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Stories by Joanne Faryon

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Research Uses Music To Reach People With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Jan. 10
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Steven Nelson had decided he wanted to be a nurse. He had spent his teens in trouble and his early 20s in prison. Finally, in his mid-30s, with a steady job as a receptionist in an urgent care and five kids to support, he believed he had found his calling.

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San Diego Hospice: The End Of A Journey

Sept. 15, 2017
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

It has been a long goodbye for San Diego Hospice, an institution that helped people die with dignity and without pain. When Scripps Health announced last month it was getting out of the hospice business, it was the final chapter in a four-year saga to preserve the venerable institution.

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Apartment Developer Buys Hallowed San Diego Hospice Site

April 21, 2017
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The former San Diego Hospice campus on Third Avenue in Hillcrest has been sold for $20 million to a Houston developer, Camden, USA Inc. Camden has a large apartment complex in Chula Vista.

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ID Of Man On Life Support At Coronado Facility Remains Elusive

Oct. 29, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Nursing home staff wants to identity the man who has been on life support for 15 years so he can be reunited with his family. He's been dubbed 66 Garage.

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Effort To ID John Doe On Life Support In San Diego County May Pay Off

Sept. 18, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

An unlikely alliance of elected officials, border enforcement, the Mexican Consulate and others have banded together to find the true identity of a John Doe on life support.

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More Families Hope Man On Life Support For 15 Years Is Their Lost Loved One

May 4, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Sixty-Six Garage, the random name he was given when he arrived at the UCSD Trauma Center in San Diego in 1999, is a John Doe who has been kept alive with machines since the vehicle he was traveling in crashed near the U.S.-Mexico border.

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ICE Under Fire For Detaining Too Few Immigrants

April 17, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Texas Rep. John Culberson, a Republican, says the federal government is required to hold 34,000 immigrant detainees a day, but the Obama administration disagrees with that interpretation of the law.

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U.S. Government Holding Fewer Immigrants In Detention

April 6, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Federal authorities are holding fewer immigrants in detention, a reversal in a decade-long upward trend of locking people up who are in the deportation process. The detainees are facing deportation for various reasons, including committing a crime or being in the U.S. illegally.

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Exemptions From Vaccines Up Slightly In California Since 1980s

March 2, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The reasons parents in California are choosing not to immunize their kids today is partly due to what they find on the Internet, including a study that incorrectly linked vaccines to autism.

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Man On Life Support For 15 Years In Coronado Dubbed Sixty-Six Garage

Feb. 20, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The name apparently comes from the garage where a van he was in was taken after it crashed near the Mexican border about 100 miles east of San Diego in June 1999.

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Wiping Out Diseases With Vaccines Makes Their Horrors A Distant Memory

Feb. 10, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Nearly 51,000 California kindergarteners — in both public and private schools— began the 2014-2015 school year lacking one or more recommended vaccinations against diseases.

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More Teens Getting Whooping Cough Since Vaccine Change

Jan. 19, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

A change in the whooping cough vaccine may be contributing to more teens getting the illness.

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Could Man Missing For 14 Years Be In Coronado Nursing Home?

Oct. 6, 2014
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

For Yolanda Ibarra Lara, the possibility that her brother, Gilberto Ceron Lara, is alive is a godsend — even if he's being kept alive by life support.

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Whistleblower Nurse Awarded Damages In San Diego Hospice Suit

Sept. 3, 2014
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

A registered nurse who was fired from the San Diego Hospice in 2011 alleges staff were encouraged to find creative ways to admit people into care who weren’t eligible.

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Secret Summit: 24 Hours With The Koch Brothers

June 16, 2014
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Over the weekend and into Monday, the billionaire Koch brothers and supporters converged on the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

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Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough

June 12, 2014
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, KPBS Staff

Most of the people who got whooping cough in San Diego County so far this year were up to date with their immunizations, according to county data.

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City Auditor Wants Mello-Roos Tax Bills Checked For Accuracy

May 12, 2014
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

A San Diego audit found problems with the way square footage is recorded on some building permits which could potentially impact tax bills.

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Neighborhood Kids Can’t Go To New Poway Unified School, But Teachers’ Kids Can

Feb. 13, 2014
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Some parents in the Poway Unified School District are questioning why the district is allowing teachers’ kids to attend its newest school, while turning away neighborhood children.

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Poway Unified Parents Want Answers About Who Gets A Seat At New School

Jan. 22, 2014
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Homeowners want to know why their kids can't attend a new K-8 school in their neighborhood.

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Surprise Bid On Rancho Bernardo Land: Possible Seniors’ Community

Dec. 11, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The fate of the "water tower" site might finally be decided by the Poway Unified School District.

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San Diego Woman Celebrates 108th Birthday

Nov. 26, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Laura Simon says never in her wildest dreams did she expect to be blowing out the candles on her 108th birthday cake.

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Feds Among Long List Of Creditors In San Diego Hospice Bankruptcy Case

June 27, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The feds aren't likely to see much of their $112 million claim against San Diego Hospice.

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Choosing Life Or A Better Death: Hospice Under Scrutiny

March 27, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Dying patients are faced with a difficult choice: a comfortable death or expensive medical treatment that might make them feel better and live a little longer.

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Adam And Krystyna: Hospice Under Scrutiny

March 21, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

San Diego Hospice kept Krystyna Saling in care for six years, and then discharged her in November. She has end stage Alzheimer's.

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Serious Questions About Patient Care At San Diego Hospice

March 19, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

This is the first indication patient care was an issue for the beleaguered San Diego Hospice, not just money.

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San Diego Hospice Cared for Hundreds Of Ineligible Patients

March 15, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

A chief executive with San Diego Hospice testified in bankruptcy proceedings this week, the organization discharged as many as half its patients because they were not eligible for care.

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San Diego Hospice Failed To Report Patient Data To State

March 11, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

The troubled San Diego Hospice did not report patient information to the state back in 2009 and 2010 - information that would have indicated how long hospice patients received care.

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San Diego Hospice Needs $2 Million To Care For Dying Patients

Feb. 28, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

San Diego Hospice continues to care for 401 dying patients - despite being in bankruptcy court and winding down operations for good. But the care of those patients could be in jeopardy if the organization does not get an immediate two million dollar loan.

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'It Was A Beautiful Ending To A Beautiful Life'

Feb. 18, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

A sad update on a story about a San Diego man profiled in our end of life series. LC Sallis, 89, died Sunday evening with his wife Betty by his side.

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Medicare Audit Forces San Diego Hospice To Close

Feb. 13, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The largest hospice provider in California, San Diego Hospice, announced it will cease operations in the midst of a lengthy federal audit.

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Why Whooping Cough Is Becoming Resistant To Vaccine

Feb. 11, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows cases of whooping cough in the U.S. may be resistant to the vaccine.

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Sharp Hospice Officials Talk About Challenges

Feb. 5, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh

The leaders of Sharp Hospice talk about why more people are choosing hospice care and the challenges that growth creates.

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When Does End Of Life Begin: Hospice Under Scrutiny

Feb. 5, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

With a growing number of people choosing to die at home, the federal government is questioning who's in hospice and for how long.

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Old Chargers Stadium Made New Again?

Jan. 2, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

One of San Diego's most influential insiders says he wants to redevelop Qualcomm into a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers, and believes it could be done without spending public money.

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San Diego Hospice Sees More Layoffs, Hospital Closure

Dec. 31, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

In an effort to save money, the county's largest hospice provider closed its 24-bed hospital in Hillcrest and laid off more staff.

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2012: Top Investigative Stories

Dec. 31, 2012
By Alison St John, Amita Sharma, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Peggy Pico

KPBS takes a look at the top investigative stories of 2012 with KPBS reporters Joanne Faryon and Amita Sharma.

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David Copley Leaves Behind Multi-Generational Legacy, Wealth, Land

Nov. 23, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Former Union-Tribune publisher and socialite David Copley was once listed among country's 400 richest Americans. He died this week.

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Filner Releases Calendar: What's Missing?

Oct. 9, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner released his calendar to the KPBS/I-Newsource Investigations Desk. The calendar is missing several days, and all activity in Washington D.C.

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DNC: Democrats Focused On 52nd District

Sept. 3, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The 52nd Congressional District is in the spotlight at preconvention meetings at the Democratic National Convention. The head of the San Diego Democratic Party says even Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has talked about the district being one of the key races for the Democrats.

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Whooping Cough Vaccine Failures Increasing

Aug. 15, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Kevin Crowe / inewsource

Two years after a KPBS/Investigative Newsource investigation posed serious questions about how well the whooping cough vaccine works, new research confirms the vaccine is failing at a higher rate than expected. Troubling news as the country is on track to experience its worst whooping cough epidemic in 50 years. Health officials are looking at recommending a seventh dose of vaccine to control the outbreak.

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Bar Association Responds to Gary Kreep's Threatened Lawsuit

June 27, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Katie Schoolov

Gary Kreep is the newly elected San Diego Superior Court Judge who has serious doubts about the citizenship of President Barack Obama. About a month before the Primary election, the San Diego County Bar Association issued a press release which said Gary Kreep was not qualified to be a judge. Kreep responded by calling the SD County Bar Association "bigoted." Now the President of the bar association says their rating was "fair and unbiased."

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Marine Sexual Assault In San Diego County: 76 Reports In 2011

June 27, 2012
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Patty Lane

One in five sexual assaults at Marine Corps bases last year were reported in San Diego County. We take a look at what's being done to combat MST and hear from a California legislator trying to change the way abuse is reported.

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SCOTUS Passes On Soledad Cross, Gives Juvenile Offenders Hope

June 26, 2012
By Alison St John, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Pat Finn

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a lower court ruling that the cross on Mt. Soledad is unconstitutional and decreed that juvenile offenders cannot be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Most Of Arizona Immigration Law

June 25, 2012
By Alison St John, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Patty Lane and Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of border state Arizona's crackdown on immigrants.

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Roundtable: Courts Get Cut, Teachers Stay Employed, Kreep Becomes Judge

June 22, 2012
By Gloria Penner, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Pat Finn

What will a 21% budget cut mean to San Diego's court system? Will the teachers ratify the deal between SDUSD and the union? And how does a candidate rated "unqualified" for judge get elected anyway?

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Economists Say San Diego Slowly Rebounding From Recession

June 21, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

A new report shows signs San Diego's economy is pulling out of the recession. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce reports the worst of the recession is over for San Diego.

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Gary Kreep Says His 'Birther' Positions Do Not Relate To Being A Judge

June 20, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Gary Kreep, who appears to have won the race for a San Diego County Superior Court Judge seat, caught national attention recently for his belief that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is fake.

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San Diego Unified, Teachers Announce Tentative Agreement

June 19, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Kyla Calvert, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

San Diego Unified and the teachers union have reached an agreement to forestall most planned layoffs.

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SD Teen Among Top Google Science Fair Finalists

June 19, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

It all started when Jonah Kohn, an eight grader at the San Diego Jewish Academy, was sitting in his music class. He had a problem: the class was so loud that he couldn't hear his guitar.

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San Onofre: Design Caused Decay

June 19, 2012
By Alison St John, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

After months of investigating the excessive wear and decay in tubes in the recently over-hauled generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the cause is in the heavily modified design. The NRC explained its findings at a community meeting in San Juan Capistrano Monday.

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