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In Tijuana, Plastic Bag Ban Goes Big

Sept. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Tijuana has become the first Mexican city on border to ban plastic bags. The ban was inspired by the success of California's ban, but it goes much farther.

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Tariq Khamisa Foundation Supports Parole For Killer

Sept. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Tariq Khamisa, a San Diego college student, was killed by Tony Hicks, a 14-year old gang member, in 1995. Hicks' first parole hearing is scheduled for November. The Tariq Khamisa Foundation is supporting his release on parole.

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The Story Of The Brown Family Is The Story Of California

Sept. 12
By Pat Finn

In "The Browns of California," Miriam Pawel explores the family dynasty which produced two governors. During their terms in office, both father and son transformed the state and left an enduring legacy.

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Del Mar Gun Shows To Take Break In 2019 While Board Studies Options

Sept. 11
By Alison St John, Matt Hoffman, Pat Finn

The Del Mar Fairgrounds board of directors has voted to postpone gun shows after this year.

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NRC Visits San Onofre For Week-Long Inspection

Sept. 10
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

A team from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission arrives Monday to begin an inspection and evaluation of procedures at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station following a mishap on August 3 when a cask of spent nuclear fuel became hung up during transfer to dry storage. The cask could have dropped some 18 feet, but it did not.

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Depression, Suicide Are Themes Of Uplifting Play

Aug. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

A young boy keeps a list of all the things his mother has to live for. And then one day, he finds he needs his own list in "Every Brilliant Thing," presented by Cygnet Theatre.

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MLK III Marks Anniversary Of 'I Have A Dream' Speech At San Diego Border Park

Aug. 28
By Jade Hindmon, Pat Finn

Martin Luther King III honored the 55th anniversary of his father's "I Have A Dream" speech with his own speech at Border Field State Park Tuesday. The idea came from his 10-year-old daughter.

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Does Sex Harassment Training Work In Post-Filner Era?

Aug. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigned five years ago today, felled by accusations of sexual harassment from several women. Since then, combating sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace has become a cause celebre. Does the training most workers now receive really work?

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Local Museum Courts National Criticism

Aug. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Leaders of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla campus planned to renovate the building to make enough room for the permanent collection and a more obvious entryway. Then some very famous architects and critics heard about it.

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Megan Alice: High School Student And Published Poet

Aug. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

It's not often that a senior at Francis Parker High School can add "published poet" to her resume. But Megan Alice is no ordinary 17-year-old. "A Bouquet of Daisies," her debut collection published by Green Writers Press, goes on sale this week.

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San Diego Affordable Housing Advocates Eyeing 2020 Ballot

Aug. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The San Diego Housing Federation declined to place its affordable housing bond on the November 2018 ballot, a move some believe resulted from pressure from convention center advocates pushing their own ballot measure. The federation said it was a purely strategic decision to move it to 2020.

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Authors Reveal Story Behind The Notorious McMartin Case

Aug. 13
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Thirty-five years ago this week, a woman in Manhattan Beach, California reported a case of suspected child abuse at the McMartin Preschool setting off a frenzied swirl of allegations that became the longest and most expensive criminal case in U.S. history. A new book reveals the missteps and hysteria surrounding the trial.

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How Will Wildfire Danger Affect New Homes In North County Backcountry?

Aug. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

When San Diego County Supervisors approved the addition of hundreds of new homes in North County last month, the main concern at the hearing was wildfires. But fire officials now believe that they could evacuate homes or advise people to "shelter in place."

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Why Proposed Change For Police Review Board Won't Be On November Ballot

Aug. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

A change to San Diego's city charter strengthening the Community Review Board on Police Practices was in the works, and then it wasn't. The proposed measure ran afoul of some procedural potholes and eventually ran out of time to be placed on the November ballot.

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City Council Sends Measure To Increase Council, Mayor Salaries To November Ballot

Aug. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

On Tuesday the San Diego City Council voted to send a measure that will eventually double their salaries — and that of the mayor — to the November ballot, along with a few other important measures.

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Balboa Park's Plaza De Panama Project Once Again In Court

July 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

There has been no shortage of litigation against the long-stalled Plaza de Panama project to remake the central mesa of Balboa Park. This week a lawsuit filed by attorney Cory Briggs asserting the city should have asked for voter approval before seeking bonds to pay for the project, has made it into court.

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Former U-T Reporter Helps Out In Capital Gazette Newsroom, Site Of Mass Shooting

July 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Joshua Stewart, who covered politics at The San Diego Union-Tribune, is "helping out any way I can" at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, which lost five staffers in a mass shooting last month.

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Shankar Vedantam Finds The Bias In Our Hidden Brain

July 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Shankar Vedantam reveals how our thoughts and actions are governed by our hidden brain, including our reactions to news stories and social trends such as the #MeToo movement.

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Why Losing 30 Psychiatric Beds In Oceanside Means A Crisis For San Diego County

July 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Losing 30 psychiatric beds may not seem like a catastrophe, but the impending closure of two psychiatric units at Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside is just the latest in a string of such losses in the county and statewide.

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Reporter Details Story Of Foster Home Abuse Lawsuit Against San Diego County

July 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

An explosive story of San Diego County's years-long failure to stop child sexual abuse in a foster home was published on Sunday. The reaction from candidates running for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has been intense.

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The Alpine Fire Was Contained In A Day. How?

July 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Thirty-two homes and roughly two dozen other structures were destroyed in the 504-acre West Fire in Alpine this month. And yet the fire had the potential to be much worse than it was. How did firefighters get it contained so fast, given the heat and the terrain?

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Gun Magazine Restriction Halted By 9th Circuit

July 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction halting a California law restricting the size of gun magazines. And a federal judge who ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from a published article changed his mind.

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Gripping Story Of 'The Indianapolis' Told By Local Authors

July 11
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The saga of the USS Indianapolis is wild enough to stoke the imagination of any World War II buff. So how did Sara Vladic, a young college student at Pepperdine, become interested enough to spend more than a decade telling the story?

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Labor Shortage And Other Risks Confront San Diego Farmers

July 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The price of water and the lack of land are big problems for San Diego County farmers. Even worse: an acute labor shortage.

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Alpine Center Assisting Fire Victims

July 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

San Diego County opened a one-stop center in the Alpine Library to start fire victims on the road to recovery.

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In The Mail: New Medicare Cards To Combat Fraud

July 5
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

The federal government will replace the nearly 58 million Medicare cards in circulation. In an effort to combat fraud and identity theft, the new cards do not display Social Security numbers.

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Majority Of Americans See Democracy As Weak And Getting Weaker

July 3
By Pat Finn

Americans are committed to the ideals of democracy, but a majority are concerned about its current and future health, according to a bi-partisan poll from the George W. Bush Foundation, the Penn Biden Institute and Freedom House, a non-profit which tracks attitudes toward democracy worldwide.

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San Diego Muslim Community Reacts To Travel Ban Validation

June 27
By Pat Finn

Immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court validated the Trump Administration's latest travel ban, the Muslim community gathered to express their dismay and to plan what to do next.

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López Obrador: President Of Mexico At Last?

June 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been running for President of Mexico since 2006. He may succeed on Sunday.

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San Diego: A Temporary Paradise?

June 14
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

A 44-year-old book looking at how to preserve San Diego’s uniqueness has been re-released. “Temporary Paradise?” is as relevant today as in 1974.

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What’s Going On (Or Not) At Horton Plaza

June 13
By Pat Finn

The iconic mall, which opened in 1985 as part of a plan to clean up and revitalize downtown, is in escrow and the subject of a lawsuit.

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Roundtable: Troubles At Qualcomm, San Ysidro School District, SeaWorld And The San Diego River

Nov. 10, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There's a big offer from Broadcom to buy Qualcomm Inc., big financial troubles for the San Ysidro School District and SeaWorld, and a big mess along the San Diego River, where the homeless are migrating.

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Roundtable: Housing Commission, El Cajon Gets Tough, Child Sex Trafficking, Sex Workers' Lawsuit

Nov. 3, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The San Diego Housing Commission says there's a reason its sitting on $278 million in unspent funds. El Cajon cracks down on the homeless. The FBI cracks down on Americans who travel to Tijuana for sex with children. And a lawsuit on behalf of California sex workers reaches federal court here.

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Roundtable: SDG&E Power Plays, Short-Term Rental Mess, Homeless Campground

Oct. 27, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

SDG&E keeps asking to bill its customers for the remaining 2007 wildfire costs. The city of San Diego has had 2 1/2 years to create rules for short-term rentals but nothing has been decided yet. And the new homeless campground near downtown San Diego has unexpected tenants: children.

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Roundtable: Covering The 2007 Fires, SDPD's Salary Deal

Oct. 20, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

What was it like to cover the destructive 2007 wildfires, to send reporters into danger, to get out critical information amidst crashing websites and without smart phones? Well, there was invention, cooperation and pure determination. And a new thing called Twitter.

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John Witherspoon, Public Broadcasting Pioneer, First General Manager Of KPBS, Dies At 88

Oct. 13, 2017
By Amita Sharma, Pat Finn

John Witherspoon, who helped create the Public Broadcasting Act 50 years ago, was KPBS’s first general manager and the first president of the board of National Public Radio, has died.

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Roundtable: DACA Demands, Feinstein's Run, Hep A Continues, La Mesa School Board

Oct. 13, 2017
By Pat Finn

President Trump said he wanted to make a deal with Democrats to save DACA and then seemed to make a deal impossible. Dianne Feinstein will keep running. Hepatitis A keeps making people sick. And the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District appoints a novice to fill a vacant seat.

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Roundtable: Mass Shootings, 'Categate,' Transparency Law, Jury Trial For Homeless Man

Oct. 6, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn

Another mass shooting in America. Same aftermath? The leaker of a confidential memo comes forward. A city law meant to increase transparency gets a boost. A homeless man gets a jury trial for sleeping on the street.

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Roundtable: Hep A Blame Game, Olango's Legacy, The Delta Tunnel

Sept. 29, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

San Diego city and county officials blame each other for the glacial reaction to the hepatitis A outbreak. The shooting of Alfred Olango is having a lasting impact. The proposed Sacramento Delta tunnel is a very big deal.

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Roundtable: Raising Taxes; More Salk Troubles; Old Problems At SDUSD; Bye-Bye Remedial Math

Sept. 1, 2017
By Pat Finn

A California Supreme Court ruling may make it easier to build a football stadium -- or a highway. The Salk Institute is facing a lot of challenges. SDUSD begins a new year with old problems. Ditching remedial math may make sense.

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Roundtable: Accident-Prone Navy; Paying For Wildfires; Change In Mission Valley

Aug. 25, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The U.S. Navy looks for answers after a string of accidents. Two judges recommend SDG&E bear the costs for the 2007 wildfires. And Mission Valley sees something different in its future.

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Roundtable: Cars, Taxis And Walkers At The Border, Housing For Refugees

Aug. 4, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn and pat

On the border: a young man dies from drinking liquid meth; the Tijuana taxi wars are quiet, for now; but "carmageddon" is coming. And finding housing here for refugees is as hard as you might think.

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Roundtable: Trump's Tweets, Housing Crisis, Trouble For Snopes

July 28, 2017
By Amita Sharma, Pat Finn

President Donald Trump suddenly tweets a major policy change for transgender troops. There's a housing crisis in San Diego, made possible by, well, all of us. And a website that debunks fake news is in real trouble.

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Roundtable: More Visas, More Raids; Women Sue Salk Institute; Imperial Beach Sues Big Oil

July 21, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The number of temporary work visas increases, as does the number deportations. Three women scientists have now filed gender discrimination suits against the Salk Institute. And tiny Imperial Beach sues global conglomerates.

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Roundtable: San Diego County Races, Bills On Housing And SANDAG, Padres Midseason

July 14, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There are new and familiar faces vying for County seats. Important bills on housing and SANDAG reform advance in Sacramento. And are the new faces on the Padres helping them advance?

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Roundtable: Mayor Faulconer's Future; Homelessness Plan; SDG&E Faces Energy Alternatives

July 7, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Kevin Faulconer has been mayor of San Diego for just over three years. Is he going anywhere? San Diego teams up with the county and others for a new homeless initiative. And SDG&E works to save power — its own.

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Roundtable: Leaked Memo, Surplus 'Q,' SDUSD Staffing, Sweetwater Scandal Revisited, Zoo News

June 30, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

City Attorney's SoccerCity strategy memo is leaked. Is Qualcomm Stadium surplus property? SDUSD staffing rises while enrollment shrinks. Looking back at Sweetwater scandal. The Zoo looks ahead -- to Africa.

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Roundtable: No Special Election, Toxic Plume In El Cajon, Driving Stoned

June 16, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There will be no special election for the city of San Diego this November. Probably. A plume of toxic contaminants lurks under El Cajon. And how can we tell who is driving while high?

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Roundtable: San Diego's Budget, SoccerCity, Convention Center

June 9, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

On Monday the San Diego City Council passed the budget without funding a special election this November, potentially dooming SoccerCity and a tax increase for a Convention Center expansion.

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Roundtable: Climate Action, Border Sewage, SoccerCity Secrets, Gang Database

June 2, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The U.S. may have withdrawn from the Paris climate deal, but not California. Raw sewage from Tijuana is fouling San Diego waters. San Diego Mayor Faulconer met privately with SoccerCity investors. California's gang database is flawed.

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