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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Ken Burns Documentary Profiles Couple Who Saved Hundreds From Nazis

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Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha didn't want to leave their young children or their Massachusetts home on the eve of World War II. But they couldn't turn down a request from church leadership to help rescue Jews, dissident journalists and intellectuals from the Nazis.

San Diego Native Tribes Rally Against North Dakota Oil Pipeline

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A rally is scheduled for Saturday across the street from Belmont Park in Mission Beach.

Tracing Mexican Cuisine Back To The Aztecs

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Mole poblano, chiles rellenos and carnitas may be classic Mexican dishes, but they bear little resemblance to what the Aztecs ate before the invasion of Spanish conquistadors 500 years ago.

San Diego Student Poet Honored By White House Performs

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Maya Salameh, a National Student Poet, said her work is inspired by her identity as an Arab American.

San Diego Income Stays Flat As Incomes Rise Nationally

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San Diego is not seeing the same economic gains as the country overall, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. Why isn't San Diego experiencing a significant boost to its incomes?

Event Brings Baja Wines North Of The Border

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Admirers of Mexican reds, whites and blends are often unable to find any bottles on this side of the border. But that's changing.

Crew Of USS Indianapolis Share Story Of Survival In New Film

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A film screening at San Diego's GI Film Festival documents the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis weeks before the end of World War II.

Why Rape Kits Go Untested In San Diego

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The San Diego Police Department says it has about 2,400 rape kits that have not been sent to the crime lab to be analyzed.

Open-Water Swimming Champ Copes With A Broken Heart

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Cold-water swimmer Lynne Cox suffers from "broken heart syndrome," a stress-induced medical condition that causes the heart to swell.

Man Once Sentenced To Death Row Works To Abolish Capital Punishment In California

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Gary Tyler, who now lives in California, spoke to KPBS Midday Edition about why he supports Proposition 62.

Should California Change Its Voter Initiative Process?

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Initiatives on the November ballot would end the death penalty, legalize recreational pot and limit prescription drug costs. And that's just for starters. A total of 17 initiatives have found their way onto the ballot, the most since 2000.

'Tiger Style!' Tackles Asian-American Experience With Humor

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A new comedy at the La Jolla Playhouse tells the story of two Asian-American siblings struggling with their careers and romantic lives. Mike Lew, who has found success in New York as a playwright, returns home for the play's West Coast premiere.

San Diego Philanthropist Malin Burnham On Putting 'Community Before Self'

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The real estate developer, philanthropist and sailor is opening up about his life in a new book.

A Walking Tour Of The Real Hundred Acre Wood

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A.A. Milne published his first "Winnie-the-Pooh" stories 90 years ago, but the English countryside that inspired his beloved children's books is nearly unchanged today.

San Diego Artist Documents His Journey In Life And Stone

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Faced with a cancer diagnosis and three months to live, San Diego artist Doron Rosenthal decided to write a book.

Bills Inspired By Turner Sexual Assault Case Sent to Governor

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Two bills closing loopholes in California's laws governing rape have been sent to the governor. Both were inspired by the recent Brock Turner case.

More Boys Getting Vaccinated Against HPV

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about half of teen boys received at least one of the recommended human papillomavirus vaccines as of 201 – up 8 percent from the previous year.

Disability Advocates Want To Raise Awareness Of New Voting Rights Law

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They're pushing California courts and nonprofits to spread awareness of a 2015 law that can restore the right to vote to those who have lost it in court proceedings.

Introducing The Newest Research Ship In Town: The Sally Ride

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After about a dozen years in the making, the Sally Ride research vessel arrived at its home port in Point Loma Friday. The ship will be used to conduct any kind of research that scientists can think up and do at sea.

The Personal Price Of '15 Years Of War'

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The wife of one U.S. Marine officer who has served since 2000 has documented her family's experience during his multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

This Year's Challenges For Students, Pre-Students, Teachers And Charter Schools

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As the 2016-17 school year begins, some charter school funds are running out, preschool can be pretty darn expensive, and the chronic absence rate — for teachers — is high.

San Diego Students Head To School Under New Vaccine Law

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The law, passed last summer, no longer allows parents to waive school vaccination requirements due to personal or religious beliefs. Medical exceptions are still allowed.

Should We Switch To A 5-Hour Work Day? This Local CEO Thinks So

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Stephan Aarstol, founder of Tower Paddle Boards in Mira Mesa and winner of the reality TV show "Shark Tank," says moving to a shorter work day transformed his business and the lives of his employees.

City Asks San Diegans For Help With History Of Local LGBTQ Community

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The City Council last year accepted a state grant to document the history of San Diego's LGBTQ community. Now, it's seeking public input on a draft report.

San Diego Columnist Shares His Experience With Homelessness

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At 32, Dan McSwain found himself living on the streets, addicted to drugs and alcohol. He told his story of degradation and redemption in The San Diego Union-Tribune this week.

'Adnan's Story' Goes Beyond 'Serial'

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Rabia Chaudry brought the story of Adnan Syed to "This American Life" producer Sara Koenig, leading to the popular podcast "Serial." Now, Chaudry has written a book that she says paints a fuller picture of the 1999 Baltimore murder case that sent Syed to prison.

Should California Require Pro Bono Work For Law Students?

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A bill that mandates 50 hours of pro bono work for law students has landed on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Sen. Marty Block of San Diego, who authored the bill, discusses its potential impact.

San Diego Art Museum's Growth Brings Excitement And Sadness

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The museum's La Jolla location gets ready to shut down for a major remodel — with a new gallery space, terraces and an expanded sculpture garden in its future.

Talking Trash: Reducing Food Waste Starts At Home

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Up to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply goes to waste. A panel discussion on Tuesday night focuses on the environmental impacts of food waste and ways to cut back on how much food is thrown away.

Jerry Brown: Prophet Of Progressive Government?

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In 2010, California posted a budget deficit of $26 billion. Journalist Narda Zacchino credits Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 tax increase for allowing the state to put billions into a rainy day fund.

Chargers Stadium Measure Faces Opposition

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association concluded the Chargers' ballot measure won't raise enough money. The city's Independent Budget Analyst says it will — if estimates are accurate.

UC San Diego Professor Examines The Cuban Economy

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In the new book “Open For Business: Rebuilding the Cuban Economy,” UC San Diego professor Richard Feinberg explores where Cuba's economy is today and what the future may hold.

Public Health Leader From San Diego On Overcoming Poverty And Low Expectations

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In a new memoir, Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, the executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials in Washington, D.C., details growing up on Chollas View's G Street raised by a single mother.

Lofty Plans To House San Diego’s Homeless Gaining Traction, Officials Say

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The city of San Diego aims to house 1,000 homeless veterans by March 2017, while the county is working to house 1,250 homeless individuals with severe mental illness in the next three years.

What San Diego Can Learn From Utah About Tackling Chronic Homelessness

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In the last decade, Utah has reduced its population of chronically homeless individuals by more than 90 percent. How did the state do it?

State Audit Finds Serious Lapses In CalGang Database

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CalGang, a database used by law enforcement agencies to track gang ties, may infringe on Californians' privacy rights, lacks rigorous oversight and is rife with errors, according to a new state audit.

San Diego Historian Turns Hamilton's Love Life Into A Novel

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Elizabeth Cobbs, a former SDSU professor, had a hard time selling her book before the hit musical "Hamilton" took off. "Who's interested in Hamilton?" publishers asked.

Four Years Into DACA, Focus Is On Asian Youth

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Alliance San Diego, a community advocacy group, is launching a campaign to enroll Asian youth. It says Asian Pacific Islanders have the lowest rate of enrollment.

San Diego Writer Shares Terminally Ill Sister's 'Rebirth Party'

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"You are all very brave for sending me off on my journey," Betsy wrote in an email to her guests. "There are no rules. Wear what you want, speak your mind, dance, hop, chant, sing, pray, but do not cry in front of me. OK, one rule.”

Salton Sea Ecosystem May Be On Brink Of Failure

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There's nothing unusual about dead fish washing up on the shore of the Salton Sea. What is unusual is that all of them are fully grown. The lack of young fish and the absence of foraging birds could mean the sea's salinity has reached a critical level.

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Vista's 'Titanic the Musical' Blends History And Music

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Moonlight Amphitheatre's "Titanic the Musical" is a grand production that personalizes the 1912 disaster at sea.

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SummerFest Brings (Chamber) Music To The People

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SummerFest celebrates 30 years of making classical music more intimate, plus a live performance from Boston's Beacon Street Trio.

Peter Navarro Talks About China And Why He Supports Donald Trump

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Peter Navarro ran for mayor, Congress and the City Council as a San Diego Democrat in the 1990s. Now he's an advisor on Donald Trump's economic team.

Acclaimed Pianist Aruán Ortiz Performs In San Diego

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The Cuban-born musician is in San Diego for a solo performance Sunday at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan.

Crossing The Railroad Tracks In North County Could Cost You $500

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More than 50 people have been ticketed since Aug. 1 by the North County Transit District for crossing the railroad tracks. Trespassers can be fined up to $500.

'The Descendants' Author Takes On The World Of Affluent Parenting

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Kaui Hart Hemmings discusses wealthy parents and their "organic, free-range babies," the subject of her latest novel, "How To Party With An Infant."

La Jolla Playhouse Explores Economic Excesses In 'Junk'

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The play is about a team of lawyers in the mid-1980s using junk bonds, along with some illegal tricks, to wage a hostile takeover of a major manufacturing company. But playwright Ayad Akhtar said it isn't a period piece.

San Diego Writer Stephen Metcalfe Navigates Life, Literature

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Stephen Metcalfe writes for film and stage. In his first novel for adults, the protagonist navigates his way through life with an autistic son, an absent wife and an ailing mother.

Visitors To Rio De Janeiro Explore Favela Tourism

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The Olympics are underway, and the spotlight is on host city Rio de Janeiro. While many tourists are heading south of the equator hoping to catch a glimpse of Christ the Redeemer, others want to take a walk on the “wild side” inside Rio’s favelas.

Once Near Extinction, California Condors Face New Threat: Sea Lions

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Most California sea lions breed at the Channel Islands, which were contaminated with insecticide for decades. Condors that eat them lay thin-shelled eggs with a low chance of hatching successfully.

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