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Stories by Brooke Ruth

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells Challenging Rep. Duncan Hunter ...

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells Challenging Rep. Duncan Hunter For 50th District Seat

Feb. 20
By Brooke Ruth, City News Service, Jade Hindmon

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, a Republican, announced Tuesday he would run for the 50th Congressional District seat.

Primatologist And Author: Morality Wasn't Invented By Rel...

Primatologist And Author: Morality Wasn't Invented By Religion

Feb. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

How Alice Waters Became A Slow-Food Icon

How Alice Waters Became A Slow-Food Icon

Feb. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.”

Children's Author Sally Pla Provides Mirror For Kids On A...

Children's Author Sally Pla Provides Mirror For Kids On Autism Spectrum, Window For Others

Feb. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Minimalism Author Courtney Carver: 'Living With Less Can ...

Minimalism Author Courtney Carver: 'Living With Less Can Lead To So Much More'

Feb. 12
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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 Utilities Department Director Answers Questions...

San Diego Utilities Department Director Answers Questions About Overcharged Water Bills

Feb. 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

UC San Diego Conference Aims To 'Rethink The War On Drugs'

UC San Diego Conference Aims To 'Rethink The War On Drugs'

Feb. 8
By Brooke Ruth, Tom Fudge

Drugs have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the last decade.

'The Cake,' By 'This Is Us' Writer, Producer, Comes to La...

'The Cake,' By 'This Is Us' Writer, Producer, Comes to La Jolla Playhouse

Feb. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

City To Revise Safeguards After Homeless Person Scooped U...

City To Revise Safeguards After Homeless Person Scooped Up In Trash Truck

Feb. 7
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

San Diego Library Offers Workshop On How To Spot 'Fake News'

San Diego Library Offers Workshop On How To Spot 'Fake News'

Jan. 30
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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's About San Diego' Releases New Episodes

'Ken Kramer's About San Diego' Releases New Episodes

Jan. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ken Kramer is back on KPBS-TV Thursday to begin a series of new and updated "About San Diego" episodes.

Imperial County Assemblyman Proposes Bill To Address Farm...

Imperial County Assemblyman Proposes Bill To Address Farmworker Shortage

Jan. 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

The Pros And Cons Of Growing Your Own Marijuana

The Pros And Cons Of Growing Your Own Marijuana

Jan. 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Book Details How Kumeyaay Use Indigenous Plants

Book Details How Kumeyaay Use Indigenous Plants

Jan. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias" explores the plants the Kumeyaay use to make food, medicine and traditional arts.

'Vietgone' Tells Story Of Playwright's Parents Falling In...

'Vietgone' Tells Story Of Playwright's Parents Falling In Love At A Refugee Camp

Jan. 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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 Assassination of Gianni Versace' Reminds Audiences O...

'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' Reminds Audiences Of Murderer's San Diego Origins

Jan. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

'ThriftStyle' Authors: Be Green By Shopping At Thrift Stores

'ThriftStyle' Authors: Be Green By Shopping At Thrift Stores

Jan. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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' Festival Brings Percussion To The Foref...

'It's About Time' Festival Brings Percussion To The Forefront

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"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.

Councilman Ward Backs Mayor's Response To San Diego's Hom...

Councilman Ward Backs Mayor's Response To San Diego's Homelessness Crisis

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Goal Of New San Diego Company: Wellness Workshops At Affo...

Goal Of New San Diego Company: Wellness Workshops At Affordable Price

Jan. 11
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

RECHARGE Events plans to hold healthy eating, self-care, yoga and crafting workshops.

Q&A With All Things Considered Host Robert Siegel As He R...

Q&A With All Things Considered Host Robert Siegel As He Retires After 40 Years At NPR

Jan. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

KPBS Midday Edition host Maureen Cavanaugh spoke with Robert Siegel prior to his retirement on Jan. 5.

Rep. Peters On Tax Reform, Yucca Mountain, Healthcare For...

Rep. Peters On Tax Reform, Yucca Mountain, Healthcare For Veterans

Dec. 28, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

City Heights In 2017: Trump's Immigration Policies, Incre...

City Heights In 2017: Trump's Immigration Policies, Increasing Housing Costs

Dec. 28, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Looking Back At The Impact Of The Trump Administration's ...

Looking Back At The Impact Of The Trump Administration's Immigration Policies In 2017

Dec. 27, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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 Transgend...

2017's Top Military Stories: Trump Tries To Ban Transgender Military Personnel, Healthcare For Veterans, Ship Collisions

Dec. 27, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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' Investigat...

San Diego County Sheriff Gore: 'Expeditiously' Investigating Sexual-Misconduct Claims Against Deputy

Dec. 21, 2017
By Amita Sharma, Brooke Ruth

Eleven women have accused sheriff’s Deputy Richard Fischer of either groping, fondling or hugging them inappropriately.

Transfer Of Nuclear Waste At San Onofre Scheduled To Begi...

Transfer Of Nuclear Waste At San Onofre Scheduled To Begin This Month

Dec. 19, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

Science Writer Gary Taubes Makes 'The Case Against Sugar'

Science Writer Gary Taubes Makes 'The Case Against Sugar'

Dec. 13, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gary Taubes says sugar is the cause of an increase in the number of people who suffer from obesity and diabetes.

Women In Sacramento Face Retaliation Amid Sexual Harassme...

Women In Sacramento Face Retaliation Amid Sexual Harassment Firestorm

Dec. 7, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Process To Makeover De Anza Cove Region Moves Forward

Process To Makeover De Anza Cove Region Moves Forward

Dec. 5, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

The area is currently home to Campland on the Bay and the closed De Anza Cove trailer park.

Racial Disparities Persist In Diverse California, Study Says

Racial Disparities Persist In Diverse California, Study Says

Dec. 4, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

California may be a majority-minority state and pride itself on its racial diversity, but diversity does not mean equality.

Anza-Borrego Desert Guidebook Helps Demystify California'...

Anza-Borrego Desert Guidebook Helps Demystify California's Largest State Park

Nov. 29, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

California's largest state park covers 600,000 acres in eastern San Diego County.

Study: Sex Traffickers Use Emojis In Online Ads To Avoid ...

Study: Sex Traffickers Use Emojis In Online Ads To Avoid Detection

Nov. 21, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

SDSU Professor Challenges Concept Widely Embraced By Educ...

SDSU Professor Challenges Concept Widely Embraced By Educators

Nov. 20, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

380 Homes To Be Built On Defunct Escondido Country Club G...

380 Homes To Be Built On Defunct Escondido Country Club Golf Course

Nov. 16, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

San Diegans Send More Trash To Landfill Than Average Cali...

San Diegans Send More Trash To Landfill Than Average Californian

Nov. 15, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Women Who Overcame Adversity Are Subject Of New Book By N...

Women Who Overcame Adversity Are Subject Of New Book By National City Teacher

Nov. 14, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A National City teacher profiled 25 women who overcame adversity in her new book "Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women."

Issa Won't Support Tax Reform Bill In Its Current Form

Issa Won't Support Tax Reform Bill In Its Current Form

Nov. 8, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

San Diego Architects Lead Effort To Address Future Housin...

San Diego Architects Lead Effort To Address Future Housing Shortage

Nov. 7, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

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 Is Bringing Shakespeare To New Audiences

The Old Globe Is Bringing Shakespeare To New Audiences

Nov. 6, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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 Kicks Off Friday

San Diego Beer Week Kicks Off Friday

Nov. 1, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Book Celebrates 'Literary Witches'

Book Celebrates 'Literary Witches'

Oct. 31, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

San Diego Housing Commission Questioned About Large Reser...

San Diego Housing Commission Questioned About Large Reserve Fund

Oct. 30, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Archtoberfest To Showcase Tiny Homes As Solution To San D...

Archtoberfest To Showcase Tiny Homes As Solution To San Diego's Housing Shortage

Oct. 25, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Men Accused Of Traveling To Tijuana To Have Sex With Minors

Men Accused Of Traveling To Tijuana To Have Sex With Minors

Oct. 24, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

KPBS Listening Post: Remembering The 2007 Wildfires

KPBS Listening Post: Remembering The 2007 Wildfires

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.

How To Prepare For The Next San Diego Wildfire

How To Prepare For The Next San Diego Wildfire

Oct. 20, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Letter Calls Out Culture Of Sexual Harassment At State Ca...

Letter Calls Out Culture Of Sexual Harassment At State Capitol

Oct. 17, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had...

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had Our Faith, Our Friends And Our Family'

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.

Data Breaches Expose Flaws Of Using Social Security Numbe...

Data Breaches Expose Flaws Of Using Social Security Numbers As Identifiers

Oct. 10, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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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