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Stories for June 1, 2011

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

June 1
By Beth Accomando
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I've been letting you folks off too easy so now it's time for a test. Prepare for the 30 Day Horror Movie Challenge.

Budget Deal Close But 'Not There Yet'

June 1
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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The constitutional deadline for the legislature to pass a budget is now just two weeks away – and California Gov. Jerry Brown says he’s close to a deal with a handful of Republican lawmakers.

Microchips for Adopted Pets May Soon Be Mandatory

June 1
By Andrés Barraza
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More than 26,000 lost pets were taken to local shelters last year and many went unclaimed. A new bill would require California to implant identification microchips for every animal adopted from shelters.

My Music: Moments To Remember

June 1
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Patti Page and Nick Clooney return to co-host new performances and archival classics from the vault with fellow co-hosts Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale and the "Lawrence Welk Show’s" Mary Lou Metzger. Featuring Frankie Laine, Julius LaRosa, the Four Lads, the Four Aces, the Four Freshmen, Roger Williams, Lenny Welch, the Platters, the DeCastro Sisters, and archival performances from Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como and Nat King Cole.

Rising Ocean Temps Could Boost Chance For Hurricanes In San Diego

June 1
By Susan Murphy
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June 1st marks the first official day of hurricane season. Although San Diego doesn’t typically get the mega-storms, rising ocean temperatures could soon change that.

Deadly E. Coli Outbreak Prompts Changes for Troops Overseas

June 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: A deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany which has killed at least 15 people and sickened more than 1500 has prompted military food service providers in Europe to remove certain types of produce from their menus, according to the Stars and Stripes.

Insight: Making The Case For Smart Growth

June 1
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Here's a new video you'll think is very cool if you're a progressive urban planner.

City Discovers Another $11 Million For General Fund

June 1
By Katie Orr
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City auditors combing through San Diego's 2,000-plus funds have found $11 million that was never properly transferred to the General Fund.

SDSU Breaks Ground On New Aztec Center

June 1
City News Service
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A groundbreaking was held today for the Aztec Student Union at San Diego State University, which will replace the 43-year-old Aztec Center.

Suicide Investigation Leads To 3 More Bodies

June 1
City News Service
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An investigation into the death of a man found near an East County freeway overpass early today led to the discovery of the bodies of a woman and two children in a Chula Vista home, authorities reported.

OUT In America

June 1
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"OUT In America" is an uplifting collection of unique, transformative stories and inspiring personal narratives told through the lens of the country’s most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary, citizens from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The program weaves together diverse stories — from urban and rural America, from the heartland to New England, from San Francisco to Harlem.

Boy's Brutal Death Becomes Rallying Cry For Syrians

June 1
Deborah Amos, NPR
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In Syria, the brutal death of a 13-year-old boy has spurred further demonstrations as the uprising there enters a third month.

Brown Slimming Down Corrections Department

June 1
Julie Small, California Capitol Network
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Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that the state will eliminate 400 jobs at California’s department of Corrections headquarters in Sacramento. The state expects to save $30 million with those cuts.

Flare Up In Court Over La Jolla Fireworks

June 1
Midday Edition
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The City of San Diego is gearing up for a battle over Independence Day fireworks; it's developing into an explosive issue. We'll discuss the details.

Scripps Institution Of Oceanography Preparing For Major Expansion

June 1
Midday Edition
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One of the world's most renowned marine research institutions is preparing for a major expansion. We speak to the director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography about how a nearly $250 million expansion will benefit the organization's long-term research goals.

City Heights Community Garden Now Derelict

June 1
Midday Edition
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One year ago, the city of San Diego forced a dozen Cambodian refugees in City Heights off city-owned land they had used to grow vegetables for 26 years.

Insight: If You Build It They Will Come

June 1
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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A new study shows that adding lanes encourages traffic jams. Meanwhile, Detroit gets small and saves some jobs in the car industry.

Next-To-Last Space Shuttle Flight Lands On Earth

June 1
Associated Press
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Space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, closing out the next-to-last mission in NASA's 30-year program with a safe middle-of-the-night landing.

Police Searching For San Diego Nursing Student See Parallels

June 1
Associated Press
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Police in Northern California are investigating the possibility that a nursing student's disappearance last week is connected to an April 2010 case.

Mayor Sanders Says Ruling Means Birthdays Need Enviro Review Too

June 1
Associated Press
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The city's Fourth of July fireworks displays aren't the only celebrations in doubt after a judge ordered rigorous environmental reviews of large events, Mayor Jerry Sanders says. Birthday parties may be at risk if more than 75 people are invited.