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Stories by Neiko Will

Roundtable: Update On Local Races, Putting Presidential Race In Perspective And Politics At The Movies

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What can an analysis of "Citizen Kane" tell us about the presidential race? And how will history remember the 2016 election? Find out on the Roundtable.

Roundtable: Breaking Down San Diego Ballot Measures

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Election Day is fast approaching. Do you know enough to make an informed decision on the local measures on the ballot?

Roundtable: Final Presidential Debate, Congressional Races, State Propositions

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to flirt with the idea that he won't concede the election, should he lose on Nov. 8. Will there will a Trump Effect on San Diego races? And is California ready to say goodbye to the death penalty...and hello to recreational pot?

'Gilmore Girls' Fans Flock To Luke's Diner Pop-Ups In San Diego

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Industrial Grind Coffee in Hillcrest and Cafe Virtuoso in Barrio Logan on Wednesday transformed into Luke's Diner, a restaurant on the TV show, and served free coffee.

Roundtable: Tony Gwynn Tobacco Lawsuit, Maintaining The Border, Future Of Del Mar Fairgrounds

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Ban "dip" from baseball? Tony Gwynn's family hopes their lawsuit will help make that happen. The San Diego border fence as a test case for Donald Trump's "build a wall" campaign promise. And the upside and downside to living where the surf meets the turf.

Roundtable: Trouble at Lincoln High, Council Race Heats Up, Getting Californians To Vote

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The brawl at San Diego's Lincoln High exposes long-standing problems at the school. The race for the San Diego City Council District 1 seat gets exciting. And what will it take to get more people to the polls?

Oboe Player Featured In San Diego Youth Symphony Documentary

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To mark its 70th anniversary, the San Diego Youth Symphony traveled to China this past summer to perform and participate in musical and cultural exchanges. A documentary about the trip airs Friday on KPBS TV.

A Physicist, An Engineer And A Cosmologist Discuss The Science Of 'Star Wars'

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Is it possible that light could be contained in a lightsaber? Could a weapon destroy a planet? How long would it take to hop around a galaxy, even one far, far away?

Actor Hershey Felder Brings Irving Berlin To Life At La Jolla Playhouse

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Hershey Felder channels the composer for a special holiday engagement that runs through Jan. 3.

San Diego Writer Examines HIV Epidemic In Tijuana

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"Tomorrow Is A Long Time: Tijuana's Unchecked HIV/AIDS Epidemic" pairs writing by Jon Cohen, and photos by Malcolm Linton.

'Spice' Drug Overdoses Up In San Diego

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San Diego officials urge caution as marijuana enthusiasts turn to a synthetic substitute known as "spice" that reportedly doesn't show up readily on drug tests.

Chula Vista's Mayor In Paris For Climate Talks

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Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas is one of 11 U.S. mayors attending COP21, the climate conference in Paris. She's there because her city has been a leader in carbon reduction for over a decade.

Navy Taking Public Input On Future Training In San Diego Waters

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The U.S. Navy is seeking a new permit to conduct training exercises off the San Diego coast, and is collecting concerns and comments from the public about potential ill effects on marine life.

San Diego Delegation Heads To Paris Climate Talks

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UC San Diego scientists, students and the mayor of Chula Vista are scheduled to take part in the climate meeting in Paris this week.

Challenge For San Diegans: Waste Less Food This Holiday Season

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Americans throw away 5 million tons of food between Thanksgiving and New Year's. I Love A Clean San Diego wants to change that.

What's Behind Trend That Has Mexicans Leaving U.S.

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A study from Pew Research Center found that in recent years the number of Mexicans leaving the U.S. is larger than the number coming to the U.S.

Author Brings Real Stories Of English Housekeepers To San Diego

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How realistic is Mrs. Hughes in "Downton Abbey"? "The Housekeepers Tale: The Real Women Who Ran The English Country House" by Tessa Boase takes a look.

La Jolla Playhouse ‘Indecent’ Explores Legal Battle Over Artistic Expression

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"Indecent" is a play about another play — one that got the cast and producer arrested when it premiered on Broadway in the 1920s.

San Diego Professor Wants To Revive The 'American Dream'

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An ambitious study launched at UC San Diego will look at practical ways to make the "American Dream" a reality.

Will San Diego Take More Syrian Refugees After Paris Attacks?

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Governors from several U.S. states balk at taking in Syrian refugees after attacks in Paris.

San Diego Man's Role In Uncovering Priest Sex Abuse Featured In 'Spotlight'

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A San Diego mental health counselor was instrumental in helping Boston Globe investigative reporters uncover the priest sex abuse scandal in 2002 and cover-up that followed. The investigation is depicted in the new film "Spotlight."

Courage Under Water: Swimmer Shares Message Of Perseverance In New Book

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Diana Nyad accomplished something at 64 that she had set out and failed to do at 28: swim from Cuba to Florida. She is the only person to make the 100-plus mile swim without the aid of a shark cage.

New Book Explores All Things Pacific

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Author Simon Winchester likes big topics. He has followed up on his 2010 book on the history of the Atlantic Ocean with an even more enormous subject, the Pacific.

Roundtable: 2016 Tax Proposals, Clearing Storm Drains, Future Of Rural Metro

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Numerous tax measures on next year's ballot could confuse San Diego voters. Many storm drains are choked with overgrowth and debris as we head into a big El Niño winter. And, the city's troubled ambulance service that's been missing response-time targets has been sold.

Drought Taking Heavy Toll On San Diego Trees

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California has lost an astounding number of trees to the ongoing drought. Among them, many of San Diego's beloved Torrey pines.

Jails, Prisons Less Crowded A Year After Prop. 47

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A Stanford Law School study shows the measure is saving the state about $93 million in prison costs, but critics say Proposition 47 has become a get-out-of-jail-free card for repeat offenders.

Worker Shortage Places Strain On California Farms

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Can California continue to provide the rest of the nation with fruits and vegetables if there aren't enough people to work to produce them?

Transgender In Prison: How California's New Guidelines Will Be Implemented

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California will now pay for transgender inmates who meet certain criteria to have sex-reassignment surgery.

San Diego Filmmaker Paul Espinosa Looks Back On 30-Year Career

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Paul Espinosa has been making films about issues affecting people on and near the U.S.-Mexico border since the 1980s. He recently donated his entire professional archive, including scripts, research and interviews, to UC San Diego.

San Diego Unified Wants LGBTQ Students To Feel Welcome

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Since the beginning of the year, at least three transgender teenagers have committed suicide in San Diego County.

Black And Chicano Students Fight Injustice Together At San Diego City College

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A new era of unity between the Black Studies and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego City College kicks off this week.

San Diego Attorney Seeks U.N.'s Help To Free Convicted Killer

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In an unusual and last-ditch effort to exonerate a woman in a 1992 gang murder, a San Diego attorney has filed an appeal with the United Nations.

How California's New Marijuana Laws Will Affect San Diego Pot Businesses

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs new pot bills into law as advocates push to get recreational use on the 2016 ballot.

Roundtable: Mental Illness, Salton Sea And Complaints Over New Flight Path

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Mental illness strains medical facilities in San Diego. As the Salton Sea dries up, an environmental disaster looms. And, residents west of Lindbergh Field are not happy with proposed flight path adjustments.

La Jolla Playhouse's 'Without Walls' Festival Proves All The World Is A Stage

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This weekend's experimental theater festival trades in the traditional curtain and stage for a basketball court, parked cars and the grounds of UC San Diego.

San Diego Food Justice Organization To Hold Fundraiser This Week

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Project New Village promotes healthy eating in Southeast San Diego and will honor civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer during its annual fundraising gala on Wednesday.

Roundtable Looks At YMCA Investigation, Future Of Medicine And Smart Growth

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The results are in, sort of, for the independent investigation into alleged mismanagement at the San Diego YMCA. Your primary care physician may soon fit into your pocket. And as most San Diego County cities struggle to implement smart growth principles, one is getting it right.

San Diego Exhibit Explores Intersection Of Art And Music

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As the centennial celebration of the Panama-California Exposition winds down, the San Diego Museum of Art unveils an ambitious tribute.

San Diego Celebrates Banned Book Week

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Instituted in 1982, Banned Book Week spotlights "challenged" books, and encourages readers to fight for their right to read whatever they want.

New Chief Prepares For San Diego Fire Season

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Veteran firefighter Brian Fennessy plans on increasing racial and gender diversity within the ranks as the new chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Roundtable: Atkins Vs. Block, Right To Die, End Of A Disappointing Padres Season

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Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins doesn't want to be seen as a bully, but her decision to try to unseat fellow Democrat Marty Block is causing consternation in the party.

Up Your Wine Game: San Diego Enthusiasts Drop Knowledge

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Sure beer-savvy San Diegans can taste the difference between an imperial stout and an English bitter, but do they know their gewürztraminer from their chenin blanc?

Canonization Of Junipero Serra Stirs Controversy In San Diego

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The history of San Diego and Junipero Serra date back to the first mission he founded. On the eve of his canonization, reaction is mixed to the Spanish missionary and his legacy.

Federal 'Good Neighbors' Meeting Scrutinizes Climate Change Impact On San Diego Border

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The Good Neighbor Environmental Board collected input from local and state agencies and other stakeholders this week, for its annual report to the President.

San Diego Nonprofit Works To Keep Laid-Off Qualcomm Employees Local

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The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation said avoiding a high-tech worker exodus will be beneficial to the local economy.

Balboa Park Centennial Lecture Series Concludes With Focus On Future

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Thursday's lecture wraps up a year-long look at the park, mostly through a variety of historical perspectives. Tonight's event is different in that if focuses on the future, and how best to preserve the park for coming generations.

San Diego Celebrity Wordsmiths To Host Education Fundraiser

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"A Way With Words" hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett will help raise money to benefit San Diego Community College District on Thursday.

Zomedies, Creature Features Frighten Balboa Park Movie Fans

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Short and feature-length horror films from San Diego and around the world will be showcased this weekend at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival.

Developer Explains Navy Broadway Project Changes In Downtown San Diego

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With only one more legal hurdle to tackle, the Navy's long-stalled development project headed by Doug Manchester could soon be getting underway.

Report: California Labor Policy Not Keeping Up With Changing Workforce

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The California Budget and Policy Center's annual report shows the number of women and minorities working in the state is higher than ever, but they lag behind their white, male counterparts in wages and benefits.

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