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Stories by Joanne Faryon

Whistleblower Nurse Awarded Damages In San Diego Hospice Suit

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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.

Secret Summit: 24 Hours With The Koch Brothers

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

Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough

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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.

City Auditor Wants Mello-Roos Tax Bills Checked For Accuracy

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

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

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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.

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

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

Surprise Bid On Rancho Bernardo Land: Possible Seniors’ Community

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

San Diego Woman Celebrates 108th Birthday

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

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

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

Choosing Life Or A Better Death: Hospice Under Scrutiny

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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.

Adam And Krystyna: Hospice Under Scrutiny

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

Serious Questions About Patient Care At San Diego Hospice

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

San Diego Hospice Cared for Hundreds Of Ineligible Patients

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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.

San Diego Hospice Failed To Report Patient Data To State

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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.

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

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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.

'It Was A Beautiful Ending To A Beautiful Life'

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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.

Medicare Audit Forces San Diego Hospice To Close

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

Why Whooping Cough Is Becoming Resistant To Vaccine

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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.

Sharp Hospice Officials Talk About Challenges

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

Envision San Diego

When Does End Of Life Begin: Hospice Under Scrutiny

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

Old Chargers Stadium Made New Again?

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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.

San Diego Hospice Sees More Layoffs, Hospital Closure

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

2012: Top Investigative Stories

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

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

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

Filner Releases Calendar: What's Missing?

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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.

DNC: Democrats Focused On 52nd District

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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.

Whooping Cough Vaccine Failures Increasing

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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.

Bar Association Responds to Gary Kreep's Threatened Lawsuit

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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."

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

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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.

SCOTUS Passes On Soledad Cross, Gives Juvenile Offenders Hope

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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.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Most Of Arizona Immigration Law

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

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

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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?

Economists Say San Diego Slowly Rebounding From Recession

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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.

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

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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.

San Diego Unified, Teachers Announce Tentative Agreement

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

SD Teen Among Top Google Science Fair Finalists

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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.

San Onofre: Design Caused Decay

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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.

Obama Immigration Policy's Effect On San Diegans

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Lilia Velasquez, a San Diego attorney specializing in immigration law, said her office was flooded with calls Friday after President Barack Obama announced he was easing enforcement of immigration laws.

Roundtable: San Onofre Offline, Sunrise Powerlink And Teacher Union Concessions

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Roundtable: We look at where the energy will come from with news San Onofre nuclear plant will be offline through the summer, plus the NRC plans a public meeting to update progress made, then we look at talks between the teachers union and SDUSD.

A Temporary Fix To San Diego's Winter Homeless Shelter

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A permanent homeless shelter was supposed to be finished by Dec. 1, but this week the City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee approved a backup plan for another temporary homeless shelter in case the permanent one isn't finished on time.

Dr. Bronner Takes Hemp Fight To White House

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David Bronner, the CEO of the Escondido-based Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, locked himself in a metal cage outside the White House this week. He did it to protest U.S. laws that make it illegal to grow hemp, one of the "magic" soap's main ingredients.

Congresswoman Susan Davis On Military Cuts, Navy Broadway Project

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Congresswoman Susan Davis made news last week by introducing language to the National Defense Authorization Bill that would give the Navy the option to move their headquarters onto an existing base.

New Initiative Launches In San Diego To Reclaim Science's Role In Policy Decisions

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A new initiative from the Union of Concerned Scientists launched today in San Diego. It aims to build a Center for Science and Democracy to counter what it calls a "troubling trend": "understanding of science and respect for its role in decision making have declined."

Superior Court Judge Candidate Has 'Sincere' Doubts About Obama's Citizenship

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After President Barack Obama's inauguration, Kreep took on a so-called "birther" lawsuit demanding proof of Obama's birth certificate. He is also currently suing the California Secretary of State, demanding she verify citizenship of all candidates before they appear on the November ballot.

San Diego Still Has Housing Woes And Upside-Down Homeowners

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In a tough economy, the rebound in the housing market is taking its toll. Many homeowners in San Diego County find themselves upside down, owing more on their home than it's worth. We look at options and policy initiatives in place.

Roundtable: Election Aftermath

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The 2012 primary is history, which means voters will talk about it and shout about it. We help figure out what it means ... before we have to do it all again in November.

Impacts of California's 'Cap And Trade'

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California’s cap-and-trade program will begin Jan. 1, 2013. Jim Waring, head of CleanTECH San Diego, told KPBS the program will cap the amount of carbon dioxide a business can omit.

City Heights Elementary School Could Lose All But Two Teachers

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At Fay Elementary School, 27 out of 29 teachers received layoff notices this year. This means the elementary school in the Colina Del Sol neighborhood could start the year with almost all new teachers.

What's Next For Pension Reform After Passage Of Proposition B?

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San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the "Comprehensive Pension Reform" initiative, Proposition B, which was overwhelmingly approved yesterday by voters, is legal and that the city has an obligation to implement it.

Bob Filner Says He Will Ask For Nathan Fletcher's Endorsement

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Congressman Bob Filner, who will advance to the November general election against City Councilman Carl DeMaio, told KPBS today he will ask for the endorsement of the third place finisher, state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

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