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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

New Exhibit Traces The History Of Political Cartoons

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“Party Lines: The History, Art and Politics of Editorial Cartoons” opens Thursday at San Diego State University's downtown gallery. It features more than 120 political cartoons, including works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

San Diego Veterans Museum Holds First LGBTQ Pride Event

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The event on Wednesday will highlight the evolution of LGBTQ rights in the U.S. military.

Councilman Todd Gloria Discusses San Diego's Minimum Wage Hike

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San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria, who led the effort to raise the minimum wage, talks about how the city plans to make sure employers comply with the wage increase.

Marijuana Tax Proposed For San Diego

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A proposal by San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey would tax local marijuana businesses at least 8 percent on gross receipts. Other California cities have imposed similar taxes in anticipation of a November ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

‘A Feminist In The White House’ Chronicles Life, Work Of Activist Midge Costanza

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Midge Costanza broke through the political glass ceiling while working for President Jimmy Carter. She eventually settled in San Diego and was active in the LGBT community.

La Jolla Sea Lion Situation Now A ‘Crisis’

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It’s not just the stench anymore. Residents say sea lions have taken over the beach and their droppings are polluting the ocean.

La Jolla Playhouse Presents World Premiere Of 'The Last Tiger In Haiti'

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A couple of UC San Diego graduates collaborated on a new play that tells the story of a group of “restaveks,” or child slaves, who are fighting for survival in earthquake-rattled Haiti.

San Diego Researchers Aim To Raise Awareness Of Endangered Marine Mammal

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Researchers estimate the vaquita porpoise population had declined 80 percent since 2011. They estimate there are fewer than 60 vaquitas left in existence.

‘Grit and Hope’ Follows San Diego Students’ Path To College

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A new book chronicles the evolution of the San Diego nonprofit Reality Changers, which works to help disadvantaged minority students go to college.

'MasterChef' From La Mesa Serves Signature Mexican Recipes In ‘Claudia’s Cocina’

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Claudia Sandoval, who won "MasterChef" season six, is out with a new cookbook. “Claudia’s Cocina” offers a taste of Mexico and chronicles the chef’s culinary journey.

Journalists In Afghanistan Face Increasing Danger

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The dangers of reporting from a war zone came home to public broadcasting this week, with the death of an NPR photojournalist David Gilkey.

Tijuana Voters Prepare To Pick New Mayor

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There are a dozen mayoral candidates on the ballot in Sunday's election, including two that are not affiliated with any political party.

Activists Turn To San Diego Barber Shops To Talk Guns

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The San Diego chapter of the National Action Network wants to get people talking about gun violence in a place where they feel comfortable.

Examining San Diego’s Low-Profile Political Races

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Besides the race for mayor and the hotly contested city attorney race, San Diego voters will also get to decide on less talked about contests in the June 7 California primary.

Where Are The Women In San Diego’s Biotech Industry?

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A new report shows that out of 44 publicly traded biotech companies in San Diego, only 1 has a female CEO.

Man Dies Of Water Intoxication At San Diego County Jail

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The unusual death of an inmate at San Diego Central Jail has put a spotlight on the county's jail mortality rate, which is higher than that of the largest jail system in California.

Could San Diego Be The Next Silicon Valley?

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The San Francisco Bay Area has long been viewed as the world’s tech mecca, but a vibrant tech scene seems to be emerging in San Diego.

San Diego Registrar Discusses Nonpartisan Voters And The June Primary

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Bernie Sanders supporters have filed a lawsuit alleging widespread confusion over California’s primary rules. But San Diego County’s registrar of voters said his office went to great lengths to inform voters.

Award-Winning Author Talks Diversity In Children's Literature

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National City native Matt de la Peña recently gave a special reading to hundreds of students at his old elementary school.

Report: Police Asset Seizures Disproportionately Affect Minorities, Poor Californians

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The American Civil Liberties Union of California looked into law enforcement's use of an asset forfeiture program.

Study: Human Activity To Blame For 90% Of Wildfires In California

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Researchers at the George Washington University found human activity — everything from cigarette litter to toppled power poles — is as much to blame for how often and where wildfires occur.

San Diego Cereal-Maker Kashi Wants To Help Farmers Switch To Organic

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The company announced efforts to recognize crops grown on farms that are in the process of switching to organic.

Report: San Diego County Rents Have Skyrocketed 32% Since 2000

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The California Housing Partnership says the county has lost more than $109 million annually in federal and state funding for affordable housing projects since 2008.

San Diego Law Enforcement Holds Town Halls On Video Release Policy

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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis discusses changing the policy on the release of officer-involved shooting videos.

Report: California Voter Registration Experiencing 'Historic Growth'

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More than 850,000 Californians registered to vote in the first three months of 2016, according to a new report from the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

New Documentary Explores The Changing Face Of Peace Officers

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A former sheriff who helped establish Utah's first SWAT team raises questions over tactics and use of force in "Peace Officer."

First-Known Hijacker Gives Personal Account Of His ‘Freedom Flight’

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The book "Freedom Flight: A True Account of the Cold War's Greatest Escape" describes how San Diego author Frank Iszak escaped from the Iron Curtain with his wife and five co-conspirators by completing the first documented commercial airplane hijacking in 1956.

Democrat Mayoral Candidate Ed Harris On His Uphill Battle Against Faulconer

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Harris heads the city's lifeguards union and served as an interim city councilman for District 2.

Lori Saldaña Discusses Her Run For San Diego Mayor

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The former Democratic assemblywoman is running as an independent.

Report: Homicides Up In Mexico For First Time Since Peña Nieto Took Office

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Homicides in Mexico jumped 8 percent from 2014 to 2015 after three years of decline, according to a new report from the University of San Diego.

Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against SDPD Officers

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The claim is over the October killing of 39-year-old Lamontez Jones in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. The San Diego County district attorney has said the shooting is legally justified.

How Do We Restore Civility In Politics?

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From "Lyin' Ted" to "short fingers," the 2016 presidential race has seen no shortage of name-calling and insults. A conference kicking off next Monday at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice aims to address over-the-top political rhetoric.

'A Growing Passion' Springs Into 4th Season On KPBS

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From water-wise gardening to beneficial insects and California's citrus industry, the new season of KPBS' television series "A Growing Passion" brings a lot of variety.

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San Diego Author Discusses Ways To Combat Nature Deficit

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Richard Louv, whose New York Times best-seller introduced the concept of nature deficit, is out with a new book with tips to reverse that deficit.

Why John Leguizamo Thinks Trump Is ‘Doing A Great Thing’ For Latinos

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In a new solo act titled “Latin History for Morons,” which premieres Tuesday night at the La Jolla Playhouse, the comic takes on five centuries of Latin history.

Stadium: Chargers Pointman Talks To KPBS; East Village Group Reacts To Proposal

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The Chargers will begin collecting signatures in three weeks in a bid to qualify a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex proposal for the November general election.

How UC San Diego Aims To Boost Diversity

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Becky Petitt, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the UC San Diego, discusses some of the school’s new diversity initiatives.

San Diego Ranks 20th In California In New Women's Well-Being Index

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The California Budget and Policy Center released a new index that rates women's overall well-being in the state. Factors include health, employment, economic security, personal safety and political empowerment.

Healthy Eating — From School Breakfasts To Family Meals

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A new study says kids who eat two breakfasts are better off than ones who eat no breakfast. And a National City program is aimed at empowering women to eat healthier.

New Public Market Creating A Buzz In San Diego

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The Liberty Public Market just opened in Point Loma and attracted an estimated 12,000 people during its first week in business.

San Diego Politics: Do Endorsements Matter?

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Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has done well without support from the establishment. But in local races, a party endorsement could give candidates a boost.

Study: San Diego Graduation Rates Expected To Drop

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UC San Diego researchers found that while more high school seniors at San Diego Unified School District may be eligible for college this year, more students may not graduate at all.

Should The US Change Its Cuban Immigration Policy?

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The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 grants Cubans special status that allows them to live and work legally in America.

What Role Did 'Blackfish' Play In SeaWorld's Decision To Stop Breeding Orcas?

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Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite spoke about how her 2013 documentary might have influenced SeaWorld’s big move.

New California Tax Credit For Low-Wage Workers

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The income tax filing deadline is a month away and among the new forms and provisions is a new state earned income tax credit.

San Diego Sheriff's Department Has Eyes On Drones

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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is thinking about purchasing drones to use in case of wildfires, search and rescue missions and SWAT operations. But concerns over privacy remain.

Report: Criminal Justice System Errors Cost Taxpayers Millions In California

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A new report shows mistakes in California's criminal justice system cost taxpayers more than $282 million between 1989 and 2012.

Remembering Japan's 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami

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On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that helped cause a nuclear meltdown.

Mexican Journalist Discusses Struggle In Drug War Reporting

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More than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico in the past decade. But that hasn't stopped investigative journalist Marcela Turati from seeking the truth.

Judge Orders Stricter Security Measures In Release Of California Student Data

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A federal judge had a change of heart over the potential release of educational records for 10 million California students.

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