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Stories by Megan Burke

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Perform At Point Loma Writer's Symposium

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Pinsky and members of the Point Loma Nazarene University Jazz Combo preview their performance Tuesday on Midday Edition.

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps

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Members of the grassroots movement Indivisible have been calling on the members of Congress to host town hall-style meetings in order to hear constituents' concerns about the policies of the Trump administration.

From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands

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KJZZ Fronteras News Desk reporter Laurel Morales discusses how producing the "Earth + Bone" series changed the way she looks at what is sacred.

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient Support May Help Cure Infections

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When we get sick, oftentimes we don't feel like taking a shower, we might just sleep all day long and we aren't even hungry -- a newly published study by a team of researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies looks at how that loss of appetite may affect our ability to get well.

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.

First Person: Encinitas Woman Uses Tibetan Bowls As Healing Tool

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Encinitas resident Diáne Mandle uses sound to help others reduce their pain and stress. She is a sound healer and creates percussive sounds by playing Tibetan bowls.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

First Person: For Gilbert Castellanos Music Is Sustenance

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Throughout his career, Gilbert Castellanos said, he's been inspired to be a “jazz messenger” for the next generation of musicians. He is now molding young musical minds as the artistic director for the non-profit International Academy of Jazz, an after school program.

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UC San Diego Hosts 10th Annual Turkey Calling Show

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What started out as an event to keep out-of-school kids occupied before the Thanksgiving holiday has transformed into a turkey tradition at UC San Diego's Geisel Library.

San Diego Somali Community Scared In Wake Of Alleged Hate Crimes

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Law enforcement will meet with the local Somali community to discuss "recent crimes in the community including hate crimes, and a fear of post election uncertainties."

Election Roundup: The Results And What They Mean For San Diego County

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The 2016 election is over. The nation has a new president, California gets a new senator and recreational marijuana is legal. KPBS Midday Edition breaks down how the results could affect San Diegans.

Brittany Maynard's Mother Shares Her Story To Help Families Confronting Terminal Illness

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At age 29, Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon so she could use that state's aid-in-dying law to end her life. Maynard's mother, Deborah Ziegler, discusses her daughter's legacy Tuesday on Midday Edition.

Korean Adoptee Film A Centerpiece Of San Diego Asian Film Festival Opening Thursday

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More than 140 films from 15 countries will be shown during the festival at six different theaters throughout San Diego.

Oceanside Native's First Novel About Ordinary Black Lives Met With Praise

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Oceanside native and author Brit Bennett's first novel, "The Mothers," is getting a lot of buzz. Bennett made a splash in 2014 when an essay she wrote about racial injustice published by Jezebel went viral.

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.

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