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Stories for August 6, 2012

San Diego Padres Sale to Peter O'Malley Group Completed

Aug. 6
City News Service
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The sale of the San Diego Padres to a group including former Los Angeles Dodger owner Peter O'Malley, his two sons, two nephews and golf star Phil Mickelson was completed Monday night, the team announced.

New Report Questions Accident Ruling in Boy's Mansion Death

Aug. 6
City News Service
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The Coronado Police Department is reviewing a recently completed independent report that questions its conclusion that the death of a boy at his father's mansion in the upscale peninsula city last summer was an accident, a representative of the department confirmed today.

San Diego Sikhs React To Wisconsin Shooting

Aug. 6
By Dwane Brown
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Concerns about copycats prompted extra police patrols in Los Angeles and Orange counties, but not San Diego County, where there are two temples.

Dog Refuses To Leave Fallen Navy SEAL's Side - One Year Later

Aug. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Chinook crash in Afghanistan that claimed 30 American lives. One of the Navy SEALs killed was 35-year-old Jon Tumilson. A photo of Tumilson's dog Hawkeye lying by his master's coffin during his funeral became the iconic image of that horrible day.

Military Explores Sustainable Energy On Public Land

Aug. 6
By Alison St John
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced the Department of Defense will ramp up plans to harness renewable energy on public lands. Navy officials in San Diego are already working on how to do this without compromising military training ranges.

Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration

Aug. 6
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Located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is one of the world's most beloved music festivals. The performance will feature appearances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra — led by conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart and Andris Nelsons — and iconic Tanglewood artists Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor.

California Democratic Leaders Say It's Time for Pension Reform

Aug. 6
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has decided that now is not the time to change California’s newly-approved process for cities and counties to enter into bankruptcy, instead he wants to focus on pension reform.

Baby You Can Drive My Car2Go

Aug. 6
By Tom Fudge
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Car-sharing and companies like Zipcar and Car2Go have put a dent in the expectation of car ownership, even in auto-dependent San Diego.

The War: A World Without War

Aug. 6
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In spring 1945, although the numbers of dead and wounded have more than doubled since D-Day, the people of Mobile, Sacramento, Waterbury and Luverne understand all too well that there will be more bad news from the battlefield before the war can end. That March, President Franklin Roosevelt warns in a newsreel that the final battle with Japan could stretch on for years. In the Pacific, Eugene Sledge of Mobile is again forced to enter what he calls "the abyss" in the battle for Okinawa — the gateway to Japan.

Ten Years Out, Affordable Housing Still Lacking In San Diego

Aug. 6
By Katie Orr
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Affordable housing advocates in San Diego celebrated an anniversary today. But they are also using the day as a call to action.

American Masters: The Education Of Gore Vidal

Aug. 6
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Gore Vidal (1925–2012) has been entertaining, and outraging, the American public for 50 years, setting new artistic standards for historical fiction and establishing himself as a leading contemporary social satirist. In "The Education Of Gore Vidal," a broad cast of interviewees illuminates Vidal’s work, his life, his contradictions, and his ability to dramatize and animate history, while sticking to the truth.

Local Sikh Congregations Keeping Close Watch On Wisconsin Shooting Investigation

Aug. 6
City News Service
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Sikh congregations in Escondido and Poway kept a close eye today on the investigation into a mass shooting at a temple in Oak Creek, Wis., that left six people and the gunman dead.

History Detectives: Luxury Liner Picture Frame; Nazi Spy Toys; Woolworth Signs

Aug. 6
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HISTORY DETECTIVES steps into a family dispute: Was this picture frame crafted from the staircase banister of the Titanic, the Lusitania or neither? Then Tukufu Zuberi wonders whether two Woolworth signs were part of the scene at the 1960 Winston-Salem lunch-counter sit-ins. And for 70 years, toy soldiers have haunted their owner with a question: Was the father of his childhood friend a Nazi spy?

Hoaxes, Satire, Art: What Crosses The Line Legally

Aug. 6
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Last week, news organizations in San Diego received a press release from the U.S. attorney's office that turned out to be a hoax. The creation of that hoax was inspired by a workshop hosted by the San Diego Museum of Art.

Father Of Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas Serving In Afghanistan (Video)

Aug. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas is perhaps the most famous military kid in the world right now. The 16-year-old gymnast is the daughter of Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, who's currently serving in Afghanistan.

Mesa College Coach Falls Short In Olympics Finals

Aug. 6
City News Service
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San Diego Mesa College head throws coach Jarred Rome failed today to advance to Tuesday's final of the men's discus throw at the London Olympics.

UBU: A Spectacular Evening Of Theatrical Mayhem

Aug. 6
Midday Edition
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Tracy McDowell says that the mission of The Max Fischer Players is: "To redefine the theatrical expectations," especially when it comes to young people. The company's inaugural production is "UBU" (running August 10-12 at Space 4 Art).

7 Things To Watch Before Election Day

Aug. 6
Greg Henderson, NPR
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The presidential election is now three months away. While the campaign may well turn on unscripted surprises, here are seven predictable pivot points to watch between now and Nov. 6.

San Diego Sikh Congregation Not Increasing Security

Aug. 6
City News Service
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Sikh congregations in Escondido and Poway kept a close eye today on the investigation into a mass shooting at a temple in Oak Creek, Wis., that left six people and the gunman dead.

'Zoot Suit' Gives Students Real World Experience

Aug. 6
By Neiko Will
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So much for the lazy days of summer for some San Diego High School Students. They're teaming up with the San Diego Repertory Theatre on its production of "Zoot Suit."

Sikh Shooting Suspect Received Less Than Honorable Discharge From Army

Aug. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Wade Michael Page, who allegedly shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple Sunday near Milwaukee, received a less than honorable discharge from the Army. Page served in the Army from 1992 until 1998, for a time as a psychological operations specialist.

Man Wants To Farm Shellfish In Federal Waters

Aug. 6
Associated Press
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A Southern California entrepreneur already has a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provision permit to harvest a million pounds of mussels and oysters from an underwater shellfish farm nearly five miles offshore. The project, described as a milestone in aquaculture, now needs California Coastal Commission approval.

Romneys Sought Property Tax Relief On La Jolla Home In 2008

Aug. 6
City News Service
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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, asked San Diego County for property tax relief after paying cash for their $12 million Mediterranean-style beachfront La Jolla home in 2008, it was reported today.

USD Launches Mobile Technology Teacher Certificate

Aug. 6
By Kyla Calvert
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With more and more school districts investing in mobile devices for students, the University of San Diego will start offering classes to help teachers use the technology effectively.

Move To Install Charging Stations Still Not Charging Ahead

Aug. 6
By Tom Fudge
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"Parking problems" are standing in the way of installing electric car charging stations in San Diego County.

Campaign Mailers: A Tricky Business

Aug. 6
Midday Edition
By Ryann Grochowski
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Why would a Republican candidate appear on a campaign flier that endorses a Democratic President? The Investigations Desk takes a closer look at why Gary Kreep appears on campaign mailers with Barack Obama. Kreep, who won his race for Superior Court Judge, has serious doubts about whether Obama is a U.S. citizen.

Touchdown: NASA Rover Curiosity Lands On Mars

Aug. 6
Associated Press
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In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet's past.

Two 5-Year-Old Girls Die When Car Plunges Into Otay Lakes Reservoir

Aug. 6
City News Service
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A 22-year-old woman was jailed today on suspicion of drunken driving and gross vehicular manslaughter after her minivan crashed into the Otay Lakes Reservoir, killing two 5-year-old girls in the backseat.

Sikh Temple Shooting Suspect An Army Veteran

Aug. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Law enforcement officials say the man responsible for killing six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday was an Army veteran. The suspect, identified this morning as Wade Michael Page, was a former soldier based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

One Year Since Deadly Chinook Crash That Killed 30 U.S. Troops (Video)

Aug. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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One year ago today, 30 U.S. troops and one Military Working Dog were killed when insurgents shot down their Chinook helicopter. It remains the largest loss of life in a single day for American service members in the war in Afghanistan.