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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.
San Diego Hospice kept Krystyna Saling in care for six years, and then discharged her in November. She has end stage Alzheimer's.
This is the first indication patient care was an issue for the beleaguered San Diego Hospice, not just money.
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.
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 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.
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.
The largest hospice provider in California, San Diego Hospice, announced it will cease operations in the midst of a lengthy federal audit.
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.
The leaders of Sharp Hospice talk about why more people are choosing hospice care and the challenges that growth creates.
Envision San Diego
With a growing number of people choosing to die at home, the federal government is questioning who's in hospice and for how long.
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.
In an effort to save money, the county's largest hospice provider closed its 24-bed hospital in Hillcrest and laid off more staff.
KPBS takes a look at the top investigative stories of 2012 with KPBS reporters Joanne Faryon and Amita Sharma.
Former Union-Tribune publisher and socialite David Copley was once listed among country's 400 richest Americans. He died this week.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of border state Arizona's crackdown on immigrants.
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?
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, 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 and the teachers union have reached an agreement to forestall most planned layoffs.
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.
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.
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: 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 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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We look at who won, who lost, who surprised us, who didn't -- and what it all means. And we ask why, time after time, we can't seem to get meaningful results before midnight.
As the San Diego History Center celebrates what the tuna industry once meant to this city, we look at those who were instrumental in making tuna the city's second largest industry and examine the reasons for its decline.
Breastfeeding in public, while serving in the military. We look at the controversy surrounding photos used for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
This election, some San Diego political ads have been accurate and fair. Others, not so much.
We look at the District E open seat on the San Diego Unified School Board.
The case against a medical marijuana co-op was dismissed by a San Diego judge. Advocates say this decision has broader implications for medical marijuana patients and dispensary owners.
Proposition 29 on the June 5th ballot would increase the state tax on cigarettes by a dollar per pack. The state says the tax will generate about $735 million a year, the bulk of which would be dedicated to fund cancer research.
One of the only sure winners on this year's primary ballot is Mark Kersey, the unopposed candidate for San Diego City Council District 5.
The Citizens Review Board on Police Practices has responded to a San Diego County Grand Jury report which said the board is rife with cronyism, prejudice, intimidation and conflicts of interest. Incoming board chair Jim Kaese says the report contains errors, but the board is already addressing the issues.