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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

Conference Aims To Restore Respect in San Diego Civic Dialogue

After two mayoral elections in the city of San Diego in just as many years, a group of civic-minded individuals are coming together to restore civility to civic dialogue.

Study: Fewer Rainy Days Ahead For San Diego

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California is experiencing one of the driest years on record and things could get worse according to a new Scripps Institution of Oceanography study.

Famed Choral Conductor Joins La Jolla Symphony For Latin American Music Concert

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In this weekend's program of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' 59th season, Venezuelan choral conductor Maria Guinand joins David Chase in a program of Latin American music.

San Diego Sports Fans Have Plenty To Look Forward To This Spring

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As the Aztecs move on to the Mountain West Conference tournament, the Padres get ready to open the MLB season. We've got your spring sports update.

Balboa Park Centennial Planning Group Disbands

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he will work with Council President Todd Gloria, whose district includes Balboa Park, on a more realistic celebration that recognizes the character and history of the park.

San Diego Bookstores Receive Grants From Best-Selling Author James Patterson

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Author James Patterson says he wants to help develop the next generation of readers and is giving a financial boost to dozens of bookstores nationwide, including two in San Diego.

San Diego Moving Ahead With 2024 Summer Olympic Bid

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San Diego is going for the gold and moving forward with a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

San Diego's 1981 Vote-By-Mail Election Was Largest In Nation, Inspired Oregon

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown said Oregon got the idea for an entirely postal voting system from a surprising source: San Diego.

UC San Diego Welcomes First Muslim Fraternity

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Alpha Lambda Mu is the first Muslim fraternity in the U.S. and a chapter opened this school year at UC San Diego.

Operational Diary Of WWII US Pacific Commander Adm. Nimitz Posted Online

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The 4,000-page multivolume collection includes a running summary of the situation for every day of the war in the Pacific compiled by Nimitz’s planning staff.

San Diego Assemblywoman Proposes Mail-Only Voting For Special Elections

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Special elections can cost governments millions of dollars. A new proposal would cut costs by making them mail-in ballot only.

Will Audit Of San Diego Police Department Lead To Reform?

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San Diego Police Chief Lansdowne is pushing for an external audit of the department to deal with allegations of officer misconduct. But will an audit be enough?

Another SDPD Officer Faces Sex-Crime Accusation

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Police Chief William Lansdowne announced Wednesday evening that another patrolman in his department was under investigation for possible sexual misconduct involving a woman in his custody.

Women And Military: Focus Of Conference In San Diego

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The 2014 Women and the Law Conference at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law this Friday will focus on women in the military, explore how the military handles sex assault cases and the topic of women serving in elite combat units.

Some Background On The Olympics From UC San Diego Sports Historian

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A historical perspective on this year's Winter Games from UC San Diego Professor Robert Edelman, a leading expert on Olympics and Russian history.

Mayor-Elect Kevin Faulconer Discusses What's Next For San Diego

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San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer will take the oath of office as San Diego's new mayor early next month. He talks to KPBS Midday Edition about how he plans to move the city forward.

Rebuilding San Diego's African American Museum Of Fine Art

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For more than 10 years, San Diego's African American Museum of Fine Art was nearly non-existent until now. The museum has a new home and new leadership.

Study: Race For Votes Will Continue Until Polls Close

Polls show San Diego's Mayoral election between David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer may be a squeaker.

What's Happening Around San Diego In February?

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From a retro soul music show to a poetry reading and an unusual film screening, here's a preview to some of this month's top events happening around San Diego.

Pauline Frommer Discusses Return Of Renowned Travel Guides

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Pauline Frommer, daughter of the founder of Frommer's travel guides, is in San Diego discussing the relaunch of the book series and offers travel advice for 2014.

One Year After 'Blackfish,' SeaWorld Goes On Offensive

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The documentary "Blackfish," about SeaWorld and killer whales in captivity, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. A year later, the debate continues and SeaWorld is going on the offensive.

Leading San Diego Housing Advocate Joins Gov. Brown's Administration

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Susan Riggs will step down in March as executive director of San Diego's Housing Federation for a post as deputy secretary for California's housing agency.

President Obama Renews Push For Immigration Reform

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In his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama urged Congress to get immigration reform done this year. But while the debate seems to be gaining momentum in the House, some remain skeptical.

San Diego interim Mayor Todd Gloria's City Hall Update

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Todd Gloria joins us for his last update on city business as San Diego interim mayor.

San Diego Unemployment Rate At Lowest Level Since 2008

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The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 6.4 percent last month, the lowest level since September 2008, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

San Diego Gardening During Drought Conditions

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A winter without rain is becoming a challenge for San Diego gardeners. Nan Sterman of KPBS-TV's "A Growing Passion" has some advice to use less water but keep your plants growing.

San Diego Historian Chronicles Balboa Park 1915 Exposition In New Book

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San Diego has a big anniversary to celebrate next year. It's the 100th anniversary of the event that many say put the city on the map.

More San Diego Businesses Accepting Bitcoin

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You can now pay for lunch using Bitcoin in downtown San Diego. But with its volatile exchange rate and reputation, will Bitcoin go mainstream?

What Will Define San Diego In 2014?

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San Diego was defined largely by the mayor sexual harassment scandal in 2013; what issues do you think will define San Diego in 2014?

Imperial Beach Hopes New Hotel Draws Tourists, Spurs Redevelopment

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After 10 years of planning and an economic downturn, a new beachfront resort opens its doors next week in Imperial Beach and city leaders are pinning a lot of hope on the success of the hotel.

San Diego's Casbah Celebrates 25 Years Of Music

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San Diego's iconic music venue, the Casbah is turning 25 in January, and it's throwing a monthlong party to mark the milestone.

Former Eagle Scout Says New Gay Policy Doesn't Go Far Enough

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The Boy Scouts of America's new policy to allow young gay men and boys to become Scouts went into effect Jan. 1. But the change remains controversial.

Task Force Recommends New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines

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The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force said lung cancer screening for many chain-smokers and former smokers should be done with a CT scan instead of an X-ray.

Year In Review 2013: Top science stories in San Diego

San Diego scientists had a bumpy ride in 2013. KPBS Evening Edition host Peggy Pico reviews the impact on the local bio-tech and science industries with KPBS science and technology reporter David Wagner and learns what can be expected in the new year.

2014 Rings In New Laws For California

The first of the year is a handy date for putting new laws into effect. So on Jan. 1, expect changes in a range of areas from voice-activated texting while driving to gun sales to financial literacy for school children.

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Family In San Diego?

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A new cost-calculating tool provides detailed estimates of family budgets in each of California's 58 counties.

Year In Review 2013: Mayor Filner's Sexual Harassment Scandal

No doubt the biggest story in San Diego this year was the sexual harassment scandal that lead to the political demise of former Mayor Bob Filner.

San Diego Lawmaker Wants State Community Colleges To Award 4-Year Degrees

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California's community college system is considering a proposal to offer four-year degrees. And one San Diego lawmaker is getting ready to introduce legislation that would make it happen.

Grilling In San Diego For The Holidays

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You may want to dust off your grill for the holidays because in San Diego, grilling season is year-round.

Holiday Football: Chargers Playoff Hopes To San Diego Bowl Games

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We review the highs and lows of the San Diego Chargers 2013 season plus take a look at what teams are coming to town for a pair of college bowl games.

How Does Someone Get Identified As A Gang Member In San Diego?

A recent report on street gangs finds there are more than 7,500 documented gang members in San Diego County, and their names go into a statewide database that some civil rights activists say may be flawed.

Biographer Reconsiders Ulysses Grant's Legacy

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In 'The Man Who Saved the Union,' author H.W. Brands shows former U.S. President Ulysses Grant was a troubled man who became a great leader during a very difficult time in U.S. history.

How Sustainable Is Sustainable Food Model For San Diego Restaurants?

The farm-to-table movement might be facing more of an uphill battle in San Diego since the recent closure of a couple farm-to-table restaurants.

Report Shows Concerns Growing Over San Diego Street Gangs

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A report released by the San Diego Association of Governments shows local officials are more concerned about gangs today than five years ago.

Chef Alice Waters Discusses The Future Of The Slow Food Movement

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While in San Diego for a book signing, chef Alice Waters discusses the "slow" food movement.

What's Buried Under An Abandoned Caltrans Building In San Diego's Old Town?

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After decades of negotiating, a former Caltrans building in Old Town is now part of the State Parks system. Experts say it could tell us a lot about San Diego's earliest days.

Aging With AIDS: San Diegans Living With Virus On The Rise

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On the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we discuss the growing number of people living longer with the disease and the unique challenges they face as they age with AIDS.

New Research Targets How To Fight Influenza

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We're told the flu virus spreads from person-to-person contact, but new research from UC San Diego shows how the virus actually infects our bodies. Researchers say it can lead to new more effective flu therapies.

California Attorney General Launches Initiative To Reduce Recidivism

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San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis discusses a new initiative to keep criminals from re-offending.

Covered California Mulls Extending Cancelled Health Policies

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California's health care exchange says it will likely decide by the end of the week if it will honor President Obama's request and reinstate 1 million cancelled policies.