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Stories for August 2, 2012

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Review: 'Juan Of The Dead'

Aug. 2, 2012
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off its 13th annual fall film series, Cinema En Tu Idioma, by bringing back one of the most popular films from their spring festival, "Juan of the Dead" (playing August 3 through 9 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center). Listen to my review for all the gory details.

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San Diego Researchers Find Cure For Broken Hearts

Aug. 2, 2012
City News Service

Researchers at a pair of San Diego-based life science organizations announced today the discovery of a molecule that converts stem cells into healthy heart cells, ending a 15-year hunt.

California's "Buy Here Pay Here" Used Car Industry Could Face New Regulations

Aug. 2, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The controversial “Buy Here, Pay Here” used car industry would face strict new regulations under several bills moving through the California legislature.

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Wide Disparity In Breastfeeding Rates At San Diego Hospitals

Aug. 2, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

The percentage of women who exclusively breastfeed their newborns varies among San Diego County hospitals.

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Nearly 90 Foster Siblings Reunited At Camp Connect

Aug. 2, 2012
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo

This camp trip is special for foster children, because they are reuniting with their brothers and sisters who are in different foster homes.

California Receives S&P Highest Rating on Short Term Notes

Aug. 2, 2012
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Standard & Poor's has given California its highest rating on short term bonds.

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Gallery: The National Museum Of The American Indian

Aug. 2, 2012

This program charts the unveiling and dedication of the first Smithsonian museum dedicated exclusively to American Indians. The grand unveiling of the National Museum of the American Indian coincided with the six-day, outdoor First American Festival and the Native Nations Festival. Throughout the documentary, American Indians share their thoughts on the importance of the museum, their heritage and passing along traditions to the next generation.

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National PAC Will Spend $1.2 Million To Oppose Bilbray

Aug. 2, 2012
City News Service

A national political action committee that supports Democratic congressional candidates announced today it is reserving $1.2 million of broadcast air time in an effort to unseat Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, in November.

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Midnight Screening: 'Big Trouble In Little China"

Aug. 2, 2012
By Beth Accomando

Landmark continues its Midnight movies with John Carpenter's "Big Trouble in Little China" (August 3 and 4 at midnight at the Ken Cinema).

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SDSU Fraternity Death Last Year Caused By Prescription Overdose

Aug. 2, 2012
City News Service

An accidental overdose of prescription medications killed a 20-year-old SDSU student who was found dead last spring following a party at a fraternity house at the campus, the Medical Examiner's Office reported today.

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San Diego Political Consultants Crossing Party Lines

Aug. 2, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

A prominent Republican consultant in San Diego has joined Democrat Bob Filner’s campaign for mayor. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Carl DeMaio has hired a Democrat. KPBS looks at what’s behind the cross party hiring.

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Bill To Limit Military Funeral Protests Passes Congress

Aug. 2, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

A bill that would limit the ability of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest military funerals is awaiting the signature of President Barack Obama.

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Rover Curiosity To Land On Mars Sunday

Aug. 2, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The Mars Rover Curiosity will touch down on the red planet this Sunday. We'll tell you where you can watch the live NASA feed, and learn about the San Diego connection to the rover.

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Team Of Divers Helps Give USS Vinson A Facelift (Video)

Aug. 2, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

A team of divers is helping to give the USS Carl Vinson a facelift as it undergoes seven months of planned maintenance. Active-duty and reserve Sailors, and even a few civilians serve on the dive team as underwater mechanics.

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Weekend Preview: Baja Wine Festival, 'God Of Carnage,' SummerFest And More

Aug. 2, 2012
By Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

This weekend boasts a wide array of options — from Carlsbad to Baja — for your eyes, ears and bellies to enjoy.

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Hospital Construction At Camp Pendleton Impacts Base Traffic (Video)

Aug. 2, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Officials at Camp Pendleton are testing out new traffic patterns today and Friday, to help the construction crew building the base's new hospital. The traffic patterns test is a way to help the crew figure out the best way to avoid traffic headaches when they begin construction on the road nearest the new hospital at the end of August.

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Pentagon's 'Stolen Valor' Website Now Includes Service Crosses

Aug. 2, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The Pentagon's new 'Valor Website' now includes service cross recipients in its database. The website, launched last week, initially listed just Medal of Honor recipients since the 9/11 attacks.

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Local Company Hopes To Use Music To Make Exercising Easier

Aug. 2, 2012
By Claire Trageser

Will Turner started a company, PaceDJ, that uses a website and smartphone app to match music with a runner’s pace.