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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.

Hundreds Of Iraqis In San Diego Cast Overseas Vote In Parliamentary Election

April 29
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego Iraqis cast their overseas ballot in the first parliamentary election since the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Preview: Pac-Arts Spring Showcase

April 17
Midday Edition
By Beth Accomando
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Pac-Arts kicks off its fourth annual Spring Showcase on Thursday. KPBS' film critic Beth Accomando gives a preview of the film lineup.

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.

Local Hero Vickie Turner Dreams With Her Eyes Open

Women's History Month: 2014 Honoree

March 3
By Monica Medina
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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. Then a friend told her he was heading to San Diego for law school. The thought intrigued her, so she went along, figuring she'd just test the waters.

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

Women's History Month: 2014 Honoree

Feb. 28
By Monica Medina
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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 one right into her bicycle basket. Battle, who was in the seventh grade at the time, didn’t notice at first, but when she did see the specimen in her basket, she exclaimed with glee, "Oh boy! I can practice mounting this!"

Transgender Rights Opponents In California Fail To Get Issue On Ballot

Feb. 24
Associated Press

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.