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Stories by Patty Lane

Congressman Scott Peters Discusses Syria, Immigration, Sequestration

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With congress in recess, we're sitting down to talk with each member of San Diego's congressional delegation. Congressman Scott Peters shares his thoughts on everything from Syria to to balancing the federal budget.

San Diego Tech Company Designs A Smaller, Portable Nuclear Reactor

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The San Diego company General Atomics is pushing to develop a portable nuclear reactor.

Congressman Juan Vargas On Syria, Immigration and Filner

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Syria is in the news as the White House reports the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own citizens. We're joined by Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) for his take on Syria, immigration, jobs in the Imperial County and the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner.

March On Washington — The Civil Rights Movement In San Diego

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On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we take a look at the civil rights movement in San Diego.

Rep. Susan Davis On Syria, Sequestration And The Resignation Of Mayor Bob Filner

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Democratic Representative Susan Davis, of San Diego's 53rd District discusses issues ranging from Syria to the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner.

Mayor Filner Resigns — What's Next For San Diego?

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On Friday Mayor Bob Filner officially leaves office and San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria steps in as interim mayor. What does this mean for the city? We also hear from City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to breakdown the deal between the city and the mayor.

How Might Mediation Work In Filner's Case?

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To resolve the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Irene McCormack Jackson against Mayor Bob Filner, the parties turned to mediation. The process is gaining in popularity relative to the lengthy court process. How might it work in this case?

Women's Group Uses Mayoral Scandal As Awareness Campaign Catalyst

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Organizers of an impromptu series of programs beginning this weekend are trying to seize the moment. They want to use San Diego's current focus on sexual harassment to open a wider discussion about women and violence. We'll tell you about the "No More Excuses. Stop It Now!" campaign.

Race Relations Today: From Little Rock Nine To Trayvon Martin

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He was one of the nine teens who desegregated Central High School in 1957; Dr. Terrence Roberts joins us to look at race relations in America today.

Supporting A Politician Through Scandal

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A recent poll finds more than 70 percent of San Diegans want Mayor Bob Filner to resign. How do people make up their minds about whether to stick with a politician or not?

Prevention, Treatment Of Injuries In School Sports

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While families are stocking up on back-to-school supplies and preparing for new school schedules, there's another seasonal start up that shouldn't be overlooked. School sports. We take a look at what parents and students need to know about safety.

Benefits, Risks And Ethical Concerns Of Drones

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Drones and other Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are a new technology that some are embracing. But others have concerns about privacy issues and how UAVs will be used and regulated. We take a look.

San Diegan Finds Passion For Comedy After Losing Sight

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Psychologists tell us laughter can relieve tension, stress and, according to the old adage, it can also be the best medicine. We'll talk to a local man who turned to comedy to deal with challenges.

Intelligence Prompts U.S. Warning About Potential al Qaeda Terrorist Attacks

We discuss what prompted U.S. officials to issue a worldwide travel advisory warning Americans of the potential for terrorist attacks. Congressman Scott Peters joins us by phone from Israel and in studio, we'll hear from an expert on the Middle East and terrorism.

Former San Diego COO: Mayor's Office Canceled Harassment Training

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San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith joins us for the latest on the sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Filner's private attorney is arguing that his client's legal bills should be paid by the city because it failed to provide him with sexual harassment training, but a new report claims the mayor's office canceled multiple new employee and management training sessions in his first months of office.

What's Next For Wikileaks Espionage Case?

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Army Private Bradley Manning was found not guilty on charges of aiding the enemy, but guilty on other espionage charges. Manning acknowledged he gave more than 700 classified military documents to WikiLeaks. We take a look at what's next and if this case will affect the case of Edward Snowden.

Filner's Chief Of Staff: City Running At 'Highest Level Of Integrity'

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Burdick spoke Tuesday to the Rachel Maddow Show about a recently adopted rule that the mayor is no longer allowed to meet alone with women and whether Mayor Filner is able to govern the city in light of sexual harassment allegations.

"Think Local First" Campaign Pushes To Keep Sales Tax Revenue In Local Communities

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A new initiative called "Think Local First" encourages people to hire, purchase and contract services locally to keep sales tax revenues in San Diego County. We'll look at how it works.

Inpatient Treatment For SD Mayor Filner Amid Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

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After allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is seeking help. He announced Friday he will be entering a behavioral council clinic where he will undergo two weeks of intensive therapy to address his behavior. We take a look at behavioral therapy and inpatient treatment.

Impact Of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Mayor, City

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A former city employee alleges sexual harassment and files a lawsuit against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. We take a look at the impact on the city and what's next.

The Privacy Risks Of Some Health And Fitness Apps

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Before you start putting important health data into your phone app, you will want to hear about a new study that finds some of that information may be used for purposes you never sanctioned.

As Many As 800 State Prisoners May Be Heading To San Diego County

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We have the county's top law enforcement officials joining us to discuss the latest round of prison realignment with news that as many as 800 inmates may be released from state custody to county custody. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins weigh in with their concerns as we learn some of these prisoners may have been violent or sex offenders.

Instant Justice Offers Alternative Sentencing For Offenders

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Open containers, consuming alcohol in public and littering on the beach are offenses that qualify for "Instant Justice," an alternative sentencing for offenders.

Officials To Focus On Enforcement Of Underage Drinking, Social Host Ordinances This Weekend

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There will be many gatherings for backyard barbecues this Fourth of July weekend, but in addition to watching for drinking and driving, law officers will also be enforcing social host ordinances.

SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten's First Day On The Job

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San Diego's largest school district welcomes its new superintendent today. Cindy Marten, a former principal at Central Elementary School in City Heights is the new superintendent at San Diego Unified School District.

San Diego Unified's Bill Kowba Retires

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SDUSD Superintendent Bill Kowba retires after seven years with the district, the last three as superintendent. He tells KPBS about bringing the district through some tough economic times and what he hopes for the incoming superintendent.

More San Diegans Commit To Water-Efficient Lifestyle

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Conservation efforts in San Diego County are paying off. Since past drought conditions, many residents have continued water efficiency. Per-capita water use fell roughly 30 percent between 2007 and 2012 and many local residents continue to live a water-efficient lifestyle.

Program Helps Former Inmates Reintegrate Into Society

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Being released from prison is the first step to reintegrating back into society. A local nonprofit is helping former inmates navigate through the services available to them and offering one-on-one mentoring.

Plans Announced For 2015 Balboa Park Centennial

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The group behind the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial said the yearlong celebration will be anchored around four major shows in the hopes of drawing international attention to San Diego. The centennial celebrates the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

United Way: San Diego Families Struggling To Make Ends Meet

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The United Way has compiled some hard facts about what families and individuals are dealing with when it comes to paying bills, getting transportation and taking care of their kids.

Scripps: Black Carbon Levels Linked To Climate Change Declining

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A new climate study led by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography finds reduced black carbon emissions that come mostly from diesel engines.

Stem Cell Research In San Diego Uses Patient's Own Cells

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Research in San Diego could led to helping patients with Parkinson's Disease using non-embryonic stem cells. And a grassroots volunteer fundraising organization to help fund stem cell research has been started by eight patients.

San Onofre: Shutting Down A Nuclear Power Plant

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With the announcement that Southern California Edison will shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station for good, attention now turns to the cost of decommissioning and disposal of nuclear waste.

From Garden To Plate: Summer Camp At Suzie's Farm

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Many San Diego-area children are headed to summer camp during their break from studies. At Suzie's Farm, they'll be getting their hands dirty taking food from the garden to their plates.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Discusses TMD, City Unions, Revised Budget & La Jolla Cove

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Do you have a question for Mayor Bob Filner? He joins KPBS Midday Edition today at noon to discuss the Tourism Marketing District controversy, the five-year agreement with city unions, revised budget and cleaning up La Jolla cove.

Immigration Reform - The Debate Continues

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The Immigration Reform bill moves to the Senate floor for a vote next month, but even if it passes in the Senate, there are doubts about its chances in the House. A rally in support will be held in San Diego tonight.

Cyber Security Expert - Increased Hacking And Personal Security

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As news breaks that American weapons systems were compromised by hackers - we take a look at personal and national vulnerabilities with cyber security expert Jim Stickley.

Pool Safety Tips: Report Finds Most Child Drownings Occur In Backyard Pools

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Summer is all about family, friends, barbecues and pool parties. But that fun sometimes turns tragic when a child is involved in a drowning. A new report finds most child drownings occur in backyards.

San Diego Charity Turns The Catch Of The Day Over To City's Needy

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A local sports fisherman has found a way to help feed San Diego's hungry. Fish. Food. Feel Good. collects donated fish from sports fishermen and distributes them to local charities that feed the area's seniors, poor and homeless.

San Diego Schools Honored For Pledge To Technology In The Classroom

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Technology is changing fast and schools are doing their best to keep up. We take a look at what's going on in San Diego's schools to help advance learning with the use of technology.

Survey Shows Majority Of Experts Agree Humans Are Cause Of Climate Change

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Public opinion on climate change may still be divided but a new survey finds climate experts agree on the cause. They point to humans as the problem behind global warming. That validates research done nearly a decade ago by a University of California, San Diego professor who says the science has always backed up the effects of climate change.

Clearing The Air About Marijuana Use Among San Diego Teens

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A forum tonight will address the impacts of chronic marijuana use among San Diego County youth. We take a look at how many teens are using marijuana, at what age and what effects it can have on academics.

Former Freddie Mac Chief Economist Says Housing Finance Model Can Be Found Outside The U.S.

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What to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: that's the focus of housing finance reform. Dr. Michael Lea, director of SDSU's Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate, was Freddie Mac's chief economist in the 1980s. Next month, he heads to Washington where he'll testify on housing finance reform and, more specifically, what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Has The Job Market Rebounded For San Diego's 2013 College Grads?

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As the 2013 college grads get ready to grab their diplomas, many will also be hitting the streets in search of that perfect job. What does the job market hold for new grads in light of the economic downturn of the past few years? We take a look.

San Diego County's Proposed $5 Billion Budget Goes Before The Public

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San Diego's County Board of Supervisors voted to begin public hearings on a proposed $5 billion budget for the next fiscal year. We break it down with Supervisor Greg Cox.

Rare A.R. Gurrey Jr. Surfing Book: 'The Surf Riders of Hawaii' Up for Auction

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A rare find documenting a piece of early surfing history goes up for auction this week in Orange County. The newly found hand-made surfing book by A.R. Gurrey Jr. is considered to be the first book on surfing and Gurrey the first true surf photographer.

Mood Watch App - Track Your Mood Disorder

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One of the ways to get a handle on bipolar disorder and other severe mood swings is to keep a record of what's going on in your life. A San Diego woman has created an app to help those with mood disorders track how they're feeling and share the results with their doctor of therapist.

Privacy Rights vs. Employee Tracking

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From video cameras to GPS to reading emails and social media accounts — how much tracking is too much by your employer? When does monitoring employees for productivity cross over an employees right to privacy?

Prospero's Son: Local Author Writes Of Life, Books, Love And Theater

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UC San Diego Arts and Humanities dean discusses his memoir "Prospero's Son," a story about his family, its secrets and finding resolution.

San Diego's Lowrider History Documented

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A new documentary focuses on San Diego's low riding history and its contribution. Everything Comes from the Streets highlights the voices of pioneers in the movement and how its influence led to the establishment of Chicano Park. The film premiers Sunday at Sweetwater High School.