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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Living With Wildfires: San Diego Firestorm 10 Years Later

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Stories by Brooke Ruth

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had Our Faith...

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had Our Faith, Our Friends And Our Family'

Oct. 16
By Brooke Ruth

Jay and Kendra Jeffcoat were on a family vacation in Colorado when they learned their Rancho Bernardo home burned down in the Witch Creek fire in 2007.

Data Breaches Expose Flaws Of Using Social Security Numbers As Iden...

Data Breaches Expose Flaws Of Using Social Security Numbers As Identifiers

Oct. 10
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Alternatives to social security cards include biometrics, such as fingerprints, iris scans and palm prints, and blockchain technology, which uses encryption to create a digital signature. But a San Diego privacy expert said there are flaws with both options.

'Courageous Aging' Author To Speak At Saturday Expo

'Courageous Aging' Author To Speak At Saturday Expo

Oct. 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ken Druck, the author of "Courageous Aging: Your Best Years Ever Reimagined" will be speaking at the Successful Aging Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Exhibit At Oceanside Museum Of Art Focuses On Border Issues

Exhibit At Oceanside Museum Of Art Focuses On Border Issues

Oct. 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, which aims to display Latin American and Latino art across Southern California.

SDSU Professor Writes Book On History Of Left-Handedness

SDSU Professor Writes Book On History Of Left-Handedness

Sept. 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Howard Kushner, professor emeritus at San Diego State University, wrote about the history of left-handedness in "On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History."

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us A...

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It'

Sept. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In his book, "Gasping For Air: How Breathing Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It," Dr. Kevin Glynn talks about the internal and external factors that are causing many people to struggle to breath.

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the "Second Wave" podcast produced by KUOW public radio in Seattle and PRX, host Thanh Tan explores the experience of her parent's generation who fled the Vietnam War and settled in the U.S. as refugees, and the experience of her generation who were born and raised in the U.S.

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20...

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20 Percent

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The city of San Diego has $3 million more to spend on diverting food waste from the Miramar Landfill. The grant funding from the State of California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery will fund an expansion of the composting facility at the landfill and a food rescue program.

Gretchen Rubin's New Book: Knowing Your Personality Profile Can Hel...

Gretchen Rubin's New Book: Knowing Your Personality Profile Can Help You Improve Your Life

Sept. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Rubin will discuss "The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How To Make Your Life Better (And Other People's Lives Better, Too)" at events in Rancho Santa Fe and San Diego on Wednesday.

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans ...

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans By 2050

Sept. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are out with new calculations that find a small potential for global warming of such magnitude that it could wipe out life on earth.

New Art Exhibition Featuring Latin American Art And Artists Opens I...

New Art Exhibition Featuring Latin American Art And Artists Opens In Museums And Galleries Across Southern California

Sept. 13
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA kicked off this month with shows in more than 70 museums and artists from 45 countries. There will be pieces from the pre-Columbian Americas, but most of the works will feature modern artists, including some of the very Chicano artists who were kept out of Los Angeles' most prestigious museums just a few decades ago.

'The Sandcastle Girls' Author In Town For Kickoff Events For One Bo...

'The Sandcastle Girls' Author In Town For Kickoff Events For One Book, One San Diego

Sept. 12
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

"The Sandcastle Girls" is a multi-generational tale that spans nearly 100 years and focuses on the Armenian Genocide.

First Person: Balboa Park Carousel Operator Has Worked There Since ...

First Person: Balboa Park Carousel Operator Has Worked There Since He Was 16, Now He's 60

Sept. 11
By Brooke Ruth

Not many people work at the same place from their first day of work until retirement. But Bill Brown has.

Agreement Could Hold State Accountable For Completing Projects On S...

Agreement Could Hold State Accountable For Completing Projects On Shrinking Salton Sea

Sept. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A tentative agreement with state officials that would hold California accountable for completing projects detailed in the 10-year Salton Sea management plan will be discussed at a meeting Thursday in Sacramento.

New Protected Bikeway Connects Mid-City To Mission Valley

New Protected Bikeway Connects Mid-City To Mission Valley

Aug. 30
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

State and local transportation officials have opened a mile-long protected bike lane alongside SR-15. The bikeway offers a safer, more comfortable connection for bicyclists between Mission Valley and Mid-City neighborhoods.

Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Tran...

Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Transit Riders

Aug. 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The study found that those with cars in low-income San Diego neighborhoods have about 30 times greater job opportunities than those who walk to take public transit and that driving or biking to a transit station more than doubled the number of jobs that could be reached by transit in a 30-minute commute.

'Afoot And Afield In San Diego County' Co-Author Hiked Over 3,000 M...

'Afoot And Afield In San Diego County' Co-Author Hiked Over 3,000 Miles To Update Book

Aug. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

An updated "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" was published in March. Scott Turner hiked every hike in the book to update each one and added 50 new hikes. Turner will be speaking about the book at a series of events at libraries across the county.

Author T. Jefferson Parker Out With New Thriller Series

Author T. Jefferson Parker Out With New Thriller Series

Aug. 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In "The Room of White Fire," private investigator Roland Ford is hired to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman who escaped from a mental health facility in San Diego County.

'We Must Be Loud In Our Intolerance Of Intolerance': Local Faith Le...

'We Must Be Loud In Our Intolerance Of Intolerance': Local Faith Leaders Speak Up

Aug. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Erik Anderson, Maureen Cavanaugh

Local faith leaders held a press conference Friday to take a stand against racism in the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Saturday Event Aims To Support Caregivers Of Adults With Mental Ill...

Saturday Event Aims To Support Caregivers Of Adults With Mental Illness

Aug. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The daylong program covers topics such as communication skills and legal issues related to mental illness, along with a workshop on how caregivers can take time to care for themselves.

Recent House Fires Focus Attention On Hoarding Disorder

Recent House Fires Focus Attention On Hoarding Disorder

Aug. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

One fire was in Bonita at the beginning of August and the other was in Normal Heights at the end of July.

Q&A: Rep. Scott Peters Comments On ACA, Transgender Ban, North Korea

Q&A: Rep. Scott Peters Comments On ACA, Transgender Ban, North Korea

Aug. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rep. Scott Peters is in San Diego while Congress is on recess this month. He joined Midday Edition Tuesday to talk about his priorities. Here is that interview.

First Person: Jacumba School Closes After Almost 90 Years

First Person: Jacumba School Closes After Almost 90 Years

Aug. 14
By Brooke Ruth

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who attended Jacumba Middle School will not be returning to that school when classes begin on Aug. 21.

'The Queen Of Katwe' Heads To College

'The Queen Of Katwe' Heads To College

Aug. 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The true-life story of Phiona Mutesi was told in the Disney movie "The Queen of Katwe." The movie chronicled Mutesi's journey from the slums of Uganda to fame as an international chess champion.

Documentary On Man's 116-Mile Walk Around Salton Sea To Be Screened...

Documentary On Man's 116-Mile Walk Around Salton Sea To Be Screened At Oceanside Film Fest

Aug. 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Randy Brown became the first person to hike the 116-mile perimeter of the Salton Sea in June 2015. Now the walk and the problems the Salton Sea is facing are the subject of a documentary that is set to debut at the Oceanside Film Festival on Monday.

Expert Reacts To Release Of Former Catholic Priest Charged In Child...

Expert Reacts To Release Of Former Catholic Priest Charged In Child Rape Case

Aug. 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The former Reverend Paul Shanley served 12 years in a Massachusetts prison on a conviction for child rape. His sole accuser was believed to be only one of many children molested by Shanley while he was a Catholic priest in Boston.

New CEO Of Veterans Village Of San Diego Has Special Connection To ...

New CEO Of Veterans Village Of San Diego Has Special Connection To Vietnam-Era Vets

July 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Kim Mitchell is replacing Phil Landis as president and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego. Landis is officially retiring on Friday.

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Proposes Temporary Housing Plan For...

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Proposes Temporary Housing Plan For Homeless

July 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward presented his ideas for temporary housing for the homeless to the council's new Select Committee on Homelessness Tuesday. The committee agreed to take his proposals under consideration and come back with a specific plan in September.

Jennings Fire Could Be Beginning Of Difficult Fire Season In San Di...

Jennings Fire Could Be Beginning Of Difficult Fire Season In San Diego County

July 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Just over a week ago, the Jennings fire in San Diego's East County led to an evacuation order for residents of threatened homes and shut down a portion of Interstate 8. The fire was extinguished after burning 400 acres. No injuries or structural damages resulted from the fire.

Imperial Beach Sues Oil And Coal Companies For Climate Change Damages

Imperial Beach Sues Oil And Coal Companies For Climate Change Damages

July 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Imperial Beach and two Northern California counties on Monday filed lawsuits against 37 oil and coal companies for damages associated with climate change.

Phil Landis To Retire After 20 Years At Veterans Village Of San Diego

Phil Landis To Retire After 20 Years At Veterans Village Of San Diego

July 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Landis started out as a volunteer at Veteran Village of San Diego's Stand Down event and eventually worked his way up to serving as CEO of the organization, a position he has held for 10 years. He will retire on July 28.

Author Of Book About Bias In The Design Of Products, Places To Spea...

Author Of Book About Bias In The Design Of Products, Places To Speak At Warwick's

July 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The cause of long lines for women's public restrooms? Author Kathryn Anthony blames bad design.

Two Sides Respond To Lawsuit Alleging Gender Discrimination At Salk...

Two Sides Respond To Lawsuit Alleging Gender Discrimination At Salk Institute

July 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Salk biologists Vicki Lundblad and Katherine Jones spoke to The San Diego Union-Tribune about the lawsuits and Salk Institute further responded to the claims Friday.

San Diego Pride Celebration To Begin Friday

San Diego Pride Celebration To Begin Friday

July 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The event will run through Sunday and includes a rally, block party, parade and music festival.

San Diego's Homeless Czar Will Prioritize Assessment Center, IDing ...

San Diego's Homeless Czar Will Prioritize Assessment Center, IDing Short-Term Solutions

July 11
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jonathan Herrera started in his role as senior adviser on homeless coordination for Mayor Kevin Faulconer on July 3.

Rep. Juan Vargas Will Host Immigration Forum Monday Night

Rep. Juan Vargas Will Host Immigration Forum Monday Night

July 10
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The forum will include a discussion of issues surrounding deported veterans and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Author Gives Step-By-Step Process To Conquer College-Admissions Essays

Author Gives Step-By-Step Process To Conquer College-Admissions Essays

July 10
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

If you are going to be a senior in high school this fall, author Alan Gelb says you should be spending some of your time this summer working on your college admissions essay.

House To Consider Bill To Make Yucca Mountain Permanent Storage Sit...

House To Consider Bill To Make Yucca Mountain Permanent Storage Site For Nuclear Waste

July 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The House Energy and Commerce Committee last week approved a bill that would create a permanent storage site and a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas. The bill will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.

A Conversation With Affordable Housing Advocate Anne Wilson

A Conversation With Affordable Housing Advocate Anne Wilson

June 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Wilson is being honored by KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center as a community hero at an event Thursday.

Q&A With New CEO Of San Diego County Homeless Task Force

Q&A With New CEO Of San Diego County Homeless Task Force

June 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Regional Task Force on the Homeless, which is responsible for getting homeless service providers across San Diego County on the same page, has hired a new CEO.

Beetle That Has Killed Palm Trees In San Diego County Could Spread

Beetle That Has Killed Palm Trees In San Diego County Could Spread

June 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The South American palm weevil has already toppled dozens of palms in the Sweetwater Summit regional park in Bonita.

SDSU Students Win Award For Idea To Reduce Food Waste, Feed Hungry

SDSU Students Win Award For Idea To Reduce Food Waste, Feed Hungry

June 27
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

A pair of San Diego State University students plans to turn food waste, such as quinoa, brown rice and fruit and vegetable pulp, into protein powder, bars and cookies.

Plan For Convention Center, Hotel On Chula Vista Waterfront Moves F...

Plan For Convention Center, Hotel On Chula Vista Waterfront Moves Forward

June 21
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Port commissioners and members of the Chula Vista City Council approved an agreement Tuesday with RIDA Development to build the 1,450-room hotel and 275,000-square-foot convention center.

Community To Weigh In On 10-Year Salton Sea Management Plan

Community To Weigh In On 10-Year Salton Sea Management Plan

June 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The sea is the state's largest lake and is located in Imperial and Riverside counties. The lake is shrinking and thus exposing playa or lakebed, which becomes airborne dust when the wind blows.

First Person: San Diego Nonprofit Brings Yoga To Those Trying To Re...

First Person: San Diego Nonprofit Brings Yoga To Those Trying To Rebuild Their Lives

June 19
By Brooke Ruth

OG Yoga is a San Diego nonprofit that brings yoga to those who may not normally be exposed to the practice. That can include those dealing with poverty, abuse, incarceration and PTSD.

San Diego County Supervisors To Consider Affordable Housing Plan

San Diego County Supervisors To Consider Affordable Housing Plan

June 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The two main elements of the plan are to establish a $25 million affordable housing investment fund and to identify 11 county-owned properties that could be used for residential development.

Taking A Closer Look At San Diego County's $2 Billion In Reserves

Taking A Closer Look At San Diego County's $2 Billion In Reserves

June 14
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

As San Diego County goes through its budget process for fiscal 2017-18, activists are again bringing attention to the county's $2 billion reserve account.

Award Recognizes Founder Of International Nonprofit With San Diego ...

Award Recognizes Founder Of International Nonprofit With San Diego Origins

June 14
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Project Concern International is now in 16 countries and helps millions each year. It was started in the San Diego-Tijuana region 55 years ago.

How To Avoid Getting Stung By A Swarm Of Bees

How To Avoid Getting Stung By A Swarm Of Bees

May 30
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Bee attacks in San Diego County have made headlines this month. Hilary Kearney is a beekeeper and owns Girl Next Door Honey. Kearney said that the recent incidents are increasing fear in people, which causes them to react poorly around bees.

San Diego Unified's Plan To Protect Muslim Students From Bullying P...

San Diego Unified's Plan To Protect Muslim Students From Bullying Prompts Lawsuit

May 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A legal group has filed a lawsuit on behalf of six parents that challenges the constitutionality of the district's plan to protect Muslim students from being bullied.

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