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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

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.

New California Laws Go Into Effect Friday

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From laws aimed at closing the gender pay gap to new rules of the road, here are the new laws you need to know about before you ring in the new year.

Top Words And Phrases Of 2015: Deflategate, Cuckservative, Nae-Nae

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Grant Barrett, co-host of public radio's "A Way With Words," discusses how language evolved in 2015.

Petco Park Ownership Issue Shines Light On Deed Fraud

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Experts say deed fraud is rare, but it can happen to anyone.

What's Ahead For San Diego Housing Prices In 2016

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San Diego home prices continued to rise in 2015, according to the latest Case-Shiller housing report. But will that trend continue in the new year?

California's Minimum Wage Increases To $10 In New Year

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The state minimum wage jumps from $9 to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, but some lawmakers say that's not enough.

Study: UC San Diego Routinely Fails To Report Clinical Trial Results

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The report by the online health and medicine news organization, STAT, finds that in more than 70 percent of the trials that required results, no results were posted.

San Diego Drone Experts Raise Concerns About FAA Rules

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With drone sales expected to take off this holiday season, the FAA announced Monday small drones will now need to be registered.

El Cajon’s New Police Chief On Working In A Diverse City

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After nearly 30 years at the department, Chief Jeff Davis took over as the head of the El Cajon Police Department this month.

Breaking Down San Diego's 'Citizens' Initiative'

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It's a complicated initiative that even some interested parties don't fully understand. We'll get into the details of the proposal that supporters say will reform the management of the city's tourism resources.

California Drought Lessons: Water Shortage Solutions From Israel

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In his new book, "Let There Be Water," author Seth M. Siegel outlines how Israel was able to solve its water crisis and how it can be a model for the rest of the world.

San Bernardino Shooting Leads To Gun Sales, Peace Vigils

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In the aftermath of the San Bernardino shooting that left 14 people dead, San Diegans are taking opposite actions on guns.

San Diego Professor Discusses Radicalization

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As the investigation into the San Bernardino shooting continues, UC San Diego economics professor Eli Berman explains how an individual may become radicalized.

SDSU Official, Student Talk About Race Issues On Campus

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Amid recent college protests against racial discrimination, how would a complaint of racism or other types of bias like a verbal slight be handled at SDSU?

San Diego Developers Head South Of The Border

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Amid a cultural revival on the other side of the border, a new report shows builders are leaving San Diego for Tijuana. But that could spell trouble for low to moderate income Mexicans.

San Diego Forum Examines Role Of Race In Medicine

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The San Diego-based Multicultural Health Foundation is presenting “Racism: Let the Cure Begin" Tuesday at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

What To Expect During 2015 Flu Season In San Diego

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said activity during this year's flu season has been low. But San Diego's flu season doesn't usually peak until February.

How To Cope With The Holiday Blues

The holidays are a great time to be with family and friends, but sometimes an unwelcome guest drops in: depression.

Chef Bernard Guillas Shares Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

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Chef Bernard of the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla will answer questions about cooking, entertaining and all-around enjoying the holidays.

What Charlie Sheen's Revelation Means For HIV Stigma In San Diego

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San Diego County has the third largest number of HIV and AIDS cases in California.

San Diego Researchers Join Pancreatic Cancer 'Dream Team'

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A $12 million effort aims to find new ways to treat and slow the growth of pancreatic cancer.

War Dog’s Tale: Film Follows Navy SEAL, German Shepherd

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The film "SEAL Dog" tells the story of the unusual relationship between Trevor Maroshek and a German Shepherd known as Chopper, on and off the battlefield.

How Mexico Court’s Ruling On Marijuana Affects The Drug War

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Amid the violent drug war in Mexico, that has led to the killing and disappearance of tens of thousand of people, justices opened the door to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

San Diego Advocates Offer Advice On Caring For Relatives With Dementia

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An estimated 60,000 people are living with Alzheimer's or some form of dementia in San Diego County.

University Of San Diego Forum Examines Global Refugee Crisis

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The situation in Syria and Europe is considered the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. A public forum asks whether the world should be more prepared for the population upheavals that come with war.

San Diego Groups Debate Stricter Gun Control Laws

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Amid a push to tighten gun laws, a new gun rights group in San Diego and the Brady Campaign discuss proposed gun legislation.

Dumanis: Reduce Prison Population But Protect Public

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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is part of a national group of law enforcement officials that aims to reduce the number of people behind bars.

Day Of The Dead: San Diego Concert Honors Late Mariachi Musicians

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Mariachi Champaña Nevin and Tijuana-born soprano Mónica Ábrego will celebrate musical legends in the eighth annual Day of the Dead concert to benefit the future of mariachi music.

What Zombies Say About U.S. Culture, Society

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A Cal State San Marcos professor and author examines the horror genre and discusses the deeper meaning of zombies, vampires and ghosts.

Amid CIA Hack Probe, Expert Examines Ongoing Cyber Security Threats

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High-profile government officials aren't the only ones being targeted by hackers. Experts say the public encounters cyber dangers on a daily basis at home and at work.

Bilingual Newspaper La Prensa San Diego Changes Hands

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After nearly 40 years, the Muñoz family sold San Diego's only bilingual newspaper to political consultant Art Castañares.

San Diego Scientists Turn Ocean Pink To Study Pollution

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The study is part of a binational effort to examine how pollution travels across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Will California's New Motor Voter Law Boost Turnout?

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The new motor voter law will automatically register citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's license at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The law goes into effect in 2016.

GI Film Festival Comes To San Diego

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The festival features dramas, documentaries and short films based on a range of military experiences. It runs from Tuesday through Sunday.

Women PeaceMakers Share Their Stories With San Diego

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The 2015 Womens PeaceMaker program gets underway this week with a panel discussion featuring four human rights activists from around the world.

Family

San Diego Experts On How Anxiety Affects Children

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The Anxiety and Depressions Association of America says anxiety disorders now affect about one in eight children. And new research shows it may be prevented in kids who are at higher risk.

Coastal Commission To Vote On SeaWorld Killer Whale Tank Project

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Hundreds of supporters and opponents of SeaWorld's controversial Blue World project are expected to turn out for Thursday's meeting.

Inventors Show Off Their Wares At Maker Faire San Diego

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The inaugural Maker Faire gets underway this weekend in Balboa Park. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has named it the Fall Centennial Event of 2015.

KPBS Launches New Arts Calendar

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From the latest art exhibitions to theater and concerts, KPBS’s new arts calendar offers a variety of events happening around San Diego.

Call For Justice Continues 1 Year After Disappearance Of 43 Mexican Students

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It's been a year since a busload of students disappeared in the Mexican state of Guerrero. A rally in San Diego over the weekend demanded answers and justice.

Adams Avenue Street Fair Takes Over Normal Heights

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Ahead of the annual music festival in Normal Heights, San Diego country artist Sara Petite performs live in the KPBS studios.

How Atkins, Block Race Affects San Diego Politics

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The race between California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and state Sen. Marty Block may have local and statewide implications.

San Diego's Catholic Bishop Discusses Pope's Visit To U.S.

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Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. this week. But what does the historic visit mean for the one million Catholics in San Diego and Imperial counties?

NAACP Leads March For Justice In San Diego

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The San Diego chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is organizing a rally and march to coincide with the final leg of an 860-mille "Journey for Justice" from Selma, Ala., to Washington, D.C.

San Diego Group Says U.S. Needs To Do More To Help Syrian Refugees

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The White House announced the United States will now take 10,000 Syrian refugees. But the Syrian American Council of San Diego calls that a "drop in an ocean."

SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten Discusses Common Core Test Results

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The state Department of Education Wednesday released the first standardized test scores aligned to the new Common Core standards. About 3.2 million students took the online assessments last spring.

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

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One of the issues up for debate when Congress returns from its August recess on Tuesday will be the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.

Now Hiring: San Diego Unified Aims To Fill Teacher Vacancies

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Amid a nationwide teacher shortage, San Diego Unified held a three-day job fair this week to fill 40 teaching positions.

Writer Explores San Diego’s Best Scenic Drives

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As a kid growing up in San Diego, Jack Brandais remembers going on Sunday drives. He compiled some of his favorite scenic drives, from the coast to the back country, in a series of Kindle books called Joyride Guru.