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Stories by Amita Sharma

Questions Dog Bonnie Dumanis On San Diego Campaign Finance Probe

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Campaign finance experts say there were key warning signs that the funds accepted by the San Diego district attorney when she was running for mayor might not be legal.

Drought Prompts Call For Voluntary Water Restrictions In San Diego County

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In light of the recently declared drought in California, local and county officials are calling for residents to conserve.

Dealing With Life-Threatening Illness From Both A Doctor And Patient's Perspective

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When a terminal illness is diagnosed, people ask their doctors one question: How long do I have to live?

Differing Bail Terms In San Diego Campaign Finance Probe Trigger Speculation

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The three men accused of illegally steering foreign money into San Diego elections are charged with the same crime. But their terms of release are very different.

Southern California Edison Outlines Values for San Onofre Nuclear Plant's Decommissioning

Southern California Edison says it will follow a set of core principles.

Mexican Businessman Tied To Campaign Finance Scandal Hires D.C. Lawyers

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A Mexican tycoon at the heart of a federal campaign finance probe in San Diego has hired high-powered Washington, D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly to help in a potential defense.

Sex Trafficking Overtakes Drugs As San Diego County Gang’s Top Cash Source

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According to FBI, San Diego’s rival street gangs have put aside their differences over turf and drugs, and struck up alliances to sell women and girls, some as young as 12.

Feds: Filner Offered To Help Businessman Tied To San Diego Campaign Finance Scandal

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Federal prosecutors said disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner personally offered to help a wealthy Mexican businessman who is at the center of a campaign funding probe.

FBI Agents Raid Homes Linked To Mexican Businessman Connected To Contribution Conspiracy

Dozens of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents scoured two residents linked to Mexican businessman Jose Susomo Azano Matsura and seized electronics and financial records.

San Diego Politicians Return Illegal Campaign Donations; Third Man Charged In Conspiracy

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A former U.S. Attorney said the former San Diego mayoral candidates did not violate any law if they didn’t know the source of the money was illegal.

Illegal Campaign Cash Tied To 4 Prominent San Diego Politicians

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KPBS confirms candidates named in an unsealed federal complaint are San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, former Mayor Bob Filner, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Congressman Juan Vargas.

Sex-Trafficking Prosecutions Spike In San Diego County

San Diego County prosecutors filed nine sex-trafficking cases in 2009. Last year, that number rose to 43.

Year In Review 2013: Top San Diego Arts & Culture Stories

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KPBS arts and culture reporter Angela Carone looks back on one of the biggest stories of the year: The opening of the new central library in downtown San Diego.

For Homeless In San Diego, Holidays Can Be Loneliest Time of Year

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The holidays for many families mean reconnecting and celebrating. But for San Diegans who are homeless, it can be the loneliest time of the year. We get an update on homelessness in San Diego and how you can help.

Year In Review 2013: San Onofre Power Plant Shutdown

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In June, about 18 months after a radioactive leak took the San Onofre Power Plant offline, the plant's operator announced the reactor would shut down permanently. Now the debate is over who will pick up the tab, where replacement power will come from and what will happen to the radioactive waste left on site.

Year In Review 2013: The 'alternative vaccine schedules' trend

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More kindergarteners than ever in San Diego County were not fully vaccinated when they started school in fall 2012.

San Diego Innocence Project Calls For Clemency For "California 12"

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Family, friends, students, activists and exonerees marched to the state Capitol in Sacramento on Friday. They're calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to grant clemency to a group of inmates known as the "California 12."

Year In Review 2013: Mayor Filner's Sexual Harassment Scandal

No doubt the biggest story in San Diego this year was the sexual harassment scandal that lead to the political demise of former Mayor Bob Filner.

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."