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Stories by Dwane Brown

Salk Institute Open This Weekend For Look At Research

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On Saturday the Salk Institute in La Jolla will open its doors to the public to tour science labs, talk with researchers and participate in science projects.

San Diego Opera Workers Ask City Council To Help Save Institution

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About 50 employees of the San Diego Opera called Tuesday on the City Council to help them save the 49-year-old institution.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department Targets Distracted Drivers

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To mark National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, sheriff's deputies will have a zero-tolerance policy for drivers using their cellphones.

Moon Jellyfish And The Stingray Shuffle At Living Coast Discovery Center

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KPBS Evening Edition anchor Dwane Brown meets some of the aquatic animals found in "Our Wild San Diego."

Sharp Hospital Raises Awareness Of Need For Organ Donors

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April is national Donate Life Month, and Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa is raising awareness of the need for organ donors who can save lives.

Group Opposes Expansion Of Donovan Prison

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A coalition of state and local groups gathered in downtown San Diego on Wednesday to protest prison overcrowding and the expansion of Donovan state prison in Otay Mesa.

Success In March Madness Raises SDSU's Profile

San Diego State's men's basketball team has made it to the "Sweet 16" in the NCAA tournament, bringing the university into the national spotlight.

Feds To Investigate Misconduct By San Diego Police Officers

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Federal and local agencies are conducting investigations into charges of police misconduct in the San Diego Police Department.

New Butterfly Pavilion Opens At Water Conservation Garden In El Cajon

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The 150 species of butterflies in San Diego County certainly are lovely to look at, but they also perform a vital function by providing a major food source for humans and wildlife.

Mesa College Opens New $109M Math And Science Complex

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The 206,000-square-foot building is the largest project completed as part of San Diego Community College District's $1.55 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program, according to district officials.

Fast-Food Workers In San Diego Protest Alleged Unfair Wage Practices

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Protesting workers claim fast-food restaurants like McDonald's cross the line when it comes to paying workers fairly, from forcing them to work off the clock to shaving hours off timecards.

Quadriplegic Cyclist Bikes From Arizona To San Diego

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Chris Wenner, a quadriplegic, completed a 400-mile cycling trip to San Diego as part of his preparation for a 10,000-mile cross-country tricycle ride.

San Diego Coalition Hopes To Prevent Prescription Drug Theft At Open Houses

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Before an open house, it is common for real estate agents to do a thorough cleaning, remove clutter and stow valuables in a safe place. But rarely do they think to advise homeowners to secure their prescription drugs.

San Diego Military Families Get A Chance To Tell Their Stories Through Theater

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A national theater group and a nonprofit are working together to connect military members and their families with the arts.

National City Market Reopens With Focus On Healthy Options

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A National City landmark, Big Ben Market, reopens with a focus on convenient healthy and organic options.

San Diego Exceeds Covered California Enrollment Goal

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More people in San Diego have signed up for the state healthcare exchange than was projected originally for the county.

San Diego MTS Working To Restore Vintage Trolley Car For Silver Line Service

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San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System is bringing back a bit of history to celebrate San Diego’s past and Balboa Park's 100th birthday.

San Diego Homeless Get New Storage Facility Location

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A transitional storage facility for homeless people was on the brink of closing until the Housing Commission agreed to provide a new location.

Community Groups Come Together To Support San Diego Schools

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Community groups have formed a coalition to support community engagement and transparency in San Diego school districts.

Southeastern San Diego Leaders Break Ground On Long-Awaited Walgreens

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Residents in southeastern San Diego celebrated the groundbreaking for a long-awaited Walgreens.

San Diego Gardeners Promote Drought-Tolerant Plants To Conserve Water

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San Diegans are encouraged to add drought-tolerant plants to their garden to conserve water.

California Legislators To Outline Bill Requiring Cell Phone 'Kill Switches'

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California state legislators plan to introduce a bill on Friday requiring all cell phones in California to have a "kill switch."

Military Transition Support Project Aims To Better Connect San Diego Veterans With Resources

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San Diego community groups came together on Tuesday to help provide veterans with the tools they need to transition back into civilian life.

New San Diego Veterans Treatment Center In Old Town Opens Feb. 17

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The Aspire Center in Old Town will provide Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with rehabilitation services.

Ex-Filner Staffer Glad Sexual Harassment Legal Battle Is Over

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The first woman to publicly accuse disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment said Tuesday the lawsuit settlement allows her to move on with her life.

PACE Program Helps Seniors Find Affordable Housing In Downtown San Diego

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For seniors who want to remain independent, finding affordable housing in San Diego is a challenge.

SDSU Gets $20M Gift From Conrad Prebys

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San Diego State University announced Wednesday the largest single gift it has ever received — $20 million from developer and philanthropist Conrad Prebys.

San Diego Leaders, Environmentalists Gather For Zero Waste Symposium

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Zero Waste San Diego is hosting its first symposium Tuesday in Kearny Mesa, bringing together business leaders, nonprofits and local governments for a discussion on reusing or recycling all materials.

City Heights Opens New Park Designed For Adults

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A new mini-park designed for adults opened in City Heights, with plenty of open space and public art.

Flu Season Results In Saline Shortage At San Diego Blood Bank

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An increase in flu patients heading to hospitals for dehydration has resulted in a nationwide shortage of saline at blood banks.

California Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari Makes Campaign Stop In San Diego

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Neel Kashkari made his first campaign stop in San Diego on Monday, after declaring his candidacy for California governor last week.

Volunteers, Elected Officials Help Count San Diego Homeless Population

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About 1,300 volunteers got up very early Friday morning to help out with San Diego County's annual homeless count.

Tourism Officials Unveil San Diego's Largest-Ever Marketing Campaign

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The San Diego Tourism Authority and interim Mayor Todd Gloria unveiled a new $12-million tourism marketing campaign on Wednesday.

SDSU Students Look Forward To Opening Of New Student Center

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San Diego State University students returning to school next week will able to use the school's new LEED platinum Student Union.

San Diego Transit Agency Hears Public Feedback On Mid-City Route Changes

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San Diegans had a chance on Thursday to voice their opinion about proposed changes to bus routes in Mid-City.

San Diego Under Red Flag Warning For Fire Danger

San Diego County's unseasonably warm weather and lack of rain has resulted in a red flag warning for fire danger.

Navy Secretary Mabus Thanks San Diego Shipbuilders For Work

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U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spoke to San Diego shipyard workers Thursday about national and local issues impacting the shipbuilding industry.

San Diego Chargers Fans Prepare For Playoff Game Against Denver Broncos

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San Diego Chargers fans are stocking up on team gear in preparation for the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

San Diego County Emergency Services Unveil Improved Mobile App

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County authorities said the upgraded app for Apple and Android mobile devices will have more features for emergency planning.

Mid-City Youth Look To Prevent Crime With Survey of Alcohol Retailers

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The Latino Youth Council found at least 28 stores that sell alcohol in the Mid-City area violate state beverage control standards.

Surf Dog 'Hangs 10' in Del Mar For Ocean Therapy Session

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A champion surf dog helps military veterans and people with disabilities learn to surf, while also boosting morale and building confidence.

More than 100,000 attend San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade along Harbor Drive

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The 23rd annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade drew thousands of visitors and spectators downtown to Harbor Drive on Monday morning.

Veterans Group Planning Challenge Of Judge's Order To Remove Soledad Cross

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The San Diego veterans group who erected the cross on Mt. Soledad is planning to challenge a federal judge's ruling that the 43-foot-tall cross must be removed.

San Diego Businesses Protest City Council's Increase Of 'Jobs Tax'

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San Diego companies and business organizations prepare to fight — at the ballot box — City Council's decision to increase development taxes.

Indoor Marijuana Grows On The Rise In San Diego

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Drug enforcement agents in San Diego County said one-quarter of the 55 indoor marijuana labs discovered in the region this year were extracting hash oil.

Alpha Project Gets Home Improvement Help For San Diego Women's Residence

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Volunteers turned out to refurbish an Alpha Project homes in Logan Heights, which will become the project's first residence for women.

Nearly 850 People Receive Help At San Diego Homeless Resource Fair

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Project Homeless Connect provides medical and dental screenings, California ID cards and haircuts from professional stylists to San Diego's homeless at one-day service fair in downtown.

San Diego Store Gives Back To Military Families With Toy Drive

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The Armed Forces YMCA has had a record number of requests for toys this holiday season, and one San Diego toy store is looking to help out by hosting a toy drive.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Visits UC San Diego For World AIDS Day

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Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt were on display at UC San Diego's World AIDS Day event, where the theme was "getting to zero" — zero new infections, zero stigma and zero HIV-related deaths.

San Diego Shoppers Still Flock To Black Friday

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Stores are beginning to open as early as Thanksgiving night to begin the Christmas shopping season. But lots of shoppers still waited until Friday to hunt for deals.

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