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Stories by Peggy Pico

Midway Air Boss Recounts Rescue Of Thousands As Saigon Fell

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Midway Museum docent Vern Jumper talks about his experience as air traffic commander as thousands of American and Vietnamese were air lifted to the carrier during the fall of Saigon 40 years ago.

Mayor Faulconer On San Diego Chargers, 2016 Budget, Water Enforcement

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer talks about the chances of the Chargers staying in San Diego, his proposed 2016 budget, and enforcing mandatory water restrictions.

Professor Digs Up Live Music History At San Diego State

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From Ella Fitzgerald to the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and Madonna, anthropology professor explains how live music concerts changed San Diego State.

Earth Day: Environmental Group Highlights San Diego Restaurants Eliminating Plastic Waste

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The Surfrider Foundation is tapping San Diego restaurants to help with its mission to keep oceans and beaches clean, and reduce plastic waste.

‘Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo’ Play Debuts In San Diego

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Chula Vista native Paul Flores is bringing his award-winning play to Lincoln High School. The play, which explores gang violence, is about a former MS-13 member who is trying to figure out how to leave his gang life behind to reunite with his family.

San Diego Group Marks 25 Years Of Affordable Housing Advocacy

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The San Diego Housing Federation continues to advocate for affordable housing in the San Diego region as reports show the challenges in the housing market.

San Diego Homeless Advocates Work To Provide Year-Round Shelter

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Changes to temporary homeless shelters in San Diego left more people living on the streets as the city pivots to a permanent housing plan.

First Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary In San Diego Prepares For More Patients

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As the first legally permitted medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego marks its first month in business, questions remain about others who are waiting in the city's permit pipeline.

How A San Diego Man Survived The Holocaust

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Lou Dunst survived concentration camps and slave labor camps, and also eluded death by gas chamber during the Holocaust. He shares his story of survival as Jews around the world commemorate Yom HaShoah.

Meal Gap Study Shows How Hunger Hits San Diego County

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A new study finds that while the number of San Diegans suffering from food insecurity is down there are still thousands that are impacted by hunger.

San Diego Transgender Teen Deaths Prompt Questions On Bullying, Support

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Following the suicides of two transgender teens in San Diego County, experts offer a look at the challenges facing LGBTQ teens and advice on what schools and adults can do to help them.

Real Estate Experts Discuss Rise In San Diego Home Prices

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The cost of a single-family home jumped 4 percent from February to March — bringing the median price to $519,540.

IRS Offers Last-Minute Tips For Tax Filers

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The clock is ticking down to the April 15 tax filing deadline. The Internal Revenue Service expects millions of Americans to file this weekend.

San Diego Groups Weigh In On Proposed Immigration Bills

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This week California Democrats proposed an immigration package consisting of 10 bills aimed at extending health care, legal rights and business protections to immigrants living in the state illegally.

La Jolla Looks For Next Steps To Address Odor Issues

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The La Jolla Town Council will hold a hearing on sea lion issues at the cove. A sea lion expert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is scheduled to attend.

Restaurant Group: Freeze Minimum Wage Increase For Tipped California Workers

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The California Restaurant Association is sponsoring a bill that would freeze state minimum wage at its current level of $9 an hour for workers who get tips.

San Diego Symphony Offers A Taste Of What's In Store For Next Season

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The San Diego Symphony previews its upcoming season with musical samples Thursday night at the Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego.

Controversial Vaccine Exemption Measure Gets Its First Hearing In California Senate

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A measure that would ban all personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations will get its first hearing in the state senate Wednesday.

San Diego County Announces Free Access To Mental Health First Aid Program

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The training is aimed at giving people the skills to intervene and give some initial help to people struggling with a mental health crisis.

How Can San Diego Officers Balance Body Cameras And Civil Rights?

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Proposed legislation aims to regulate how body camera videos are used by police across California. The San Diego Police Department has been using body cameras since last summer.

Ben Vereen Awards Will Honor San Diego's High School Theater Performers

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More than a dozen San Diego County high schools are participating in a musical theater competition, with performers getting a chance to go to Broadway for the top prize.

San Diego Prepares For California's Mandatory Water Restrictions

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Gov. Jerry Brown announces mandatory water restrictions as California enters its fourth year of the drought. What does this mean for San Diego residents, businesses and farmers?

Survival Rate Increases Among Cancer Patients

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New cancer treatments bring hope, but does that mean a cure or a lifetime of cancer-fighting drugs and careful monitoring?

Mexican Growers Offer 15% In Baja Farm Strike

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Leaders of the farmworkers called the offer of 15 percent unacceptable, and said they want assured benefits, higher wages and an end to abuses.

The Latest In Cancer Research And Treatment In San Diego

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The first part of a documentary based on the book "The Emperor of All Maladies" will air Monday on KPBS television. The series traces the history of cancer treatment and research.

California Housing Restrictions Relaxed For Some Sex Offenders

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The California Department of Corrections has changed its policy of prohibiting all sex offenders from living near parks, schools and other places where children congregate.

San Diego Museum Of Art Exhibition Explores Issues Surrounding Role Of Women In Arab Culture

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Ten large-scale photographs from Moroccan-born, New York–based photographer Lalla Essaydi at the Balboa Park museum through Aug. 1.

Permaculture Comes To Southeast San Diego

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Re-learning the lessons of nature, and using that knowledge in your own community. That's the core of a new series of workshops starting up in a community of San Diego that has long been considered a food desert.

What's Behind Sea Lion Pups Stranded On California Beaches?

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More than 2,000 sea lion pups have been stranded along California beaches. Is it lack of food or the changing weather patterns? KPBS takes a look.

'A Growing Passion' Begins Third Season With Focus On Balboa Park

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The third season of the KPBS series begins Thursday. The first episode examines the variety of plants, flowers and trees in the gardens of Balboa Park.

California's First Latino Supreme Court Justice To Address 'Role Of Latinos In A Changing America'

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Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso is in San Diego Tuesday for a lecture at UC San Diego in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

San Diego City Council Approves Plan for New Homeless Shelter

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The new shelter will be located in an existing building and offer 100 beds beginning April 1. An additional 250 beds will become available over the next couple of months, for a total of 350 by July 1.

San Diego Mayor Update: From Chargers Stadium To Homeless Shelters

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS on Tuesday for his monthly update on the business of the city.

Tijuana-Based Band Nortec Collective Calls It Quits

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The Grammy Award-winning group Nortec Collective is disbanding after releasing what they're calling their final album, "Motel Baja."

San Diego Drone Manufacturer Talks Regulations, Uses

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Just this week the Federal Aviation Administration gave retail giant Amazon the green light to begin testing its air-delivery drones. KPBS Evening Edition spoke to the CEO of a Vista company that manufactures drones and drone parts.

San Diego Nonprofits Help Tijuana Sex Workers Start New Businesses

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More than 100 women who work in the sex industry in Tijuana were selected to receive microloans to start new businesses.

Panda Watch At San Diego Zoo After Bai Yun Is Artificially Inseminated

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San Diego zookeepers are keeping busy these days. The zoo is hoping for a giant panda pregnancy while they also try to save the northern white rhinos.

For More Civil Politics — Start With School Kids

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The fourth annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue gets underway Friday. This year the conference will focus on the classrooms.

San Diego Author Writes About Living Without The One You Can't Live Without

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Death is a difficult topic many people try to avoid talking about — until they're forced to. Natasha Josefowitz from San Diego talks about how she dealt with loss, grief, and the healing process.

How The Drought Is Affecting Spring Gardening In San Diego County

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It feels like a summer heat wave and it's not even spring. Garden expert Nan Sterman will offer tips on how to maintain a spring garden during the unseasonal weather.

Fabiani Says Chargers Not Optimistic About Mission Valley

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A San Diego Chargers spokesman said the team doesn't think a task force’s site selection for a new stadium will be successful and is prepared to pursue a Los Angeles-area stadium plan on its own.

Napolitano Says UC Tuition Hikes Won't Affect Neediest Californians

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In an interview with KPBS, University of California President Janet Napolitano talked about enrollment caps, UC funding and her National Peacemaker Award.

Initiative To Open San Diego To Global Investment Unveiled

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San Diego has the 17th largest economy in the country but ranks 61st when it comes to export intensity and 49th in the percentage of jobs at foreign-owned firms.

Longtime Editor Leaves San Diego CityBeat

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David Rolland, who helped start San Diego CityBeat more than 10 years ago, is leaving the publication to work for Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

New Book Offers Advice On How To Refire Your Retirement

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San Diego-based author Ken Blanchard and aging expert Morton Shaevitz teamed up to offer retirees a new approach to retirement.

Lessons From The Fukushima Disaster For California

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It's been four years since the devastating Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Like Japan, California's coast has many earthquake faults and seaside nuclear reactor sites. How vulnerable is California's coastline to a similar disaster?

One ALS Patient's Fight For The 'Right To Try'

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David Huntley is a former San Diego State University professor and triathlete who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. He wants the right to take a drug called GM604, which is aimed at fighting the progression of the disease.

California Small Farm Conference Opens In San Diego

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The annual conference is hosting small farmers and ranchers at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The ongoing drought is high on the list of topics the conference aims to tackle this year.

New Studies Shed Light On Children And Allergies

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Two new allergy studies confirm what doctors and many parents have thought for years: We may be a little too clean and controlled for our own good.

Zahi Hawass Talks 'Discovering Tutankhamun'

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The man responsible for the discovery of tombs of the Giza pyramid builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies will be in San Diego on Tuesday.