Stories by Brooke Ruth
- 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.
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.
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.
The exhibit is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, which aims to display Latin American and Latino art across Southern California.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 In Museums And Galleries Across Southern California
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" is a multi-generational tale that spans nearly 100 years and focuses on the Armenian Genocide.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local faith leaders held a press conference Friday to take a stand against racism in the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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.
One fire was in Bonita at the beginning of August and the other was in Normal Heights at the end of July.
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.
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 and two Northern California counties on Monday filed lawsuits against 37 oil and coal companies for damages associated with climate change.
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.
The cause of long lines for women's public restrooms? Author Kathryn Anthony blames bad design.
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.
The event will run through Sunday and includes a rally, block party, parade and music festival.
Jonathan Herrera started in his role as senior adviser on homeless coordination for Mayor Kevin Faulconer on July 3.
The forum will include a discussion of issues surrounding deported veterans and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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.
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.
Wilson is being honored by KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center as a community hero at an event Thursday.
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.
The South American palm weevil has already toppled dozens of palms in the Sweetwater Summit regional park in Bonita.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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