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Stories for June 27, 2012

Bar Association Responds to Gary Kreep's Threatened Lawsuit

June 27
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Gary Kreep is the newly elected San Diego Superior Court Judge who has serious doubts about the citizenship of President Barack Obama. About a month before the Primary election, the San Diego County Bar Association issued a press release which said Gary Kreep was not qualified to be a judge. Kreep responded by calling the SD County Bar Association "bigoted." Now the President of the bar association says their rating was "fair and unbiased."

Calif. Legislature Sends Budget Deal to Gov. Brown

June 27
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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The California budget deal reached last week is now in the hands of Governor Jerry Brown. The Democratic-controlled state legislature approved 21 bills Wednesday without any Republican votes.

SD Teachers Ratify Agreement, Save Jobs

June 27
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego teachers have ratified an agreement that will save the jobs of more than 1,400 educators.

San Diego Junior Lifeguards Take A Leap

June 27
By Katie Orr
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Some young, aspiring lifeguards took a big leap today in San Diego.

Foreclosure Legislation Approved By Committee

June 27
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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California legislation intended to help struggling borrowers remain in their homes was approved by a state committee Wednesday.

Washington Week Election 2012 Town Hall

June 27
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Watch Gwen Ifill of PBS as she hosts a special live webcast on June 29 focused on immigration and border security. It will feature guests from San Diego, CA and Tucson, AZ.

Great Performances At The Met: Ernani

June 27
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Marco Armiliato conducts Verdi’s thrilling early gem, "Ernani," featuring Marcello Giordani in the title role. Angela Meade takes center stage as Elvira, with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto rounding out the cast in Pier Luigi Samaratini’s colorful production.

San Diego Pension Reform Piques Interest Of State Supreme Court

June 27
By Katie Orr
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The California Supreme Court could weigh in on San Diego’s recently passed pension initiative.

Opponents Of SD Transportation Plan File Legal Arguments

June 27
By Tom Fudge
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Legal briefs were filed today in a suit that accuses SANDAG of promoting dependence on car travel.

California's Beach Water Not As Clean As Hoped

June 27
By Erik Anderson
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Urban runoff and sewage continue to create pollution problems in the waters off California Beaches. A new report finds the state had a quarter of all pollution advisories in the country last year.

State Says High School Dropout Rates Down

June 27
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network
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Numbers released today show high school dropout rates are down in California. But state education officials say – they’re not down far enough.

Contentious Debate Over CalWORKs Budget Bill

June 27
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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One part of the budget deal that drew sharp debate Wednesday is the bill that includes changes to California’s welfare-to-work program.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Lyle Lovett/Bob Schneider

June 27
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS brings it home with Texan songwriters Lyle Lovett and Bob Schneider. ACL veteran Lovett plays tracks from his latest LP "Natural Forces," as well as classics. Schneider surveys his decade-long eclectic solo career.

DeMaio's 'Sunshine Law' Clears City Council Rules Committee

June 27
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A proposal by Councilman Carl DeMaio to post city of San Diego contracts online in an easy-to-read format for the public cleared the City Council's Rules Committee today.

County 2011 Dropout Rate Dips Five Points From Last Year

June 27
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The class of 2011 at San Diego County high schools had a 10.9 percent dropout rate, below the statewide figure of 14.4 percent, according to figures released today by the state Department of Education.

Marine Sexual Assault In San Diego County: 76 Reports In 2011

June 27
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One in five sexual assaults at Marine Corps bases last year were reported in San Diego County. We take a look at what's being done to combat MST and hear from a California legislator trying to change the way abuse is reported.

Fire Prompts Evacuations At Air Force Academy (Video)

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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One of the largest wildfires in Colorado history forced residents at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to evacuate Tuesday night.

Mariachi High

June 27
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In a part of America that rarely makes headlines, there is a small town with a group of teenagers who will inspire, surprise and bring you to your feet with their astonishing musical virtuosity and the music they make. "Mariachi High" spends a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble of Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in south Texas.

FDA Approves Arena's Weight Loss Drug

June 27
Associated Press
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The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical's anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the U.S. market in over a decade.

Redevelopment Returns With Civic San Diego

June 27
Midday Edition
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San Diego's downtown redevelopment agency, CCDC, votes today on doing away with itself, merging with another development agency, becoming a non-profit corporation under city contract and changing its name.

Graduation Rates Soar At San Diego High Schools

June 27
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified continues to improve graduation rates and reduce the number of dropouts.

USS Vinson Sailor Stops Suicide Attempt On Coronado Bridge

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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A sailor on the USS Carl Vinson is being hailed as a hero for helping to prevent a suicidal man from jumping off the Coronado Bridge.

More Than 32,000 Ordered To Flee Colorado wildfire

June 27
NPR and Associated Press
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In Colorado Springs, firefighters are in "triage" mode. They're passing by some homes they don't think can be saved to get to others they may be able to keep from burning. Dry conditions, hot temperatures and strong winds are fanning the flames.

Soldier Who Lied About War Injuries Cut From 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Apparently Timothy Poe doesn't "got" talent, at least not enough for the judges on "America's Got Talent." The one-time Minnesota National Guardsman who gained infamy for lying about his war wounds was voted off the show last night.

Surfing Madonna Finds New Home In Nearby Leucadia

June 27
By Dwane Brown
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One year and three days after a popular glass mosaic was removed from public property north of San Diego in Encinitas, the surfing Madonna has a new home about a mile away from the old site and its already drawing lots of attention.

Mutations Cause Massive Brain Swelling, UCSD Doctor Finds

June 27
By Claire Trageser
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A rare brain condition creates a dramatic problem: half of the brain swells to an abnormal size. And the treatment is even more dramatic: removing the entire swollen half of the brain. But a doctor at UC San Diego is conducting research he hopes could eventually change that.