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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.

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.