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Stories for July 2, 2012

La Jolla Beach Reopens After Great White Shark Sighting

July 2
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A shark, believed to be a Great White, was spotted Monday about 50 yards off the coast at La Jolla Shores, prompting lifeguards to close the ocean to swimmers and surfers.

California Lawmakers Approve Homeowner Bill Of Rights

July 2
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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California lawmakers approved legislation today that would lock into law much of the national mortgage settlement negotiated this year with the nation's top five banks.

Nine Countries Gather In SD For Pacific Free Trade Pact

July 2
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The 13th round of negotiations for a proposed Pacific Rim free trade zone began today in downtown San Diego while opponents demonstrated peacefully nearby.

Apollo 17: The Untold Story Of The Last Men On The Moon

July 2
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On the 25th May 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed the resources of our nation and launched Project Apollo — the greatest technological undertaking in the history of mankind. But in 1972, only two years after Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, public and political interest in Apollo had dwindled. The final moon landing occurred in December 1972. This film recounts that historic voyage.

Ex-Astronaut And Coronado Native Alan Poindexer Killed In Jet Ski Accident

July 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Former NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Alan G. Poindexter died Sunday from injuries suffered in a jet ski accident. Poindexter was a 1979 graduate of Coronado High School in Coronado. The two-time space shuttle astronaut was 50-years-old.

Military Members Become U.S. Citizens On USS Midway Museum

July 2
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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Thirty-five military service men and women will have an extra reason to celebrate this upcoming 4th of July because they are now U.S. citizens.

Navy Developing New Tools To Detect Designer Drugs

July 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sailors who use so-called designer drugs like Spice and Bath Salts will have to contend with the Navy's ever-evolving drug tests.

Michael Wood's Story Of England

July 2
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Visit the village of Kibworth, Leicestershire, with historian Michael Wood as he tells the 2,000-year-old story of this one settlement throughout English history. Kibworth, located in the heart of England, lived through the Black Death, the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and World War II. Intertwining the local and national narratives in this four-part series, Wood presents a moving and informative picture of one local community through time.

Workers Clear Toxic Dirt From Sweetwater School

July 2
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Workers today began clearing away a huge mound of toxic dirt dumped beside the athletic fields at Southwest High School in Nestor.

City Of Borders

July 2
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This film goes inside the vibrant community at the only gay bar in Jerusalem where people of opposing nationalities, religions and sexual orientations create a sanctuary among people typically viewed as each other’s “enemy.” The documentary intimately portrays the daily lives of the Israeli bar owner and four Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they navigate the minefield of politics, religion and discrimination to live and love openly.

UCSD Researchers Block Pathway To Cancer Cell Replication

July 2
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Inhibiting a pathway used by cells that cause pediatric leukemia might lead to treatments for the disease and other forms of cancer, according to results of a study released today by the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

Preview: "Comics Are Everywhere"

July 2
By Beth Accomando
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"Comics Are Everywhere" is a work in progress by San Diego filmmaker Neil Kendricks. Here's a brief interview.

Hotter Temperatures Could Lead To More Wildfires, Damaged Eco-Systems

July 2
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As our climate gets warmer, the danger of wildfires increases and plants and animals lose their habitat, not only in San Diego County, but all over the West.

Air Force C-130 Plane Crashes Fighting South Dakota Fire

July 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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An Air Force C-130 plane crashed Sunday evening while fighting the White Draw fire in South Dakota. The condition of the six crew members on board has not been released.

Documenting Comic-Con

July 2
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Comic-Con is the largest pop culture convention in North America and it starts in just over a week at the San Diego Convention Center.

The Real Life Effect Of Health Reform In San Diego

July 2
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Health care reform is already full steam ahead in California. It will affect everyone -- whether you have health insurance or not. Employers are beginning to take stock of how the Affordable Care Act will affect them. What they decide will affect employees. And, what options will thousands of San Diegans who can't currently afford health insurance have?

FRONTLINE: Money, Power And Wall Street: The Crisis Spreads

July 2
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In an encore presentation from the acclaimed series "Money, Power And Wall Street," FRONTLINE explores how an "epidemic of greed" spread from financial institutions in the United States to Europe and back. Correspondent Martin Smith ("College, Inc.," "The Madoff Affair") reveals a trail of complex deals that contributed to a European crisis that today threatens to sink the global economy into another slump.

Defeated Democrats Find 'Vindication In Spades' In High Court's Health Care Ruling

July 2
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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James L. Oberstar was riding pretty high in Congress. Over the course of 18 elections, the Democrat had never received less than 59 percent of the vote in his northeastern Minnesota district, and he had finally realized a longstanding ambition by chairing the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Marine Recruit Who Died At MCRD San Diego ID'ed As Darnell McCowan III

July 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Marine Recruit who died last week at MCRD San Diego after an initial strength test has been identified as Darnell McCowan III, 22, of Sacramento, California.

Emergency Water Valves Warrant Investigation

July 2
Kelly Thornton, Investigative Newsource
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During a water main break at Famosa Slough, a wetland area between Ocean Beach and the San Diego Sports Arena, it took city crews six hours to find a functioning valve to shut off water to the burst pipe.

Suspected Fort Bragg Shooter Dies From Self-Inflicted Wounds

July 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Suspected Fort Bragg shooter Army Spc. Ricky G. Elder, 27, who was believed to have shot and killed his commander on base last Thursday, has died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Opponents Protest Trans-Pacific Free Trade Zone Talks

July 2
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Opponents of a proposed trans-Pacific free trade zone will protest the 13th round of negotiations set to begin today at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Mexico's Former Ruling Party Voted Back To Office

July 2
KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press
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The party that ruled Mexico with an iron grip for most of the last century has sailed back into power, promising a government that will be modern, responsible and open to criticism.

San Diego Is A Top July 4th Travel Destination

July 2
By Erik Anderson
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The Southern California Automobile Club says San Diego is the destination for the region's holiday travelers during the Fourth of July week.

Parent Connection Will Bring Lessons Home

July 2
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego parents will be first in the country to use a new program that allows them to see the material students' work with in class.

California Lawmakers Set To Vote On Foreclosure Legislation

July 2
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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California lawmakers are scheduled to vote on legislation Monday designed to help struggling homeowners stay in their homes.

Chula Vista School Educates Families To Combat Childhood Obesity

July 2
By Kyla Calvert
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When Chula Vista doctors partnered with a local school to combat childhood obesity, they also set their sites on helping adults make healthier choices.

Art In An Unlikely Place: An Ocean Beach Public Bathroom

July 2
By Angela Carone
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A long-awaited public restroom opens on Ocean Beach, complete with a ceiling of art.