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Stories by Megan Burke

Arrest Of Sinaloa Kingpin "El Chapo" Won't Reduce Drug Trafficking Through San Diego

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Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is in a maximum security Mexican prison following his capture. His prosecution on dozens of charges could last for years. But experts say it won't stop the flow of drugs across the border.

Civil Rights, College Football And The Season That Changed It All

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One of the most significant changes in football is now the subject of a book, "Breaking The Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights" by New York Times columnist and Columbia Professor Samuel G. Freedman.

San Diego City Council To Decide Again On Medical Marijuana Ordinance

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The San Diego City Council will consider a new set of zoning regulations for the establishment of legal medical marijuana dispensaries. What remains unknown is whether the U.S. Attorney's Office will allow licensed dispensaries to operate.

San Diego County Jail Changing Medical Model For Needs Of Long-Term Inmates

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Lack of access to medical care in state prisons was a significant part of the problem that eventually resulted in prison realignment. Ironically, one of the side effects of prison realignment in San Diego is being seen in the medical care being dispensed at San Diego County jails.

Path From Pain Pills To Heroin Addiction Nothing New In San Diego County

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Addicts who abuse prescription drugs like Oxycontin have been switching to heroin for a number of years now. While tragedies like the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman remain shocking, they are not actually surprising to those who track the epidemic of opiate abuse in the Unites States.

Put Your Name On A San Diego County Trail, Ballfield Or Playground For A Price

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recently voted to allow individuals, businesses or nonprofits to name sections of public parks, including ball fields, playgrounds and trails, for fees starting at $1,000. Your favorite park garden or pool could soon be brought to you by your neighbor or a local pest control business.

Supervisor Jacob Weighs In On San Diego County Priorities, Challenges

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While many in San Diego have been focused on the city's mayoral race, Jacob's "State of the County" address recently outlined plans and priorities for our whole region.

Dealing With Life-Threatening Illness From Both A Doctor And Patient's Perspective

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When a terminal illness is diagnosed, people ask their doctors one question: How long do I have to live?

Jamul Indian Village Breaks Ground On Casino Amid Opposition, Legal Challenges

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The town of Jamul is still fighting a local tribe's plan for an Indian casino, even as earth is being cleared to make way for it.

San Diego Mayoral Race Down To The Wire

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It's countdown to the San Diego mayoral race — candidates Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez join us to discuss everything from the city's infrastructure to campaign ads.

New Calif. Law Adds 3-Foot Protection For Cyclists But Will It Make San Diego Roads Safe Enough?

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Beginning in September, California law will require drivers to be three feet away from a bicyclist handlebars or shoulders while passing on the road. Will the new law make San Diego cyclists feel safer?

Decoding The Paleo Diet

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Discussions of diet have some people arguing that our modern use of grains, including bread and cake, is unhealthy. The premise of the "paleo diet" says we're best off going back to the kind of diet that preceded the agricultural revolution of early human civilization.

Explaining Stephen Hawking's New Theory On Black Holes

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Why Stephen Hawking's new theory on black holes is important to everyday people and how the scientific community is reacting to these new ideas.

Two Years After San Onofre Shutdown Questions Remain

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A leak led to the permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear power plant, but many questions remain. Who will pay for the enormous costs of the shutdown? And what does the trouble at San Onofre say about the safety of nuclear power?

Environmental Group Challenges San Diego County Water Authority's Master Plan Update

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The San Diego County Water Authority went through a months-long process to update its master plan for supplying water to the county through 2035, but a group says the master plan's environmental impact study is flawed.

What Can City Heights Residents Do In Response To Albertsons Store Closure?

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The largest supermarket in the community of City Heights is shutting its doors next month. The loss of Albertsons might increase the neighborhood's reputation as a "food desert."

Beer 101 Is Serious Business In San Diego

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Getting a professional certificate in beer from a major university might have been an undergraduate joke a few years ago. But with the craft beer business booming in San Diego, educators are starting to take the beer industry seriously.

Japan Tsunami Debris Washed Ashore Inspires Ruth Ozeki's Latest Novel

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A piece of tsunami debris is the catalyst of Ruth Ozeki's novel, "A Tale For The Time Being."

Wildfire Preparedness In San Diego After The Driest Year On Record

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San Diego's very dry weather has already produced a rash of unusual winter wildfires across the state. Cal Fire talks about the increased fire danger.

New Report Finds 10 Percent Of San Diegans Live In Poverty

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A new SANDAG report finds one in 10 San Diegans live in poverty, as do 9 percent of families in the county.

The State Of San Diego's Inner City

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Before San Diego's interim Mayor Todd Gloria gives the state of the city address, we'll discuss the state of the inner-city.

San Diego Native Ted Williams' Biography Explores Baseball Great's Life

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San Diego native Ted Williams remains the greatest hitter in baseball. A new biography explores his triumphs and troubled personality.

The Interplanetary Beliefs Of An Unusual Group In El Cajon

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A new documentary, "Children of the Stars," explores Unarius, a group based in El Cajon who believe human beings have all lived millions of years, and multiple lives, spanning the history of the universe.

San Diego's Ecosystems On Exhibit At Natural History Museum

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A new exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum displays San Diego's rich ecosystems in all their beauty and complexity.

The Connection Between Dry Weather In San Diego And The Polar Vortex

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Extreme weather is freezing the midwest and leaving San Diego high and dry. Is there a connection between the weather patterns that are bringing extreme cold to the nation's midsection and causing dry, mild weather here?

New Study Provides Motivation To Get Healthy And Fit In 2014

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Losing weight, toning up and getting healthy frequently top New Year's resolution lists. A recent study seems to give us some extra reasons to shed pounds a 2014 goal.

Can Meditation Make Your Heart Healthier?

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Using wireless technology, a Scripps study hopes to explore what physical changes take place during meditation.

Costumed Crusaders Patrol Downtown San Diego In The Name Of Justice

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In Metropolis or Gotham City, seeing a superhero downtown wouldn't be abnormal. But in San Diego, the sight of crime fighters dressed up in masks and capes can cause something of a stir.

2014 Forecast For San Diego's Housing Market

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Good news and bad news seemed to go hand in hand for San Diego's housing market this year. We'll hear what may be in store for local real estate in 2014.

Mount Soledad Cross Dispute Far From Over

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Last week a federal judge, following an appeals court ruling, ordered the cross removed from the Mount Soledad war memorial. But the order was stayed and more appeals are expected. We'll trace the history of this complicated San Diego legal case.

Tentative Budget Deal Could Give San Diego Economic Boost In 2014

The tentative budget deal in Washington is boosting San Diego's economic outlook. One 2014 economic forecast for San Diego predicts slow and steady growth next year. But how will economic recovery impact income-inequality?

Report: California Skimping On Spending For Tobacco Prevention

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In California, only 14 percent of the recommended $441.9 million of tobacco settlement dollars is being spent on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, report by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids finds.

No One Found Guilty In Stephanie Crowe Killing

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The acquittal Friday of Richard Tuite for the 1998 murder of Stephanie Crowe means that case remains unresolved. Why hasn't anyone been convicted of killing the Escondido preteen?

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Celebrates Life And David Chase

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The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus has flourished under choral director David Chase, who celebrates his 40th year this season.

National Survey Shows 40 Percent Of Military Personnel Have Difficulty Making Ends Meet

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Long deployments are just one of the additional challenges military families face when it comes to keeping their finances straight. Nearly a third of those surveyed in new report are still resorting to high-interest pay day loans, or fall prey to predatory lending practices that trap them in a cycle of debt.

Amy Tan's Journey To 'The Valley Of Amazement'

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Bestselling author Amy Tan explores the world of Chinese courtesans, the relationships between mothers and daughters and themes of abandonment and identity in her new novel, "The Valley of Amazement."

Scams And Other Things To Know About Your 2013 Income Taxes

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The American Taxpayer Relief Act went into effect in January 2013. Several changes to the tax code could impact income deductions. IRS spokesman Raphael Tulino gives details of the changes and some end-of-the-year tax tips.

StoryCorps: Ten Years Of Getting Choked Up Listening To Public Radio

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Over the last 10 years more than 100,000 people have participated in StoryCorps, making it the largest single collection of human voices.

John F. Kennedy's Legacy In San Diego

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Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We explore his legacy in San Diego.

Diplomatic Scholar Examines Past And Present Peace Negotiations Between Israel And Palestine

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Former diplomat and peace-process scholar William Quandt gives background on the present peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

San Diego Mayoral Special Election Look Ahead

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City of San Diego residents can hand in their ballots or go to the polls tomorrow in a special election to fill the term of former Mayor Bob Filner. We look at the latest polling and election turnout predictions.

San Diego Latinos Surveyed About Beliefs, Experiences

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A survey finds interesting complexities in San Diego's Latino population. KPBS and San Diego Magazine commissioned a survey to determine the range of attitudes and aspirations in the Latino community.

Family

How Much Is Too Much Media For Kids? San Diego Experts Weigh In

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The American Academy of Pediatrics encourage parents to come up with a media use plan for their kids. We speak with local experts about how to set some guidelines.

Jared Diamond Compares Traditional Societies To WEIRD Nations

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Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Guns, Germs and Steel" talks about his new book about what we can learn from traditional societies.

Burmese Refugees Making San Diego Home

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San Diego artists and musicians kick in to help local Burmese refugees. The community is trying to reunite families as the U.S. ends refugee status for Burma.

Money And Popularity In The Final Weeks Of The Race For San Diego Mayor

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Early voting is underway and the polls open Nov. 19., so what's the latest on the San Diego mayor's race?

Remembering Martha Longenecker, Artist, Mingei Museum Founder

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We remember Martha Longenecker, the founder of San Diego's Mingei International Museum, who died on Oct. 29.

San Diegans May Soon Be Asked To BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)

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The San Diego City Council will vote in January on an ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags from some stores, joining 85 other California municipalities. But not everyone is on board.

Turning The Lens On Renowned '60s Photographer Rowland Scherman

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One photograph can capture the essence of an emotion, an event and sometimes even a person. When you combine great photography with historic events, you come as close as you can to experiencing the past.

Fall Gardening Tips For San Diego

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Fall Is the best time to plant in San Diego. Gardening expert Nan Sterman will explain what to plant now in your fall garden.