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Stories for July 17, 2012

Dalai Lama To Donate Leftover Money From San Diego Visit To Homeless School

July 17
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Surplus funds left over from April's visit of the Dalai Lama to San Diego will be donated to the Monarch School for homeless children, it was announced today.

Home Sales Tick Up In San Diego County

July 17
By Erik Anderson
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Home sales jumped by more than 9 percent in San Diego County last month. Observers say the increase is good news, but sales remain below average for this time of year.

California Corrections Department Seeks Input On Inmate Rehab

July 17
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is hoping to improve rehab programs for inmates and parolees.

GAO: Oversight Lacking In Foreign Student Exchange Program

July 17
By Jill Replogle
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A new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that federal immigration officials are doing a poor job of overseeing schools certified to enroll foreign exchange students.

American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself

July 17
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Judy Garland had one of the most photographed faces ever to come out of Hollywood. She also had one of the most frequently recorded voices of the last century. She is as iconic as she is misunderstood. With singular entrée to the MGM library, including vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, this film is wrapped in Garland’s voice, telling her story in her own words. This is her ultimate comeback.

Minesweeping Exercise Planned In Persian Gulf

July 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon announced today minesweeping exercises planned for the Persian Gulf from September 16 to September 27. More than 20 countries will participate in the International Mines Countermeasures Exercise, but the Department of Defense insists it's not meant to send any sort of message to Iran.

City Council Names July As LGBT Pride Month

July 17
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The City Council today declared July as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the city of San Diego.

New Scandinavian Cooking: Captain Haddock

July 17
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Andreas Viestad visits the wind-blown peninsula of Stad in Western Norway, where boats set sail to catch haddock. Andreas makes haddock "envelopes" stuffed with carrots, saffron, cabbage and prosciutto, and then a brightly colored salad with smoked haddock. After a trip to Scotland to meet the official fish-and-chips champions, he prepares a smoked version of the dish.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Time To Grill

July 17
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Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Grilled Bone-In Pork Roast. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top pick for whole fish baskets in the Equipment Corner. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals her favorite summertime kitchen gadgets. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the test kitchen’s secrets for foolproof Grilled Scallops.

UC San Diego Medical Center Ranked Fifth Best In State

July 17
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UC San Diego Medical Center was ranked as the best hospital in San Diego County and fifth best in California by U.S. News & World Report, which released its annual medical center rankings today.

Sanders Warns Against Defense Cuts During Speech In D.C.

July 17
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Speaking today in Washington, D.C., San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders warned against plans for across-the-board spending cuts on defense and other federal programs next year, which he said could trigger devastating job losses locally.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Willie Nelson And Asleep At The Wheel

July 17
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS veterans and country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, "Willie and the Wheel."

Silver Star Awarded To Camp Pendleton Marine (Video)

July 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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Staff Sgt. Paul Worley has earned the Silver Star for heroic actions during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in June of 2010. Worley is a member of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines based at Camp Pendleton.

Eternal Cuba With Enrique Chia

July 17
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This program celebrates the beauty and the character of a captivating country. Constructed as a series of postcards from a bygone era, the program is a personal memoir, musical journey and paean to the rich cultural heritage of the island. Cuban sounds and rhythms, performed by renowned pianist Enrique Chia, provide the backdrop for an exploration of Cuban music, dance, art, poetry and architecture.

'Wait' Gives Procrastinators The Last Word

July 17
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Contrary to those who value snap decisions and "going with their gut," Frank Partnoy, author of "Wait: The Art And Science Of Delay," says delaying commitment until the last moment can lead to better outcomes, success and even happiness.

Rother Responds To Controversy Over Her True Crime Book 'Lost Girls'

July 17
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Caitlin Rother, an author and former reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune, has created considerable controversy with her new book, “Lost Girls,” which describes the murders of two North County teenage girls.

Havana, Havana!

July 17
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Feel the soul and energy of African-Cuban drummers, guajira guitarists and the pulsing melodies of celebrated Cuban musician Raul Paz, who brings together fellow musical stars Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa and David Torrens for a concert in Havana. All of them left Cuba years ago; their decision to return has injected a new spirit into Cuban music. Mirroring Cuba’s growing relationship with the world, this program highlights the evolution of the country’s musical expression in the 21st century.

Boy Scouts Sex Abuse Files Kept From Law Enforcement

July 17
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Mitch Blacher, an investigative reporter with 10News, says he has analyzed secret documents the Boy Scouts of America did not want the public to see.

Combat Fire On Camp Pendleton Injures Two Firefighters

July 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The so-called Combat Fire is almost contained this morning, after burning roughly 450 acres on Camp Pendleton and injuring two base firefighters.

FRONTLINE: Alaska Gold

July 17
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The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world. It’s also home to enormous mineral deposits — copper, gold, molybdenum — estimated to be worth more than $300 billion. FRONTLINE travels to Alaska to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for the Pebble Mine and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.

Romney's Plan To Revive Jobs Has Mixed Results

July 17
Jim Zarroli, NPR
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The Republican presidential candidate says he wants to revive an idea first tried under the Bush administration: the personal re-employment account. Long-term unemployed people would get a lump sum to spend on job retraining and education. The idea was tried in eight states in 2004 and 2005.

Man Killed By U.S. Navy Ship Was From India (Video)

July 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The man shot and killed by a U.S. Navy ship yesterday in the Persian Gulf was from India. The surviving Indian fishermen on the boat fired upon by the USNS Rappahannock dispute the Navy's claim that they ignored warnings their fishing vessel was getting too close to the American ship.

Individual Donors Split On Peters, Bilbray In 52nd

July 17
Kevin Crowe and Ryann Grochowski, Investigative Newsource
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In the race for the 52nd Congressional District, political action committees and a candidate with deep pockets are the major financial players. But, individual donors are almost perfectly split on the two remaining candidates.

Mayor Sanders Speaks Out About Defense Spending Cuts

July 17
City News Service
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Speaking in Washington, D.C., today, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders warned against plans to reducing defense spending by $1.2 trillion next year, saying that could trigger devastating job losses locally.

U.S. Drought Now Worst Since 1956; Food Prices To Spike

July 17
Mark Memmott, NPR Two-Way Blog
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"Moderate to extreme" drought conditions already exist in about 55 percent of the continental U.S.

La Jolla Scientists Find New Way To Fight E. Coli Poisoning

July 17
By Claire Trageser
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Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology have found a molecule that helps protect the intestines and lungs against disease-causing bacteria like pneumococcus and E. Coli.

Legal Hearing To Begin On San Diego's Pension Measure

July 17
By Katie Orr
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San Diego and its largest labor union will battle it out over pension reform today. A hearing will begin later this morning about whether city officials violated labor law in campaigning for Proposition B.

Program Staving Off Summer Slide For San Diego Students

July 17
By Kyla Calvert
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Most San Diego students have hit summer’s midway point, and parents may be hearing complaints of boredom. In addition to driving adults crazy, idle summers can have academic consequences.

Latinos And The Online Campaign: Where Are They?

July 17
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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How do you reach a Latino voter? Identify the social media platforms or websites they go to. And it doesn't hurt to get an audience with a popular blogger.

San Diego Border Agent Arrested For Human Smuggling

July 17
By Jill Replogle
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A border agent and two others were arraigned in San Diego on Monday on charges of human smuggling and bribery.