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Stories for July 31, 2012

Global Entry Arrives At San Diego International Airport

July 31
By Dwane Brown
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With Global Entry's arrival at the San Diego International Airport, trusted travelers skip the line when arriving on international flights.

Construction Crews Put Dome On Central Library

July 31
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego's new central library is capped with its signature dome as construction crews refocus on the building innards.

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Californians Will Soon Receive Fire Fee

July 31
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Hundreds of thousands of Californians will soon receive notices that they face a new fire-protection fee. The state Board of Equalization plans to mail the notices next week and the first bills on August 13th.

California Governor's Tax Initiative Campaign Raises $6 Million

July 31
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California’s Proposition 30 campaign released its fundraising numbers for the first half of the year today. The campaign for Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative has raised more than $6 million.

Judge Denies Request To Postpone Prop B Implementation

July 31
By Katie Orr, Claire Trageser

San Diego Superior Court Judge Luis Vargas ruled Tuesday that San Diego can move forward with eliminating city pensions and implementing a 401(k)-style retirement system for most new hires.

Zombies Take On Military Funeral Protesters (Video)

July 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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Westboro Baptist Church members, best known for protesting military funerals, got more than they bargained for when they held an anti-military demonstration outside Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Friday. A well-organized group of zombies staged a counter-protest in support of the troops, grabbing the media spotlight so eagerly sought by WBC.

Most Calif. For-Profit Colleges Lose State Grants

July 31
Judy Lin, ASSOCIATED PRESS

California's move to tighten eligibility requirements for its Cal Grant program will eliminate or reduce awards to 14,500 students, most of them enrolled in for-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix, the California Student Aid Commission announced Tuesday.

Army Sgt. Gets 30 Day Prison Sentence In Suicide Death Of Pvt. Danny Chen

July 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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A military jury today sentenced Army Sgt. Adam Holcomb to thirty days in prison for his role in the hazing death of Pvt. Danny Chen, who committed suicide in October 2011.

Two California Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

July 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two soldiers from California were killed in Afghanistan last week. Army 1st Lt. Sean R. Jacobs, 23, of Redding was killed July 26, and Spc. Benjamin C. Pleitez, 25, of Turlock died July 27.

Fake Press Releases, Documents Sent From U.S. Attorney's Office About Pharmacy Shutdowns

July 31
By KPBS
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United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that forged documents were sent to media organizations claiming the U.S. Attorney's office was shutting down pharmacies in San Diego County. The identity of the person or people who sent the documents is under investigation.

SDSU Aims To Assist Students With Mental Health Without Screenings

July 31
Midday Edition
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The director of Counseling & Psychological Services at San Diego State University says no mental health screening is done on incoming students.

San Diego Summer Campers Take A Giant Step Toward Independence

July 31
Midday Edition
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This is the season when some San Diego kids get their first taste of life without Mom and Dad at sleepaway camp. A new book proclaims that even if kids get a little homesick, it'll make them happier in the long run.

Police Chief Lansdowne Defends Request For Increased Budget

July 31
Midday Edition
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San Diego's low rates of violent crime have lasted for several years. Citing recent statistics that show the rates slightly higher, the department wants to increase staffing levels and improve and replace equipment after years of budget cuts.

Home Prices Rose In All Major US Cities In May

July 31
CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Home prices rose in May from April in every city tracked by a leading index, a sign that increasing sales and tight inventories are supporting a modest housing recovery.

Cal State Reaches Tentative Agreement With Faculty

July 31
CHRISTINA HOAG, ASSOCIATED PRESS

California State University has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with its faculty that would avert strikes threatened for the fall, the university and faculty union said Tuesday.

Troubled San Onofre Plant May Restart By End Of Year

July 31
Associated Press
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The operator of California’s troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant told state regulators the damaged reactors may restart by the end of the year, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

Flags Flown At Half-Staff For Fallen Soldier From Murrieta

July 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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The flag above the state capitol building in Sacramento, California flew at half-staff yesterday in honor of fallen Murrieta soldier Sgt. Eric Williams.

U.S. Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock Wins Olympic Gold (Video)

July 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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U.S. Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock won a gold medal today in skeet-shooting at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The 23-year-old, who is based at Fort Benning in Georgia, also set an Olympic record in his event.

More Severe Rains Drench San Diego

July 31
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego County is seeing more heavy rainstorms and climate data suggests global warming is already having an impact on the region.