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Stories for June 6, 2012

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Balboa Park Plaza de Panama Project Goes Before Planning Commission Thursday

June 6, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A proposal to remove vehicles from the center of Balboa Park, which has drawn intense criticism from preservationists, is scheduled to be considered tomorrow by the San Diego Planning Commission.

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District 1 Will Swing City Council Democrat Or Republican

June 6, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Businessman Scott Sherman was the outright victor in the San Diego City Council District 7 race today, while businessman Ray Ellis and incumbent Councilwoman Sherri Lightner were headed for a runoff in District 1.

Court Says Insurers Must Cover Treatment For Severe Mental Illness

June 6, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has made a ruling that lays out what insurers must cover under the mental health parity law.

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Scott Peters Leading Lori Saldana By 700 Votes

June 6, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

In the 52nd District, which covers a lot of new ground in the North County after redistricting, Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, will be heading to a runoff election, apparently against port Commissioner Scott Peters, who edged out ex-Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, by about 700 votes.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Not Necessarily Linked To Crime, Study Finds

June 6, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

UCLA researchers came to that conclusion based on data for the city of Sacramento in 2009. But they say the study isn't comprehensive.

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Jazz Icons

June 6, 2012

This one hour special highlights performances culled from the critically acclaimed JAZZ ICONS series, a significant collection of classic concerts and studio sessions that took place throughout Europe between 1957 and 1978. The numbers showcased in this vibrant public television version feature the greatest legends of jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Wes Montgomery, Anita O’Day, Rhassan Roland Kirk, Buddy Rich and Thelonious Monk.

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County Registrar Saw 'Tremendous' Amount Of Fake Write-In Votes Yesterday

June 6, 2012
By Claire Trageser

On KPBS Midday Edition, San Diego County Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler said she saw many write-in votes for fake candidates during Tuesday's primary election.

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What's Next For Pension Reform After Passage Of Proposition B?

June 6, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the "Comprehensive Pension Reform" initiative, Proposition B, which was overwhelmingly approved yesterday by voters, is legal and that the city has an obligation to implement it.

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Bob Filner Says He Will Ask For Nathan Fletcher's Endorsement

June 6, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

Congressman Bob Filner, who will advance to the November general election against City Councilman Carl DeMaio, told KPBS today he will ask for the endorsement of the third place finisher, state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

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Study Finds Big Jump In Prison Time Served

June 6, 2012
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

California prisoners are serving longer sentences and that’s costing the state more, according to a new study.

Low Turnout In Calif.; Many Votes Still Uncounted

June 6, 2012
Judy Lin, Associated Press

The votes are all in for the California primary but many remained uncounted Wednesday, leaving some races still up in the air, notably the statewide question on whether to increase the tax on tobacco to fund cancer research.

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Love Never Dies

June 6, 2012

The ultimate love story continues in "Love Never Dies," Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding follow-up musical to the phenomenal "Phantom of the Opera." From one of musical theatre’s most captivating composers, based on the book by Ben Elton, and featuring the highly acclaimed new Australian production filmed in Melbourne, this dazzling production takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance.

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D-Day Remembered (Video)

June 6, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Today we remember D-Day. On June 6, 1944, an estimated 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, France in what became a turning point in World War II.

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Local Election Results Analyzed

June 6, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

We look at who won, who lost, who surprised us, who didn't -- and what it all means. And we ask why, time after time, we can't seem to get meaningful results before midnight.

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Great Performances: Pavarotti: A Life In Seven Arias

June 6, 2012

When Luciano Pavarotti died in September, 2007, the world lost one of the greatest voices in all of music. In celebration of Pavarotti's peerless vocal talent and extraordinary international impact, this performance documentary looks back over his legendary career, utilizing the arias with which he was most closely associated as a narrative framework.

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Death Of Al-Qaida No. 2 Abu Yahya Al-Libi Confirmed (Video)

June 6, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The White House has confirmed the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi, the man considered the "general manager" of al-Qaida and second-in-command of the terrorist organization.

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Venus Transit Popularity Generates Keck Donations

June 6, 2012
ASSOCIATED PRESS

An observatory broadcasting the transit of Venus live on the Internet from Hawaii's highest summit was allowed to keep its stream going thanks to $7,000 in donations from viewers.

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Controversy Continues Over Military Breastfeeding Photos (VIDEO)

June 6, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The controversy surrounding photos of two military moms breastfeeding in uniform hasn't let up quite yet.

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Did "America's Got Talent" Singer Lie About Combat Wounds? (Video)

June 6, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

A veteran named Timothy Michael Poe - who used supposed combat wounds sustained in Afghanistan to gain sympathy from judges on the television program "America's Got Talent" - is under intense scrutiny today, as his military records show no evidence of him being injured while in the service.

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Sherman Wins Outright In Council District 7

June 6, 2012
By KPBS News

Insurance-business owner Scott Sherman avoided a run-off by taking 51 percent of the vote over challenger Mat Kostrinsky in the San Diego City Council's District 7 race.

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Ellis Edges Incumbent Lightner In District 1; November Contest Looms

June 6, 2012
By KPBS News

Ray Ellis finished ahead of incumbent Sherri Lightner in the race for San Diego City Council District 1 with 45 percent of the vote. Sherri Lightner was second with 41 percent in what's shaping up as a runoff in November.

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Showdown Between DeMaio, Filner In SD Mayor's Race

June 6, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican, will advance to a November contest against Democratic Congressman Bob Filner, who beat Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, an Independent, for the second spot in the race for San Diego Mayor.

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Bilbray May Face Peters in 52nd Congressional District

June 6, 2012
By KPBS News

As expected, Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, will be heading to a runoff election in the 52nd congressional district. His opponent looks to be Port Commissioner Scott Peters, who holds a slim lead over fellow Democrat Lori Saldaña.

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Cigarette Tax Hike For Cancer Research Trails

June 6, 2012
By Claire Trageser

Proponents of the state ballot initiative to increase the cigarette tax by $1 a pack say uncounted ballots could yet turn the tide. They were outspent by about four to one by tobacco companies.