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Stories for July 20, 2012

San Diego Zoo Elephant Dies

July 20
City News Service
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One of the two elephants brought to the San Diego in a trade with counterparts in Tucson in February was euthanized due to an infection, the San Diego Zoo announced today.

Rat Poison From Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites Killing 'Fisher Cats'

July 20
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network
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A UC Davis study finds that rat poison from illegal marijuana farms on California public lands may be killing fishers, a struggling species in the weasel family.

Local Tax Measures Could Compete with Brown's Initiative

July 20
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Governor Jerry Brown's initiative isn't just competing with other statewide tax measures this fall. It'll also face some local tax measures - particularly in Democratic strongholds across the state. That has at least one Democratic leader nervous.

California Parks Director Resigns Amid Scandal

July 20
By Jill Replogle and Associated Press

For several years California authorities have threatened to close state parks because of budget cuts, and park supporters have frantically raised money to keep them open. But news came out on Friday that the ostensibly-broke parks system has for years been sitting on a multimillion dollar surplus.

Post Office Issues Stamp Honoring Baseball Great Ted Williams

July 20
By Claire Trageser
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A stamp honoring San Diego native Ted Williams was issued Friday by the U.S. Postal Service as part of a set of four stamps depicting members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

California Unemployment Rate Inches Down

July 20
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California’s unemployment rate decreased slightly for the month of June. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the state still remains above the national average.

Rants and Raves: 'American Mary'

July 20
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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For the second time I got to moderate a panel at Comic-Con. Last time it was on my beloved zombies and this time it was to focus on a pair of kick-ass women in horror: the Soska Twins.

Roundtable: Colorado Theater Massacre, SDPD Budget, Defense Cuts

July 20
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Roundtable: The accused shooter in a massacre at a Colorado theater has San Diego ties. There will be cuts to the defense budget that will affect San Diego; the question is how big? And is SDPD's budget request based on fact?

Military Among Victims Of Colorado Shooter

July 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Members of the U.S. military were among the victims of alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes, according to the Pentagon.

Colorado Shooting Suspect Went To San Diego High School

July 20
By KPBS and City News Service
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A 24-year-old college student accused of killing at least a dozen people and injuring at least 50 others in a massacre in a Colorado movie theater early today has roots in San Diego.

Dog Handler Marine From California Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

July 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military Working Dog handler Cpl. Joshua R. Ashley, 23, of Rancho Cucamonga, was killed July 19 in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

12 Dead, Dozens Injured In Colorado Theater Shooting

July 20
Associated Press
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A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

Tijuana's Xolos Club Seeks To Curb Beer Showers At Games

July 20
By Jill Replogle
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Tijuana's Xolos soccer team plays its first game of the season on Friday. And this year, fans may stay dry.

Army Reservist Will Wear Uniform During Gay Pride Parade

July 20
By Dwane Brown
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Military members will be allowed to march for the first time in uniform in a gay pride parade. The pentagon made an exception for Saturday's Pride Parade in San Diego because part of it is dedicated to military members.

Local Director Wins National Theater Grant

July 20
By Angela Carone
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One of San Diego’s local theater directors won a national grant and is heading to Washington DC. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says the grant comes with $75,000 and the chance to learn from a theater veteran.