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Stories by Peggy Pico

40 Years Of Pride In San Diego

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The world has changed fundamentally for gays and lesbians since the first Pride Parade in San Diego. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the parade and celebration. And the change continues, with Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signing a law to recognize legal same-sex marriage in the state code.

Rep. Susan Davis Weighs In On U.S. Immigration Policy And More

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We speak to Rep. Susan Davis about the emergency of unaccompanied children crossing the border, the advance of ISIS insurgents in Iraq and the challenge posed to Obamacare by the Hobby Lobby decision.

Audit Finds SDSU Fails To Adequately Train Employees On Sexual Violence

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A state audit finds there's room for improvement in how San Diego State University handles reports of sexual misconduct.

Exhibition Celebrates Work By San Diego Artists Baldessari, Baldwin, Morris And Matheny

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An exhibition of the work of four mid-century San Diego artists gets underway the July 4 weekend at the Oceanside Museum of Art. The show is called "Spitting in the Wind: Art From The End of the Line."

Research Finds Postpartum Depression Symptoms May Begin Before Giving Birth

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Postpartum depression can range from being depressed or sad to suicidal thoughts — but researchers now say it may begin earlier than after giving birth.

NCTD Chief Answers Questions About Agency Turnover

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The executive director of the North County Transit District, Matthew Tucker, responds to investigations that raise troubling questions about his agency.

How Much Of The Immigration Process Can Obama Change By Executive Action?

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A frustrated President Obama says he's no longer waiting for a stalled Congress to take action and he'll use what powers he has to reform immigration. But what can he do?

Yosemite Grant Act Anniversary Celebrated With Tree Restoration Project

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A project to restore 2,000-year-old giant sequoias is underway in Yosemite National Park.

A Conversation With Civil-Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

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In the 1960s, Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, and she's spent her life working to mobilize people power. Huerta was in San Diego this week to speak to a convention of Latino elected officials.

Scientists Descending On San Diego Bars Thursday Night To Answer Questions From Regular People

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An offbeat outing, called "Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar," will take place at 25 watering holes around San Diego on Thursday, June 26 between 5-9:30 p.m.

Social Media Site Connects Patients Suffering From Similar Illnesses

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A new social media site connecting patients diagnosed with similar illnesses is one of the ways technology could be transforming the future of healthcare.

Injured San Diego Marine Dog Handler Reunited With Canine Friend

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Jose Armenta, a retired Marine dog handler, has adopted his military dog Zenit after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Iraq Humanitarian Crisis Is Personal In San Diego

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San Diego County is home to nearly 80,000 Iraqis and thousands of veterans of Operation Iraqi freedom — two groups with a lot at stake in the future of Iraq.

Mission Trails Campgrounds Reopen After Budget Cuts Restored

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After being closed for nearly three years, San Diego city leaders celebrate the reopening of Kumeyaay Lake Campgrounds at Mission Trails Regional Park.

USD Report Finds Outlook For San Diego Nonprofits Is Hopeful

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A new study by the Caster Family Center For Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at USD examines the well-being of local nonprofits using data and feedback from their leaders.

Studies Show West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Collapsing

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New research marks a tipping point in global climate change. The antarctic Ice sheet is melting and predictions on sea level rise will need to be increased.

'I Love A Clean San Diego' Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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The local beach clean-up group marks six decades, making it the longest-running environmental nonprofit organization in the county.

Prop. A Proposes Changes To San Diego City Charter

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Changes to San Diego's city charter go before the public for a vote next week. We take a look at Prop A and what other charter changes may be needed.

Props. B & C: Barrio Logan Plan Goes Before Voters

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San Diego voters will be deciding on whether the Barrio Logan plan, approved by the San Diego City Council, will stay or go on June 3. We take a look at both sides of the issue.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Steve Breen's Kids Inspired His New Book

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A Tyrannosaurus Rex eating Donald Trump, Miley Cyclops and Santa Claus blowing up a Nazi with a bazooka — these are some images from the wild imagination of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen and his kids.

Study: Most Adults Arrested In San Diego County Not On Probation

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A new study by the San Diego Association of Governments finds that contrary to what some had feared, prison realignment has had little impact on countywide arrest rates.

Program Aims To Help Every Californian Reduce Energy Use By 10 Percent Per Year

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Californians are being asked to reduce their home energy use by 40 percent. The goal is in line with the state's aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Reviewing Emergency Management Officials' Response To San Diego Fires

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We review the county's response to more than a dozen wildfires that broke out across San Diego last week.

San Diego Political Legend Tom Hom Talks About 'Bumpy Road' To American Dream

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Tom Hom, the first Asian-American to serve on the San Diego City Council, opens up in a new memoir about growing up in San Diego and the challenges to achieving the American dream.

Study Shows Impact Of Diabetes On San Diego Health Care Costs

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Skyrocketing costs associated with rising rates of diabetes are being felt by San Diego hospitals. A new study finds diabetes is not only affecting patients, but also the health care system.

Documentary Chronicles History, Culture Of San Diego's 'First People'

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New documentary airing on KPBS is full of fascinating details about the ancient Kumeyaay way of life.

Tracking Santa Ana Winds During San Diego's Wildfires

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As San Diego recovers from last week's Santa Ana wind-driven fires we take a look at a weather network run by SDG&E providing cutting-edge data during crucial wildfires.

How To Deal With San Diego's Stressful Fire Outbreak

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How are San Diegans dealing with multiple fires and the anxiety, stress and fear that goes along with evacuations, power outages and watching homes burn? We get an update on the fire and talk to a mental health expert.

New Bias Seen In Workplace: Treating Race As A Qualification

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In his recent Op-Ed in The New York Times, Skrentny warns that too much reliance on matching race and ethnicity between employees and customers or teachers and students could lead to a new form of racial discrimination.

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Extreme Fire Danger Hits San Diego County — Is Your Home Fire-Safe?

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Firefighters and emergency officials are bracing for extreme fire danger across tinder-dry San Diego County this week as another round of Santa Ana winds blows into the region, along with single-digit humidity and triple-digit heat.

Scientists Coming To San Diego To Talk About Roots Of Human Violence

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Men have been at the forefront of human aggression and violence since pre-historic times, now UC San Diego and Salk Institute are bringing scientists from around the world to San Diego to examine why. A public symposium will be held May 16.

Local Farmers Help San Diegans Connect To Their Roots Through Agriculture

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The New Roots urban farm in City Heights was set up to help new refugees to San Diego use their skills to help put food on the table. Now, the expanding farm has become a business.

Speaking Out: How One San Diego College Addresses Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault is not something people like to talk about, especially if it takes place at a college campus. We hear about programs and outreach offered at San Diego's Mesa College and how it's keeping students safe.

Federal Report: Warming Disrupts Americans' Lives

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Global warming rapidly is turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says.

Reducing Skin Cancers In Sunny San Diego

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San Diegans are ramping up for summer, but there are some precautions you need to take when soaking up the sunshine.

Report Shows Arts And Culture Have Major Impact On San Diego's Economy

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The future of the San Diego Opera may still be up in the air, but a new report shows arts and cultural organizations have a major impact on San Diego's economy.

What Would A 'Frictionless Border' Between San Diego And Tijuana Look Like?

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The report's authors believe that such a change in diplomatic and economic strategy would enable the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing to greatly accelerate binational economic growth and prosperity.

Is The Initiative Process Jamming The System In San Diego?

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The initiative process is democracy in action, but is it jamming up San Diego and its courts?

New Book Explores The End Of Suburban Sprawl

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It used to be part of the American dream to escape the city and build a life in the suburbs. But that dream now is fading, as people turn away from suburban sprawl. We'll hear how San Diego is moving toward a new urbanism.

Ask The Mayor: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Answers Your Questions

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins us for an update on the business of the city — and he's taking your calls! Call in at noon on 1-888-895-5727 or tweet us @KPBSMidday. We'll discuss what's been going on the last month from the mayor's proposed budget to infrastructure bonds.

It's A Handmade Revolution At Maker's Arcade Saturday In Barrio Logan

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Handmade jewelry, fabrics, clothing, art and paper goods by San Diego artists and crafters will all be on this display this Saturday at the Maker's Arcade.

San Diego County Report Shows Drop In Violent Crime In 2013

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The latest report on crime in San Diego County is out, and a lot of people have been watching the trends carefully, concerned that realignment — the transfer of thousands of offenders from the state to the county system — might result in higher crime rates here.

U.N. Report: Avoiding Climate Change Possible With 'Substantial Emission Reductions'

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The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just released its fifth report on the rapidly closing window of time to take action on reducing greenhouse gases.

San Diego Health Report Card Shows No Improvement In Child Immunization Rate

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Every two years, The Children's Initiative offers a detailed analysis of 25 key indicators of the health and well being of children throughout San Diego County. But the Report Card goes beyond metrics. It also reveals why the findings are important and recommends ways to improve each problem.

Teen Pregnancy Rates Down In San Diego County — But More Can Be Done

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Pregnancy rates are down around the county — and nation — but health officials warn there are still 1,700 births by teens every week. We take a look at what's being done to educate teens in an effort to prevent teen pregnancy.

Plan In The Works To Save San Diego Opera

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After the final show of the season this past Sunday, the fate of the San Diego Opera remains up in the air. At least two board members are working to save the arts institution from closing and are set to release a reorganization plan Thursday.

Mexico's Drug-Related Homicides Are Down But Not In Tijuana

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A University of San Diego report on drug violence in Mexico finds that homicides are down overall in the country, but the number of killings in Tijuana is up from 2012.

Heartbleed Bug: Is Your Financial Info Vulnerable?

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Some are saying it's the biggest security threat the internet has ever seen: the Heartbleed bug. Is your personal financial data vulnerable? We get some insight from SDSU information security expert Professor Murray Jennex.

What Do You Think About San Diego's Future?

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KPBS joins up with national documentary producers for a special film project that aims to show both the promise and the problems facing our city.

Closing San Diego Unified's Student-Teacher Diversity Gap

A new report shows Latinos account for almost half of students at San Diego Unified, but only make up a quarter of the workforce. Now, district leaders are drawing up plans to tackle the student teacher diversity gap.