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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Exhibit

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The machines, which were first made around the turn of the 20th century, are a technological marvel since the Chinese language has more than 70,000 characters and no alphabet.

California Water Managers Want Emergency Drought Rules To End

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The State Water Resources Control Board is meeting on Feb. 7 to decide whether or not to end these rules.

California's Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations

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Lori Ajax is the chief of California's Bureau of Marijuana Control. The agency is charged with licensing cannabis farmers, product manufacturers, testing labs, distributors and retailers. Those regulations need to be in place by Jan. 1, 2018.

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Big Trouble In Little Cinema: The Films Of John Carpenter

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This Sunday, Jan. 22, Film Geeks San Diego launches its second year-long film series. Big Trouble in Little Cinema: The Films of John Carpenter kicks off at Digital Gym Cinema with the director's theatrically released student film, "Dark Star."

Fleet Center Revels In The Science Of Toys

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Everyone knows that simple Slinkys are rather remarkable toys, but why and how do they seem to walk? The Fleet Science Center is putting on an exhibit Saturday on the physics behind common toys.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

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The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Dumanis, who's been in office since 2003, has not decided whether she'll serve out her current term or step down before it ends.

Documentary Points To What Could Happen If Salton Sea Isn't Restored

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"Breaking Point" is a documentary about the shrinking Salton Sea and what could happen if the problem isn't addressed. It's produced and directed by Bill Wisneski, a producer for Palomar College Television.

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

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From an 81-year-old competitive runner to a 71-year-old who uses public transportation for volunteering all over San Diego, KPBS television's new 6-part documentary series, "Re'flect, Successful Aging Defined," tells their stories.

With Landmark Status For Chicano Park, Boosters Renew Push For Museum

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From an undeveloped site occupied by protestors in the 1970s to a National Historic Landmark, Chicano Park has had an extraordinary history. Chicano Park advocates are hoping for one more prize for the park: a museum.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Funny Ladies

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Four high-profile comedians will be in San Diego on the same day. Which one will you pick?

Organization Helps San Diego Homeless Prepare For Wet Weather

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The city of San Diego and the county have opened their emergency shelter programs due to the coming rain and low temperatures. Despite this, many of the county's homeless won't be in shelters during the bad weather.

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New Film Series At MOPA Focuses On Famous Firsts

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This Friday, Jan. 13, Film Geeks San Diego kick off a year-long program of Famous Firsts at the Museum of Photographic Arts with Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless."

How Tiny Microbes In Your Gut Affect Your Mood

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In his new book, “The Mind-Gut Connection”, Dr. Emeran Mayer explains how the brain and the gut communicate, and physical and mental health issues can crop up if that communication is disrupted.

What Kind Of Data Should Police Collect During Traffic Stops?

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Starting in 2018, California police officers will be required to collect and report traffic stop data. Civil rights advocates hope the data will help shed light on the prevalence of racial profiling.

'Containment' Envisions Nuclear Waste Storage 10,000 Years In The Future

In the 1990s, the government gathered architects, artists and futurists to imagine ways the underground waste could be discovered.

Mayor Faulconer Considering Race For Governor

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer may run for governor in 2018 and has started reaching out to possible supporters, despite promising not to launch a statewide bid if he won reelection as mayor, according to POLITICO.

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos So Popular?

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A story in the Wall Street Journal may sabotage one of your New Year's resolutions. In some magically, bizarre way - it might make you hungry for a Jack In The Box taco.

San Diego Judge Out With New Book About Experience Of Immigrants

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"Qudeen the Magnificent," a book of short stories, describes the struggle New Americans face in assimilating to mainstream culture.

Report Finds California Home Ownership Rates At Lowest Since 1940s

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The California's Department of Housing and Community Development report also found that the state has more than its share of the country's homeless population.

SeaWorld San Diego To Have Last Orca Show Sunday

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As the park is phasing out the orca shows it is also introducing three new attractions this year and a roller coaster the next year.

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San Diego's Diversionary Theater Is Bringing Back Burlesque

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For the second year in a row, choreographer Michael Mizerany will present the "In The Va Va Voom Room" burlesque show.

Senator Toni Atkins On Her Priorities For San Diego

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Atkins' first term in the Senate is expected to be a busy one as California legislators grapple with homegrown problems like affordable housing and infrastructure repair, along with national issues like health care and immigration.

Meet The Artist Selected For Public Art Project At New East Village Park

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An event Wednesday will help artist Mark Reigelman learn about the neighborhood so he can create a site-specific piece.

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'Reel Science' Provides The Real Science Behind The Fiction

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theNAT is partnering with Digital Gym Cinema for a month-long series called Reel Science: Cult Sci-Fi Films Meet Real Science.

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

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We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.

California Wage Discrimination, Gun Laws Take Effect In 2017

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After all the New Year's toasts are over, there are a bevy of new laws that go into effect in California.

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Staying Home New Year's Eve? Here's What To Watch

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If you're planning a movie marathon or TV binge on New Year's Eve, we have some ideas about what to watch.

From Black Eyed Peas To Forest Bathing, San Diegans Share Their New Year's Traditions

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Whether it's celebrating at a New Year's Eve party or ringing in the New Year in front of the fireplace, many people return each year to cherished traditions. We spoke with several people around San Diego who shared their New Year's traditions. Here's what they said.

Chula Vista's First Woman Police Chief On Her Plans For The City

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Roxana Kennedy will be sworn in as the police chief for the Chula Vista Police Department Friday.

San Diego-Based Snopes To Help Curb Spread Of Fake News On Facebook

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The fact-checking website Snopes is one of five organizations that will be working with Facebook to help curb the spread of fake news on the social media site.

What’s Next In The Decommissioning Of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

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The major dismantling of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant may begin in 2018.

Sycuan Cultural Museum Opens In January

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Sycuan Cultural Resource Center and Museum in El Cajon features hundreds of Kumeyaay artifacts, an archive collection of oral histories and educational materials.

San Diego Pride Nudity Trial Underway

The City of San Diego and several of its police officers are defending themselves against a federal civil lawsuit claiming police discriminated against a gay man at the 2011 San Diego Pride Festival.

San Diego Tops Yelp List For Best Local Gifts

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The online business review site Yelp recently declared San Diego as the best city in the country for finding gifts from local-independent retailers, but it's findings were far from scientific.

San Diego Climate Scientists Strive To Better Impact Public Policy

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Researchers are expanding their understanding of the natural world all the time. But do those breakthroughs filter down to the policies that dictate how we handle our natural resources?

San Diego County Prepares For Holiday Drunk Driving

San Diego County prosecutors are readying for an anticipated spike in drunk driving during the holidays. Traffic deaths slightly increased over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Famed Animator Ron Campbell Brings Art Show To San Diego

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He will be painting, exhibiting and talking cartoons during his “Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show” this weekend.

New Book Profiles Remarkable San Diego County Women

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Belle Benchley, the first female zoo director and Bertha Pendleton, the first woman and first African American San Diego school superintendent, are among the 28 women whose stories are told.

San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald Reflects On Her Time At City Hall

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Emerald was elected to the council in 2008. The beginning of her time in office coincided with the Great Recession. She also changed districts and dealt with the resignation of former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Learning About The History Of Pearl Harbor Through Comics

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“Pearl Harbor And The Day of Infamy” is a 24-page comic book by historian Jay Wertz being released Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

‘Gross And Unlikable’: An All-Female Anthology Of Horror Stories

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So Say We All, a literary and arts nonprofit in San Diego, releases the latest edition in its collection of literary horror and dark fiction.

Imperial Valley Water Officials Set Ultimatum To Protect Salton Sea

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The Imperial Irrigation District is demanding that the state have a 10-year plan for the management of the Salton Sea by the end of the year or it will not agree to a proposed Colorado River drought deal.

How Should Chula Vista Spend Its Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase?

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The sales tax increase is intended to pay for infrastructure needs in the city, including upgrades to police and fire facilities, equipment and repairing streets and sidewalks.

Community College Students Face Housing, Food Insecurity

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"Struggling to Survive, Striving to Succeed: Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College" found that about a third of community college students face homelessness or housing insecurity, while 12 percent don't know where their next meal will come from.

Debate Over Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays Won't Get Settled At San Diego Library

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Most academics think it's a settled question, but there are still skeptics who don't believe William Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet" and the dozens of other plays commonly attributed to the man from Stratford-upon-Avon.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Comedy, Chili And Carols

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Not going to December Nights? Here are some other weekend options.

Mexican Consulate Of San Diego Announces Program To Support Immigrants

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Mexican Consul General in San Diego discusses the new "We Are With You Campaign." It includes 11 initiatives to educate immigrants about their rights and answer immigration questions.

Proposition 58 Passed, Now What?

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California voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition 58 on the November ballot, which ended the 18-year mandate of English-only instruction in public schools.

San Diego Zoo, Northrop Grumman Developing Drones To Study Polar Bears

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Ecologists at the San Diego Zoo say the biggest threat to polar bears in the wild is climate change, but it can be difficult to observe the bears in their natural habitat. A collaboration between the zoo and aerospace giant Northrop Grumman hopes to develop unmanned drones to more easily study polar bears in the Arctic.

San Diego Museum Of Man Explores History of Cannibalism

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The exhibit "Cannibals: Myth & Reality" at the San Diego Museum of Man will give visitors an inside look at the history and taboos associated with cannibalism.

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