This weekend's local headlines, Feb. 10-12

A roundup of the North County Times news stories you may have missed.

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  1. FRIDAY: It's one officer's word against another's recorded words, as the Oceanside Police Department finds itself in the middle of a he-said-he-said controversy brought on by wrongful termination lawsuit. Parents worried about air quality near San Marcos elementary school breathed a bit easier when studies found no asbestos present. And a Ramona mother is alerting users of the social networking site, Facebook, that her child's photo is being exploited in a hoax that claims to raise money for sick children.
  2. SATURDAY: Nearly 300 low-income senior citizens in Escondido will be among the first to feel the effects of California's recent decision to abolish redevelopment agencies. The loss of the agency means Escondido will no longer have the funding to provide housing subsidies for some of their neediest residents. CSUSM freshman Alexa Jones lost her father in a car accident just two months before winning one of the biggest pageants in her life. It was tough, but it's what her father would have wanted, she says. And a group of immigrant rights activists marching through California stopped in Escondido Friday, bringing snacks to day-laborers and calling attention to immigrant concerns.
  3. SUNDAY: Marine Cpl. Michael Fox has displayed extraordinary courage and a surprisingly positive attitude during his recovery from losing both his legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. The former high-school wrestler allowed a  North County Times photographer to document his physical therapy session, resulting in an intimate and painful look at his journey. Business reporter Eric Wolff gives readers a glimpse of what to expect as banks figure out what to do following the historic mortgage settlement. And as Oceanside businesses increasingly use 'creative' signs to advertise, city officials are preparing to crack down on what they call the resulting 'visual blight.'