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Stories by Peggy Pico

San Diego Professor Discusses Radicalization

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As the investigation into the San Bernardino shooting continues, UC San Diego economics professor Eli Berman explains how an individual may become radicalized.

Jerusalem Documentary Takes San Diego On Eye-Opening Tour

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"Jerusalem" opens Friday at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The IMAX film includes aerial images of the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock in the Old City.

What Charlie Sheen's Revelation Means For HIV Stigma In San Diego

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San Diego County has the third largest number of HIV and AIDS cases in California.

La Jolla Playhouse ‘Indecent’ Explores Legal Battle Over Artistic Expression

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"Indecent" is a play about another play — one that got the cast and producer arrested when it premiered on Broadway in the 1920s.

High Tides, El Niño And 'The Blob' In California

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The weather will be big news in San Diego this winter, as strong El Niño-driven storms encounter already-high tides, and a warm water zone (known as "The Blob") sitting off the Northern California coast causes more trouble.

San Diego Researchers Join Pancreatic Cancer 'Dream Team'

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A $12 million effort aims to find new ways to treat and slow the growth of pancreatic cancer.

Will San Diego Take More Syrian Refugees After Paris Attacks?

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Governors from several U.S. states balk at taking in Syrian refugees after attacks in Paris.

Chargers Drama Stars San Diego Mayor On New York Stage

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer made his case in New York. The Chargers and Raiders hired Disney's CEO. A sports columnist said San Diego could have a pro football team: the Raiders.

San Diego Man's Role In Uncovering Priest Sex Abuse Featured In 'Spotlight'

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A San Diego mental health counselor was instrumental in helping Boston Globe investigative reporters uncover the priest sex abuse scandal in 2002 and cover-up that followed. The investigation is depicted in the new film "Spotlight."

Journalism Changing In 'The Post-Kardashian Era'

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Journalists and public relations experts wrestle with how traditional journalism is contending with "click-bait" news. A forum will be held Thursday night at Point Loma Nazarene University on the topic.

San Diego Nonprofit Launches Online Course About Helping Veterans

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San Diego-based nonprofit PsychArmor launched the "One, Five, Fifteen Campaign" on Veterans Day with a free hour-long online course to educate all Americans about what they can do to help veterans.

Courage Under Water: Swimmer Shares Message Of Perseverance In New Book

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Diana Nyad accomplished something at 64 that she had set out and failed to do at 28: swim from Cuba to Florida. She is the only person to make the 100-plus mile swim without the aid of a shark cage.

War Dog’s Tale: Film Follows Navy SEAL, German Shepherd

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The film "SEAL Dog" tells the story of the unusual relationship between Trevor Maroshek and a German Shepherd known as Chopper, on and off the battlefield.

How Mexico Court’s Ruling On Marijuana Affects The Drug War

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Amid the violent drug war in Mexico, that has led to the killing and disappearance of tens of thousand of people, justices opened the door to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

San Diego Gets High Marks For Preventing Premature Births

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Midday Edition takes a closer look at the March of Dimes 2015 Report Card on Premature Birth Rates and what San Diego researchers are doing to help preterm babies.

San Diego Advocates Offer Advice On Caring For Relatives With Dementia

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An estimated 60,000 people are living with Alzheimer's or some form of dementia in San Diego County.

San Diego Groups Debate Stricter Gun Control Laws

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Amid a push to tighten gun laws, a new gun rights group in San Diego and the Brady Campaign discuss proposed gun legislation.

New Book Explores Forces That Shaped California's Coast

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San Diego's coastal environment is always changing and geology professor Keith Heyer Meldahl explains how in his new book, "Surf, Sand, and Stone: How Waves, Earthquakes, and other Forces Shape the Southern California Coast."

Jonas Salk's Life, Career Explored In New Biography

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As celebrations wind down marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jonas Salk, a new biography explores the many facets of the man.

Jails, Prisons Less Crowded A Year After Prop. 47

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A Stanford Law School study shows the measure is saving the state about $93 million in prison costs, but critics say Proposition 47 has become a get-out-of-jail-free card for repeat offenders.

Study Shows Scope Of Sex Trafficking In San Diego County

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San Diego County law enforcement has long known that human sex trafficking was a significant problem here. Now, for the first time, instead of just anecdotes there are numbers to reveal the scope of the problem.

Worker Shortage Places Strain On California Farms

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Can California continue to provide the rest of the nation with fruits and vegetables if there aren't enough people to work to produce them?

Preparing For El Niño: Tips To Protect San Diego Homes

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Tips for homeowners to protect their property both inside and out from the rainstorms that might accompany El Niño.

Transgender In Prison: How California's New Guidelines Will Be Implemented

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California will now pay for transgender inmates who meet certain criteria to have sex-reassignment surgery.

New Law Helps Low-Income Families Stretch Food Dollars

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The California Nutrition Incentives Act will leverage federal grants to provide a dollar-for-dollar match to people who shop at farmers markets.

San Diego Filmmaker Paul Espinosa Looks Back On 30-Year Career

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Paul Espinosa has been making films about issues affecting people on and near the U.S.-Mexico border since the 1980s. He recently donated his entire professional archive, including scripts, research and interviews, to UC San Diego.

Why Immigrant Spouses Are Uniquely Vulnerable To Domestic Violence

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"He told me, 'If you’re not back in 15 minutes I will call the police and say that you kidnapped my son, because you have no rights.'"

Veteran Science Educator Leads Birch Aquarium Into The Future

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The new executive director at the Birch Aquarium joins Midday Edition for a chat about his work and his plans for the future.

Solana Beach Moves Toward Banning Plastic Foam Food Containers

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A vote scheduled next week could make Solana Beach the first city in San Diego County to ban plastic foam food containers, commonly known as Styrofoam. KPBS Midday Edition looks at what's behind the effort.

Amid CIA Hack Probe, Expert Examines Ongoing Cyber Security Threats

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High-profile government officials aren't the only ones being targeted by hackers. Experts say the public encounters cyber dangers on a daily basis at home and at work.

Bilingual Newspaper La Prensa San Diego Changes Hands

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After nearly 40 years, the Muñoz family sold San Diego's only bilingual newspaper to political consultant Art Castañares.

Black And Chicano Students Fight Injustice Together At San Diego City College

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A new era of unity between the Black Studies and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego City College kicks off this week.

San Diego County Retailers Busted For Overcharging Customers

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An analysis of data by The San Diego Union-Tribune Watchdog, reveals the top 10 stores in San Diego County that overcharge the most.

Food For Thought: Healthy Planet Left Behind In U.S. Dietary Guidelines

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A scientific recommendation for the final 2105 Dietary Guidelines not only calls for a healthy diet but a healthy planet. However, the USDA says it will not adopt sustainability in its final report.

Will California's New Motor Voter Law Boost Turnout?

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The new motor voter law will automatically register citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's license at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The law goes into effect in 2016.

New California Laws Target Technology, Digital Privacy

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than 800 bills this year and last week, many involved privacy rights. Midday Edition will take a look at how electronic communication will be regulated in California.

How California's New Marijuana Laws Will Affect San Diego Pot Businesses

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs new pot bills into law as advocates push to get recreational use on the 2016 ballot.

GI Film Festival Comes To San Diego

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The festival features dramas, documentaries and short films based on a range of military experiences. It runs from Tuesday through Sunday.

Rescue Mission Hosts 9th Annual Sleepless San Diego

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Hundreds of people are expected to spend Saturday night outside at Liberty Station to experience just a little bit of what it's like for thousands of homeless people every night.

Lessons Learned From Ebola Epidemic Discussed At San Diego Conference

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The 2014 Ebola outbreak will be front and center at a national infectious disease conference being held in San Diego this week.

Women PeaceMakers Share Their Stories With San Diego

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The 2015 Womens PeaceMaker program gets underway this week with a panel discussion featuring four human rights activists from around the world.

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San Diego Experts On How Anxiety Affects Children

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The Anxiety and Depressions Association of America says anxiety disorders now affect about one in eight children. And new research shows it may be prevented in kids who are at higher risk.

La Jolla Playhouse's 'Without Walls' Festival Proves All The World Is A Stage

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This weekend's experimental theater festival trades in the traditional curtain and stage for a basketball court, parked cars and the grounds of UC San Diego.

Coastal Commission To Vote On SeaWorld Killer Whale Tank Project

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Hundreds of supporters and opponents of SeaWorld's controversial Blue World project are expected to turn out for Thursday's meeting.

Summit To Tackle Impact Of Food Waste In San Diego County

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Community, government and business leaders will take part in a summit this week to tackle hunger and the impact of food waste in San Diego County landfills.

San Diego's Dueling Transportation Plans Under Fire

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A report co-authored by two San Diego environmental groups finds a disconnect between the city of San Diego's Climate Action Plan and the San Diego Association of Government's regional transportation plan.

San Diego Notifies Customers About Proposed Water Rate Increases

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City of San Diego customers are about to get a letter telling them the City Council will vote on Nov. 17 on a plan that would raise water rates by more than 40 percent in less than four years.

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Educating San Diego LGBT Community About Social Security Rights

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Town hall-style meetings are being held in San Diego on Wednesday to educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community about their rights to benefits from Social Security.

New Chief Prepares For San Diego Fire Season

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Veteran firefighter Brian Fennessy plans on increasing racial and gender diversity within the ranks as the new chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Drought Leads Agenda For San Diego Binational Delegation Visit To Nation's Capitol

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A binational delegation of business and community leaders will meet with Washington, D.C. lawmakers to examine California's ongoing drought and other issues affecting San Diego County.

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