturalized last year, drawn by the promise of citizenship.