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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

San Diego Author Aims To Tackle Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

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Diego's Dragons is a fantasy series for middle grade and young adult readers by San Diego author Kevin Gerard. The series features a Latino boy as a hero.

Pop Culture Alternatives To Explore During Comic-Con

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If you don’t have tickets to the main Comic-Con show at the San Diego Convention Center this week, there are still plenty of opportunities in town to get your pop culture fix.

UCSD Professor: Violence Main Cause Of Child Immigrant Crisis

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A statistical analysis suggests violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, not U.S. immigration policies, is behind the young immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.

5 Cool Summer Suppers To Beat The Heat In San Diego

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When the temperatures rises, turn to these cool summer recipes by San Diego food writer Caron Golden and Blind Burrito executive chef Sara Polczynski.

Report: California Making Progress On Pain Medication Policies

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Advocates are pushing for policies that enhance pain management for cancer patients and others suffering from chronic pain while preventing prescription drug abuse. A new report gives California a B-plus on how its handing the dual concerns regarding prescription medication.

Preparations Underway For 27th Annual Stand Down For San Diego Homeless Vets

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The 27th Annual Stand Down for homeless vets takes place as local and national leaders work to end homelessness for veterans. Organizers expect attendance to hit a new record high.

What's A Public Document?

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San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says a controversial college letter of recommendation she wrote is not a matter of public record. KPBS Midday Edition takes a close look at the California Public Records Act.

Sally Ride's Public And Private Life Shared In New Biography

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Former ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr discusses her new biography "Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space."

Audit Finds SDSU Fails To Adequately Train Employees On Sexual Violence

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A state audit finds there's room for improvement in how San Diego State University handles reports of sexual misconduct.

Yosemite Grant Act Anniversary Celebrated With Tree Restoration Project

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A project to restore 2,000-year-old giant sequoias is underway in Yosemite National Park.

A Conversation With Civil-Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

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In the 1960s, Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, and she's spent her life working to mobilize people power. Huerta was in San Diego this week to speak to a convention of Latino elected officials.

San Diego Trauma System Marks 30 Years

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Thirty years ago, San Diego's medical community created a new trauma system. The new network made up of six area hospitals has cut the number of trauma deaths in half.

Baja Chefs Come Together For Conservation

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Wildcoast's third annual Baja Bash serves up Baja-inspired sustainable cuisine, wine and beer while raising funds to benefit Baja's coast and ocean.

Young Undocumented Immigrants Begin Renewing Deferred Action Permits

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Young undocumented immigrants who received temporary legal status under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival program in 2012 can now apply to renew their permits.

San Diego Researcher Helps Draft New Dietary Guidelines For Cancer Prevention

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A UC San Diego researcher helped draft new dietary guidelines for cancer prevention, they encourage people to limit alcohol, dairy products and red and processed meats.

Arts-In-Corrections Program Returns To California Prisons

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The California Arts Council and the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation team up to fund art programs in state prisons including painting and playwriting courses Donovan State Prison in San Diego County.

Obama: Child Migrants 'Urgent Humanitarian' Issue

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San Diego has a great deal of experience in the handling of illegal border crossers, the arrests, detention and legal proceedings of deportation. But that all takes on a different perspective when the illegal border crossers are children.

Studies Show West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Collapsing

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New research marks a tipping point in global climate change. The antarctic Ice sheet is melting and predictions on sea level rise will need to be increased.

What's Your Impression Of Chula Vista?

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A public discussion this week to debunk the myths and celebrate the reality that is San Diego County’s second largest city.

'I Love A Clean San Diego' Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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The local beach clean-up group marks six decades, making it the longest-running environmental nonprofit organization in the county.

One Book, One San Diego 2014 Selection: Lysley Tenorio's 'Monstress'

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Author of the "One Book One San Diego" pick, San Diego native Lysley Tenorio talks about his collection of short stories called "Monstress."

Study: Most Adults Arrested In San Diego County Not On Probation

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A new study by the San Diego Association of Governments finds that contrary to what some had feared, prison realignment has had little impact on countywide arrest rates.

USD Professor Discusses New Book, 'The Family Cannon'

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"The Family Cannon," a short story collection by University of San Diego professor Halina Duraj, follows the story of Magda, a Polish-American girl who struggles between Old World fears and New World dreams.

Reviewing Emergency Management Officials' Response To San Diego Fires

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We review the county's response to more than a dozen wildfires that broke out across San Diego last week.

How To Deal With San Diego's Stressful Fire Outbreak

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How are San Diegans dealing with multiple fires and the anxiety, stress and fear that goes along with evacuations, power outages and watching homes burn? We get an update on the fire and talk to a mental health expert.

Author, Traveler Pico Iyer Discusses How To Find Balance In The Digital Age

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Pico Iyer is coming to San Diego this week to deliver a lecture on how to maintain life's balance despite "weapons of mass distraction."

Boosting San Diego Literacy Rate Remains A Challenge

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About 20 percent of San Diego County residents are either illiterate or functionally illiterate, according to the San Diego Council on Literacy's assessment of U.S. Census figures.

Old Globe's New Season Includes Steve Martin's 'Bright Star' Musical

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The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park is out with its lineup for its next season and a world premiere musical by Steve Martin is a highlight on the list.

Report Shows Arts And Culture Have Major Impact On San Diego's Economy

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The future of the San Diego Opera may still be up in the air, but a new report shows arts and cultural organizations have a major impact on San Diego's economy.

City Heights Nonprofit Struggles To Connect With San Diego Businesses

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Since the City Heights Partnership for Children launched in 2011 it has struggled to team up with San Diego businesses. A recent case study offers some answers behind the trend.

San Diego County Report Shows Drop In Violent Crime In 2013

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The latest report on crime in San Diego County is out, and a lot of people have been watching the trends carefully, concerned that realignment — the transfer of thousands of offenders from the state to the county system — might result in higher crime rates here.

Plan In The Works To Save San Diego Opera

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After the final show of the season this past Sunday, the fate of the San Diego Opera remains up in the air. At least two board members are working to save the arts institution from closing and are set to release a reorganization plan Thursday.

What Do You Think About San Diego's Future?

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KPBS joins up with national documentary producers for a special film project that aims to show both the promise and the problems facing our city.

Closing San Diego Unified's Student-Teacher Diversity Gap

A new report shows Latinos account for almost half of students at San Diego Unified, but only make up a quarter of the workforce. Now, district leaders are drawing up plans to tackle the student teacher diversity gap.

San Diego's Gender Pay Gap Narrower Than National Average

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Equal Pay Day is April 8, 2014 — the day that women across the nation have earned as much as men did last year. New laws are being proposed to close the gender pay gap.

Retired San Diego 911 Operator Writes About Handling Emergencies, Large And Small

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From funny, to heartbreaking to downright strange, we'll hear about the stories in a new book by a former San Diego Police Department 911 dispatcher.

Groups Merge To Make San Diego More Pedestrian, Bike Friendly

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Two local groups, Move San Diego and Walk San Diego team up to form Circulate San Diego, a new organization that aims to boost efforts to bring alternative forms of transportation to San Diego.

U.S. Supreme Court Takes On San Diego Case Involving Warrantless Cellphone Searches

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Should police need a warrant to search your smartphone? A San Diego case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court late this month and tackles the ongoing debate over privacy rights and technology.

Cesar Chavez's Legacy Continues To Inspire San Diego Labor Movement

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On Cesar Chavez Day, San Diego labor leaders remember the labor leader's legacy and discuss the state of the labor movement in the region.

Former San Diego Mayor Sanders On Upcoming Mexico Trip, Linkage Fee, Balboa Park Celebration

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A conversation with former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and current Chamber of Commerce CEO about a range of topics from a California-Mexico trade initiative to the Balboa Park Centennial.

City Heights Photo Exhibition To Be Unveiled At USC Urban Poverty Conference

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Top urban poverty scholars will look at ways to combat poverty at a conference this week at USC, where a photography exhibition gives a glimpse of what everyday life is like for City Heights residents.

Tax Filing Deadline Less Than A Month Away

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April 15 is the deadline to file your taxes, we're taking your calls and answering your questions about your state and federal returns.

Cyber Security Industry On The Rise In San Diego

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The report, compiled by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Sentek Global and Bank of America, says the region is positioned to experience substantial job creation in the industry, outpacing other local business sectors.

New Book Documents Tijuana's Revival In Words And Pictures

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A new bilingual coffee-table book, Tijuana/22000, explores the transformation happening in the heart of the westernmost city in all of Latin America, through photography, stories and numbers.

SANDAG Report Shows Increase In Mental Health Incidents With Police

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The SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division undertook the study after receiving anecdotal reports that mental health calls were taking up more law enforcement resources.

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.