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Stories for June 12, 2012

Great Performances At The Met: The Enchanted Island

June 12
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In this program, the lovers from Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" are shipwrecked on the other-worldly island of "The Tempest." Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast featuring David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese, Luca Pisaroni, Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo, with special guest star Plácido Domingo.

Feds Say Horse Racing Used For Cartel Money Laundering

June 12
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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Federal authorities released an indictment Tuesday against 14 people they believe used horse racing to launder money for a powerful Mexican drug cartel.

Groups Unhappy About Governor's Plan For Housing Settlement Money

June 12
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown wants to use money from a national housing settlement to help balance the state budget and some groups aren’t happy about it.

City Council Votes To Consolidate Court Challenges To Pension Measure

June 12
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An effort to consolidate pending court challenges to a voter-approved pension overhaul plan has won the City Council's approval, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith's office announced today.

Small Business Groups Oppose Governor's Tax Measure

June 12
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network
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Small business groups and a taxpayer association are launching a campaign against California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative.

Science And Islam

June 12
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Theoretical physicist, Jim Al-Khalili hosts the BBC documentary series SCIENCE AND ISLAM. The series includes three episodes including "The Language Of Science" (June 13), "The Empire Of Reason" (June 20) and "The Power Of Doubt" (June 27). Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.

Military Dad's Homecoming Surprise A Home Run (Video)

June 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Jackson Zortman probably thought his day couldn't get any better when he was chosen to throw out the first pitch for a minor league baseball team, the Omaha Storm Chasers. But dad Staff Sgt. Rik Zortman, who was slated to be training out-of-state with the Iowa Air National Guard, had a trick up his sleeve.

Permanent Homeless Shelter Might Not Be Ready For Winter

June 12
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The city of San Diego's planned permanent homeless shelter might not be ready in time for the onset of cold winter weather, so a contingency plan will be presented to the City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee tomorrow.

SD School Ends Year With Protest

June 12
By Kyla Calvert
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The last day of classes starts with protests at one San Diego school.

San Diego's VA Medical Center Expands Mental Health Staff

June 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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As a part of a nationwide effort to expand mental health services to veterans, San Diego's VA Medical Center will hire more staff.

Navy Investigates Cause Of $175 Million Drone Crash (Video)

June 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy is investigating what caused a drone that was estimated to cost $175 million to crash during a test flight yesterday in Maryland.

Sherman Has 90-Vote Cushion To Avoid Runoff For Council District 7

June 12
By Katie Orr
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With very few if any City Council District 7 votes left to be counted, Republican Scott Sherman has enough votes needed to avoid a runoff against Democrat Mat Kostrinsky.

Inspector Morse: Absolute Conviction, Parts One & Two

June 12
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John Thaw stars as a most unlikely detective in the popular, award-winning television series of murder mysteries, INSPECTOR MORSE. In these episodes, Morse and Lewis investigate the affairs of three people in prison for fraud, when one of them is murdered, and they are surprised by what they find at HMP Farnleigh, an open prison. Then someone tries to kill one of the two surviving fraudsters.

Supreme Court May Take Up Tuite Murder Case

June 12
By Mark Sauer
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One of the most notorious murder cases in San Diego history could be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Learning About A Father Through His Past

June 12
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A daughter shares what she discovered about her father's service in Vietnam 20 years after his death.

Getting Off The Grid With Community Energy Co-op Plans

June 12
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Some San Diegans are looking for a way to work around the frequent rate hike requests from San Diego Gas & Electric and possible brownouts caused by the off-line San Onofre power plant.

Looking For A Sitter? Military Offers Free Online Help (Video)

June 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Finding a babysitter can be tough when you're new in town - and that's often the case for military families who are always on the move. Now, the Department of Defense has partnered with an online babysitter search program to help families find help, free of charge.

UC San Diego Study Links Cholesterol-Lowering Statins To Fatigue

June 12
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UC San Diego researchers find another downside to drugs that control bad cholesterol. The drugs are the popular statins like Lipitor and Crestor. The new study finds that the drugs can cause fatigue, especially if you're trying to increase physical exercise. We'll talk about this newest downside to statin drugs.

Navy Widow Uses Craigslist To Find Pallbearers In San Diego (Video)

June 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The widow of a former Sailor who died suddenly of a seizure in San Diego had to resort to Craigslist to find pallbearers for her late husband's funeral.

The Fed's Tough Job Gets Harder In Election Year

June 12
Marilyn Geewax, NPR
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With signs that the economy is slowing, the Federal Reserve may take steps to help boost growth. But with the election season gearing up, the Fed's ability to act boldly may be restrained. That's because the monetary policymakers want to preserve the Fed's credibility as a nonpartisan entity.

San Diegan Mike Wilson To Race Across America

June 12
By Tom Fudge
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Cyclist Mike Wilson has his heart set on finishing the most grueling contest in the world of sports.

Climate Researchers Issue El Niño Watch

June 12
By Susan Murphy
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Climate researchers say an El Niño looks to be brewing in the Pacific Ocean.

More Marines Using Spice-Like Drug Called 'Bath Salts'

June 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The use of a synthetic drug called "bath salts" is on the rise in the Marine Corps because there's no way to test for it - at least, not yet.

SD Council To Decide On Carlton Oaks Golf Course Land Agreement

June 12
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The San Diego City Council is scheduled today to take up a deal in which the city of San Diego would lease 64.3 acres it owns at the Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee to the facility's owner.

Bill Would Allow Early Release For Dying Inmates

June 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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A bill approved by the State Senate would allow dying inmates in county jails to get compassionate release.