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San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Exhibit

Jan. 23, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The machines, which were first made around the turn of the 20th century, are a technological marvel since the Chinese language has more than 70,000 characters and no alphabet.

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The Creepy (And Funny) World Of 'Welcome To Night Vale'

Sept. 21, 2016
By Michael Lipkin, Tom Fudge

Night Vale is a dreamlike, desert town full of conspiracies, a mysterious glowing cloud and monstrous librarians. And it's the subject of a hit, fictional podcast.

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Missed Out On Comic-Con? Get Your Geek On At Nerd Con In North County

Aug. 25, 2016
By Beth Accomando

The three-day event, which caters to the geek and cosplay community, takes over 12 acres of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido this weekend.

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Comic-Con Trash Seven Times More Than Normal

July 27, 2016
By City News Service

The Downtown San Diego Partnership reported Wednesday that workers on the organization's Clean & Safe team emptied around 6,720 bags of trash from Wednesday to Sunday — seven times more than a normal five-day period.

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Sob, Sob, Another Comic-Con Come And Gone

July 25, 2016
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con 2016 wrapped Sunday night. During the four-day celebration of all things pop culture, there were hundreds of hours of programming, a film festival and the handing out of the Eisner Awards. Now it's back to the daily grind.

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What To Know About Comic-Con, Day 1

July 21, 2016
By City News Service

First-day highlights include a panel with filmmaker Oliver Stone, a world-premiere screening of the USA series "Falling Water," the 75th anniversary of Captain America, the 19th annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza and the Cartoon Network Costume Ball.

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Trolley Increasing Service During Comic-Con

July 20, 2016
By City News Service

The Green, Orange and UC San Diego Blue Lines will depart all stations every 15 minutes most of each day. Train frequency will increase to every 7 1/2 minutes during peak travel times on the Green Line and UC San Diego Blue Line.

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The Healing Power Of Superheroes

July 19, 2016
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dr. Janina Scarlet, founder of Superhero Therapy, incorporates pop culture characters to help patients cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

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A Pair Of Geeky Fringe Festival Musicals Get Restaged During Comic-Con

July 19, 2016
By Beth Accomando

A long time ago in a galaxy known as MGM, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland used to rally a ragtag crew of neighborhood kids to put on a show. That spirit also fuels a youthful theater company called Turning Tydes, which serves up a pair of geeky, do-it-yourself musical mash-ups that will run during Comic-Con.

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How To Do Comic-Con Without A Badge

July 18, 2016
By Nina Garin

The many, many things you can do over Comic-Con weekend that don't require a badge.

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San Diego Players Hooked On Pokémon Go

July 18, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

KPBS Midday Edition speaks to a science and technology editor about the popular augmented reality game.

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Podcast Episode 84: Turning Tydes Serves Up Geeky Musical Mash-Ups

July 15, 2016
By Beth Accomando

If Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were geeks, they would be putting on a "Hobbits" version of "Les Mis" or a "Star Wars" take on "The Phantom of the Opera." That's what Turning Tydes is doing at Comic-Con.

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Comic-Con Celebrates 47 Years In San Diego

July 14, 2016
By Beth Accomando

The first Comic-Con, held in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel, drew about 300 people. Now it has almost 500,000 square feet of exhibit space and attracts more than 130,000 attendees.

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MTS Partners With Uber For All-Star Game And Comic-Con

July 7, 2016
By City News Service, KPBS News

The Metropolitan Transit System announced an agreement with Uber to bring customers to and from transit stations in San Diego County over the next few weeks, with the possibility of a more permanent arrangement in the future.

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Comic-Con Museum Proposed For Balboa Park

June 8, 2016
By City News Service

Discussions were under way between the San Diego Hall of Champions and Comic-Con International to lease space at the sports theme museum, according to museum officials.