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Stories by Patty Lane

Survey Of San Diego County Stores Shows Food Placement Matters

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A new survey looking at the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol, healthy and unhealthy food products in San Diego County finds some troubling trends.

20 Years Later: NAFTA's Impact on San Diego-Mexico Trade

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It's been 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement was put into place. We take a look at what it's done, what it hasn't and its future goals as talk of a Trans-Pacific Free Trade agreement picks up steam.

The Cost Of Attracting Companies To San Diego

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What does it take to attract and retain a business to our region? We take a look.

Ukraine Crisis Concerns San Diego Community

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As Russian troops demand the surrender of Ukraine's Crimea, San Diego's Ukrainian community is watching and waiting. We take a look at how this crisis is unfolding and what it means to local residents.

What's Next For San Diego Police Department After Lansdowne's Abrupt Retirement?

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San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday amid allegations of sexual misconduct in his department. We take a look at his retirement and what's next for the department.

Law Enforcement, Social Media And The Courts: San Diego Judge, Attorney Weigh In

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The personal and business use of social media is growing, but law enforcement agents are also using it to their advantage.

Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria Updates On Infrastructure To Police Audit

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As San Diego's new mayor, Kevin Faulconer, takes the oath of office next week, Todd Gloria joins us as interim mayor for the last time.

Gathering Of Great Minds: Creating San Diego's Salk Institute

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Dr. Jonas Salk is known for developing the vaccine that wiped out polio, but his contributions went far beyond that discovery. Salk had another great scientific mission: to create a research institute bringing together the best scientists in their field to unlock the mysteries of human biology.

SDSU Alum Behind "Sh*t My Dad Says" Talks New Sitcom On Campus

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Justin Halpern took the outrageous, profanity-laced observations from his dad about life, love and oddball self-esteem into gold.

San Diego Treatment Center To Assist Iraq/Afghan Veterans

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A first-of-its-kind residential rehabilitation center opened this week in San Diego. The focus is to treat newly returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are struggling with the invisible battle scars such as PTSD. Join us for a look at the Aspire Center.

IMAX Underwater Documentary Features San Diego Filmmakers

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San Diego is home to surf, sand and sun. So it's no surprise that some very talented underwater filmmakers call San Diego home as well.

Fukushima Fallout: San Diego State Researchers Monitoring Sea Kelp for Radiation Exposure

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SDSU researchers are taking part in a Project Kelp Watch 2014 - a program where 50 scientists will monitor sea kelp off our coast - to determine if radiation exposure has reached our coastline.

San Diego Museum Hosts Only Documented Pirate Treasure Ever Discovered

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It's not all puffy shirts and parrots — a treasure chest of pirate artifacts is now on display at the San Diego Natural History Museum. It's the only documented pirate treasure ever found.

Drought Prompts Call For Voluntary Water Restrictions In San Diego County

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In light of the recently declared drought in California, local and county officials are calling for residents to conserve.

Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference

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Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you. Teaching mindfulness in the classroom is the focus of a conference being sponsored by UC San Diego School of Medicine this week. It looks at how mindfulness can help with everything from pain and stress management to ADHD.

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.

Renowned Fiber Artist And Fantasy Novelist In San Diego To Teach Storytelling

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The newest genre in fiction writing is using crafts in storytelling. A renowned fiber artist is using her love of yarns to launch a trilogy of fantasy books based in needlework.

Proposal: Monitoring Foreign Flight Students In San Diego

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week takes up an ordinance that would put into place new restrictions to flight schools in our region who train foreign nationals. We take a look at those backing the proposal that's opposed by pilot groups, flight schools and instructors.

San Diego Profits From Super Bowl

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While the Super Bowl is a win-win for the host-city economically, many San Diego businesses are seeing financial gains from the game. KPBS Midday takes a look.

San Diego Exhibit Puts Women Empowerment On Display

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A new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man features the works of 10 women-led artisan projects from around the world. The exhibit shows how the power of women working together can transform lives

San Diego interim Mayor Todd Gloria's City Hall Update

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Todd Gloria joins us for his last update on city business as San Diego interim mayor.

Obese While Pregnant — San Diego Programs Promote Healthy Birth

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More than one-third of women in the U.S. are obese and more than half of pregnant women are overweight or obese which puts them at an increased risk for pregnancy complications.

ID Theft Concern For Consumers As Security Breach Expands Beyond Target

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With news that six more retailers across the U.S. have been infected by the same malicious software that stole data from Target — consumers become more worried about identity theft.

San Diego's Connection To Junipero Serra

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When Junipero Serra died at the age of 71, he had traveled more than 14,000 miles on land and sea through the New World and confirmed 6,000 Indians. The new book, "Journey to the Sun" outlines his journey. Author Gregory Orfalea joins us.

A Life Of Pain And Hope — Former San Diego Foster Care Children Speak Out

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Giving foster care children something to hold onto — that's what a local group says their CASA program offers children. These CASA's or court-appointed special advocates, are volunteers who represent the interests of children in foster care. Now, some of those grown-up children are speaking out about how their CASA made a positive impact on their lives.

San Diego Filmmakers Document Our Ties To The Ocean

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A documentary produced by San Diego filmmakers looks at what the ocean means to people from all walks of life. "What The Sea Gives Me" is comprised of candid interviews of some of the ocean's ambassadors who thrive under the most extreme water conditions.

Year In Review 2013: Top San Diego Arts & Culture Stories

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KPBS arts and culture reporter Angela Carone looks back on one of the biggest stories of the year: The opening of the new central library in downtown San Diego.

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Family In San Diego?

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A new cost-calculating tool provides detailed estimates of family budgets in each of California's 58 counties.

Post-Christmas Sales in San Diego Try To Lure In Bargain-Loving Shoppers

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Department stores and retailers of all kinds in San Diego are hoping their Christmas season isn't over yet as sales try to lure consumers who weren't too eager to part with cash during the pre-Christmas season.

For Homeless In San Diego, Holidays Can Be Loneliest Time of Year

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The holidays for many families mean reconnecting and celebrating. But for San Diegans who are homeless, it can be the loneliest time of the year. We get an update on homelessness in San Diego and how you can help.

Year In Review 2013: San Onofre Power Plant Shutdown

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In June, about 18 months after a radioactive leak took the San Onofre Power Plant offline, the plant's operator announced the reactor would shut down permanently. Now the debate is over who will pick up the tab, where replacement power will come from and what will happen to the radioactive waste left on site.

Year In Review 2013: The 'alternative vaccine schedules' trend

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More kindergarteners than ever in San Diego County were not fully vaccinated when they started school in fall 2012.

San Diego Innocence Project Calls For Clemency For "California 12"

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Family, friends, students, activists and exonerees marched to the state Capitol in Sacramento on Friday. They're calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to grant clemency to a group of inmates known as the "California 12."

From "Cronut" To "Selfie," NYT's 2013 Words Of The Year

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Phrases that became part of San Diego's public lexicon this year included "Filner headlock and "Filner dance." We take a look at the top words/phrases of the year with A Way With Words co-host, Grant Barrett. He tells us what made his New York Times list.

From Barrio Logan To San Diego's Economy, An Update From Interim Mayor Todd Gloria

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The Barrio Logan plan heads to the ballot, and San Diego pays out $98,000 in legal fees for its former mayor. We get an update on city business from Interim Mayor Todd Gloria.

Judge Hears Case Involving San Diego County Water Authority

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It's been a long time coming, but San Diego's claims that it has been overcharged for water transport fees are being heard this week in a San Francisco courtroom.

Help For San Diegans Dealing With Holiday Stress

While the holidays can be a joyous time for many, it can also be stressful, especially if you have overcommitted yourself with tasks or perhaps are dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Escondido Golf Course Fate To Be Decided By Property Rights Case

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A battle over property rights in Escondido is headed to court. The case involves the defunct Escondido Country Club golf course and the city of Escondido. The golf course owner wants to develop the property; the city has designated it open space.

Holiday Safety Tips: Avoiding Hazards And Illness

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With children and older adults visiting, a loose carpet or small item that can be swallowed can mean a trip to the emergency room. We have some tips from an ER physician and San Diego's fire marshal.

San Diego Discussion On Military Use Of Drones And Unintended Casualties

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On Human Rights Watch Day, we take a look at the use of military drones in warfare, and the unintended casualties: civilians.

San Diego Study: Acupuncture Effective For Pain Management In Children After Tonsillectomy

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A new study by a San Diego pediatric surgeon finds acupuncture is effective for pain management in children post-op tonsillectomy. Codeine was often used for pain relief after this surgery until it was banned by the FDA earlier this year because of the risk of death.

San Diego Businesses Join Fight Against Distracted Driving

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It's against the law in California to drive while talking on the phone or text, but many are still doing so, which increases the risk of a collision four-fold. A UC San Diego campaign is targeting businesses to get the word out to employees about the risks.

San Diego Professor Discusses Warning Signs For Communication Difficulties In Children

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After a poll finds many caregivers are missing the warnings signs, a new campaign underway aims to educate them about identifying the signs of a communication disorder in children.

Will San Diegans Spend Cyber Monday Shopping?

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The rat-a-tat-tat of keyboards will be clicking all day as Cyber Monday gets into full swing. Those who dislike packed malls and parking lots will be taking advantage of sales from behind their desktops, tablets and smartphones.

Award-Winning Chefs Offer San Diegans Tips For A Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

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It's become an annual tradition at KPBS Midday and Evening editions: turkey talk! This Thanksgiving Eve, we're taking your questions on how to prepare a dinner that will make them coming back for more. Call in at 1-888-895-5727 at 12:15 p.m.

San Diego Transfers Low-Level Prisoners To Help Fight Wildfires

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San Diego County's program to transfer low-level offenders to state-run fire camps is underway.

San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria Update On City Business

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From water rate hikes to Barrio Logan to the mayors race, San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria joins us with his monthly update on the business of the city.

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.

'Talent Wants To Be Free' — A Look At Innovation In The Workplace

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Many businesses require employment contracts and non-compete clauses to protect their intellectual properties. But a new book suggests doing so restricts creativity of workers and hurts innovation.

Public Hearing Set For San Diego's Proposed Water Rate Hikes

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San Diego's water rates have gone up dramatically in the past decade and water officials predict increases are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.