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Stories for February 3, 2010

Baja California Police Detain Man With Sniper Rifle

Feb. 3
By Amy Isackson

Baja California police say a man they detained who had a high calibre armor piercing gun offered officers $20,000 to let him go.

Quake Takes Its Toll On Haiti's Burial Rites

Feb. 3
John Burnett, NPR
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The number of dead from Haiti's earthquake has been estimated as high as 200,000. That's nearly 7 percent of the population of Port-au-Prince. Imagine the entire population of Des Moines, Iowa, vaporized.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Burgundy: Profoundly France

Feb. 3
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Burgundy is a calm and cultivated corner of France, where nature is as sophisticated as the people. Traditions are strong here. We'll slow down to enjoy the region's edible, drinkable, scenic, and floatable delights. We'll travel on a canal barge, visit a medieval hospice and a modern monastery, build a barrel, appreciate fine Burgundy wine, slurp escargot, and eat very, very well. If you're looking for the quintessential French culture, you'll find it in Burgundy.

S.D. County Blasts State Controller On In-Home Supportive Services Review

Feb. 3
By Amita Sharma

San Diego County officials say the state controller is wrong in his claim that the county may have paid out more than half a million dollars to dead people.

City Of San Diego Leverages Its Affordable Housing To Create More

Feb. 3
By Alison St John
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The city of San Diego created almost 700 new affordable housing units last year, and plans to buy or build another thousand in the next five years.

Push For Sustainability In Poway Unified School District

Feb. 3
By Ed Joyce

Parents, students and teachers want the Poway Unified School District to recycle more of the waste generated at school. The idea is to save money and landfill space.

LaHood Backs Off 'Stop Driving Toyotas' Remark

Feb. 3
Deborah Tedford, NPR
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday reversed his recommendation that millions of Toyota owners affected by a massive recall "stop driving" the autos. LaHood said he misspoke and that owners should take their vehicles to a dealership for repair of defective gas pedals.

Oscar Noms And '44 Inch Chest'

Feb. 3
These Days

On this edition of the Film Club of the Air, we'll talk about the recently announced Oscar nominations, a British film called "44 Inch Chest," Helen Mirren's acclaimed performance in "The Last Station," and Romanian New Wave latest "Police, Adjective."

Political Analysis: Polling Data

Feb. 3
These Days

Two new polls are out tracking the attitudes of California voters. The polls reflect recession-era gloominess and reveal what could be some competitive races ahead for the California Senate and Governor's office.

Abusing Prescription Drugs

Feb. 3
These Days

The face of a drug addict is changing from the neurotic junkie to the average upper-class high school student. We talk to a local deputy district attorney and a physician about the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in San Diego.

China Increasingly Stands Up To U.S. On Global Stage

Feb. 3
Tom Gjelten, NPR
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In the past two weeks, Chinese leaders have tangled with the United States over the following issues: Iran sanctions, climate change, arms sales to Taiwan, the Dalai Lama, cyberattacks, military modernization and exchange rates.

S.D. Salary Commission Recommends Change to City Charter

Feb. 3
By Alison St John

San Diego city’s Salary Setting Commission recommends a charter amendment, so the mayor and council don’t have to vote on their own salary increases.

Recall Effort Adds To Southwestern's Problems

Feb. 3
By Ana Tintocalis

There is a recall effort underway at Southewestern College to remove three of the school's governing board members.