Stories by Patty Lane
Voice of San Diego has done a three-part series on Mexican businessman José Susumo Azano Matsura, Sempra Energy and San Diego politics.
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.
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.
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.
Two members of the stadium panel — former NFL executive Jim Steeg and chamber of commerce executive Aimee Faucett — talk about the group's mission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The two San Diego County community colleges were among 15 chosen in California to offer bachelor's degrees under a pilot program.
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.
"Earth A New Wild" is a five-part series from PBS that promises to show viewers a different side of nature.
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.
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."
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.
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.
An imam and a rabbi urged San Diegans to use the Paris shootings as an opportunity to educate the public on religion.
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.
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.
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.
Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll joins us to discuss his recent book "The Particle at the End of the Universe."
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.
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 are thriving, while larger brick-and-mortar book stores and retailers are losing out to online competitors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Staff from Helen Woodward Animal Center will also share tips on keeping your pets safe around the holidays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is celebrated as the day to buy local with pro-small-business campaign underway around the county.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before the Czech Philharmonic performs in San Diego tonight, hear a live Midday Edition performance from concert master principle and first violinist Josef Spachek.
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.
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.
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.
New York Times best-selling author Wallace J. Nichols joined KPBS to discuss his book, "Blue Mind," and how science can peg our love of water.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Monday to talk about water restrictions and police pay.
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?