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Stories by Megan Burke

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.

Why The 'Poet Of The Black Revolution' Thinks 'We Did Not Get A Leader' In Obama

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Nikki Giovanni, who's been documenting the struggle of African-Americans since the civil rights movement, shares her opinions on Barack Obama's leadership and the death of Antonin Scalia in a provocative interview.

USD Forum Discusses How Religions Can Fight Extremism

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Can conversations help to counteract extreme rhetoric and fear? That's the hope and goal of an interreligious dialogue at the University of San Diego's Peace and Justice Institute Wednesday night.

Pope Francis To Find Ciudad Juárez Emerging From Bloody Era

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Pope Francis ends his first state visit to Mexico in Ciudad Juárez Wednesday.

Protecting Torrey Pines Popular But Fragile Ecosystem

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The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has been drawing record crowds, but the popularity comes with challenges. Docents say visitors are breaking rules meant to protect the park's fragile sandstone ecosystem - oftentimes to take a selfie.

Love May Be Linked To The Bacteria In Our Mouths

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If we find ourselves hopelessly attracted to someone this Valentine's Day, can we blame our microbiome? It turns out that the question of love and sexual attraction makes up part of cutting-edge research into the human microbiome.

Salton Sea Canoe Race Organizers Hope Recreation Can Help Save The Sea

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The idea to host an outrigger canoe race on the Salton Sea began as a way to start the racing season earlier but has evolved into a dream of something much bigger. Event organizers said they hope bringing recreation back to the Salton Sea will help save the sea itself.

Should Women Be Required To Sign Up For The Draft?

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San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter introduced the Draft America's Daughters Act which would require women to register with the selective service.

Study: More Than 30 Percent Of American Attorneys Are 'Problem Drinkers'

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The study of 15,000 attorneys published this week by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation also found 28 percent of American attorneys struggle with depression.

Are San Diegans Getting Mixed Messages About Water Conservation?

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San Diegans are being asked to continue water conservation efforts, in spite of all this rain, news of the Sierra snow pack at 130 percent of the historical average for this time of year, and the San Diego County Water Authority dumping half a billion excess gallons of treated drinking water back into Lower Otay Reservoir.

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Performs In Escondido Tuesday

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When you think about ukulele music what comes to mind? Gentle strumming on the beaches of Waikiki? Perhaps an old Elvis movie? Prepare to be re-introduced to this charming instrument, by the amazing repertoire of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

Are New California Solar Fees Unfair To Non-Solar Users?

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On Thursday, the CPUC raised fees for solar panel owners, but did not approve the higher charges requested by the state's utility companies, including San Diego Gas & Electric. California's goal is to move the state toward the use of renewable energy sources, but how exactly do you charge for sunlight?

Are San Diego Chargers Fans Being Played Again?

The San Diego Chargers announced on Friday that they will play at Qualcomm Stadium for the 2016 NFL season and try to reach a deal with local political leaders for a new stadium.

Former Filner Chief Of Staff Writes Tell-All Book

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Lee Burdick's book, "Bob Filner's Monster: The Unraveling of an American Mayor and What We Can Learn From It," is an insider's account of the sexual harassment scandal that brought down San Diego's mayor.

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