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Stories for July 11, 2012

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Rope Barrier At La Jolla Children's Pool To Stay Up Year-Round

July 11, 2012
CHANNEL 10 NEWS

The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted to keep a rope barrier designed to protect harbor seals up year-round at the Children's Pool in La Jolla.

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SANDAG Buys 1,900-Acre Hidden Valley Open Space

July 11, 2012
City News Service

A 1,905-acre parcel of open space on the northeast flank of Mount San Miguel in Jamul has been acquired by the San Diego Association of Governments and U.S. Department of the Interior, the agencies announced today.

Brown Compares City Bankruptcies to Going into Surgery

July 11, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Governor Jerry Brown says he hopes more California cities won’t file for bankruptcy – but warns of a “continuing rocky ride.”

Governor Brown Signs 'Homeowners Bill Of Rights'

July 11, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed new legislation intended to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosures.

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Navy Builds Up Forces In Persian Gulf As Tensions Build With Iran

July 11, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The U.S. Navy is building up its forces in the Persian Gulf as a way of preventing Iran from closing the Strait of Hormuz in response to increasing international sanctions.

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Scripps Research Institute Heads Up New Search For HIV Vaccine

July 11, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

The National Institutes of Health awarded the Scripps Research Institute a major grant to fund work on an elusive target: an HIV vaccine.

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Interview: Morgan Spurlock

July 11, 2012
By Beth Accomando

I haven't been able to screen Morgan Spurlock's documentary "Episode IV: Comic-Con A Fan's Hope" (screening tonight at 8:30pm in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con) and I am curious why the film about Comic-Con has screened elsewhere but in San Diego till tonight.

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Two Courts Rule Against San Diego On Prop B

July 11, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego was dealt two legal setbacks today in its efforts to implement Proposition B.

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Six Soldiers Killed In Single IED Blast From Fort Bliss (Video)

July 11, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The six soldiers killed on Sunday in Afghanistan by a single IED blast were all based at Fort Bliss, Texas. One of the soldiers killed grew up in the Central Valley town of Porterville, California.

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FRONTLINE: Fast Times At West Philly High

July 11, 2012

Students and teachers from West Philadelphia High School, a public high school serving one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia, defy expectations as they design and build two super-hybrid cars for international competition and compete for the chance to be part of a technological revolution. In summer 2010, the high school’s EVX Team raced against mega-sized auto manufacturers, multimillion-dollar start-ups and university teams from around the world in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition.

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Stand Down Event Expects Record Turnout Of Homeless Veterans

July 11, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego will host the 25th annual Stand Down for homeless veterans this weekend. The three-day event will provide services such as food, shelter, clothing, health screening and VA and Social Security benefits counseling.

SD Supervisors Approve Food Truck Health Grade Requirement

July 11, 2012
City News Service

Food truck operators will be required to display the same health inspection letter grades as restaurants under an ordinance passed unanimously today by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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Son Jarocho: Traditional Mexican Folk Music Lives On In San Diego-Tijuana

July 11, 2012
By Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

An event this Saturday -- on both sides of the border -- celebrates a traditional Mexican folk music.

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All In A Day's Work: Explosives Tandem Team From Camp Pendleton (Video)

July 11, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Two Camp Pendleton Marines in Afghanistan talk about the role they play as an Explosive Tandem Team in keeping their comrades safe.

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Police On The Border Receive Grant To Fight Money Laundering

July 11, 2012
By Jill Replogle

A Southern California police department received a nearly $3 million grant to fight money laundering along the border.

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Taxes, Jobs And Jabs: Obama And Romney Slug It Out In Swing States

July 11, 2012
Padmananda Rama, NPR

President Obama campaigned in Iowa on Tuesday, promoting his plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for those who make under $250,000 a year — but not for more wealthy Americans. Republican Mitt Romney was in another swing state, Colorado, hitting a new Republican charge that some of Obama's policies have helped create jobs overseas at the expense of the domestic job market.

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Islands Of Britain

July 11, 2012

Surprisingly, the U.K. is made up of about 6,000 different islands, and some of the most unfamiliar ones are often the most fascinating. In ISLANDS OF BRITAIN, actor Martin Clunes ("Doc Martin," "Men Behaving Badly," "Reggie Perrin") sets out to explore these beautiful but remote communities, shedding new light on their history, culture, flora and fauna. The three-part series showcases all sorts of island dwellers — from people who live off the land, to the mega rich who use their islands to escape the paparazzi.

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California Family Sues Contractor Over Soldier's Death

July 11, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The family of Army medic Rudy Acosta, a Santa Clarita native, has federal wrongful death lawsuit against a Canadian contractor. The suit alleges Tundra Strategies hired the Afghan security guard that ended up murdering Acosta, even though the man had a history of threatening U.S. troops.

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San Miguel Fire Chief Says Heat Condition Ripe For Wildfires

July 11, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico and City News Service

An excessive heat warning for San Diego County's desert areas remained in effect for a second day today, when highs are forecast to climb well above 100 degrees. Over the weekend on Mount Helix a man accidentally started a fire with his weed wacker while trying to clear dry brush. We'll find out about safe practices for clearing brush or when using power tools when it's hot out.

Interstate 805 Reopens After Sign Sitter Surrenders

July 11, 2012
Associated Press

A man who perched on a San Diego freeway sign for more than eight hours, jamming traffic for miles, has surrendered to authorities.

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Pentagon Plans To Create 'Stolen Valor' Database

July 11, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The Department of Defense is planning to set up a database of military medal winners, in the wake of the U.S Supreme Court ruling that found the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 unconstitutional. The law struck down by the court made it a crime to lie about having earned military medals.

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Third California City Votes To Declare Bankruptcy

July 11, 2012
Associated Press

The City Council in San Bernardino voted Tuesday night to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, making it the third California city in less than two weeks to make the rare move.

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Drug And Alcohol Treatment Center Relocated To National City

July 11, 2012
By Dwane Brown

People who live in the South Bay have a new place to turn for help in overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. Volunteers of America have been on a six year journey to find the perfect location in National City.

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Baby Boom Of Gray Whales Attributed To Early Ice Melt

July 11, 2012
By Susan Murphy

A baby boom of gray whales migrated through California waters this spring. There were twice as many calves born this season over last, according to NOAA.