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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

For One Youth Soccer League In El Cajon, College Is The Goal

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The nonprofit Yalla helps refugee and immigrant youth rebuild their lives in San Diego County through soccer and after school education programs.

UC San Diego Researchers Study Prevalence Of Minors In Tijuana's Sex Trade

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A new study finds that 25 percent of female sex workers in northern Mexico entered the sex trade as minors.

San Diego Travel Experts Share Last-Minute Summer Travel Tips

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Summer is almost over, but there is still time to plan for a staycation in San Diego or a weekend getaway.

Female War Correspondents 'Race For Paris' To Cover World War II

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In her new novel, best-selling author Meg Waite Clayton tells the story of two American journalists who are on a mission to document the Liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany.

3 Cool Summer Dishes To Beat The Heat

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From chilled honeydew soup to watermelon pizza, these recipes will cool people down as temperatures heat up across San Diego County.

San Diego Unified Urges Parents To Vaccinate Kids

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California's controversial vaccine law doesn't go into effect until the next school year, but San Diego Unified school officials are already getting the word out about the upcoming changes.

Report: Latinos 'Severely Underrepresented' Among California Prosecutors

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A survey by Stanford researchers finds that while Latinos make up nearly 39 percent of the population, they make up less than 10 percent of the state's full-time prosecutors.

Is California Ready To Legalize Marijuana?

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Four states and the district of Columbia have legalized marijuana, and California could be next. A recent report by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy provides a road map for regulating pot.

How San Diego Influenced Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

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U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who spent part of his childhood in San Diego, is the first Latino to hold the post.

Rare Fruit Trees Thrive Amid California Drought

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There are drought-friendly alternatives to thirsty fruit trees. Fig, loquat and pomegranate trees require very little water or no water at all.

Toni Atkins Discusses Chargers Stadium, Special Legislative Sessions

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Atkins holds one of the most high-profile legislative offices in the state and she's getting involved in the negotiations to keep the Chargers in San Diego.

Medicare And Medicaid Turn 50

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On July 30,1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries who live in San Diego County.

Are Summer Interns In The U.S. Compensated Fairly?

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According to a 2014 survey of graduating college seniors in the nation, 61 percent said they had held some kind of internship during their college careers. But not all internships are created equal.

What Does It Take To Run A Farm-To-Table Restaurant In San Diego?

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The owner behind one of San Diego's top farm-to-table restaurants opens up about the difficulties of developing a menu based on seasonal ingredients that are local and organic.

Survey: DACA Improving Lives Of Young Immigrants In U.S.

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A nationwide survey by UC San Diego professor Tom Wong shows recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are getting better jobs, earning higher wages and pursuing higher education.

Transgender Veteran Fights For Equality In U.S. Military

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Retired Army Col. Sheri Swokowski wants to change a military ban that stops openly transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces.

SDSU Researchers Find Support For Working Moms Reaches All-Time High

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Researchers at San Diego State University found that 12th graders and adults are more supportive of working mothers today than their 1970s counterparts.

Vicki Estrada: 10 Years As A 'Natural Woman'

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As part of an ongoing series on gender identity, San Diego business and civic leader Vicki Estrada discusses the challenges she has faced over the years, how she found happiness and love and the movement for transgender equality.

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San Diego Transgender Teen Shares Struggle With Gender Identity

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As part of a series of interviews on KPBS Midday Edition about gender identity issues, 14-year old Sam Moehlig of Rancho Bernardo talks about what it's like to grow up transgender in San Diego.

California's New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect July 1

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About 6.5 million workers in California are expected to benefit from a new paid sick leave law authored by a San Diego lawmaker.

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble Plays Sound Of San Diego

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The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble has a new self-titled debut album featuring laid back, soulful vibes with song titles like "Strolling Adams" and "City Heights."

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Clinic Helps San Diego Transgender Youth

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Rady Children's Gender Management Clinic opened in 2012. Since then, doctors have seen 80 children with gender identity issues.

'We're Out Of Time' — So Says Chargers Stadium Spokesman

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There is nothing left that the city of San Diego can do to solve the stadium issue before the NFL owners vote on whether to allow the Chargers to move to Los Angeles, team spokesman Mark Fabiani told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday.

San Diego County Restaurant Workers Report Wage Theft

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A new study finds that some of the 125,700 restaurant workers in San Diego County are getting short-changed on their earnings.

New Analysis Sheds Light On Suicide Rate Among Female Veterans

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs analyzed a decade of suicide data and found female veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women.

New Exhibition At San Diego Natural History Museum Explores Ancient Maya

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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opens Friday and runs through January 2016.

New Book Explores California’s Pension Crisis

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"California Dreaming" by economist Lawrence McQuillan, a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, explains the origins of the state pension crisis and offers solutions.

San Diego Blogger Releases New Book On Sensitivity

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As a San Diego blog helps others understand life as a "highly sensitive person." Researchers are studying the HSP personality trait to see if it is also genetic.

California Assembly To Consider Bill To Regulate Medical Marijuana

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Assembly BIll 266, authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, could come up for a vote on the Assembly floor as soon as Wednesday.

San Diego Community Groups Launch Petition To Stop Route 94 Expansion

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The project would add one express lane in each direction from Interstate 5 to Interstate 805 in San Diego. It is currently in the environmental review process.

San Diego Unified's Financial Outlook To Improve

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San Diego Unified's deficit would cut by nearly half under Gov. Jerry Brown's updated budget proposal.

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.

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