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Stories for February 9, 2010

Active Living Conference Begins In San Diego

Feb. 9
By Tom Fudge

A conference on active living began with a presentation by two 8th graders who critiqued the walking environment of downtown San Diego.

MTS To Cut Sunday Bus Service, But Improve Trolley Service

Feb. 9
By Alison St John
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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System plans to radically cut back bus service on Sundays next month. At the same time the agency is making significant improvements to its trolley service.

S.D. Medical Examiner ID's Two Childrens' Bodies

Feb. 9
By Amy Isackson

The Mexican Consulate in San Diego says the two bodies found near the border fence in Imperial Beach are the two children who were swept away by the rains in Tijuana last month.

Calif. Patients More Satisfied with HMOs

Feb. 9
By Kenny Goldberg

California's ninth annual report card on HMO quality is in. And most of the state's largest HMOs showed improvement in patient satisfaction.

More Details Emerge On Arrest Of Two Alleged Drug Gang Leaders

Feb. 9
By Amy Isackson
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Five Tijuana police officers have been detained for their alleged connection to the two suspected drug gang leaders arrested in La Paz, Mexico Monday morning. Mexican federal police released more eye-opening details about the two supposed leaders Tuesday.

More S.D. Children Living In Poverty

Feb. 9
By City News Service

The number of children living in poverty in San Diego County increased to the highest level in a decade between 2007 and 2008, according to a report presented today to the Board of Supervisors.

Toyota Recall A Test Of Loyalty For Prius Lovers

Feb. 9
Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR
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As Toyota crafts its message to the U.S. market in response to its recall of 437,000 Prius and other hybrid cars for faulty brakes, it should have Santa Monica, Calif., foremost in mind.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Faces Another Revocation Hearing

Feb. 9
By Ed Joyce
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Opponents of a desalination plant in Carlsbad want a state agency to revoke the project's coastal development permit. A hearing on the revocation request starts Wednesday morning in Oceanside.

Trailer Tuesday: Clash of the Titans

Feb. 9
By Beth Accomando
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"Clash of the Titans" (opening April 2) is a remake of a 1981 Ray Harryhausen adventure and it will be one of an increasing number of films being distributed in 3D. Here's the latest trailer.

Living Downtown

Feb. 9
These Days

Close to 35,000 residents now call downtown San Diego home. We'll explore the benefits and challenges of living in an urban setting.

Legacy On The Land

Feb. 9
These Days

Audrey and Frank Peterman were unfamiliar with the National Park Service. As the result of their eventful 12,000 mile cross-country trip through 40 states, they are now considered 'expert' environmentalists on the public lands system. Audrey Peterman joins us in studio to discuss her book, "Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care."

Saving American Journalism

Feb. 9
These Days

An assessment of the problems facing American journalism and proposals for addressing them are the subjects of "The Reconstruction of American Journalism," a report out of Columbia University by Professor Michael Schudson and Leonard Downie, Jr., former executive editor of the Washington Post.

Legal Update: Curfew Challenge

Feb. 9
These Days

A teenager challenges San Diego's curfew ordinance and wins in a State Court of appeals. We'll hear what that means for the city's "be home before 10" curfew. We'll also check in a State Supreme court decision on the medical marijuana law and a new anti-discrimination law regarding genetic information.

Nation's Capital Rushes To Prepare For More Snow

Feb. 9
Associated Press
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A second major snow storm in less than a week was blowing Tuesday toward the Mid-Atlantic region, where plows still hadn't touched some roads, utility workers were struggling to restore power and shovels were in short supply.

Another Storm Rolling Into San Diego

Feb. 9
City News Service

Rain is expected in San Diego County today as another winter storm rolls over the region, bringing with it a chance of heavy snow in the mountains.

'Theatre of War' Brings Greek Drama to Camp Pendleton

Feb. 9
By Alison St John
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An independent New York-based theater company visited Camp Pendleton Marine Base recently. Their performance was part of a $3.7 million contract with the Department of Defense to take Greek drama to military bases around the country.

Anthem Blue Cross Gets More Pressure To Justify Rate Hike

Feb. 9
By Kenny Goldberg

Pressure is mounting on Anthem Blue Cross to explain why it's raising premiums up to 39 percent on individual policy holders. California's insurance commissioner says he's looking into the situation. And now U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants some answers.

Study: Maternal Age Influences Autism

Feb. 9
By Tom Fudge

A study out of UC Davis says autism rates in California have gone up, in part, because the average age of child bearing has gone up. But the effect has not been dramatic.

Unconventional School Focuses On Students' 'Inner Being'

Feb. 9
By Ana Tintocalis
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A group of enlightened San Diego youngsters are practicing ancient disciplines that most people don’t discover until later in life. They’re doing yoga and meditation at a private school in La Jolla. They study traditional subjects but they also focus on their "inner being."