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? Princeton Review ranked UCSD among its 2012 “Top 75 Best Value Public Schools” list. The list, which was printed in conjunction with USA Today, said UCSD had “an excellent reputation, huge research budgets and an idyllic climate that have helped it attract eight Nobel Laureates to its faculty.”
? Three UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering faculty members and one member of the Council of Advisors of the Dean of the Jacobs School were named to the National Academy of Engineers this week. Juan C. Lasheras, Robert Skelton, Mike Baskes and Peter C. Farrell will join only 62 other new members of the Academy, which is made up of some of the world’s most accomplished engineers.
? Ten elliptical machines on the second floor of RIMAC are now connected to a system that converts human energy to no-cost carbon-free electricity.

SAN DIEGO
? The San Diego Padres are awaiting MLB approval to finalize a deal that would create a new regional FOX sports channel. The Padres would control a 20-percent stake in the new channel.-
? A man is receiving hospital treatment after being stabbed early Sunday morning near San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. The suspect fled the scene and no arrests were made.
? Approximately 100 acres of Camp Pendleton burned last Thursday, Feb. 9. The flames, which began during a training exercise, took several hours and multiple fire crews from North County, to put out.
? A San Diego police officer has been sentenced to nine years in state prison after offering to ignore traffic violations for young women in the Gaslamp Quarter in exchange for sex.

CALIFORNIA
?A 2-1 decision in the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Feb. 6 that Prop. 8’s passage was unlawful in California. The ruling stated that the purpose of Prop. 8, which amended the California Constitution to classify marriage as only ‘between a man and a woman,’ was “to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” An appeal is pending.

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