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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

New Nonprofit Launches Barista Training Program For Homeless, At-Risk Youth

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The San Diego Coffee Training Institute aims to recruit, train and provide job placement for the homeless, at-risk youth and low-income individuals.

‘Ruta Madre’ Tells Story Of San Diegan In Search Of His Roots

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The film “Ruta Madre” will be screened on opening night of the 24th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival. Mexican actresses Carmen Salinas and Angelica Maria star in the film along with Paulina Gaitan from the Netflix series "Narcos" and comedian Paul Rodriguez.

Google Earth Images Heighten Concerns Over San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage Plan

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Critics of Southern California Edison's storage waste plan are fired up after new arial images show where nuclear waste will be stored--100 feet from the shoreline.

What It Means To Be ‘All Grown Up’

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When did you finally feel all grown up? Was it when you got your first apartment? When you got married? Or had a baby? The New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg explores the topic in a new novel.

Effort To Capture Remaining Vaquita Porpoises Continues

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With just 30 vaquitas left, Barbara Taylor, a marine mammal expert, discusses the latest effort to keep the world’s smallest porpoise from going extinct.

Living With Animals: New Exhibit Opens At Museum of Man

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The exhibit “Living with Animals” explores the relationship between humans and animals over time and across cultures. It opens March 11 at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park.

San Diegan Appointed To California’s Homeless Housing Initiative

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Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Alfredo Aguirre, San Diego County’s Behavioral Health Director, to the “No Place Like Home” advisory committee.

Talking Travel: Must-See Destinations In The US And Canada

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San Diego’s Balboa Park and Hotel Del Coronado made travel writer Patricia Schultz’s list of, "1,000 Places To See, In The U.S. And Canada, Before You Die.”

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses California’s GOP Strategy

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Republicans make up just 26 percent of registered voters in California. And with a supermajority of Democrats in both houses in Sacramento, the GOP has its work cut out for it.

Report: California Hate Groups On The Rise

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The Southern Poverty Law Center says the number of hate groups nationwide rose for a second year in a row. It documented 79 hate groups in California in 2016.

Encinitas Student Who Was Barred From U.S. Speaks Out

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Sara Yarjani, a U.S. student-visa holder who is an Iranian national, was detained and deported from the U.S. last month, after President Trump’s travel ban went into effect.

75 Years Since Japanese Internment Order, Is History Repeating Itself?

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A lecture in San Diego Tuesday explores the history of the Japanese internment order and its parallels with Trump's travel ban.

First Person: 'There's Life After Breast Cancer'

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Breast cancer runs in Sheri Hendrix’s family. But because her mom didn’t have it and she was under the age of 45, doctors told her she could put off getting a mammogram. Now, she’s glad she didn’t.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy

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The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties filed a lawsuit this week over a San Diego Police Department policy that allows officers to collect DNA samples from juveniles, without a warrant or parental consent.

New Exhibit Celebrates History Of Black Women In The U.S. Military

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The exhibit, “For the Freedom and the Right” was organized by the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. It will be on display at Camp Pendleton through mid-March.

The San Diego Blood Bank Putting Greater Focus On Research

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The San Diego Blood Bank is more than a blood donation center. Amid a drop in demand for transfusions, the blood bank is expanding its services and customizing blood products for the local scientific research community.

Did SANDAG Withhold Information Ahead Of Tax Hike Vote?

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The online news organization Voice of San Diego has obtained emails shedding more light on SANDAG's revenue forecasting.

Border Film Week Goes To Tijuana

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The 11th annual Border Film Week returns Tuesday with four days of film screenings and panel discussions in San Diego and Tijuana.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns To MOPA

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The festival, which shines a light on abuses happening around the world through film, returns for the seventh year to Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. It runs Friday-Sunday.

Former Iraqi Translator On Why He Supports Trump’s Refugee Ban

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Johnny Walker served alongside U.S. Navy SEALs during the Iraq war. In 2009, he was granted a U.S. visa under a special program for Iraqi interpreters and now calls San Diego home.

San Diego Professor Finds Sanctuary Counties Are Safer And Economically Stronger

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Amid President Trump’s executive action on so-called sanctuary cities, a new analysis by UC San Diego political science professor Tom Wong examines the effects of sanctuary policies on crime and the economy.

New Program Aims To Unite San Diego Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans

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A new seminar series on the impact of global conflict and violence on the San Diego-Tijuana region gets underway Friday at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies.

California's Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations

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Lori Ajax is the chief of California's Bureau of Marijuana Control. The agency is charged with licensing cannabis farmers, product manufacturers, testing labs, distributors and retailers. Those regulations need to be in place by Jan. 1, 2018.

Portland Cello Project To Perform In Escondido

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For the last decade, "Portland Cello Project" has been playing modern music on the classical four-stringed instrument. The group will take the stage at the California Center for the Arts, Sunday, Jan. 22.

San Diego Economist Alan Nevin Discusses America's 'Great Divide'

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In his new book, "The Great Divide: The True Story of America Tomorrow", Nevin details the demographic and economic future of California and other key U.S. states.

Rev. William Barber On The New Civil Rights Movement

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Rev. Barber, president of North Carolina's NAACP, was the keynote speaker at the 29th annual All People's Breakfast celebration in Balboa Park to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

How Tiny Microbes In Your Gut Affect Your Mood

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In his new book, “The Mind-Gut Connection”, Dr. Emeran Mayer explains how the brain and the gut communicate, and physical and mental health issues can crop up if that communication is disrupted.

What Kind Of Data Should Police Collect During Traffic Stops?

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Starting in 2018, California police officers will be required to collect and report traffic stop data. Civil rights advocates hope the data will help shed light on the prevalence of racial profiling.

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

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We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.

What’s Next In The Decommissioning Of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

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The major dismantling of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant may begin in 2018.

Sycuan Cultural Museum Opens In January

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Sycuan Cultural Resource Center and Museum in El Cajon features hundreds of Kumeyaay artifacts, an archive collection of oral histories and educational materials.

Jan Goldsmith Reflects On Time As San Diego’s City Attorney

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Goldsmith served as city attorney for eight years. During his time in office, he dealt with the resignation of a mayor, controversy over a plan to finance an expansion of the convention center and pension reform.

San Diego Councilwoman Georgette Gomez Takes Office

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Gomez, a community organizer who campaigned on the promise to shake up city hall, is the newly elected city council representative for District 9. The district includes City Heights, Kensignton, College Area and some neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego.

Tension Over Arts Renaissance And Gentrification In Barrio Logan

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Longtime San Diego arts reporter Kinsee Morlan explores the intersection of arts and gentrification in Barrio Logan.

San Diego Museum Of Art Brings Little-Known Masterpieces Out Of Storage

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More than 300 rarely seen paintings, sculptures and prints are now on display in the new “Visible Vaults” exhibition at San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.

Talking Food: How To Prepare Healthy, Holiday Desserts

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A new cookbook by San Diego fitness expert Laura Marquis puts a healthy twist on some favorite holiday season desserts.

‘The Wholehearted’ Takes Stage At La Jolla Playhouse

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“The Wholehearted” is a one-woman show that tells the story of a world champion female boxer who is training for a comeback after being brutally attacked by her own husband. It runs Wednesday-Sunday at the Playhouse.

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Discusses Priorities

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Chris Ward is among three new San Diego City Council members who took their oath of office Monday. Ward represents District 3, which includes neighborhoods south of Interstate 8 from University Heights to North Park and downtown.

San Diego Considers Sale Of Recreational Marijuana

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A city proposal would allow San Diego's licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana starting January 1, 2018. That's when recreational sales are set to begin in California under Proposition 64.

Famed Animator Ron Campbell Brings Art Show To San Diego

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He will be painting, exhibiting and talking cartoons during his “Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show” this weekend.

San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald Reflects On Her Time At City Hall

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Emerald was elected to the council in 2008. The beginning of her time in office coincided with the Great Recession. She also changed districts and dealt with the resignation of former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Learning About The History Of Pearl Harbor Through Comics

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“Pearl Harbor And The Day of Infamy” is a 24-page comic book by historian Jay Wertz being released Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

‘Gross And Unlikable’: An All-Female Anthology Of Horror Stories

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So Say We All, a literary and arts nonprofit in San Diego, releases the latest edition in its collection of literary horror and dark fiction.

Mexican Consulate Of San Diego Announces Program To Support Immigrants

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Mexican Consul General in San Diego discusses the new "We Are With You Campaign." It includes 11 initiatives to educate immigrants about their rights and answer immigration questions.

Proposition 58 Passed, Now What?

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California voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition 58 on the November ballot, which ended the 18-year mandate of English-only instruction in public schools.

First Person: Young And Locked Up

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A San Diego man talks about what life was like serving time in an adult prison as a juvenile.

Turkey Talk: How Not To Burn Your Biscuits, Make Gritty Gravy Or Dry Out Your Turkey

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Chef Bernard Guillas, executive chef at the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla, will answer questions about how to plan a Thanksgiving Day dinner with all the fixings.

Former Ocean Beach Theme Park The Backdrop For New Novel 'San Diego Land'

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A new historical novel focuses on Wonderland Park, a large amusement park in Ocean Beach that had to compete with the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Report Explores How Doctors Can Help Patients Fight Food Insecurity

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A recent report by the San Diego Hunger Coalition identifies how health care providers can screen patients for food insecurity and refer them to resources during a routine visit.

Acclaimed Biographer Discusses Kafka’s Life And Work

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Dr. Reiner Stach has written five books about literary figure Franz Kafka. He will give two presentations Tuesday at San Diego State University.

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