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Take Two for July 22, 2013

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Homeland Security Agencies Work To Secure U.S.-Mexico Border In Arizona
Today at the border, eight young immigrants are protesting the Obama administrations deportation policies in a unique way. They will cross the border into Mexico, even though the US government might not let them return.
Farm worker heat

Heat wave worrisome for farm worker health

It's been pretty hot this summer with temps hitting triple digits all over the state. Pretty bad even if you work in an air conditioned office, but what if your office was actually outdoors?
San Jose
Today the city of San Jose and its employee unions will face off in court over pensions. The battle is being watched closely as similar debates over government pensions are playing out throughout the state.
San Jose State University announced in January that they had teamed up with a startup called Udacity to offer college credit for courses taken online, but looks like the deal with Udacity didn't pan out quite as planned.
Mountain Fire In Southern California Grows In Strength
The mountain fires that raged for days above Palm Springs are nearly contained as of this morning, thanks to the arrival of wet weather. Thousands of residents who were forced to evacuate from Idyllwild and other resort towns are back in their homes, safe and sound.
Black Forest Fire
The US Forest Service has a lot on its plate when it comes to preventing wildfires. So much so, that fighting fires and protecting buildings may engulf the department's $4.5 billion budget.
Original Batman

On The Lot: Comic-Con superheros, box office stinker

Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times recaps some of the big stories coming out of this year's Comic-Con, and tells us about the weekend's movie disappointment, R.I.P.D.

Odd Hollywood Jobs: Set teacher

In her 36 years working as a studio teacher, Linda Stone has worked with everyone from Miley Cyrus to "Family Matters" star Kellie Williams.
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Make An Official Visit To Cambridge
Royal watchers are anxiously awaiting news of the baby's gender, time of birth, and of course, the name. Bookies are also waiting with bated breath; They've been taking bets on these details for months.

Popular LA chef and South LA teens open '3 Worlds Cafe'

It offers smoothies like the "Mango Bomb" and "Freshy Fresa Banana". The goal is to offer healthy snacks in an area with limited food option and help neighborhood youth learn job skills.
Summer School Begins at Polytechnic
Years of budget cuts have whittled away summer school. Only 5,000 students will be able to make up for failed credits this summer — and that's not nearly enough.
U.S. Open of Surfing
This past weekend kicked off the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, marking the 20th anniversary of the surfing competition in Huntington Beach.
Storm Surfers 3D
Old surfers never die, they just keep putting themselves in potentially lethal situations. That's the moral of a new documentary called "Storm Surfers."
San Diego Prepares For Comic-Con International 2013
The annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego regularly attracts fans and industry insiders hoping to get a first peek at what the big studios have to offer. And this year was no different.
Van Dyke Parks
Musician Van Dyke Parks is known for his collaborations with artists such as the Beach Boys and Skrillex. Now he's back with his latest solo album, "Songs Cycled."

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