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Stories for February 25, 2010

Obama's Pick For San Diego U.S. Attorney Gets Rave Reviews From Local Lawyers

Feb. 25, 2010
By Amita Sharma

The nominee for U.S. Attorney in San Diego has a reputation in local legal circles as detail-oriented with a knack for managing complex cases. Laura Duffy is best known for successfully prosecuting members of the violent Arellano-Felix drug cartel.

Local Law Enforcement Enters Social-Network Realm In Quest for Crime Tips

Feb. 25, 2010
City News Service

San Diego-area law enforcement officials have announced a campaign to generate crime tips from the ever-growing ranks of social-network enthusiasts.

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City Ethics Commission Hearing On Emerald Violation Postponed

Feb. 25, 2010
By Alison St John

A hearing before San Diego City’s Ethics Commission today was postponed after Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s attorney challenged one of the commissioners.

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Culture Lust Weekend: Dance on Film, Stand-Up Science, and The Moving Units

Feb. 25, 2010
By Angela Carone, Meredith Hattam

What we'll drop in on this Culture Lust weekend: the Dance on Film fest, a wit-cracking biologist, and The Moving Units at the Casbah.

Property Taxes Declining in San Diego County

Feb. 25, 2010
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

As many as 700,000 property tax owners in San Diego County will see their property tax bills go down this year. Assessments are dropping because of a decrease in the rate of inflation.

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Lawmakers Press Points At Health Care Summit

Feb. 25, 2010

A health care overhaul has become a "very ideological, very partisan battle," President Obama said Thursday in opening a summit he hopes will help resolve that divide.

Local Enthusiasts Discuss Future Of Space Exploration

Feb. 25, 2010
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

How will big changes at NASA impact the local aerospace industry? We speak to participants in the upcoming SpaceUp unconference about the local space exploration industry, and how the nation's space exploration goals have evolved over time.

Oxfam America President On U.S. Foreign Aid

Feb. 25, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Disaster relief has been in the forefront of the news since the Jan. 12 earthquake destroyed parts of Haiti and killed and injured hundreds of thousands of people there. Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, will address this issue and other U.S. foreign aid concerns at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. He joins us in studio to talk about proposed changed to U.S. foreign aid.

Sorting Through Race Relations At UCSD

Feb. 25, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Natalie Walsh

The now infamous "Compton Cookout" has become a catalyst for a broader discussion on the climate at the UC, San Diego. Some student leaders are describing a toxic environment for African-American students on campus. We'll explore what's happening with race relations at UCSD and beyond.

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U.S. Military Role In Haiti Met With Mixed Emotions

Feb. 25, 2010
Juan Forero, NPR

The U.S. military, stretched thin in Iraq and Afghanistan, has taken on another major operation after a massive earthquake hit Haiti. About 22,000 service members responded, many of them distributing food and providing medical aid.

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UCSD Students Demand Swift Actions

Feb. 25, 2010
By Ana Tintocalis

A campus teach-in at UC San Diego turned into a walkout yesterday. Several hundreds of minority students defiantly marched away from the campus event which was designed to quell racial tensions.

Anthem Blue Cross Challenged In Court

Feb. 25, 2010
By Kenny Goldberg

The organ transplant policies of Anthem Blue Cross are being challenged in a Los Angeles court room. A patient is accusing the insurer of automatically denying his request for an out-of-network liver transplant.

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Mexican Soldiers Free 6 In Tijuana

Feb. 25, 2010
By Amy Isackson

The Mexican Amy says it freed six men in Tijuana early Wednesday morning and detained a man and a woman who allegedly held the group captive. However, the army shared few details about the case.

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The Crazies: Interview with Director Breck Eisner

Feb. 25, 2010
By Beth Accomando

“The Crazies” (opening February 26 throughout San Diego) is the latest horror film from the 1970s to get a Hollywood remake. You can listen to my radio feature or read my extended interview with director Breck Eisner about why he wanted to remake this George Romero film.