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Stories for June 19, 2012

Young Adult Health Coverage Law Will Stay in California Regardless of High Court Ruling

June 19
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

The Obama administration says 435,000 young Californians have health insurance today because of the federal healthcare law. That benefit would stay in California regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Cancer Patients Give Hyperaggressive Treatment A Shot

June 19
By Kenny Goldberg
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Some cancer patients choose to undergo a particularly aggressive form of treatment. It's not for the faint-hearted.

INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Camel

June 19
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In this episode, Mark Evans and Dr. Joy Reidenberg brave the Australian Outback to dissect a camel, the ultimate desert survivor. Braving soaring heat and scorching sun, the dissection team uncovers the secret of the camel’s hump and investigates how its elastic legs, stretchy lips and pedestal (a strange bump on its chest) are among the many surprising adaptations that enable these animals to thrive in such a dry and hostile environment.

Committee Approves Same-Day Voter Registration Bill

June 19
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Californians would be able to register and vote on Election Day under a bill approved by a state legislative committee Tuesday.

Governor and Lawmakers Remain Divided Over Welfare Cuts

June 19
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers remain divided over cuts to CalWORKS, the state’s welfare program. It’s one of the major issues left to resolve before the budget can take effect.

Unions Score Point In Prop. B Fight

June 19
By Katie Orr
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The legal wrangling over San Diego’s Prop. B continues. The city’s been ordered to take part in a hearing with the state’s Public Employment Relations Board.

San Diego Unified, Teachers Announce Tentative Agreement

June 19
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San Diego Unified and the teachers union have reached an agreement to forestall most planned layoffs.

INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Giant Squid

June 19
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The team travels to New Zealand to examine one of the biggest yet most mysterious animals on Earth — the giant squid. Delving into its three hearts, razor sharp beak, tooth-covered tentacles and bizarre reproductive system, the team explores the anatomy of a deep-sea alien that’s never been observed in the wild.

San Diego-Based Navy Ship Aids In Marijuana Bust

June 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based USS Princeton helped nab roughly 15,000 pounds of marijuana during a drug bust at sea.

San Diego Futurist Explores The Nature Of 'Existence'

June 19
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San Diego-based futurist and author David Brin talks about his latest novel, "Existence".

SD Teen Among Top Google Science Fair Finalists

June 19
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It all started when Jonah Kohn, an eight grader at the San Diego Jewish Academy, was sitting in his music class. He had a problem: the class was so loud that he couldn't hear his guitar.

San Onofre: Design Caused Decay

June 19
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After months of investigating the excessive wear and decay in tubes in the recently over-hauled generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the cause is in the heavily modified design. The NRC explained its findings at a community meeting in San Juan Capistrano Monday.

Navy Fires Captain Of San Diego-Based Ship In Wake of Collision

June 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has fired the captain of the USS Essex, the San Diego-based ship involved in a collision at sea last month.

Camp Pendleton's 11th MEU Returns Home Wednesday

June 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Camp Pendleton-based 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is returning home Wednesday after a seven month deployment at sea.

Culture Lust's June Jubilee

June 19
By Alex Morales
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With summer solstice right around the corner, there's never been a more perfect time to discover something new. Culture Lust contributor Alex Morales shares her top 10 arts and culture picks for the month of June.

'Old Fire' Near Campo 75 Percent Contained

June 19
City News Service

A wildfire that has blackened more than 900 acres, destroyed a home and threatened scores of others in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County was 75 percent contained today, with full containment expected tonight and full control to follow Wednesday night, according to Cal Fire.

Draft: G-20 Will Produce Plan For Global Growth

June 19
Associated Press
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The leaders of the world's largest economies will portray themselves as united behind efforts to boost growth and job creation to repair a global economy roiled by fears over the European financial crisis, according to a draft of the statement to be released Tuesday at the end of the Group of 20 annual meeting.

Cuts To Food Stamps Could Hurt Military Families

June 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Proposed cuts to food stamp programs would hurt military families and retirees who depend on the assistance to get food on the table, according to statistics on food stamp purchases at military commissaries.

Airport's Lindbergh Mural Coming Down

June 19
By Angela Carone
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For 15 years, travelers to and from the airport have been greeted by a prominent mural of aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh’s reign on the side of the airport’s commuter terminal is coming to an end.

Shortage Of San Diego Homes For Sale Leads To Bidding Wars

June 19
By Peggy Pico
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The newest twist in San Diego's housing market is a shortage of homes for sale.

Election In A Failed State

June 19
By Michel Marizco
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San Fernando has come to exemplify the harsh consequences of Mexico's drug conflicts.

Neighbors Fight (Astro) Turf War With SD Parks

June 19
By Tom Fudge
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City policy that favors artificial turf for new joint-use parks is rubbing College Area residents the wrong way.

Strong Winds, Low Humidty Fuel Extreme Fire Risk In SD Mountains

June 19
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego firefighters are bracing for another day of dangerous conditions across the mountains and deserts as strong winds and low humidity fuel the threat of wildfires.