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Stories for June 15, 2012

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Rants and Raves: 'From Russia With Love'

June 15
By Beth Accomando

I have been a Bond, yes James Bond, fan since about the time I could walk and talk. So I'd like to suggest that the best film you could see this weekend is "From Russia With Love" (playing June 16-17 at Cinema Under the Stars.

Fate of Salton Sea Rec Area Murky

June 15
By Neiko Will

The Salton Sea State Recreation Area is slated for closure on July 1st. But an organization is working with the state and private donors to keep the park open.

Monarch Graduates Overcome Tough Odds

June 15
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego's Monarch School for students who've been homeless congratulates nine high-school graduates.

Teacher Furloughs May Save Money, But Hurt Students

June 15
By Kyla Calvert

School districts turn to furlough days to balance budgets, but those days may hurt student learning in the process.

Unionized Janitors Sign 4-Year Contract With 3.5% Raise

June 15
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Unionized janitors who picketed in recent months in downtown San Diego and University City announced today the ratification of a four-year contract that will give them a 3.5 percent raise.

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U.S. To Stop Deporting Younger Illegal Immigrants

June 15
By Adrian Florido, Katie Schoolov, Claire Trageserand ALICIA A. CALDWELL and JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

President Barack Obama eased enforcement of immigration laws Friday, offering a chance for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work. Immediately embraced by Hispanics, the extraordinary step touched off an election-year confrontation with congressional Republicans.

Democratic State Lawmakers Pass Plan To Balance $15.7 Billion Budget Deficit

June 15
Associated Press

Democratic lawmakers have approved a plan to balance California's $15.7 billion deficit without Gov. Jerry Brown's endorsement so they can keep collecting their paychecks.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Phoenix

June 15
By Jennifer Robinson

The first visit to Phoenix was in 1997, when Arizona’s biggest story was a UFO sighting dubbed the “Phoenix Lights.” Flash forward 15 years for these believe-it-or-not ROADSHOW moments: “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” the original 1897 letter to the New York Sun, was appraised at $20,000 to $30,000 and gets a nice current value of $30,000 to $50,000; on the other hand, a circa 1890 mechanical bank, then worth $3,700, gets a lump of coal and a current value of $1,000 to $1,500.

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California State Of Mind: The Legacy Of Pat Brown

June 15

In the turbulent 1960s, an ordinary man rose to face extraordinary challenges and powerfully shaped the future of California. Told from his granddaughter's perspective, a dynamic American dream story unfolds in this unique portrait of Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, whom Tom Brokaw refers to as "the Godfather of modern California." The filmmaker provides compelling anecdotes and her perspective provides great structure for the amazing archival footage and commentary from figures ranging from Richard Nixon to Dianne Feinstein.

County's May Unemployment Rate Drops From Same Month Last Year

June 15
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The unemployment rate in San Diego County last month was 8.8 percent, the same as the revised figure in the prior month, but lower than the 9.8 percent in May 2011, the state Employment Development Department announced today.

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Murder Fugitive Found In Trunk Of Car At Otay Mesa Border Crossing

June 15
By KPBS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry early Monday morning apprehended a fugitive wanted for murder who was hiding in the trunk of a vehicle to evade capture.

Sweetwater Teachers Agree To Contract That Reduces School Year By 3 Weeks

June 15
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Sweetwater Union High School District and its teachers have reached a tentative contract agreement that could reduce the school year by nearly three weeks.

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Roundtable: San Onofre Offline, Sunrise Powerlink And Teacher Union Concessions

June 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Patty Lane

Roundtable: We look at where the energy will come from with news San Onofre nuclear plant will be offline through the summer, plus the NRC plans a public meeting to update progress made, then we look at talks between the teachers union and SDUSD.

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Latina CEO Leads Girl Scouts Down A New Path

June 15
By Jill Replogle

As Girl Scouts of the USA celebrates its 100th anniversary, the organization is heading down what it hopes will be a new, more inclusive path. Leading the way is the Girl Scout’s first Latina CEO, who has Arizona ties.

8-Month-Old Boy Killed By Pit Bull In Lemon Grove

June 15
CITY NEWS SERVICE

San Diego County sheriff's homicide detectives today investigated the death of an 8-month-old boy killed in a dog attack at a Lemon Grove home from which three pit bulls were later confiscated, authorities said.

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Navy Cross For Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Matthew Abbate

June 15
By Beth Ford Roth

Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate, a member of the Darkhorse Battalion, will be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism during battle.

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Gay Troops Get Special Thanks From Defense Secretary (Video)

June 15
By Beth Ford Roth

Gay and lesbian troops are getting singled out for praise from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. He recorded a special thank you to gay and lesbian troops in honor of Pride month, less than a year the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal went into effect. The Pentagon is also planning on holding a Pride event this month.

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As China's Economy Cools, World May Feel A Chill

June 15
Frank Langfitt

Beijing's measures to rein in blistering growth have slowed the economy faster than expected.

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Bronner Brings Hemp Fight To The White House

June 15
By Tom Fudge

An Escondido businessman lands in a D.C. jail for the cause of legal hemp, while an Oregon senator brings it to the floor of the U.S. Senate.