Stories by Brooke Ruth
El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, a Republican, announced Tuesday he would run for the 50th Congressional District seat.
Primatologist and author Frans de Waal, Ph.D., says several species of mammals exhibit cooperative, even empathetic behavior, which is one of the hallmarks of morality. De Waal is speaking at SDSU Tuesday.
Alice Waters describes how a young girl from New Jersey became an icon of the European-style slow-food movement on the West Coast in her new memoir "Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.”
Despite the large number of children impacted by autism, San Diego County resident Sally Pla said there is not enough children's literature that features kids whose brains operate a bit differently. She has made it her mission to change that.
Carver is in San Diego Monday to discuss her new book, "Soulful Simplicity: How living with less can lead to so much more."
San Diego's Public Utilities Department says one employee is to blame for overcharging more than 340 customers in Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Valley, Rancho Penasquitos, and Mira Mesa on their water bills. Those customers will be getting refunds or credits for the overpayment.
Drugs have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the last decade.
A play running at the La Jolla Playhouse was inspired by a case that is now being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. "The Cake" is about the controversy surrounding a baker’s refusal to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
The city of San Diego has said it will make changes following an incident in December where a homeless person was nearly killed after being scooped into a garbage truck during a cleanup of a homeless encampment on a city street.
The public can learn ways to determine whether what is in their news feed comes from a reliable source during a series of workshops beginning this week at the San Diego Public Library.
Ken Kramer is back on KPBS-TV Thursday to begin a series of new and updated "About San Diego" episodes.
A bipartisan group of California assembly members announced Wednesday new legislation to address the shortage in the state: the California Resident Worker Program and Economic Stabilization Act.
David Newman is the co-owner and head grower of A Soothing Seed in Oceanside, which sells marijuana cuttings to people with medical marijuana prescriptions. Newman will join Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the pros and cons of personal cannabis cultivation.
"Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias" explores the plants the Kumeyaay use to make food, medicine and traditional arts.
In "Vietgone," playwright Qui Nguyen tells the story of how his parents fled Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War and fell in love at a refugee camp in Arkansas.
The first episode of the mini-series "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" debuted on FX network Wednesday night. The series will no doubt revive interest in one of San Diego's most curious and tragic chapters — the 1997 cross-country murder spree of Andrew Cunanan.
Textile waste accounts for 10.5 million tons of trash yearly in U.S. landfills. That's one of the reasons some people choose thrift shopping, the authors of "ThriftStyle: The Ultimate Bargain Shopper's Guide to Smart Fashion" said.
"It's About Time: A Festival of Rhythm. Sound. And Place." runs through Feb. 11. A dozen different arts organizations are putting on a total of 25 performances, installations, conversations and other events.
In downtown San Diego, the city's struggle to help its neediest residents is most apparent. Nearly 1,300 people sleep on the street, according to the latest census from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
RECHARGE Events plans to hold healthy eating, self-care, yoga and crafting workshops.
KPBS Midday Edition host Maureen Cavanaugh spoke with Robert Siegel prior to his retirement on Jan. 5.
The tax reform package passed the House and Senate earlier this month without a single Democratic vote. But Democrats are hoping to have more of a say in Washington, D.C., soon, as the party gears up for midterm elections in November 2018.
KPBS reporter Tarryn Mento covers the community of City Heights. She joins Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the impact of President Trump's policies on residents of City Heights and other stories that have impacted the community in 2017.
One of the major stories of 2017, was how the Trump administration began moving forward on its hard-line immigration policies, and how those new policies affected U.S.-Mexico relations and immigrants living in the U.S.
2017's Top Military Stories: Trump Tries To Ban Transgender Military Personnel, Healthcare For Veterans, Ship Collisions
From President Trump's Twitter announcement about transgender military personnel to the loss of sailors in two accidents in the Pacific, 2017 has been an unpredictable year for the U.S. military.
San Diego County Sheriff Gore: 'Expeditiously' Investigating Sexual-Misconduct Claims Against Deputy
Eleven women have accused sheriff’s Deputy Richard Fischer of either groping, fondling or hugging them inappropriately.
Southern California Edison has declined to confirm whether or not the process to move nuclear waste to dry storage has begun at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
Gary Taubes says sugar is the cause of an increase in the number of people who suffer from obesity and diabetes.
Allegations of sexual harassment by state lawmakers continue to come out in Sacramento. And now, there are reports that there has been a backlash by some male legislators against the women who have come forward.
The area is currently home to Campland on the Bay and the closed De Anza Cove trailer park.
California may be a majority-minority state and pride itself on its racial diversity, but diversity does not mean equality.
California's largest state park covers 600,000 acres in eastern San Diego County.
Research out of San Diego State University suggests that while law enforcement searches internet ads for keywords indicating sex trafficking they should also look for certain coded emojis.
The concept of the growth mindset has been widely embraced by educators, but San Diego State University Professor J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., said the concept is incomplete when it comes to underserved students, particularly boys and men of color.
The Escondido City Council may have ended a five-year battle Wednesday over whether to allow development on the now-defunct country club golf course.
I Love a Clean San Diego wants San Diegans to send less trash to landfills by recycling more. Its campaign goes into high gear Wednesday, which is America Recycles Day.
A National City teacher profiled 25 women who overcame adversity in her new book "Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women."
House Republicans are planning to vote on the tax reform bill by Thanksgiving. The Senate is expected to release its version of the tax reform bill later this week.
The San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects has led a yearlong program to come up with ideas on how the county can meet its future housing needs.
The Old Globe's arts engagement program, Globe for All, is offering free performances of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy of disguise and mistaken identity, this month at venues throughout San Diego County.
San Diego Beer Week will celebrate the craft brew industry with festivals, and tasting and pairing events across San Diego County. The events run through Sunday, Nov. 12.
Halloween is the day to celebrate witches. A new book, "Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers," helps readers celebrate witches throughout the year.
The hepatitis A outbreak has brought San Diego's lack of low-income housing into the spotlight. Now questions are being raised about the effectiveness of the San Diego Housing Commission.
Tiny homes will be on display at an event on Friday and Saturday at Market Creek Plaza at Euclid and Market. On Friday, workshops will also be held on tiny homes and modular construction. The event is part of San Diego Architecture and Design Month or Archtoberfest.
Several California men are now facing prosecution in a new effort to crack down on sex tourism in Tijuana and other locations overseas. Investigators are making use of a recent law against traveling with the intent of having sex with a minor.
- Oct. 20, 2017
- By Brooke Ruth
KPBS set up a listening post to record some of the most powerful and poignant memories people have of the 2007 firestorm.
In the aftermath of the 2007 wildfires, RB United played a key role in helping Rancho Bernardo residents rebuild their homes. Now the volunteer-run organization focuses on disaster preparedness.
The recent furor over the alleged serial sexual abuse by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has prompted conversations about sexual harassment in other places, including in Sacramento.
- Oct. 16, 2017
- 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.
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