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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

New York Times Frank Bruni Talks Technology With UCSD Students

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New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni will be speaking in San Diego this week about the unexpected effects of technological advancements. The lecture is titled: “Americans Today and Their Customized Cocoons.”

San Diego Doctor Helping Patients Drop Weight, Medications

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Dr. Dave Clayton has taken his medical advice about living a healthy lifestyle out of the clinic and into the workout room.

San Diego Writer Jim Ruland Discusses New Novel, 'Forest of Fortune'

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"Forest of Fortune" by Jim Ruland follows the lives of three people who are haunted by their past and desperate to turn their luck around at an Indian-owned casino in a remote region of Southern California.

Peters, DeMaio Trade Barbs In Latest TV Ads

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There has been a lot of spending on advertising in the race to represent the 52nd Congressional District. We take a look at some of that advertising and the messages it's sending.

Plans Released For Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration

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The celebration aims to elevate, celebrate and promote the park through several improvements, special events and a long-term plan to make Balboa Park a premier cultural destination.

'Gauguin To Warhol' Exhibit Celebrates 20th Century Icons

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"Gauguin to Warhol" shows work by 40 of the most famous artists from the late 1800s through the 20th Century. The exhibit is at The San Diego Museum of Art until Jan. 27.

'Tactical Urbanism' Gaining Momentum In San Diego

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After years of feet-dragging, the city of San Diego is beginning to embrace the idea of urban development on a much smaller scale.

Escondido Voters To Elect Mayor On Nov. 4

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Voters in Escondido have a lot of decisions to make in the November election — including who will lead their city. And the top two mayoral candidates, incumbent Sam Abed and Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz, have very different points of views on a number of issues.

Manufacturing Contributes Nearly 9% To San Diego Economy

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What do drones, 3-D printers, beer and guitars have in common? They all make up part of San Diego's manufacturing sector — an industry that plays a big role in the region’s economy, a new National University study shows.

Tony Young Heads New Nonprofit Rise San Diego

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Former San Diego Council President Tony Young and former council candidate Dwayne Crenshaw are joining forces and starting Rise San Diego, a new nonprofit aimed at driving civic engagement and fostering leadership San Diego's urban neighborhoods.

San Diego Food Writer Opens Up About Diabetes Diagnosis

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Since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago, San Diego food writer Caron Golden is staying healthy by exercising and watching what she eats -and its not all green salads.

Cyberspace: New Frontier Of Civil Rights Movement

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In her new book "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace," law professor Danielle Keats Citron says cyber harassment is endemic and offers a set of recommendations for change that she says remain respectful of the First Amendment.

Educators Convene In San Diego For STEM Education Conference

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The second annual California STEM Symposium is expected to bring 3,000 educators and science industry leaders to San Diego this week with much of the discussion focusing on increasing participating in science, technology, engineering and math along with new science standards.

A Life Of Adventure, At Any Age

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In the 21st century, is it still possible to have a life of adventure, exploration, discovering new worlds? Just ask Helen Thayer.

California Drought Forces Farmers To Adapt

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Dry weather, coupled with high water prices, has forced some farmers to stop watering crops and trees. Others have switched to new irrigation methods or less thirsty crops.

What's Next For San Diego's Convention Center?

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The City Council voted unanimously not to appeal a court ruling against the plan to finance the San Diego Convention Center expansion. City leaders say the search for a new plan begins.

Columnist Marks 10 Years With New Book 'Diary Of A Diva, Behind The Lipstick'

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For 10 years, Barbarella Fokos has been writing the popular Diary of a Diva column in the San Diego Reader, now she's put some of her favorite stories in her first book, "Diary of a Diva, Behind the Lipstick."

Saving Lives At San Diego Humane Society's 24-Hour Kitten Nursery

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Kitten season is here and that means animal shelters are getting an influx of homeless litters. The San Diego Humane Society says many newborn kittens wouldn't survive if it weren't for its 24-hour kitten nursery.

California's Plastic Bag Ban Bill Moves Forward

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The debate over a statewide plastic bag ban is heating up, as a key legislative committee last week passed a bill that would phase out single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores.

What's Behind San Diego's Crazy Weather?

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Above average temperatures for more than two months. Humid, desert-like thunderstorms at the coast. What's going on with San Diego's weather? Does this unusual weather help or hurt our fire risk and the drought?

Want to talk politics? Visit Politifest Saturday At Liberty Station

Voice of San Diego's annual festival of politics is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Station's Central Promenade. Everything from politics to jobs to education will be talked about at Politifest 2014.

SDSU To Offer Music Entrepreneur Program

The music entrepreneurship and business program is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Author Scott Turow Discusses His Latest Legal Thriller 'Identical'

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Scott Turow has written a series of legal thrillers as well as non-fiction books, all while continuing to work as an attorney.

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.