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Stories by Wendy Fry

Navy Issues Statement On Strange Electronic Activity

After San Diego residents along the coastline complained of faulty garage door openers and car alarm technology gone amok, the U.S. Navy issued a statement neither claiming nor denying responsibility, but they did offer an explanation.

California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitations Releases Central File On John Gardner

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A 282-page document released today by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation contains the history of John Albert Gardner III's incarceration in the California state prison system. The document contains graphic material.

Study Finds Hands-Free Laws Not Reducing Crashes

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A report released late last month by the Highway Loss Data Institute found California’s new hands-free law has not reduced the number of vehicular accidents.

Retail Stores Move Toward Sustainable Fish

Two national retail chains with grocery stores in San Diego County are looking at policies that may change the type of fish they sell.

Envision San Diego

Costs Of Aging Inmates

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KPBS wanted to calculate how much money the state pays to incarcerate inmates for a life sentence. As an inmate ages behind bars, his expenses can nearly triple as he requires more health care.

Envision San Diego

The Cost Of Life In Prison

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The Supreme Court has rejected California's challenge to reduce its overcrowded prison population. The high court says the state must follow a federal order to reduce its prison numbers by 40,000 within two years. Yesterday, we told how overcrowding is taking a toll on old and sick inmates. Now, we look at the cost of spending life in prison. KPBS Producer Wendy Fry joins us with that part of the story.

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Street View: Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

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“You stand here on the street corner,” Mama Rita informed me. “Then, here come the cops and they tell you to move four blocks that way. You move four blocks that way and here come the schools telling you to move four blocks that-a-way. Where are we supposed to go?"

Swine Flu Claims 5 More Victims

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The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday that five more people in San Diego County have died with symptoms that could be linked to the swine flu, bringing the total number of local deaths to 52.

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Street View: Living Homeless For The Weekend

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This weekend I lived on the streets. I lived outside the San Diego winter homeless shelter and I ate, slept, cried, peed, learned, laughed, panhandled and listened to the street all weekend long.

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Culture Lust Weekend: eighth blackbird, Fat Freddy's Drop, and Zirk Ubu

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Culture Lust Weekend recommends an absurd circus troupe, a chamber group named for a Wallace Stevens poem, and the reggae grooves of Fat Freddy's Drop.

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Culture Lust Weekend: The Raveonettes, Saul Williams, and Mid-Century Art

Culture Lust Weekend recommends some music, some theater, and even some choice shopping for your weekend.

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Culture Lust Weekend: Thursday Night Thing, Mary Pickford and Joyce Carol Oates

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Thursday Night Thing is back. Silent film fests, major writers in town and even a poetry slam for your Wednesday. Here are our picks for what to do with your weekend and beyond.

Envision San Diego

What's In Your Salmon?

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KPBS sent two salmon samples, wild and farmed, off to a lab for fatty acid testing. The results just came in, and you may be surprised by the amount of fat in those healthy fish dinners.

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Culture Lust Weekend: Halloween Parties, Horror Trailers, And Hippies For Your Tuesday

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Horror Trailers Night at the Whistle Stop, a pop surrealist Halloween party at Subtext, and a groundbreaking play about Nazi persecution of gays. We offer it all here on Culture Lust Weekend. Take a look at your Halloween weekend options.

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Culture Lust Weekend: Daniel Johnston, Culture Shock and Tara Donovan

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Japanese noodles, Tuvan throat singing, Daniel Johnston, break dancers, and lots and lots of pins. That's the eclectic mix of stuff happening around town this weekend. Culture Lust has a truly lustable list of options for your culture-filled weekend.

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Infusion Of Metal And Latin: Rodrigo Y Gabriela

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Culture Lust contributor Wendy Fry ponders the perfect recipe for tapas and Rodrigo y Gabriela before their concert this weekend in San Diego.

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Artist Elizabeth Turk On Exhibit At Lux Art Institute

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Artist Elizabeth Turk spends years wrestling with a complicated piece of marble, and molding it into intricate patterns. Then she takes the 40-pound sculptures to the ocean and places them in the waves.