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Stories by Megan Burke

First Person: A Dreamer Goes To College

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Imagine getting a letter out of the blue that said your kind words and caring gestures helped a child to achieve her dreams. That's what happened to Monica Medina, the director of diversity, engagement and grants here at KPBS.

Crew Of USS Indianapolis Share Story Of Survival In New Film

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A film screening at San Diego's GI Film Festival documents the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis weeks before the end of World War II.

Mt. Soledad Cross Dispute Ends Quietly In Settlement

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After more than 25 years of legal battles over the cross on top of Mt. Soledad, the dispute has quietly ended in a settlement.

Man Once Sentenced To Death Row Works To Abolish Capital Punishment In California

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Gary Tyler, who now lives in California, spoke to KPBS Midday Edition about why he supports Proposition 62.

San Diego Artist Documents His Journey In Life And Stone

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Faced with a cancer diagnosis and three months to live, San Diego artist Doron Rosenthal decided to write a book.

Trial Of Mexican Businessman Accused Of Illegal Political Donations Begins

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José Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of illegally donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to support San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in 2012.

Why San Diego's Catholic Bishop Is Mixing Politics, Religion

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Bishop Robert McElroy talks about his support for Proposition 62, which would eliminate California's death penalty.

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Monday

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The San Diego City Council will vote Monday afternoon on how the city's new minimum wage will be enforced.

Treating Meth Addiction In San Diego County

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Meth-related deaths in the county spiked 67 percent from 2010 to 2014, according to the San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force. KPBS Midday Edition discusses treating addiction with a local alcohol and drug treatment center.

San Diego County Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

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A new public outreach effort is aimed at debunking myths and shining a light on the realities of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in San Diego County.

Watch: San Diego Police Show Off '90s Dance Moves

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The San Diego Police Department takes part in an international law enforcement dance-off inspired by the "Running Man" challenge, the latest dance trend to sweep the internet. The goal: get some recruits.

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus To Address UC San Diego Graduates

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He won a Nobel Peace Prize for starting a bank in Bangladesh that loans money to financially disadvantaged people. His advice to this year's college graduates? Don't just submit to the world they've inherited.

Journalist Sebastian Junger On The Struggles Of Returning Vets

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The award-winning journalist has spent years exploring how war affects human beings. His new book challenges people's understanding of PTSD.

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Still Hurting After National Anthem Mishap

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The chorus was supposed to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Saturday’s Padres game, but instead a female singer’s recording played. We have the group’s version of the national anthem that you can listen to.

The Future Of The Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego

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Kathryn Kanjo, who will take over as CEO in October as the museum celebrates its 75th anniversary, discusses what's in store.

San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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In its 100 years, the zoo has grown from a few abandoned animals in the park to a global zoological society.

After Bullying Complaint, Mom Says District Offered Money To Send Kids To New School

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A parent who said she complained to the Santee School District that her children were being bullied now says the district responded by offering her money to drive her kids to another school district.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Stadium: Chargers Pointman Talks To KPBS; East Village Group Reacts To Proposal

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The Chargers will begin collecting signatures in three weeks in a bid to qualify a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex proposal for the November general election.

Escondido Homeless Shelter To Keep Its Doors Open Year-Round

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As many shelters close to make way for longer-term housing programs, a winter shelter in Escondido is operating year-round.

Inside The San Diego Humane Society's Kitten Nursery

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The San Diego Humane Society currently has more than 50 kittens in its nursery.

San Diego Vietnam Vets Honored At VA Ceremony Tuesday

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More than 50 years after U.S. ground troops entered Vietnam, three San Diego Vietnam War veterans are being honored at a ceremony hosted by the VA and other San Diego veterans organizations.

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.

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.

KPBS Reporter Named Finalist For Emerging Writer Prize

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KPBS reporter Jean Guerrero was named one of the finalists for the prestigious PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize.

San Diego Art Enthusiast Walter Pomeroy On Becoming A Collector

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An exhibition of Pomeroy's mid-century art collection, "Portrait of Pomeroy," is on display in the gallery space at the San Diego Central Library through May 15.

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.

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.

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.

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.

San Diego Janitors, Security Guards March Against Workplace Sexual Assault

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Members of the the Service Employees International Union in San Diego marked International Women's Day on Tuesday with a march and rally to raise awareness about workplace sexual assault.

San Diego Scientists Transform Family Tragedy Into Legacy

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A Portland, Oregon, mom whose 29-year-old son died unexpectedly of natural causes couldn’t stop searching for answers as to why. He was healthy. What happened?

Students Challenge Perceptions of Lincoln High School After Fight

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On Monday classes at Lincoln High School were suspended to give students a chance to share their feelings following a brawl that took place on campus Friday. The fight led five students and a campus security officer to be taken to the hospital.

Author Speaks About America's New Voting Majority

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Author and civil rights attorney Steve Phillips says the emphasis on white working-class voters, white swing voters, and white conservatives misses the fact that the biggest block of new voters aren't white at all.

San Diego Immigrants' Cookbook Makes Traditional Meals Healthier

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Immigrants bring a lot to a city, especially their food culture and traditions. A new cookbook tells the story of San Diego's evolving ethnic cuisine.

San Diego Focuses On Restorative Justice To Repair Harm And Prevent Crime

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What effects have past and current justice practices had on first-time and repeat offenders? And how is the harm caused by offenders addressed in our current justice system?

San Diego Writer Tells Smuggler's Rags To Riches And Bicycles Tale

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Where some saw piles of abandoned bicycles as junk, journalist Kimball Taylor saw a mystery to unravel, now a book, "The Coyote's Bicycle — The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire."

San Diego Scientists Share Ebola Research Worldwide

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute identified the first human antibodies needed to develop drugs to fight the Ebola virus. They decided to donate the antibodies to the public domain.

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