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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

'Unprecedented' Tree Die-Off Hits Southern California

'Unprecedented' Tree Die-Off Hits Southern California

April 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The U.S. Forest Service said an invasive beetle could kill 27 million urban trees across Southern California. That is about 40 percent of the region's 70 million trees.

San Diego Businesses, Residents Oppose Adding Temporary Homeless Sh...

San Diego Businesses, Residents Oppose Adding Temporary Homeless Shelter Downtown

April 25
By Andrew Bowen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A coalition of downtown businesses and residents are speaking out against plans to convert the old downtown library into a temporary homeless shelter.

First Person: Mother And Son Fight For Environmental Justice

First Person: Mother And Son Fight For Environmental Justice

April 24
By Marissa Cabrera

Like many teens who grew up in Barrio Logan, Francisco Martinez suffers from asthma. His condition led his mom to join the fight for environmental justice. Now, he’s following in her footsteps.

San Diego State Basketball Coach Steve Fisher Discusses Career, Ret...

San Diego State Basketball Coach Steve Fisher Discusses Career, Retirement

April 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

After leading the men’s basketball team for 18 seasons and putting the team on the national stage, Fisher announced his retirement last week.

Is It Time To Retire SDSU’s Aztec Mascot?

Is It Time To Retire SDSU’s Aztec Mascot?

April 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Associated Students University Council at San Diego State University will vote Wednesday on a non-binding resolution to get rid of the Aztec name and image because some believe it perpetuates racism.

Gov. Brown’s Pardon Renews Hope For Deported Veteran

Gov. Brown’s Pardon Renews Hope For Deported Veteran

April 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hector Barajas-Varela, the director and founder of Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana, is among 3 deported veterans who was pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown on Easter Sunday.

New Book Chronicles The History Of Lowrider Car Culture In San Diego

New Book Chronicles The History Of Lowrider Car Culture In San Diego

April 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The authors of "San Diego Lowriders: A History of Cars and Cruising" will be signing copies of their book Tuesday at Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan.

NPR Host Michel Martin Comes To San Diego For Border Discussion

NPR Host Michel Martin Comes To San Diego For Border Discussion

April 17
By Alison St John, Ebone Monet, Marissa Cabrera

Martin has been taking the radio studio on the road as part of her “Going There” series. On May 2, she will visit San Diego for a discussion about life along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Report: 43,000 Young People Not Working Or Going To School In San D...

Report: 43,000 Young People Not Working Or Going To School In San Diego County

April 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The report by the San Diego Workforce Partnership says nearly 10 percent of young people ages 16-24 are “disconnected” from school or work. The issue will be addressed this week at a youth summit.

Amid Civil War, Journalist Returns To Syria To Trace Family History

Amid Civil War, Journalist Returns To Syria To Trace Family History

April 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In her new memoir, “The Home That Was Our Country,” author and civil rights attorney Alia Malek tells the personal and political story of her journey back to Damascus during the early years of the Syrian civil war.

Researchers At The Nat Discover Large Spider In Baja

Researchers At The Nat Discover Large Spider In Baja

April 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The spider's legs stretch four inches wide and it has been compared to a tarantula. It was found in a remote mountain range near the town of La Paz in Baja California Sur.

Report: Homicides In Tijuana Rose Sharply In 2016

Report: Homicides In Tijuana Rose Sharply In 2016

April 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report shows there were 871 homicides in Tijuana last year, making 2016 the third deadliest year in the border city in the past decade.

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents ‘Into The Beautiful North’

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents ‘Into The Beautiful North’

April 4
By Marissa Cabrera

The play, which is based on the novel by Luis Alberto Urrea, follows a group of Mexican teens who travel to the U.S. on a mission to save their hometown from drug criminals.

Scripps Climate Scientist Discusses Implications Of Trump's Rollbac...

Scripps Climate Scientist Discusses Implications Of Trump's Rollback Of Clean Power Policy

March 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan, distinguished professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, talks about what the rollbacks mean for the fight against climate change.

CSU, UC Tuition Hikes Put Spotlight On College Affordability

CSU, UC Tuition Hikes Put Spotlight On College Affordability

March 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The cost of tuition at California’s public universities may be going up but there’s an effort underway to make college debt-free in California.

Advocates Push For National Memorial For Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

Advocates Push For National Memorial For Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

March 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation wants to raise money to build the memorial on the National Mall by 2024. But the project faces some roadblocks.

San Diego Poet Explores Immigration In 'The Flayed City'

San Diego Poet Explores Immigration In 'The Flayed City'

March 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hari Alluri's new book has received praised from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who said Alluri "carries a new quiet brush of multi-currents, of multi-worlds to paint this holographic life-scape."

First Person: Latina Muslim Reflects On Her Faith, President Trump’...

First Person: Latina Muslim Reflects On Her Faith, President Trump’s Policies

March 27
By Marissa Cabrera

Mayte Gutierrez, 25, of San Diego talks about how she found Islam and the impact of President Trump’s policies on the Muslim and Latino communities.

New Nonprofit Launches Barista Training Program For Homeless, At-Ri...

New Nonprofit Launches Barista Training Program For Homeless, At-Risk Youth

March 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Coffee Training Institute aims to recruit, train and provide job placement for the homeless, at-risk youth and low-income individuals.

‘Ruta Madre’ Tells Story Of San Diegan In Search Of His Roots

‘Ruta Madre’ Tells Story Of San Diegan In Search Of His Roots

March 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film “Ruta Madre” will be screened on opening night of the 24th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival. Mexican actresses Carmen Salinas and Angelica Maria star in the film along with Paulina Gaitan from the Netflix series "Narcos" and comedian Paul Rodriguez.

Google Earth Images Heighten Concerns Over San Onofre Nuclear Waste...

Google Earth Images Heighten Concerns Over San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage Plan

March 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Critics of Southern California Edison's storage waste plan are fired up after new arial images show where nuclear waste will be stored--100 feet from the shoreline.

What It Means To Be ‘All Grown Up’

What It Means To Be ‘All Grown Up’

March 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

When did you finally feel all grown up? Was it when you got your first apartment? When you got married? Or had a baby? The New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg explores the topic in a new novel.

Effort To Capture Remaining Vaquita Porpoises Continues

Effort To Capture Remaining Vaquita Porpoises Continues

March 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

With just 30 vaquitas left, Barbara Taylor, a marine mammal expert, discusses the latest effort to keep the world’s smallest porpoise from going extinct.

Living With Animals: New Exhibit Opens At Museum of Man

Living With Animals: New Exhibit Opens At Museum of Man

March 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit “Living with Animals” explores the relationship between humans and animals over time and across cultures. It opens March 11 at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park.

San Diegan Appointed To California’s Homeless Housing Initiative

San Diegan Appointed To California’s Homeless Housing Initiative

March 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Alfredo Aguirre, San Diego County’s Behavioral Health Director, to the “No Place Like Home” advisory committee.

Talking Travel: Must-See Destinations In The US And Canada

Talking Travel: Must-See Destinations In The US And Canada

Feb. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego’s Balboa Park and Hotel Del Coronado made travel writer Patricia Schultz’s list of, "1,000 Places To See, In The U.S. And Canada, Before You Die.”

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses California’s GOP Strategy

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses California’s GOP Strategy

Feb. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Republicans make up just 26 percent of registered voters in California. And with a supermajority of Democrats in both houses in Sacramento, the GOP has its work cut out for it.

Report: California Hate Groups On The Rise

Report: California Hate Groups On The Rise

Feb. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Southern Poverty Law Center says the number of hate groups nationwide rose for a second year in a row. It documented 79 hate groups in California in 2016.

Encinitas Student Who Was Barred From U.S. Speaks Out

Encinitas Student Who Was Barred From U.S. Speaks Out

Feb. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Sara Yarjani, a U.S. student-visa holder who is an Iranian national, was detained and deported from the U.S. last month, after President Trump’s travel ban went into effect.

75 Years Since Japanese Internment Order, Is History Repeating Itself?

75 Years Since Japanese Internment Order, Is History Repeating Itself?

Feb. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A lecture in San Diego Tuesday explores the history of the Japanese internment order and its parallels with Trump's travel ban.

First Person: 'There's Life After Breast Cancer'

First Person: 'There's Life After Breast Cancer'

Feb. 20
By Marissa Cabrera

Breast cancer runs in Sheri Hendrix’s family. But because her mom didn’t have it and she was under the age of 45, doctors told her she could put off getting a mammogram. Now, she’s glad she didn’t.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy

Feb. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties filed a lawsuit this week over a San Diego Police Department policy that allows officers to collect DNA samples from juveniles, without a warrant or parental consent.

New Exhibit Celebrates History Of Black Women In The U.S. Military

New Exhibit Celebrates History Of Black Women In The U.S. Military

Feb. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, “For the Freedom and the Right” was organized by the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. It will be on display at Camp Pendleton through mid-March.

The San Diego Blood Bank Putting Greater Focus On Research

The San Diego Blood Bank Putting Greater Focus On Research

Feb. 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Blood Bank is more than a blood donation center. Amid a drop in demand for transfusions, the blood bank is expanding its services and customizing blood products for the local scientific research community.

Did SANDAG Withhold Information Ahead Of Tax Hike Vote?

Did SANDAG Withhold Information Ahead Of Tax Hike Vote?

Feb. 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The online news organization Voice of San Diego has obtained emails shedding more light on SANDAG's revenue forecasting.

Border Film Week Goes To Tijuana

Border Film Week Goes To Tijuana

Feb. 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The 11th annual Border Film Week returns Tuesday with four days of film screenings and panel discussions in San Diego and Tijuana.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns To MOPA

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns To MOPA

Feb. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The festival, which shines a light on abuses happening around the world through film, returns for the seventh year to Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. It runs Friday-Sunday.

Former Iraqi Translator On Why He Supports Trump’s Refugee Ban

Former Iraqi Translator On Why He Supports Trump’s Refugee Ban

Jan. 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Johnny Walker served alongside U.S. Navy SEALs during the Iraq war. In 2009, he was granted a U.S. visa under a special program for Iraqi interpreters and now calls San Diego home.

San Diego Professor Finds Sanctuary Counties Are Safer And Economic...

San Diego Professor Finds Sanctuary Counties Are Safer And Economically Stronger

Jan. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Amid President Trump’s executive action on so-called sanctuary cities, a new analysis by UC San Diego political science professor Tom Wong examines the effects of sanctuary policies on crime and the economy.

New Program Aims To Unite San Diego Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans

New Program Aims To Unite San Diego Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans

Jan. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new seminar series on the impact of global conflict and violence on the San Diego-Tijuana region gets underway Friday at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies.

California's Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations

California's Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations

Jan. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Lori Ajax is the chief of California's Bureau of Marijuana Control. The agency is charged with licensing cannabis farmers, product manufacturers, testing labs, distributors and retailers. Those regulations need to be in place by Jan. 1, 2018.

Portland Cello Project To Perform In Escondido

Portland Cello Project To Perform In Escondido

Jan. 18
By Marissa Cabrera

For the last decade, "Portland Cello Project" has been playing modern music on the classical four-stringed instrument. The group will take the stage at the California Center for the Arts, Sunday, Jan. 22.

San Diego Economist Alan Nevin Discusses America's 'Great Divide'

San Diego Economist Alan Nevin Discusses America's 'Great Divide'

Jan. 17
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

In his new book, "The Great Divide: The True Story of America Tomorrow", Nevin details the demographic and economic future of California and other key U.S. states.

Rev. William Barber On The New Civil Rights Movement

Rev. William Barber On The New Civil Rights Movement

Jan. 16
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Rev. Barber, president of North Carolina's NAACP, was the keynote speaker at the 29th annual All People's Breakfast celebration in Balboa Park to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

How Tiny Microbes In Your Gut Affect Your Mood

How Tiny Microbes In Your Gut Affect Your Mood

Jan. 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In his new book, “The Mind-Gut Connection”, Dr. Emeran Mayer explains how the brain and the gut communicate, and physical and mental health issues can crop up if that communication is disrupted.

What Kind Of Data Should Police Collect During Traffic Stops?

What Kind Of Data Should Police Collect During Traffic Stops?

Jan. 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Starting in 2018, California police officers will be required to collect and report traffic stop data. Civil rights advocates hope the data will help shed light on the prevalence of racial profiling.

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

Jan. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.

What’s Next In The Decommissioning Of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

What’s Next In The Decommissioning Of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

Dec. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The major dismantling of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant may begin in 2018.

Sycuan Cultural Museum Opens In January

Sycuan Cultural Museum Opens In January

Dec. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Sycuan Cultural Resource Center and Museum in El Cajon features hundreds of Kumeyaay artifacts, an archive collection of oral histories and educational materials.

Jan Goldsmith Reflects On Time As San Diego’s City Attorney

Jan Goldsmith Reflects On Time As San Diego’s City Attorney

Dec. 23
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Goldsmith served as city attorney for eight years. During his time in office, he dealt with the resignation of a mayor, controversy over a plan to finance an expansion of the convention center and pension reform.

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