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Stories for July 12, 2012

San Onofre's Steam Generators Worse Off Than Other U.S. Nuclear Plants

July 12
By Amita Sharma
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San Onofre has repaired four times as many tubes as the combined total of repaired tubes at all other U.S. nuclear power plants.

Prisoner Reentry Program Makes Inmates Less Likely To Re-Offend, SANDAG Finds

July 12
City News Service

Inmates who went through a five-year pilot program in San Diego County were less likely to re-offend than other prisoners, reducing crime and saving money, according to a report issued today by the San Diego County Association of Governments.

California Redistricting Measure Supporters Won't Actively Campaign

July 12
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Backers of a redistricting measure on California’s November ballot say they won’t run an active campaign.

Family: Grand Jury Investigating Death Of Immigrant

July 12
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo, Adrian Florido
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An attorney for the family of a man who died after an encounter with San Diego border agents said a federal grand jury has been called to investigate the incident.

Program To Help Vets Own Small Businesses Gets Start At Camp Pendleton

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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A new pilot program by the U.S. Small Business Administration aims to help veterans become entrepreneurs. Camp Pendleton is one of four Marine bases where the pilot program will get its start.

California Legislators Suspend Requirements of Public Meeting Law

July 12
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California legislators have suspended some of the requirements of the Brown Act to help close the budget gap.

Record Number Of Riders Hop Aboard MTS Buses

July 12
By Angelina Canilao
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A record-breaking number of San Diegans are hanging up their keys and heading onto buses.

Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato

July 12
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Architect Moshe Safdie’s extraordinary new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts provides the stunning backdrop for a performance-documentary that profiles the Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Symphony, their vibrant artistic director and conductor Michael Stern, and the radiant, celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. A concert wrapped by documentary narratives, this special tracks DiDonato’s nostalgic return to her hometown — and her thrilling Kauffman Center debut — after a triumphant appearance with Plácido Domingo at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Interview: Max Brooks

July 12
By Beth Accomando
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It's no secret that I love zombies so when I had an opportunity to interview Max Brooks ("The Zombie Survival Guide" and "World War Z") at Comic-Con on Wednesday I shambled... um, I mean I leapt at the chance.

New Protein May Protect Against Flu, SDSU Professor Finds

July 12
By Claire Trageser
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A professor at San Diego State has made an exciting discovery. She’s found a human-made protein is able to block the flu virus in mice.

Children's Pool Rope Barrier Won't Be Put Up Immediately, Mayor Says

July 12
City News Service
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A rope barrier to protect harbor seals at the Children's Pool in La Jolla will not be reinstalled immediately, even though the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to have it up year-round, the office of Mayor Jerry Sanders said today.

Head Injury Triggers End Of Camp Pendleton Boxing Team

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Camp Pendleton Varsity Boxing Team was disbanded this week—in part because of a recent injury that left a boxer in the Intensive Care Unit of a Los Angeles County hospital.

Comic-Con Attendance Expected To Top 126,000 This Year

July 12
Evening Edition
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The wildly popular pop culture extravaganza known as Comic-Con International kicked off in downtown San Diego today, luring celebrities to town to promote their projects to diehard fans, many of whom showed up in outlandish costumes.

Junior Seau's Brain Tissue Released For Study

July 12
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office announced the family of Junior Seau has donated some of the former Charger's brain tissue for research amid questions about whether damage from his football career contributed to his decision to commit suicide.

Prison Realignment Brings More Offenders Than Projected To San Diego

July 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego is monitoring 11 percent more of the post-prison release offenders than the state projected.

Veterans Ask Marine Corps To Stop Funding UFC (Video)

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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A veterans' group is delivering 5,000 petitions to MCRD San Diego and other Marine Corps recruiting stations around the country, calling on the Corps to stop sponsoring the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). They say the UFC is sexist, racist, and homophobic.

History Detectives: Bob Dylan Guitar; Frank Zappa Collage; Beatles Autographs

July 12
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In the 10th season premiere episode, Elyse Luray and Wes Cowan investigate whether they have found rock’s Holy Grail, the long-lost electric Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan plugged in at the ’65 Newport Folk Festival, changing rock ‘n’ roll forever. Tukufu Zuberi tracks down some autographs allegedly signed for two brothers in Miami Beach during the Beatles’ legendary 1964 “British Invasion” tour of the United States. Gwendolyn Wright investigates a $5 thrift store find and unearths a little-known artistic side of musical iconoclast Frank Zappa.

Weekend Preview: Comic-Con

July 12
Midday Edition
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Comic-Con weekend is chock-full of fun festivities for anyone and everyone.

NFL To Follow Army's Lead And Put Sensors In Helmets

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The National Football League has plans to place sensors in players' helmets to gauge the severity of head injuries as they happen. The NFL is following the Army's lead - U.S. soldiers have been wearing the sensors for years.

Grand Jury Probes Anastasio Hernandez Border Death

July 12
Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
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A federal grand jury is investigating the death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was shot by U.S. border authorities with a stun gun, a move that suggests the government is considering criminal charges after more than two years of silence on the politically charged case.

La Jolla Beachgoers Urged To Watch Out For Stingrays

July 12
City News Service
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La Jolla-area beachgoers would be wise to watch out for stingrays today, a day after a whopping 41 people were stung by the bottom-dwellers.

Turbulence Hits Military Airport Screening Program

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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A government program that was suppose to help members of the U.S. military get through airport security screening more quickly was due to be implemented in the busiest national airports by now - but so far, it's only available in two.

Thunderstorms Expected To Rumble San Diego

July 12
By Susan Murphy
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Rare thunder and lightning are expected to roll through San Diego County today. The summer storm could rumble neighborhoods and light up the skies -- from the mountains to the coast.

San Diegans Can Test Their Luck On Friday The 13th

July 12
By Elle Masri
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This Friday marks the final Friday the 13th of 2012. San Diegans looking to test their luck on this superstitious day can find plenty of things to do.

Is There Still Room For Comics At Comic-Con?

July 12
By Erik Anderson
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More than 100,000 pop culture fans invade downtown San Diego this week. Comic-Con 2012 promises a cultural and economic bang for San Diego businesses.