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Stories by Neiko Will

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Business Report: Congressional Budget Office Updates Economic Forecast

Aug. 17
By Ebone Monet, Neiko Will

This week's Congressional Budget Office report comes with some warnings of slower growth in the coming years and Amazon makes a move to buy Landmark Theatres.

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Roundtable: Still Waiting For Answers In Earl McNeil Death

Aug. 17
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

National City police say their investigation is done, but the family of Earl McNeil is still waiting for answers. The federal government argues that cross-border sewage pollution is a local problem. And the nation's newspapers clap back at President Trump and his anti-press comments.

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Roundtable: Outrage Over Border Immigration Policy

July 6
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

North of the border, the government asks for more time to address family separations as outrage continues over zero-tolerance. While down south, Mexico elects a new president. He's described as populist and anti-establishment, but does he have anything in common with his U.S. counterpart?

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Roundtable: Reassembling Fractured Immigrant Families

June 29
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The clock is ticking on reuniting immigrant families separated at the border. What now, after Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announces his retirement? And a legal challenge to the Mission Valley stadium site ballot measures. We discuss it all, on KPBS Roundtable.

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Roundtable: President Pivots On Immigration, Zero-Tolerance Policy Remains

June 22
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The national debate about what to do about immigrants fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries comes to a head this week, while the dream of retirement fades for many Californians. We discuss both on this week's Roundtable.

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Retail Oasis Or Ghost Town? The Future Of San Diego Malls

June 19
By Neiko Will

Malls have long been blamed for the death of Main Street. But San Diego's Gaslamp District is having its revenge.

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Roundtable: Problem Teachers In San Diego

June 15
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

San Diego Teachers who harass students aren't always fired. Terminally ill patients who want to end their lives are in limbo. And how do you help PTSD patients who don't believe they deserve to get better? Tune in for this week's discussion on the KPBS Roundtable.

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Roundtable: On To November, Election Roundup

June 8
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Candidates still standing after this week's primary are retooling for the general election, with some tight races ahead. We look at what Tuesday's results can forecast about November.

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'American Socialist: The Life And Times Of Eugene Victor Debs' Comes To San Diego

May 11
By Neiko Will

Looking to dispel some of the misconceptions of the word "socialist", San Diego filmmaker Yale Strom presents his look at the labor leader, and five-time socialist presidential candidate, Eugene Debs.

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Roundtable: San Diego County Settles In Deputy Sexual Misconduct Investigation

May 4
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

On the Roundtable: San Diego County agrees to pay $412,000 to settle two sexual misconduct claims against a sheriff's deputy this week, while offers to 13 other women are outstanding. Recent lawsuits could put the kibosh on women-only events in San Diego. And, the race to replace Governor Jerry Brown as his tenure as the state's longest-serving governor winds down.

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Roundtable: Asylum Seekers Poised To Cross Border

April 27
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

U.S. and international law dictates people seeking asylum be given a fair hearing, but President Trump wants to turn a caravan of asylum seekers away. A dead-end for some, is a beacon of hope for others; we look at two new programs at Donovan State Prison. And the true cost of a longtime diabetes treatment experts say is a scam.

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Roundtable: Many California Cities Give Cold Shoulder To Marijuana Business

April 20
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The passing of Proposition 64 made recreational marijuana legal in California, but in more cities than not, pot business isn't welcome. A billionaire doctor is poised to take over the San Diego Union-Tribune. And, the biggest health beat stories over the last couple decades. Join us for the KPBS Roundtable.

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Roundtable: Governor Complies With Request For National Guard Troops

April 13
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

This week on KPBS Roundtable; California Governor Jerry Brown agrees to the president's request for National Guard troops. But there are conditions. There's a debate over how pregnant women inmates are treated at San Diego county jails and whether or not they are routinely shacked while giving birth. And, San Diego buys a building designed for skydiving to help the city's homeless crisis.

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Roundtable: President Pushes For National Guard At Border

April 6
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

President Trump wants to use National Guard troops for border security. Also on KPBS Roundtable: What do you do when you have a degree, and a job, but can't make ends meet? And how magnet schools might be creating divisions in Vista.

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Roundtable: How San Diego Schools Assess Threats Of Gun Violence

March 2
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

What are local schools doing to prevent tragedies like the one in Parkland, Florida? How do politics play into how we treat asylum seekers? And can you shoot a horse in the head and call it a "rescue?" Join us for the discussion on The Roundtable.

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How Long Does $1 Million Last In Retirement In San Diego?

Feb. 23
By Neiko Will

A new study looking at places to retire in the U.S. finds San Diego is not ideal due to high housing costs. But if you are willing to pay for the luxury America's finest city offers, or if you get creative, you can live out your golden years in style.

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Roundtable: Family-Sponsored Visas, IRC Investigation And Cross-Border Animal Smuggling

Feb. 23
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Chain migration? Or family reunification? A closer look at a program President Trump has vowed to end. Plus, an unpermitted gun range in Escondido has neighbors nervous. And, an alleged cross-border animal smuggling operation is exposed.

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Roundtable: Union-Tribune's Editorial Response To Florida School Shooting, Marijuana Money And Elections, Duncan Hunter's Campaign Finance Scandal, County Goes After Journalist

Feb. 16
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial team responds to another mass shooting. The local marijuana industry is looking to support pot-friendly candidates. Congressman Duncan Hunter fights to keep his seat. And, the county targets a San Diego journalist.

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Roundtable: Fight For The 49th, Methane Stalls Development, And Is California Ready For Recreational Pot?

Dec. 22, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Democrats ramp up efforts to unseat Congressman Darrell Issa. Construction of a massive housing development in Chula Vista hits a snag. And, quasi-legalized pot is almost here. Is California ready?

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Roundtable: Fire Danger, Housing Shortage, Restoring Balboa Park's South End

Dec. 8, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

There are unprecedented fire threat warnings and strategic power outages as flames engulf parts of the county. We dive into the whether San Diego can build its way out of the housing crisis. And, proposals and barriers to making Balboa Park great again.

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Roundtable: Tax Bill, Jail Deaths, Sea Level Rise, City Heights Real Estate

Nov. 24, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The negative impact of tax reform would be felt heavily in California. Eyebrows are raised as investigations into the deaths of 22 people while in law enforcement custody in San Diego County are dropped. As the ocean encroaches, Del Mar residents aren't ready to retreat. And, has gentrification come to City Heights?

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Roundtable: Hepatitis Spread, Tiny Home Hurdles, Legal Battle Freezes Foundation Donations

Sept. 22, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Miles of sandy beaches, perennially sunny skies and a worsening hepatitis outbreak: Is San Diego still attractive to tourists? Tiny homes face huge hurdles in San Diego. And a nasty legal battle holds up donations at the Conrad Prebys Foundation.

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Roundtable: Homelessness And Hep A, Fire Season Looms, Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Settlement

Sept. 15, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

San Diego took emergency measures this week, as the city tries to address the deadly outbreak of Hepatitis A. The traditional wildfire season is here, but lots of local fire personnel are elsewhere, battling fires up north. And, is the Catholic Diocese in San Diego doing enough the protect kids from predators, 10 years after settling 144 sexual abuse lawsuits?

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Roundtable: A Deep Dive Into DACA

Sept. 8, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The Trump administration takes on immigration reform, by announcing the popular DACA program will wind down over the next six months. What does that mean for San Diego "Dreamers"?

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Roundtable: Charlottesville Fallout, NAFTA Makeover, SeaWorld Slump

Aug. 18, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The president's take on vestiges of the Civil War raises eyebrows and drops jaws in the wake of last weekend's violence in Charlottesville. Local leaders brace for adjustments to NAFTA. And SeaWorld is changing with the times, but is it too late?

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Roundtable: SANDAG Saga Continues, Former Mayor Helps Win Development Deal

Aug. 11, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg, Neiko Will

The head of SANDAG announced his retirement this week. Will the taint of the revenue forecasting scandal go with him? And, a former San Diego mayor helps seal a subsidized housing development deal with the county. Did her chummy ties to a supervisor help?

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Roundtable: Senate Healthcare Bill, Algae As Fuel, Getting To Zero Traffic Deaths

June 23, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The secret senate healthcare bill is finally revealed. Genetically modified algae takes a step closer to the gas tank. And San Diego begins a plan to drastically reduce traffic deaths.

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Roundtable: Gompers Investigation, District Attorney Endorsement, Dividing Cities Into Districts

May 19, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

On the Roundtable: allegations of grade inflation at a celebrated San Diego charter, the district attorney's chosen successor and the botched Stephanie Crowe murder case, and dividing cities into council districts to comply with state law.

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Roundtable: Taking A Stand On Immigration, Mattis As Defense Secretary, Effects Of Legal Pot

Dec. 9, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will, Pat Finn

Democrats at the state capitol launch an offensive on the proposed immigration policies of President-elect Donald Trump. Will retired Gen. James Mattis be a good fit for Secretary of Defense? And the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the state is already having effect on criminal justice in San Diego.

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Roundtable: Update On Local Races, Putting Presidential Race In Perspective And Politics At The Movies

Nov. 4, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

What can an analysis of "Citizen Kane" tell us about the presidential race? And how will history remember the 2016 election? Find out on the Roundtable.

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Roundtable: Breaking Down San Diego Ballot Measures

Oct. 28, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Election Day is fast approaching. Do you know enough to make an informed decision on the local measures on the ballot?

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Roundtable: Final Presidential Debate, Congressional Races, State Propositions

Oct. 21, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to flirt with the idea that he won't concede the election, should he lose on Nov. 8. Will there will a Trump Effect on San Diego races? And is California ready to say goodbye to the death penalty...and hello to recreational pot?

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'Gilmore Girls' Fans Flock To Luke's Diner Pop-Ups In San Diego

Oct. 5, 2016
By Kristina Bravo, Neiko Will

Industrial Grind Coffee in Hillcrest and Cafe Virtuoso in Barrio Logan on Wednesday transformed into Luke's Diner, a restaurant on the TV show, and served free coffee.

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Roundtable: Tony Gwynn Tobacco Lawsuit, Maintaining The Border, Future Of Del Mar Fairgrounds

May 27, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Ban "dip" from baseball? Tony Gwynn's family hopes their lawsuit will help make that happen. The San Diego border fence as a test case for Donald Trump's "build a wall" campaign promise. And the upside and downside to living where the surf meets the turf.

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Roundtable: Trouble at Lincoln High, Council Race Heats Up, Getting Californians To Vote

March 11, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The brawl at San Diego's Lincoln High exposes long-standing problems at the school. The race for the San Diego City Council District 1 seat gets exciting. And what will it take to get more people to the polls?

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Oboe Player Featured In San Diego Youth Symphony Documentary

Dec. 29, 2015
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.

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A Physicist, An Engineer And A Cosmologist Discuss The Science Of 'Star Wars'

Dec. 17, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Neiko Will

Is it possible that light could be contained in a lightsaber? Could a weapon destroy a planet? How long would it take to hop around a galaxy, even one far, far away?

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Actor Hershey Felder Brings Irving Berlin To Life At La Jolla Playhouse

Dec. 15, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

Hershey Felder channels the composer for a special holiday engagement that runs through Jan. 3.

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San Diego Writer Examines HIV Epidemic In Tijuana

Dec. 14, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

"Tomorrow Is A Long Time: Tijuana's Unchecked HIV/AIDS Epidemic" pairs writing by Jon Cohen, and photos by Malcolm Linton.

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'Spice' Drug Overdoses Up In San Diego

Dec. 8, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

San Diego officials urge caution as marijuana enthusiasts turn to a synthetic substitute known as "spice" that reportedly doesn't show up readily on drug tests.

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Chula Vista's Mayor In Paris For Climate Talks

Dec. 3, 2015
By Neiko Will, Pat Finn, Steve Walsh

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas is one of 11 U.S. mayors attending COP21, the climate conference in Paris. She's there because her city has been a leader in carbon reduction for over a decade.

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Navy Taking Public Input On Future Training In San Diego Waters

Dec. 2, 2015
By Amita Sharma, Neiko Will, Steve Walsh

The U.S. Navy is seeking a new permit to conduct training exercises off the San Diego coast, and is collecting concerns and comments from the public about potential ill effects on marine life.

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San Diego Delegation Heads To Paris Climate Talks

Nov. 30, 2015
By Neiko Will, Steve Walsh

UC San Diego scientists, students and the mayor of Chula Vista are scheduled to take part in the climate meeting in Paris this week.

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Challenge For San Diegans: Waste Less Food This Holiday Season

Nov. 30, 2015
By Neiko Will, Steve Walsh

Americans throw away 5 million tons of food between Thanksgiving and New Year's. I Love A Clean San Diego wants to change that.

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What's Behind Trend That Has Mexicans Leaving U.S.

Nov. 23, 2015
By Kenny Goldberg, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

A study from Pew Research Center found that in recent years the number of Mexicans leaving the U.S. is larger than the number coming to the U.S.

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Author Brings Real Stories Of English Housekeepers To San Diego

Nov. 19, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

How realistic is Mrs. Hughes in "Downton Abbey"? "The Housekeepers Tale: The Real Women Who Ran The English Country House" by Tessa Boase takes a look.

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La Jolla Playhouse ‘Indecent’ Explores Legal Battle Over Artistic Expression

Nov. 18, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

"Indecent" is a play about another play — one that got the cast and producer arrested when it premiered on Broadway in the 1920s.

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San Diego Professor Wants To Revive The 'American Dream'

Nov. 17, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Steve Walsh

An ambitious study launched at UC San Diego will look at practical ways to make the "American Dream" a reality.

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Will San Diego Take More Syrian Refugees After Paris Attacks?

Nov. 16, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

Governors from several U.S. states balk at taking in Syrian refugees after attacks in Paris.

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San Diego Man's Role In Uncovering Priest Sex Abuse Featured In 'Spotlight'

Nov. 12, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

A San Diego mental health counselor was instrumental in helping Boston Globe investigative reporters uncover the priest sex abuse scandal in 2002 and cover-up that followed. The investigation is depicted in the new film "Spotlight."

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