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Stories for February 8, 2011

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UCSD Lights Up Nerves For Surgeons

Feb. 8, 2011
By Peggy Pico

UCSD researchers have developed a way to make your nerves glow in the dark.

Ruptured Water Main Leaves 52 Homes Without Plumbing

Feb. 8, 2011
City News Service

Dozens of homes were temporarily without functional plumbing after a water main ruptured underneath an intersection, shutting down traffic lanes.

Few Show Up for Solar Hearings in Imperial Valley

Feb. 8, 2011
By Ruxandra Guidi

Hearing on solar development fails to garner much interest in El Centro, despite recent concerns over environmental damage.

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Centre City Development Corp. To Pay Off Petco Park Debt

Feb. 8, 2011
City News Service

The Centre City Development Corp. will pay off the rest of the debt service on Petco Park as was decided and unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council.

San Diego Gas Prices Set January Record

Feb. 8, 2011
By Erik Anderson

The crisis in Egypt appears to be costing San Diegans at the pump.

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Brown Meets With Caucuses To Promote Budget Plan

Feb. 8, 2011
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Jerry Brown is spending two days attending four gatherings to meet with both the Republican and Democratic caucuses to promote his budget cuts.

Renewable Energy From Gas Byproduct Project Dedicated In Escondido

Feb. 8, 2011
City News Service

The first renewable energy project in California to take byproduct gas from the wastewater treatment process and convert it to natural gas for home and business use was dedicated today in Escondido.

Obama Calls For Six-Year Plan To Continue Spending On High-Speed Rail

Feb. 8, 2011
Associated Press

President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, which would run through many cities including San Diego, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jump-start job creation.

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Faulty Electronics Not To Blame For Sticky Accelerators On Toyotas

Feb. 8, 2011
City News Service

The problem of sticking accelerators in Toyota automobiles was the result of mechanical problems, not faulty electronics, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation said today.

SDSU Officials Thank City For Cleanup Efforts

Feb. 8, 2011
City News Service

Officials from San Diego State University, including President Stephen L. Weber, thanked the city for cleanup efforts that made it possible to hold December's Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.

ATF Director Says More Staff Needed To Fight Gun Smuggling

Feb. 8, 2011
By Amy Isackson

A top federal official says his agency doesn't have enough staff to follow up on leads in gun cases or properly inspect guns shops.

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Pent-up Housing Demand Will Soon Rip Loose

Feb. 8, 2011
By Tom Fudge

Real estate experts talk about a pending drop in the median price of San Diego homes due to the “shadow inventory.” These are distressed homes on the cusp of foreclosure that will soon flood the market. But that’s only one side of the coin.

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Writing To Michelle Obama

Feb. 8, 2011
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh

Over 100 African-American women have written letters to Michelle Obama on the occasion of her historic entry into the White House. Those letters are gathered in a book called "Go, Tell Michelle." A staged reading of "Go, Tell Michelle" takes place tonight in San Diego. We'll talk with the book's editors.

City Council Creates "Ronald Reagan Day"

Feb. 8, 2011
City News Service

The City Council will make Feb.6 "Ronald Reagan Day" in San Diego in order to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan.

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Rants and Raves: Black History and Women in Horror

Feb. 8, 2011
By Beth Accomando

Each month I try to focus on a theme for the Cinema Junkie Facebook page. This month I will be highlighting films and artists for Black History Month and Women in Horror Recognition Month.

City Cleans House On Community Grant Program

Feb. 8, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

We'll examine the red tape that's been holding millions of dollars of federal block grants in limbo here in San Diego.

Padres Checkup With Team Doc

Feb. 8, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

We'll check up on the health of the San Diego Padres with Scripps Clinic orthopedic surgeon and team doctor Heinz Hoenecke as the team prepares for spring training.

White House Update

Feb. 8, 2011
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

President Obama tells the nation's business leaders that they have a responsibility to America. Meanwhile, the Administration continues to strike a cautious note on the protests in Egypt. NPR Correspondent Scott Horsley joins us for a White House update.

Govt To Release Findings Of Toyota Investigation

Feb. 8, 2011
KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

The Obama administration is poised to announce the results of a 10-month investigation into whether faulty electronics played a role in Toyota vehicles' sudden, unintentional acceleration and other safety problems.

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Egypt's Mubarak Creates Panel For Reforms

Feb. 8, 2011
NPR Staff and Wires

Embattled President Hosni Mubarak's regime set up a committee Tuesday to recommend constitutional changes that would relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits.

Groundwater Could Limit Future Growth In San Diego's Backcountry

Feb. 8, 2011
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors will consider their plan for future growth tomorrow. Their existing plan was drawn up 30 years ago.

Childhood Obesity Looms Large In New Field Poll

Feb. 8, 2011
By Kenny Goldberg

California voters say unhealthy eating is the biggest health risk that children face. A new Field Poll reveals most voters think childhood obesity is a very serious problem.

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Playground Nearly Tossed In SD City Financial Clean-up

Feb. 8, 2011
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The city of San Diego is trying to clean up a financial mess involving millions of dollars in federal grant money.