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Stories by Brooke Ruth

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.

New Book Looks At Involuntary Psychiatric Care

New Book Looks At Involuntary Psychiatric Care

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The authors of "Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care," Dinah Miller and Annette Hanson, show both sides of the argument over involuntary treatment in the book but conclude that it is not the best solution.

Documentary Details The Struggles Of People With Anxiety Disorders

Documentary Details The Struggles Of People With Anxiety Disorders

May 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"It's Just Anxiety" is a documentary that details the struggles of about a dozen people with anxiety disorders or mental health conditions that include anxiety symptoms.

San Diego Representatives  React To Trump Firing FBI Director Comey

San Diego Representatives React To Trump Firing FBI Director Comey

May 10
By Brooke Ruth, Christopher Underwood, Maureen Cavanaugh

President Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday, stating that his ouster was required to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI.

Reveal Looks Into Why Not All Police Officers Get Trained In De-Esc...

Reveal Looks Into Why Not All Police Officers Get Trained In De-Escalation

May 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

De-escalation training is designed to teach police officers techniques to reduce fatal use of force. Officers are trained in how to slow down and verbally engage with the people they encounter.

Author Shares Experience From Being Homeless To Attending Harvard

Author Shares Experience From Being Homeless To Attending Harvard

May 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Liz Murray is the author of "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard" and the keynote speaker at the United Way of San Diego County's "Changing the Odds Community Breakfast" on Wednesday.

San Diego Arts Organizations Plan To Rally Against Proposed Funding...

San Diego Arts Organizations Plan To Rally Against Proposed Funding Cuts

May 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget reduces arts funding by $4.7 million, which is almost a third of what the city currently spends.

State Project To Encourage Doctors To Treat Opioid Addiction With M...

State Project To Encourage Doctors To Treat Opioid Addiction With Medication

May 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

California is using a federal grant on a project that will help more physicians prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

Rainy Winter Has Led To Increase In Bugs In San Diego County

Rainy Winter Has Led To Increase In Bugs In San Diego County

May 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Michael Wall holds a doctorate in entomology and is the vice president of research and public programs at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He will join Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the types of bugs we are seeing an increase in due to our wet winter.

San Diego Symposium To Focus On Domestic Violence, Homelessness And...

San Diego Symposium To Focus On Domestic Violence, Homelessness And Human Trafficking

May 2
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is hosting the symposium. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center, 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego.

3,000 Expected To Turn Out For San Diego Climate March On Saturday

3,000 Expected To Turn Out For San Diego Climate March On Saturday

April 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hundreds of marches are planned across the country in solidarity with the People's Climate March on Saturday in Washington, D.C., one of which is in San Diego.

Report: California's Five-Year Drought Increased Electricity Costs ...

Report: California's Five-Year Drought Increased Electricity Costs By $2.45B

April 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Loss of hydroelectricity generation during California's 5-year drought led to an increase of about $2.45 billion in electricity costs, according to a report released by the Pacific Institute on Wednesday.

San Diego County Sees 39 Percent Increase In Homeless Youth

San Diego County Sees 39 Percent Increase In Homeless Youth

April 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The number of homeless teens and young adults in the county increased 39 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to the point-in-time count that was conducted in January.

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.

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