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Stories for June 20, 2011

Tease photo for CROSSING SOUTH: Tijuana: Tacos, Beer, Horses & Soccer

CROSSING SOUTH: Tijuana: Tacos, Beer, Horses & Soccer

June 20
By Jennifer Robinson

CROSSING SOUTH is a travel show that explores Tijuana and Northern Baja. In this pilot episode, host Jorge Meraz starts off enjoying a selection of tacos. Next he takes a ride on some Spanish show horses. Afterwards he learns about the beer fermenting process and samples fine beverages at TJ Beer. Lastly the professional Tijuana soccer team, the Xoloitzcuintles, give interviews at practice time and a fantastic show at game time to win the championship.

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Walmart Ruling Changes Class Action Lawsuits

June 20
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego Law Professor said the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to remove class action status from a massive labor discrimination lawsuit against Walmart makes it harder to hold large companies accountable.

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Westboro Baptist Picketed Camp Pendleton Marine’s Funeral Today

June 20
By Beth Ford Roth

The Westboro Baptist Church demonstrated at the memorial service today of a Camp Pendleton killed this month in Afghanistan.

Public To Weigh In On Redistricting Tonight

Public To Weigh In On Redistricting Tonight

June 20
By Alison St John

Tonight is the only opportunity San Diegans will have to directly address the group drawing up political maps with new boundary lines for state and congressional districts. California’s Redistricting Commission is holding a public hearing in San Diego City Council chambers from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Judge Considers Challenge To Sunrise Powerlink Tuesday

June 20
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A federal judge Tuesday in San Diego will consider a challenge to the Sunrise Powerlink project.

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History Detectives: Civil War Cannon; The Ni'ihau Incident; Yakima Canutt's Saddle

June 20

America's top gumshoes are back to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. Mysterious airplane engine parts lead Eduardo Pagan to a forbidden Hawaiian island where he finds a heroic story often overshadowed by the raid on Pearl Harbor. Then Elyse Luray tries to match metal shavings to the right cannon. What role did these shavings play in the early hours of the civil war? An early 20th century saddle puts Wes Cowan on the trail of Yakima Cunutt. How did this rodeo champion change Hollywood movie-making?

Court Says Californians Can Sue Debt Collectors For Releasing Medical Information

June 20
By Kenny Goldberg

The state Supreme Court has given a boost to consumer privacy. It ruled Californians can sue collection agencies and doctors for releasing confidential medical records to credit reporting agencies.

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Insight: How 'Green' Are Carpool Lanes?

June 20
By Tom Fudge

Interstate 15 in San Diego will provide more room for carpooling. But that won't necessarily be a win for environment.

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What Are The Keys To Living "Young, Broke & Beautiful"?

June 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego native Stuart Schuffman hosts a travel show called "Young, Broke & Beautiful" on IFC focusing on cheap, edgy things to do in cities around the country, including San Diego. We speak to "Broke Ass Stuart" about traveling on the cheap.

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Restored Hours Evidence Of Importance Of Local Libraries?

June 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Jocelyn Maggard

To balance San Diego's budget this year, it was proposed to cut neighborhood branch library hours in half. City lawmakers introduced plans to restore the hours and saving libraries became a rallying cry. Eventually, the deep cuts were blocked. We discuss whether this is a recognition of the continuing importance, even in our digital age.

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Sweetwater School Board To Discuss Future Of Embattled Superintendent

June 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

Sweetwater Union High School District Superintendent Jesus Gandara is under fire after questions have been raised about his use of a district credit card and other questionable management practices. The Sweetwater school board will hold a closed-session meeting tonight to discuss how to respond to the superintendent's actions. We speak to the Watchdog Editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune about their ongoing investigation into the district.

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Is Our Military Spread Too Thin? New Poll Says Yes

June 20
By Beth Ford Roth

Home Post Blog: Almost three-quarters of American voters believe our military needs to reduce the number of overseas wars we’re tangled up in, according to a new poll conducted by The Hill.

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Supreme Court Blocks Wal-Mart Sex Bias Suit

June 20
Associated Press

The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of female employees in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the biggest U.S. companies.

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Inside San Quentin, Inmates Go To College

June 20
Richard Gonzales, NPR

Correction officials in California see San Quentin State Prison, once a notoriously violent place, as a model for reform at a time when the state's prison system is in crisis.

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China's Growing Military Muscle: A Looming Threat?

June 20
Louisa Lim, NPR

Beijing has long argued its army is primarily defensive, and Chinese senior officers insist the country is decades behind the U.S. But the speed of China's military development is unnerving its neighbors and the United States.

Number of Homeless Families Grows in San Diego, Nation

June 20
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego and the nation have seen and increase in the number of homeless families.

Group Says Imperial Beach's Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries Is Illegal

June 20
By Kenny Goldberg

Imperial Beach has joined a long list of cities and counties that have banned medical marijuana dispensaries. A prominent advocacy group says such actions are illegal.

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'Secure Communities' Program Comes Under Fire

June 20
By Ruxandra Guidi

Despite some recent reforms, some states say the "Secure Communities" program is making their policing efforts more difficult.