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Stories for June 24, 2011

City Bears Brunt of Hidden Foreclosure Costs

June 24
Chris Milholland

Local governments must pick up the tab when banks foreclose on homeowners.

Short Sales Are Targets For Mortgage Fraud

June 24
By Erik Anderson
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Short sales are turning out to be one of the biggest sources of mortgage fraud in California. That's a huge problem because about a third of all real estate transactions involve short sales.

FRONTLINE: The Child Cases

June 24
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When a child dies under suspicious circumstances, abuse is often suspected. That's what happened in the case of six-month-old Isis Vas, whose death was deemed "a clear-cut and classic" case of child abuse, sending a man named Ernie Lopez to prison for 60 years. In a joint investigation, ProPublica, NPR and FRONTLINE unearth more than 20 child death cases in which people were jailed on medical evidence—involving abuse, assault, and “shaken baby syndrome”—that were later found unreliable or flat-out wrong.

DA Dumanis Declined To Charge Officer For Molesting Motorists

June 24
Voice of San Diego, KPBS

Police referred the case of a wayward cop accused of molesting female motorists to San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis a year before he was finally charged. But she decided not to pursue the case.

Billy Connelly: Journey To The Edge Of The World

June 24
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Comedian, actor and musician Billy Connolly braves the elements in this adventurous and dangerous journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, via the legendary Northwest Passage. No ordinary travelogue, the program features Connolly's warm and witty style and provides remarkable insights into the character and lives of the people he encounters on this often perilous trip to the edge of the world. In the final episode, as Billy nears the end of his 10,000 mile journey, he heads even further south towards Vancouver Island through the isolated White Pass Mountains which are below freezing for most of the year.

Review: '3 Backyards'

June 24
By Beth Accomando
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Three residents of one suburban town experience one not altogether ordinary autumn day in Eric Mendelsohn's "3 Backyards" (opening June 24 at Reading's Gaslamp Stadium 15 Cinemas).

History Detectives: World War II Leaflet; Tiffany Window; Spanish Civil War Eulogy

June 24
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Wes Cowan decodes the message and the strategy behind a U.S. World War II propaganda leaflet. Then, Gwen Wright traces a cherished family heirloom, a watercolor, to the world of Tiffany stained glass. How did Tiffany open a window of opportunity for early 20th century women? A touching eulogy stitches together the lives of two Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War. Almost a century later, Tukufu Zuberi unites a nephew and a son of those soldiers.

The Roundtable: Can Dog Attacks Be Prevented?

June 24
Midday Edition
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The tragic mauling of a 75-year-old Paradise Hills woman re-ignited a local debate about dog ownership regulations. Emako Mendoza was attacked in her yard by two pit bulls over the weekend, and suffered severe injuries. Doctors had to amputate one of Mendoza's legs, and may need to amputate her other leg and an arm. We discuss what can be done to prevent dog attacks.

The Roundtable: How Will Local Military Community Be Affected By Troop Drawdown?

June 24
Midday Edition
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How will local Marines be affected by President Barack Obama's plans for a troop drawdown in Afghanistan? We examine the details of the president's plan, and the impact it could have in San Diego's military community.

The Roundtable: Fixing Sweetwater Union High School District

June 24
Midday Edition

Will a leadership change fix the Sweetwater Union High School District's problems? Late Tuesday night, the Sweetwater school board terminated the contract of Superintendent Jesus Gandara after a series of San Diego Union-Tribune stories questioned some of his management practices. Sweetwater has appointed an interim superintendent, who has pledged to address the district's problems in his first 30 days. We discuss what has plagued Sweetwater in recent months, and what can be done to get the district back on track.

Insight: Pent Up Demand and Penned In Families

June 24
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Lack of home financing means households will get bigger... for a while.

SDPD Creating Wellness Unit

June 24
By Katie Orr
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The San Diego Police Department is in the process of creating a unit to address the mental well being of its officers after a spate of misconduct accusations this past spring.

Fatherhood Dreams

June 24
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"Fatherhood Dreams" is a poignant and revealing look at the day-to-day lives of gay dads. The program, a Canadian production, profiles four individuals who are fathers through adoption, co-parenting and surrogacy. Their private journey through fatherhood forces them to deal with much larger issues that affect gay fathers, including the legal aspects of surrogacy (from a Canadian point of view), the complexity of "open adoption," and the controversy over recognition of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and multi-parent families.

California Coast Vital To Pacific Ocean's Top Predators

June 24
By Susan Murphy
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The waters off California’s coast are a superhighway for the Pacific Ocean's top predators. A new study underscores the importance of protecting the vital ecosystem.

Foreclosed Homes Wait In 'Shadows' To Go On Sale

June 24
Chris Arnold, NPR
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The housing market is still languishing this summer, leading some economists to believe prices won't begin to recover until 2014. Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake says the market may be worse than most people thought.

Review: 'Submarine'

June 24
By Beth Accomando
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Somewhere in the space between "Gregory's Girl" and "Rushmore" lies "Submarine" (opening June 24 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas), a charming coming of age romantic comedy.

Groundbreaking Election Looms For San Diego

June 24
By Katie Orr
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San Diego may be thought of nationally as a conservative town with a long military tradition, not as a political groundbreaker. That could change in next year’s mayoral race.