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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

What's Next For San Diego's Convention Center?

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The City Council voted unanimously not to appeal a court ruling against the plan to finance the San Diego Convention Center expansion. City leaders say the search for a new plan begins.

California First State To Pass Cellphone 'Kill Switch' Law

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Smartphone theft is on the rise — many times turning violent — but a new California law will require a "kill switch" be installed rendering the phone inoperable if stolen.

Napa Quake Reminds San Diego To Be Prepared

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Earthquake researchers predict there's a 99 percent chance Southern California will experience a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in the next 30 years.

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan In Limbo

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The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday not to appeal a ruling by a state appeals court that rejected San Diego's plan to finance the project.

How The Affordable Care Act Is Changing San Diego Community Health Clinics

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Now that the Affordable Care Act has opened up healthcare for more people, how are community clinics managing an influx of patients while maintaining quality care?

College Life 101: Easing The Transition For Students And Parents

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It's the time of year when freshman are moving into college dorms and away from home — it can be stressful for both students and parents. We take a look at how to survive the transition and thrive in college.

Columnist Marks 10 Years With New Book 'Diary Of A Diva, Behind The Lipstick'

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For 10 years, Barbarella Fokos has been writing the popular Diary of a Diva column in the San Diego Reader, now she's put some of her favorite stories in her first book, "Diary of a Diva, Behind the Lipstick."

Saving Lives At San Diego Humane Society's 24-Hour Kitten Nursery

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Kitten season is here and that means animal shelters are getting an influx of homeless litters. The San Diego Humane Society says many newborn kittens wouldn't survive if it weren't for its 24-hour kitten nursery.

Unintended Consequences: Bird Deaths At California Solar Power Plants

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The goal of the huge Ivanpah solar electricity plant in the Mojave desert is to provide clean, affordable energy to thousands of households. But what it's also doing, say wildlife officials, is killing birds.

Why Are Minority Men Struggling To Finish Community College?

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Very few male students of color graduate with a certificate or degree. A new collaborative policy brief aims to address that problem on a national level.

Reaching Out For Help With Depression

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The death of comedian Robin Williams is teaching us a lot about depression. We look at treatments available and who to reach out to when you need help.

SDSU Professor's New Book Is An Experiment In Fiction For The Twitter Generation

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KPBS Midday Edition speaks to San Diego State University literature Professor Harold Jaffe about his latest book, a collection of 50- and 100-word stories called "Induced Coma."

Killing Of Missouri Teen Reminds San Diegans Of Problems Between Minorities And Police

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The fallout from the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has reverberated across the country. Black community groups in San Diego, as well as the San Diego Police Department, are evaluating law enforcement equity in our city.

California's Plastic Bag Ban Bill Moves Forward

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The debate over a statewide plastic bag ban is heating up, as a key legislative committee last week passed a bill that would phase out single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores.

What's Behind San Diego's Crazy Weather?

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Above average temperatures for more than two months. Humid, desert-like thunderstorms at the coast. What's going on with San Diego's weather? Does this unusual weather help or hurt our fire risk and the drought?

Can U.S. Intervention Keep Iraqi Minorities Safe?

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San Diego's Iraqi community asks for continued humanitarian aid for religious minorities.

How The Ebola Serum Traveled From San Diego To West Africa

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The serum used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus was developed based on research conducted in San Diego.

How Many Back-To-School Gadgets Does Your Child Need?

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What's hot when it comes to back-to-school technology? We take a look at how San Diego County uses technology in the classroom and sort through the latest gadgets for kids and adults.

San Diego Teens Facing Slim Job Market

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We take a look at where the summer jobs in San Diego are and why it's so hard for a teen to find a summer job.

Author Scott Turow Discusses His Latest Legal Thriller 'Identical'

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Scott Turow will be in San Diego Tuesday to discuss "Identical." The ticketed event at Qualcomm is being co-sponsored by the San Diego Law Library and Warwick’s.

Bridging San Diego's Digital Divide

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The digital divide still exists for many of San Diego's underserved communities, but there are efforts underway to close the gap. We take a look at San Diego's Futures Foundation.

San Diego Author Aims To Tackle Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

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Diego's Dragons is a fantasy series for middle grade and young adult readers by San Diego author Kevin Gerard. The series features a Latino boy as a hero.

A Check-Up On Obamacare In California

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Reports out this week found that huge number of previously uninsured Californians now have health care coverage but the cost of that coverage has increased dramatically since 2013.

So Say We All Is Calling All San Diego Storytellers

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So Say We All is a writing and performance workshop, that takes the stories of regular San Diegans into nurtures them into performance pieces that can hold an audience. The next event is July 31 in South Park.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer: From Minimum Wage To Comic-Con

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer talks to KPBS about the minimum wage ordinance, tax rebates for businesses and trying out a zip line at Comic-Con.

Complaint: Juvenile Detention Facilities Abuse Kids With Pepper Spray

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Youth advocates filed a formal complaint Monday urging the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the use of pepper spray in San Diego County juvenile detention facilities.

Developing San Diego's Zero Waste Plan

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California cities have to recycle 75 percent of their waste by 2020. San Diego has set an ambitious goal of zero waste by 2040. A series of meetings are underway to jump start the efforts, we'll tell you about the program and how to get involved.

New San Diego Architecture Up For Orchids And Onions Nominations

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What makes a building great or what makes it a dud? You get to decide during nominations for the Orchids & Onions.

'Into The Woods' Returns To Old Globe 28 Years After Debut

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The musical "Into The Woods" debuted in 1986 at The Old Globe. Twenty-eight years later, it's back at The Globe as a lean, imaginative production by the Fiasco Theater company.

Lilac Hills Project In North County Nears Public Comment Deadline

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Developers of the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch want to build more than 1,700 homes on 608 acres in an area between Valley Center and Bonsall.

Hunting Proposed In Otay-Sweetwater National Wildlife Refuge

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that hunting be allowed in an area of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, and the idea has sparked a wave of criticism.

Filner's First Accuser Reflects On Sexual Harassment Scandal

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"I did this for other women ... who have been at the sharpest edge of an arrow, the target of somebody who's abusing power," said Irene McCormack Jackson, in explaining why she sued then-Mayor Bob Filner and the city of San Diego for sexual harassment.

Traveling Stories Uses Farmers Markets To Get Kids Reading

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Literacy in San Diego is getting a boost from the Traveling Stories nonprofit, a Santee-based group that uses a special space at local farmers markets to encourage kids to read and get "book bucks" in return.

What Mandatory Water Conservation Means For San Diegans

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Spurred by the State Water Board for mandatory water conservation, the San Diego County Water Authority is recommending adoption of a "Level 2 Drought Alert." On KPBS Midday Edition we'll talk about what that means for San Diego County.

UCSD Professor: Violence Main Cause Of Child Immigrant Crisis

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A statistical analysis suggests violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, not U.S. immigration policies, is behind the young immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.

5 Cool Summer Suppers To Beat The Heat In San Diego

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When the temperatures rises, turn to these cool summer recipes by San Diego food writer Caron Golden and Blind Burrito executive chef Sara Polczynski.

1 Year Later: How Filner Sexual Harassment Scandal Impacted San Diego

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San Diego was thrown into the national spotlight last summer as numerous allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against then-mayor Bob Filner, forcing him to resign. We take a look at changes to the city one year later.

Plan In The Works For Seasonal Del Mar Train Platform

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Racing season begins at Del Mar this week and North County residents are bracing for the usual traffic jams along I-5. But what if the races or the annual county fair didn't bring stalled traffic?

How Animals With Mental Illness Can Help Humans Heal

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A growing consensus on animal behavior is leaning toward the theory animals have complex emotional lives more similar to our own than realized. "Animal Madness" takes its cue from the problems of one disturbed dog and examines what we can learn about ourselves from the emotional problems of animals.

Report: California Making Progress On Pain Medication Policies

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Advocates are pushing for policies that enhance pain management for cancer patients and others suffering from chronic pain while preventing prescription drug abuse. A new report gives California a B-plus on how its handing the dual concerns regarding prescription medication.

Preparations Underway For 27th Annual Stand Down For San Diego Homeless Vets

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The 27th Annual Stand Down for homeless vets takes place as local and national leaders work to end homelessness for veterans. Organizers expect attendance to hit a new record high.

Sally Ride's Public And Private Life Shared In New Biography

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Former ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr discusses her new biography "Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space."

What Does Increased Consumer Borrowing Mean To San Diego Economy?

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The federal government reports that consumer borrowing continues to increase. KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at what this means to San Diego's economy and making sure you don't get into debt.

What Does Mapping The Brain Actually Mean?

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UC San Diego is a regional hub for the new Cal-BRAIN project. KPBS Midday talked to the one of the brains behind the group about how this state project fits in to the president's brain mapping initiative.

40 Years Of Pride In San Diego

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The world has changed fundamentally for gays and lesbians since the first Pride Parade in San Diego. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the parade and celebration. And the change continues, with Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signing a law to recognize legal same-sex marriage in the state code.

Rep. Susan Davis Weighs In On U.S. Immigration Policy And More

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We speak to Rep. Susan Davis about the emergency of unaccompanied children crossing the border, the advance of ISIS insurgents in Iraq and the challenge posed to Obamacare by the Hobby Lobby decision.

Audit Finds SDSU Fails To Adequately Train Employees On Sexual Violence

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A state audit finds there's room for improvement in how San Diego State University handles reports of sexual misconduct.

Riding The Nuclear Wave: San Diego Journalist Profiles Fukushima Surfers

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While the issue of widespread nuclear radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant continues, Japanese surfers have returned to the water.

Exhibition Celebrates Work By San Diego Artists Baldessari, Baldwin, Morris And Matheny

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An exhibition of the work of four mid-century San Diego artists gets underway the July 4 weekend at the Oceanside Museum of Art. The show is called "Spitting in the Wind: Art From The End of the Line."

'Fluent In 3 Months' Author Presents Book In San Diego

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Even if you have struggled learning a new language, Benny Lewis says you can be "Fluent In 3 Months."

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