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Stories by Patty Lane

Report Sheds Light On Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents In California

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Reports of discrimination against Muslims in California nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest report published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

San Diego Lawmaker Pushes For Cheerleader Protections

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said high school cheerleaders are athletes performing without health and safety standards.

A Guide Dog Not Only Led The Way — He Changed A San Diego Man's Life

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A special friendship between a San Diego man and his guide dog is shared with readers in "Confessions of a Guide Dog: The Blonde Leading the Blind."

San Diego County Plan Will Lead to Fewer Animals Euthanized

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The San Diego Welfare Coalition announced a new policy Wednesday that would lead to fewer dogs and cats being euthanized at shelters. Midday Edition reviews the policy and concerns that it may lead to overcrowding.

1985 Normal Heights Fire Prompted San Diego Education, Prevention Programs

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Midday Edition looks back at 1985 and the Normal Heights fire that destroyed 76 homes and damaged another 57. The fire prompted San Diego leaders to establish several initiative and improve water pressure in the mid-city area.

Food Fables: Investigating San Diego Restaurants Claims of Farm-to-Table Products

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A San Diego Magazine investigation uncovers how local eateries may be claiming they're using locally grown food in their farm-to-table menus, but instead they're lying about where the food comes from.

School Is Out But Hunger Lingers For Some San Diego Kids

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For students who rely on school lunch meals, having enough to eat during summer break can be challenging.

San Diego County Joins Binational Effort To Prevent, Control Tuberculosis

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A collaborative effort between San Diego County, Imperial County and the state of Baja California will focus on identifying, treating and preventing the spread of tuberculosis on both sides of the border.

San Diego Faith Leaders Plan Multiracial Forum After Charleston Church Shooting

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Faith leaders in San Diego are planning a multiracial forum for local clergy members to discuss America's racial divide after nine people were killed inside a Charleston, South Carolina, church last week.

Balboa Park To Host First 'Make Music San Diego' Festival

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Before Balboa Park is filled with music Sunday for the first "Make Music San Diego" festival, Hot Pstormi previews the event with a live in-studio performance on Midday Edition.

Personal Challenge To Hike Salton Sea Turns Into Environmental Mission

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Triple digit weather didn’t stop a Rancho Cucamonga man on his environmental mission, becoming the first person to complete the 116-mile trek around the Salton Sea.

San Diego Group Working To Increase Number Of Latina Leaders

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A local Latina advocacy group has launched a program in an effort to increase the number of Hispanic women in leadership roles, either in business or politics.

What Will San Onofre's New Emergency Plan Look Like?

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Residents living near the now shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant have security questions after a new emergency plan was approved by federal regulators.

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Rants And Raves: Guest Blogger Explains Why She Loves Disaster Films

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"San Andreas" (now playing throughout San Diego) takes the disaster film to new heights — or perhaps depths — but quality doesn't matter to guest blogger Patty Lane, who just loves to have the bejesus scared out of her.

Friend or Frenemy: San Diego Author Raises Red Flags On Manipulators

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San Diego County deputy district attorney Wendy Patrick shares tips on how to read people in "Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers and Toxic People in Every Part of Your Life."

Beating Expectations: San Diego Homeless Program Saves Lives, Money

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Community leaders take a look at what is next for Project 25, a program helping the chronically homeless in San Diego County and saving millions of dollars in public resources.

Supreme Court ‘One Person, One Vote’ Test Could Impact San Diego County

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging how voting districts are drawn in Texas but the ruling could have far-reaching effects. At issue is whether to use total population or the number of eligible voters when drawing district lines.

What's Next For One Paseo Project After Compromise Reached

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As developers head back to the drawing board, a Kilroy Realty spokeswoman and a community group discuss what is next for Carmel Valley after a compromise was reached for the multi-use project.

How To Avoid Being A Starving Artist In San Diego

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Artists and accounting experts in San Diego are helping creative minds survive as artists.

'American Sniper' Widow Comes To San Diego To Discuss Life, Loss

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Taya Kyle, widow Chris Kyle, is in San Diego to discuss her memoir, "American Wife: Love, War, Faith and Renewal." She talks about her life without Chris and resources for other San Diego military families dealing with grief.

Preparing For San Diego Fire Season: Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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Over a five-day period In May 2014, unusual Santa Ana winds fueled flames to 14 wildfires around San Diego County. Experts revisit what happened and talk about lessons learned.

Swiss Family On Global Climate Expedition Visits San Diego County

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A Swiss family docks their sailboat in Coronado where they are raising awareness about climate change and ocean pollution with tales from their worldwide expedition, fueled by wind and pedal power.

San Diego County Ramps Up Effort To Protect Seniors

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As San Diego County continues to go after those accused of abusing seniors in assisted living facilities, county leaders roll out additional resources including a new hotline.

Marine Veterans Remember Final Hours Of Vietnam War

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It’s been almost 40 years since U.S. Marine veterans John Valdez and Douglas Potratz were side-by-side in Vietnam, guarding the U.S. Embassy in the final days of the war.

How A San Diego Man Survived The Holocaust

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Lou Dunst survived concentration camps and slave labor camps, and also eluded death by gas chamber during the Holocaust. He shares his story of survival as Jews around the world commemorate Yom HaShoah.

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.

San Diego Transgender Teen Deaths Prompt Questions On Bullying, Support

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Following the suicides of two transgender teens in San Diego County, experts offer a look at the challenges facing LGBTQ teens and advice on what schools and adults can do to help them.

San Diego Groups Weigh In On Proposed Immigration Bills

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This week California Democrats proposed an immigration package consisting of 10 bills aimed at extending health care, legal rights and business protections to immigrants living in the state illegally.

Restaurant Group: Freeze Minimum Wage Increase For Tipped California Workers

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The California Restaurant Association is sponsoring a bill that would freeze state minimum wage at its current level of $9 an hour for workers who get tips.

Author Jonathan Eig Talks About The Birth Of The Pill

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The birth control pill for women has been around since the 1960s. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig talks about the impact it has made on society in his new book.

San Diego County Announces Free Access To Mental Health First Aid Program

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The training is aimed at giving people the skills to intervene and give some initial help to people struggling with a mental health crisis.

How Can San Diego Officers Balance Body Cameras And Civil Rights?

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Proposed legislation aims to regulate how body camera videos are used by police across California. The San Diego Police Department has been using body cameras since last summer.

San Diego Prepares For California's Mandatory Water Restrictions

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Gov. Jerry Brown announces mandatory water restrictions as California enters its fourth year of the drought. What does this mean for San Diego residents, businesses and farmers?

Ex-SeaWorld Trainer Responds To Video Of Him Using Racial Slurs

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John Hargrove, an ex-SeaWorld trainer who released the book "Beneath the Surface," said the company is attempting to hurt his reputation by releasing a video of him using a racial slur.

Mexican Growers Offer 15% In Baja Farm Strike

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Leaders of the farmworkers called the offer of 15 percent unacceptable, and said they want assured benefits, higher wages and an end to abuses.

What's Behind Sea Lion Pups Stranded On California Beaches?

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More than 2,000 sea lion pups have been stranded along California beaches. Is it lack of food or the changing weather patterns? KPBS takes a look.

New Film At Reuben H. Fleet Takes Visitors On Journey Through Space

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"Journey to Space" will debut at the Balboa Park museum on Friday. The film showcases a new era of exploration.

San Diego Mayor Update: From Chargers Stadium To Homeless Shelters

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS on Tuesday for his monthly update on the business of the city.

San Diego Drone Manufacturer Talks Regulations, Uses

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Just this week the Federal Aviation Administration gave retail giant Amazon the green light to begin testing its air-delivery drones. KPBS Evening Edition spoke to the CEO of a Vista company that manufactures drones and drone parts.

Panda Watch At San Diego Zoo After Bai Yun Is Artificially Inseminated

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San Diego zookeepers are keeping busy these days. The zoo is hoping for a giant panda pregnancy while they also try to save the northern white rhinos.

San Diego Author Writes About Living Without The One You Can't Live Without

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Death is a difficult topic many people try to avoid talking about — until they're forced to. Natasha Josefowitz from San Diego talks about how she dealt with loss, grief, and the healing process.

Fabiani Says Chargers Not Optimistic About Mission Valley

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A San Diego Chargers spokesman said the team doesn't think a task force’s site selection for a new stadium will be successful and is prepared to pursue a Los Angeles-area stadium plan on its own.

Initiative To Open San Diego To Global Investment Unveiled

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San Diego has the 17th largest economy in the country but ranks 61st when it comes to export intensity and 49th in the percentage of jobs at foreign-owned firms.

Lessons From The Fukushima Disaster For California

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It's been four years since the devastating Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Like Japan, California's coast has many earthquake faults and seaside nuclear reactor sites. How vulnerable is California's coastline to a similar disaster?

California Small Farm Conference Opens In San Diego

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The annual conference is hosting small farmers and ranchers at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The ongoing drought is high on the list of topics the conference aims to tackle this year.

San Diego Rain Season Quickly Ending

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Weekend temperatures will peak in the mid-70s this weekend after a wild week of rain, snow and even hail in parts of California. Meanwhile in Boston, there's record snowfall.

Zahi Hawass Talks 'Discovering Tutankhamun'

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The man responsible for the discovery of tombs of the Giza pyramid builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies will be in San Diego on Tuesday.

San Diego School Incorporates CrossFit Kids Into Curriculum

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A San Diego school is making sure students take health and physical activity seriously.

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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A San Diego author, war correspondent and former Marine gives a comprehensive and personal look at post-traumatic stress disorder in his new book.

Report: San Diego Classrooms Lack Technology To Prepare Students For Future

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How are San Diego County schools addressing the technology needs of students? A University of San Diego report finds they are falling short.

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