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Local Hero Vickie Turner Dreams With Her Eyes Open

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For Vickie E. Turner, becoming a lawyer wasn’t a childhood dream, but as an accountant for the Las Vegas Gaming Commission, she felt that something was lacking and wanted more. ... Read more

Child of Nature, M. Eloise Battle, Works to Preserve Tecolote Canyon

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Most people seem to have a phobia about rats, and that's just what the boys in M. Eloise Battle's school were counting on the day they tossed a large, dead ... Read more

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San Francisco Pride Names Pvt. Bradley Manning Of Wikileaks Infamy As Parade Grand Marshal

April 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military LGBT activists are "astounded" that San Francisco Pride organizers chose Chelsea Manning - a.k.a. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning - as honorary parade grand marshal. Manning was found guilty of espionage in 2013 for handing over top secret government documents to Wikileaks. Today the Army upheld that conviction, and the 35 year sentence that went along with it.

21st San Diego Latino FIlm Festival Promises Some Good Fare

March 19
By Rebecca Romani
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Offerings at the 21st San Diego Latino Film Festival promise more variety than what's currently in theaters. Guest blogger Rebecca Romani has suggestions.

Watch Historic Medal Of Honor Ceremony Live (Video)

March 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama today will award the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. A prior congressional investigation found many of these soldiers were previously denied the Medal of Honor due to their Jewish or Latino heritage.

Review: San Diego Latino Film Festival's Un Mundo Extraño

March 13
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off it’s 21st season tonight. But while it’s easy to fill the house with opening and closing night crowd pleasers, I suggest getting out of your comfort zone and checking out the bizarre world of Un Mundo Extraño.

Report: US Military's Ban On Transgender Troops 'Damaging'

March 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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There is no "compelling medical reason" to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, according to a report released Thursday by an independent commission lead by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

Transgender Rights Opponents In California Fail To Get Issue On Ballot

Feb. 24
Associated Press
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If the referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice had made the ballot, the law would have been put on hold until after the election.

Some In San Diego's LGBT Community Not Embracing DeMaio's Same-Sex Partner Ad

Feb. 24
By Claire Trageser
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Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio made national headlines with a recent commercial. But some members of San Diego's LGBT community are not embracing the ad.

Behind The Scenes: DNA New Works Series

Feb. 20
Evening Edition
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Developing new works is in the La Jolla Playhouse’s blood. Perhaps that’s why its DNA New Works Series is so appropriately named. Last year's inaugural series was a success and now begins the second season of this innovative play development program. 

Montford Point Marines Jackson, Inge & Reavis: The Story Continues

Black History Month 2014 Honorees

Feb. 4
By Monica Medina
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The Montford Point Marines are a little known part of U.S. military history. Born out of necessity, when African American men were first drafted to serve in World War II, the legacy of the Marines who trained at Montford Point in North Carolina is a mirror of the times, back when segregation and discrimination were par for the course.

In the Presence of Greatness: Montford Point Marines Jackson, Inge & Reavis

Black History Month 2014 Honorees

Feb. 3
By Monica Medina
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True heroism. You can see it in their hands, brown and weathered. Their long fingers, slightly bent from the weight of the load they've had to carry. It's in their faces too, which exemplify a quiet dignity, and in their eyes, which glisten like gems from beneath the Pacific. An homage perhaps, to their time in Hawaii, Saipan, Guam and Okinawa. The crevices that line their faces and their somber, knowing smiles reveal a measure of the life they've lived.

Cosmetologist Tessie Bonner Saves Lives Through Breast Cancer Prevention

Black History Month 2014 Honoree

Jan. 31
By Monica Medina
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Tessie Bonner considers herself a "church lady," given that her religious beliefs are at the core of who she is and how she lives her life. But Bonner, whose friends and close associates tend to also think of her as "the little engine that could," seems to be so much more than any one label.

Court Won't Revisit California 'Gay Therapy' Ban

Jan. 29
Associated Press
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A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that barred mental counseling aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation.

Preview: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Jan. 23
By Beth Accomando
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Human Rights Watch wants to use film to make a difference in the world. The organization’s film festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts tonight for the fourth year.  

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