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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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 County Sees 39 Percent Increase In Homeless Youth

San Diego County Sees 39 Percent Increase In Homeless Youth

April 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The number of homeless teens and young adults in the county increased 39 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to the point-in-time count that was conducted in January.

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.

Cardiff Resident Tells Story Of Surviving Nepal Earthquake In New D...

Cardiff Resident Tells Story Of Surviving Nepal Earthquake In New Documentary

April 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Cardiff resident Kat Heldman is featured in a documentary about the 2015 Nepal earthquake that is airing on the Smithsonian Channel Monday night.

San Diego County Congressional Delegation On Border Wall, Obamacare...

San Diego County Congressional Delegation On Border Wall, Obamacare Repeal, Spending Bill

April 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County's congressional delegation will attend the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual congressional luncheon on Friday.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Murals, Music And Mother Earth

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Murals, Music And Mother Earth

April 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

From concerts to festivals, this weekend is all about the outdoors.

People Sleeping On Streets In San Diego County Increases 14 Percent

People Sleeping On Streets In San Diego County Increases 14 Percent

April 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Susan Murphy

San Diego County's homeless count in January found that 9,116 people were living in shelters or on the streets. That's a five percent increase countywide as compared to the previous year.

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.

'A Growing Passion' Takes On San Diego Hops

'A Growing Passion' Takes On San Diego Hops

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

After an unusually rainy winter In Southern California, it seems nearly every patch of earth is in bloom. It is not something San Diego gardeners are used to, but it is a fitting time to catch the new season of KPBS' "A Growing Passion."

San Diego Scientists Prepare For March To Bolster Science's Role In...

San Diego Scientists Prepare For March To Bolster Science's Role In Policy

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Scientists from across the country will be demonstrating on Saturday in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of other cities, advocating for science's role in public policy and against proposed cuts to federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency.

History Center Asks Guests To Pay-It-Forward And Stem Visitor Decline

History Center Asks Guests To Pay-It-Forward And Stem Visitor Decline

April 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego History Center had a very good 2015, showcasing its most popular exhibit yet. But the History Center couldn't hold on to the increase in visitors so they decided to do something unconventional about it.

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.

Mortgage Rates Fall After Post-Election Spike

Mortgage Rates Fall After Post-Election Spike

April 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Interest rates on home loans have declined since a post-election surge, leaving median San Diego homebuyers spending about $64 less per month on mortgage payments now than if they bought a home late last year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday.

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.

Undersea Lights Dazzle In Birch Aquarium's 'Infinity Cube'

Undersea Lights Dazzle In Birch Aquarium's 'Infinity Cube'

April 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Step inside the translucent 8-foot box at the Birch Aquarium, and at first you are surrounded by darkness. But quickly, projections of pulsating blue lights surround you on all sides.

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.

Why The Los Angeles Times Ran A Six-Part Editorial Condemnation Of ...

Why The Los Angeles Times Ran A Six-Part Editorial Condemnation Of Trump

April 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Los Angeles Times Friday published the final installment of a weeklong series of editorials laying out a blistering critique of the presidency and personality of Donald Trump.

Housing Attorneys Say California Landlords Threatening To Call Immi...

Housing Attorneys Say California Landlords Threatening To Call Immigration Officials On Tenants

April 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Housing attorneys claim some landlords have seized on the election of President Trump as new leverage against tenants who want improvements to their apartments, or who the landlords simply want to move out.

Navy Broadway Complex To Make Way For $1.3B Development

Navy Broadway Complex To Make Way For $1.3B Development

April 6
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The development will include a new building for the Navy's headquarters, four office buildings, two hotels, a museum, an area for shopping and a park.

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.

World War I 'Hello Girls' Were First U.S. Women To Serve Overseas

World War I 'Hello Girls' Were First U.S. Women To Serve Overseas

April 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Among the thousands of soldiers and sailors to take part in World War I, a group of women trained as telephone operators were the first women deployed overseas by the U.S. Army.

Southern California Native And 'Ladies Of London' Star Out With New...

Southern California Native And 'Ladies Of London' Star Out With New Cookbook

April 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Marissa Hermer of Bravo's "Ladies of London" is out with a cookbook of recipes that infuse a California flavor to British fare.

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 Council Considers Hotel Tax For Convention Center Expansion

San Diego Council Considers Hotel Tax For Convention Center Expansion

April 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego City Council's Rules Committee on Wednesday advanced Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposal to increase hotel room taxes by up to 3 percent in some areas of the city to fund a $685 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.

San Diego Public Defender Retires After 28-Year Career

San Diego Public Defender Retires After 28-Year Career

April 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Henry Coker's last day as San Diego County's chief legal defender of the indigent was Thursday, ending nearly eight years leading the county public defender's office.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Germany To Latin America

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Germany To Latin America

March 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend's events take you around the world and then to the bedroom.

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.

Mexican-American Biologist Speaks On Science's Continued Diversity ...

Mexican-American Biologist Speaks On Science's Continued Diversity Problem

March 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff was one of the first Mexican-American women to get a Ph.D. in science. She helped discover how to make synthetic insulin in 1978.

New Statewide Website Rates Doctors

New Statewide Website Rates Doctors

March 30
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The website rates doctors based on whether or not they recommend particular health tests in their respective specialty.

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.

UC San Diego Research Informs Musical About Good, Bad Of Aging

UC San Diego Research Informs Musical About Good, Bad Of Aging

March 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"The Geeze & Me" is a new musical about a group of baby boomers trying to figure out if there is a good way to get older.

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."

Showing Young Girls Their Strength Through A Camera Lens

Showing Young Girls Their Strength Through A Camera Lens

March 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Strong is the New Pretty" is a book of photographs by Kate Parker that celebrates the strength girls have when they are true to themselves.

What Do The Top Endurance Athletes In The World Eat?

What Do The Top Endurance Athletes In The World Eat?

March 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Matt Fitzgerald looked at what the top runners, cyclists, cross-country skiers and triathletes in the world were eating to come up with a diet that amateur endurance athletes could mimic. He wrote about what he learned in his book, "The Endurance Diet."

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: In And Around Balboa Park

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: In And Around Balboa Park

March 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend there are exhibitions, concerts and plays happening in and around Balboa Park.

Exhibit Shows How Jews Helped Found Early San Diego

Exhibit Shows How Jews Helped Found Early San Diego

March 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Historian Joellyn Zollman said San Diego's early Jews were able to participate directly in the creation of their city, which wasn’t true in places like New York, Baltimore or Chicago.

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.

SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Names New Dean

SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Names New Dean

March 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gregorio Ponce was named the dean of San Diego State University-Imperial Valley earlier this month.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Act As Immig...

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Act As Immigration Agents

March 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In response to an inquiry from the San Diego City Council, Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave his clearest indication yet that the city will not participate in any attempt to deputize local law enforcement as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Irish Poetry And Local Music

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Irish Poetry And Local Music

March 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings an Irish literature marathon, a rarely-staged play, a celebration of local music and more.

Mariner Travels The World To Study Ocean Tides

Mariner Travels The World To Study Ocean Tides

March 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Mariner Jonathan White thought he knew everything he needed to know about the constant roiling of the sea. But after almost losing his boat in a large Alaskan tide, he set off on a decades-long, worldwide journey to learn more about the ocean's movements.

‘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.

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