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Stories by Patty Lane

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.

Chula Vista Woman Signs Up For One-Way Ticket To Mars

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Have you ever looked up to the stars and wondered what it would be like to venture out into space or inhabit another planet? A Chula Vista woman may find out. She's one of 100 finalists vying for a one-way trip to Mars to colonize the planet.

Mayor Faulconer On Stadium Task Force, Assessing Roads

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday said his stadium task force is the kind of group that's needed to make headway on finding a home for the Chargers.

Obama's Immigration Policy On Hold — What's Next?

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President Barack Obama's plan for expanded deportation relief for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is on hold after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction.

Report: San Diegans Used More Water Despite Drought

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As California deals with one of the most severe droughts in state history, a new report finds San Diegans used more water last year than they did in each of the preceding four years.

Sports Psychologist Says Females Compete Differently Than Males

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Joan Steidinger, a sports psychologist, has written a book looking at how female athletes collaborate and compete. It may not only help athletes but also coaches, teammates and parents.

Travel And Adventure Show Comes To San Diego

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It's never too early to start thinking about vacation. This weekend the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show returns with 1,500 travel experts to help attendees plan their next trip.

Voice Of San Diego On Sempra's Fight With A Mexican Millionaire

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Voice of San Diego has done a three-part series on Mexican businessman José Susumo Azano Matsura, Sempra Energy and San Diego politics.

Personal Belief Exemptions For Vaccines Under Fire

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A "personal belief exemption" can be used by a parent to opt-out of vaccinating their school-aged child. But with a recent outbreak of measles in California, legislators are calling for their elimination.

KPBS's Ken Kramer Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ken Kramer will be inducted into the KPBS 2014 Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. KPBS talks to Kramer about his early days in radio and what's next.

The Arguments For and Against Net Neutrality

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Supporters of net neutrality say it's about keeping the Internet open, but opponents predict slower download speeds. We take a look at what it is and why you should care.

Members Of San Diego Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group Talk About Their Mission

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Two members of the stadium panel — former NFL executive Jim Steeg and chamber of commerce executive Aimee Faucett — talk about the group's mission.

Super Bowl XLIX Commercials: The Hits And Fumbles

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It's food, fun and football this weekend with the Super Bowl, but for many, it's all about those commercials. We take a look at what to expect on game day.

Faulconer To Announce Chargers Task Force Members This Week

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Mayor Faulconer said that the task force, or what he calls an "action group," will research the options available in creating a new stadium for the Chargers.

How Sleep Deprivation Can Affect Your Health

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So much technology but so little time — especially when it comes to getting an adequate amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a problem affecting adolescents, parents, couples and it can also affect your health.

Lawsuit Raises Questions About Race Relations In The San Diego Police Department

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We take a look at race relations within the San Diego Police Department following a lawsuit filed in connection with a racist cartoon shown during a training session.

Bachelor's Degrees Coming To MiraCosta, Mesa Colleges

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The two San Diego County community colleges were among 15 chosen in California to offer bachelor's degrees under a pilot program.

San Diegans Weigh In On State Right-To-Die Bill

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Three California lawmakers are promoting right-to-die legislation with the family of a terminally ill woman who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. San Diegans weigh in on both sides of the issue.

New Series Examines How Humans Interact With Earth

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"Earth A New Wild" is a five-part series from PBS that promises to show viewers a different side of nature.

New Book Looks At Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Dangerous Friendship'

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A new book looks at a little-known friendship between the civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and a white, Jewish businessman. Encinitas author Ben Kamin says this "Dangerous Friendship" threatened the civil-rights movement.

Salk Scientists Discover New Diet Pill

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A diet pill that may offer hope to the obese has been discovered by Salk scientists who said the pill works like an "imaginary meal."

Why San Diego County's Homeless Count Matters

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This year's annual count of homeless people in San Diego County comes at a time when various agencies and programs have set ambitious goals to end homelessness in the region.

Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions To Automobile Breakdowns

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A flat tire or overheated radiator can ruin your day. We'll tell you how to prevent your next car breakdown and offer some simple tips that may get your vehicle running.

San Diego Religious Leaders Discuss Violence In France

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An imam and a rabbi urged San Diegans to use the Paris shootings as an opportunity to educate the public on religion.

How To Prevent The Flu, Measles and Whooping Cough

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San Diego County officials reported the first two deaths in the region from the flu this season and are also warning of a potential exposure to measles at Parkway Plaza. KPBS talks to a Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center doctor about how to prevent these diseases.

How Are San Diego Farmers Complying With New Animal Cage Law?

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San Diego egg farmers have made state-of-the-art changes to their hen houses to comply with the new law, which requires veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens to have enough room to turn around and extend their limbs.

The Science Behind Changing Bad Habits

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Losing weight and quitting smoking lead the list of New Year's resolutions. But what does it take to break a bad habit? We look at what happens to the brain when setting a goal and offer some tips to help you succeed.

The Physics Of 'The Arrow Of Time'

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Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll joins us to discuss his recent book "The Particle at the End of the Universe."

San Diego Program Helps Fathers Parent Better

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A program designed to educate and support fathers is having a positive influence. We speak to a graduate of Father2Child and find out how the county-funded program works.

Ringing In New Year's Eve While Practicing Sobriety

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New Years Eve bring together friends and family for all types of celebrations. But for those dealing with an addiction those celebrations, especially where alcohol is served, can trigger memories that may make them vulnerable for relapse. We look at ways to have a happy, sober holiday season.

San Diego's Independent Booksellers Thrive In Shadow Of Online Retailers

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San Diego's independent booksellers are thriving, while larger brick-and-mortar book stores and retailers are losing out to online competitors.

Rep. Susan Davis Talks Border Crossing, Campus Sexual Assault

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Democratic Rep. Susan Davis easily won re-election in the 53rd District this November. She shares her thoughts about what the 113th Congress accomplished and what lies ahead for the 114th.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of 'The Princess Bride'

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Cary Elwes, who played Westley in cult classic film "The Princess Bride," has released a book with a behind-the-scenes look a the making of the film.

Ending Homelessness Among San Diego Veterans Remains A Challenge

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The number of homeless veterans in the U.S. has been cut by 33 percent since 2009 but the country is far from reaching its goal of ending chronic homelessness completely.

Finding A Healthy Balance When Choosing Technology For Kids

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Technology devices such as smart phones, iPads and video games are on the must-have list for many children this year. KPBS Midday looks at what's considered a safe and healthy amount of time for children to spend on these devices.

Tips On Finding The Right Pets For Your Family

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Staff from Helen Woodward Animal Center will also share tips on keeping your pets safe around the holidays.

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