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Stories by Amita Sharma

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.

San Diego Teen Eagle Scout Weighs In On Resolution To Allow Gay Scouts

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The Boy Scouts of America's national council meets in Texas next week to consider lifting the ban on gay scouts.

Former Freddie Mac Chief Economist Says Housing Finance Model Can Be Found Outside The U.S.

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What to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: that's the focus of housing finance reform. Dr. Michael Lea, director of SDSU's Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate, was Freddie Mac's chief economist in the 1980s. Next month, he heads to Washington where he'll testify on housing finance reform and, more specifically, what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

From 'The Cooked Seed,' Writer Anchee Min Sows A Path In America

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Bestselling author Anchee Min's second memoir "The Cooked Seed," tells the story of Min's life as an American immigrant.

Hotly-Contested District 4 Election Less Than A Week Away

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Next week voters in San Diego's southeastern neighborhoods will pick a new city council member and there's a lot at stake.

Has The Job Market Rebounded For San Diego's 2013 College Grads?

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As the 2013 college grads get ready to grab their diplomas, many will also be hitting the streets in search of that perfect job. What does the job market hold for new grads in light of the economic downturn of the past few years? We take a look.

Gonzalez, Castaneda Ramp Up Campaigns

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One week before the May 21 special election, candidates for California's 80th Assembly District race to connect with voters.

San Diego Sues State Regulators Over Kinder Morgan's Water Discharges Into Murphy Canyon Creek

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The city the California Regional Water Quality Control Board of abusing its discretion. The board says it's confident in how it has regulated the cleanup.

How Will Gov. Jerry Brown's Plan To Overhaul Education Funding Impact San Diego?

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Governor Jerry Brown wants to give more money to school districts that serve large numbers of poor and non-native English speakers. But critics say there may be some unintended consequences.

Junior Seau's Death Keeps Spotlight On Brain Injuries

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The death of Junior Seau, a year ago, put a spotlight on brain injury and added momentum to a lawsuit against the NFL.

U-T San Diego Circulation Increases 9 Percent

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The paper's rise in readership follows its purchase of the North County Times last fall.

State Watchdog Agency Opens Inquiry Into U-T San Diego's Political Ad Rates

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The inquiry comes after an analysis of political ads, which appeared last fall in U-T San Diego, is done by the inewsource/KPBS Investigations desk.

U-T San Diego Political Ads Don't Add Up

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An inewsource and KPBS investigation found the U-T San Diego appears to have offered discounts to favored candidates and causes in last November’s election.

Ex-Political Watchdog Chief Seeks California Fundraising Reform

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Current rules allow special interests to write checks to lawmakers minutes before key votes.

Judge's Ruling On Officials' Private Emails, Texts Could Be Far-Reaching

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A Santa Clara County judge has ordered officials in San Jose to make public their private emails and text messages about city business.

U.S. Offering $5 Million Reward For Former San Diego Man On FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List

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Officials believe Jehad Mostafa is a key figure in the Somali terrorist group Al Shabab.

Spring Home Buying Season Underway In San Diego

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Springtime is traditionally when the real estate market begins to blossom in San Diego and there are lots of good signs for the market this year.

Goldsmith Doesn't Want Office Lawyers To Go To Mayor Filner's Office Alone

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Public squabbles at San Diego city hall are nothing new. But insiders say bickering between Mayor Bob Filner and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith’s office have degenerated into heated confrontations and outright yelling and screaming behind the scenes. So much so that Goldsmith won’t allow his staff lawyers to go the mayor’s office without a "witness."

New Research Links Sleep Drugs To Improved Memory

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Sleep researcher Sara Mednick talks about how losing just one hour at Daylight Saving Time can have a big impact and her discovery on how sleep aids affect memory.

Feds Release Confidential Report On San Onofre Nuclear Plant

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Federal regulators have released parts of a once-confidential report at the center of a dispute between California Sen. Barbara Boxer and the company that runs the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Feds Inspect San Onofre's Cyber Security Training Amid Years of Employee Complaints

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Federal regulators began inspection of San Onofre nuclear plant’s cyber security program this week. The inspection is routine and is being done at all of the nation's 65 nuclear plants. But the check at San Onofre comes several months after an employee alerted plant majority owner Southern California Edison that many at the facility had fallen behind on cyber security training. Senior managers were also included on the list.

Judge Orders Edison To Show San Onofre Cost Is Reasonable

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Southern California Edison has until March 15 to file papers showing the nearly $700 million cost of the troubled steam generators at San Onofre nuclear plant is reasonable.

San Diego Cancer Research At Risk As Sequestration Looms

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Sequestration: It's not just about possible military cuts that could affect the San Diego region. San Diego is a hub for health science research, including cancer research. Spending cuts could affect grants used in this work and slow it down if the funds aren't available.

San Diego Union Members Attend San Onofre Hearing For Costco Gift Cards

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Union members told federal regulators they thought the plant is safe to operate again.

Report Cites Rising Pension Costs Amid Judge's Prop B Rejection

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Pension costs in San Diego County are on the rise. That's according to a new report, which comes after an administrative judge's decision that the city of San Diego's attempt to bring its pension expenses down is illegal.

San Diego Republicans, Democrats React To Obama's State Of The Union

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President Obama addressed the war in Afghanistan, immigration, the budget and gun control in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. We hear from San Diego's Democratic and Republican parties for their take on his speech and how it affects San Diego.

Finding Romance And Marriage With Matchmakers

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Matchmaking has reentered popular culture. Can someone else know your heart better than you do yourself?

Drug Violence Dropped In Mexico In 2012

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A new report from the University of San Diego Trans-Border Institute shows drug-related violence in Mexico is down.

Roundtable: San Onofre; SD Schools' CFO; Path To Citizenship; Plaza de Panama; Meatball The Bear

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San Onofre's troubles continue. San Diego schools' CFO under fire for misinformation. The line for becoming a U.S. citizens may grow longer. Judge nixes plan for Balboa Park renovation. Meatball the Bear is living the good life in the East County.

More Details Emerge About Edison's Actions Before Replacing Generators At San Onofre

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Congressman Markey adds details about the Mitsubishi Report revealing what Edison knew about problems, even before faulty steam generators were installed at San Onofre nuclear power plant

Program Aimed To Curb Hospital Readmissions Expands

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San Diego will be expanding a new program this month aimed to tackle the problem of readmitting patients after they've been discharged from a hospital.

Mayor Filner Answers Our Questions, And Yours

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner answers questions from listeners in what he says will be a monthly appearance on KPBS.

Defense Produces Own Wiretap Translation In Somali Trial

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The trial against four Somali men accused of funneling money to terrorists began last week in San Diego. How strong is the government's case and how has is affected the San Diego Somali community?

Women Take Prominent Role In Gun Debate

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The debate over what to do to prevent gun violence in the U.S. is splitting the nation, and women are weighing in as strongly as men.

Roundtable: Border Patrol Hiring; Guest Worker Program; Gregory Canyon; Plaza de Panama; Coastal Commission Sues Navy

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The Border Patrol's hiring and training practices scrutinized. Local farmers don't use the guest worker program. The Gregory Canyon Landfill Gets Another Airing. The Coastal Commission sues the Navy. SOHO sues over Plaza de Panama.

Congressman Vargas Joins Call For Public Evidentiary Hearing To Restart San Onofre

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San Diego Congressman Juan Vargas weighed in on the one-year anniversary of the plant's shutdown due to equipment problems.

Customer Advocates Accuse Regulators Of Capitulation In San Onofre Probe

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Groups say California Public Utilities Commission is pulling a fast one on ratepayers by narrowing scope of investigation.

San Onofre Shutdown, One Year Later

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Today marks one year since the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was shut down. KPBS News takes a look back at the investigations and hearings and a look forward at what's next for the troubled power plant.

Leading Expert Talks Overpopulation At SDSU

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The Earth's population has nearly doubled in 100 years. William Ryerson of The Population Institute says overpopulation is real and offers solutions.