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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Beloved Bands And Farewells

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Beloved Bands And Farewells

June 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend you can revisit some beloved San Diego bands and say farewell to a longtime choral director.

Exhibit Features Art Of Climate Change Science

Exhibit Features Art Of Climate Change Science

June 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, "Weather on Steroids" opens at the San Diego Central Library June 10.

Will Planned Upgrades To Tijuana Water Treatment Plant Be Enough To...

Will Planned Upgrades To Tijuana Water Treatment Plant Be Enough To Stop Sewage Spills?

June 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mexican officials say they are moving forward with a nearly $25 million upgrade to Tijuana’s coastal water treatment plant. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the city's sewage system needs $400 million in improvements and repairs.

Can Using Antibiotics Be Unethical?

Can Using Antibiotics Be Unethical?

June 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Even as San Diego scientists come up with more powerful antibiotics to stave off superbugs, researchers admit those breakthroughs will just delay when antibiotics stop being effective.

Advocate Says California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

Advocate Says California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

June 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

It has been a year since California’s End of Life Options Act went into effect. But for Faye Girsh, founder and president of San Diego’s Hemlock Society, the law does not go far enough.

Report: SDPD Racial Profiling Study Revisions Raise Questions

Report: SDPD Racial Profiling Study Revisions Raise Questions

June 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A report published in Voice of San Diego documents the changes between draft copies of the study and the final version. Researchers softened language and left out findings in the final version.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairs And Wonderspaces

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairs And Wonderspaces

June 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It is the unofficial start of summer with the opening of the San Diego County Fair, plus new dance and visual art experiences.

Ellen Browning Scripps' Outsized Role In San Diego Culture Explored...

Ellen Browning Scripps' Outsized Role In San Diego Culture Explored In New Biography

May 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

If you have a hard time imagining San Diego without Scripps Aquarium, Scripps Memorial Hospital, Scripps Pier or the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, then it's impossible to imagine San Diego without Ellen Browning Scripps.

Scripps Turns To Surfers For Ocean Data

Scripps Turns To Surfers For Ocean Data

May 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A citizen science project in development for four years is hitting San Diego's beaches this week, as researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography reach out to surfers to gather data about the region's coastal waters.

CDC: California Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 87 Percent Since 1999

CDC: California Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 87 Percent Since 1999

May 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

There are many reasons for those jumps, according to researchers, including an aging population and better diagnoses.

How To Avoid Getting Stung By A Swarm Of Bees

How To Avoid Getting Stung By A Swarm Of Bees

May 30
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Bee attacks in San Diego County have made headlines this month. Hilary Kearney is a beekeeper and owns Girl Next Door Honey. Kearney said that the recent incidents are increasing fear in people, which causes them to react poorly around bees.

Sempra Energy Executive: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Can Be Done T...

Sempra Energy Executive: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Can Be Done Today

May 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Speaking Thursday at UC San Diego's Institute of the America's annual energy conference, Sempra Vice President Patrick Lee said the technology exists today for a total reliance on renewable energy.

2017 Summer Movie Preview

2017 Summer Movie Preview

May 26
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

Memorial weekend marks the unofficial launch of the summer movie season and here is a preview of what is to come.

California Seeks To Shape International Climate Policies

California Seeks To Shape International Climate Policies

May 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As President Trump's administration moves to reverse U.S. pollution policies on coal and emissions, California is moving forward with international agreements on carbon-reducing cap and trade policies.

10 Years Of Sharing Son Jarocho Music On The US-Mexico Border

10 Years Of Sharing Son Jarocho Music On The US-Mexico Border

May 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Fandango Fronterizo, a binational musical gathering of traditional son jarocho-style music, celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.

CPUC Holds Public Hearings For SDG&E Natural Gas Pipeline

CPUC Holds Public Hearings For SDG&E Natural Gas Pipeline

May 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Gas & Electric plans to build a 47-mile natural gas pipeline along the 15 freeway from Rainbow to Miramar.

San Diego Unified's Plan To Protect Muslim Students From Bullying P...

San Diego Unified's Plan To Protect Muslim Students From Bullying Prompts Lawsuit

May 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A legal group has filed a lawsuit on behalf of six parents that challenges the constitutionality of the district's plan to protect Muslim students from being bullied.

Fiasco Theater Brings Molière Back To The Old Globe

Fiasco Theater Brings Molière Back To The Old Globe

May 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Like it did with "Into the Woods," Fiasco Theater reinvents Molière for Globe-commissioned "The Imaginary Invalid."

New Book Looks At Involuntary Psychiatric Care

New Book Looks At Involuntary Psychiatric Care

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The authors of "Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care," Dinah Miller and Annette Hanson, show both sides of the argument over involuntary treatment in the book but conclude that it is not the best solution.

Exhibit Reveals The Art Of Former San Diego City Councilman Tom Hom

Exhibit Reveals The Art Of Former San Diego City Councilman Tom Hom

May 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit “Unseen Portrait: The Art of Tom Hom” is on display now through August 20 at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.

San Diego City Council Takes Up Hotel Tax Hike Revisions

San Diego City Council Takes Up Hotel Tax Hike Revisions

May 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego City Council on Monday will consider Mayor Kevin Faulconer's plan to finance a San Diego Convention Center expansion through hotel tax increases and whether that plan should be placed on this November's ballot.

Diversionary’s ‘Ballast’ Navigates Changing Relationships

Diversionary’s ‘Ballast’ Navigates Changing Relationships

May 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Ballast” is a story about two couples each with a transgender partner who is transitioning. The play runs through June 4.

San Diego Biotech Job Boom Expected To Slow

San Diego Biotech Job Boom Expected To Slow

May 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

While San Diego biotech jobs grew 19.6 percent between 2011 and 2016, California's biotech trade group expects that to increase only another 2.7 percent by 2021.

Documentary Details The Struggles Of People With Anxiety Disorders

Documentary Details The Struggles Of People With Anxiety Disorders

May 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"It's Just Anxiety" is a documentary that details the struggles of about a dozen people with anxiety disorders or mental health conditions that include anxiety symptoms.

How Modern Philanthropists Are Changing Public Policy

How Modern Philanthropists Are Changing Public Policy

May 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego is filled with institutions that exist in large part because rich people decided to donate to them. Think Copley Symphony Hall, the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego or the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute at Scripps Health.

San Diego Unified School District Gets New Police Chief

San Diego Unified School District Gets New Police Chief

May 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Capt. Michael Marquez has been named the new police chief of San Diego Unified's Police Department. The 27-year police force veteran previously served as interim chief at the district.

Ken Burns Ends War Film Trilogy With 'Vietnam'

Ken Burns Ends War Film Trilogy With 'Vietnam'

May 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Ken Burns started his documentary journey through American wars with his award-winning examination of the Civil War. Now, Burns is ending his film trilogy with one that many living Americans can remember well.

Documentary Explores Struggle Between Native Americans And US Gover...

Documentary Explores Struggle Between Native Americans And US Government Over Land Use

May 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film, "Beyond Standing Rock," focuses on three conflicts: the Dakota Access oil pipeline, oil and gas development on the Southern UTE reservation in Colorado and the designation of the Bear’s Ears National Monument. The film airs Tuesday at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Zydeco, Margaritas And Moms

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Zydeco, Margaritas And Moms

May 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Here's a look at some mom-friendly weekend ideas.

San Diego Representatives  React To Trump Firing FBI Director Comey

San Diego Representatives React To Trump Firing FBI Director Comey

May 10
By Brooke Ruth, Christopher Underwood, Maureen Cavanaugh

President Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday, stating that his ouster was required to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI.

Report: California’s Juvenile Detention Fees Hurt Families

Report: California’s Juvenile Detention Fees Hurt Families

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A report by UC Berkeley School of Law Policy Advocacy Clinic shows San Diego County charges families $30 for every day a juvenile is locked up in juvenile detention. And the average stay can cost families almost $1,000.

Women Astronomers Get Their Story Told In 'Silent Sky'

Women Astronomers Get Their Story Told In 'Silent Sky'

May 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Henrietta Swan Leavitt is hardly a household name. But it was her work on measuring stellar distances that helped famed astronomer Edwin Hubble determine that certain clouds of gas and dust were actually galaxies far beyond the Milky Way.

San Diego Mayor To Replace Homeless ‘Czar’

San Diego Mayor To Replace Homeless ‘Czar’

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Stacie Spector, San Diego’s senior advisor on housing solutions, is out after serving seven months in the position.

Experts Remain Optimistic Over Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise

Experts Remain Optimistic Over Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise

May 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Despite reports that there may only be 2 or 3 vaquitas left in the northern Gulf of California, a $4 million effort to capture and save the critically endangered porpoise is moving forward.

Reveal Looks Into Why Not All Police Officers Get Trained In De-Esc...

Reveal Looks Into Why Not All Police Officers Get Trained In De-Escalation

May 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

De-escalation training is designed to teach police officers techniques to reduce fatal use of force. Officers are trained in how to slow down and verbally engage with the people they encounter.

Grand Jury Criticizes San Diego Jail Suicide-Prevention Efforts

Grand Jury Criticizes San Diego Jail Suicide-Prevention Efforts

May 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego County grand jury says that while the Sheriff's Department has undertaken reforms to reduce jail suicides, the suicide rate remains high and its procedures manual lacks a clear policy statement on preventing suicides.

Author Shares Experience From Being Homeless To Attending Harvard

Author Shares Experience From Being Homeless To Attending Harvard

May 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Liz Murray is the author of "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard" and the keynote speaker at the United Way of San Diego County's "Changing the Odds Community Breakfast" on Wednesday.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Music Of May

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Music Of May

May 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It's a very musical weekend, with mariachis, a string quartet and even some confetti.

San Diego Arts Organizations Plan To Rally Against Proposed Funding...

San Diego Arts Organizations Plan To Rally Against Proposed Funding Cuts

May 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget reduces arts funding by $4.7 million, which is almost a third of what the city currently spends.

State Project To Encourage Doctors To Treat Opioid Addiction With M...

State Project To Encourage Doctors To Treat Opioid Addiction With Medication

May 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

California is using a federal grant on a project that will help more physicians prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

'Swift Boats At War In Vietnam' Exhibit Opens At Maritime Museum Of...

'Swift Boats At War In Vietnam' Exhibit Opens At Maritime Museum Of San Diego

May 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, which runs through Veteran's Day, features the stories of swift boat veterans, photographs and what is believed to be the last remaining swift boat.

Rainy Winter Has Led To Increase In Bugs In San Diego County

Rainy Winter Has Led To Increase In Bugs In San Diego County

May 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Michael Wall holds a doctorate in entomology and is the vice president of research and public programs at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He will join Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the types of bugs we are seeing an increase in due to our wet winter.

The Coronado Surfers Who Created A $100 Million Drug Ring

The Coronado Surfers Who Created A $100 Million Drug Ring

May 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Coronado Company started out as a group of teenagers back the 1970s who decided to swim across the U.S.-Mexico border with bundles of marijuana.

3,000 Expected To Turn Out For San Diego Climate March On Saturday

3,000 Expected To Turn Out For San Diego Climate March On Saturday

April 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hundreds of marches are planned across the country in solidarity with the People's Climate March on Saturday in Washington, D.C., one of which is in San Diego.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: So Many Festivals

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: So Many Festivals

April 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Is this the biggest arts event weekend of the year?

How Researchers Are Trying To Reverse Engineer The Human Body

How Researchers Are Trying To Reverse Engineer The Human Body

April 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego's Dart NeuroScience has spent years working on something that still seems like science fiction: a pill that can supercharge your memory with near-perfect recall.

'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.

Report: California's Five-Year Drought Increased Electricity Costs ...

Report: California's Five-Year Drought Increased Electricity Costs By $2.45B

April 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Loss of hydroelectricity generation during California's 5-year drought led to an increase of about $2.45 billion in electricity costs, according to a report released by the Pacific Institute on Wednesday.

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.

Nixon Biography Reveals Connection To Failed Vietnam Peace Talks

Nixon Biography Reveals Connection To Failed Vietnam Peace Talks

April 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A new biography claims President Richard Nixon lied not just about the Watergate break-in scandal, but about his role in failed Vietnam peace talks in the run-up to his 1968 presidential victory.

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