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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

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.

Analysis: $1 Billion Later, San Diego Schools Still Need Fixing

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Voters passed San Diego city school bonds for repairs, but a story by online news organization Voice of San Diego finds school conditions continue to get worse.

Birders Flock To San Diego For 20th Annual Bird Festival

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The bird festival features trips to popular birding sites, speakers and workshops. It runs March 3-6.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Jose Antonio Vargas Talks Race, Immigration, Politics

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Jose Antonio Vargas is launching #EmergingUS, a new media startup to explore the "evolving American identity."

San Diego Researchers Await NASA Astronaut's Return

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San Diego researchers are playing a pivotal part in NASA's study on how long-term space travel impacts the human body.

Weekend Preview: From Modern Dance To Cat-Inspired Fashion Show

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KPBS Arts Calendar producer and editor Nina Garin previews some of this weekend's top arts and cultural events.

Remembering San Diego’s Role In The Gulf War

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February 28th marks 25 years since the end of Operation Desert Storm.

Border Film Week Kicks Off At USD

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The 10th annual Border Film Week focuses on documentaries and feature films about U.S.-Mexico border issues.

Craft-Coffee Culture Brewing In San Diego

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The craft-coffee scene is big in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New York. It's gaining traction in San Diego.

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San Diego Mom Writes Book On Raising Transgender Child

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In the book "Raising Ryland," Hillary Whittington opens up about the emotional decision to transition her child Ryland from girl to boy.

Innovative Musical Duo Black Violin Comes To San Diego

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Black Violin uses classical and hip-hop music to break barriers and shatter stereotypes.

Latin Alternative Band Las Cafeteras Takes On Race And Immigration

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The Los Angeles-based ensemble performs in Escondido Friday at the California Center for the Arts.

San Diego Chef Shares Romantic Recipes For Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is Sunday, and if you need advice on how to make your loved one feel special, we've got you covered.

San Diego Lecture Explores How Neuroscience Can Promote World Peace

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology cognitive scientist Emile Bruneau will share his research on empathy at the University of San Diego Wednesday.

Weekend Preview: From A Dark Comedy To A Night Of Jazz And Dance

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KPBS Arts Calendar producer and editor Nina Garin discusses some of this weekend's top arts events happening around San Diego.

A New Vision For The San Diego County Taxpayers Association

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Haney Hong, a small business owner and Navy Reservist, took over as president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

Rubio, Sanders Gaining Momentum With San Diego County Donors

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The San Diego Union-Tribune Watchdog team compiled the latest fundraising data released by the Federal Election Commission.

San Diego Film Industry Focus Of New KPBS Series

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The new six-part television series "FILM INDIEGO" airs Thursdays on KPBS TV.

Saldaña Discusses Her Bid For San Diego Mayor

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Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña has formally announced her bid to challenge Republican incumbent Kevin Faulconer for San Diego mayor. Saldaña is a former Democrat running as an independent this year.

Former Filner Chief Of Staff Writes Tell-All Book

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Lee Burdick's book, "Bob Filner's Monster: The Unraveling of an American Mayor and What We Can Learn From It," is an insider's account of the sexual harassment scandal that brought down San Diego's mayor.

Weekend Preview: Ballet, Theatre And A Unique Audio-Visual Show

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It's white-knuckle time for some ballet students in San Diego and the next generation of playwrights gets a chance to shine in some of this weekend's top events.

What San Diego’s High School Students Can Expect On The New SAT

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It’s the first major overhaul to the SAT college entrance exam in nearly 30 years.

What's Ahead For San Diego Democrats In 2016 And Beyond?

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Both the city and county of San Diego have more registered Democrats than Republicans, but you wouldn't know it from the upcoming race for San Diego mayor.

San Diego Group Aims To Empower Women In Cannabis Industry

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The San Diego chapter of the group Women Grow is holding a forum this weekend aimed at female entrepreneurs looking to build their own cannabis businesses.

Where To Dine For San Diego Restaurant Week

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Michele Parente, dining and lifestyle reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, shares her picks for San Diego Restaurant Week.

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Breaks His Silence

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In an interview with online news organization Voice of San Diego, Bob Filner said he never sexually harassed anyone.

National City-Born Author 'Stunned And Humbled' By Newbery Medal

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Matt de la Peña is the first Latino to win the Newbery Medal, a prestigious children's literature award.

San Diegans Praise, Criticize President Obama's Gun Control Measures

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President Barack Obama's plan requires all gun sellers to be licensed and conduct background checks, and boosts funding for the treatment of mental illness.

Taser Use In San Diego County Questioned Amid Police Shootings

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An investigation by The San Diego Union-Tribune finds law enforcement agencies in the county have different policies on taser use.

What's Ahead For San Diego's Economy In 2016

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Economic news at the end of 2015 was positive, but the stock market sank on the first trading day of the year. San Diego economist Marney Cox discusses the region's economic outlook.

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