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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Scientists Weigh Body Camera Ethics

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Data from wearable cameras and GPS trackers can reveal private information about their study subjects’ lives and the people they meet.

Lori Saldaña Discusses Her Run For San Diego Mayor

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The former Democratic assemblywoman is running as an independent.

San Diego Officials Outline $130M Budget For Climate Action Plan

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Monday called for more bike lanes, solar power, natural gas garbage trucks and smart streetlights as part of San Diego's Climate Action Plan.

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor Advocates For Forgiveness

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Sarah Collins Rudolph was 12 years old when her sister and three friends were killed by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan at a church basement in Alabama.

Chef Takes Food Prep To New Level With 'The Portable Feast'

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An edible garden expert shares an easy recipe for roasted spiced carrots with quinoa, green ribbons and turmeric vinaigrette that you can take wherever you go.

PETA To Announce Plan For Orca Seaside Sanctuaries

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The animal rights group is hosting a news conference in San Diego Wednesday protesting SeaWorld's continued practice of keeping orca whales in captivity.

Poway Unified Superintendent Put On Administrative Leave

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There's a shake-up going on in one of San Diego County's most highly regarded school districts.

Former SDPD Officer Files Wrongful Termination Claim

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A 16-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department says he was fired for asking questions about the satellite system installed on Mayor Kevin Faulconer's city vehicle.

Report: Homicides Up In Mexico For First Time Since Peña Nieto Took Office

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Homicides in Mexico jumped 8 percent from 2014 to 2015 after three years of decline, according to a new report from the University of San Diego.

Barrio Logan's Chicano Park: The Efforts To Cement Its History

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The Chicano Park Steering Committee has its sights on establishing a museum and cultural center.

Opening Of Second Pedestrian Border Crossing At San Ysidro Delayed

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Known as Ped West, the crossing was to open in June but has been delayed until August. That's one of the announcements made after a delegation of San Diego business and government leaders visited Mexico City this week.

Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against SDPD Officers

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The claim is over the October killing of 39-year-old Lamontez Jones in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. The San Diego County district attorney has said the shooting is legally justified.

Life Insurance Companies Fail To Pay Out $5B In Death Benefits

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The California Insurance Commissioner said more than $400 million in settlement has been paid to California beneficiaries alone.

San Diego Gallery Spotlights Art By Prison Inmates

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"Art Exonerated" will feature 50 pieces created by prison inmates. The gallery's owner, whose late father was shot, discusses how the exhibit has helped him heal.

Political-Analyst-Turned-Cooking-Show-Host Shares Her Favorite Recipes

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Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati Jinich left her career as a political analyst to pursue her passion as a chef.

Bill Aims To Help Human Trafficking Victims Make A Fresh Start

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A bill that's advancing through the California Legislature would create a legal pathway to erase any non-violent arrest or conviction put on a person's record while he or she was a victim of human trafficking.

How Do We Restore Civility In Politics?

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From "Lyin' Ted" to "short fingers," the 2016 presidential race has seen no shortage of name-calling and insults. A conference kicking off next Monday at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice aims to address over-the-top political rhetoric.

Report Connects Race To Higher Rates Of Suspended Licenses In California

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A report published this week by a consortium of California civil rights groups documents racial disparities in the number of Californians whose drivers licenses were suspended because of unpaid tickets.

Water Wars Between San Diego And MWD Boil Up Again

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There is no love lost between the San Diego County Water Authority and its biggest supplier, the Metropolitan Water District. Their latest hostilities are over a rate hike.

Rita Coolidge's Life Story Would Make A Great Country Song

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Now a resident of quiet Fallbrook, Rita Coolidge's memoir of her days as a folk/rock singer includes tales of her Tennessee upbringing, marriage to Kris Kristofferson and her many friendships with rock icons of the '70s and '80s.

How Video Games Can Be A Force For Positive Change

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Award-winning video game creator Asi Burak from Israel developed Peacemaker, a game won by peacefully resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He's giving a lecture at the University of San Diego's Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on Tuesday.

Is Housing Discrimination A Problem In San Diego?

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A majority of San Diego County residents surveyed last year about housing discrimination said they don't consider it a problem in their neighborhood. For those who have experienced discrimination, 33 percent said it was because of their race.

Artist Jake Shimabukuro On The Ukulele’s Significance In The Hawaiian Culture

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Jake Shimabukuro says his mom began teaching him how to play the ukulele when he was 4. He performs Thursday night at the California Center for the Arts Escondido.

Blackouts This Summer? SDG&E, Energy Expert Weigh In

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A massive natural gas leak last year near Los Angeles could lead to 14 days of power outages this summer in Southern California, including San Diego County.

'A Growing Passion' Springs Into 4th Season On KPBS

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From water-wise gardening to beneficial insects and California's citrus industry, the new season of KPBS' television series "A Growing Passion" brings a lot of variety.

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San Diego Author Discusses Ways To Combat Nature Deficit

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Richard Louv, whose New York Times best-seller introduced the concept of nature deficit, is out with a new book with tips to reverse that deficit.

Jorge Meraz Tackles The History Of Football In Baja

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Whatever unique adventure Jorge Meraz discovers in Baja California, it's a safe bet he will tackle it with gusto. Of course, he'll follow it up with regional food and drink — consumed with even more gusto.

Tijuana's Controversial Ex-Police Chief Subject Of New Film

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Julian Leyzaola has lived through multiple assassination attempts as the ex-police chief of Tijuana. A new documentary about him will be screened at UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center on April 10.

A San Diego Primary Primer And A Proposal To Change The City Voting Process

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The Independent Voter Project wants the city of San Diego to adopt the top two vote-getter system currently used by the state. That would mean that no candidate could win outright in the June primary.

Marine Veteran Shares Her Battle Against An Eating Disorder

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In her memoir “Warrior,” U.S. Marine Lt. Theresa Larson of San Diego redefines the meaning of a warrior and the stereotypes behind it.

Why John Leguizamo Thinks Trump Is ‘Doing A Great Thing’ For Latinos

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In a new solo act titled “Latin History for Morons,” which premieres Tuesday night at the La Jolla Playhouse, the comic takes on five centuries of Latin history.

San Diego Nonprofit Helps Ex-Offenders Get Jobs

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San Diego County's unemployment rate has held steady this year at about 4.7 percent. But for people released from jail or prison who are trying to re-enter the workforce, the estimated unemployment rate is 40 percent to 50 percent.

San Diego NAT Hosts Event On Importance Of Bees

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Biologist Joseph Wilson, who's giving a lecture at San Diego Natural History Museum Thursday night, says folks who fear the little insects usually have the wrong impression.

Details Of Chargers' Stadium Plan Leaked

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The San Diego Chargers are preparing to announce their own ballot initiative proposal to finance a downtown stadium and convention center expansion.

San Diego Politics: Do Endorsements Matter?

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Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has done well without support from the establishment. But in local races, a party endorsement could give candidates a boost.

Study: San Diego Graduation Rates Expected To Drop

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UC San Diego researchers found that while more high school seniors at San Diego Unified School District may be eligible for college this year, more students may not graduate at all.

Syrian Refugee In San Diego Talks About Life 5 Years Into Crisis

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The Syrian refugee crisis has entered its fifth year this month, and San Diego has welcomed fewer refugees than expected since President Obama announced a national increase in the number of approved asylum seekers last year.

Ballot Measure Proposed To Reform San Diego Citizens Police Review Board

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A San Diego City Council committee this week will hear a proposal to increase the power of the San Diego Citizens Police Review Board. The proposal includes giving the board subpoena power and the ability to work with independent investigators and independent counsel.

Should The US Change Its Cuban Immigration Policy?

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The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 grants Cubans special status that allows them to live and work legally in America.

Why Are Officers Leaving The San Diego Police Department?

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An improved compensation package launched in July 2015 was supposed to help the department retain its officers, but it hasn't helped much.

What Role Did 'Blackfish' Play In SeaWorld's Decision To Stop Breeding Orcas?

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Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite spoke about how her 2013 documentary might have influenced SeaWorld’s big move.

San Diego County Hosting Event To Help Families Of Missing People

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After more than 30 years of waiting and wondering, Milan "John" Nellans learned last month that his missing son's remains had been identified. It's closure the San Diego County's Medical Examiner is hoping to bring to more families with an event Saturday.

Sundance Winner 'Imperial Dreams' Screening In San Diego

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The San Diego Foundation will be screening "Imperial Dreams" on Wednesday at the Illumina Theater in La Jolla.

How King And Queen Of Malibu Kept Everyone Out And Saved The Coast

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Frederick and May Rindge moved to the California coast in 1892, amassed a fortune, built the Malibu Ranch, and kept everyone else out. Their obsession angered settlers and eventually cost May Rindge her entire fortune.

Epic View Of America's National Parks Comes To Balboa Park

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A new Imax film opening this week at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center called "National Parks Adventure" allows viewers to experience the beauty and some of the off-trail wonders of the parks.

New California Tax Credit For Low-Wage Workers

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The income tax filing deadline is a month away and among the new forms and provisions is a new state earned income tax credit.

Report: High False Positive Rate In Prenatal Genetic Testing

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It only takes a blood sample. That's one of the reasons genetic tests, like those developed at San Diego's Sequenom Laboratories are becoming widely used for prenatal screening. But as easy as the tests are to perform, it's not as easy to determine how accurate they are.

San Diego Sheriff's Department Has Eyes On Drones

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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is thinking about purchasing drones to use in case of wildfires, search and rescue missions and SWAT operations. But concerns over privacy remain.

Natural History Museum Exhibit Takes In-Depth Look At Whales

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The Museum of Natural History's newest exhibition, "Whales: Giants of the Deep," combines storytelling, interaction and scientific research to teach visitors about the world of whales.

Aztec Men's Basketball Team Must Win In Vegas To Go To Big Dance

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The San Diego State University men's basketball team takes on Utah State University today at noon in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament. They need to win the tournament to get an invitation to the NCAA Tpurnament.

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