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University Of San Diego Forum Examines Global Refugee Crisis

Nov. 4
Midday Edition
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The situation in Syria and Europe is considered the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. A public forum asks whether the world should be more prepared for the population upheavals that come with war.

California Working To Bring Interpreters To Civil Courtrooms

Oct. 1
By Megan Burks
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California has long provided interpreters to defendants in criminal court, but not always for those in civil court.

Vietnamese Refugees Reach Out To Syrians Fleeing By Boat

Sept. 24
By Associated Press
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More than three decades ago, Vietnamese began fleeing in tiny boats after their country fell to communist rule. Seeing their community's story in the plight of those boarding boats for Europe, some Vietnamese Americans in California are reaching out.

East African Girl Scouts In San Diego Learn Heritage, Female Leadership

Sept. 22
By Megan Burks
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Girl Scouts have gotten a lot more diverse since the first troop formed in 1912 Georgia — especially in San Diego.

Guest Review: 'Learning To Drive'

Sept. 15
By Rebecca Romani
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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani says that while "Learning to Drive" (opened this weekend in cinemas around San Diego) is largely predictable, it's the little moments that make a gorgeous late summer film.

Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Enrique Morones — Titan At The Border

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 Honoree

Sept. 15
KPBS Local Heroes Project
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Free legal consultations for deported immigrants on the border. This is just one of the dozens of ideas engineered by human rights activist, Enrique Morones.

Syrians Could Soon Be Next Refugee Group To Call San Diego Home

Aug. 26
By Megan Burks
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More than 4 million Syrians are fleeing a violent civil war. The U.S. State Department has agreed to bring some of them into the country.

Barrio Logan Education Program Sends More Immigrants To College

Aug. 20
By Jean Guerrero
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A college-preparation program for low-income, mostly immigrant families has been trying to meet rising demand for its services. The Barrio Logan College Institute starts preparing children for college in third grade.

Roundtable Looks At Terminal 1 Re-Do, ICE Detention Case, Downtown Loos

July 31
By Pat Finn, Alison St John
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It's only 48 years old, but Lindbergh Field's Terminal One is approaching the end of its life. Being detained by ICE means entering an alternate legal universe. And should downtown public toilets stay? Or should they go?

San Diego Improves Language Access For Renters Seeking Help With Problem Landlords

July 23
By Megan Burks
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A plan to beef up housing code enforcement and better reach renters is now underway in the city of San Diego.

World Refugee Day Event Moves To A Changing El Cajon

June 19
By Megan Burks
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The majority of refugees coming to the San Diego region now settle in El Cajon.

San Diego's Crawford High School Pilots Halal School Lunches

May 20
By Megan Burks
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Crawford High School in City Heights has been piloting a new lunch menu to reach out to its Muslim students. Once a week, students can pick up a special halal meal.

Citizen America: Taking The Oath

April 28
Madison Hopkins / inewsource
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Who are the 650,000 people becoming U.S. citizens every year?

How The Fall Of Saigon Made San Diego A Refugee Hub

April 24
By Megan Burks
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Some 50,000 Vietnamese refugees passed through Camp Pendleton in the months following the fall of Saigon. The size and duration of the crisis caused a shift in the way the United States approached resettlement, and paved the path for Burmese, East African and Iraqi refugees arriving in San Diego today.

San Diego Cabbies Brace For An Open Taxi Market

March 31
By Megan Burks
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The city says Wednesday's change will create opportunity in the taxi industry. But taxicab owners predict financial ruin.

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