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Stories by Patty Lane

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.

The Best Words And Phrases Of 2014: Cloud-Chasing, Lumbersexual, Selfie-Stick

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From cloud-chasing to Ebola and to lumbersexual we take a look at the words and phrases that were hits in 2014. Grant Barrett of "A Way With Words" joins us with his list of the top words for the year.

California Professor Of The Year Is From USD

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A University of San Diego chemistry professor has been named 2014 California Professor of the Year. Mitch Malachowski is being recogonized for promoting hands-on teaching by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Affordable Care Act: Deadlines And 2015 Changes

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There are some open enrollment deadlines approaching for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. We have information on deadlines and changes you should be aware of for 2015.

Del Mar Race Track Assesses New Fall Races

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This year, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club held a fall race season. It ended Sunday after a weekend that brought Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, California Chrome, to the race track.

FDA: Calorie Count To Help Americans Make Better Food Choices

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People in the U.S. spend more than 50 percent of their paychecks on dining out. New rules announced by the FDA could make it easier to track those calories.

'Small Business Saturday' Keeps Money In The Local Economy

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The Saturday after Thanksgiving is celebrated as the day to buy local with pro-small-business campaign underway around the county.

Talking Turkey With Chef Bernard Guillas

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Are you still defrosting your turkey? Wondering if you should cook your stuffing in or outside the bird? Don't panic. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas has answers.

Is Thanksgiving The New Black Friday?

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Black Friday for many large retailers now begins on Thanksgiving Day instead of the day after. We take a look at the strategies behind the move and whether it could mean a big payday or backlash.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Water Recycling, More

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined us for his monthly update on the business of the city, looking at everything from police retention to water recycling.

Women Speak Out Against Honor Violence

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International women rights activists are in San Diego for the 2014 Women Peacemakers Conference underway at the University of San Diego. We hear from two experts on "honor violence" being committed against women and girls worldwide and find out how the rise in extremism is linked to violence against women.

Avoiding Holiday Cyberscams

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This time last year a major credit card breach was being uncovered at Target stores and consumers learned just how vulnerable they are to cybercriminals. We take a look at cyberscams as many begin their online holiday shopping.

San Diego Woman Recognized For Program Teaching Autistic Children How To Swim

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Drowning is among the leading causes of death for autistic children and one San Diego woman is helping teach them skills that could help save their lives. Tammy Anderson-Lee is being honored for developing a swimming program for children with autism at her swimming school.

Drought Led To Assyrian Empire's Fall — Are There Similarities Today?

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A new study led by a UC San Diego researcher links drought and overpopulation with the demise of the Assyrian empire. As California deals with its own drought, we ask whether ancient mistakes can serve as lessons today.

Addressing SDPD's Retention Problem Begins With More Pay, Officers Say

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After a city-funded statewide salary survey showed the pay of police officers in San Diego ranks near the bottom, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he is "committed" to finding a solution.

Czech Philharmonic Visits San Diego

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Before the Czech Philharmonic performs in San Diego tonight, hear a live Midday Edition performance from concert master principle and first violinist Josef Spachek.

Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account From The Chief Engineer

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The man who led the Mars rover "Curiosity" mission joins us to discuss the challenges of getting an unmanned robot on the surface of another planet and what we're learning from its mission.

Will San Diegans Turn Out At The Polls Tuesday? Maybe

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Midterm elections don't always get voters excited, and that may be the case in San Diego County, too. A study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research predicts a turnout of 34 percent to 38 percent.

Court Rules Against San Diego County Climate Action Plan

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San Diego County will need to revise its Climate Action Plan after an appellate court ruled in favor of the Sierra Club, stating the plan "does not ensure reductions" of greenhouse gas emissions. We look at what's next.

The Science Behind Our Love For Water

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New York Times best-selling author Wallace J. Nichols joins KPBS to discuss his book, "Blue Mind," and how science can peg our love of water.

San Diego Mayor Faulconer On Climate Action Plan, Water Restrictions

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Monday to talk about water restrictions and police pay.

Where Does California's Death Penalty Stand?

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The U.S. Supreme Court will consider reinstating the death penalty of a San Diego man found guilty in a triple murder in 1985. But just this summer a federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. So where does the state death penalty stand?

Are California Hospitals Prepared For Ebola?

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Some local nurses are concerned that hospitals aren't prepared for an infectious disease such as Ebola, and Tuesday the state's largest nurses union met with Gov. Jerry Brown to call for better preparation and training.

Carmel Valley Mixed-Use Project Heads To City Council

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Developers call their planned mixed-used development in Carmel Valley "smart growth," but some community members say it's not a good fit for the neighborhood.

Pros And Cons Of California's Prop. 47

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Former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is co-author of Proposition 47, which would reduce some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors. But others in law enforcement have concerns about "unintended consequences" of the measure.

Shaken Or Stirred? A Look At the Science Behind Cocktails

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An event at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center this week explores the science behind your favorite cocktail.

Baja California's Culinary Boom Reaches Beyond Borders

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There is a culinary boom going on in Baja California that's being experienced on both sides of the border. We take a look at the impact and how chefs will face off this week at the Tijuana Innovadora conference.

Third Edition Of 'Innovadora' Event Showcases Best Of Tijuana And Beyond

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Tijuana Innovadora, will focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and binational economies. The biennial conference features 200-plus speakers, exhibits, workshops and special events about technology, food and fashion.

King Tut Exhibit Arrives In San Diego

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The Discovery of King Tut exhibit opened this weekend at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The exhibition recreates the fascinating empire on the Nile using state-of-the art technology.

San Diego's Love For Its 'Little Italy'

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San Diego's Little Italy is the go-to destination for visitors and locals alike who are looking for great things to eat. KPBS Midday Edition looks at a new book that highlights Little Italy's past and present by San Diegan Maria Desiderata Montana.

Domestic Violence Behind 20% of San Diego County Homicides in 2013

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One in five homicides in San Diego County in 2013 were the result of domestic violence. KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at the study and what resources are available for victims in San Diego County.

Balancing Housing Density And Community Character In San Diego

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Terms like "smart growth" and "housing density" can be hot buttons for residents who don't want added homes and increased transit. But with San Diego's population increasing - how do you balance housing growth and retain community character?

What Impact Will California Plastic Bag Ban Have On Businesses, Consumers?

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California became the first state to impose the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags this week. We take a look at what impact the law might have on consumers, retailers.

Mayor Faulconer On Terrorism, Services For Homeless

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In his monthly update on the business of the city, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer tackled a number of topics ranging from terrorism to services for the homeless on KPBS Midday Monday.

San Diego County Sees Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

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San Diego County is in line with national numbers showing the number of homeless students enrolled in public school is on the rise. There are 20,000 homeless students in San Diego County.

The Race To Contain The Ebola Outbreak

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Sierra Leone's weekend lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak is being called a success with the discover of 150 new cases. What will it take to stop the spread and treat those infected? Are we any closer to a vaccine?

Report: Poverty Rate In San Diego Increases

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New census data highlights some disturbing trends, like how 1 in 5 children in San Diego are living in poverty.

San Diegans Rally For Change: People's Climate March

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Worldwide demonstrations known as the "People's Climate March" are planned for this weekend ahead of world leaders gathering at the U.N. for a climate summit. The march is based in New York, but an event is planned in San Diego.

'Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, And Autism'

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A book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind details his family's 20-year struggle with their youngest son's autism — and how his obsession to Disney movies opened his world and is helping others.

Zero Tolerance Policies' Impact On School-To-Prison Pipeline

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KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at how "zero-tolerance" policies in schools might be contributing to the crowding of juvenile detention facilities.

Has San Diego Recovered From Lehman Brothers Collapse?

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On Sept. 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy marking the beginning of public awareness the U.S. financial structure was at serious risk. Six years later, KPBS Midday Edition asks has San Diego County recovered from the financial fallout?

Prostate Cancer: What You Need To Know

Recently, San Diego Bishop Cirilo Flores died of prostate cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we take a look at testing, diagnosis and treatment options available.

Prop H: Escondido Golf Course Dispute To Be Decided By Voters

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Escondido voters will decide the fate of the Escondido Country Club property when they head to the polls in November.

Preparing For Disaster: Earthquake, Wildfire, Terrorist Threat

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Are you prepared for the next big earthquake or wildfire? What do you do if you see suspicious activity that might be terrorist-related? The Federal Emergency Management Agency and San Diego Fire join KPBS Midday with some safety tips.

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

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A settlement deal on the costs of the San Onofre shutdown, approved by the utilities and three consumer advocate groups - must now be changed. What's the cost to consumers?

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