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Stories for June 17, 2011

Review: 'Beginners'

June 17
By Beth Accomando
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Back in 2005, Mike Mills directed the wonderful indie film "Thumbsucker." Now he's back with "Beginners" (opening June 17 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas).

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Abraham And Mary Lincoln, A House Divided

June 17
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This six-part series weaves together the lives of the two Lincolns, drawing us into their long-vanished world. In the fifth episode, it seems the Civil War will never end. One-hundred Union soldiers desert daily and hundreds more die of disease. Opposition to the war begins to spread. Some Northerners resent fighting to free black slaves; others are furious with Abraham Lincoln for the devastating Union casualties. Weighed down by the criticism, Abraham is desperately anxious. Mary Lincoln, worried about her husband, spends money compulsively, plunging herself into terrible debt.

Live From The Artists Den: Squeeze

June 17
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Bryant Park provided a picturesque setting for a secret performance by UK pop legends Squeeze on a warm summer night. The groundbreaking band played hits spanning their career, including “Is That Love,” “Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)” and “Tempted,” in celebration of their latest album, "Spot the Difference," which features new recordings of Squeeze classics.

Facing Criticism, ICE Announces Reforms To Its Secure Communities Program

June 17
By Ruxandra Guidi
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In response to criticism, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced today a series of reforms to its Secure Communities program, intended to get rid of immigrants who are dangerous criminals.

California Agents Seize Guns From Mentally Ill

June 17
By Amita Sharma

Weapons seized during statewide sweep. It nets nearly three times as many seized during the last sweep in 2007.

Drug War Critics Rally On 40th Anniversary

June 17
Neiko Will and Amalia Bersin

At rallies against the nation's longest war in San Diego and elsewhere, critics say Obama Administration's shift in approach is too little, and far too late.

USS Carl Vinson To Host Basketball Game

June 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Carl Vinson is nothing if not versatile. The Associated Press is reporting the Vinson is “all but certain” to host a Veterans Day basketball game between Michigan State and the University of North Carolina.

Antiques Roadshow: Wichita, Kansas - Hour Three

June 17
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"Antiques Roadshow" visits the Wichita Art Museum’s collection of Art Nouveau works by glassmaker Frederick Carder, co-founder of the Steuben Glass Company. Discoveries include a 1920s Buddy “L” toy sand and gravel truck; a 19th-century bronze sculpture by British artist Edward Onslow Ford; and an 18th-century surveyor’s compass, made by one of the finest clockmakers in the Virginia colonies, valued at $20,000 to $25,000.

Antiques Roadshow: Wichita, Kansas - Hour Two

June 17
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Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Gary Piattoni shed some light on the Wichita-based Coleman Company and the appeal of its iconic recreational and military lanterns and stoves. At the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, one lucky guest gets a big surprise when her set of 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack baseball cards is estimated to be worth $30,000 to $40,000.

Low-Income Shoppers Thrive At City Heights Farmers Market

June 17
Megan Burks
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Festive farmer's market in City Heights, set to celebrate it's three-year anniversary, has the highest food-stamp-redemption rate of any farmers market in the nation.

The Roundtable: What's Next For State Budget Debate?

June 17
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It's been a busy week in Sacramento. On Wednesday, state Democrats passed a proposed budget heavy on one-time fixes and budget gimmicks. The next day, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the Democrats' budget because "it continues big deficits for years to come and adds billions of dollars of new debt." In a separate, but related story, lawmakers passed legislation to eliminate state funding for local redevelopment agencies. We discuss the latest news coming out of Sacramento, and explain what these actions will mean for local schools and other state agencies.

The Roundtable: How Will Former Tijuana Mayor's Arrest Affect Baja Politics?

June 17
Midday Edition
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What have we learned from the recent arrest and release of former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon? Hank Rhon was arrested on June 4, after Mexican soldiers found a cache of 88 guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and a gas grenade at his Tijuana compound. Hank Rhon was released by federal and state judges earlier this week after a 10-day detainment. We discuss the allegations against Hank Rhon, and how his arrest could affect the politics of Baja California.

The Roundtable: How Will Redistricting Change San Diego Politics?

June 17
Midday Edition
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Redistricting could dramatically change the political landscape in San Diego. We discuss the potential changes in the works for our congressional, county-supervisor, and state-legislative districts. Plus, hear the latest on efforts to create a ninth council district in the City of San Diego.

Advanced Tornado Technology Could Reduce Deaths

June 17
Jon Hamilton, NPR
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Tornadoes have killed at least 530 people in the U.S. this year. But researchers say they are working on new detection and forecasting technologies that could help reduce tornado deaths in the future.

Drug War Challenged On Its 40th Anniversary

June 17
By Ruxandra Guidi
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June 17th marks 40 years since President Richard Nixon declared a "War on Drugs." Today, drug policy represents one of the most contested issues in America and Mexico.

San Diego Drivers Cheer Falling Gas Prices

June 17
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego gas prices are on a steady downward path since peaking about six weeks ago. The average price is now close to $3.90 a gallon and drivers welcome the relief as the summer driving season hits full speed.