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Stories by Brooke Ruth

'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.

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.

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