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Stories for July 23, 2012

Winner Of Mexico Elections Faces Rocky Road To Presidency

July 23
By Jill Replogle
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Mexico's apparent president elect faces allegations of vote buying and money laundering by his opponents and ongoing street protests.

Fighting For Medical Marijuana At County's Only Licensed Dispensary

July 23
By Erik Anderson
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Supporters of San Diego County's only licensed medical marijuana dispensary hope a federal court will help them fight eviction.

Old Globe Offers Autism Friendly Grinch

July 23
By Angela Carone
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The Old Globe’s annual production of "Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a tradition for many San Diego families. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says this year, the Globe will make it easier for children with autism to enjoy the holiday musical.

San Diego's Permanent Homeless Shelter Won't Be Open For Winter

July 23
By Katie Orr
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A permanent homeless shelter currently under construction in downtown San Diego will not be open in time for winter.

Good Government Groups Say Californians Should Defeat Prop 32

July 23
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

A high stakes battle over Proposition 32 on California’s November ballot is underway.

Remembering Sally Ride: Her First Voyage In Space (Video)

July 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died today of pancreatic cancer. She was 61-years-old. Those of us old enough to remember will never forget her first voyage into space.

Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Died Monday Of Cancer

July 23
By Claire Trageser and NPR News
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Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday in La Jolla after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, according to her website, www.sallyridescience.com. She was 61.

Foreclosure Numbers Down

July 23
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

Fewer California homes were repossessed during the second-quarter, according to new data out Monday.

Lawyer For Holmes Family Says Mother's Statement Was Misconstrued

July 23
By KPBS , Kyla Calvert and CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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A lawyer representing family members of the suspect in the Colorado mass shooting held a news conference Monday afternoon in San Diego.

Civilian Charged With Causing $400 Million In Damage To Navy Submarine

July 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Navy shipyard worker has been charged with arson for allegedly starting a fire aboard the USS Miami that caused $400 million worth of damage.

Lori Saldaña Defends Gun Control After Aurora Shooting

July 23
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The Colorado-shooting suspect reportedly spent $14,000 in gear, guns and ammunition for the attack. We'll talk about where this nation stands on the issue of gun control. Will this shooting renew calls for gun regulation?

San Diego Reservist Remembers Airman Killed In Aurora Massacre (Video)

July 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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San Diego resident Air Force Master Sgt. Derek Holm was serving as a recruiter at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado when he met Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress. Childress had recently left the Army, and was looking to become a reservist in the Air Force.

Violence In The Media

July 23
Midday Edition
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The recent shooting at the Friday premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, CO has raised questions yet again about the violence we see in our entertainment. Can the violent images readily available in the media influence people to commit violent acts or can the fantasy violence provide a catharsis for some individuals? Does the massacre say more about the violent entertainment we see or about gun control laws?

Navy Helicopter Crash In Oman Kills Two Sailors

July 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two members of the U.S. Navy were killed July 19 when their helicopter crashed in the Middle Eastern country of Oman, according to the Pentagon.

Playhouse Apology At Casting-Controversy Forum

July 23
By Angela Carone
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A healthy and important discussion about the casting controversy at the La Jolla Playhouse unfolded after yesterday's matinee performance of "The Nightingale." KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone was there and brings us this recap.

Female Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

July 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Spc. Krystal M. Fitts, 26, of Houston, Texas, died July 17 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She was on her first deployment when she was killed.

Penn State Fined $60 Million; Wins From 1998 On Vacated

July 23
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The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Military Marchers Wearing Uniforms Cheered At Gay Pride Parade

July 23
Associated Press
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Some of the loudest cheers Saturday at San Diego's gay pride parade were for active-duty troops marching in military dress, the first time that U.S. servicemembers participated in such an event while in full uniform.

Ramona School District Seeks $66 Million Bond Measure

July 23
Associated Press

A school district in San Diego County is asking voters to approve $66 million in bonds to modernize its aging buildings - even though residents have rejected four previous attempts.

Massacre Suspect James Holmes Appears In Court

July 23
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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His hair dyed orange-red and a dazed look on his face, the man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at the opening of the new Batman movie appeared Monday in court for the first time.

City Council Committee to Hear Defense Spending Resolution

July 23
City News Service

A resolution opposing looming cuts in defense spending is set to go before the San Diego City Council's Economic Development and Strategies Committee today.

The Search For Tolerance: An Arizona Town Tries To Create A New Legacy

July 23
By Jude Joffe-Block
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More than a decade ago, a racist gang emerged in a Phoenix suburb. Since then, the town has been trying to teach tolerance in the high schools.

Summer Training Prepares Teachers To Inspire Future Engineers

July 23
By Kyla Calvert
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A training program for teachers hosted at San Diego State aims to build the ranks of science, technology, engineering and math students.

Holmes Family Pastor Recalls Suspect As Shy, Smart

July 23
Associated Press

A San Diego pastor remembers the Colorado shooting suspect as a shy boy who was driven to succeed in school.