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Stories for July 3, 2012

U.S. Officials Arrest Mexican Drug Cartel Operative Near Los Angeles

July 3
By Jill Replogle
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U.S. officials announced Tuesday the arrest of a woman thought to be a key link between a major Mexican drug trafficking organization and U.S. distributors.

Closures Tomorrow For Independence Day

July 3
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Government offices, courts, schools, libraries, banks and post offices will be closed around the San Diego region tomorrow for Independence Day.

Chicano Park Wins $1 Million Grant For Upgrades

July 3
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Chicano Park in Barrio Logan is set to get more than $1 million in new lighting, playground equipment and other upgrades, the city of San Diego announced today.

Camp Pendleton Marine Electrocuted In Afghanistan

July 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Cpl. Anthony R. Servin was electrocuted to death in Afghanistan on June 8th - the third Marine from Camp Pendleton to die from electrocution in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2012.

AAA: Big Jump In July 4th Holiday Travel

July 3
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network
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AAA projects about 4.8 million Californians will travel over the Independence Day holiday – the highest number in nearly a decade.

Parks Director Says Public Funding Vital For Future Of State Parks

July 3
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

70 California state parks were set to be closed this holiday due to budget cuts, but most are still open, at least for now. Non-profit organizations have jumped in to help many, but the state parks director says public funding is crucial.

Seven Wonders Of The Muslim World

July 3
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Making a pilgrimage to Mecca, birthplace of the prophet Muhammad is one of the five pillars of the Muslim faith. In this program, a group of young Muslims leave their homes and families to take the journey of a lifetime, bound for Saudi Arabia on their first pilgrimage to Mecca. This compelling documentary traces the history and message of Islam as it follows these young pilgrims, exploring their lives and beliefs as well as the beautiful and historic mosques where they worship.

City's Development System A Major Fraud Risk, Says Auditor

July 3
Liam Dillon, Voice of San Diego

Standard industry and city practices require employees to have no more access to alter the overall computer system than what they need to do their limited jobs, such as reviewing plans or charging fees, according to an audit of development services’ computer system.

Air Force ID's Four Airmen Killed In C-130 Crash

July 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Air Force has released the names of the four Airmen killed when their C-130 crashed while fighting a fire in South Dakota.

Six Criminal, One Civil Courtroom To Close Sept. 3

July 3
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Facing a $14 million shortfall this year, San Diego Superior Court officials announced today that six criminal courtrooms and one civil courtroom will be closed as of Sept. 3, and other court services consolidated, in order to cut costs.

Islamic Art: Mirror Of The Invisible World

July 3
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Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing artistic and architectural riches of Islam. With the insights and commentary of leading art scholars from around the world, the film delves into the art of religious life in Islamic culture and into the secret world inside the palaces of the elite. From the extraordinary array of metalwork, textiles, paintings and architecture that illuminate the culture, filmmaker Rob Gardner sheds light on the shared histories of western and Islamic societies, revealing more continuity than division.

Suspected Fort Bragg Shooter's Facebook Posts Give Chilling Insight

July 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Exactly what compelled alleged Fort Bragg shooter Spc. Ricky G. Elder to murder his commanding officer is still a mystery - but newly discovered Facebook posts give insight into what Elder was thinking just an hour before the shooting.

Inspector Morse: The Day Of The Devil, Parts One & Two

July 3
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John Thaw stars as this most unlikely detective in the massively popular, award-winning television series of murder mysteries. In these episodes, John Barie, a serial rapist and Satanist, escapes from a mental hospital and demands that his therapist be turned over to him. A master of disguise, Barrie sets up an elaborate and deadly battle of wits with Morse.

Inspector Morse's Oxford

July 3
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The INSPECTOR MORSE television series, starring the late John Thaw, turned 25 in 2012. To commemorate this event, "Inspector Morse's Oxford" looks at the creation of the Morse novels and the television adaptation. It is a three-fold celebration — an investigation into the work of author Colin Dexter, a look at the television production team, and a showcase of the beauty, history and tradition of Oxford itself, the setting for the popular Morse stories.

Free Trade Negotiations Sneak Up On San Diego

July 3
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Just last week, it was safe to say that almost no one in San Diego had heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. This week, the 13th round of negotiations between member nations is underway here at the Bayfront Hilton, complete with accompanying demonstrations and marches.

Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

July 3
By Beth Accomando
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A pair of comics-based movies from both Marvel and DC will be bookending Comic-Con this year: "The Amazing Spider-Man" opens July 3 and "The Dark Knight Rises" opens July 20. "The Amazing Spider-Man" reminds me a lot of "Let Me In" (the American remake of the exquisite Swedish vampire film "Let the Right One In") -- neither one's a bad movie yet both are rather unnecessary.

Homeowner Protection Bill Awaits Governor's Signature

July 3
Midday Edition
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California would become the first state to write into law much of the national mortgage settlement negotiated this year with the nation's top five banks, and expand it to all lenders, under wide-ranging legislation state lawmakers approved Monday.

Andy Griffith Dies, Was TV's Sheriff Taylor And Matlock

July 3
Mark Memmott, NPR
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Griffith was the wise Sheriff Andy Taylor in one of American television's most beloved situation comedies. Later, he was criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock in another long-running series.

Gay Donors Open Wallets On Both Sides Of The Aisle

July 3
Ari Shapiro, NPR
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In politics, money talks. And money from gay and lesbian donors is talking louder than ever in this election cycle. That's partly a result of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage, and partly because Republicans are starting to see contributions as well — a huge change from a few decades ago.

Four Dead In Air National Guard C-130 Crash (Video)

July 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal and Master Sgt. Robert Cannon were killed Sunday evening when their C-130 crashed while fighting a fire in South Dakota. At least two more Air National Guard members were believed to have died in the crash, but the Air Force has not confirmed this as of yet.

Elevated Fire Restrictions At Cleveland National Forest

July 3
City News Service

High temperatures, dry conditions and the likelihood small fires could become larger prompted officials at Cleveland National Forest to announce elevated fire restrictions Monday.

Parents Can Keep Kids On Track For Academic Success Through The Summer

July 3
By Kyla Calvert

Parents don’t have to be able to pay for pricey summer camps to make sure their kids don’t lose academic ground from June to September.

San Diego Firefighters Being Forced To Work Overtime

July 3
By Katie Orr
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Early retirements and no fire academies have led to a staffing shortage at the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department. Firefighters are being forced to work overtime, even if they don’t want to.

Old School Sales At The San Diego County Fair

July 3
By Erik Anderson
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The San Diego County Fair attracted huge crowds again this year, and that is great news for those with products to sell. Salesmanship is as much a part of the fair landscape as the midway, junk food and music.

Initiative To Control Health Insurance Rates Fails To Make November Ballot

July 3
By Kenny Goldberg

A measure that would have allowed state regulators to reject increases in health insurance premiums has fallen just short of qualifying for the November ballot.

'Robosquirrel' Helps Tell An Epic Story Of Evolution

July 3
By Tom Fudge
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A San Diego State University biologist shows how evolution has changed the rattlesnake and its prey, the ground squirrel, and he does it with a little help from a robot.