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Stories for February 15, 2010

Urban Designer Upbeat About San Diego's Waterfront

Feb. 15
By Alison St John

The lead designer on the First Phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan says he has worked on other world class waterfronts, and the one in San Diego has all the elements for success.

Health Insurance Subsidy Set To Expire

Feb. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

Unless the U.S. Senate acts soon, newly unemployed people won't get a federal subsidy to help them pay for their health insurance. The subsidy covers 65 percent of the cost.

NOVA: Extreme Ice

Feb. 15
NOVA: Extreme Ice  Tease photo

In collaboration with National Geographic, NOVA follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they deploy time-lapse cameras in risky, remote locations in the Arctic, Alaska, and the Alps. Grappling with blizzards, fickle technology, and climbs up craggy precipices, the team must anchor cameras capable of withstanding sub-zero temperatures and winds up to 170 mph. The goal of Balog's team's perilous expedition: to create a unique photo archive of melting glaciers that could provide a key to understanding their runaway behavior and their potential to drive rising sea levels.

SDSU Men's Basketball Team Beats Nationally-Ranked Opponent

Feb. 15
By Pamela Davis, Alan Ray

The San Diego State men's basketball team beat a nationally-ranked opponent this weekend. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

TB/HIV Infections On Rise For Hispanics

Feb. 15
These Days

A new report by UCSD shows that the HIV/tuberculosis co-infection rate is climbing for Hispanics in southern California.

Going Solar In San Diego

Feb. 15
These Days

New rebates and tax credits are making it more affordable for San Diego residents to install solar systems in their homes.

IV Update: Water Pact, Sunrise Powerlink

Feb. 15
These Days

A recent ruling by a California judge has raised questions about a massive water transfer agreement between San Diego and the Imperial Valley. How could the decision affect the future of the Salton Sea and water supplies in our region? We speak to the editor of the Imperial Valley Press about the top stories in the Imperial County.

Get This: Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow

Feb. 15
Christopher Joyce, NPR
Tease photo

With snow blanketing much of the country, the topic of global warming has become the butt of jokes. Climate skeptics built an igloo in Washington, D.C., during the recent storm and dedicated it to former Vice President Al Gore, who's become the public face of climate change.

San Diego's Back County Plan Worries Farmers

Feb. 15
By Alison St John

The San Diego Farm Bureau will hold a workshop on the effects of the County’s General Plan Update. The existing General Plan allows development densities that are inappropriate for a rural area, and a judge ordered it to be updated.

Cities In Showdown With Calif. Over Local Revenue

Feb. 15
By Katie Orr

As they try to deal with local budget problems, cities like San Diego are trying to prevent the state from taking their tax revenues.

Researchers Explore Link Between Obesity And Environment

Feb. 15
By Tom Fudge

Where you live can determine whether you become overweight. Researchers say that's why poor people and poor neighborhoods are at the center of the obesity epidemic. Researchers at San Diego State are studying kids in a number of local neighborhoods to see how their environments affect their access to healthy food and exercise.

Port And Coastal Commission Work On Embarcadero Compromise

Feb. 15
By Alison St John

Staff of the California Coastal Commission and the Port District say they are both confident they can come up with a better plan for public open space on the waterfront downtown.

CHP Targets Cell Phone Use While Driving

Feb. 15
By Alison St John

Gary Dominguez, head of the CHP in San Diego, says since the law banning cell phone use while driving went into effect officers have ticketed thousands of drivers statewide for talking or texting while driving.

S.D. College Professor To March For California's Education

Feb. 15
By Ana Tintocalis

California education advocates are gearing up for a seven-week march on Sacramento next month in the name of public education. One San Diego college professor plans to make the statewide trek.