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A last chance for San Diego kids

May 30, 2013

A unique San Diego diversion program may be the last chance for many troubled local kids to stay out of the criminal justice system.

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Young women in pot industry face exploitation

May 29, 2013

Young women in pot industry face exploitation

By Suzanne Hurt

Some don’t run into any problems, while others are drawn by the pot trade’s element of danger. But many women are surprised to find violent and volatile working situations are often part of the industry.

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Your personal fitness data intrigues academics

May 28, 2013

Your personal fitness data intrigues academics

Researchers at UC San Diego and UC Irvine have launched a project to examine the potential of using data from personal fitness monitors to help scientists explore public health and social science issues.

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Marlene Sanchez fights for a better life for girls

May 28, 2013

Marlene Sanchez fights for a better life for girls

By Leah Bartos

Marlene Sanchez, executive director of the Center for Young Women’s Development, helps young women arrest the cycle of incarceration.

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California is richest, poorest state

May 27, 2013

It’s fair to say that California is the richest state in the nation. We have more millionaires than any other state, and mansions dot our coastal bluffs and inland canyons. But California is also, arguably, the poorest state in the nation. We have more people in poverty — 6.1 million — and more children in poverty than any other state. Even more ominously, a new measure of poverty shows that California has the highest percentage of its population living below the poverty line. Daniel Weintraub’s weekly essay.

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Designers eye vast market: older adults

May 26, 2013

Retailers and the designers who work for them are beginning to eye a vast new market: older adults with a taste for style and money to spend. Matt Perry’s latest column on aging with dignity.

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Clergy campaign for indigent care

May 23, 2013

By Chris Richard

In a first step in a campaign to emphasize a moral and religious imperative in the state budget debate, clergy from a coalition of Los Angeles County churches and synagogues delivered sermons over last weekend calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to retain current state support for county indigent care.

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Low-income kids face a wide summer nutrition gap

May 23, 2013

Low-income kids face a wide summer nutrition gap

By Lily Dayton

Over half the kids in California receive free or reduced lunch at school—yet the majority of these low-income kids don’t receive federally funded meals during the summer. Now schools and community organizations are coming together to make sure summer lunch reaches kids in need, even if they aren’t in summer school.

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Covered California rolls out health plan choices, rates

May 23, 2013

Today was a big day for Covered California, the new state-run marketplace for health insurance created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The health exchange rolled out the 13 regional and statewide plans that will be available to more than 5 million Californians eligible to buy coverage through the new system beginning Oct. 1

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To combat poverty, information is key

May 22, 2013

By Suzanne Potter

In the past two years, poverty rates in Riverside County rose from 12 percent to about 14 percent, according to the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Riverside, the agency charged with doing something about it.

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