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Stories for July 18, 2012

Search Warrants And Affidavits Released In Brittany Killgore Murder Investigation

July 18
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service
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A handwritten letter found in a Point Loma motel room four days after a military wife from Fallbrook disappeared describes how the victim was zapped with a Taser and strangled, according to a search warrant released today.

Qualcomm Made $1.2 Billion In Third Quarter

July 18
City News Service
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San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. today reported net income of $1.21 billion in the third quarter of its fiscal year, up 17 percent from the same period one year ago.

Brown Signs High-Speed Rail Funding Bill

July 18
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation creating the nation’s first high-speed rail system.

Local Scientists Find Protein That Could Trigger Heart Failure

July 18
City News Service

A protein studied as a potential treatment for cardiovascular disease could actually trigger heart failure, according to a study released today by the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla and the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Scripps Doctors Try To Clear Up Confusion About Prostate Cancer Screenings

July 18
By Kenny Goldberg

Doctors at Scripps Health say recent federal recommendations against using the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer are misleading and potentially dangerous.

History Detectives: Rogue Book; Betty Page Slide; Empire State Building Plane Crash Piece; Hollywood Sign

July 18
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Host Elyse Luray floors country music singer Clint Black with the information she uncovers about his turn-of-the-20th-century book of wanted posters. Then, can Eduardo Pagan link a chunk of molten metal to the B-25 Bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945? Did HISTORY DETECTIVES find a slide of Bettie Page, "Queen of Pinups," that somehow escaped the censorship of the 1950s? Finally, a six-foot metal bar tells the story behind the original iconic Hollywood sign.

History Detectives: Civil War Deringers; Motown Amp; Fiery Cross

July 18
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Wes Cowan hunts for the identity of a man whose name is engraved on a rare matched set of Civil War-era pistols, still in the original case. Tukufu Zuberi tracks down the story behind an old 78rpm, distributed by K.K.K. Records, containing songs titled “The Bright Fiery Cross” and “The Jolly Old Klansman.” And Eduardo Pagán tries to prove that James Jamerson, a bass player whose bass line drove the Motown sound, owned a battered Ampeg B-15 amp that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will display — but only if inductee Jamerson really owned it.

Tuition Freeze Or Mid-Year Increase? UC Sets Stakes For Prop 30

July 18
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The University of California is promising to freeze tuition for the coming academic year if Governor Jerry Brown’s November tax measure is approved. But measure’s failure could lead to a 20 percent mid-year increase.

The War: When Things Get Tough

July 18
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By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans still occupy most of Western Europe; the Allies can't agree on a plan or timetable to dislodge them. American troops, including Charles Mann of Luverne, are now ashore in North Africa. At Kasserine Pass, Erwin Rommel's seasoned veterans quickly overwhelm the poorly led and ill-equipped Americans, but after George Patton assumes command, the Americans begin to beat back the Germans.

San Diego Police Department Asking For Budget Increase

July 18
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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The San Diego Police Department wants $11.6 million annually through fiscal year 2018 to restore services lost to budget cuts during the city's financial crisis, according to a report scheduled to be presented today to the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

Military Involved In Secret Service Sex Scandal Won't Face Criminal Charges

July 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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The members of the U.S. military who were involved in last spring's Secret Service prostitution scandal won't face criminal charges. But the seven Soldiers and two Marines who took part in the incident will be administratively punished.

County Supervisors To Hear Dispute Over Buddhist Meditation Center

July 18
City News Service

A dispute over allowing a Buddhist group to build on its property in Bonsall is scheduled to go before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors next week, documents made available today showed.

The War: A Necessary War

July 18
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THE WAR, a seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.

POV: Up Heartbreak Hill

July 18
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Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Take a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

Sexual Comments Prompt Navy To Fire San Diego-Based Helo Squad Officer

July 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has fired the executive officer of a helicopter squadron based in San Diego for making inappropriate sexual comments to a subordinate.

Casting Controversy Shadows La Jolla Playhouse's 'Nightingale'

July 18
Midday Edition
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A new play at the La Jolla Playhouse is set in China but there are few Asians in the cast. The creators say the multi-racial cast compliments the fairy tale structure. Critics say it's another example of racial insensitivity in an industry with few opportunities for Asian actors.

Marine Corps PSA Highlighting Gary Stein's Actions Gets The Boot

July 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Marine Corps public service announcement called “Staying Social Media Savvy During Election Season” got the boot after former Camp Pendleton Marine Gary Stein cried foul.

Moonlight Stage Productions: Building A Lasting Theater Community In Vista

July 18
Midday Edition
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After 32 years as artistic director, Moonlight Stage Productions founder Kathy Brombacher is retiring. But the shows will go on in Vista's beloved outdoor amphitheater and indoor playhouse.

Architect Of Crackdown In Syria And Defense Minister Killed In Bombing

July 18
Mark Memmott, NPR Two-Way Blog
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The uprising in Syria against the regime of President Bashar Assad took a dramatic turn today when an explosion at a government building in Damascus killed the country's defense minister and a brother-in-law of the president.

Record Crowd Expected At Del Mar Horse Racing Opening Day

July 18
City News Service
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The 75th season of horse racing at the Del Mar Racetrack is scheduled to begin today, highlighted by the annual hat contest and the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Child Custody Laws For Military Under Scrutiny

July 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Child custody laws for military service members need to be streamlined to protect deployed troops, according to a national legal panel that helps recommend changes in state laws.

Mexican Migrant Seeks Retribution Against U.S. For Shooting

July 18
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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About one and a half years ago, Jesus Castro Romo was trying to sneak into the United States through Arizona’s hilly backcountry when a Border Patrol agent on horseback spotted his group of about 12 travelers. They scattered. The agent zeroed in on Castro.

A Place To Express Yourself About Life And Death In Hillcrest

July 18
By Dwane Brown
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It's a bucket list for the community. That's how one man described a chalkboard display outside of a bar in Hillcrest, where neighbors and visitors have been filling in the blank to an age old question.

Rants And Raves: Reflecting On The 43rd Annual Comic-Con

July 18
By Beth Accomando
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Well the dust and Kryptonite have settled on Comic-Con #43 and I'm reminded of the line from Charles Dickens, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

Screening: "Batman" (1966 Movie)

July 18
By Beth Accomando
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What better way to decompress after Comic-Con and rev up for "The Dark Knight" (opening July 20) than with the original 1966 "Batman" movie at the Whistle Stop Thursday at 7:30pm.