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Stories by Tom Fudge

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus To Address UC San Diego Graduates

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus To Address UC San Diego Graduates

June 10
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

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

‘Rebuild San Diego’ Proposition Wins

June 7
By Tom Fudge

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?

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

May 2
By Tom Fudge

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

Report Shows Enrollment Declines Continue At Catholic Schools

Report Shows Enrollment Declines Continue At Catholic Schools

April 4
By Tom Fudge

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

San Diego Orchid Growers Harvest Passion And Memories

March 23
By Tom Fudge

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 Annua...

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

March 11
By Tom Fudge

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

City Council Approves Proposal Incentivizing Urban Agriculture

Feb. 29
By City News Service, Tom Fudge

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

Atkins Bill Addresses Coastal Commission Transparency

Feb. 25
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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

San Diego Immigrants' Cookbook Makes Traditional Meals Healthier

Feb. 25
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

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

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

Feb. 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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

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

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

Feb. 24
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

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?

Remembering San Diego’s Role In The Gulf War

Remembering San Diego’s Role In The Gulf War

Feb. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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

Roundtable: Gas Leak Stopped, Lester Fired, Chavez Quits, Veteran S...

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

Feb. 12
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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

California Coastal Commission May Toss Chief Overboard

Feb. 9
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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

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

Feb. 9
By Brooke Ruth, Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

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

San Diego's City Charter Under Review

Feb. 9
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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

San Diego Architects Take Another Look At Solar

Feb. 3
By Tom Fudge

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

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.