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Stories for July 6, 2012

Rants and Raves: Comic-Con From the Inside

July 6
By Beth Accomando
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Comic-Con officially opens next Thursday. Upwards of 125,000 fans from around the globe will arrive at the San Diego Convention Center for a celebration of comics, gaming, TV, movies, and more. Here's a video postcard from interviews I did with fans and exhibitors at last year's convention. Thanks to Comic-Con for use of their footage! Watch the video or read the extended interviews.

Fifteen Ideas For San Diego Summer Fun Under $15

July 6
By Angelina Canilao
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Enjoying a summer in San Diego should not be dampened by money woes.

California Lawmakers Approve High Speed Rail

July 6
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California’s Senate has voted to pass more than four and a half billion dollars in bonds to begin constructing the nation’s first high-speed rail system. The state assembly approved initial funding for the project Thursday.

California Races To Solar Milestone

July 6
By Erik Anderson
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California is the first state in the nation to install more than 1,000 megawatts of customer generated solar power, with more than 300 megawatts put on rooftops last year alone.

US Marshal-Involved Shooting Reported In Clairemont

July 6
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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A deputy U.S. marshal shot a suspect who allegedly drove a car directly at him on a Clairemont Mesa roadside this afternoon, authorities reported. The shooting happened at about 2:40 p.m. on Balboa Avenue just west of Interstate 805.

Romney Voters Support Their Candidate Less Than Obama Voters Support Theirs

July 6
Bob Moffitt, California Capitol Network

There's a big gap between the President and challenger overall and in the reasons their supporters are voting.

For Inner-City Kids, Time Spent Outdoors Builds Confidence

July 6
Megan Burks, Speak City Heights
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In City Heights, spending time outdoors can be difficult. And finding the time and money necessary to go camping or practice sports can be a challenge for families.

Fledgling Carlsbad-Based Airline Gets First Aircraft Delivered

July 6
City News Service
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A fledgling Carlsbad-based airline took delivery of its first aircraft today, an Embraer 170 regional jet.

Breaking Down The Difference Between San Diego's Bars And Breweries

July 6
By Katie Orr
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With all the new breweries opening in San Diego, there are more and more tasting rooms popping up. But what’s the difference between a tasting room and a bar?

Funding Lacking For Underground Parking At Balboa Park, Budget Analyst Says

July 6
City News Service
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A plan to finance construction of an underground parking structure next to Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park might not pencil out, the city of San Diego's Independent Budget Analyst concluded in a report issued today.

Roundtable: Mexican Election, Welfare Cuts, Fireworks Fail

July 6
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Mexico resurrects the Institutional Revolutionary Party with the latest election; California deals a big blow to the poor; and San Diego gets 15 seconds of international fame -- or infamy.

FRONTLINE: Endgame: Aids In Black America

July 6
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This groundbreaking FRONTLINE exploration of one of the country’s most urgent, preventable health crises traces the history of the epidemic through the experiences of extraordinary individuals who tell their stories: Nel, a 63-year old grandmother who married a deacon in her church and later found an HIV diagnosis tucked into his Bible; Tom and Keith, survivors who were born with the virus in the early 1990s and survived after their mothers died; and Jovanté, a high school football player who didn’t realize what HIV meant until it was too late.

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work: Inside The Firm

July 6
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To handle 4,000 state visits, balls, school dedications, nursing home visits and charity events, the queen depends on her husband, her children, cousins and now a new generation of grandchildren. In this episode, the queen's children talk frankly about the roles they were born into and the challenges of royal life.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Atlanta

July 6
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The year 1998 marked the 16th running of the Athens to Atlanta Road Skate, 87 miles long and America's oldest road skating race, and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW'S first visit to Hotlanta. In the ensuing 14 years, a collection of documents related to gold legend Bobby Jones sped from an original estimate of $15,000 to a current value of $20,000 to $25,000, while an 1841 letter by Abraham Lincoln rolled from a brisk $75,000 to $125,000 to a slower-paced $60,000 to $80,000.

San Diego Fleet Week Tickets Go On Sale

July 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Tickets for San Diego Fleet Week go on sale today. Fleet Week is actually a lot longer than a week, taking place this year from September 8 until October 14. Events include the Miramar Air Show, the Coronado Speed Festival, and the Fleet Week Football Classic.

Leonardo da Vinci vs. Michelangelo, The Painting Wars

July 6
By Angela Carone
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If a UCSD professor is right, a lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci may be hidden behind a wall in Florence. While his search continues, a play at the Old Globe explores the painting’s origins. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says those origins involve a duel, not of swords, but of paint brushes.

Dozens Of Blue Whales Swim Off Calif. Coast

July 6
Associated Press
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Blue whales, the world's largest animal, are being seen in droves off the California coast.

Border Corruption Trial Begins In San Diego

July 6
City News Service

Jury selection is set to resume for two former Border Patrol agents accused of smuggling hundreds of people into the United States illegally.

US Employers Add 80,000 Jobs As Economy Struggles

July 6
Associated Press
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U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended.

California Senate Passes TRUST Act

July 6
By Jill Replogle

The California Senate approved a bill Thursday that seeks to undue what supporters say is the damage to community policing caused by the federal government’s Secure Communities program.