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A Conversation With Civil-Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

June 26
Midday Edition
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In the 1960s, Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, and she's spent her life working to mobilize people power. Huerta was in San Diego this week to speak to a convention of Latino elected officials.

Scenes From World Refugee Day In San Diego

June 23
By KPBS
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Check out photos from Saturday's event at Balboa Park that were taken by youths from the The AjA Project, a photography nonprofit. Many of the young photographers are refugees themselves.

San Diego Refugee Lobbies Congress For More Resettlement Dollars

June 20
By Megan Burks
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Saturday is World Refugee Day. One San Diego refugee is taking the opportunity to lobby Congress for more funds to help refugees rent homes and find jobs.

LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Robert Gleason Builds Consensus

LGBT Pride Month 2014 Honoree

June 16
By Monica Medina
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Ask anyone who knows Robert Gleason what quality most defines him, and it's pretty much unanimous: consensus builder.

Local Hero Albert Ogle Advocates for LGBT Human Rights

LGBT Pride Month 2014 Honoree

June 13
By Monica Medina
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As a child in Belfast, the Reverend Canon Albert Ogle grew up in a place where being gay was criminalized. It was a violent time, filled with sectarian rioting, when Irish Catholics and Nationalists were demanding an end to years of discrimination. Ogle, a 2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Hero, wryly observes that despite the hostility between the factions, there was at least one item both sides could agree on.

Meet Spc. Tinita Taylor: 1st Female Graduate Of Army's Jungle-Warfare Course (Video)

June 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Spc. Tinita Taylor has become the first woman to complete the Army's Jungle Operations Training Course. Taylor graduated from the course June 6, and her next goal is to become the first female to complete Army Ranger school.

San Diego Refugees, Advocates Call For More Medical Translators

June 9
By Susan Murphy
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A diverse group of two dozen people gathered downtown at San Diego City Hall on Monday to call for more medical translators.

Muslim San Diego Residents Call For Halal School Lunches

June 3
By Megan Burks
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School lunches are back in the spotlight this summer as districts try to comply with new nutrition rules. Meanwhile, Muslim residents in City Heights are calling for school cafeterias to offer foods that fit their religious guidelines.

FilmOut Preview: 16th Annual Festival Pared Down To Intense 3-Day Weekend

May 27
By Beth Accomando
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FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT Film Festival, kicks off its 16th year this Friday. Here's a preview.

Documentary Chronicles History, Culture Of San Diego's 'First People'

May 20
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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New documentary airing on KPBS is full of fascinating details about the ancient Kumeyaay way of life.

Local Hero M.C. Madhavan Shines Light on India’s Culture & Traditions

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

May 16
By Monica Medina
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Many of us have never been to India and chances are we never will. But it’s a country worth learning about, particularly when you consider that according to the World Economic Forum, India is expected to surpass Japan as the world’s third largest economy by 2015. What’s more, by 2030, it will supplant China as the country with the largest population.

Local Hero Dr. Allen Chan Preserves Asian Pacific Heritage

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

May 15
By Monica Medina
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Dr. Allen Chan leans in to explain to his guests, comprised of three adults and three children, the Chinese custom of finger tapping when served tea. We are sitting around a rather large, round table at the Jasmine Seafood Restaurant enjoying a bountiful meal of Dim Sum, and we also lean in order to better hear him above the din of the packed restaurant.

Military Should 'Continually Review' Ban On Transgender Troops, Says Hagel

May 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making headlines for calling on the U.S. military to "continually review" its ban on transgender troops, saying "every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it."

Local Heroes Helene Bortz and Myrice Goldberg ‘Give Good’

Jewish American Heritage Month 2014 Honorees

May 2
By Monica Medina
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Helene Bortz has just arrived. She’s in high spirits, exuding a joie de vivre and a sense of purpose, the kind that undoubtedly got her to where she is today. As she warmly greets her business partner of five years, Myrice Goldberg, a woman who seems reserved and low key in comparison, one can soon see how well they complement each other.

Local Hero Ed Samiljan Creates Jewish Continuity through Summer Camp

Jewish American Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

May 1
By Monica Medina
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Amidst the towering, aromatic pines of the San Bernardino National Forest is Camp Mountain Chai. Like most summer camps, it offers typical activities such as swimming, crafts and sing-alongs. It’s an experience that each summer draws hundreds of San Diego children, and in the process, they’re getting something else: a cultural identity.