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Stories by Katie Schoolov

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Military Kids Comforted By Rescued Horses In Ramona

June 27
By Katie Schoolov

A group of Hancock Elementary School kids got a special treat at summer camp this year: they spent the day with rescued horses at Blue Apple Ranch in Ramona.

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Graduation Day For Homeless Preschoolers In San Diego

June 20
By Katie Schoolov

About two dozen four- and five-year-olds graduated Wednesday from the Therapeutic Childcare Center at Father Joe's Villages. The majority of the children are homeless.

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San Diegans Ditch Their Cars For Bike To Work Day

May 17
By Elma Gonzalez, Katie Schoolov

San Diego celebrated the annual Bike to Work Day Thursday with more than 10,000 participants, event organizers said.

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San Marcos-Based RealDoll Launches AI Sex Dolls

April 20
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Matthew Bowler, Nicholas McVicker

San Marcos is home to RealDolls, a company that makes sex dolls and is about to release its first model with artificial intelligence. WARNING: Mature content.

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San Diego Opera Journeys Down River With 'Florencia En El Amazonas'

March 16
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera opens the Gabriel Garcia Marquez inspired "Florencia en el Amazonas" this weekend. Go behind the scenes to find out what role a conductor plays in bringing an opera to life.

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San Diego's Singing Bus Driver Auditions For America's Got Talent

March 5
By Katie Schoolov

A 66-year-old bus driver started singing for his passengers in 2017, hoping his music would help bring back memories and joy for the seniors he drives. Now, he's started performing on stage, and his fans have convinced him to audition for America's Got Talent.

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The Challenges Behind Staging San Diego Opera's 'Turandot'

Feb. 26
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Any opera is a challenge to produce. But the director of San Diego Opera’s "Turandot" had to cope with a heroine she didn’t initially understand as well as sets and costumes coming from two other productions. Find out how all these elements came together to make a beautiful show.

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National Study: San Diego’s Fern Street Circus Helps At-Risk Youth Develop Social And Emotional Skills

Feb. 15
By Katie Schoolov

A new study shows an unusual type of after-school program is especially helpful for at-risk youth: the circus.

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Tango Pulses Through San Diego Opera's 'Maria De Buenos Aires'

Jan. 25
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera’s second dētour production of the season, "Maria de Buenos Aires," is almost sold out for its four-performance run. Here's why this tango opera is generating so much interest.

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Vantage Theater Stages World Premiere Of 'The Color Of Light'

Jan. 11
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Vantage Theater is committed to producing new works that have something to say. Its latest production is a world premiere called "The Color of Light" about artist Henri Matisse.

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New 3D Printing Technology Displayed At San Diego Expo

Dec. 4, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

3D Printers have taken over the San Diego Convention Center downtown as part of the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo. The Expo brings together the latest innovations in 3D printer technology to 1,000 attendees.

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Local Leaders: House GOP Tax Plan Could Exacerbate Homelessness

Nov. 27, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut plan that would repeal several funding tools for affordable housing. San Diegans including local leaders gathered Monday to voice their opposition to the cuts.

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'As One' Is A Modern Opera About Transitioning

Nov. 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

You don’t generally think of opera as ripped from the headlines, but San Diego Opera’s production of "As One" has a distinctly contemporary feel. The latest dētour series production tackles a transgender story through the character of Hannah, who’s portrayed by two singers — a baritone and mezzo soprano.

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How A Kid's Summer Job In San Diego Brought Joy To Alzheimer's Patients

Aug. 30, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

Kids heading back to school this week are probably telling their friends about what they did over their summer break. Many probably took vacations or camping trips. But one San Diego boy will have a unique story to tell — his summer volunteering with Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

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Move-In Day At San Diego State

Aug. 25, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

Some of the more than 8,000 new freshman and transfer students who are joining San Diego State University this semester have started to move into campus.

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Increasing Number Of Leopard Sharks Off La Jolla Attracts Snorkelers, Scientists

Aug. 18, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

Changing ocean temperatures have brought more leopard sharks to La Jolla Shores this summer than the previous two years, and the public can join Birch Aquarium for guided shark snorkels through September.

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New Interactive San Diego County Map Shows Disaster Risks

July 31, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

The county unveiled a new interactive online "Know Your Hazards" map that pinpoints disaster risks at your location.

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MAD Magazine Cartoonist Looks Back On 47 Years Of Comic-Con

July 21, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

A MAD Magazine cartoonist compares the first Comic-Con in 1970 to today's crowded, pop culture extravaganza.

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Fifth-Graders Perform At San Diego Airport With Switchfoot Ahead Of Annual BRO-AM Festival

June 19, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

The Grammy Award-winning band Switchfoot, which got their start in Encinitas, is in town for their annual charity surf and music festival, BRO-AM.

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Rare White Lion Arrives In San Diego County

April 6, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

Three lions, including a rare white lion, will make their home at the Lions, Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary in Alpine.

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Climate Change, Invasive Beetles — This Isn't The Sixth-Grade Camp Of Yesteryear

April 4, 2017
By Katie Schoolov, Megan Burks

The U.S. Forest Service estimates California has lost more than 100 million trees to drought, fire and invasive beetles. In our own backyard, large oaks that shaded generations of San Diegans at sixth-grade camp are now stumps, calling on today's campers to reverse the damage.

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Nonprofit Developers Strive To Preserve Affordable Housing

March 24, 2017
By Alison St John, Katie Schoolov

While cities struggle to get approval for higher density and new affordable housing, older affordable housing is disappearing.

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'Red Velvet' Marks A Pivotal Moment In Theater History

March 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

The Old Globe Theatre's production of "Red Velvet" transports audiences to the world of London's Theatre Royal at the beginning of the 19th century to mark the historic moment when Ira Aldridge became the first African American actor to play Othello on the British stage.

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Carmen Gets A Modern Makeover At San Diego Opera

March 9, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera's Shiley dētour Series strives to present innovative opera in intimate spaces. This weekend it delivers a contemporary re-imagining of "The Tragedy of Carmen" at the Balboa Theater.

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Larger Than Life 'Falstaff' Takes Center Stage At San Diego Opera

Feb. 17, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

William Shakespeare's character of Sir John Falstaff had a larger than life presence in the "Henry IV" historical plays and in the comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Those plays provide the inspiration for Verdi's opera "Falstaff" that San Diego Opera premieres Feb. 18 at the Civic Theatre.

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UCSD Lays Off 21 People From Department of Theater, Dance

Nov. 25, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

UCSD informed 21 members of the Department of Theater and Dance on Nov. 9 that their jobs would end in January.

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Celebrate Veterans Day With San Diego Opera's 'Soldier Songs'

Nov. 11, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera kicks off its new Shiley dētour Series with David T. Little's contemporary "Soldier Songs."

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Protests Continue In San Diego: 'I Woke Up ... And I Just Panicked'

Nov. 10, 2016
By Katie Schoolov, KPBS News

About 200 students protested Donald Trump's election as U.S. president at San Diego State Thursday. Wednesday night hundreds flooded the streets of downtown San Diego to denounce the election outcome.

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San Diego Opera's 'Cinderella' Is Darker But Still Charming

Oct. 21, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

If you think of the Disney animated film any time someone mentions "Cinderella" then think again. The new San Diego Opera production of Rossini’s "Cinderella" is darker and more complex but just as charming.

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On Final Day To Register, UC San Diego Leads In Voter Sign-Ups

Oct. 24, 2016
By Katie Schoolov

A student leading the effort says that for the first time UC San Diego is leading other University of California schools in the number of students registered to vote.

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Skyline Celebrates Opening Of New $13 Million Library

Oct. 14, 2016
By City News Service, Katie Schoolov

A much larger Skyline Hills Library opened to the public Friday in southeastern San Diego.

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Casino Traffic Eases Up In Jamul

Oct. 11, 2016
By City News Service, Katie Schoolov

Concerns about persistent and widespread traffic tie-ups around a newly opened East County casino appeared to be unfounded Tuesday on its second day of operations.

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A Circus At The Airport: San Diego's Artist Residency Entertains Travelers

Sept. 16, 2016
By Katie Schoolov

Three years ago, the San Diego International Airport underwent a $1 billion expansion and dedicated $6 million of that to adding artwork as a “calming distraction.” Now, they’ve added another form of artwork: the circus.

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Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

Aug. 11, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Kris Arciaga

The comedian's new film serves up a bit of a history lesson about improv and lays out some rules. It begins a two-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Friday.

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Podcast Episode 85: Mike Birbiglia On Comedy, Improv And Trust

Aug. 6, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Kris Arciaga

Mike Birbiglia's new film "Don't Think Twice" (expanding to more cities on Aug. 12) looks to an improv group experiencing some growing pains.

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Makeup Artists Bring Characters To Life At San Diego Comic-Con

July 22, 2016
By Elma Gonzalez, Katie Schoolov

Artists at the Cinema Makeup School booth at San Diego’s Comic-Con give fans a little taste of how they pull characters from comic book pages.

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Residents Propose Alternatives To Sharp Rocks On Imperial Avenue

July 4, 2016
By Katie Schoolov

Back in April, the city of San Diego placed rocks along Imperial Avenue to deter homeless people from setting up camp. Unhappy with the installation, some residents proposed alternative solutions to Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

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'Bigoted Messages' Found In SDSU Campus Restroom

June 7, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

SDSU President Elliot Hirshman sent out an email Tuesday morning in response to "hateful and bigoted messages" found in an Adams Humanities building restroom.

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The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare Comes To San Diego

May 19, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Without the First Folio, "Macbeth," "Antony and Cleopatra" and other Shakespearean plays might not exist today.

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Terminally Ill San Diego Woman Plans To Take Advantage Of Aid-In-Dying Law

May 26, 2016
By Katie Schoolov, Kenny Goldberg

For most people, death is an unplanned event. But not for San Diegan Eurika Strotto, who plans to take her own life just after California's End of Life Option Act takes effect in June.

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'Great Scott' Gets West Coast Premiere At San Diego Opera

May 9, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Jake Heggie's new work explores what goes into producing an opera, poking fun at the genre with a wink at technical challenges and backstage melodrama.

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San Diego Opera Makes 'Madama Butterfly' Fresh

April 14, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" is one of the most popular and most often performed operas. San Diego Opera's production promises to bring something new to the classic.

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San Diego's Baby Southern White Rhino Could Mean Scientific Breakthrough

April 6, 2016
By Katie Schoolov

A baby southern white rhino born Saturday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park may represent success for zoo researchers who have been working for eight years to solve the reproductive problems among the captive-born population.

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Padres Face Dodgers In Opening Day Game At Petco Park

April 4, 2016
By City News Service, Katie Schoolov

Hundreds of fans gathered at an East Village block party celebrating the opening game.

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Mama's Kitchen Delivers 8 Millionth Meal In San Diego County

March 30, 2016
By Katie Schoolov

For the last quarter century, volunteers for the nonprofit has been bringing meals to people who are too sick to cook on their own.

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Get A Full-Body Workout And Defy Gravity At Tempest Freerunning Academy

March 18, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Tired of boring workouts? Then try Tempest Freerunning Academy in Vista for a full body workout that includes parkour, free running and defying gravity.

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70 Years After Plane Crash, Pilot Finds Wreckage In San Diego Mountains

March 3, 2016
By Katie Schoolov

Seventy years ago, the deadliest plane crash at the time happened in the mountains of eastern San Diego County. The wreck was lost for decades, until a Poway man unearthed it last year.

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Windy Storm Pummeled San Diego County

Jan. 31, 2016
By City News Service, Katie Schoolov

Cold weather is expected to persist Monday night after a storm brought violent winds leading to widespread power outages, toppled trees and one person's death when a tree crushed four cars in Pacific Beach.

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San Diego Classes Revive Dying Art Of Tall Ship Sailing

Jan. 12, 2016
By Katie Schoolov

Now that the Maritime Museum's newest ship, the San Salvador, has been christened, San Diego boasts a fleet of four tall ships from four different centuries. Starting Wednesday, you can learn to sail them.

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Aid-In-Dying Law Comes To California

Dec. 9, 2015
By Katie Schoolov, Kenny Goldberg

Beginning next year, terminally ill Californians will be allowed to request a lethal dose of drugs from a physician.

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