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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

New Approach To Discipline At San Diego Unified Proven Successful

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San Diego Unified School District has seen a drop in expulsions since it implemented a discipline program that uses restorative justice.

San Diego To Document LGBTQ History

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The city of San Diego will document the people, places and events that gave strength to the "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer" community during times of discrimination.

Medicare And Medicaid Turn 50

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On July 30,1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries who live in San Diego County.

New Grants Help San Diego County Groups Study Climate Change

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The San Diego Foundation awarded more than $300,000 in grants to six local programs to address climate issues that impact San Diego County's economy and way of life.

Southeast San Diego Musicians 'Reclaim The Community'

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A new compilation CD out Tuesday features rap artists who want to increase community involvement in Southeast San Diego.

San Diego CityBeat Columnist Calls On White Americans To Help End Racism

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Aaryn Belfer looks at how white people can help fight racism by being "upstanders" instead of “bystanders."

How Print Journalism Is Surviving In San Diego County

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With The Daily Transcript business newspaper closing in September, the conversation continues around whether print journalism is dying a slow death in a world with on-demand news options.

What Americans With Disabilities Act Has, And Has Not, Accomplished In 25 Years

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Former President George H.W.Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990, banning discrimination based on disability. How well has it worked? And what still needs to be done?

How An Orange County Housewife Uncovered The Truth Behind Her Mother's Death

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In March 2006, a Vista businesswoman went missing. Ten days later her body was found near San Felipe, Mexico. Authorities said it was murder, but when her daughter tried to find the killer, she found unexpected answers.

How San Diego Authors Respond To Changing World Of Book Publishing

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What makes a best-seller? What are the key things authors need to learn about their business? Midday Edition explores an effort in San Diego to teach authors to become business people.

UC San Diego Researchers Uncover Key To Bacterial Communities’ Survival

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UC San Diego researchers studying bacteria colonies found bacteria have the ability to secure the survival of the entire community.

'Maletas Migrantes' Exhibit Opens At New Americans Museum In Point Loma

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"Maletas Migrantes," which translates to "migrant suitcases," is an art exhibition opening Thursday at the New Americans Museum in Liberty Station. The show features the work of 50 contemporary artists and their interpretations on the concept of migration.

California Bill Would Ground Drones Near Firefighting Efforts

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Legislation introduced in Sacramento would allow first responders to disable or damage drones if it interferes with emergency responses.

A San Diego Perspective On Reforming Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

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Last week, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He was there to make his case that the United States is putting too many non-violent offenders in prison for far too long.

The California Lawn Suffers Another Blow

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Newly constructed homes will only be allowed to have 25 percent of landscaping dedicated to turf under new rules adopted by the California Water Commission.

How San Diego's Zero Waste Plan Is Different From Standard Paper And Plastic Recycling

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The City Council has approved a goal of reaching zero waste by the year 2040. To meet the goal it will take a new way of thinking about how to dispose the things we want to throw away.

Shooting Saddam: Encinitas Cameraman Goes Behind-the-Scenes Of Hussein Trial

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Dennis Lynch of Encinitas offers a behind-the-scenes look at the trial that led to the conviction of Saddam Hussein in his new memoir.

Are Summer Interns In The U.S. Compensated Fairly?

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According to a 2014 survey of graduating college seniors in the nation, 61 percent said they had held some kind of internship during their college careers. But not all internships are created equal.

It’s Gonna Blow! San Diego Film Explores Underground Music Scene

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Bill Perrine turns his lens on the burgeoning music scene in San Diego during the 80s and 90s, that seemed on the verge of exploding, but never quite became the next Seattle.

San Diego Pride Celebrates Transgender Community

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San Diego's Pride Parade and Festival take place this weekend and there's plenty to celebrate in the LGBT community. Midday Edition takes a look at victories and challenges still facing many in the LGBT community.

One Giant Step For Space Exploration As Pluto Gets Its Close-Up

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After 9-1/2 years traveling 4.67 billion miles from earth at a speed of over 36,000 miles per hour - the spacecraft New Horizons is presumed to have gotten a close-up of Pluto. San Diego astronomers tell us what scientists hope to learn about the farthest planetary mass in our solar system.

What El Chapo's Escape Means For Mexico

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He could be hiding out in Mexico City, he could be heading for a safe compound in Sinaloa. The only thing that is certain right now is that Mexican authorities don't know where Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is.

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Lightsabers, Han Solo Dazzle Comic-Con San Diego Fans

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The parties are over, the celebrities have cleared out, and the superheroes have packed up their capes. Another Comic-Con has come to a close.

San Diego Stand Down Prepares To Help Hundreds of Homeless Veterans

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Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting Stand Down for the 28th year beginning on Friday at the San Diego High School campus.

What Does It Take To Run A Farm-To-Table Restaurant In San Diego?

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The owner behind one of San Diego's top farm-to-table restaurants opens up about the difficulties of developing a menu based on seasonal ingredients that are local and organic.

Study Finds Shark Attacks Off California Down Sharply

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While multiple shark attacks in North Carolina may have people worried about heading to the beach for a dip in the ocean, a new study shows shark attacks off the California coast have been down sharply since 1950.

Survey: DACA Improving Lives Of Young Immigrants In U.S.

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A nationwide survey by UC San Diego professor Tom Wong shows recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are getting better jobs, earning higher wages and pursuing higher education.

Sci-Q: Understanding The Psychology Of Water Conservation In San Diego

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What does it take — beyond the facts, figures and warnings — to get people to change the way they use water? Scientists chime in on KPBS Midday Edition.

How To Enjoy San Diego's Comic-Con Without A Badge

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So you don't have paid admission to Comic-Con International? No problem. There's still a lot of fun to be had during this week's pop culture extravaganza.

Author Comes To San Diego To Talk 'Big Science'

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A new book traces the path science research has taken since middle-20th century and the work of one man who was pivotal in that change.

Confederate Flag Sparks Discussion About Controversial Symbols In San Diego

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The debate over whether to remove the Confederate flag from civic spaces is reverberating across the country.

'Project Smoke' Host, San Diego Chef Give Tips On Grilling Great Burgers

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Summer grilling is in full swing. Steven Raichlen of "Project Smoke" talks about smoking your favorite food, desert and even cocktails, while San Diego chef Jeff Rossman of Terra American Bistro explains how to build a better burger.

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Comic-Con Set To Kick Off Amid News It's Staying In San Diego Until 2018

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Comic-Con is the largest pop culture convention in North America, and until at least 2018 it will remain in San Diego. Spokesman David Glanzer talks about the new contract and what's new at the convention.

Report Sheds Light On Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents In California

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Reports of discrimination against Muslims in California nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest report published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Transgender Veteran Fights For Equality In U.S. Military

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Retired Army Col. Sheri Swokowski wants to change a military ban that stops openly transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces.

SDSU Researchers Find Support For Working Moms Reaches All-Time High

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Researchers at San Diego State University found that 12th graders and adults are more supportive of working mothers today than their 1970s counterparts.

A Guide Dog Not Only Led The Way — He Changed A San Diego Man's Life

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A special friendship between a San Diego man and his guide dog is shared with readers in "Confessions of a Guide Dog: The Blonde Leading the Blind."

Vicki Estrada: 10 Years As A 'Natural Woman'

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As part of an ongoing series on gender identity, San Diego business and civic leader Vicki Estrada discusses the challenges she has faced over the years, how she found happiness and love and the movement for transgender equality.

San Diego Tightens Water Restrictions To Meet State Conservation Goal

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The drought in California prompted San Diego leaders to step up conservations efforts this week, ordering residents and businesses to cut back on outdoor watering.

San Diego County Plan Will Lead to Fewer Animals Euthanized

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The San Diego Welfare Coalition announced a new policy Wednesday that would lead to fewer dogs and cats being euthanized at shelters. Midday Edition reviews the policy and concerns that it may lead to overcrowding.

San Diego Conference Looking To Diversify STEM Workforce

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Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math are plentiful in the U.S., but employees to fill those positions are not. The STEM Solutions Leadership Conference in San Diego is trying to turn that around.

1985 Normal Heights Fire Prompted San Diego Education, Prevention Programs

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Midday Edition looks back at 1985 and the Normal Heights fire that destroyed 76 homes and damaged another 57. The fire prompted San Diego leaders to establish several initiative and improve water pressure in the mid-city area.

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San Diego Transgender Teen Shares Struggle With Gender Identity

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As part of a series of interviews on KPBS Midday Edition about gender identity issues, 14-year old Sam Moehlig of Rancho Bernardo talks about what it's like to grow up transgender in San Diego.

Food Fables: Investigating San Diego Restaurants Claims of Farm-to-Table Products

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A San Diego Magazine investigation uncovers how local eateries may be claiming they're using locally grown food in their farm-to-table menus, but instead they're lying about where the food comes from.

Supreme Court Upholds Independent Redistricting Commissions

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In a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Arizona commission that forms the state's electoral districts. The ruling validates efforts in California and other states that use these groups to prevent gerrymandering.

School Is Out But Hunger Lingers For Some San Diego Kids

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For students who rely on school lunch meals, having enough to eat during summer break can be challenging.

San Diego County Joins Binational Effort To Prevent, Control Tuberculosis

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A collaborative effort between San Diego County, Imperial County and the state of Baja California will focus on identifying, treating and preventing the spread of tuberculosis on both sides of the border.

Ideas to Keep San Diego Students Off The 'Summer Slide'

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School might be out for summer but learning doesn't have to take a break. Educators share ideas on mind-stimulating activities that will keep kids sharp for fall on Midday Edition.

California's New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect July 1

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About 6.5 million workers in California are expected to benefit from a new paid sick leave law authored by a San Diego lawmaker.

San Diego County Author Examines Drug War Consequences

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"The Cartel" is a sequel to Don Winslow's bestseller, "The Power of the Dog." Both books are crime thrillers, but in terms of research and scope, they qualify as a quasi-history of the drug war.

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