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Stories for February 16, 2010

Grant Will Fund Training For San Diego Biotech Industry

Feb. 16
By Tom Fudge

San Diego State University and a handful of local partners are creating an education program for people going into biotechnology. They're getting started, thanks to a $4.95 million grant from the department of labor.

Authorities Investigating Disappearance Of North County Family

Feb. 16
City News Service

Authorities sought today to locate a North County couple and their two young children, who went missing nearly two weeks ago. Friends, relatives and business associates of Bonsall residents Joseph and Summer McStay and their children, 4-year-old Gianni and 3-year-old Joseph Jr., have not seen them since Feb. 4, according to sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos.

Anthem Blue Cross Cuts Therapists' Rates

Feb. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

Patients who are covered by Anthem Blue Cross may have trouble finding a physical or occupational therapist who will accept their insurance. A growing number of therapists are rejecting new contracts with Anthem that pay them half of their normal rate.

SeaWorld Releases More Healed Brown Pelicans

Feb. 16
By Ed Joyce

The California Department of Fish and Game has joined other groups in trying to find out what's killing brown pelicans along the state coastline. SeaWorld is caring for injured pelicans from San Diego County beaches.

Baja California's Land Borders Exempt From New Passport Law

Feb. 16
By Amy Isackson

U.S. travelers who cross south into Baja California at land border crossings will not be required to show a U.S. passport. Mexico's new passport laws will not apply to Baja California's land border crossings.

County Invests In Upgrades At Registrar Of Voters

Feb. 16
By Alison St John

San Diego’s Registrar of Voters is working to make voting more efficient.

Group Files Lawsuit Challenging Sunrise Powerlink

Feb. 16
By Ed Joyce
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A lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the federal Eastern District Court to stop construction of San Diego Gas and Electric's Sunrise Powerlink transmission line through southern Imperial and San Diego counties.

Elephant Born At San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park

Feb. 16
Associated Press

The San Diego Zoo got a big gift for Valentine's Day - a baby elephant. The zoo's Wild Animal Park says the African elephant calf was born around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Debate Over Lieutenant Governor Choice Continues

Feb. 16
By Pamela Davis, Alison St John

The drama over Governor Schwarzenegger's choice for lieutenant governor continues at the state capitol. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Camp Pendleton Marines Battle Taliban in Afghanistan

Feb. 16
By Susan Murphy

Camp Pendleton Marines are part of NATO's biggest offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. Los Angeles Times reporter Tony Perry, embedded with the local Marines in southern Afghanistan, says strict new rules of engagement are forcing them to hold their fire.

Bach Collegium San Diego Performs

Feb. 16
These Days

Bach Collegium San Diego will perform excerpts from Bach's Motets in our studio.

Choose 'An Education' Over 'Valentine's Day' At The Theater

Feb. 16
By Angela Carone
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British actress Carey Mulligan is terrific in "An Education," as suggested by her various Best Actress nominations (at age 24!), but there's even more to admire about this understated coming-of-age story, especially when you compare it with the weekend box-office winner, "Valentine's Day."

Considering The Future Of Downtown San Diego

Feb. 16
These Days

What should the future of downtown San Diego be? Three people with different perspectives talk about their vision for downtown.

Marines Face New Challenges In Marja Assault

Feb. 16
These Days

How are U.S. and Afghan forces faring in their assault on the Taliban stronghold of Marja? We speak to Los Angeles Times reporter Tony Perry live from Afghanistan.

Taliban's Top Commander Caught In Pakistan

Feb. 16
Associated Press
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The Taliban's top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation in Pakistan in a major victory against the insurgents as U.S. troops push into their heartland in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

20th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Continues

Feb. 16
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Jewish Film Festival continues to run through next Sunday February 21 with the primary theater location being the AMC La Jolla. Here are some additional highlights.

More Latinos Move Away For College

Feb. 16
By Ana Tintocalis

UCLA researchers say more Latino students are moving away from home to attend college. Experts say the trend goes against longtime cultural norms.