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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Eliminating Traffic Deaths: San Diego Vision Zero Goal For 2025

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San Diego officials signal their support for a program called Vision Zero, which aims to reduce traffic-related injuries and death through better planning, design and education.

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble Plays Sound Of San Diego

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The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble has a new self-titled debut album featuring laid back, soulful vibes with song titles like "Strolling Adams" and "City Heights."

San Diego Faith Leaders Plan Multiracial Forum After Charleston Church Shooting

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Faith leaders in San Diego are planning a multiracial forum for local clergy members to discuss America's racial divide after nine people were killed inside a Charleston, South Carolina, church last week.

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Clinic Helps San Diego Transgender Youth

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Rady Children's Gender Management Clinic opened in 2012. Since then, doctors have seen 80 children with gender identity issues.

UC San Diego Professor Explores History Of Madness In New Book

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A UC San Diego sociology professor examines how mental illness has been viewed through the centuries in his new book, "Madness In Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine."

'We're Out Of Time' — So Says Chargers Stadium Spokesman

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There is nothing left that the city of San Diego can do to solve the stadium issue before the NFL owners vote on whether to allow the Chargers to move to Los Angeles, team spokesman Mark Fabiani told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday.

ASK Campaign Promotes Gun Safety For San Diego Parents

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"Asking Saves Kids" is an offshoot of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. On Sunday, the group would like San Diego parents to have a specific conversation with their kids' friends.

Balboa Park To Host First 'Make Music San Diego' Festival

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Before Balboa Park is filled with music Sunday for the first "Make Music San Diego" festival, Hot Pstormi previews the event with a live in-studio performance on Midday Edition.

Personal Challenge To Hike Salton Sea Turns Into Environmental Mission

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Triple digit weather didn’t stop a Rancho Cucamonga man on his environmental mission, becoming the first person to complete the 116-mile trek around the Salton Sea.

Point Loma Event Aims To Help Veterans With PTSD

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Coronado residents Howard and Jean Somers lost their veteran son to suicide. They've since started an organization to help veterans with PTSD.

San Diego County Restaurant Workers Report Wage Theft

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A new study finds that some of the 125,700 restaurant workers in San Diego County are getting short-changed on their earnings.

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers Take The Stage At San Diego's Casbah

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The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers will perform three times at the Casbah on Kettner Boulevard beginning Tuesday.

San Diego Group Working To Increase Number Of Latina Leaders

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A local Latina advocacy group has launched a program in an effort to increase the number of Hispanic women in leadership roles, either in business or politics.

What It Takes To Solve Cold Case Homicides In San Diego County

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Since 2003, the San Diego's District Attorney's office has prosecuted 35 cold cases. Right now, five cold cases are in the judicial system and more than 20 are being reviewed for prosecution.

El Niño Watch 2015: Rain-Starved San Diego Hoping For A Strong One

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A strong El Niño would be good news for the region's farmers. But San Diego fishermen are also rejoicing over warmer summer waters this year.

Friend or Frenemy: San Diego Author Raises Red Flags On Manipulators

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San Diego County deputy district attorney Wendy Patrick shares tips on how to read people in "Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers and Toxic People in Every Part of Your Life."

San Diego Blogger Releases New Book On Sensitivity

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As a San Diego blog helps others understand life as a "highly sensitive person." Researchers are studying the HSP personality trait to see if it is also genetic.

UC San Diego Study Offers Insight Into Bee Colony Collapse

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For a decade now, we've been hearing about the phenomenon of bee colony collapse and significant bee die-offs. Now a new study may shed light on one piece of that puzzle.

Pay To Play: San Diego Filmmaker Aims To Fix Music Industry

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The documentary "Music Matters" looks at the history of payola laws in the United States, and posits that the legislation helped doom the industry it was purportedly written to protect.

California Assembly To Consider Bill To Regulate Medical Marijuana

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Assembly BIll 266, authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, could come up for a vote on the Assembly floor as soon as Wednesday.

Beating Expectations: San Diego Homeless Program Saves Lives, Money

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Community leaders take a look at what is next for Project 25, a program helping the chronically homeless in San Diego County and saving millions of dollars in public resources.

San Diego County Resident Among First Graduating Class Of Yoga Masters Degree Program

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From a challenging workout to deep relaxation for sleep, there seems to be a yoga practice for just about everything and everyone. Now there's a yoga degree for students.

San Diego Community Groups Launch Petition To Stop Route 94 Expansion

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The project would add one express lane in each direction from Interstate 5 to Interstate 805 in San Diego. It is currently in the environmental review process.

Montreal Band Niyaz Blends Traditional, Modern Sounds In San Diego

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Niyaz is bringing their blend of acoustic, electronic, traditional and original compositions to the Price Center Theatre at UC San Diego on Saturday.

Scripps Nurses Reflect On Nepal Quake Recovery Efforts

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The Scripps Health medical response team treated more than two thousand people in Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April.

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FilmOut Kicks Off Friday With California Premiere of 'Tab Hunter Confidential'

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This Friday, FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT Film Festival, kicks off at The Observatory North Park with the documentary "Tab Hunter Confidential."

What Court Ruling On Obama's Immigration Action Means In San Diego

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Hopes that new immigration actions announced by President Obama would take effect this month were ended by a federal appeals court on Tuesday.

Supreme Court ‘One Person, One Vote’ Test Could Impact San Diego County

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging how voting districts are drawn in Texas but the ruling could have far-reaching effects. At issue is whether to use total population or the number of eligible voters when drawing district lines.

Cat Chat: San Diego Expert Decodes Feline Language

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A new book, "How To Speak Cat: A Guide To Decoding Cat Language," co-authored San Diego Humane Society President Gary Weitzman, aims to help cat lovers better understand their feline friends.

What's Next For One Paseo Project After Compromise Reached

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As developers head back to the drawing board, a Kilroy Realty spokeswoman and a community group discuss what is next for Carmel Valley after a compromise was reached for the multi-use project.

California Bill Would Prohibit Defendants From Questioning Victims

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A San Diego lawmaker’s bill to ban defendants who represent themselves from cross-examining victims in certain cases is raising constitutional questions.

Lawyers Teach San Diego Students What To Do If Stopped By Police

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The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, a San Diego County African-American bar association, has started a series of presentations on how to handle police-youth interactions.

Serving A Pint Of Science In San Diego

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The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is partnering with Pint of Science and UC San Diego to bring science to the people in San Diego.

How To Avoid Being A Starving Artist In San Diego

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Artists and accounting experts in San Diego are helping creative minds survive as artists.

'American Sniper' Widow Comes To San Diego To Discuss Life, Loss

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Taya Kyle, widow Chris Kyle, is in San Diego to discuss her memoir, "American Wife: Love, War, Faith and Renewal." She talks about her life without Chris and resources for other San Diego military families dealing with grief.

New Series Brewing About San Diego Craft Beer Scene

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"Kings of the Craft,” a new television series exploring San Diego's craft beer industry and the unique stories behind it, debuts May 21 on KPBS.

Hope After Violence: San Diego Author Demands Support For Children Exposed To Trauma

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Researchers are learning these simple things such as listening, giving praise or sharing a secret, may be effective tools in rescuing kids from the effects of an abusive childhood.

Black Student Organizations Question San Diego Police Policies

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San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said reforms on policing have been made since a Department of Justice review. But students want racial profiling to end.

Bike To Work Day: Promoting Cycling As Viable San Diego Transportation Option

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Government leaders have included biking in its climate action plans for San Diego city and the larger region.

Preparing For San Diego Fire Season: Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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Over a five-day period In May 2014, unusual Santa Ana winds fueled flames to 14 wildfires around San Diego County. Experts revisit what happened and talk about lessons learned.

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