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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

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.

'Why We Left' Explores Reasons Behind Early English Immigration

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SDSU professor and author Joanna Brooks says some of what you thought you knew about America's first European immigrants — is not necessarily so.

Undocumented Writer's New Film Screens At San Diego Asian Film Festival

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Award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas' new film 'Documented' chronicles his announcement that he is living in the country illegally and his long-distance relationship with him mom.

Challenges Ahead For International Criminal Court, Says Leading War Crimes Expert

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Eric Stover of the Human Rights Center talks about the challenges faced by the fledgling International Criminal Court.

New Book: Complete Guide To San Diego Breweries

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It's beer week and if you have a hard time choosing which brewhouse will satisfy your taste buds — help may be on the way.

California To Fall Short Of 2050 Emissions Goal

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A new study says California will not meet its 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals without major policy changes.

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Weekend Preview: A Silent Horror Classic And San Diego's Annual Dia De Los Muertos

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Our Halloween edition of Weekend Preview features a horror movie from the past along with a resurrected local rock band.

Meth Use Climbing In San Diego County

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A new SANDAG study found that methamphetamine use among at-risk groups in San Diego County has risen back to levels not seen since 2006.

Movember Puts The Spotlight On 'Staches And Men's Health

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Mustaches turn November into Mo-vember, and it's all for a good cause.

Craig Venter And Life At The Speed of Light

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When computer code meets DNA we stand at the dawn of digital life. Pioneering biologist J. Craig Venter discusses his new book: Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life.

Sweetwater 7th Graders To Begin New Academic Journey

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The Compact for Success Program at Sweetwater Union High School District aims to get more students into college.

How A Major Water Deal Affected San Diego And Imperial Valley Water Supplies

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The Colorado River Agreement was signed 10 years ago this month. And while the deal brought more water to San Diego, it's still the source of controversy and legal battles.

Chula Vista Nature Landmark In Danger Of Closing Its Doors

A 28-year-old South Bay nature landmark is in danger of closing its doors. Financial pressures may force the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista to shutdown. The center needs to raise $200,000 by the end of October to remain open.

San Diego Blues Man Tomcat Courtney Opens Up About His Life And Career

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San Diego music legend, Tomcat Courtney stops by KPBS to tell stories and sing some songs.

Frontline Documentary Investigates NFL And Brain Injuries

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A new documentary challenges the National Football League on its response to concussions and brain injury.

A Conversation With San Diego Mayoral Candidate Nathan Fletcher

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Our series of San Diego mayoral candidate interviews continues with former State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

A Conversation With San Diego Mayoral Candidate David Alvarez

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First-term Councilman David Alvarez is said by some to be the progressive voice in this Mayoral special election. We'll find out where he stands on policy and politics.

After 30 Years, San Diego Central Library Now Open To The Public

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A dream 30 years in the making is now reality as the new San Diego Central Library opens its doors to the public.

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Weekend Preview: From Adams Avenue Street Fair To An International Book Fair

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Summer is over, but that doesn't mean the fun is done — if you're into festivals, music and books, there's plenty to choose from this weekend.

Convoy District's Vision To Become San Diego's Next Great Neighborhood

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The inaugural San Diego Night Market will be held Saturday. The event is part of a larger strategy to draw San Diego's attention to Kearny Mesa's Convoy District.

Obamacare Health Exchanges Open For Enrollment Next Week

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Health providers, websites and even the new KPBS Second Opinion app are offering information to the public in advance of the Oct. 1 launch of health insurance exchanges.

Cindy Marten On Common Core, Testing, New Funding Formula

This year San Diego schools start rolling out significant changes in curriculum, testing and funding. Superintendent Cindy Marten joins us for a discussion on a wide range of topics.

Calif. Bill Allowing Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants Comes With Cautions

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The good news for people here illegally is that they may soon be able to get a driver's license. Yet some say the bad news is those licenses will be different from legal residents because of markings identifying the holders as undocumented.

Making A Difference In The Lives Of San Diego's Fatherless Teens

A San Diego nonprofit is working to mentor fatherless teens. The Boys To Men Mentoring Network gives teens alternatives to getting in trouble by providing role models.

San Diego County Water Authority Mulls Bay Delta Project

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San Diego County Water Authority officials are considering how the huge Bay Delta plan in Northern California will affect our water supply. A public meeting will be held Thursday in San Diego.

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Weekend Preview: Latin Food Fest, Butcher Dinner, Picasso & San Diego Music Thing

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From festivals to music and art, here's a look at what's happening around San Diego County this weekend.

Report Shows Some Veterans Charities Misusing Funds

Donations to veterans and military charities has climbed into the billions since the 9/11 attacks. Most groups do good work, but a report reveals some groups are scams.

Syrian Doctors In San Diego Launch Relief Effort

Events are changing rapidly surrounding the issue of chemical weapons in Syria.

San Diego Writer On Mission To Find Missing Van Gogh

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A San Diego writer is on the hunt for a missing Van Gogh painting that hasn't been seen since World War II. It's subject of her new novel, Deadly Provenance.

'Detained In The Desert' Opens At La Jolla Playhouse

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'Detained in the Desert' parallels two very different people; a second-generation Latina and an anti-immigrant talk show radio host, whose lives converge in the Arizona desert.

BEERology, New Exhibit Explores The History of Beer

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From hunter-gatherers to hipsters, BEERology takes visitors through the science and history of beer making around the world.

What The Future Holds For Girls In STEM Careers

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A panel discussion Wednesday night takes a look at ways to engage girls in STEM careers and looks at what the future holds.

Rep. Susan Davis On Syria, Sequestration And The Resignation Of Mayor Bob Filner

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Democratic Representative Susan Davis, of San Diego's 53rd District discusses issues ranging from Syria to the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner.

Mayor Filner Resigns — What's Next For San Diego?

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On Friday Mayor Bob Filner officially leaves office and San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria steps in as interim mayor. What does this mean for the city? We also hear from City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to breakdown the deal between the city and the mayor.

Ex-Race Horses May Get Second Life

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Owners of race horses too old or injured to continue may find their upkeep in retirement too expensive or onerous. A local nonprofit saves them from neglect or slaughter by finding them new homes.

Back-To-School Spenders May Be More Frugal This Year

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This year higher gas prices and payroll taxes may combine with an economy that some experts say is "stuck in a rut" to produce a weak back-to-school shopping season in San Diego and across the country.

Local Sociopath Writes A Memoir

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The title of M.E. Thomas' book, "Confessions Of A Sociopath: A Life Spent in Hiding in Plain Sight," is startling. A memoir by a sociopath about being a sociopath may be unique.

San Diego Film Commission Dismantled, Now What?

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The Film Commission is no more and some say San Diego is losing out by cutting off this connection to the movie business. But help may be on the way.

San Diego IndieFest Is Back

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After a one-year hiatus, San Diego IndieFest is back this weekend with more music and films than ever before.

Past San Diego Mayors Who Left Office Early

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If Mayor Bob Filner resigns from office following sexual harassment allegations, he certainly won't be the first San Diego mayor to resign.

UC San Diego Researchers Answer Key Alzheimer's Question

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We all have the same building blocks in our brains that can lead to Alzheimer's, so how come we don't all get it?

Cancer Treatment In Clinical Trials At UC San Diego

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Neurosurgeons at the UC San Diego School are among the first in the world to use MRI technology to delivery gene therapy as a potential treatment for brain cancer.

Politifest: How Will San Diego Move Forward?

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Voice of San Diego's annual Politifest on Saturday focused its main forum on what San Diego should do to move forward through the mayor's scandal.

Author Says Peña Nieto Drug War Strategy Is More Of The Same

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Author and professor Ricardo Ainslie, prepares to talk at UC San Diego about "Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War."

Catholic Church Reformer On U.S. Tour Stops In San Diego

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Austrian priest Father Helmut Schuller is calling for change in the Catholic Church. He's on a 15-city U.S tour and is speaking Wednesday in San Diego.

San Diego Emergency Response Times Fall Short Of Goal

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A VOSD investigation found that first responders are late to high-priority emergencies an average of twice an hour every day.

City Of San Diego's Recall Process May Be Unconstitutional

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The only way to force embattled Mayor Bob Filner out of office might not be legal.

Goldsmith Says Part Of Recall Laws Should Be Repealed

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As efforts to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner get underway, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says part of the City's recall laws should be repealed to avoid legal challenges.

A Brief History Of Sexual Harassment

The allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have been lumped into stories about other political sex scandals. But there's a substantial difference in what's been alleged about Mayor Filner.