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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

Scripps Nurses Reflect On Nepal Quake Recovery Efforts

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The Scripps Health medical response team treated more than two thousand people in Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April.

California Bill Would Prohibit Defendants From Questioning Victims

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A San Diego lawmaker’s bill to ban defendants who represent themselves from cross-examining victims in certain cases is raising constitutional questions.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Dips To Nearly 8-Year Low

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San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent — the lowest rate the region has seen in almost a decade.

Lawyers Teach San Diego Students What To Do If Stopped By Police

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The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, a San Diego County African-American bar association, has started a series of presentations on how to handle police-youth interactions.

New Series Brewing About San Diego Craft Beer Scene

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"Kings of the Craft,” a new television series exploring San Diego's craft beer industry and the unique stories behind it, debuts May 21 on KPBS.

Preparing For San Diego Fire Season: Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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Over a five-day period In May 2014, unusual Santa Ana winds fueled flames to 14 wildfires around San Diego County. Experts revisit what happened and talk about lessons learned.

2015 One Book, One San Diego Pick Announced

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The winning selection for the 9th annual One Book, One San Diego community reading program is "Shadow of the Wind" by Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Experts: U.S-Mexico Border To See 39,000 Unaccompanied Minors

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The number is a decrease compared to last year when U.S Customs and Border Protection says it apprehended about 68,000 unaccompanied children.

Scientists Investigate Mysterious 'Blob' At UC San Diego

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Questions about a mysterious mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean and its effects on marine life bring researchers to the La Jolla campus.

A Look At California's Hash Oil Business Boom

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Hash oil is a type of marijuana concentrate. Under California's medical marijuana laws its legal to use, but illegal to make.

Festival Brings New Orleans Music, Flavors To San Diego

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Grammy winners Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil will headline Gator by the Bay, the annual festival celebrating zydeco, blues and crawfish, at Spanish Landing Park.

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Former San Diego Foster Child Becomes Advocate For Change

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As May marks National Foster Care Awareness month, former foster youth and author of memoir "Foster Girl" examines reforms in California's foster care system.

What Does New State Target To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mean For San Diego?

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Gov. Jerry Brown is ramping up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb climate change.

San Diego Moxie Theatre Presents 'Lesson 443'

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Formerly known as, "Anatomy of an Accent," this new play is a coming of age story that explores issues about identity and belonging.

Study: Diesel, Gas Exhaust Mostly To Blame For Calexico’s Polluted Air

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The Imperial Valley's bad air has long been blamed on agricultural burns. But a new study shows idling cars at the Calexico border crossing are having a bigger impact on poor air quality.

Professor Digs Up Live Music History At San Diego State

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From Ella Fitzgerald to the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and Madonna, anthropology professor explains how live music concerts changed San Diego State.

‘Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo’ Play Debuts In San Diego

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Chula Vista native Paul Flores is bringing his award-winning play to Lincoln High School. The play, which explores gang violence, is about a former MS-13 member who is trying to figure out how to leave his gang life behind to reunite with his family.

San Diego Group Marks 25 Years Of Affordable Housing Advocacy

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The San Diego Housing Federation continues to advocate for affordable housing in the San Diego region as reports show the challenges in the housing market.

Meal Gap Study Shows How Hunger Hits San Diego County

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A new study finds that while the number of San Diegans suffering from food insecurity is down there are still thousands that are impacted by hunger.

Tax Day: Money Experts Examine Proposed California Earned Income Tax Credit

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On this Tax Day, financial experts talk about a number of proposals aimed at addressing income inequality.

Real Estate Experts Discuss Rise In San Diego Home Prices

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The cost of a single-family home jumped 4 percent from February to March — bringing the median price to $519,540.

Tijuana’s Nortec Collective To Make Bittersweet Appearance At Coachella

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This will be Bostich + Fussible's final appearance at Coachella Music Festival as Nortec Collective. The Tijuana-based electronic duo says its leaving the Nortec sound to pursue new projects.

La Jolla Looks For Next Steps To Address Odor Issues

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The La Jolla Town Council will hold a hearing on sea lion issues at the cove. A sea lion expert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is scheduled to attend.

Controversial Vaccine Exemption Measure Gets Its First Hearing In California Senate

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A measure that would ban all personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations will get its first hearing in the state senate Wednesday.

Ben Vereen Awards Will Honor San Diego's High School Theater Performers

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More than a dozen San Diego County high schools are participating in a musical theater competition, with performers getting a chance to go to Broadway for the top prize.

San Diego Museum Of Art Exhibition Explores Issues Surrounding Role Of Women In Arab Culture

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Ten large-scale photographs from Moroccan-born, New York–based photographer Lalla Essaydi at the Balboa Park museum through Aug. 1.

San Diego IndieFest 9 Is Back, Moves To City Heights

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San Diego IndieFest is the first exclusively independent music festival in the country. It will take place on March 28 and feature 50 musical acts including New York indie-rock band Bear Hands as a headliner.

California's First Latino Supreme Court Justice To Address 'Role Of Latinos In A Changing America'

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Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso is in San Diego Tuesday for a lecture at UC San Diego in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

Tijuana-Based Band Nortec Collective Calls It Quits

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The Grammy Award-winning group Nortec Collective is disbanding after releasing what they're calling their final album, "Motel Baja."

San Diego Dance Theater Presents 'Happy Hour' Dance Show

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Choreographer Monica Bill Barnes, a UC San Diego alumni, and her partner Anna Bass will preview a new show at Liberty Station.

For More Civil Politics — Start With School Kids

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The fourth annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue gets underway Friday. This year the conference will focus on the classrooms.

Longtime Editor Leaves San Diego CityBeat

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David Rolland, who helped start San Diego CityBeat more than 10 years ago, is leaving the publication to work for Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

New Book Offers Advice On How To Refire Your Retirement

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San Diego-based author Ken Blanchard and aging expert Morton Shaevitz teamed up to offer retirees a new approach to retirement.

California Small Farm Conference Opens In San Diego

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The annual conference is hosting small farmers and ranchers at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The ongoing drought is high on the list of topics the conference aims to tackle this year.

Economist: Chargers Leaving San Diego Would Have Minimal Impact On Economy

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Sports economist Michael Leeds says San Diego's economy would not take a hit if the Chargers move to Los Angeles.

A Conversation With Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza

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Alicia Garza, a UC San Diego graduate, is in San Diego to discuss the history and future of the Black Lives Matter movement and the role of campus activism.

South Park Tattoo Shop Becomes Stage For THE TRIP's Latest Production

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THE TRIP theater company opens "3 Plays In A Tattoo Shop" this weekend at Full Circle Tattoo in South Park. One member of the audience will get tattooed during the performance.

San Diego To Consider Rules For Airbnb Hosts

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The city of San Diego recently sent 252 letters to Airbnb and other hosts telling them they owe taxes on the rooms they rent.

9th Annual Border Film Week Focuses On Human Side Of Immigration Debate

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Border Film Week at the University of San Diego's Trans-Border Institute kicks off Tuesday. The focus will be the human stories of immigration.

Should All Bike Riders Be Required To Wear Helmets?

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A new bill in the California legislature would require adults to wear helmets. Anyone riding without a helmet could be cited and fined up to $25.

Lunar New Year Tet Festival Celebrates Vietnamese Heritage

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San Diego's 10th Annual Tet Festival takes place in Mira Mesa this weekend.

Comedian Maz Jobrani Discusses 'Memoirs Of A Middle Eastern Funnyman'

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Iranian-American actor and comedian Maz Jobrani tells his story about growing up as an Iranian immigrant in Southern California.

Death Cafe Movement Grows In San Diego

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Talking with a group of strangers about death. It's the premise behind the death cafes popping up in San Diego. And participants say it can be a life-changing experience.

NPR's Bill Littlefield Gets Poetic About Sports In New Book

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Bill Littlefield's new book "Take Me Out" is a collection of poems about sports. Littlefield is the host of NPR's nationally syndicated program "Only A Game."

Imperial Valley Aims To Shed 100,000 Pounds

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A new campaign called the "Valley Challenge" aims to rally the community to lose weight to fight the problem of obesity. Nearly 80 percent of Imperial County adults are obese or overweight.

Drunkorexia: Swapping Meals For Drinks

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Binge drinking on college campuses is nothing new, but some experts say more students are now trading food calories for alcoholic calories to stay thin and get drunk faster. It's called "drunkorexia."

San Diego Moxie Theatre Presents 'Trouble In Mind'

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Moxie Theatre is reviving the play 1950's Alice Childress play "Trouble in Mind" which grapples with issues about race and gender.

Judge To Rule On Law That Classifies Marijuana As One Of The Most Dangerous Drugs

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A 1970 federal law labeled marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug but a U.S. judge in California is expected to rule this year on the constitutionality of that law.

Film 'By Blood' To Open San Diego Black Film Festival

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"By Blood" chronicles American Indians who are descendents of black slaves as they battle to regain tribal citizenship. The film's west coast premiere takes place Thursday at the San Diego Black Film Festival.

Why Does Philosophy Matter In The 21st Century?

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Acclaimed philosopher and author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is in San Diego Tuesday for a discussion about her book "Plato at the Googleplex."

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