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Stories by Tom Fudge

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

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

March 10
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

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

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.

San Diego Groups Weigh In On Proposed Immigration Bills

San Diego Groups Weigh In On Proposed Immigration Bills

April 9
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

This week California Democrats proposed an immigration package consisting of 10 bills aimed at extending health care, legal rights and business protections to immigrants living in the state illegally.

Lessons From The Fukushima Disaster For California

Lessons From The Fukushima Disaster For California

March 10
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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?

California Small Farm Conference Opens In San Diego

California Small Farm Conference Opens In San Diego

March 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

One ALS Patient's Fight For The 'Right To Try'

One ALS Patient's Fight For The 'Right To Try'

March 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

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

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

March 6
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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

Roundtable On Cory Briggs, One Paseo, Women In Combat

Feb. 27
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

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

Personal Belief Exemptions For Vaccines Under Fire

Feb. 10
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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 Preventi...

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

Feb. 10
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

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

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

Feb. 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

The host of NPR's nationally syndicated program "Only A Game" released a collection of poems about sports.

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

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

Feb. 3
By Tom Fudge

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

Professional Hockey Will Return To San Diego

Jan. 29
By City News Service, Tom Fudge

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

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

Jan. 27
By Tom Fudge

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

San Diego Professor Discusses New Book On Impact Of Drone Strikes

Jan. 19
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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'

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

Jan. 19
By Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

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

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

Jan. 13
By Tom Fudge

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

Scripps CEO Discusses New Book On Leadership

Dec. 23
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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 Reta...

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

Dec. 22
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

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

Rep. Susan Davis Talks Border Crossing, Campus Sexual Assault

Dec. 22
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

Pilot Project Will Connect 'Rapid Bus' And Internet

Dec. 19
By City News Service, Tom Fudge

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 B...

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

Dec. 18
By Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

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

San Diegans Meet At Andrés Cuban Restaurant For Food, Debate

Dec. 17
By Tom Fudge

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

San Diego Food Writer Shares Thanksgiving Pie Recipes, Tips

Nov. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

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

Talking Turkey With Chef Bernard Guillas

Nov. 26
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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?

Is Thanksgiving The New Black Friday?

Nov. 25
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Water Recycling, More

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Water Recycling, More

Nov. 24
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

San Diego University Raising Money To Help Human Trafficking Surviv...

San Diego University Raising Money To Help Human Trafficking Survivors Get A College Education

Nov. 24
By Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

Audit Says San Diego Opera Remains A 'Going Concern'

Audit Says San Diego Opera Remains A 'Going Concern'

Nov. 20
By Tom Fudge

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

Women Speak Out Against Honor Violence

Nov. 19
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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

San Diego Chefs' New Cookbook Celebrates Seafood

Nov. 19
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

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.

Avoiding Holiday Cyberscams

Avoiding Holiday Cyberscams

Nov. 18
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

Mexicans Protest Disappearance Of 43 Students

Mexicans Protest Disappearance Of 43 Students

Nov. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.

San Diego Travel Writer Completes 800-Mile Walk To California's Mis...

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

Nov. 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

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.