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Local Hero Daniel Calac, MD, Addresses Health in American Indian Community

American Indian Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

Nov. 4
By Monica Medina
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As a child growing up on the Pauma Indian Reservation, Daniel Calac, M.D., remembers the dirt. Literally.

Camp Pendleton's 1st Female Sergeant of the Guard Running For Congress

Nov. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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More female veterans are running for Congress this year than ever before, including Marine Corps veteran Donna Dunn. Dunn holds the distinction of being first woman to serve as the Sergeant of the Guard at Camp Pendleton.

The California Legislature Is Losing Women

Oct. 29
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The California Legislature Is Losing Women

Educator Roy Cook selected as 2014 American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero

American Indian Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

Oct. 29
By Monica Medina
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He is a tribal writer, self-published author, journalist, and a Native singer and American Indian artist. He’s also an educator, one who carries the teachings of his elders and passes them on to the next generation. Meet Roy Cook, a 2014 American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero.

Suspended Chaldean Priest Continues To Work, Awaits Word From Pope

Oct. 24
By Megan Burks
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The Rev. Noel Gorgis will continue serving the Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon despite his suspension. The head of the Chaldean church told him and other priests in the U.S. to return to Iraq or leave the church.

Chaldean Catholic Leader Suspends Priests Across Western U.S.

Oct. 22
By Megan Burks
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The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church is calling for Iraqi-American priests who fled violence in Iraq to return home or leave the church. San Diego County Chaldeans say they will appeal to the Vatican to stop the action.

Murder Complaint Filed Against US Marine In Transgender Filipino Killing (Video)

Oct. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Police in the Philippines have filed a murder complaint against U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the killing of Jennifer (Jeffrey) Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino. Pemberton is in custody in the San Diego-based USS Peleliu's brig.

US Marine Held In Killing Of Transgender Filipino ID'ed (Video)

Oct. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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The media in the Philippines has identified Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton as the prime suspect in the killing of a transgender Filipino named Jennifer Laude. Pemberton is being detained in the San Diego-based USS Peleliu brig.

US Marine Held In USS Peleliu Brig Allegedly Tied To Death Of Transgender Filipino

Oct. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based USS Peleliu is acting as a brig for an American Marine being held in the Phillipines, following the killing of a transgender Filipino.

Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Travis Ricks Helps Challenged Athletes Thrive

Disability Awareness Month 2014 Honoree

Oct. 1
By Monica Medina
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When Travis Ricks learned he had cancer in his right leg, he was a star football athlete in high school. Sports were his life. Later, when he had to make the decision whether or not to amputate the leg because his treatment options were dwindling, he said, "Let's cut it off. It's time to move on." Yet, if he could do it all over again, keep his leg and be cancer-free, he wouldn't change a thing. In losing his leg, he received something far greater: his relationship with his mother.

Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Alex Montoya ‘Swings for the Fences’

Disability Awareness Month 2014 Honoree

Sept. 30
By Monica Medina
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It began with a simple twist of fate: a chance encounter between Alex Montoya's uncle, Frank Callahan, and Harvey Fitzhugh, a man wearing a red fez.

San Diego Film Festival Kicks Off 13th Year

Sept. 24
Evening Edition
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The San Diego Film Festival kicks off its 13th year Wednesday night. The festival runs through Sunday.

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.

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

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

Sept. 15
By Monica Medina
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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.

Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Carmen Kcomt Advocates for Immigrant Families

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

Sept. 12
By Monica Medina
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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 was filled with challenges and setbacks that included 11 years of struggling to maneuver through the system in her quest for political asylum—and spending five of those years as an undocumented immigrant.