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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy

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The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties filed a lawsuit this week over a San Diego Police Department policy that allows officers to collect DNA samples from juveniles, without a warrant or parental consent.

New Exhibit Celebrates History Of Black Women In The U.S. Military

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The exhibit, “For the Freedom and the Right” was organized by the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. It will be on display at Camp Pendleton through mid-March.

The San Diego Blood Bank Putting Greater Focus On Research

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The San Diego Blood Bank is more than a blood donation center. Amid a drop in demand for transfusions, the blood bank is expanding its services and customizing blood products for the local scientific research community.

Did SANDAG Withhold Information Ahead Of Tax Hike Vote?

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The online news organization Voice of San Diego has obtained emails shedding more light on SANDAG's revenue forecasting.

Border Film Week Goes To Tijuana

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The 11th annual Border Film Week returns Tuesday with four days of film screenings and panel discussions in San Diego and Tijuana.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns To MOPA

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The festival, which shines a light on abuses happening around the world through film, returns for the seventh year to Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. It runs Friday-Sunday.

Former Iraqi Translator On Why He Supports Trump’s Refugee Ban

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Johnny Walker served alongside U.S. Navy SEALs during the Iraq war. In 2009, he was granted a U.S. visa under a special program for Iraqi interpreters and now calls San Diego home.

San Diego Professor Finds Sanctuary Counties Are Safer And Economically Stronger

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Amid President Trump’s executive action on so-called sanctuary cities, a new analysis by UC San Diego political science professor Tom Wong examines the effects of sanctuary policies on crime and the economy.

New Program Aims To Unite San Diego Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans

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A new seminar series on the impact of global conflict and violence on the San Diego-Tijuana region gets underway Friday at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies.

California's Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations

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Lori Ajax is the chief of California's Bureau of Marijuana Control. The agency is charged with licensing cannabis farmers, product manufacturers, testing labs, distributors and retailers. Those regulations need to be in place by Jan. 1, 2018.

Portland Cello Project To Perform In Escondido

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For the last decade, "Portland Cello Project" has been playing modern music on the classical four-stringed instrument. The group will take the stage at the California Center for the Arts, Sunday, Jan. 22.

San Diego Economist Alan Nevin Discusses America's 'Great Divide'

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In his new book, "The Great Divide: The True Story of America Tomorrow", Nevin details the demographic and economic future of California and other key U.S. states.

Rev. William Barber On The New Civil Rights Movement

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Rev. Barber, president of North Carolina's NAACP, was the keynote speaker at the 29th annual All People's Breakfast celebration in Balboa Park to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

How Tiny Microbes In Your Gut Affect Your Mood

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In his new book, “The Mind-Gut Connection”, Dr. Emeran Mayer explains how the brain and the gut communicate, and physical and mental health issues can crop up if that communication is disrupted.

What Kind Of Data Should Police Collect During Traffic Stops?

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Starting in 2018, California police officers will be required to collect and report traffic stop data. Civil rights advocates hope the data will help shed light on the prevalence of racial profiling.

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

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We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.

What’s Next In The Decommissioning Of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

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The major dismantling of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant may begin in 2018.

Sycuan Cultural Museum Opens In January

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Sycuan Cultural Resource Center and Museum in El Cajon features hundreds of Kumeyaay artifacts, an archive collection of oral histories and educational materials.

Jan Goldsmith Reflects On Time As San Diego’s City Attorney

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Goldsmith served as city attorney for eight years. During his time in office, he dealt with the resignation of a mayor, controversy over a plan to finance an expansion of the convention center and pension reform.

San Diego Councilwoman Georgette Gomez Takes Office

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Gomez, a community organizer who campaigned on the promise to shake up city hall, is the newly elected city council representative for District 9. The district includes City Heights, Kensignton, College Area and some neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego.

Tension Over Arts Renaissance And Gentrification In Barrio Logan

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Longtime San Diego arts reporter Kinsee Morlan explores the intersection of arts and gentrification in Barrio Logan.

San Diego Museum Of Art Brings Little-Known Masterpieces Out Of Storage

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More than 300 rarely seen paintings, sculptures and prints are now on display in the new “Visible Vaults” exhibition at San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.

Talking Food: How To Prepare Healthy, Holiday Desserts

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A new cookbook by San Diego fitness expert Laura Marquis puts a healthy twist on some favorite holiday season desserts.

‘The Wholehearted’ Takes Stage At La Jolla Playhouse

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“The Wholehearted” is a one-woman show that tells the story of a world champion female boxer who is training for a comeback after being brutally attacked by her own husband. It runs Wednesday-Sunday at the Playhouse.

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Discusses Priorities

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Chris Ward is among three new San Diego City Council members who took their oath of office Monday. Ward represents District 3, which includes neighborhoods south of Interstate 8 from University Heights to North Park and downtown.

San Diego Considers Sale Of Recreational Marijuana

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A city proposal would allow San Diego's licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana starting January 1, 2018. That's when recreational sales are set to begin in California under Proposition 64.

Famed Animator Ron Campbell Brings Art Show To San Diego

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He will be painting, exhibiting and talking cartoons during his “Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show” this weekend.

San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald Reflects On Her Time At City Hall

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Emerald was elected to the council in 2008. The beginning of her time in office coincided with the Great Recession. She also changed districts and dealt with the resignation of former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Learning About The History Of Pearl Harbor Through Comics

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“Pearl Harbor And The Day of Infamy” is a 24-page comic book by historian Jay Wertz being released Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

‘Gross And Unlikable’: An All-Female Anthology Of Horror Stories

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So Say We All, a literary and arts nonprofit in San Diego, releases the latest edition in its collection of literary horror and dark fiction.

Mexican Consulate Of San Diego Announces Program To Support Immigrants

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Mexican Consul General in San Diego discusses the new "We Are With You Campaign." It includes 11 initiatives to educate immigrants about their rights and answer immigration questions.

Proposition 58 Passed, Now What?

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California voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition 58 on the November ballot, which ended the 18-year mandate of English-only instruction in public schools.

First Person: Young And Locked Up

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A San Diego man talks about what life was like serving time in an adult prison as a juvenile.

Turkey Talk: How Not To Burn Your Biscuits, Make Gritty Gravy Or Dry Out Your Turkey

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Chef Bernard Guillas, executive chef at the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla, will answer questions about how to plan a Thanksgiving Day dinner with all the fixings.

Former Ocean Beach Theme Park The Backdrop For New Novel 'San Diego Land'

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A new historical novel focuses on Wonderland Park, a large amusement park in Ocean Beach that had to compete with the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Report Explores How Doctors Can Help Patients Fight Food Insecurity

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A recent report by the San Diego Hunger Coalition identifies how health care providers can screen patients for food insecurity and refer them to resources during a routine visit.

Acclaimed Biographer Discusses Kafka’s Life And Work

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Dr. Reiner Stach has written five books about literary figure Franz Kafka. He will give two presentations Tuesday at San Diego State University.

San Diego’s Transportation Funding Up In The Air After Tax Measure's Defeat

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County voters last week rejected a half-cent sales tax increase that would have paid for transportation, infrastructure and open-space projects.

Election Roundup: The Results And What They Mean For San Diego County

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The 2016 election is over. The nation has a new president, California gets a new senator and recreational marijuana is legal. KPBS Midday Edition breaks down how the results could affect San Diegans.

‘Whose Live Anyway’ Comedians Take San Diego Stage

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Fans of the Emmy-nominated “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” can experience the improv show live at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday.

Ahead Of Election, San Diego Bishop Discusses Role Of Catholic Church In Public Policy

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In a message to local parishes, the head of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy said the Church should not get involved in partisan politics.

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SDSU Stages All-Female 'Julius Caesar'

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Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, Shakespeare's political play is re-imagined just in time for the 2016 presidential election.

USD Professor Explores Violence In America’s Poorest Neighborhoods

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In his new book, “The Neighborhood Has Its Own Rules” sociology professor Cid Martinez reveals the ways in which urban institutions — churches, local government and street gangs — manage conflict.

Border Surf Contest Aims To Raise Awareness About Ocean Pollution

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The San Diego and Baja chapters of the Surfrider Foundation are hosting the first binational surf contest this Sunday.

5 Ways To Have (A Little) Fun With The November Ballot

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Doing your homework for next week’s election doesn’t have to be boring. There are haikus and catchy songs to help you remember the 17 statewide propositions on the ballot.

Chula Vista District 3 Candidates Discuss Key Issues

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Former Councilman Steve Padilla faces city staffer Jason Paguio on Nov. 8, to represent the southeast region of Chula Vista.

San Diego Writers 'Reclaim' Their Stories

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Authors living in City Heights, Barrio Logan and other neighborhoods tell their stories in a new anthology that includes 19 narratives about identity, resilience and empowerment.

Monday Is The Last Day To Register To Vote In San Diego County

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Online registration forms must be completed by midnight. Paper forms must be postmarked Monday or dropped off at the registrar's office by 8 p.m.

Chula Vista District 4 Candidates Discuss Key Issues

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Former councilman Rudy Ramirez faces retired firefighter Mike Diaz in November to represent the southwestern area of Chula Vista.

District 3 Supervisor Candidates Roberts And Gaspar Discuss Key Issues

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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts and his challenger Kristin Gaspar speak with KPBS reporter Alison St John about the issues in the race.

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