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Stories for June 13, 2012

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City Council Passes Contingency Plan For Homeless Shelter

June 13, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee passed a contingency plan today in case a permanent shelter for the homeless under construction in downtown San Diego isn't ready in time for the onset of cold winter weather.

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Team USA Store Opens In Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

June 13, 2012
By Angelina Canilao

Chula Vista becomes part of the 2012 London Olympic excitement with the opening of the Team USA Shop located in its U.S. Olympic Training Center.

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Cell Phone Lot At Lindbergh Field Moved To Bigger Location

June 13, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The parking lot at Lindbergh Field where drivers wait for arriving passengers has been moved to a new location that offers nearly double the parking spaces, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced today.

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America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Cool And Creamy Desserts

June 13, 2012

Host Christopher Kimball visits Toscanini’s to learn the secrets behind professional ice-cream making. Next, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make the best homemade ice cream. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his pick for the top ice-cream makers, and tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of vanilla beans. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the secrets to the perfect chocolate pudding.

CalPERS Raises Health Premium Rates

June 13, 2012
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

More than a million people in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System should expect to see their health premiums rise next year by an average of about 30 dollars a month.

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Democrats Say They're Closing In On A Budget Deal With Brown

June 13, 2012
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

California Assembly Speaker John Perez says Democratic lawmakers are very close to a budget compromise with Governor Jerry Brown.

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Texas Border Artist Brings Pain Of Drug War To Life

June 13, 2012
By Jill Replogle, Peter O'Dowd

The violence in Mexico caused by the ongoing war among rival drug cartels could influence the country's upcoming presidential elections. One Texas border artist brings the scenes of this war — and the pain that accompanies it — to life.

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Roads Repair Discussion Hints At Tense San Diego Election Season

June 13, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and James R. Riffel, City News Service

A San Diego City Council committee today rejected a proposed ballot measure from Councilman Carl DeMaio aimed at beefing up funding for road repairs. The committee’s discussion hints that a tense election season may be in store.

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Nation's Top Military Officer Sings Sinatra (Video)

June 13, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Our country's top military officer showed off a softer side last night with a Sinatra serenade. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey sang a slightly altered version of "My Kind of Town" at the 8th annual "Tribute to the United States Coast Guard" in Washington, D.C.

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San Diego Researchers Study Schizophrenia Link To Shorter Life

June 13, 2012
By Peggy Pico

People with schizophrenia age faster and live much shorter lives than most.

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: The Steve Miller Band/Preservation Hall Jazz Band

June 13, 2012

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS presents great American music with the Steve Miller Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Miller performs classic blues tunes as well as his hits. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band presents classic New Orleans jazz with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

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New 'Demand Response Program' To Help Prevent Blackouts

June 13, 2012
By Alison St John

The loss of power from San Onofre will be a big hole to fill, but one that officials say should only be a problem on peak demand days this summer.

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U.S. Soccer Team Accidentally Snubs American Troops

June 13, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Members of the United States soccer team are full of apologies today after mistakenly snubbing U.S. troops who had gathered on a tarmac in Guatemala to show their support for the athletes before a World Cup qualifying match.

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At Clark Middle, A Shift In Discipline Strategies

June 13, 2012
By Kevin Crowe / inewsource

Although expulsion and suspension rates overall are falling across San Diego County, middle schools are the exception. Their suspension rates are holding steady. Experts say this is no surprise. As children grow into adulthood, challenging authority and breaking the rules are part of the transition.

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Barbara Boxer Speaks In Support Of Obama's Nomination For NRC Chair

June 13, 2012
By Alison St John

California Senator Barbara Boxer spoke today at a hearing to consider the next head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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Congresswoman Susan Davis On Military Cuts, Navy Broadway Project

June 13, 2012
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Congresswoman Susan Davis made news last week by introducing language to the National Defense Authorization Bill that would give the Navy the option to move their headquarters onto an existing base.

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Lady Sings The Blues: Meet Nena Anderson

June 13, 2012
By Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

Local singer/songwriter Nena Anderson weaves the blues, jazz, country and Americana into her own infectious blend of modern music with vintage charm.

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New Documentary On Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Out This Summer

June 13, 2012
By Claire Caraska

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," the Sundance Jury Prize-winning portrait of renowned Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, comes to San Diego theaters in August.

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U-2 Pilot Gary Powers To Receive Posthumous Silver Star

June 13, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Capt. Francis Gary Powers will posthumously receive the Silver Star during a Pentagon ceremony on Friday, June 15. Powers spent almost two years in a Moscow prison after his U-2 reconnaissance plane crashed in the Soviet Union in 1960.

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New Initiative Launches In San Diego To Reclaim Science's Role In Policy Decisions

June 13, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new initiative from the Union of Concerned Scientists launched today in San Diego. It aims to build a Center for Science and Democracy to counter what it calls a "troubling trend": "understanding of science and respect for its role in decision making have declined."

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City Heights Montage Goes Up On 43rd Street

June 13, 2012
By Tom Fudge

A photographic mosaic of life in City Heights has been installed on the wall of an apartment building.

Olympic Team USA Shop Opening in Chula Vista

June 13, 2012
By Angelina Canilao

Chula Vista becomes part of the 2012 London Olympic excitement with the opening of the Team USA Shop located in its U.S. Olympic Training Center.

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Did The Weather Channel Fire Nicole Mitchell Because Of Military Duty?

June 13, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Former "The Weather Channel" meteorologist Nicole Mitchell is suing her one-time employer. Capt. Mitchell alleges the network did not renew her contract because of her service in the Air Force Reserve.

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Why The Farm Bill's Provisions Will Matter To You

June 13, 2012
Scott Neuman, NPR

The bill covers everything from farm subsidies and crop insurance to forestry, food stamps and school lunches.

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Military Considers Punishment For Troops In Secret Service Sex Scandal

June 13, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The U.S. military continues to sift through evidence to find out if 12 American service members (including a handful from San Diego) deserve disciplinary action for their role in the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Columbia.

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Rants and Raves: Utopia

June 13, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Okay, I am straying from my film beat to rant and rave about a performer I saw in Circle Circle dot dot's "Deconstruction of a Drag Queen." If you missed that play Kevane La'Marr Coleman will reprise the character of Utopia for a couple songs at Lips tonight. Go!

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Hoping A Vandalized Mural Becomes A Call To Action

June 13, 2012
By Adrian Florido

Graffiti on a long-respected Sherman Heights mural suggests a neighborhood rivalry, and an activist says it's a wake-up call.

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Meals On Wheels Expanding To Serve Growing Baby Boomer Generation

June 13, 2012
By Dwane Brown

The San Diego meals on wheels program has been serving seniors since the early 1970s. Besides food, it's also committed to reducing the isolation experienced by so many elderly. Now the organization is expanding to serve the growing baby boom generation.

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Mike Wilson Withdraws From The Race Across America

June 13, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Katie Schoolov, Tom Fudge

A stiff wind and an injured foot have ended the Race Across America for San Diegan Mike Wilson. Meanwhile two Alpine peddlers approach Appalachia as they fight for first place.

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Guest Review: 'Where Do We Go Now'

June 13, 2012
Rebecca Romani, Guest Reviewer

"Where Do We Go Now" (opened June 8 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) is the latest film from Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki. Guest reviewer Rebecca Romani recommends not missing it.