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Stories by Tom Fudge

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?

San Diego Author Tells Stories Of The Women In The Shadows Of Men

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The stories of women behind famous men are told in a new book by a National City teacher.

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.

Roundtable: Jessica's Law Ruling, PUC Investigations, City Permit Process

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The California Supreme Court struck down part of Jessica's Law. State and federal authorities are investigating whether California public utilities commissioners were too chummy with those they regulate. And surprise! It takes less time to get a development permit in San Diego than it did nine years ago.

Roundtable On Cory Briggs, One Paseo, Women In Combat

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Prominent San Diego attorney Cory Briggs is involved in some real estate deals that some find questionable. The controversial One Paseo development in Carmel Valley sails through the San Diego City Council. The Marine Corps is exploring whether women can take on combat roles.

Personal Belief Exemptions For Vaccines Under Fire

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A "personal belief exemption" can be used by a parent to opt-out of vaccinating their school-aged child. But with a recent outbreak of measles in California, legislators are calling for their elimination.

San Diego Family Justice Center Offering Domestic Violence Prevention Training To Businesses

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When domestic violence happens in the home, the consequences can easily spill over into the workplace. The Family Justice Center wants to get the word out to San Diego businesses about what they can and should try to do.

NPR's Bill Littlefield Gets Poetic About Sports In New Book

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Bill Littlefield's new book "Take Me Out" is a collection of poems about sports. Littlefield is the host of NPR's nationally syndicated program "Only A Game."

Obama Budget Has $150 Million For Mid-Coast Trolley Line

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The initial funding for a new San Diego trolley line that would go from Old Town to UC San Diego is in the proposed federal budget the president released on Monday.

Professional Hockey Will Return To San Diego

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The Anaheim Ducks have relocated their AHL team from Norfolk to San Diego. Ducks general manager said the team will be the organization's "top development club."

'Low-Floor' Trolleys Now Travel The Blue Line In San Diego

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The San Diego trolley system's oldest and most heavily used line can now accommodate wheelchair-friendly low-floor trolley cars.

San Diego Professor Discusses New Book On Impact Of Drone Strikes

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In her new book, "Drones and Targeted Killing," Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Marjorie Cohn includes a collection of writings that examine the "legal, moral and geopolitical" issues surrounding U.S. drone strikes overseas.

New Book Looks At Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Dangerous Friendship'

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A new book looks at a little-known friendship between the civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and a white, Jewish businessman. Encinitas author Ben Kamin says this "Dangerous Friendship" threatened the civil-rights movement.

San Diego Catholic Diocese Searches For A Way To Keep Schools Afloat

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The Catholic school business model needs to change, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego wants to change it before more schools go out of business.

Scripps CEO Discusses New Book On Leadership

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Chris Van Gorder has been president and CEO of Scripps Health since 2000. His first book is titled "The Front-line Leader: Building a High-Performance Organization from the Ground Up."

San Diego's Independent Booksellers Thrive In Shadow Of Online Retailers

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San Diego's independent booksellers are thriving, while larger brick-and-mortar book stores and retailers are losing out to online competitors.

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.

Pilot Project Will Connect 'Rapid Bus' And Internet

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The San Diego Association of Governments will spend $275,000 to test a wireless Internet service on three bus lines.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of 'The Princess Bride'

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Cary Elwes, who played Westley in cult classic film "The Princess Bride," has released a book with a behind-the-scenes look a the making of the film.

San Diegans Meet At Andrés Cuban Restaurant For Food, Debate

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President Obama's plan to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was a hot topic Wednesday at the San Diego eatery on Morena Boulevard. It's owned by two Cuban-American brothers.

San Diego Food Writer Shares Thanksgiving Pie Recipes, Tips

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It's not too late to bake a pie this Thanksgiving. San Diego food writer Caron Golden joins KPBS Midday Edition to share some of her favorite recipes along with tips and tricks for baking the perfect pie.

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.

Audit Says San Diego Opera Remains A 'Going Concern'

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A report by an auditing firm indicates the San Diego Opera company has landed on its feet financially, following a tumultuous year.

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.

San Diego Chefs' New Cookbook Celebrates Seafood

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Consider fish for holidays. We'll get some tips on cooking tuna, tilapia and more from Chefs Bernard Guillas and Ron Oliver of the Marine Room.

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 Travel Writer Completes 800-Mile Walk To California's Missions

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Maggie Espinosa visited all of California's 21 missions by foot. She is one of 11 people in modern times to complete the 800-mile journey from San Diego to Sonoma County.

San Diego Group Trains Civilian Health Care Workers To Treat Service Members

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Many active-duty service members and veterans receive mental health treatment from civilian health care workers. But many of these providers lack adequate training to effectively treat people from a military background.

Addressing SDPD's Retention Problem Begins With More Pay, Officers Say

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After a city-funded statewide salary survey showed the pay of police officers in San Diego ranks near the bottom, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he is "committed" to finding a solution.

Effects Of Prop. 47 Immediately Felt In San Diego County

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Nearly 60 percent of voters passed California's Prop. 47, which dropped some crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. It went into effect immediately and is having a big impact on San Diego law enforcement.

Roundtable Reflects On The 2014 Midterm Election

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With Scott Peters now ahead in the 52nd Congressional District contest, the post-election Roundtable looks at the vast sums of money spent on a race that won't change anything in Washington and the nastiness of that campaign. It will also look the results of other elections in the City of San Diego, the county and the state.

Court Rules Against San Diego County Climate Action Plan

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San Diego County will need to revise its Climate Action Plan after an appellate court ruled in favor of the Sierra Club, stating the plan "does not ensure reductions" of greenhouse gas emissions. We look at what's next.

UCSD Gets $8 Million For Stem Cell Research

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UC San Diego will use the money to create an "alpha clinic" for human stem cell trials. It's part of the work being funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Balancing Housing Density And Community Character In San Diego

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Terms like "smart growth" and "housing density" can be hot buttons for residents who don't want added homes and increased transit. But with San Diego's population increasing - how do you balance housing growth and retain community character?

Manufacturing Contributes Nearly 9% To San Diego Economy

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What do drones, 3-D printers, beer and guitars have in common? They all make up part of San Diego's manufacturing sector — an industry that plays a big role in the region’s economy, a new National University study shows.

San Diegans Sharing Their Big Ideas At Tedx Event

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Maybe you know about Ted Talks and maybe you've seen or heard one. San Diego has its own Ted organization. We'll bring you two of the big ideas that will be shared at an upcoming Tedx America's Finest City conference happening in San Diego next weekend.

San Diego County Retirement Board To Decide Chief Investment Officer's Fate

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KPBS Midday Edition looks at another huge pension fund that's underfunded and is taking risks to try to make up for it.

Tony Young Heads New Nonprofit Rise San Diego

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Former San Diego Council President Tony Young and former council candidate Dwayne Crenshaw are joining forces and starting Rise San Diego, a new nonprofit aimed at driving civic engagement and fostering leadership San Diego's urban neighborhoods.

What Impact Will California Plastic Bag Ban Have On Businesses, Consumers?

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California became the first state to impose the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags this week. We take a look at what impact the law might have on consumers, retailers.

Mayor Faulconer On Terrorism, Services For Homeless

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In his monthly update on the business of the city, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer tackled a number of topics ranging from terrorism to services for the homeless on KPBS Midday Monday.

DNA Test Exonerates CSU San Marcos Frat House Rape Suspect

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The Oceanside Police Department say a CSU San Marcos student accused of raping a female student at a fraternity house party has been cleared by a DNA test.

One Man's Quest For Good Bread Turns Into An Adventure In Baking Around The World

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A journalist turned award-winning baker and author is sharing his secrets about making the perfect loaf of bread in a new memoir, "In Search of the Perfect Loaf — A Home Baker's Odyssey."

Are Earthquakes Linked To Drought?

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The 6.0-magnitude quake in Napa, California is causing some to take second look at UC San Diego research that indicates an uplift in the earth's surface — caused by the drought — is causing seismic activity to spring up.

Depression Is Not A Death Sentence

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The death of comedian Robin Williams sparked conversations about depression. We look at resources available in San Diego and what to say to someone who may be suffering.

What You Need To Know About West Nile Virus In San Diego County

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West Nile virus has been found in two dead birds in San Diego County. We'll tell you what you need to know to protect your family — and how you can help the county track the mosquito-borne virus.

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