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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

Tony Young Heads New Nonprofit Rise San Diego

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Former San Diego Council President Tony Young and former council candidate Dwayne Crenshaw are joining forces and starting Rise San Diego, a new nonprofit aimed at driving civic engagement and fostering leadership San Diego's urban neighborhoods.

Cyberspace: New Frontier Of Civil Rights Movement

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In her new book "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace," law professor Danielle Keats Citron says cyber harassment is endemic and offers a set of recommendations for change that she says remain respectful of the First Amendment.

Educators Convene In San Diego For STEM Education Conference

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The second annual California STEM Symposium is expected to bring 3,000 educators and science industry leaders to San Diego this week with much of the discussion focusing on increasing participating in science, technology, engineering and math along with new science standards.

A Life Of Adventure, At Any Age

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In the 21st century, is it still possible to have a life of adventure, exploration, discovering new worlds? Just ask Helen Thayer.

California Drought Forces Farmers To Adapt

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Dry weather, coupled with high water prices, has forced some farmers to stop watering crops and trees. Others have switched to new irrigation methods or less thirsty crops.

What's Next For San Diego's Convention Center?

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The City Council voted unanimously not to appeal a court ruling against the plan to finance the San Diego Convention Center expansion. City leaders say the search for a new plan begins.

Columnist Marks 10 Years With New Book 'Diary Of A Diva, Behind The Lipstick'

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For 10 years, Barbarella Fokos has been writing the popular Diary of a Diva column in the San Diego Reader, now she's put some of her favorite stories in her first book, "Diary of a Diva, Behind the Lipstick."

Saving Lives At San Diego Humane Society's 24-Hour Kitten Nursery

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Kitten season is here and that means animal shelters are getting an influx of homeless litters. The San Diego Humane Society says many newborn kittens wouldn't survive if it weren't for its 24-hour kitten nursery.

California's Plastic Bag Ban Bill Moves Forward

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The debate over a statewide plastic bag ban is heating up, as a key legislative committee last week passed a bill that would phase out single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores.

What's Behind San Diego's Crazy Weather?

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Above average temperatures for more than two months. Humid, desert-like thunderstorms at the coast. What's going on with San Diego's weather? Does this unusual weather help or hurt our fire risk and the drought?

Want to talk politics? Visit Politifest Saturday At Liberty Station

Voice of San Diego's annual festival of politics is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Station's Central Promenade. Everything from politics to jobs to education will be talked about at Politifest 2014.

SDSU To Offer Music Entrepreneur Program

The music entrepreneurship and business program is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Author Scott Turow Discusses His Latest Legal Thriller 'Identical'

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Scott Turow will be in San Diego Tuesday to discuss "Identical." The ticketed event at Qualcomm is being co-sponsored by the San Diego Law Library and Warwick’s.

San Diego Author Aims To Tackle Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

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Diego's Dragons is a fantasy series for middle grade and young adult readers by San Diego author Kevin Gerard. The series features a Latino boy as a hero.

Pop Culture Alternatives To Explore During Comic-Con

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If you don’t have tickets to the main Comic-Con show at the San Diego Convention Center this week, there are still plenty of opportunities in town to get your pop culture fix.

UCSD Professor: Violence Main Cause Of Child Immigrant Crisis

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A statistical analysis suggests violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, not U.S. immigration policies, is behind the young immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.

5 Cool Summer Suppers To Beat The Heat In San Diego

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When the temperatures rises, turn to these cool summer recipes by San Diego food writer Caron Golden and Blind Burrito executive chef Sara Polczynski.

Report: California Making Progress On Pain Medication Policies

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Advocates are pushing for policies that enhance pain management for cancer patients and others suffering from chronic pain while preventing prescription drug abuse. A new report gives California a B-plus on how its handing the dual concerns regarding prescription medication.

Preparations Underway For 27th Annual Stand Down For San Diego Homeless Vets

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The 27th Annual Stand Down for homeless vets takes place as local and national leaders work to end homelessness for veterans. Organizers expect attendance to hit a new record high.

What's A Public Document?

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San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says a controversial college letter of recommendation she wrote is not a matter of public record. KPBS Midday Edition takes a close look at the California Public Records Act.

Sally Ride's Public And Private Life Shared In New Biography

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Former ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr discusses her new biography "Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space."

Audit Finds SDSU Fails To Adequately Train Employees On Sexual Violence

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A state audit finds there's room for improvement in how San Diego State University handles reports of sexual misconduct.

Yosemite Grant Act Anniversary Celebrated With Tree Restoration Project

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A project to restore 2,000-year-old giant sequoias is underway in Yosemite National Park.

A Conversation With Civil-Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

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In the 1960s, Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, and she's spent her life working to mobilize people power. Huerta was in San Diego this week to speak to a convention of Latino elected officials.

San Diego Trauma System Marks 30 Years

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Thirty years ago, San Diego's medical community created a new trauma system. The new network made up of six area hospitals has cut the number of trauma deaths in half.

Baja Chefs Come Together For Conservation

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Wildcoast's third annual Baja Bash serves up Baja-inspired sustainable cuisine, wine and beer while raising funds to benefit Baja's coast and ocean.

Young Undocumented Immigrants Begin Renewing Deferred Action Permits

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Young undocumented immigrants who received temporary legal status under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival program in 2012 can now apply to renew their permits.

San Diego Researcher Helps Draft New Dietary Guidelines For Cancer Prevention

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A UC San Diego researcher helped draft new dietary guidelines for cancer prevention, they encourage people to limit alcohol, dairy products and red and processed meats.

Arts-In-Corrections Program Returns To California Prisons

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The California Arts Council and the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation team up to fund art programs in state prisons including painting and playwriting courses Donovan State Prison in San Diego County.

Obama: Child Migrants 'Urgent Humanitarian' Issue

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San Diego has a great deal of experience in the handling of illegal border crossers, the arrests, detention and legal proceedings of deportation. But that all takes on a different perspective when the illegal border crossers are children.

Studies Show West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Collapsing

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New research marks a tipping point in global climate change. The antarctic Ice sheet is melting and predictions on sea level rise will need to be increased.

What's Your Impression Of Chula Vista?

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A public discussion this week to debunk the myths and celebrate the reality that is San Diego County’s second largest city.

'I Love A Clean San Diego' Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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The local beach clean-up group marks six decades, making it the longest-running environmental nonprofit organization in the county.

One Book, One San Diego 2014 Selection: Lysley Tenorio's 'Monstress'

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Author of the 'One Book One San Diego' pick, San Diego native Lesley Tennorio talks about his collection of short stories called "Monstress."

Study: Most Adults Arrested In San Diego County Not On Probation

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A new study by the San Diego Association of Governments finds that contrary to what some had feared, prison realignment has had little impact on countywide arrest rates.

USD Professor Discusses New Book, 'The Family Cannon'

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"The Family Cannon," a short story collection by University of San Diego professor Halina Duraj, follows the story of Magda, a Polish-American girl who struggles between Old World fears and New World dreams.

Reviewing Emergency Management Officials' Response To San Diego Fires

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We review the county's response to more than a dozen wildfires that broke out across San Diego last week.

How To Deal With San Diego's Stressful Fire Outbreak

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How are San Diegans dealing with multiple fires and the anxiety, stress and fear that goes along with evacuations, power outages and watching homes burn? We get an update on the fire and talk to a mental health expert.

Author, Traveler Pico Iyer Discusses How To Find Balance In The Digital Age

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Pico Iyer is coming to San Diego this week to deliver a lecture on how to maintain life's balance despite "weapons of mass distraction."

Boosting San Diego Literacy Rate Remains A Challenge

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About 20 percent of San Diego County residents are either illiterate or functionally illiterate, according to the San Diego Council on Literacy's assessment of U.S. Census figures.

Old Globe's New Season Includes Steve Martin's 'Bright Star' Musical

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The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park is out with its lineup for its next season and a world premiere musical by Steve Martin is a highlight on the list.

Report Shows Arts And Culture Have Major Impact On San Diego's Economy

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The future of the San Diego Opera may still be up in the air, but a new report shows arts and cultural organizations have a major impact on San Diego's economy.

City Heights Nonprofit Struggles To Connect With San Diego Businesses

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Since the City Heights Partnership for Children launched in 2011 it has struggled to team up with San Diego businesses. A recent case study offers some answers behind the trend.

San Diego County Report Shows Drop In Violent Crime In 2013

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The latest report on crime in San Diego County is out, and a lot of people have been watching the trends carefully, concerned that realignment — the transfer of thousands of offenders from the state to the county system — might result in higher crime rates here.

Plan In The Works To Save San Diego Opera

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After the final show of the season this past Sunday, the fate of the San Diego Opera remains up in the air. At least two board members are working to save the arts institution from closing and are set to release a reorganization plan Thursday.

What Do You Think About San Diego's Future?

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KPBS joins up with national documentary producers for a special film project that aims to show both the promise and the problems facing our city.

Closing San Diego Unified's Student-Teacher Diversity Gap

A new report shows Latinos account for almost half of students at San Diego Unified, but only make up a quarter of the workforce. Now, district leaders are drawing up plans to tackle the student teacher diversity gap.

San Diego's Gender Pay Gap Narrower Than National Average

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Equal Pay Day is April 8, 2014 — the day that women across the nation have earned as much as men did last year. New laws are being proposed to close the gender pay gap.

Retired San Diego 911 Operator Writes About Handling Emergencies, Large And Small

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From funny, to heartbreaking to downright strange, we'll hear about the stories in a new book by a former San Diego Police Department 911 dispatcher.

Groups Merge To Make San Diego More Pedestrian, Bike Friendly

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Two local groups, Move San Diego and Walk San Diego team up to form Circulate San Diego, a new organization that aims to boost efforts to bring alternative forms of transportation to San Diego.

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