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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses New Memoir

Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses New Memoir

Feb. 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Abdul-Jabbar is one of the featured speakers at this year’s Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, which runs Feb. 19-23, at Point Loma Nazarene University. His latest book is “Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off The Court."

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.

San Diego Contemplates A Region Without Qualcomm

San Diego Contemplates A Region Without Qualcomm

Feb. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Executives from rival chipmakers Qualcomm and Broadcom will have their first face-to-face meeting Wednesday to discuss Broadcom's $121 billion takeover bid, just days after Qualcomm rejected the offer.

‘We Said Enough’ Co-Founder Discusses What’s Next In Anti...

‘We Said Enough’ Co-Founder Discusses What’s Next In Anti-Sexual Harassment Movement

Feb. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Adama Iwu, co-founder of the "We Said Enough" movement will be speaking Tuesday at a forum on sexual harassment at the University of San Diego.

Scripps Research Shows Sun Could Dim By Mid-Century

Scripps Research Shows Sun Could Dim By Mid-Century

Feb. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography expect the sun to emit less radiation sometime in the middle of this century, which could cause global temperatures to cool slightly.

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’s Vision Zero Program To Eliminate Traffic Deat...

San Diego’s Vision Zero Program To Eliminate Traffic Deaths Behind Schedule

Feb. 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since January, there have been nine pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in the city of San Diego. That number puts the city on pace for what may be a record year for pedestrian traffic deaths.

Toni Atkins Prepares To Lead California Senate

Toni Atkins Prepares To Lead California Senate

Feb. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Atkins will make California history next month when she becomes the first woman to lead the state Senate and the first person in modern state history to have led both houses of the legislature.

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.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Moxie, Miranda And Being ...

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Moxie, Miranda And Being Bold

Feb. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a YouTube sensation, Greek heroines and a presentation of "Bold" dances.

'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.

A Central Valley Farming Tycoon Seemed To Weather The Dro...

A Central Valley Farming Tycoon Seemed To Weather The Drought. But How Did He Do It?

Feb. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A new profile of Stewart Resnick in California Sunday Magazine shows he kept his Kern County empire wet in part with an “off-the-books” pipeline.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Super Bowl Alternatives

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Super Bowl Alternatives

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s Super Bowl weekend, but what if you're not watching the game? Here are some options for other activities happening Sunday.

Are Kids Playing Tackle Football Too Early?

Are Kids Playing Tackle Football Too Early?

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A Rancho Bernardo woman, who blames football for the death of her son, is part of a lawsuit demanding that Pop Warner football change its rules to protect kids from head injury.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Encourages Women Of Color To ...

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Encourages Women Of Color To Run For Office

Feb. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As Black History month begins, an event in San Diego will highlight the emerging political power of women of color and celebrate African-American female political pioneers.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Spotlights Social Justic...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Spotlights Social Justice Issues

Feb. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The 8th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival runs Thursday through Sunday at the Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park. It features "The Blood is at the Doorstep,” a documentary by a San Diego State graduate about police violence and activism.

Trump To Discuss Recent Tax Cuts During Session With Workers

Trump To Discuss Recent Tax Cuts During Session With Workers

Jan. 31
By Associated Press, Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Trump will discuss the new tax cuts during an Oval Office meeting on Wednesday afternoon with workers at companies such as Jergens and Aflac. The companies are in Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio.

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.

Tibetan Bowl Concert Comes To Balboa Park Sunday

Tibetan Bowl Concert Comes To Balboa Park Sunday

Jan. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Diane Mandle of Encinitas is an internationally known Tibetan bowl practitioner and sound healer who gives regular concerts and presentations. And she's soon to debut her personal story in a one-woman show.

'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.

California Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Prepare For Futur...

California Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Prepare For Future Natural Disasters

Jan. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Last year was one of the most destructive years for natural disasters in the U.S. In response to devastating wildfires and mudslides, California lawmakers proposed a number of bills aimed at helping residents escape in time and recover afterward.

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.

Young Playwrights' Work Takes Center Stage At The Old Globe

Young Playwrights' Work Takes Center Stage At The Old Globe

Jan. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The best student playwrights in California are getting the chance to see their work come to life at The Old Globe.

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.

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Wants Redemption In New...

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Wants Redemption In New Interview

Jan. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is apologizing yet again for sexually harassing numerous women during his political career, asking for redemption in his first substantive comments since the #MeToo movement prompted more public conversations about the sexual abuse women face.

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses 2018 Elections

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses 2018 Elections

Jan. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Tony Krvaric has chaired the San Diego County Republican Party for more than 10 years. He joins Midday Edition to outline his priorities for the midterm elections and whether this will be his final year at the helm of the county's GOP.

'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.

San Diego Women’s March Organizers Focus On 'Power To The...

San Diego Women’s March Organizers Focus On 'Power To The Polls'

Jan. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The nonprofit Women’s March San Diego is planning to hold the second annual march Saturday in downtown San Diego. This year's theme is "hear our vote."

'The Last Wife' Gives Modern Voice To Tudor Royalty

'The Last Wife' Gives Modern Voice To Tudor Royalty

Jan. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The play, making its West Coast debut at Cygnet Theater, puts the spotlight on Henry VIII's sixth wife in a contemporary, re-imagined history.

Sharp To Hold Blood Drive Amid Drop In Donations Due To Flu

Sharp To Hold Blood Drive Amid Drop In Donations Due To Flu

Jan. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This year’s flu season has already had devastating consequences with thousands of confirmed cases and a record number of deaths in San Diego County. But health officials say there’s been another consequence of the flu epidemic—a drop in blood donations.

Rep. Scott Peters Co-Authors Bipartisan DACA Bill

Rep. Scott Peters Co-Authors Bipartisan DACA Bill

Jan. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new bipartisan proposal to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was announced Tuesday. Supporters said the bill is backed by more than 40 members of Congress.

'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.

Civil Rights Attorney Eva Paterson Headlines All Peoples ...

Civil Rights Attorney Eva Paterson Headlines All Peoples Celebration

Jan. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Civil rights attorney Eva Paterson was the keynote speaker at Monday's All Peoples Celebration in San Diego. She is the president and co-founder of the Equal Justice Society.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Arts In North County

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Arts In North County

Jan. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

North County is in the midst of transforming into an arts hub, and this weekend's exhibition of work by Niki de Saint Phalle and play based on a Jules Verne novel are good examples why.

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.

U-T: Grand Jury Subpoenas Witness In Investigation Of Rep...

U-T: Grand Jury Subpoenas Witness In Investigation Of Rep. Hunter's Use Of Campaign Funds

Jan. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a witness has been ordered to produce documents and receipts from a business in which Rep. Hunter's campaign spent thousands of dollars.

North County Students Pen Sci-Fi Series

North County Students Pen Sci-Fi Series

Jan. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

High school students usually write book reports, not their own books. But that's exactly what students at High Tech High North County have done.

San Diego County Democratic Leader Discusses 2018 Elections

San Diego County Democratic Leader Discusses 2018 Elections

Jan. 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

It's been nearly a year since Jessica Hayes was named chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. She joins Midday Edition for a discussion on how the party is preparing for the November election.

An American Finds Understanding After Travels In The Midd...

An American Finds Understanding After Travels In The Middle East

Jan. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

While working at New York University Abu Dhabi, Adam Levinson hopscotched across the Middle East, visiting Kuwait, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. Many of those trips took place in the midst of the Arab Spring.

What's The Word Of The Year For 2017?

What's The Word Of The Year For 2017?

Jan. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

"Fake news," a favorite of President Trump's, is one of several Trump-related phrases that made it onto the annual list.

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.

Why Some People Choose Not To Evacuate During Wildfires

Why Some People Choose Not To Evacuate During Wildfires

Dec. 27, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Thousands of people who live in the path of the Thomas Fire were under mandatory evacuation orders which were lifted last week. But not everyone who is ordered to leave their homes evacuates.

Film Critics Discuss What's Coming Out For The Holidays

Film Critics Discuss What's Coming Out For The Holidays

Dec. 18, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

From box-office hit "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to coming of age love story in "Call Me By Your Name," film critics give their take on the best holiday releases this year.

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