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Stories for February 18, 2011

Review: 'I Am Number Four'

Feb. 18
By Beth Accomando
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"I Am Number Four" (opening February 18 throughout San Diego) is a teen action film with hopes of a franchise.

3 Arrested In Alleged Murder-For-Hire Plot

Feb. 18
By Amy Isackson

California authorities report a murder conspiracy was foiled and three hit men allegedly hired by a Tijuana drug gang were arrested without incident.

Runaway Wisconsin Democrats Cheered By Protesters

Feb. 18
NPR
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Fourteen Democratic senators in Wisconsin fled in an attempt to stall a vote on the Republican governor's plan to end collective bargaining rights for public workers.

San Diego Zoo Names Baby Koala

Feb. 18
City News Service

A 7-month-old koala at the San Diego Zoo will be named "Cambee," but the sex of the joey remains unknown, park officials announced today.

Brown: Within Striking Distance On Budget

Feb. 18
California Capitol Network
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Governor Jerry Brown says he and state lawmakers are in a “very good position” to get a state budget passed.

Insight: Brown Bans SWAG

Feb. 18
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Governor Jerry Brown today showed us why he really should have stuck with the program and become a Jesuit friar.

San Diego Hustles To OK Building Projects

Feb. 18
By Katie Orr

There’s a sports saying that goes “go big or go home.” That appears to be the City of San Diego’s philosophy when it comes to locking in redevelopment money.

Insight: A Revolution Of The Ages

Feb. 18
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

When Egypt rose up in mass protests, would you have been out there in Tahrir Square? If you were a 23-year-old unemployed man with no promise your situation would change, you probably would have.

San Diego Man Gets Second Heart

Feb. 18
City News Service

A San Diego man is recovering today following a rare type of surgery at Thornton Hospital that left him with two beating hearts.

Jackie Gleason: Genius At Work

Feb. 18
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In the golden era of television, Jackie Gleason was king. The one-hour special, "Jackie Gleason: Genius At Work," features a collection of Gleason’s most memorable characters and skits from his long-running network television series, insightful commentary from host Jeff Garlin (from HBO’s "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and a special appearance by wife Marilyn Gleason.

New ATM Cashes In On Old Cell Phones

Feb. 18
By Peggy Pico
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Called EcoAtm’s, the new machines pay cash for "e-waste" like outdated and broken cell phones.

Local Event: Burning Man Film Festival

Feb. 18
By Beth Accomando
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Are you burning to know what Burning Man is all about? Check out the Burning Man Film Festival Saturday February 19 at the UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center.

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Sitcoms

Feb. 18
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This episode focuses on five key sitcoms: "I Love Lucy," "The Honeymooners," "Make Room for Daddy," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show." In a rare occurrence, both Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke recount their years on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Hundreds of episodes were culled for the most entertaining clips - including one particularly side-splitting bit by Don Knotts.

New Superstore Legislation Introduced in Sacramento

Feb. 18
City News Service
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New legislation was introduced this week to require developers of big box superstores in California to file economic impact reports.

More Blood In Bahrain As Troops Fire On Protesters

Feb. 18
NPR staff and wires
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Bahraini soldiers fired automatic weapons and lobbed tear gas at mourners in a funeral procession Friday who defied a ban on gatherings and marched toward a central square in the capital that was the scene of a bloody crackdown the day before.

Mexico Earthquake Felt In San Diego

Feb. 18
City News Service
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A magnitude 5.1 earthquake centered near Sonora, Mexico, was felt as far north as downtown San Diego today.

Hearing Set To Decide On Release Of Loughner Records

Feb. 18
City News Service
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A hearing is scheduled in San Diego today to decided whether to release records about Jared Lee Loughner who is accused of killing six people and wounding 13 others including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

New Legislation Proposed To Require Apartment Recycling Programs

Feb. 18
California Capitol Network

Apartment owners would be required to offer recycling service to tenants under a new bill introduced by state lawmaker, Bob Blumenfield.

Sesame Street: Super Grover 2.0 Week

Feb. 18
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He may not leap tall buildings in a single bound or fly through the air with the greatest of ease, but he loves to unleash the power of investigation! This season "Sesame Street" introduces an all new segment- “Super Grover 2.0.” As he observes, questions, investigates, and reports, our hero literally stumbles across solutions to problems all across the planet.

Review: 'Unknown'

Feb. 18
By Beth Accomando
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If "Unknown" (opening February 18 throughout San Diego) looks somewhat familiar, it is.

Who Is Carl DeMaio Trying To Appeal To?

Feb. 18
Editors Roundtable

Councilman Carl DeMaio has already announced his plans to run for mayor in 2012, but who will support him? The polarizing politician has few allies in city government after taking on some of the city's most powerful entities. We discuss DeMaio's disagreement with the mayor over eliminating free trash pickup, and his efforts to switch all city employees to a 401 (k)-style retirement plan.

City Council Considers Menu Of Options To Cut Deficit

Feb. 18
Editors Roundtable

The San Diego City Council recently was given a list of almost 300 options to cut its projected $56.7 million deficit for next fiscal year. We take a look at the budget cuts menu, and discuss how politics will play a role in what's decided. Plus, we talk about the disagreement between the mayor's office and the city's independent budget analyst over the amount of next year's deficit.

San Diego Unified Could Eliminate 500 Teachers

Feb. 18
Editors Roundtable

The San Diego Unified School District faces a budget hole of $120 million for 2011-12 academic year. The school board is considering two scenarios. If voters support a proposal to extend state tax increases, the debt could be cut in half. If not, as many as 500 teachers could be laid off. We discuss how the uncertainty is affecting the district.

Strong Pacific Storm To Pound San Diego

Feb. 18
By Susan Murphy
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Heavy rain and mountain snow will hit the San Diego region later today. A National Weather Service (NWS) advisory warns of flash flooding and strong winds.

The Impact Of Rising Food Prices On Arab Unrest

Feb. 18
Tom Gjelten
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The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt came just as world food prices hit a record high. The World Bank reported this week that the cost of food is now at "dangerous" levels, a fact that is far more burdensome for people in the developing world.

Insight: San Diego Bookstores Mourn The Borders Bankruptcy

Feb. 18
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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San Diego independent bookstores will lose some competition when Borders declares bankruptcy. But they are not celebrating the news, which they see as a blow to the bookstore business.

Senate Committee Approves Nearly $1.5 Billion In Cuts To Medi-Cal

Feb. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

The California Senate Budget Committee has approved a number of cuts to the MediCal program. Doctors are upset about a 10-percent pay cut.