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Stories by Patty Lane

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 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.

SANDAG: San Diego County Arrests Have Decreased Along With Public Safety Spending

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A new SANDAG study finds that as public safety budgets decrease, the number of arrests in the county have dropped as well.

UCSD Students Presenting Latest Ocean Research At UN Climate Conference

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Ten UC San Diego graduate students are presenting the latest ocean research before delegates at a major international climate change conference underway in Warsaw, Poland.

Vapor Vs. Smoke: A Look At The E-Cigarette Craze In San Diego

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E-cigarettes claim to pose fewer health risks than cigarettes, but some San Diego cities disagree.

Addiction, Unemployment, PTSD: Challenges Facing San Diego Veterans

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On Veterans Day, KPBS honors our military members and looks at some of the issues facing San Diego's veteran population.

Breaking Down San Diego's Proposed Zero Waste Initiative

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A proposal before the San Diego City Council is calling for zero waste by 2040. We take a look at the plan to recycle, reuse and compost.

Hidden Letters: Keeping Alive The Message Of The Holocaust

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Discovered in Amsterdam in 1997, a batch of 1940s letters show communication between a teen Dutch Jew working in a labor camp and his parents, revealing life of Dutch Jews in Holland during the Nazi terror in Europe in the 1940s.

Nonprofit Offers Support For San Diego Military Caregivers

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San Diego is home to the largest concentration of veterans in the country and the effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has left many to deal with life-altering injuries. Many spouses and family members find themselves overwhelmed and alone in a role they've never played before: caregiver.

Education, Colonization And The Law: Native American History In San Diego

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Thanksgiving was one of the few bright spots in the history of whites and Native Americans in America. We discuss education, colonization and the law in Native American history and how that played out in San Diego County.

Which City In San Diego County Is The Most Walkable?

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The San Diego Regional Walk Scorecard is out: How does your city stack up? We take a look at the county's most walkable cities and why it matters.

San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria With An Update On City Business

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San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria gives an update on the business of the city, from the proposed infrastructure bond — to plastic bags.

Marshal South: An Experiment Of Primitive Life In The San Diego Desert

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In 1930, writer Marshal South and his wife moved to a mountaintop for a life of isolation and naturalism, documenting their experiences while raising three children in the desert.

Cleaning Up San Diego's C Street Corridor

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Downtown San Diego planners are prioritizing C Street as an area that needs revamping downtown. It's part of a 20-year plan called Imagine San Diego.

Shakespeare Meets Buckley In 'The Last Goodbye'

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A new adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, now playing at the Old Globe, is likely to appeal to a new generation. The production of "The Last Goodbye" is set to the music of rock icon Jeff Buckley.

San Diego Museum Of Art Explores How Women During Wartime Influenced Industrialization

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An exhibition launching this weekend at the San Diego Museum of Art explores how women during wartime influenced industrialization.

No Jail Time, No Vote, No Pension: Inside Bob Filner's Plea Deal

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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pleaded guilty to three criminal charges in a plea agreement that will keep him from serving time in jail. We take a look at how plea agreements are reached and who benefits.

Valerie Plame: From Real Life Covert CIA Operative To Writing Fiction

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Valerie Plame became a household name back in 2003 when it was revealed she was a covert CIA operative and left the agency. Now she's channeling her experiences into a spy thriller "Blowback." We find out why she's turned to fiction and what it was like being a female in the CIA.

Crucial Vote Coming Up On San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan

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The California Coastal Commission will decide if it moves forward, but an attorney for two local organizations says the price tag is higher than the figure given for the project.

10 Years After Cedar Fire: Lessons Learned And Stories Of Survival

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From Ramona to Escondido, Mt. Laguna to Julian, Lakeside to Scripps Ranch, the blaze was responsible for 15 deaths and the destruction of more than 2,200 homes. We take a look at those who survived the blaze and lessons learned.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Head Back To Court

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We take a look at some of the most watched Supreme Court cases this year, from labor unions to copyright law.