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Stories by Brooke Ruth

Women In Sacramento Face Retaliation Amid Sexual Harassment Firestorm

Women In Sacramento Face Retaliation Amid Sexual Harassment Firestorm

Dec. 7
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
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
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's Largest ...

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

Nov. 29
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 Detection

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

Nov. 21
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 Educators

SDSU Professor Challenges Concept Widely Embraced By Educators

Nov. 20
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 Golf Course

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

Nov. 16
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 Californian

San Diegans Send More Trash To Landfill Than Average Californian

Nov. 15
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 National Ci...

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

Nov. 14
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
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 Housing Shortage

San Diego Architects Lead Effort To Address Future Housing Shortage

Nov. 7
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
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
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
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 Reserve Fund

San Diego Housing Commission Questioned About Large Reserve Fund

Oct. 30
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 Diego's Hou...

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

Oct. 25
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
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
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
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 Capitol

Letter Calls Out Culture Of Sexual Harassment At State Capitol

Oct. 17
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 Our Faith...

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

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.

Data Breaches Expose Flaws Of Using Social Security Numbers As Iden...

Data Breaches Expose Flaws Of Using Social Security Numbers As Identifiers

Oct. 10
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.

'Courageous Aging' Author To Speak At Saturday Expo

'Courageous Aging' Author To Speak At Saturday Expo

Oct. 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Exhibit At Oceanside Museum Of Art Focuses On Border Issues

Exhibit At Oceanside Museum Of Art Focuses On Border Issues

Oct. 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, which aims to display Latin American and Latino art across Southern California.

SDSU Professor Writes Book On History Of Left-Handedness

SDSU Professor Writes Book On History Of Left-Handedness

Sept. 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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."

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us A...

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It'

Sept. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20...

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20 Percent

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Gretchen Rubin's New Book: Knowing Your Personality Profile Can Hel...

Gretchen Rubin's New Book: Knowing Your Personality Profile Can Help You Improve Your Life

Sept. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

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.

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans ...

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans By 2050

Sept. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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 I...

New Art Exhibition Featuring Latin American Art And Artists Opens In Museums And Galleries Across Southern California

Sept. 13
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

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' Author In Town For Kickoff Events For One Bo...

'The Sandcastle Girls' Author In Town For Kickoff Events For One Book, One San Diego

Sept. 12
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

"The Sandcastle Girls" is a multi-generational tale that spans nearly 100 years and focuses on the Armenian Genocide.

First Person: Balboa Park Carousel Operator Has Worked There Since ...

First Person: Balboa Park Carousel Operator Has Worked There Since He Was 16, Now He's 60

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.

Agreement Could Hold State Accountable For Completing Projects On S...

Agreement Could Hold State Accountable For Completing Projects On Shrinking Salton Sea

Sept. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

New Protected Bikeway Connects Mid-City To Mission Valley

New Protected Bikeway Connects Mid-City To Mission Valley

Aug. 30
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Tran...

Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Transit Riders

Aug. 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

'Afoot And Afield In San Diego County' Co-Author Hiked Over 3,000 M...

'Afoot And Afield In San Diego County' Co-Author Hiked Over 3,000 Miles To Update Book

Aug. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Author T. Jefferson Parker Out With New Thriller Series

Author T. Jefferson Parker Out With New Thriller Series

Aug. 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

'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.

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