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Stories for June 25, 2012

Review: 'Richard III'

June 25
By Beth Accomando
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"Richard III" is one of Shakespeare's enduring villains. He's been immortalized in a pair of brilliant films and now takes center stage at the Old Globe Theatre.

Following A Car Shipment From Germany To Las Vegas — via San Diego

June 25
By Brad Racino
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Investigative Newsource will track a shipment of a car from start to finish — from the manufacturing plant in Germany to the customer’s door in Las Vegas.

City Council Approves CCDC/SEDC Merger, Creates 'Civic San Diego'

June 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The San Diego City Council today approved a proposed merger between two quasi-independent agencies that had been in the redevelopment business until the state shut down the practice.

San Diego Supervisors Spend Public Money On Private Property Rights

June 25
Midday Edition
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors are poised to approve $1.5 million to help private property owners appeal the county’s new General Plan.

Most Calif. Public Employees Set to Take 4.6% Pay Cut July 1st

June 25
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has now reached agreements with most of the state’s public employee unions that include one unpaid day off each month for the next year.

California Acts Early to Expand Health Programs for Poor

June 25
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network
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Expanding the health safety net for low-income people is a key part of the federal health overhaul law. California is moving ahead with the expansion despite uncertainty about the law’s constitutionality.

Study Offers Blueprint For Better Latino Mental Health

June 25
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network
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California should offer “health retreats” for farm workers. That’s one tactic for improving mental health access for California Latinos included in a study commissioned by the state.

Walter J. Zable, Founder Of Cubic Corp., Dies At 97

June 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Walter J. Zable, founder of the San Diego-based defense contractor Cubic Corp., has died at 97, the company announced today.

City Council To Vote On 4-Year ConVis Contract

June 25
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A proposed four-year contract for the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau to provide sales and marketing services for the Convention Center was forwarded today by the Economic Development and Services Committee to the full City Council for final approval.

Bird Rock Bandit Jailed Again On Domestic Violence Charge

June 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A man who gained notoriety and served time behind bars for his role in a La Jolla street fight that left a professional surfer dead five years ago was jailed again over the weekend, authorities reported today.

FBI Tracking Alleged Muslim Extremists In The U.S. Military

June 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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NPR has learned that the FBI is investigating at least 100 members of the United States military believed to be Muslim extremists.

American Masters: Harper Lee: Hey, Boo

June 25
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Explore the phenomenon behind "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the mysterious life of its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, including why she never published again. The documentary reveals the context and history of the novel’s Deep South setting, and the social changes it inspired after publication. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and others reflect on the novel’s power, influence, popularity, and the ways it has shaped their lives.

Plug Pulled On San Diego Power Plant

June 25
By Katie Orr
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The plug has been pulled for now on a possible power plant in University City. But the project may resurface in the future.

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Afghanistan Never Got Chance To Meet Infant Son (Video)

June 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Pfc. Steven Stevens II will never get the chance to meet his infant son, who was born a week after he deployed to Afghanistan in March. Stevens was killed in Helmand province on June 22nd.

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work: Head Of State

June 25
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For the dramatic ritual that opens Parliament, the queen’s coachmen don full livery, and two of her horse-drawn carriages parade through the streets. One holds the queen — the other carries the crown jewels. This episode leads viewers through the elaborate state opening of Parliament, from the secret removal of the crown jewels from their Tower of London vault to the moment when the House of Commons slams the door in the face of the queen’s representative to the eventual conclusion when the rowdy Commons stand before their queen.

Dog Lovers Call For Standard Military Pet Policy

June 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Dogs on Deployment, a non-profit that helps find boarders for dogs whose owners are deployed, is calling for a standardized pet policy. The group says too many military families are having to give up beloved pets because of breed bans and other restrictions that differ from base to base.

Has Military Spending Peaked In San Diego?

June 25
Midday Edition
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San Diego's economy has been spared the worst of the recession with the help of billions in federal military spending. But with inevitable cuts in defense funding ahead, the military lobby in San Diego is gearing up for a fight to keep the DOD's investments in this region.

New Book On Jim Croce

June 25
Midday Edition
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Ingrid Croce is well known to San Diegans for her restaurant Croces, but she's also an author with a new book out on her late husband Jim Croce.

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work: Headquarters

June 25
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Buckingham Palace’s 650 rooms form the nerve center of the British monarchy. It’s from here that the queen directs the business of the royal family, entertains heads of state and conducts her private life. This episode goes beyond the palace gates for a rare glimpse inside. Ghana’s President Kufour and his wife, along with their entourage, have arranged a state visit. For the magnificent banquet, the queen personally reviews the table arrangements, and the royal chef certifies that the presentation of every plate is perfect.

Soldier From California Shot To Death In Afghanistan (Video)

June 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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A soldier from the small central California town of Gustine died in Afghanistan on June 19. Sgt. Jose Rodriguez, 22, was shot to death while serving in Kandahar province.

Peggy Pico to Host KPBS Evening Edition

June 25
By KPBS
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KPBS is pleased to announce Peggy Pico as the new host of KPBS Evening Edition. Pico, who was the station’s Science and Technology Reporter, will officially begin hosting the evening news program beginning July 2.

FRONTLINE: Dollars And Dentists

June 25
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Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans can’t afford a visit to the dentist. An investigation by FRONTLINE and the Center for Public Integrity reveals the shocking consequences of a broken safety net. Poor children, entitled by law to dental care, often cannot find a dentist willing to see them. Others kids receive excessive care billed to Medicaid or major surgery for preventable tooth infections. For adults with dental disease, the situation can be as dire — and bankrupting.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Soledad Cross Case

June 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal today to review a lower court ruling that the cross atop Mount Soledad is unconstitutional means the structure will have to be changed significantly to avoid being taken down/

Caution Advised As Dust Settles on Obama's Immigration Policy

June 25
By Adrian Florido
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Undocumented immigrants are warned to avoid unlicensed consultants who promise immediate help.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Most Of Arizona Immigration Law

June 25
Midday Edition
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The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of border state Arizona's crackdown on immigrants.

Navy Chaplain Performs First Same Sex Union On Military Base (Video)

June 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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One of the first same-sex civil unions performed on a military base took place this weekend. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali, a San Diego native, and his partner Will Behrens united in the civil union at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling Possible Today

June 25
NPR Two-Way Blog
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The calendar is winding down on June, so today is one of the last days this term the Supreme Court is expected to hand down decisions.

Project Concern International Wins Grant To Expand Border Project

June 25
By Kenny Goldberg
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San Diego's Project Concern International has won a federal grant to expand a program that targets maternal health in the South Bay.

Tolls Are Cut To Boost Use Of SR 125

June 25
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego planners hope public ownership of the South Bay Expressway will mean that more people use it. Lower tolls begin on Saturday.

Interstate 8 Divide May Lead To San Diego Political Gridlock

June 25
By Katie Orr
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In San Diego, the Interstate 8 has historically acted as a dividing line for the city. But a combination of redistricting and recent elections has widened the gulf.

University City Fired Up About Possible Power Plant

June 25
By Katie Orr
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A proposed power plant is firing up the residents of University City. The neighborhood planning association is holding a special meeting on the issue tonight at 6 at University Towne Center.

Biotech Funding, Spending Continue To Rise

June 25
By Claire Trageser
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Biotech companies boosted spending on research and development for a second year in a row, according to a new report. That’s good news for San Diego’s economy, where biotech plays an important role.

Bill To Ban Fracking in California Goes Before State Senate

June 25
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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Legislation that would ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in California goes before a state Senate committee this week.