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Stories by Peggy Pico

Gathering Of Great Minds: Creating San Diego's Salk Institute

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Dr. Jonas Salk is known for developing the vaccine that wiped out polio, but his contributions went far beyond that discovery. Salk had another great scientific mission: to create a research institute bringing together the best scientists in their field to unlock the mysteries of human biology.

Another SDPD Officer Faces Sex-Crime Accusation

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Police Chief William Lansdowne announced Wednesday evening that another patrolman in his department was under investigation for possible sexual misconduct involving a woman in his custody.

San Diego City Council To Decide Again On Medical Marijuana Ordinance

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The San Diego City Council will consider a new set of zoning regulations for the establishment of legal medical marijuana dispensaries. What remains unknown is whether the U.S. Attorney's Office will allow licensed dispensaries to operate.

Women And Military: Focus Of Conference In San Diego

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The 2014 Women and the Law Conference at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law this Friday will focus on women in the military, explore how the military handles sex assault cases and the topic of women serving in elite combat units.

Path From Pain Pills To Heroin Addiction Nothing New In San Diego County

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Addicts who abuse prescription drugs like Oxycontin have been switching to heroin for a number of years now. While tragedies like the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman remain shocking, they are not actually surprising to those who track the epidemic of opiate abuse in the Unites States.

Put Your Name On A San Diego County Trail, Ballfield Or Playground For A Price

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recently voted to allow individuals, businesses or nonprofits to name sections of public parks, including ball fields, playgrounds and trails, for fees starting at $1,000. Your favorite park garden or pool could soon be brought to you by your neighbor or a local pest control business.

Fukushima Fallout: San Diego State Researchers Monitoring Sea Kelp for Radiation Exposure

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SDSU researchers are taking part in a Project Kelp Watch 2014 - a program where 50 scientists will monitor sea kelp off our coast - to determine if radiation exposure has reached our coastline.

Supervisor Jacob Weighs In On San Diego County Priorities, Challenges

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While many in San Diego have been focused on the city's mayoral race, Jacob's "State of the County" address recently outlined plans and priorities for our whole region.

Mayor-Elect Kevin Faulconer Discusses What's Next For San Diego

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San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer will take the oath of office as San Diego's new mayor early next month. He talks to KPBS Midday Edition about how he plans to move the city forward.

Study: Race For Votes Will Continue Until Polls Close

Polls show San Diego's Mayoral election between David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer may be a squeaker.

Jamul Indian Village Breaks Ground On Casino Amid Opposition, Legal Challenges

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The town of Jamul is still fighting a local tribe's plan for an Indian casino, even as earth is being cleared to make way for it.

Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference

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Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you. Teaching mindfulness in the classroom is the focus of a conference being sponsored by UC San Diego School of Medicine this week. It looks at how mindfulness can help with everything from pain and stress management to ADHD.

San Diego Mayoral Race Down To The Wire

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It's countdown to the San Diego mayoral race — candidates Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez join us to discuss everything from the city's infrastructure to campaign ads.

Pauline Frommer Discusses Return Of Renowned Travel Guides

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Pauline Frommer, daughter of the founder of Frommer's travel guides, is in San Diego discussing the relaunch of the book series and offers travel advice for 2014.

New Calif. Law Adds 3-Foot Protection For Cyclists But Will It Make San Diego Roads Safe Enough?

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Beginning in September, California law will require drivers to be three feet away from a bicyclist handlebars or shoulders while passing on the road. Will the new law make San Diego cyclists feel safer?

Proposal: Monitoring Foreign Flight Students In San Diego

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week takes up an ordinance that would put into place new restrictions to flight schools in our region who train foreign nationals. We take a look at those backing the proposal that's opposed by pilot groups, flight schools and instructors.

One Year After 'Blackfish,' SeaWorld Goes On Offensive

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The documentary "Blackfish," about SeaWorld and killer whales in captivity, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. A year later, the debate continues and SeaWorld is going on the offensive.

Explaining Stephen Hawking's New Theory On Black Holes

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Why Stephen Hawking's new theory on black holes is important to everyday people and how the scientific community is reacting to these new ideas.

Two Years After San Onofre Shutdown Questions Remain

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A leak led to the permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear power plant, but many questions remain. Who will pay for the enormous costs of the shutdown? And what does the trouble at San Onofre say about the safety of nuclear power?

San Diego Profits From Super Bowl

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While the Super Bowl is a win-win for the host-city economically, many San Diego businesses are seeing financial gains from the game. KPBS Midday takes a look.

Leading San Diego Housing Advocate Joins Gov. Brown's Administration

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Susan Riggs will step down in March as executive director of San Diego's Housing Federation for a post as deputy secretary for California's housing agency.

Environmental Group Challenges San Diego County Water Authority's Master Plan Update

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The San Diego County Water Authority went through a months-long process to update its master plan for supplying water to the county through 2035, but a group says the master plan's environmental impact study is flawed.

President Obama Renews Push For Immigration Reform

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In his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama urged Congress to get immigration reform done this year. But while the debate seems to be gaining momentum in the House, some remain skeptical.

What Can City Heights Residents Do In Response To Albertsons Store Closure?

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The largest supermarket in the community of City Heights is shutting its doors next month. The loss of Albertsons might increase the neighborhood's reputation as a "food desert."

Beer 101 Is Serious Business In San Diego

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Getting a professional certificate in beer from a major university might have been an undergraduate joke a few years ago. But with the craft beer business booming in San Diego, educators are starting to take the beer industry seriously.

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.

San Diego Unemployment Rate At Lowest Level Since 2008

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The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 6.4 percent last month, the lowest level since September 2008, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

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.

San Diego Gardening During Drought Conditions

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A winter without rain is becoming a challenge for San Diego gardeners. Nan Sterman of KPBS-TV's "A Growing Passion" has some advice to use less water but keep your plants growing.

San Diego Historian Chronicles Balboa Park 1915 Exposition In New Book

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San Diego has a big anniversary to celebrate next year. It's the 100th anniversary of the event that many say put the city on the map.

Wildfire Preparedness In San Diego After The Driest Year On Record

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San Diego's very dry weather has already produced a rash of unusual winter wildfires across the state. Cal Fire talks about the increased fire danger.

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.

New Report Finds 10 Percent Of San Diegans Live In Poverty

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A new SANDAG report finds one in 10 San Diegans live in poverty, as do 9 percent of families in the county.

More San Diego Businesses Accepting Bitcoin

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You can now pay for lunch using Bitcoin in downtown San Diego. But with its volatile exchange rate and reputation, will Bitcoin go mainstream?

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.

What Will Define San Diego In 2014?

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San Diego was defined largely by the mayor sexual harassment scandal in 2013; what issues do you think will define San Diego in 2014?

The Connection Between Dry Weather In San Diego And The Polar Vortex

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Extreme weather is freezing the midwest and leaving San Diego high and dry. Is there a connection between the weather patterns that are bringing extreme cold to the nation's midsection and causing dry, mild weather here?

Imperial Beach Hopes New Hotel Draws Tourists, Spurs Redevelopment

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After 10 years of planning and an economic downturn, a new beachfront resort opens its doors next week in Imperial Beach and city leaders are pinning a lot of hope on the success of the hotel.

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.

New Study Provides Motivation To Get Healthy And Fit In 2014

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Losing weight, toning up and getting healthy frequently top New Year's resolution lists. A recent study seems to give us some extra reasons to shed pounds a 2014 goal.

Year In Review 2013: Top San Diego education stories

It was a big year for education in San Diego and across the country in 2013. KPBS Evening Edition host Peggy Pico highlights some of the biggest changes going into effect this year.

Task Force Recommends New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines

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The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force said lung cancer screening for many chain-smokers and former smokers should be done with a CT scan instead of an X-ray.

Year In Review 2013: Top science stories in San Diego

San Diego scientists had a bumpy ride in 2013. KPBS Evening Edition host Peggy Pico reviews the impact on the local bio-tech and science industries with KPBS science and technology reporter David Wagner and learns what can be expected in the new year.

2014 Rings In New Laws For California

The first of the year is a handy date for putting new laws into effect. So on Jan. 1, expect changes in a range of areas from voice-activated texting while driving to gun sales to financial literacy for school children.

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.

San Diego Lawmaker Wants State Community Colleges To Award 4-Year Degrees

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California's community college system is considering a proposal to offer four-year degrees. And one San Diego lawmaker is getting ready to introduce legislation that would make it happen.

2014 Forecast For San Diego's Housing Market

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Good news and bad news seemed to go hand in hand for San Diego's housing market this year. We'll hear what may be in store for local real estate in 2014.

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.

Mount Soledad Cross Dispute Far From Over

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Last week a federal judge, following an appeals court ruling, ordered the cross removed from the Mount Soledad war memorial. But the order was stayed and more appeals are expected. We'll trace the history of this complicated San Diego legal case.

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.