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Local Hero Myra Curiel Helps Aging Out Foster Youth with Move-in Kits

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When Myra Curiel aged out of the foster care system and enrolled in Casa de Amparo’s New Directions transitional housing program in Oceanside, she received a welcome basket. Read more

Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Carmen Kcomt Advocates for Immigrant Families

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Carmen Kcomt is filled with pride. On June 25th, this 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero who hails from Peru, finally became a United States citizen. The journey to citizenship ... Read more

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Young Refugees In City Heights Learn Weaving From Their Elders

Sept. 16
By Megan Burks
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About 1,800 refugees from Burma live in San Diego County. For older refugees, who have a harder time learning English, they can become isolated. A class called Homespun, where elders teach the traditional art of weaving, helps the young and old bond.

Small Venues Pay Off Big: A Roundup Of Local San Diego Theater

Sept. 10
By Beth Accomando
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What better way to escape the summer heat than with some local theater productions that might be flying under the radar.

Meet Kelsey DeSantis: Marine Vet, Mixed Martial Arts Pro, Pageant Contestant (Video)

Sept. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter Kelsey DeSantis may best be known for taking Justin Timberlake as her date to the Marine Corps Ball. Well, DeSantis is making headlines again, this time for competing in a beauty pageant-esque competition called Ms. Veteran America.

Being Barbarella: Going Behind the Lipstick of 'Diary of a Diva'

Aug. 27
By Beth Accomando
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For the past decade, Barbarella Fokos has been writing her popular column Diary of a Diva for the San Diego Reader. Now she has released her first book, "Diary of a Diva: Behind the Lipstick."

ACLU To Military: Provide Gender Treatment To Chelsea Manning Or Get Sued

Aug. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military officials have until Sept. 4 to provide gender identity disorder treatment to Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning), or face a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Roundtable Tackles Migrant Crisis, Congressional Politics, For-Profit Colleges

Aug. 1
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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On the Roundtable: House conservatives block Obama's funding request; Carl DeMaio runs against the Republican platform; and the state says for-profit colleges target vets.

San Diego Religious Leaders Host Spiritual Summit for LGBTQ Community

Aug. 1
By Claire Trageser
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A first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Spiritual Summit on Saturday in Hillcrest aims to connect the gay and lesbian community with churches.

San Diego Muslims Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr (Photos)

July 31
By KPBS
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Young photographers from The AjA Project, a community arts nonprofit, captured in images local celebrations that marked the end of Ramadan.

Roundtable: Reflecting On Filner, No Shelter In Escondido, Padres And Chargers

July 25
Midday Edition
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Irene McCormack Jackson reveals what it was like to work for Mayor Bob Filner. Escondido reveals it doesn't want to shelter migrant children. The Padres reveal trades, and the Chargers reveal hopes for 2014.

Female MCAS Miramar Marine Named To 2015 Blue Angels Team

July 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Women are breaking new ground — in the air — making history on the newly chosen 2015 Blue Angels team.

James Garner Served In Korean War, Awarded Purple Heart Twice

July 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner, served in the Merchant Marines, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the U.S. Army. Garner was injured in the Korean War and twice awarded the Purple Heart before being discharged in 1952.

Tony Gwynn Mural Rises Above San Diego's East Village

July 18
By Nicholas McVicker
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The memory of San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn endures in a painting being unveiled Saturday.

Chelsea Manning To Start Treatment For Gender Dysphoria In Army Prison

July 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, will begin treatment for gender identity disorder while in military custody at Fort Leavenworth's prison. The Army had requested Manning be sent to a civilian prison for more sophisticated treatment, but the Bureau of Prisons denied that request.

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