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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Prison Reforms Pressuring California's Inmate Firefighter Force

Prison Reforms Pressuring California's Inmate Firefighter Force

Dec. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The state estimates these inmates save California $100 million a year it would otherwise have to spend on firefighters.

Science Writer Gary Taubes Makes 'The Case Against Sugar'

Science Writer Gary Taubes Makes 'The Case Against Sugar'

Dec. 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gary Taubes says sugar is the cause of an increase in the number of people who suffer from obesity and diabetes.

Additional 27 Million Trees Have Died In California In The Last Year

Additional 27 Million Trees Have Died In California In The Last Year

Dec. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new U.S. Forest Service survey found that another 27 million trees died due to drought and disease since November 2016. That brings the total number of dead trees to a record 129 million since 2010.

The Zzymzzy Quartet Blends Gypsy Swing And Jazz Standards From The ...

The Zzymzzy Quartet Blends Gypsy Swing And Jazz Standards From The American Songbook

Dec. 12
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

For over a decade the Zzymzzy Quartet has been transporting audiences back in time with their 1930’s era music. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and the American Songbook, these San Diegans have become an integral part of the swing dance scene.

Only 5 Percent Of Border Patrol Agents Are Women And That May Not C...

Only 5 Percent Of Border Patrol Agents Are Women And That May Not Change Anytime Soon

Dec. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Journalist Sasha von Oldershausen writes in the latest issue of Marie Claire about the U.S. Border Patrol’s struggles to recruit more women.

Women In Sacramento Face Retaliation Amid Sexual Harassment Firestorm

Women In Sacramento Face Retaliation Amid Sexual Harassment Firestorm

Dec. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Allegations of sexual harassment by state lawmakers continue to come out in Sacramento. And now, there are reports that there has been a backlash by some male legislators against the women who have come forward.

Imperial Beach Considers Polystyrene Ban

Imperial Beach Considers Polystyrene Ban

Dec. 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Imperial Beach could become the third city in San Diego County to ban the plastic food containers at restaurants.

Racial Disparities Persist In Diverse California, Study Says

Racial Disparities Persist In Diverse California, Study Says

Dec. 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

California may be a majority-minority state and pride itself on its racial diversity, but diversity does not mean equality.

Report: Border Patrol Agents Sickened By Sewage Spills Nearly Tripl...

Report: Border Patrol Agents Sickened By Sewage Spills Nearly Triples Since June

Dec. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents sickened by the cross-border sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley has grown to 83, according to a report Monday by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Your Guide To December Nights 2017

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Your Guide To December Nights 2017

Dec. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

You can say that in San Diego, the holidays don't officially begin until December Nights weekend. Here's a guide to navigating the popular Balboa Park event.

Comedian Herbert Siguenza On His Role In Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Comedian Herbert Siguenza On His Role In Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Nov. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Siguenza served as one of several Latino cultural advisors who worked on Pixar's animated film inspired by Día de los Muertos. He is also part of the film's voice cast.

Climate Paper At Center Of Scientist-Versus-Scientist Legal Dispute

Climate Paper At Center Of Scientist-Versus-Scientist Legal Dispute

Nov. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A Stanford University climate scientist has taken the relatively rare step of suing another scientist, arguing that a rebuttal paper critiquing his work amounted to defamation.

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses GOP Tax Plan, Sexual Harassment And A Po...

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses GOP Tax Plan, Sexual Harassment And A Possible Government Shutdown

Nov. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The end of 2017 is shaping up to be busy for members of Congress as the debate over the GOP tax plan continues along with controversy over sexual misconduct allegations.

Anza-Borrego Desert Guidebook Helps Demystify California's Largest ...

Anza-Borrego Desert Guidebook Helps Demystify California's Largest State Park

Nov. 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

California's largest state park covers 600,000 acres in eastern San Diego County.

Lawmakers' Sexual Harassment In The Spotlight, After Decades Of All...

Lawmakers' Sexual Harassment In The Spotlight, After Decades Of Allegations

Nov. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego Rep. Jim Bates was the first congressman to be reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee for sexual harassment, back in 1989.

Yearlong Investigation By LA Times Details 'Housing Debacle' In Mexico

Yearlong Investigation By LA Times Details 'Housing Debacle' In Mexico

Nov. 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A five-part series recounts the miscalculations and corruption that created substandard and hazardous housing developments from Baja California to the Gulf of Mexico.

Is It Okay To Leave Behind Sick, Aging Friends? Authors Take On Tou...

Is It Okay To Leave Behind Sick, Aging Friends? Authors Take On Tough Questions About Getting Older

Nov. 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Even as the chance of living to old age increases, many people avoid thinking about old age, afraid of the choices and challenges it presents.

KPBS Explore Project Launches New Web Series 'Jordan Loves'

KPBS Explore Project Launches New Web Series 'Jordan Loves'

Nov. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Host Jordan Jacobo shares his irreverent take on some San Diego icons in "Jordan Loves."

San Diego County Traffic Worsens After Economic Recovery

San Diego County Traffic Worsens After Economic Recovery

Nov. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The average commute time in San Diego is now 26 minutes. Regional planners warn traffic will not be getting better anytime soon.

Chef Bernard Guillas Shares 3 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Chef Bernard Guillas Shares 3 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Nov. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Cher Bernard Guillas, executive chef at the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla, joins KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to answer your Thanksgiving meal questions.

Study: Sex Traffickers Use Emojis In Online Ads To Avoid Detection

Study: Sex Traffickers Use Emojis In Online Ads To Avoid Detection

Nov. 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Research out of San Diego State University suggests that while law enforcement searches internet ads for keywords indicating sex trafficking they should also look for certain coded emojis.

SDSU Professor Challenges Concept Widely Embraced By Educators

SDSU Professor Challenges Concept Widely Embraced By Educators

Nov. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The concept of the growth mindset has been widely embraced by educators, but San Diego State University Professor J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., said the concept is incomplete when it comes to underserved students, particularly boys and men of color.

The Nat Unleashes Its Archives In 'Unshelved'

The Nat Unleashes Its Archives In 'Unshelved'

Nov. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego Natural History Museum’s latest exhibit gives patrons a glimpse of some of the eight million specimens in its permanent collection, part of a renewed focus on its own research.

Report: San Diego County's Wine Industry Keeps Growing

Report: San Diego County's Wine Industry Keeps Growing

Nov. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report commissioned by the San Diego County Vintners Association shows the economic impact of the local wine industry is $30.4 million. The total number of acres of wine grapes harvested has more than doubled since 2010.

San Diegans Send More Trash To Landfill Than Average Californian

San Diegans Send More Trash To Landfill Than Average Californian

Nov. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

I Love a Clean San Diego wants San Diegans to send less trash to landfills by recycling more. Its campaign goes into high gear Wednesday, which is America Recycles Day.

Women Who Overcame Adversity Are Subject Of New Book By National Ci...

Women Who Overcame Adversity Are Subject Of New Book By National City Teacher

Nov. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A National City teacher profiled 25 women who overcame adversity in her new book "Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women."

Astronaut Scott Kelly On His Yearlong Journey To Space And Back

Astronaut Scott Kelly On His Yearlong Journey To Space And Back

Nov. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Astronaut Scott Kelly has been back on Earth for over a year now, after setting a record for the single-longest American space mission. But in a sense, his mission is far from over.

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan Discusses California Sanctuary Sta...

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan Discusses California Sanctuary State Law

Nov. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Next week, KPBS and inewsource will present special coverage on the Trump administration's effort to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In preparation for that coverage, KPBS Midday Edition spoke with the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: To The Theater!

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: To The Theater!

Nov. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

'The Grinch' returns, plus standout productions in Rolando and Carlsbad.

IMAX Film About Aircraft Carriers Opens Friday At The Fleet

IMAX Film About Aircraft Carriers Opens Friday At The Fleet

Nov. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Captain Craig A. Clapperton, former commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home-ported in San Diego, is featured in the film.

Union-Tribune: Two San Diego Tourists Contract Hepatitis A

Union-Tribune: Two San Diego Tourists Contract Hepatitis A

Nov. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that two tourists who visited San Diego for a Metallica concert in August, developed cases of hepatitis A when they returned home to Utah.

Issa Won't Support Tax Reform Bill In Its Current Form

Issa Won't Support Tax Reform Bill In Its Current Form

Nov. 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

House Republicans are planning to vote on the tax reform bill by Thanksgiving. The Senate is expected to release its version of the tax reform bill later this week.

Documentary Follows Navajo Code Talkers As They Return To WWII Batt...

Documentary Follows Navajo Code Talkers As They Return To WWII Battlefields

Nov. 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film, "Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance," will be screened Wednesday at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park.

The Old Globe Is Bringing Shakespeare To New Audiences

The Old Globe Is Bringing Shakespeare To New Audiences

Nov. 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Old Globe's arts engagement program, Globe for All, is offering free performances of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy of disguise and mistaken identity, this month at venues throughout San Diego County.

UC San Diego Students Join Annual U.N. Climate Meeting

UC San Diego Students Join Annual U.N. Climate Meeting

Nov. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Thousands of scientists and diplomats from around the world gathered in Bonn, Germany on Monday for the latest United Nations climate conference, the first since President Trump announced intentions for the U.S. to leave the historic Paris climate agreement.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Homegrown' Dances And San Diego Songs

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Homegrown' Dances And San Diego Songs

Nov. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

San Diego's 'Homegrown' talent takes center stage in a weekend that is filled with locally-produced ballet, visual arts and music.

Harvard Professor To Critique U.S. Foreign Policy In San Diego Speech

Harvard Professor To Critique U.S. Foreign Policy In San Diego Speech

Nov. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Harvard international affairs professor Stephen Walt is in favor of using America’s military forces as sparingly as possible and saw some promise in President Trump’s campaign promises. But since the election, Walt sees Trump as basically following the status quo.

San Diego Journalist Tackles America's Obsession With Gambling

San Diego Journalist Tackles America's Obsession With Gambling

Nov. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego Union-Tribune editor David Clary isn't much of a gambler. He rarely goes to casinos, has never bought a lottery ticket and doesn't even play fantasy football. But he has spent the past six years researching America's gambling industry.

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Brings Message Of Civility And Unity To...

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Brings Message Of Civility And Unity To San Diego

Nov. 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Khan was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Anti-Defamation League's "No Place For Hate" Leadership Conference. His new book, "An American Family," traces his family's pursuit of the American dream.

San Diego Beer Week Kicks Off Friday

San Diego Beer Week Kicks Off Friday

Nov. 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Beer Week will celebrate the craft brew industry with festivals, and tasting and pairing events across San Diego County. The events run through Sunday, Nov. 12.

Book Celebrates 'Literary Witches'

Book Celebrates 'Literary Witches'

Oct. 31
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Halloween is the day to celebrate witches. A new book, "Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers," helps readers celebrate witches throughout the year.

California Gas Tax Hike Goes Into Effect Wednesday

California Gas Tax Hike Goes Into Effect Wednesday

Oct. 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gas taxes will go up by 12 cents per gallon Nov. 1 to raise money for rebuilding roads and highways. But drivers may not see a bump at the pump right away.

San Diego Housing Commission Questioned About Large Reserve Fund

San Diego Housing Commission Questioned About Large Reserve Fund

Oct. 30
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The hepatitis A outbreak has brought San Diego's lack of low-income housing into the spotlight. Now questions are being raised about the effectiveness of the San Diego Housing Commission.

Acclaimed Chef David Tanis On The Simplicity Of 'Market Cooking'

Acclaimed Chef David Tanis On The Simplicity Of 'Market Cooking'

Oct. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

David Tanis, the former head chef of the famed Chez Panisse restaurant, will be speaking this week about his new cookbook, "Market Cooking," at two San Diego events.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Swan Lake' And Halloween Musicals

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Swan Lake' And Halloween Musicals

Oct. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Halloween may not be until Tuesday, but many events are happening this weekend. Here's a look at some arts-related options.

Opioid-Related Deaths In San Diego County Keep Steady

Opioid-Related Deaths In San Diego County Keep Steady

Oct. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

County health officials say there were 253 opioid-related deaths in 2016, that is up just slightly from the year before. The county report was released days before President Trump declared opioid abuse a public health emergency.

Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototypes

Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototypes

Oct. 26
By Jean Guerrero, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have made their official debut.

Report: San Diego Nonprofits Face Growing Demand For Services

Report: San Diego Nonprofits Face Growing Demand For Services

Oct. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report by the Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego shows the region's nonprofit sector contributes $6 billion in total wages to the economy yet faces growing demand for services outpacing the support for their work.

Amid Calls For Trump's Impeachment, Debunking Myths

Amid Calls For Trump's Impeachment, Debunking Myths

Oct. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As California billionaire Tom Steyer is pledging to spend at least $10 million in a national TV ad campaign to get President Trump impeached, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein says the process can be arcane to most Americans.

Archtoberfest To Showcase Tiny Homes As Solution To San Diego's Hou...

Archtoberfest To Showcase Tiny Homes As Solution To San Diego's Housing Shortage

Oct. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Tiny homes will be on display at an event on Friday and Saturday at Market Creek Plaza at Euclid and Market. On Friday, workshops will also be held on tiny homes and modular construction. The event is part of San Diego Architecture and Design Month or Archtoberfest.

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