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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

New Nonprofit Launches Barista Training Program For Homeless, At-Risk Youth

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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

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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 Immigration Agents

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

USD Questions Morality Of Immigration Policies

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U.S. federal judges in two states blocked President Donald Trump's renewed travel ban from taking effect on Wednesday night, a day before the executive order was set to go into effect. A debate Thursday night at the University of San Diego will take up another criticism of federal policy: Is immigration a moral right?

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus To Perform Verdi's 'Requiem' This Weekend

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The performance requires a full chorus, a full symphony and solo vocalists. The San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus will be performing along with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and four solo vocalists.

Prize-Winning Roboticist Talks Self-Driving Cars In San Diego

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A pioneer in automated driving technology is among the Kyoto Prize laureates lecturing in San Diego this week. The Kyoto Prize, one of the top scientific awards in the world, holds an annual symposium in San Diego featuring the year's three winners.

Google Earth Images Heighten Concerns Over San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage Plan

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Critics of Southern California Edison's storage waste plan are fired up after new arial images show where nuclear waste will be stored--100 feet from the shoreline.

South Bay Mayors Call For Prioritizing Tijuana Sewage Infrastructure Funding After Massive Spill

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Baja California's governor is expected to declare a state of emergency in response to last month's massive sewage spill in the Tijuana River.

Inmates At Donovan Prison Write About Addiction In New Play

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The impact of addiction is the subject of two plays that will be performed by San Diego State University theater students Thursday through Sunday. One of the plays was written by inmates at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

What It Means To Be ‘All Grown Up’

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When did you finally feel all grown up? Was it when you got your first apartment? When you got married? Or had a baby? The New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg explores the topic in a new novel.

Many Buskers Want San Diego To Change Rules Of The Game

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They're collecting signatures and some even plan to show up at the San Diego City Council meeting on Tuesday to ask for a change to the city code.

Wyatt Earp Biography Separates Myth From Reality

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The Old West lawman Wyatt Earp's had his story told in at least a half-dozen movies, but the stories of Earp that have survived in pop culture are often more legend than historical fact.

ACA Replacement Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood, San Diego Organization Reacts

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The bill introduced by House Republicans on Monday to replace the Affordable Care Act would defund Planned Parenthood by not allowing Medicaid to reimburse services that the organization provides.

Effort To Capture Remaining Vaquita Porpoises Continues

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With just 30 vaquitas left, Barbara Taylor, a marine mammal expert, discusses the latest effort to keep the world’s smallest porpoise from going extinct.

San Diego's Female Chefs Celebrate Their Kitchen Leadership

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Women have been cooking and preparing meals for millennia, but female chefs are still a significant minority in U.S. restaurants.

Living With Animals: New Exhibit Opens At Museum of Man

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The exhibit “Living with Animals” explores the relationship between humans and animals over time and across cultures. It opens March 11 at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park.

How Sexting, Texting And Social Media Shape Teen Mental Health

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"Sexting, texting and social media — the new world of teen communications" — that's the title of one of the talks taking place at the Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference on Saturday in San Diego.

Book By Military Veterans Teaches How To Lead Without A Title

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You don't have to have a management title to be one of the leaders in your workplace. That's the message of the new book "SPARK: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success."

North County Crackdown Takes Out Major Heroin Supplier

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Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged 55 people in a series of drug cases they claimed were some of the most significant yet to deal with San Diego County's rising heroin and methamphetamine use.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Buskers To Ballet

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This weekend brings a high-flying ballet, stilt-walkers and discount theater tickets.

San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

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San Diego public libraries are aiming to make science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts more accessible and engaging by focusing on something that gets the attention of most kids — bugs.

UC San Diego To Probe How Humans Became Aware Of Death

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Everything that's alive on this planet eventually dies, but it's the special lot of human beings to be the only species with an awareness of our own mortality.

San Diegan Appointed To California’s Homeless Housing Initiative

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Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Alfredo Aguirre, San Diego County’s Behavioral Health Director, to the “No Place Like Home” advisory committee.

Talking Travel: Must-See Destinations In The US And Canada

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San Diego’s Balboa Park and Hotel Del Coronado made travel writer Patricia Schultz’s list of, "1,000 Places To See, In The U.S. And Canada, Before You Die.”

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses California’s GOP Strategy

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Republicans make up just 26 percent of registered voters in California. And with a supermajority of Democrats in both houses in Sacramento, the GOP has its work cut out for it.

With All This Rain, Can We Go Back To Gardening The Way We Used To?

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The answer is no, but what does the abundance of rain mean for the health of plant life? How can gardeners make the most of the wet weather?

How San Diego Bookstores Are Surviving

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While Fifth Avenue Books in Hillcrest is closing its doors at the end of the month, other bookstores in San Diego are doing OK and surviving in what was thought to be a dying industry.

Former NATO Ambassador Visits San Diego To Talk Trump

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President Donald Trump has called NATO "obsolete" and questioned whether America would defend its European allies if they don't spend more on their own military.

How Increased Immigration Enforcement Could Impact San Diego County Farms

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Farms across the country, including those in San Diego County, rely on laborers who are in the country illegally. How will increased immigration enforcement affect San Diego County's farming workforce?

Report: California Hate Groups On The Rise

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The Southern Poverty Law Center says the number of hate groups nationwide rose for a second year in a row. It documented 79 hate groups in California in 2016.

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Politics And The Academy Awards

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The 89th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and politics of one sort or another are likely to be on display as are the most diverse group of acting nominees.

Sen. Atkins Discusses Single-Payer Health Care For California

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State Sen. Toni Atkins has co-sponsored a bill to explore a single-payer health care system in California. She joined us on Wednesday's Midday Edition to talk about the proposal. Here is what she said.

Tracy Kidder Talks Non-Fiction Craft At Writer’s Symposium

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A man described as "the master of the non-fiction narrative" is one of the featured speakers at this year's annual Writer’s Symposium By the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Encinitas Student Who Was Barred From U.S. Speaks Out

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Sara Yarjani, a U.S. student-visa holder who is an Iranian national, was detained and deported from the U.S. last month, after President Trump’s travel ban went into effect.

75 Years Since Japanese Internment Order, Is History Repeating Itself?

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A lecture in San Diego Tuesday explores the history of the Japanese internment order and its parallels with Trump's travel ban.

Kuumba Fest Celebrates San Diego's Black Community

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Kuumba Fest, a three-day festival of African-American culture, celebrates its 25th anniversary.

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Perform At Point Loma Writer's Symposium

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Pinsky and members of the Point Loma Nazarene University Jazz Combo preview their performance Tuesday on Midday Edition.

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps

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Members of the grassroots movement Indivisible have been calling on the members of Congress to host town hall-style meetings in order to hear constituents' concerns about the policies of the Trump administration.

How Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?

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For some insight into how human beings coped with changes in the earth's climate in the past, we have to switch from the climate scientists to the archeologists.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy

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The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties filed a lawsuit this week over a San Diego Police Department policy that allows officers to collect DNA samples from juveniles, without a warrant or parental consent.

From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands

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KJZZ Fronteras News Desk reporter Laurel Morales discusses how producing the "Earth + Bone" series changed the way she looks at what is sacred.

Kinetic Art Moves Into Fleet Science Center

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Motion is the subject of a new exhibit at the Fleet Science Center, a combination of art that either moves or is about movement with educational stations explaining concepts like waves or gravity.

Oroville Dam Emergency Puts California Dams In The Spotlight

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Seventeen of California's 1,585 dams are listed as being in poor condition, according to the National Inventory of Dams.

New Exhibit Celebrates History Of Black Women In The U.S. Military

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The exhibit, “For the Freedom and the Right” was organized by the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. It will be on display at Camp Pendleton through mid-March.

The San Diego Blood Bank Putting Greater Focus On Research

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The San Diego Blood Bank is more than a blood donation center. Amid a drop in demand for transfusions, the blood bank is expanding its services and customizing blood products for the local scientific research community.

Salk President: Telomeres May Be Key To Staving Off Aging

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The word telomeres is probably not part of your everyday vocabulary, but new research suggests these regions at the end of chromosomes play a vital role in our cells' aging processes.

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Valentine's Day 2017: San Diego Date Ideas

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The founder of a San Diego date-idea web site recommends getting out of your routine to enjoy Valentine's Day this year.

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