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Stories by Tom Fudge

The Founding Fathers' History Of Trashing The Poor

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While slavery and racial prejudice were an obvious part of early American life, a new book argues that people who were poor and white were also seen as "subhuman" by some of the Founding Fathers.

Scientists Say Climate Change Damaging National Parks

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As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, officials are warning that climate change's impacts are threatening the future of national parks across the country.

Higher Voter Approval May Be Required For Chargers Stadium Plan

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The California Supreme Court is reviewing an appellate court ruling that said tax hikes from initiatives need just a simple majority for approval.

House Republicans Fight Insurance Expansion For California Immigrants

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Rep. Darrell Issa and others are asking the White House to deny California's request to allow immigrants here illegally access to Covered California.

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus To Address UC San Diego Graduates

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He won a Nobel Peace Prize for starting a bank in Bangladesh that loans money to financially disadvantaged people. His advice to this year's college graduates? Don't just submit to the world they've inherited.

‘Rebuild San Diego’ Proposition Wins

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Rebuild San Diego — or Proposition H, as it's called on Tuesday's ballot — seeks to reverse the trend of city infrastructure falling apart.

Is Proposition H Enough To Fix San Diego's Infrastructure?

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The ballot measure would reserve funds for construction and repair in San Diego without raising taxes.

Report Shows Enrollment Declines Continue At Catholic Schools

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At a meeting in San Diego, the National Catholic Educational Association delivered the report that shows a 1.2 percent decrease in Catholic school enrollment.

San Diego Orchid Growers Harvest Passion And Memories

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Orchid enthusiasts tell their stories as their society looks back on 70 years of cultivating a magnificent plant.

San Diego County Orchid Society Celebrates 70th Birthday With Annual Show

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The San Diego County Orchid Society kicked off its 70th annual show on Friday with plant judging. The event at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley continues through Sunday.

City Council Approves Proposal Incentivizing Urban Agriculture

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The City Council unanimously approved the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone program, which creates an incentive for San Diego property owners to set aside vacant land for urban agriculture.

Atkins Bill Addresses Coastal Commission Transparency

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When the California Coastal Commission voted to fire its executive director, Charles Lester, for mysterious reasons, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins introduced a bill to provide some clarity.

San Diego Immigrants' Cookbook Makes Traditional Meals Healthier

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Immigrants bring a lot to a city, especially their food culture and traditions. A new cookbook tells the story of San Diego's evolving ethnic cuisine.

Weekend Preview: From Modern Dance To Cat-Inspired Fashion Show

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KPBS Arts Calendar producer and editor Nina Garin previews some of this weekend's top arts and cultural events.

Remembering San Diego’s Role In The Gulf War

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February 28th marks 25 years since the end of Operation Desert Storm.

San Diego Focuses On Restorative Justice To Repair Harm And Prevent Crime

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What effects have past and current justice practices had on first-time and repeat offenders? And how is the harm caused by offenders addressed in our current justice system?

Roundtable: Gas Leak Stopped, Lester Fired, Chavez Quits, Veteran Suicides Raise Alarms

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The Porter Ranch gas leak appears to be stopped. The Coastal Commission stops Charles Lester. Rocky Chavez stops running for U.S. Senate. Twenty-seven San Diego veterans killed themselves in 18 months.

California Coastal Commission May Toss Chief Overboard

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The panel charged with protecting 1,100 miles of California's coastline meets Wednesday in Morro Bay to decide if its executive director, Charles Lester, should stay or go.

Salton Sea Canoe Race Organizers Hope Recreation Can Help Save The Sea

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The idea to host an outrigger canoe race on the Salton Sea began as a way to start the racing season earlier but has evolved into a dream of something much bigger. Event organizers said they hope bringing recreation back to the Salton Sea will help save the sea itself.

San Diego's City Charter Under Review

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It's 149 pages long and sets the rules for how the city governs itself in almost every area. But it has no way to remove a sick or misbehaving mayor, and that's something the City Council hopes to change.

San Diego Architects Take Another Look At Solar

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Local architects are finding new ways to incorporate solar into homes and buildings.

San Diego Black Film Festival Opens This Week

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With more than a hundred films — documentaries, shorts, feature films — showing over five days, the San Diego Black Film Festival is a vital venue for filmmakers and actors to tell stories about the black experience.

What San Diego’s High School Students Can Expect On The New SAT

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It’s the first major overhaul to the SAT college entrance exam in nearly 30 years.

Churches Pitch In To Help San Diego Homeless

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When a Midday Edition guest lamented last week that he didn't see churches stepping up to help the homeless, that didn't sound quite right. We looked into it and found lots of helping hands in area churches.

Ron Roberts Takes Charge

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From the Chargers to land use, infrastructure to transportation, Ron Roberts — as chair of the Board of Supervisors and the board of SANDAG — will be right in the thick of 2016's biggest issues.

Flood Insurance: What Good Is It?

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If any year was a good year to purchase flood insurance, this is it, says the California Department of Insurance. So what good is it to homeowners and renters?

What’s For Dinner? San Diego Experts Examine New USDA Dietary Guidelines

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The new American Dietary Guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. Based on the guidelines, what should the be on the average San Diegan's plate at breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Escondido Exhibit Untangles History of Hair

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A new exhibit opening Saturday at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido examines hair trends from Africa and how they are linked to cultures and identity.

New California Laws Go Into Effect Friday

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From laws aimed at closing the gender pay gap to new rules of the road, here are the new laws you need to know about before you ring in the new year.

Top Words And Phrases Of 2015: Deflategate, Cuckservative, Nae-Nae

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Grant Barrett, co-host of public radio's "A Way With Words," discusses how language evolved in 2015.

Petco Park Ownership Issue Shines Light On Deed Fraud

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Experts say deed fraud is rare, but it can happen to anyone.

What's Ahead For San Diego Housing Prices In 2016

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San Diego home prices continued to rise in 2015, according to the latest Case-Shiller housing report. But will that trend continue in the new year?

Oboe Player Featured In San Diego Youth Symphony Documentary

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To mark its 70th anniversary, the San Diego Youth Symphony traveled to China this past summer to perform and participate in musical and cultural exchanges. A documentary about the trip airs Friday on KPBS TV.

California's Minimum Wage Increases To $10 In New Year

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The state minimum wage jumps from $9 to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, but some lawmakers say that's not enough.

Oceanside Bilge Pump Makes Dent In Coastal Pollution

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Oceanside harbor is now offering boaters free use of a bilge pump that prevents fuel from being dumped into the sea.

Stone Beer Now On Tap In Europe

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The Escondido brewery on Monday begins selling in Europe beer it's making in Germany. Stone says it is the first American craft brewer to build, own and operate a brewery in Europe.

Jerry Sanders: 'No Solution' To Mass Killings

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Former San Diego Mayor and Police Chief Jerry Sanders says little can be done about mass killings like the one in San Bernardino, or the one he responded to in San Ysidro 31 years ago.

Could A Chargers Departure Mean A Better Stadium For The Aztecs?

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Followers of San Diego State football imagine a new collegiate stadium if the San Diego Chargers depart for Los Angeles.

Bumble Bee Says Customers Now Can Trace Their Tuna

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San Diego-based Bumble Bee Seafoods has set up a website that allows customers to find out where and how their tuna was caught.

San Diego State Developing Its Own Downtown

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South Campus Plaza will be home to student housing, retail, restaurants and a Trader Joe's market. It could also signal a growing campus footprint.

San Diego Tightens Rooming House Ordinance

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College area residents say cracking down on problem mini-dorms has gotten easier thanks to a revision in the rooming house ordinance.

Aztecs Super Fan Cheers On Team for 758th Straight Game

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Tom Ables has been a devoted fan of Aztecs football since the 1940s, and he's pumped up for the new season.

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

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One of the issues up for debate when Congress returns from its August recess on Tuesday will be the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.

Stay Classy: NPR’s Ari Shaprio Sings With Pink Martini At Shelter Island

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People have heard his dulcet tones delivering the news on KPBS, but longtime NPR journalist Ari Shapiro can also sing.

Now Hiring: San Diego Unified Aims To Fill Teacher Vacancies

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Amid a nationwide teacher shortage, San Diego Unified held a three-day job fair this week to fill 40 teaching positions.

San Diego, Tijuana Experts Tackle Homelessness On The Border

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A public forum in San Diego explores how the issues of homelessness on both sides of the border are related, and what can be done to bring the numbers down.

San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood

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What are the health benefits of eating seafood? And what difference does it make what kind of seafood you eat?

Writer Explores San Diego’s Best Scenic Drives

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As a kid growing up in San Diego, Jack Brandais remembers going on Sunday drives. He compiled some of his favorite scenic drives, from the coast to the back country, in a series of Kindle books called Joyride Guru.

What It Takes For Non-Traditional College Students To Succeed In San Diego

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Roughly 50 percent of San Diego community college students are 25 or older. What does it take for those so-called "non-traditional students" to succeed in college?

Australia Offers Lessons In Mitigating California's Drought

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Desalination has become a hot topic as California looks to mitigate the ongoing drought. Midday Edition takes a look at lessons learned from Australia's drought.

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