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Stories by Patty Lane

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

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

Feb. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Personal Belief Exemptions For Vaccines Under Fire

Feb. 10
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

KPBS's Ken Kramer Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Feb. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

The Arguments For and Against Net Neutrality

Feb. 5
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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 Th...

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

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Super Bowl XLIX Commercials: The Hits And Fumbles

Jan. 30
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Faulconer To Announce Chargers Task Force Members This Week

Jan. 28
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

How Sleep Deprivation Can Affect Your Health

Jan. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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 Poli...

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

Jan. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Bachelor's Degrees Coming To MiraCosta, Mesa Colleges

Jan. 22
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

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

Jan. 21
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico and Associated Press

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

New Series Examines How Humans Interact With Earth

Jan. 20
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

"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'

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

Jan. 19
By Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

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

Salk Scientists Discover New Diet Pill

Jan. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Why San Diego County's Homeless Count Matters

Jan. 13
By Alison St John, Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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

Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions To Automobile Breakdowns

Jan. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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

San Diego Religious Leaders Discuss Violence In France

Jan. 9
By Hoa Quach, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

How To Prevent The Flu, Measles and Whooping Cough

Jan. 8
By Kenny Goldberg, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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?

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

Jan. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

The Science Behind Changing Bad Habits

Jan. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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'

The Physics Of 'The Arrow Of Time'

Jan. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

San Diego Program Helps Fathers Parent Better

Jan. 2
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Ringing In New Year's Eve While Practicing Sobriety

Dec. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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 Reta...

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

Dec. 22
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

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

Rep. Susan Davis Talks Border Crossing, Campus Sexual Assault

Dec. 22
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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 B...

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

Dec. 18
By Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

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

Ending Homelessness Among San Diego Veterans Remains A Challenge

Dec. 17
By Alison St John, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Finding A Healthy Balance When Choosing Technology For Kids

Dec. 16
By Hoa Quach, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Tips On Finding The Right Pets For Your Family

Dec. 15
By Alison St John, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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, Se...

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

Dec. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

California Professor Of The Year Is From USD

Dec. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Affordable Care Act: Deadlines And 2015 Changes

Dec. 5
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane

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

Del Mar Race Track Assesses New Fall Races

Dec. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

FDA: Calorie Count To Help Americans Make Better Food Choices

Nov. 28
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane

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

'Small Business Saturday' Keeps Money In The Local Economy

Nov. 28
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane

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

Talking Turkey With Chef Bernard Guillas

Nov. 26
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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?

Is Thanksgiving The New Black Friday?

Nov. 25
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Water Recycling, More

Nov. 24
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

Women Speak Out Against Honor Violence

Nov. 19
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

Avoiding Holiday Cyberscams

Nov. 18
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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 H...

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

Nov. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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?

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

Nov. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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 ...

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

Nov. 10
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tarryn Mento, Tom Fudge

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

Czech Philharmonic Visits San Diego

Nov. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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

Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account From The Chief Engineer

Nov. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Will San Diegans Turn Out At The Polls Tuesday? Maybe

Nov. 3
By Erik Anderson, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Court Rules Against San Diego County Climate Action Plan

Oct. 30
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Quinn Owen, Tom Fudge

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

The Science Behind Our Love For Water

Oct. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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 Faulconer On Climate Action Plan, Water Restrictions

San Diego Mayor Faulconer On Climate Action Plan, Water Restrictions

Oct. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

Where Does California's Death Penalty Stand?

Where Does California's Death Penalty Stand?

Oct. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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?