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Stories by Peggy Pico

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

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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.

How Your Smartphone Is Changing Modern Medicine

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Eric Topol is out with a book outlining the cutting-edge technology of digital medicine. The book is called "The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands."

Bachelor's Degrees Coming To MiraCosta, Mesa Colleges

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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

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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

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"Earth A New Wild" is a five-part series from PBS that promises to show viewers a different side of nature.

The Value Of The Colorado River In Dollars And Cents

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The Colorado River generates $1.4 trillion in economic activity — making the shrinking water levels an economic issue for California.

San Diego Natural History Museum Opens 'Coast to Cactus' Exhibit

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Coast to Cactus is a new permanent exhibition focusing on the region's biodiversity. It's a part of the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration

San Diego Religious Leaders Discuss Violence In France

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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

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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 Repertory Theatre Presents World Premier Production Of 'Steal Heaven'

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"Steal Heaven," by playwright Herbert Singuenza, centers on the life and times of the late activist Abbie Hoffman. It runs through Jan. 25 at the Lyceum Theatre.

'San Diego's Historic Places' Looks Back To 1915 Expo

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The KPBS-TV series "San Diego's Historic Places" is devoting a whole six-part series to the evolution of Balboa Park.

San Diegans On Targeting Journalists

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A journalism professor, a cartoonist and a newspaper editor react to the Paris shooting that left 12 people dead.

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

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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

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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.

San Diego County's Meth Problem Not Going Away

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If you think the meth problem in San Diego is a thing of the past, a new Meth Strike Force report card says otherwise.

The Physics Of 'The Arrow Of Time'

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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

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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

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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.

California's New Laws Affect Work, Health, Public Safety

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KPBS Midday Edition discusses new laws for 2015 with legal analyst Dan Eaton. The laws include everything from driver's licenses for immigrants to restrictions to protect youth football players.

San Diego Native Tackles Immigration In New Animated Series 'Bordertown'

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Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is on the team working on a new animated comedy sitcom tackling changing demographics and immigration. "Bordertown" debuts on Fox in fall 2015.

Rep. Susan Davis Talks Border Crossing, Campus Sexual Assault

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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.

Terminal 1 Focus Of San Diego Airport Development Plan

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Rebuilding Terminal 1 is part of a long-term plan for the San Diego International Airport, which is designed to help the airport meet demand through 2035.

San Diego's Cuban-Americans Respond To Effort To Revive U.S.-Cuba Relations

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President Barack Obama's announcement on Wednesday sparked debate across the country. Now, local Cuban-Americans share their reactions.

What Motivates People To Give During The Holidays?

The charitable giving season is in full swing and some estimates suggest people being more generous. A San Diego professor explains the psychology behind giving.

Ending Homelessness Among San Diego Veterans Remains A Challenge

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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

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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.

San Diego's Rep. Vargas On The Budget Bill, Homeland Security, Salton Sea

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Democratic Rep. Juan Vargas was the only member of San Diego County's congressional delegation to vote against the government spending bill, which the House approved last week and the Senate passed over the weekend.

Toni Atkins Begins First Full Term As California Assembly Speaker

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A conversation with Atkins for her take on what's cooking at the state capital.

Rep. Scott Peters Talks Plans For Upcoming Congressional Term

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters narrowly won re-election in November, beating Republican Carl DeMaio in a close race that included a lot of negative campaigning from both sides.

Tips On Finding The Right Pets For Your Family

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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, Selfie-Stick

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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.

Chula Vista, Imperial Beach Welcome New Mayors

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Mary Salas was sworn in as the first Latina mayor of Chula Vista on Tuesday as conservationist Serge Dedina is getting ready to take the mayoral oath of office in Imperial Beach.

California Professor Of The Year Is From USD

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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.

What You Need To Know About San Diego County's Criminal Grand Jury

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As protests continue across the country over the grand jury verdicts in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, we take a look at how San Diego County's criminal grand jury system works.

Rolling Stone's Journalistic Missteps Cause Fallout For Victims Of Sexual Assault

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Rolling Stone has backed away from its exposé on a sexual assault at the University of Virginia. The Washington Post is re-reporting the story and has found several discrepancies. The debacle has left many questions in its wake: How should news organizations verify allegations made by sexual assault victims? And what kind of fallout will there be for victims of sexual assault who want to come forward?

San Diego Rapper Faces Life Sentence For Album

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Rapper Brandon Duncan, who goes by the name "Tiny Doo," is on trial today in connection with a string of gang-related shootings. His connection to the alleged crimes: a rap album.

California Historian Kevin Starr On Balboa Park

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. California Historian Kevin Starr weighs in on the continuing impact of the event.

Del Mar Race Track Assesses New Fall Races

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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.

Coping With The Holiday Blues

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The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time. But they could also bring on stress, anxiety and other mental illnesses. Experts offer practical solutions to keeping the holiday blues at bay.

Talking Turkey With Chef Bernard Guillas

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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?

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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 University Raising Money To Help Human Trafficking Survivors Get A College Education

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Point Loma Nazarene University's Center for Justice and Reconciliation is raising a first-of-its-kind $40,000 college scholarship for survivors of human trafficking. It's just one way the university is trying to abolish the sex-trade industry.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Water Recycling, More

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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.

Documentary Raises Questions About Mexican Cartel Leader's Arrest

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A new documentary — "¿Es El Chapo?" — opened Friday in Chula Vista and raises questions about Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's capture.

Women Speak Out Against Honor Violence

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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.

Mexicans Protest Disappearance Of 43 Students

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An estimated 22,000 people have gone missing in Mexico since 2006. But lately, anger has reached a tremendous pitch in the country as a result of the kidnapping and disappearance of 43 students.

Avoiding Holiday Cyberscams

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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 How To Swim

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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?

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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.

'Thunder In The Mountains' Explores America's Gun Culture

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In his debut memoir, 'Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture,' San Diego author Craig Collins writes about growing up with guns and invites readers rethink the gun debate.

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