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Stories by Brooke Ruth

Cardiff Resident Tells Story Of Surviving Nepal Earthquake In New D...

Cardiff Resident Tells Story Of Surviving Nepal Earthquake In New Documentary

April 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Cardiff resident Kat Heldman is featured in a documentary about the 2015 Nepal earthquake that is airing on the Smithsonian Channel Monday night.

San Diego County Congressional Delegation On Border Wall, Obamacare...

San Diego County Congressional Delegation On Border Wall, Obamacare Repeal, Spending Bill

April 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County's congressional delegation will attend the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual congressional luncheon on Friday.

People Sleeping On Streets In San Diego County Increases 14 Percent

People Sleeping On Streets In San Diego County Increases 14 Percent

April 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Susan Murphy

San Diego County's homeless count in January found that 9,116 people were living in shelters or on the streets. That's a five percent increase countywide as compared to the previous year.

California Could Soon Have A State Dinosaur

California Could Soon Have A State Dinosaur

April 17
By Associated Press, Brooke Ruth

It's looking like California will soon have a state dinosaur: Augustynolophus morrisi. A bill to add the duck-billed dinosaur to the list of state insignia has passed the Assembly and is now headed to the state Senate.

'Crossing South' To Continue Exploring Tijuana, Northern Baja In Si...

'Crossing South' To Continue Exploring Tijuana, Northern Baja In Sixth Season

April 11
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

In this season, host Jose Meraz visits the first Indian restaurant in Baja, a water park with a slide that has a launch ramp and an open water aquarium where tuna are bred. He also explores the emerging beer brewing scene in Baja.

First Person: Artist Shinpei Takeda Explores 'Fobias' In Latest Exh...

First Person: Artist Shinpei Takeda Explores 'Fobias' In Latest Exhibit

April 10
By Brooke Ruth

The exhibit is titled "Fobia," which is the Spanish word for phobia and is a more general term, Takeda said. The exhibit is on display at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery through Thursday.

Navy Broadway Complex To Make Way For $1.3B Development

Navy Broadway Complex To Make Way For $1.3B Development

April 6
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The development will include a new building for the Navy's headquarters, four office buildings, two hotels, a museum, an area for shopping and a park.

Southern California Native And 'Ladies Of London' Star Out With New...

Southern California Native And 'Ladies Of London' Star Out With New Cookbook

April 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Marissa Hermer of Bravo's "Ladies of London" is out with a cookbook of recipes that infuse a California flavor to British fare.

New Statewide Website Rates Doctors

New Statewide Website Rates Doctors

March 30
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The website rates doctors based on whether or not they recommend particular health tests in their respective specialty.

UC San Diego Research Informs Musical About Good, Bad Of Aging

UC San Diego Research Informs Musical About Good, Bad Of Aging

March 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"The Geeze & Me" is a new musical about a group of baby boomers trying to figure out if there is a good way to get older.

Showing Young Girls Their Strength Through A Camera Lens

Showing Young Girls Their Strength Through A Camera Lens

March 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Strong is the New Pretty" is a book of photographs by Kate Parker that celebrates the strength girls have when they are true to themselves.

What Do The Top Endurance Athletes In The World Eat?

What Do The Top Endurance Athletes In The World Eat?

March 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Matt Fitzgerald looked at what the top runners, cyclists, cross-country skiers and triathletes in the world were eating to come up with a diet that amateur endurance athletes could mimic. He wrote about what he learned in his book, "The Endurance Diet."

SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Names New Dean

SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Names New Dean

March 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gregorio Ponce was named the dean of San Diego State University-Imperial Valley earlier this month.

Imperial Valley Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia Highlights The Shrinking...

Imperial Valley Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia Highlights The Shrinking Salton Sea

March 20
By Brooke Ruth

California Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia was one of the hosts of a tour of the Salton Sea area for state lawmakers and representatives of state agencies on Thursday — the same day the state released a 10-year management plan for the sea.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus To Perform Verdi's 'Requiem' This Weekend

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus To Perform Verdi's 'Requiem' This Weekend

March 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The performance requires a full chorus, a full symphony and solo vocalists. The San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus will be performing along with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and four solo vocalists.

Inmates At Donovan Prison Write About Addiction In New Play

Inmates At Donovan Prison Write About Addiction In New Play

March 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The impact of addiction is the subject of two plays that will be performed by San Diego State University theater students Thursday through Sunday. One of the plays was written by inmates at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

First Person: Becoming The First Mexican-American Woman Federal Judge

First Person: Becoming The First Mexican-American Woman Federal Judge

March 13
By Brooke Ruth

Irma Gonzalez was one of six women inducted into the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame earlier this month. She was the first Mexican-American woman to serve as a federal judge in the United States.

ACA Replacement Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood, San Diego Org...

ACA Replacement Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood, San Diego Organization Reacts

March 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The bill introduced by House Republicans on Monday to replace the Affordable Care Act would defund Planned Parenthood by not allowing Medicaid to reimburse services that the organization provides.

How Sexting, Texting And Social Media Shape Teen Mental Health

How Sexting, Texting And Social Media Shape Teen Mental Health

March 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Sexting, texting and social media — the new world of teen communications" — that's the title of one of the talks taking place at the Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference on Saturday in San Diego.

Book By Military Veterans Teaches How To Lead Without A Title

Book By Military Veterans Teaches How To Lead Without A Title

March 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

You don't have to have a management title to be one of the leaders in your workplace. That's the message of the new book "SPARK: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success."

San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

March 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego public libraries are aiming to make science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts more accessible and engaging by focusing on something that gets the attention of most kids — bugs.

How San Diego Bookstores Are Surviving

How San Diego Bookstores Are Surviving

Feb. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

While Fifth Avenue Books in Hillcrest is closing its doors at the end of the month, other bookstores in San Diego are doing OK and surviving in what was thought to be a dying industry.

How Increased Immigration Enforcement Could Impact San Diego County...

How Increased Immigration Enforcement Could Impact San Diego County Farms

Feb. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Farms across the country, including those in San Diego County, rely on laborers who are in the country illegally. How will increased immigration enforcement affect San Diego County's farming workforce?

Sen. Atkins Discusses Single-Payer Health Care For California

Sen. Atkins Discusses Single-Payer Health Care For California

Feb. 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

State Sen. Toni Atkins has co-sponsored a bill to explore a single-payer health care system in California. She joined us on Wednesday's Midday Edition to talk about the proposal. Here is what she said.

How Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?

How Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?

Feb. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

For some insight into how human beings coped with changes in the earth's climate in the past, we have to switch from the climate scientists to the archeologists.

Oroville Dam Emergency Puts California Dams In The Spotlight

Oroville Dam Emergency Puts California Dams In The Spotlight

Feb. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Seventeen of California's 1,585 dams are listed as being in poor condition, according to the National Inventory of Dams.

San Diego County Teachers Infuse Art In Core Academic Subjects

San Diego County Teachers Infuse Art In Core Academic Subjects

Feb. 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Centers for Research on Creativity at UCLA have been studying the impact of a program that helps San Diego County teachers incorporate the arts into core academic subjects.

First Person: Working With San Diego's Homeless Population

First Person: Working With San Diego's Homeless Population

Feb. 6
By Brooke Ruth

Paul DeLessio has been working with San Diego's homeless population for the last 16 years.

Despite Possibility Of Repeal, People Continue To Sign Up For Insur...

Despite Possibility Of Repeal, People Continue To Sign Up For Insurance Through ACA

Jan. 31
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Despite plans by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in health insurance under the act hasn't slowed down.

San Diego Leaders Condemn President Trump's Immigration Order

San Diego Leaders Condemn President Trump's Immigration Order

Jan. 30
By Brooke Ruth, City News Service, Elma Gonzalez

President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban prompted protests nationwide over the weekend. In San Diego, hundreds of protesters appeared at the San Diego International Airport.

Nonprofit Teaches San Diegans How To Get To Zero Waste

Nonprofit Teaches San Diegans How To Get To Zero Waste

Jan. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

I Love A Clean San Diego is holding a workshop on zero waste in the home on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ocean Knoll Farm, 701 Bonita Drive, in Encinitas.

How LSD Alleviated Author's Depression

How LSD Alleviated Author's Depression

Jan. 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ayelet Waldman decided to try microdosing to combat her depression when her medication stopped working. Microdosing involves taking a small amount of LSD, in her case 10 micrograms, every three to four days.

California Water Managers Want Emergency Drought Rules To End

California Water Managers Want Emergency Drought Rules To End

Jan. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The State Water Resources Control Board is meeting on Feb. 7 to decide whether or not to end these rules.

More Than 30,000 San Diegans March For Women's Rights

More Than 30,000 San Diegans March For Women's Rights

Jan. 20
By Brooke Ruth, KPBS News, Megan Burks

Downtown San Diego was a sea of pink as thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego for the Women's March Saturday morning.

Documentary Points To What Could Happen If Salton Sea Isn't Restored

Documentary Points To What Could Happen If Salton Sea Isn't Restored

Jan. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Breaking Point" is a documentary about the shrinking Salton Sea and what could happen if the problem isn't addressed. It's produced and directed by Bill Wisneski, a producer for Palomar College Television.

Organization Helps San Diego Homeless Prepare For Wet Weather

Organization Helps San Diego Homeless Prepare For Wet Weather

Jan. 12
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The city of San Diego and the county have opened their emergency shelter programs due to the coming rain and low temperatures. Despite this, many of the county's homeless won't be in shelters during the bad weather.

San Diego Judge Out With New Book About Experience Of Immigrants

San Diego Judge Out With New Book About Experience Of Immigrants

Jan. 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Qudeen the Magnificent," a book of short stories, describes the struggle New Americans face in assimilating to mainstream culture.

 Report Finds California Home Ownership Rates At Lowest Since 1940s

Report Finds California Home Ownership Rates At Lowest Since 1940s

Jan. 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The California's Department of Housing and Community Development report also found that the state has more than its share of the country's homeless population.

SeaWorld San Diego To Have Last Orca Show Sunday

SeaWorld San Diego To Have Last Orca Show Sunday

Jan. 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

As the park is phasing out the orca shows it is also introducing three new attractions this year and a roller coaster the next year.

Meet The Artist Selected For Public Art Project At New East Village...

Meet The Artist Selected For Public Art Project At New East Village Park

Jan. 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

An event Wednesday will help artist Mark Reigelman learn about the neighborhood so he can create a site-specific piece.

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

Jan. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.

Chula Vista's First Woman Police Chief On Her Plans For The City

Chula Vista's First Woman Police Chief On Her Plans For The City

Dec. 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Roxana Kennedy will be sworn in as the police chief for the Chula Vista Police Department Friday.

From Black Eyed Peas To Forest Bathing, San Diegans Share Their New...

From Black Eyed Peas To Forest Bathing, San Diegans Share Their New Year's Traditions

Dec. 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Whether it's celebrating at a New Year's Eve party or ringing in the New Year in front of the fireplace, many people return each year to cherished traditions. We spoke with several people around San Diego who shared their New Year's traditions. Here's what they said.

San Diego-Based Snopes To Help Curb Spread Of Fake News On Facebook

San Diego-Based Snopes To Help Curb Spread Of Fake News On Facebook

Dec. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The fact-checking website Snopes is one of five organizations that will be working with Facebook to help curb the spread of fake news on the social media site.

Comedian, Actor Leslie Jordan To Perform In San Diego

Comedian, Actor Leslie Jordan To Perform In San Diego

Dec. 22
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Emmy award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan is in San Diego to perform his stand-up comedy show "Stra?ght Outta Chattanooga" at Martinis Above Fourth.

First Person: San Diego's Sustainable Santa Out To Change Santa's I...

First Person: San Diego's Sustainable Santa Out To Change Santa's Image

Dec. 20
By Brooke Ruth

As part of our First Person series, Sustainable Santa tells us why he tries to get kids to stop eating processed foods and start eating healthier foods.

San Diego County Organizations Working To End Homelessness

San Diego County Organizations Working To End Homelessness

Dec. 15
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

On Thursday's Midday Edition, we talk to the CEO's of two groups that are working to end homelessness — Herb Johnson of the San Diego Rescue Mission and Chris Megison of Solutions for Change.

Giving A Pet As A Gift? San Diego Humane Society Wants To Help

Giving A Pet As A Gift? San Diego Humane Society Wants To Help

Dec. 13
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego Humane Society has a program that aims to make is easier to give a pet as a gift.

Imperial Valley Water Officials Set Ultimatum To Protect Salton Sea

Imperial Valley Water Officials Set Ultimatum To Protect Salton Sea

Dec. 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Imperial Irrigation District is demanding that the state have a 10-year plan for the management of the Salton Sea by the end of the year or it will not agree to a proposed Colorado River drought deal.

New Book Profiles Remarkable San Diego County Women

New Book Profiles Remarkable San Diego County Women

Dec. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Belle Benchley, the first female zoo director and Bertha Pendleton, the first woman and first African American San Diego school superintendent, are among the 28 women whose stories are told.

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