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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

Should We Switch To A 5-Hour Work Day? This Local CEO Thinks So

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Stephan Aarstol, founder of Tower Paddle Boards in Mira Mesa and winner of the reality TV show "Shark Tank," says moving to a shorter work day transformed his business and the lives of his employees.

'Adnan's Story' Goes Beyond 'Serial'

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Rabia Chaudry brought the story of Adnan Syed to "This American Life" producer Sara Koenig, leading to the popular podcast "Serial." Now, Chaudry has written a book that she says paints a fuller picture of the 1999 Baltimore murder case that sent Syed to prison.

Talking Trash: Reducing Food Waste Starts At Home

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Up to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply goes to waste. A panel discussion on Tuesday night focuses on the environmental impacts of food waste and ways to cut back on how much food is thrown away.

UC San Diego Professor Examines The Cuban Economy

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In the new book “Open For Business: Rebuilding the Cuban Economy,” UC San Diego professor Richard Feinberg explores where Cuba's economy is today and what the future may hold.

Lofty Plans To House San Diego’s Homeless Gaining Traction, Officials Say

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The city of San Diego aims to house 1,000 homeless veterans by March 2017, while the county is working to house 1,250 homeless individuals with severe mental illness in the next three years.

What San Diego Can Learn From Utah About Tackling Chronic Homelessness

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In the last decade, Utah has reduced its population of chronically homeless individuals by more than 90 percent. How did the state do it?

Four Years Into DACA, Focus Is On Asian Youth

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Alliance San Diego, a community advocacy group, is launching a campaign to enroll Asian youth. It says Asian Pacific Islanders have the lowest rate of enrollment.

Acclaimed Pianist Aruán Ortiz Performs In San Diego

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The Cuban-born musician is in San Diego for a solo performance Sunday at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan.

Crossing The Railroad Tracks In North County Could Cost You $500

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More than 50 people have been ticketed since Aug. 1 by the North County Transit District for crossing the railroad tracks. Trespassers can be fined up to $500.

San Diego Swimmer Hopes To Benefit The Homeless By Making History

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Melissa Berkay wants to become the first American to swim the Catalina Channel using the butterfly stroke. The formerly homeless athlete is raising money to support shelters in San Diego.

San Ysidro Community Leader Reflects On 35 Years Of Advocacy

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Andrea Skorepa is retiring as president and CEO of the nonprofit community development organization Casa Familiar.

Art Exhibition Explores 1821 U.S.-Mexico Border

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“DeLIMITations” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is a culmination of a multi-media project by two contemporary cross-border artists.

Lilac Hills Initiative To Go On November Ballot

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday decided to put a controversial housing project near Valley Center on the November ballot.

TheNAT Offers New San Diego Hiking Guide

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The San Diego Natural History Museum has a new guide that features more than 250 trails, maps, photographs and descriptions of habitats and species San Diegans may encounter on hikes.

Former San Diego Journalist Traces Civil Rights Battle

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Kristen Green, a former reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, talks about her first book, New York Times bestseller “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County.”

Hip-Hop Production 'The Best Goodbye' Hits San Diego Stage

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The community theater group Circle Circle Dot Dot presents “The Best Goodbye,” a drama by San Diego playwright Gill Sotu. The play opens Saturday.

Ex-San Diego Cop: 'American Policing Is In A Crisis'

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Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper started his law enforcement career with the San Diego Police Department in 1966. He's written a new book, "To Protect and Serve: How To Fix America's Police."

The Healing Power Of Superheroes

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Dr. Janina Scarlet, founder of Superhero Therapy, incorporates pop culture characters to help patients cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

Examining The Effects Of Climate Change On Barrio Logan

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The Air Resources Board is holding 15 workshops in low-income communities across California this month to inform the next update to the overarching document that will help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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San Diego Concert Honors Latin Jazz Artist Tito Puente

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The concert will kick off the San Diego Symphony’s new Thursday Night Jazz series, which runs through August 25.

How Filipino WWII Veterans Are Being Reunited With Family Overseas

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The new program will allow relatives of Filipino WWII veterans to come to the U.S. before their immigrant visas become available.

Tony Gwynn's Widow Discusses Legacy Of Padres Great

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The athlete's widow, Alicia, talks about All-Star Game memories and the opening of a museum honoring her late husband, who played his entire Hall of Fame career for the San Diego Padres.

Navy SEAL Death Puts Spotlight On Training Program

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In light of the recent homicide ruling in the drowning of a Navy SEAL trainee, KPBS Midday Edition speaks to a former officer about the elite force’s rigorous training program.

San Diego Civil Rights Group Reacts To Recent Police Shootings

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The San Diego chapter of the civil rights group National Action Network is organizing a rally Saturday in response to two deadly police shootings involving black men that made national headlines this week.

San Diego Transgender Vet On The Military's New Policy

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The Department of Defense last week lifted the military's ban on transgender troops. A transgender woman from San Diego who served in Vietnam discusses her experience in the military and what she hopes its new policy can achieve.

ACLU Report Documents Struggle Of Deported Veterans

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The report released Tuesday highlights 84 cases of immigrants who served in the U.S. military and have been deported or are currently facing deportation.

San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins Discusses New State Budget

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California's $122.5 billion budget took effect on July 1. Among its highlights: more money for schools and the state's rainy-day fund. There's also changes to the state’s welfare-to-work program.

Higher Voter Approval May Be Required For Chargers Stadium Plan

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The California Supreme Court is reviewing an appellate court ruling that said tax hikes from initiatives need just a simple majority for approval.

The Lafayette Hotel Celebrates 70 Years

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The historic hotel became a hideaway resort to Hollywood stars like Bob Hope and Ava Gardner.

Meth's Impact Goes Beyond Addiction In San Diego County

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More meth is coming across the border into San Diego County from "super labs" in Mexico. It's cheaper and more potent than it used to be, and the consequences go far beyond addiction.

San Diego Veterans Group Works To Raise Awareness About PTSD

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The Three Wise Men Foundation, founded by former San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, is rolling out a public service announcement on social media to coincide with National PTSD day.

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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.

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