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Stories by Megan Burke

What It Takes For Non-Traditional College Students To Succeed In San Diego

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Roughly 50 percent of San Diego community college students are 25 or older. What does it take for those so-called "non-traditional students" to succeed in college?

What San Diego Is Doing To Keep Pollution Out Of The Pacific Ocean

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According to San Diego Coastkeeper, 80 percent of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean comes from inland sources through storm drains.

Story Of Murder In San Diego Inspires Book On Forgiveness

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Azim Khamisa's story of forgiveness after his son's murder inspired journalist Megan Feldman Bettencourt to write a book on the topic. It's called "Triumph of the Heart Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World."

How Do Bad Days On The Stock Market Affect People's Retirement Savings?

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The U.S. stock market has been rising and falling at an alarming rate. Midday Edition looks into what this means for retirement plans.

Proposed North County Development Raises Environmental Questions

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The debate over a plan to build a new outdoor mall near a North County lagoon continues as Carlsbad city leaders prepare to vote on it next Tuesday.

San Diego City Council Declares Affordable Housing Emergency For 12th Year In A Row

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San Diego is tens of thousands of units short of the goal for affordable homes for sale, and the rental market is also soaring out of reach for low-income San Diegans.

Sci-Q: San Diego Scientists Answer Questions About Earthquakes

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Earthquakes are nothing new to Californians. Nearly 2,100 temblors shook Southern California in the last year. What do we really know about earthquakes? What's the latest research about earthquakes and climate change?

Documentary About Vatican Investigation Of Feminist Nuns Screens In San Diego

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An account of the Catholic Church crackdown on the American nuns is the subject of "Radical Grace," a new documentary screening in San Diego on Wednesday night.

Lessons Learned From Training Iraqi Troops To Fight ISIS

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It's been a year since President Obama sent U.S. advisers to Iraq to help that nation's soldiers fight back against the so-called Islamic State. Among those still deployed as trainers are Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton.

New San Diego City Opera Poised To Entertain Modern Audiences

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For a while in 2014, it looked like San Diego would have no opera but now it has two. The San Diego City Opera will make its debut at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival.

USC Report: Inequality Could Stifle Economic Progress In San Diego County

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A University of Southern California report, "Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego," found income inequality is more than a social justice issue.

San Diego Eagle Scouts Praise Boy Scouts Lifting Ban On Gay Leaders

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The Boy Scouts of America made a big change in policy last week. After years of defending its policy against gay troop leaders, the Boy Scouts' national executive board voted to end the ban on gay adult leaders.

New Seuss Book Out Of The Bone Pile And Onto Bookshelves

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The manuscript for "What Pet Should I Get?" by Theodor Geisel was discovered in 2013 in a box of notes and sketches, which he referred to as the "bone pile."

San Diego To Document LGBTQ History

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The city of San Diego will document the people, places and events that gave strength to the "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer" community during times of discrimination.

How An Orange County Housewife Uncovered The Truth Behind Her Mother's Death

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In March 2006, a Vista businesswoman went missing. Ten days later her body was found near San Felipe, Mexico. Authorities said it was murder, but when her daughter tried to find the killer, she found unexpected answers.

What San Diego Scientists Are Discovering About Dolphins And Diabetes

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Dolphins may hold the key to understanding how to prevent diabetes in humans, according to a study published this week in the journal PLOS One.

How San Diego Authors Respond To Changing World Of Book Publishing

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What makes a best-seller? What are the key things authors need to learn about their business? Midday Edition explores an effort in San Diego to teach authors to become business people.

'Maletas Migrantes' Exhibit Opens At New Americans Museum In Point Loma

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"Maletas Migrantes," which translates to "migrant suitcases," is an art exhibition opening Thursday at the New Americans Museum in Liberty Station. The show features the work of 50 contemporary artists and their interpretations on the concept of migration.

A San Diego Perspective On Reforming Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

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Last week, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He was there to make his case that the United States is putting too many non-violent offenders in prison for far too long.

How San Diego's Zero Waste Plan Is Different From Standard Paper And Plastic Recycling

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The City Council has approved a goal of reaching zero waste by the year 2040. To meet the goal it will take a new way of thinking about how to dispose the things we want to throw away.

San Diego Stand Down Prepares To Help Hundreds of Homeless Veterans

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Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting Stand Down for the 28th year beginning on Friday at the San Diego High School campus.

Sci-Q: Understanding The Psychology Of Water Conservation In San Diego

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What does it take — beyond the facts, figures and warnings — to get people to change the way they use water? Scientists chime in on KPBS Midday Edition.

Author Comes To San Diego To Talk 'Big Science'

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A new book traces the path science research has taken since middle-20th century and the work of one man who was pivotal in that change.

Confederate Flag Sparks Discussion About Controversial Symbols In San Diego

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The debate over whether to remove the Confederate flag from civic spaces is reverberating across the country.

San Diego County Author Examines Drug War Consequences

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"The Cartel" is a sequel to Don Winslow's bestseller, "The Power of the Dog." Both books are crime thrillers, but in terms of research and scope, they qualify as a quasi-history of the drug war.

UC San Diego Professor Explores History Of Madness In New Book

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A UC San Diego sociology professor examines how mental illness has been viewed through the centuries in his new book, "Madness In Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine."

Point Loma Event Aims To Help Veterans With PTSD

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Coronado residents Howard and Jean Somers lost their veteran son to suicide. They've since started an organization to help veterans with PTSD.

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers Perform At San Diego's Casbah

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The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers performed at the Casbah on Kettner Boulevard in June.

What It Takes To Solve Cold Case Homicides In San Diego County

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Since 2003, the San Diego's District Attorney's office has prosecuted 35 cold cases. Right now, five cold cases are in the judicial system and more than 20 are being reviewed for prosecution.

UC San Diego Study Offers Insight Into Bee Colony Collapse

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For a decade now, we've been hearing about the phenomenon of bee colony collapse and significant bee die-offs. Now a new study may shed light on one piece of that puzzle.

San Diego County Resident Among First Graduating Class Of Yoga Masters Degree Program

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From a challenging workout to deep relaxation for sleep, there seems to be a yoga practice for just about everything and everyone. Now there's a yoga degree for students.

Montreal Band Niyaz Blends Traditional, Modern Sounds In San Diego

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Niyaz is bringing their blend of acoustic, electronic, traditional and original compositions to the Price Center Theatre at UC San Diego on Saturday.

What Court Ruling On Obama's Immigration Action Means In San Diego

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Hopes that new immigration actions announced by President Obama would take effect this month were ended by a federal appeals court on Tuesday.

Cat Chat: San Diego Expert Decodes Feline Language

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A new book, "How To Speak Cat: A Guide To Decoding Cat Language," co-authored San Diego Humane Society President Gary Weitzman, aims to help cat lovers better understand their feline friends.

Serving A Pint Of Science In San Diego

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The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is partnering with Pint of Science and UC San Diego to bring science to the people in San Diego.

Hope After Violence: San Diego Author Demands Support For Children Exposed To Trauma

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Researchers are learning these simple things such as listening, giving praise or sharing a secret, may be effective tools in rescuing kids from the effects of an abusive childhood.

Black Student Organizations Question San Diego Police Policies

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San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said reforms on policing have been made since a Department of Justice review. But students want racial profiling to end.

How California's New Environmental Regulations On Desalination Affect Carlsbad's Plant

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California's water board adopted environmental guidelines for building and operating desalination plants. But critics of the process say the rules are not strict or clear enough to make sure desalination plants are environmentally sound.

San Diego Symposium Explores Human-Climate Interactions

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A symposium held at the Salk Institute will examine melting glaciers, rising sea levels and the rapid warming of Earth from climate change.

San Diego Doctor Raises Stroke Awareness — Especially For Women

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The month of May is dedicated to stroke awareness and experts like vascular surgeon Dr. William Neil are working to get the word out about stroke risks and symptoms, especially for women.

How ACLU Mobile Justice Smartphone App Will Work In San Diego

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American Civil Liberties Union releases new app to help people document arrests and other police actions.

Poet, Army Veteran Brian Turner Shares War Experience At El Cajon Literary Festival

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Bosnian and Iraq War veteran Brian Turner shares his memories of war, both his own and through the eyes of others, in his memoir, “My Life as a Foreign Country,” during the Grossmont Literary Arts Festival.

San Diego Scripps Health Trauma Team Heads To Nepal To Aid Quake Survivors

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Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health and Dr. Mark Olcott, an emergency room physician at Scripps Green Hospital, talk about their upcoming mission.

Midday Edition From The Midway: Special Coverage To Mark End Of Vietnam War

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Midday Edition airs live from the USS Midway Museum at noon Friday as KPBS shares the stories of veterans and Vietnamese refugees who four decades ago witnessed the fall of Saigon.

San Diego Doctors Use Rare Surgery Treatment For Rare Esophageal Cancer

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Cancer of the esophagus is rare. It represents only one percent of cancer diagnoses in the United States. But for many patients, it begins with a common condition: acid reflux.

First Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary In San Diego Prepares For More Patients

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As the first legally permitted medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego marks its first month in business, questions remain about others who are waiting in the city's permit pipeline.

'Weed The People' Author Examines Growing Support For Legal Marijuana

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Could California be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana? Backers of an initiative filed this month hope to get the issue on the November 2016 ballot.

San Diego Psychologists Explain How To Teach Kids To Solve Problems

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San Diego child psychologists turned authors discuss how a life filled with instant gratification can produce unintended consequences.

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

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A San Diego Superior Court judge upheld the vote count in Chula Vista's City Council race. Dozens of uncounted provisional ballots were not counted last fall in a race won by two votes.

Global Health Expert In San Diego To Discuss Lessons From Ebola Outbreak

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The number of new cases of Ebola in West Africa continue to wind down and the U.S. Ebola panic appears to be over. What are the lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic for the U.S. and responding nations? And what would happen with a new outbreak?

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