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Stories for February 10, 2011

Looking For Hope In The Midst Of Mexico's Trouble

Feb. 10
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Headlines from Mexico are dominated by drug cartels and violence. A group of experts recently gathered at UC San Diego to turn the spotlight toward the country’s rich history and vibrant culture.

Trailer: 'X-Men First Class'

Feb. 10
By Beth Accomando
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Can't get enough of comic book movies? How about the new X-Men movie? Here's the latest trailer for "X-Men: First Class."

Small Great White Spotted Off La Jolla Cove

Feb. 10
By Nicole Lee
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Lifeguards issued a precautionary warning Thursday to all entering the water in La Jolla.

Brown Considers Voting By Mail For Potential Special Election

Feb. 10
California Capitol Network

State lawmakers haven’t agreed yet to call a June Special Election but Gov. Jerry Brown is already considering having everyone vote by mail.

New Programs Aim To Curb California Home Foreclosures

Feb. 10
California Capitol Network

California officials say they hope a handful of new programs can help save 100,000 homes from foreclosure.

SD Employee Pension Lawsuit Will Be Tried In LA

Feb. 10
City News Service

A lawsuit between the city of San Diego and its employee pension system will be tried in Los Angeles County, a San Diego judge ruled Thursday.

INDEPENDENT LENS: When I Rise

Feb. 10
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“When I Rise” is a feature-length documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

California Supreme Court Bars Retailers From Requesting ZIP Codes

Feb. 10
By Erik Anderson

The State's top court today overturned a decision that let stores ask their customers for ZIP Codes.

Masterpiece Classic: Any Human Heart - Part One

Feb. 10
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Based on William Boyd's bestselling novel, this three-part series stars Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen, and Sam Claflin, each playing the hero in a different stage of his eventful life including novelist, war correspondent, father, spy, prisoner of war, art dealer, husband, and many times over, a lover. Also starring are Haley Atwell, Kim Cattrall, Gillian Anderson, Tom Hollander and Ed Stoppard.

Defiant Mubarak Steps Back, But Not Down

Feb. 10
NPR
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak transferred his authority to his vice president while leaving his ongoing role in the government unclear.

NATURE: The Himalayas

Feb. 10
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In "The Himalayas," NATURE explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of this mountain chain starring the mysterious snow leopard. From Everest to the Tibetan Plateau, from the Gaumukh to the Ganges, this episode introduces us to a complex, interconnected natural world that continues to inspire, challenge and amaze the human race.

Home Post: What Does Change in Egypt Mean to the U.S.?

Feb. 10
Beth Ford Roth
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There have been a few times in my life when I’ve watched the news and realized that what’s unfolding before me will one day end up in a history book the next generation will have in their high school lockers. This is one of those times. Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that there have been constant protests in Egypt for the last 17 days. It seems today is the day the change that so many have demonstrated for will happen.

Preview: San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Feb. 10
By Beth Accomando
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The 21st Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Reading Town Square Cinemas with "Berlin '36" and continues through February 20th.

Alleged 'Boy Assassin' To Face Homicide Charges

Feb. 10
Associated Press

A 14-year-old U.S. citizen who allegedly acted as an assassin for a drug cartel will face homicide charges from Mexican prosecutors.

Brown Decides Not To Sell State Buildings

Feb. 10
California Capitol Network
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In order to save taxpayers more money in the long run, Gov. Jerry Brown has decided not to sell and lease back state buildings.

San Diegans React To Egyptian President's Decision To Stay

Feb. 10
By Kyla Calvert, Amita Sharma
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San Diegans closely watch events in Cairo as President Hosni Mubarak defies calls for his resignation.

Everyday Food: Great Dishes Under $10

Feb. 10
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Cooking creative and tasty meals at home doesn't have to break the bank. In this episode, "Everyday Food" shows you how to create hearty and delicious dishes that each cost less than $10. John makes a classic Italian-American combination of homemade meatballs with garlic bread on the side. Sarah roasts a whole chicken to create roast chicken tacos with avocado, cilantro and a hint of lime.

Egypt's Military To Protesters: 'Demands Will Be Met'

Feb. 10
NPR Staff and Wires
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Egypt's uprising appeared to have reached a critical point Thursday, as senior military leaders and government officials told protesters in Cairo that "all your demands will be met."

Who Is Lorie Zapf And What Does She Want To Do?

Feb. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn
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Newly elected San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf represents the city's Sixth District. She ran her 2010 campaign as a small businesswoman and not a career politician. But, now, of course, she is a politician, facing challenging issues including the city budget and unpopular water rate increases.

Spreading Labor Strikes Energize Protests In Egypt

Feb. 10
NPR Staff and Wires
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Doctors and lawyers, steel workers and bus drivers joined in labor unrest that spread across Egypt on Thursday, adding momentum to opposition protests amid renewed threats of a government crackdown.

Survey Finds Widespread Dissatisfaction With Health Care System

Feb. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

A broad majority of Californians say they're in good health. But there's widespread dissatisfaction with the state's health-care system.

SD Supervisors Hunt For Ways To Compensate Backcountry Land Owners

Feb. 10
By Alison St John

Hundreds of San Diego's back country residents stand to lose their development rights under changes to the County's growth plan. Supervisors are looking for ways to compensate them, but they lack good options.

Review: 'Marwencol'

Feb. 10
By Beth Accomando
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Imagine a one-sixth scale world populated by Barbies and GI Joe dolls. That's the world of “Marwencol” (opening February 11 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium 15), the documentary that won the "Judge's Choice" award at the Comic-Con International Film Festival last year. You can listen to my radio feature.

Nortec Artists Mix Tijuana Folklore Into ‘Bulevar 2000’

Feb. 10
By Nathan Gibbs
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Tijuana-based Nortec Collective mixes electronic music with the brass, drums and accordion of popular Mexican Norteño music. Their latest album, "Bulevar 2000," is nominated for a GRAMMY award.

Stimulus Spending Created 2,000 San Diego Jobs at End of 2010

Feb. 10
By Kyla Calvert

About $2.4 billion in federal stimulus funding has been slated for San Diego County since the program started in February 2009. The money has supported about 2,100 projects in the region.

San Diego School Principals Wield Budget Ax

Feb. 10
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego City schools could layoff more than 1,300 employees, including 500 teachers. That’s based on the district’s “worst case budget scenario” which the school board will consider approving on Thursday.