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Stories for June 26, 2012

County Supervisors Tentatively Approve $4.8 Billion Budget

June 26
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors tentatively approved a $4.8 billion operational plan for the next fiscal year today, giving the county the authority to continue spending until its budget is formally adopted in August.

A Program About Unusual Buildings & Other Roadside Stuff

June 26
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Rick Sebak brings his trademark flair to a road trip in search of America's most interesting, wacky and goofy buildings, celebrating places such as the Big Duck on Long Island, the National Fresh Water Fishing National Hall of Fame (in the shape of a giant fish) in Heyward, Wisconsin, and the world's largest catsup bottle, built as a water tower in Collinsville, Illinois.

City Council Postpones Vote On VA Home In Old Town

June 26
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The San Diego City Council postponed a vote today on letting Veterans Affairs open a home for disabled veterans near Old Town Academy, a charter school.

YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours For Muslim Women

June 26
Evening Edition
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With summer now in full swing, San Diegans are heading to beaches and pools to cool off and get exercise. But for East-African women in City Heights, taking a dip isn’t so easy. Many of them are Muslim and can’t swim in co-ed pools - but that’s changing.

San Diego Housing Market Showing Improvement

June 26
By Erik Anderson
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A San Diego researcher says home price gains in the latest Case Schiller Housing report may indicate the local housing market is starting an upswing.

Prepaid Utility Accounts Blasted By Consumer Advocates

June 26
By Erik Anderson
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California regulators are getting an earful this week at several public hearings about part of San Diego Gas & Electric's latest rate proposal. The utility wants to create prepaid utility accounts.

Brush Fire Burns At Camp Pendleton

June 26
CHANNEL 10 NEWS

Crews are trying to put out a fire at Camp Pendleton that has burned at least 40 acres on the base.

Inspector Morse: Deadly Slumber, Parts One & Two

June 26
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John Thaw stars as this most unlikely detective in the massively popular, award-winning television series of murder mysteries. In these episodes, Avril Steppings is permanently brain damaged following a minor operation that went tragically wrong. When the doctor who runs the clinic is murdered, Morse has an immediate suspect.

Budget Would Give UC, CSU Trigger Boosts – Not Just Trigger Cuts

June 26
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The budget package set to go before the California legislature Wednesday contains some new money for the UC and CSU systems for the first time in years – but only under two very big conditions.

Bill to Ban Using Dogs to Hunt Bears Stalls

June 26
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

A controversial bill that would ban the use of hounds to hunt bears and bobcats stalled in an Assembly committee Tuesday.

California Schools Could Face Even Shorter Schedule

June 26
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

The California legislature is considering an education budget bill that would cut more days from the school year if voters reject Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure.

Organizer Of Military Breastfeeding Photos Sues Employer For Wrongful Termination

June 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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The woman who helped organize a controversial military breastfeeding photo shoot has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer. An attorney for Crystal Scott claims she was fired from her job as an x-ray technician because of the media attention surrounding the photos.

Study Reveals Arts Impact In City And County

June 26
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A national study reveals the impact of arts spending in San Diego city and county. The national study also provides comparisons to cities and counties of comparable size.

A Capitol Fourth 2012

June 26
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Tom Bergeron takes the helm as the new host of the star-spangled affair, which features an inspiring Olympic tribute to Team USA with Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno and John Williams conducting his “Olympic Fanfare,” and performances by Phillip Phillips, Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, Megan Hilty, Javier Colon, Josh Turner, Kool & the Gang, and the National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jack Everly, topped off by the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

Wildfire Heading Toward Air Force Academy (Video)

June 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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The quickly-moving Waldo Canyon fire is heading toward the storied Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

City Council Denies Bid For Outside Lawyers In Prop B Cases

June 26
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

San Diego municipal employees called to testify in litigation over Proposition B, the voter-approved pension initiative, will have to hire their own lawyers or risk a potential conflict of interest with the City Attorney's Office, thanks to the City Council's denial today of a request to hire outside counsel.

1 Adult, 2 Kids Found Dead At National City Motel

June 26
10 News
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Homicide detectives are on scene at a motel in National City after the bodies of one adult and two older children were found along with a handgun.

Democrats Push Top Billing For Governor's Tax Hike

June 26
Associated Press

Democratic lawmakers are moving a bill that could give the governor's tax initiative top billing on California's November ballot.

SCOTUS Passes On Soledad Cross, Gives Juvenile Offenders Hope

June 26
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a lower court ruling that the cross on Mt. Soledad is unconstitutional and decreed that juvenile offenders cannot be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

USS Vinson Sailor Named Aviation Boatswain's Mate of the Year

June 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pacific Fleet named USS Carl Vinson Sailor and San Diego resident Omar Bamba its Aviation Boatswain's Mate of the year.

Arizona Ranchers, Lawmen React To Court's SB 1070 Decision

June 26
By Michel Marizco
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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning key parts of SB 1070 was no surprise to some Arizona border residents. But the question remains: How will the U.S. enforce the law at the border?

Twentyine Palms Marine Killed In Afghanistan

June 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Marine based at Twentynine Palms was killed in Afghanistan on June 23. Lance Cpl. Niall W. Coti-Sears was 23-years-old.

Record Heat Hampers Efforts To Fight Wildfires

June 26
Associated Press
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Searing, record-setting heat in the interior West didn't loosen its grip on firefighters struggling to contain blazes in Colorado, Utah and other Rocky Mountain states.

One In Five Marine Sexual Assaults Occur In San Diego County

June 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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A new report finds approximately one in five sexual assaults reported at Marine Corps bases between October 1, 2010 and September 31, 2011 took place in San Diego County.

Ocotillo Wind Farm Project Is Target Of Another Lawsuit

June 26
By Erik Anderson
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Opponents of an Ocotillo wind farm project have filed a lawsuit seeking to keep the wind turbines from being built. This is the fourth legal action in the works.

Eliminating Healthy Families Might Not Save Money

June 26
By Kenny Goldberg

Projected savings from eliminating the Healthy Families program might not pencil out.

Rising Number of Torture Survivors In San Diego Are Children

June 26
By Peggy Pico
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Tuesday is United Nation’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Thousands of torture survivors live in San Diego County.