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Stories for June 11, 2012

City Council Approves Budget 7-1, With DeMaio Voting No

June 11
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A $2.7 billion spending plan for San Diego municipal government for the fiscal year beginning July 1 was adopted by the City Council today on a 7-1 vote.

City Council District 7 Is 56 Votes From Runoff

June 11
By Claire Trageser
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When the polls closed last Tuesday, it looked as if the Republican candidate for City Council's District 7, Scott Sherman, had avoided a runoff and won the election outright. But as absentee votes continue to come in, Sherman's lead over his opponent Mat Kostrinsky has narrowed.

City Council Refuses To Implement New Public Record Fees

June 11
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The City Council today refused to implement proposed fees for transmitting certain types of computerized documents to residents and media and for extracting computer data involving complicated public records requests.

New Super PAC Defending Against Defense Cuts

June 11
By Alison St John
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San Diego’s economy depends heavily on federal military spending, so it’s not surprising a Super PAC to oppose military budget cuts has launched here. San Diego may not suffer significantly under defense cuts in the budget. But the battle will be fierce if bigger cuts, known as “sequestration,” are triggered by Congress’ failure to agree.

San Diego Book Awards Given Out Over The Weekend

June 11
By Beth Accomando
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The 18th Annual San Diego Book Awards were held over the weekend to honor both published and unpublished authors from the San Diego area. Here are the winners.

Fatigue Linked To Statin Drugs

June 11
By Peggy Pico
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Widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs cause fatigue at rest and during exercise, suggests a new double-blind study from UC San Diego.

Horizon: The Death Of The Oceans?

June 11
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David Attenborough reveals how our actions are pushing the world's oceans ever closer to the brink of destruction. The Census of Marine Life is the most comprehensive inventory of the world's ocean ever undertaken and draws on the work of 2,000 scientists, from 90 countries. It will transform how we see the world's oceans, giving us a better picture of what lives there, our impact and what the future holds.

Budget Week Begins at the Capitol

June 11
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

A week of intense California budget discussions is under way at the state Capitol. The legislative deadline to pass a budget is Friday at midnight.

New California Health Marketplace Moves Forward, Despite Uncertainty

June 11
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

California health planners say even if the high court overturns the federal mandate to buy insurance, their effort will move forward.

Superior Court Judge Candidate Has 'Sincere' Doubts About Obama's Citizenship

June 11
Evening Edition
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After President Barack Obama's inauguration, Kreep took on a so-called "birther" lawsuit demanding proof of Obama's birth certificate. He is also currently suing the California Secretary of State, demanding she verify citizenship of all candidates before they appear on the November ballot.

City Heights School Sets Bar For School Discipline Reform

June 11
Megan Burks, Speak City Heights
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Cherokee Point Elementary School in City Heights is on the cutting edge of a national movement to make school discipline more productive and less punitive. Staff and parents meet regularly and pore over resources to create a guidebook for discipline that actually works. Their goal is to take their results to the San Diego Unified school board to advocate for district-wide change.

Filner Has Slight Lead Over DeMaio In First Poll Since Mayoral Primary

June 11
By KPBS and CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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Congressman Bob Filner leads City Councilman Carl DeMaio by three points in the race to be San Diego's next mayor, according to a 10News/SurveyUSA poll released today.

Navy Drone Crashes, No Injuries Reported

June 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy is reporting that one of its drones has crashed during a test flight in Maryland. No injuries on the ground or property damage has been reported.

San Diego Still Has Housing Woes And Upside-Down Homeowners

June 11
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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In a tough economy, the rebound in the housing market is taking its toll. Many homeowners in San Diego County find themselves upside down, owing more on their home than it's worth. We look at options and policy initiatives in place.

Will Battle Over Mount Soledad Cross Continue In Supreme Court?

June 11
Midday Edition
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The battle over the memorial on Mount Soledad, including the 43-foot-tall cross, has been going on for more than two decades. The U.S. Supreme Court justices are expected to make decisions on the Mount Soledad case, the Arizona Immigration Law and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the coming days. We'll hear a preview.

Horticultural Therapy And Floral Design

June 11
Midday Edition
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Isari Flower Studio and Event Design does weddings and centerpieces for business meetings but it also offers classes in Culinary Bouquets and preaches the benefits of horticultural therapy.

La Jolla Playhouse-Launched 'Peter And The Starcatcher' Wins Big At Tonys

June 11
By Angela Carone
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The inventive "Peter and the Starcatcher" won five Tony awards at last night's ceremony. The story with origins in Peter Pan - but for adults! - got an early start at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009 as part of the Page to Stage program.

Sailor Found Dead Aboard USS Enterprise

June 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr., 47, of was found dead in his berthing compartment June 8 on board the USS Enterprise.

Marines Investigate Burning Rocks Near Camp Pendleton

June 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Marine Corps has opened an investigation into rocks found on a beach near Camp Pendleton that left a San Clemente woman with third-degree burns last month.

Carl DeMaio Picks Up City Council Endorsements

June 11
City News Service

Three present and incoming members of the San Diego City Council and one City Council candidate -- all of whom supported the pension reform initiative passed by voters last week -- endorsed Councilman Carl DeMaio for mayor today.

Death Of Camp Pendleton Marine In Afghanistan Under Investigation

June 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense is investigating the death of Cpl. Anthony R. Servin, 22, of Moreno Valley, California. He died in Afghanistan on June 8th, according to the Pentagon.

California Pushing More Welfare Recipients To Work

June 11
Associated Press
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Gov. Jerry Brown wants to shift the safety net protecting California's neediest residents.

Hundreds Evacuated As Colo., N.M. Fires Grow

June 11
Associated Press
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Firefighters on Sunday were fighting wildfires that have spread quickly in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary.

San Diego Council To Discuss Implementing Pension Overhaul

June 11
City News Service

The San Diego City Council is scheduled to discuss today preliminary measures to take to implement Proposition B, the voter-passed pension overhaul initiative.

NRC To Update Public On San Onofre Inspections

June 11
By Alison St John
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting next week to provide an update on what their inspectors have observed at the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Health Care Decision Hinges On A Crucial Clause

June 11
Nina Totenberg

The case could be a turning point in the Supreme Court's 200-year history with the Commerce Clause.