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Stories by Amita Sharma

From "Cronut" To "Selfie," NYT's 2013 Words Of The Year

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Phrases that became part of San Diego's public lexicon this year included "Filner headlock and "Filner dance." We take a look at the top words/phrases of the year with A Way With Words co-host, Grant Barrett. He tells us what made his New York Times list.

San Diego Somalis Want New Trial After NSA Revelations

NSA surveillance put the FBI on the trail of four Somali men in San Diego, who were convicted of aiding terrorists. And that news set their lawyers in pursuit of a new trial.

San Diego Law Enforcement Groups Push For Death Penalty Reform

By most accounts, California's death penalty process takes too long and costs too much, but public safety groups in San Diego County believe there might be a way to fix the state's broken death penalty process.

Potential Drone Test Site Spurs Concerns In San Diego Back Country

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San Diego County is on the federal government's list of potential test sites for drones, and while local business leaders are on board, at least one community is opposed.

John F. Kennedy's Legacy In San Diego

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Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We explore his legacy in San Diego.

Covered California Mulls Extending Cancelled Health Policies

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California's health care exchange says it will likely decide by the end of the week if it will honor President Obama's request and reinstate 1 million cancelled policies.

Public Hearing Set For San Diego's Proposed Water Rate Hikes

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San Diego's water rates have gone up dramatically in the past decade and water officials predict increases are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Somalis Receive Federal Prison Terms For Sending Money To Al-Shabab From San Diego

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The Somali immigrants were convicted earlier this year of sending money to al-Shabab, an extremist Islamist group seeking the overthrow of Somali's weak government.

San Diego Judge Denies New Trial For 4 Somali Men Convicted Of Supporting Terrorism

Defense lawyers argued secrecy surrounding NSA surveillance hindered discovery and violated Fourth Amendment rights of the defendants, found guilty of aiding terrorist group. Three of the four men are scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Fletcher's Mayoral Candidacy Creates Crack Among San Diego Progressives

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Nathan Fletcher’s candidacy as a Democrat in the special election to replace disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has created a division among progressives.

Poll Shows Kevin Faulconer Is Front Runner In San Diego Mayoral Race

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In the latest U-T San Diego/10News poll, Councilman Kevin Faulconer has gained a double-digit lead over the previous front-runner Nathan Fletcher.

Education, Colonization And The Law: Native American History In San Diego

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Thanksgiving was one of the few bright spots in the history of whites and Native Americans in America. We discuss education, colonization and the law in Native American history and how that played out in San Diego County.

Sara Kruzan Released From Prison 18 Years After Killing Pimp As Teen

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Sara Kruzan left the Central California Women’s Prison in Chowchilla early Thursday morning. Her release was a triumphant moment after a lengthy, uphill legal fight.

Environmetal Group Endorses Fletcher For Mayor, Some Question Endorsement Process

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San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher may be getting smacked by his rivals for changing his political stripes twice in 14 months, but his evolution is winning him points with environmentalists.

Cleaning Up San Diego's C Street Corridor

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Downtown San Diego planners are prioritizing C Street as an area that needs revamping downtown. It's part of a 20-year plan called Imagine San Diego.

Media Maze Complicates Enforcement Of California Political Ad Rules

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As San Diegans brace themselves for an onslaught of political ads in the special mayoral election to replace Bob Filner, last year's ads in U-T San Diego may have exposed a flaw in California's Political Reform Act.

Who Should Pay For San Onofre?

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The California Public Utilities Commission is holding two public hearings Tuesday to help decide who will bear the costs of the defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Filner Saga Exposes Hurdles In Reporting And Dealing With Sexual Harassment

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Targets of sexual harassment may still be still reluctant to report the abuse, but experts say the case involving former Mayor Bob Filner can help raise public consciousness about the issue.

Trio Says Making Public Harassment Allegations Against Filner Was Wrenching

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Former Councilwoman Donna Frye and lawyers Cory Briggs and Marco Gonzalez said they had hoped to keep their letters calling on the mayor to resign private.

Tracking Ovarian Cancer Through Blood Cells

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With no reliable screening tests and few symptoms, ovarian cancer is among the hardest forms of cancer to diagnose. Research underway in San Diego analyzes blood from women with ovarian cancer to track tumor cells and better understand the spread of cancer.

San Diego Tech Company Designs A Smaller, Portable Nuclear Reactor

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The San Diego company General Atomics is pushing to develop a portable nuclear reactor.

March On Washington — The Civil Rights Movement In San Diego

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On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we take a look at the civil rights movement in San Diego.

Mayor Filner Resigns — What's Next For San Diego?

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On Friday Mayor Bob Filner officially leaves office and San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria steps in as interim mayor. What does this mean for the city? We also hear from City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to breakdown the deal between the city and the mayor.

Intelligence Prompts U.S. Warning About Potential al Qaeda Terrorist Attacks

We discuss what prompted U.S. officials to issue a worldwide travel advisory warning Americans of the potential for terrorist attacks. Congressman Scott Peters joins us by phone from Israel and in studio, we'll hear from an expert on the Middle East and terrorism.

Political Watchers Say The Silence Of Insiders Enabled Filner

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Most San Diegans can’t decide what they find more jolting about the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Mayor Bob Filner: the unsavory allegations; or the silence of those who knew.

8th Woman Accuses Filner Of Unwanted Sexual Advances

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San Diego City College administrator Lisa Curtin said San Diego Mayor Bob Filner cornered her in private after a meeting in 2011 and tried to kiss her.

Four More Women Accuse Filner

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Four prominent San Diego women came forth today accusing Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

Third Woman Comes Forward In Filner Harassment Scandal

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A third woman goes public with allegations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in an exclusive interview with KPBS.

Woman Says Filner Grabbed, Kissed Her During Meeting

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She says in an affidavit that the incident took place during the mayor's regular meetings with members of the public.

Ex-Fiancee Urges Filner To Submit Resignation

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Bronwyn Ingram says Filner arranged dates with other women in her presence and yelled at her on recent Paris trip.

Uncertainty In Egypt Draws Mixed Reactions Locally

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An uncertain future for Egypt draws mixed reactions in San Diego, where some transplanted Egyptians are upset by the coup and other are glad Morsi is gone.

New San Diego County Shelter Aids Young Victims Of Sex Trafficking

New four-bed shelter offers girls therapy, academics and "life skills."

Cab Company Owners Fear San Diego Might Stop Underground Market For Taxi Permits

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Owners accuse taxi workers' group of trying to "grab taxi medallions" for free by influencing city officials. Accusations come amid Mayor Bob Filner's push to have oversight of industry transferred back to the city.

Plans Announced For 2015 Balboa Park Centennial

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The group behind the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial said the yearlong celebration will be anchored around four major shows in the hopes of drawing international attention to San Diego. The centennial celebrates the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

NSA Surveillance Triggered 2010 Terror Case Against San Diego Men

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The case against four San Diego men convicted earlier this year of conspiring to send money to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab was triggered by the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program.

Shadow Market For Taxi Permits Lucrative For Some, Hardship For Others

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Many say the underground permit sales for up to six figures each are driving up passenger fares and forcing drivers to work perilously long hours for barely-livable wages.

Political Watchdog Found No Violation Of Campaign Law By U-T San Diego

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The Fair Political Practices Commission told KPBS there was insufficient evidence to open an investigation into U-T San Diego political ads.

Nuclear Fuel To Be Stored At San Onofre As Part Of Decommissioning

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Edison has nearly $3 billion in a decommissioning fund. About two dozen nuclear U.S. nuclear plants have already been decommissioned.

Former Congressman Cunningham Completes Prison Term For Bribery And Tax Evasion

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He will be released from a halfway house in New Orleans. Cunningham pleaded guilty in 2005 to bribery, tax evasion and mail and wire fraud.

Preparing For Wildfires With Fire-Safe Home Construction And Retrofits

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Having a home in the path of a wildfire doesn't necessarily mean that your home will burn. Fire scientists say increasing ignition resistance of houses based on non-flammable roofs and cleaning up around your home can make a huge difference.

Group Aims To Curb Sex Trafficking In San Diego

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Project Concern International, a San Diego-based humanitarian organization, launches a new study on sex trafficking and seeks prevention efforts.

Cyber Security Expert - Increased Hacking And Personal Security

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As news breaks that American weapons systems were compromised by hackers - we take a look at personal and national vulnerabilities with cyber security expert Jim Stickley.

Pool Safety Tips: Report Finds Most Child Drownings Occur In Backyard Pools

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Summer is all about family, friends, barbecues and pool parties. But that fun sometimes turns tragic when a child is involved in a drowning. A new report finds most child drownings occur in backyards.

San Diego Charity Turns The Catch Of The Day Over To City's Needy

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A local sports fisherman has found a way to help feed San Diego's hungry. Fish. Food. Feel Good. collects donated fish from sports fishermen and distributes them to local charities that feed the area's seniors, poor and homeless.

UC San Diego Opens Center Devoted To Studying Imagination

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UC San Diego has created an innovative academic program called the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination.

San Diego Schools Honored For Pledge To Technology In The Classroom

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Technology is changing fast and schools are doing their best to keep up. We take a look at what's going on in San Diego's schools to help advance learning with the use of technology.

San Diego County Grand Jury Says City Should Independently Monitor Groundwater Contamination

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Grand jury's report is the product of an inquiry into the effects of numerous oil spills from the Mission Valley Terminal just north of Qualcomm Stadium.

Survey Shows Majority Of Experts Agree Humans Are Cause Of Climate Change

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Public opinion on climate change may still be divided but a new survey finds climate experts agree on the cause. They point to humans as the problem behind global warming. That validates research done nearly a decade ago by a University of California, San Diego professor who says the science has always backed up the effects of climate change.

In 'Stung,' Researcher Connects Jellyfish Blooms To Doomed Oceans

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In her new book, "Stung," researcher Lisa-ann Gershwin Ph.D., compares jellyfish to an angel of death whose presence in the ocean is causing destruction, death and disruption. And she says humans are contributing to the problem.

Clearing The Air About Marijuana Use Among San Diego Teens

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A forum tonight will address the impacts of chronic marijuana use among San Diego County youth. We take a look at how many teens are using marijuana, at what age and what effects it can have on academics.