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Stories for February 10, 2012

Flagstaff 911 Dispatcher Saves a Life

Feb. 10
By Laurel Morales

In November, experienced pilot Jeff Boatman crashed his helicopter just south of the Grand Canyon. He found his cell phone and dialed 911. Rosie Rodriquez took the call.

Democrat May Get Local, But Not National Party Endorsement in 52nd Congressional Race

Feb. 10
By Alison St John

Democrats are out in force in San Diego this weekend for the statewide annual party convention. Democratic House leader, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, joined them Friday.

Judge: Sweetwater District Unfairly Favored Boys' Sports Over Girls' Sports at Castle Park High

Feb. 10
CITY NEWS SERVICE

In a potentially precedent-setting decision, a federal judge in San Diego ruled that the Sweetwater Union High School District unfairly favored boys' sports over girls' sports at Castle Park High School by giving the boys better athletic facilities, resources and opportunities.

SD City Council To Receive Proposed Ordinance To Ban Smoking In Housing Complexes

Feb. 10
City News Service

A City Council committee next week will receive a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in housing complexes if the smoker is asked to stop by another resident, according to documents displayed on the city's website.

SDUSD Reaches Tentative Agreement On School Cop Salaries

Feb. 10
City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District today announced a tentative agreement with its Police Officers Association to hold the line on salaries and maintain furloughs for the next school year.

California’s Cash Situation Continues to Deteriorate

Feb. 10
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The State Controller’s office says January revenues came in well below what Governor Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal had projected them to be.

County Official Says Food Stamp Hotline Problems Started One Year Ago

Feb. 10
Evening Edition
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The county first realized it was having problems with a hotline designed to help residents access food stamps and other benefits about a year ago, according to Nick Macchione, the director of the county's Health and Human Services Agency.

Sustainable Surfing Holds San Diego Conference Spotlight

Feb. 10
By Erik Anderson
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Southern California surfers gather at San Diego State University Saturday to talk about sustainability.

NRC Faults Edison For San Onofre Nuclear Plant Leak

Feb. 10
By Ed Joyce
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Federal regulators say an ammonia leak that caused an emergency alert at Southern California's San Onofre nuclear plant was caused by employees who failed to recognize degraded equipment and fix it.

Part-Time Legislature for California?

Feb. 10
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

A Republican state lawmaker wants to make serving in the California legislature a part-time job. She's gathering signatures for an initiative she hopes to place on the November ballot.

'Pina,' 'The Recommendation' And Other Stuff I Like Right Now

Feb. 10
By Angela Carone
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Some cultural endorsements for you to consider, including the dance doc "Pina," a play about race and class that has men in towels, and some crazy underwater dog photography.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Feb. 10
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Combining startlingly fresh and candid 16mm footage that had lain undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for the past 30 years, with contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, ”Mixtape” looks at the people, society, culture and style that fueled an era of convulsive change, 1967-1975. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 1970s mixtape format, this is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America.

SD Community College Students Have Tough Time Passing Math

Feb. 10
Diana Crofts-Pelayo

New report finds that on average, less than half of all community colleges students across the state are passing math courses required for an associate degree or for transferring to a four-year college.

Former SDPD Officer Sentenced To 8 Years, 8 Months

Feb. 10
James R. Riffel and Kelly Wheeler, CITY NEWS SERVICE

A former San Diego police officer who bribed and sexually assaulted women he stopped in the Gaslamp District for drunken driving and other offenses was sentenced today to eight years and eight months in prison.

Roundtable: Prop 8 Ruling, SDUSD Vs. Teachers Union, Food Trucks & Health

Feb. 10
Midday Edition
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Roundtable: The Ninth Circuit rules on Proposition 8; the teachers union rules on San Diego Unified's budget plans, and we find out if there are rules for food trucks in San Diego County.

Not In Our Town: Class Actions

Feb. 10
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This program features three stories of students and their communities standing together to stop hate and bullying. Fifty years after James Meredith became the first black student at the segregated University of Mississippi, football fans revive the chant “The South will rise again.” Student leaders confront the divisive practice, sparking a campus visit from the Ku Klux Klan. The college town of Bloomington, Indiana, shocked after a Korean student was murdered by a white supremacist a decade ago, bands together again after anti-Semitic attacks on the eve of Hanukkah. In Lancaster, Calif., a middle school counselor starts an anti-bullying program that inspires a citywide campaign after teen suicides in nearby towns shake the town into action.

SD Law Enforcement To Crack Down On Texting While Driving

Feb. 10
City News Service

Beginning Monday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol will crack down on motorists who use their cellphones to talk without hands-free devices or text while driving.

Guest Review: 'Safe House'

Feb. 10
Jeff Murray, Guest Blogger
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Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington team up in "Safe House" (opening February 10th throughout San Diego) for a fast-paced action-thriller directed by Sweden's Daniel Espinosa.

LaHood Says Feds Like High Speed Rail Plan

Feb. 10
Bob Moffitt, California Capitol Network

No matter how much California’s High Speed Rail costs balloon, the Federal Government will continue to support the project.

White House Bends On Birth Control Requirement For Religious Groups

Feb. 10
Julie Rovner, NPR
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Under increasing pressure, the White House has offered what it's calling an "accommodation" to religious groups on a requirement to cover birth control free of charge.

Pentagon to Let Women Serve Closer to Front Lines

Feb. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense announced new rules that will allow women in the United States military to serve closer to the front lines of combat.

San Diego Considers Raising Water Rates — Again

Feb. 10
Kelly Thornton, Investigative Newsource
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In the coming months, San Diego officials will contemplate another series of water-rate increases to fund infrastructure improvements, but the Public Utilities Department will have to answer a lot of questions first about how money was spent from the previous series of rate hikes.

Fight To Save Cross On Mount Soledad Appealed To U.S. Supreme Court

Feb. 10
By Dwane Brown
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The attorney for cross supporters says if the 9th Circuit Court ruling isn't overturned, veteran memorials across the country will be torn down.

California's Democratic Party Faithful Gather In San Diego For Annual Convention

Feb. 10
By Alison St John

Democrats from around California are assembling in San Diego this weekend for the State Party Convention. One of the hottest topics will be how redistricting and the new Open Primary will affect the Party.

John Baldessari: Can't Take National City Out Of The Boy

Feb. 10
By Angela Carone
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How important is your hometown to who you are today? For artist John Baldessari, spending his youth in National City still impacts the way he sees the world. A new exhibit of work by the pioneering artist has opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Camp Pendleton Marines Posed With Logo Resembling Nazi Symbol In Afghanistan

Feb. 10
By Beth Ford Roth and Beth Ford Roth, Home Post and Julie Watson, Associated Press
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The Marine Corps on Thursday once again did damage control after a photograph surfaced of a sniper team in Afghanistan posing in front of a flag with a logo resembling that of the notorious Nazi SS - a special unit that murdered millions of Jews, gypsies and others.

With November Measure Off The Table, What's Next For Pensions?

Feb. 10
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Now that backers of a major pension overhaul have ended their attempt to qualify a November ballot measure, any changes to California's public employee retirement system this year will have to come from the Democratic-controlled legislature.