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Stories by Tom Fudge

San Diego Black Film Festival Opens This Week

San Diego Black Film Festival Opens This Week

Jan. 27
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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

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

Jan. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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

Churches Pitch In To Help San Diego Homeless

Churches Pitch In To Help San Diego Homeless

Jan. 12
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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

Ron Roberts Takes Charge

Jan. 12
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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?

Flood Insurance: What Good Is It?

Jan. 11
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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 Guide...

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

Jan. 11
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

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

Escondido Exhibit Untangles History of Hair

Jan. 11
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Tom Fudge

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

New California Laws Go Into Effect Friday

Dec. 31
By Capital Public Radio, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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

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

Dec. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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

Petco Park Ownership Issue Shines Light On Deed Fraud

Dec. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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

What's Ahead For San Diego Housing Prices In 2016

What's Ahead For San Diego Housing Prices In 2016

Dec. 29
By City News Service, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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

Oboe Player Featured In San Diego Youth Symphony Documentary

Dec. 29
By Neiko Will, Tom Fudge

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

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

Dec. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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

Oceanside Bilge Pump Makes Dent In Coastal Pollution

Dec. 14
By Tom Fudge

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

Stone Beer Now On Tap In Europe

Dec. 7
By Tom Fudge

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

Jerry Sanders: 'No Solution' To Mass Killings

Dec. 3
By Jean Guerrero, Tom Fudge

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?

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

Nov. 25
By Tom Fudge

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

Bumble Bee Says Customers Now Can Trace Their Tuna

Oct. 28
By Tom Fudge

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

San Diego State Developing Its Own Downtown

Sept. 25
By Tom Fudge

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

San Diego Tightens Rooming House Ordinance

Sept. 17
By Tom Fudge

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

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

Sept. 7
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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.

Aztecs Super Fan Cheers On Team for 758th Straight Game

Aztecs Super Fan Cheers On Team for 758th Straight Game

Sept. 7
By Neiko Will, Tom Fudge

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

Now Hiring: San Diego Unified Aims To Fill Teacher Vacancies

Now Hiring: San Diego Unified Aims To Fill Teacher Vacancies

Sept. 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

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

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

Sept. 3
By Neiko Will, Tom Fudge

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

San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood

San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood

Sept. 2
By Hoa Quach, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

San Diego, Tijuana Experts Tackle Homelessness On The Border

San Diego, Tijuana Experts Tackle Homelessness On The Border

Sept. 2
By Neiko Will, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

Writer Explores San Diego’s Best Scenic Drives

Writer Explores San Diego’s Best Scenic Drives

Sept. 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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 Sa...

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

Sept. 1
By Hoa Quach, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

Australia Offers Lessons In Mitigating California's Drought

Sept. 1
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

Show Them The Money! San Diego Fans Play Fantasy Football

Show Them The Money! San Diego Fans Play Fantasy Football

Aug. 31
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

Many San Diegans gathered this weekend to pick their Fantasy Football teams. Midday Edition discusses the game and who is making money from it.

What San Diego Is Doing To Keep Pollution Out Of The Pacific Ocean

What San Diego Is Doing To Keep Pollution Out Of The Pacific Ocean

Aug. 31
By Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

According to San Diego Coastkeeper, 80 percent of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean comes from inland sources through storm drains.

The Trouble With Parking At Balboa Park

The Trouble With Parking At Balboa Park

July 27
By Tom Fudge

Access to San Diego’s crown jewel is a challenge for visitors and the park organizations that don’t want to turn them away.

New Analysis Sheds Light On Suicide Rate Among Female Veterans

New Analysis Sheds Light On Suicide Rate Among Female Veterans

June 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs analyzed a decade of suicide data and found female veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women.

Save the Guacamole: New Planting Method Offers Hope To San Diego Av...

Save the Guacamole: New Planting Method Offers Hope To San Diego Avocado Industry

June 10
By Neiko Will, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

An Escondido avocado farm is testing a growing technique that may help the fruit thrive with less water in the middle of California’s drought.

Exhibition At San Diego Natural History Museum Explores Ancient Maya

Exhibition At San Diego Natural History Museum Explores Ancient Maya

June 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opens Friday and runs through January 2016.

What Will San Onofre's New Emergency Plan Look Like?

What Will San Onofre's New Emergency Plan Look Like?

June 10
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

Residents living near the now shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant have security questions after a new emergency plan was approved by federal regulators.

San Diego Coastkeeper Celebrates 20th Anniversary

San Diego Coastkeeper Celebrates 20th Anniversary

June 9
By Neiko Will, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The environmental group turns 20 this year. We have a look at what sort of impact it's had on San Diego's waterways.

New Book Explores California’s Pension Crisis

New Book Explores California’s Pension Crisis

June 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

"California Dreaming" by economist Lawrence McQuillan, a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, explains the origins of the state pension crisis and offers solutions.

Peralta Family Accepts Navy Cross For Their Late Son At Camp Pendleton

Peralta Family Accepts Navy Cross For Their Late Son At Camp Pendleton

June 8
By Tom Fudge

The family of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta accepted their late son's Navy Cross Monday, even though they would have preferred the Medal of Honor.

California Assembly To Consider Bill To Regulate Medical Marijuana

California Assembly To Consider Bill To Regulate Medical Marijuana

June 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Tom Fudge

Assembly BIll 266, authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, could come up for a vote on the Assembly floor as soon as Wednesday.

Beating Expectations: San Diego Homeless Program Saves Lives, Money

Beating Expectations: San Diego Homeless Program Saves Lives, Money

June 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

Community leaders take a look at what is next for Project 25, a program helping the chronically homeless in San Diego County and saving millions of dollars in public resources.

San Diegans Reflect On The End Of World War II

San Diegans Reflect On The End Of World War II

May 25
By Amita Sharma, Neiko Will, Tom Fudge

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. On this Memorial Day, we take a look back at the war that dramatically changed the country and San Diego.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Dips To Nearly 8-Year Low

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Dips To Nearly 8-Year Low

May 25
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent — the lowest rate the region has seen in almost a decade.

North San Diego County Ramps Up Water Recycling

North San Diego County Ramps Up Water Recycling

May 5
By Tom Fudge

After connecting the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe with purple pipes, recycled water is coming to the Village Park area of Encinitas.

San Diego Women Fought For Role In 1915 Expo At Balboa Park

San Diego Women Fought For Role In 1915 Expo At Balboa Park

April 23
By Tom Fudge

Historians explain how the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which created the Balboa Park we know today, was also a touchstone of the women’s movement in San Diego.

San Diego Psychologists Explain How To Teach Kids To Solve Problems

San Diego Psychologists Explain How To Teach Kids To Solve Problems

April 16
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

San Diego child psychologists turned authors discuss how a life filled with instant gratification can produce unintended consequences.

How A San Diego Man Survived The Holocaust

How A San Diego Man Survived The Holocaust

April 16
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

Meal Gap Study Shows How Hunger Hits San Diego County

April 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

Adult Bike Helmet Bill Is Amended Away

Adult Bike Helmet Bill Is Amended Away

April 14
By Tom Fudge

A state Senate bill that would have made California the only state to require adults to wear helmets while riding a bike was amended to require only a study.

IRS Offers Last-Minute Tips For Tax Filers

IRS Offers Last-Minute Tips For Tax Filers

April 10
By Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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