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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

2015 One Book, One San Diego Pick Announced

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The winning selection for the 9th annual One Book, One San Diego community reading program is "Shadow of the Wind" by Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

How California's New Environmental Regulations On Desalination Affect Carlsbad's Plant

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California's water board adopted environmental guidelines for building and operating desalination plants. But critics of the process say the rules are not strict or clear enough to make sure desalination plants are environmentally sound.

Swiss Family On Global Climate Expedition Visits San Diego County

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A Swiss family docks their sailboat in Coronado where they are raising awareness about climate change and ocean pollution with tales from their worldwide expedition, fueled by wind and pedal power.

Experts: U.S-Mexico Border To See 39,000 Unaccompanied Minors

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The number is a decrease compared to last year when U.S Customs and Border Protection says it apprehended about 68,000 unaccompanied children.

San Diego Symposium Explores Human-Climate Interactions

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A symposium held at the Salk Institute will examine melting glaciers, rising sea levels and the rapid warming of Earth from climate change.

Journalist Documenting His Experience With Alzheimer's Comes To San Diego

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Greg O'Brien made his living as a newspaperman. He shares his experience on reporting the most personal, painful and perhaps important story of his life, this week at a luncheon in La Jolla.

Let's Talk About Sex: San Diego Study Shows Shifting Attitudes On Premarital Sex

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An SDSU researcher found the Millennial generation is fine with hooking up before marriage, but may have fewer sexual partners than their parents.

Before Force Awakens, New Star Wars Book Satisfies Carlsbad Fans

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The countdown to December has Star Wars fans atwitter. Will the new movie meet expectations? Or will we get burned by another Jar Jar Binks?

San Diego Doctor Raises Stroke Awareness — Especially For Women

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The month of May is dedicated to stroke awareness and experts like vascular surgeon Dr. William Neil are working to get the word out about stroke risks and symptoms, especially for women.

Scientists Investigate Mysterious 'Blob' At UC San Diego

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Questions about a mysterious mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean and its effects on marine life bring researchers to the La Jolla campus.

Free-Range Vs. Helicopter: What's Best For Kids And What Works For Parents?

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Does allowing your kids to walk home alone, or play by themselves in a park constitute neglect? San Diego authors chime in.

A Look At California's Hash Oil Business Boom

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Hash oil is a type of marijuana concentrate. Under California's medical marijuana laws its legal to use, but illegal to make.

San Diego County Ramps Up Effort To Protect Seniors

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As San Diego County continues to go after those accused of abusing seniors in assisted living facilities, county leaders roll out additional resources including a new hotline.

Festival Brings New Orleans Music, Flavors To San Diego

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Grammy winners Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil will headline Gator by the Bay, the annual festival celebrating zydeco, blues and crawfish, at Spanish Landing Park.

How ACLU Mobile Justice Smartphone App Will Work In San Diego

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American Civil Liberties Union releases new app to help people document arrests and other police actions.

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Former San Diego Foster Child Becomes Advocate For Change

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As May marks National Foster Care Awareness month, former foster youth and author of memoir "Foster Girl" examines reforms in California's foster care system.

Poet, Army Veteran Brian Turner Shares War Experience At El Cajon Literary Festival

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Bosnian and Iraq War veteran Brian Turner shares his memories of war, both his own and through the eyes of others, in his memoir, “My Life as a Foreign Country,” during the Grossmont Literary Arts Festival.

What Does New State Target To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mean For San Diego?

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Gov. Jerry Brown is ramping up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb climate change.

San Diego Scripps Health Trauma Team Heads To Nepal To Aid Quake Survivors

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Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health and Dr. Mark Olcott, an emergency room physician at Scripps Green Hospital, talk about their upcoming mission.

San Diego Moxie Theatre Presents 'Lesson 443'

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Formerly known as, "Anatomy of an Accent," this new play is a coming of age story that explores issues about identity and belonging.

San Diego Researchers Caught Up In Ethical Debate About Altering Human DNA

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A DNA modification technique that helps mothers avoid passing serious medical conditions on to their children is raising ethical and safety questions.

Midday Edition From The Midway: Special Coverage To Mark End Of Vietnam War

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Midday Edition airs live from the USS Midway Museum at noon Friday as KPBS shares the stories of veterans and Vietnamese refugees who four decades ago witnessed the fall of Saigon.

Professor Digs Up Live Music History At San Diego State

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From Ella Fitzgerald to the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and Madonna, anthropology professor explains how live music concerts changed San Diego State.

Earth Day: Environmental Group Highlights San Diego Restaurants Eliminating Plastic Waste

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The Surfrider Foundation is tapping San Diego restaurants to help with its mission to keep oceans and beaches clean, and reduce plastic waste.

San Diego Doctors Use Rare Surgery Treatment For Rare Esophageal Cancer

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Cancer of the esophagus is rare. It represents only one percent of cancer diagnoses in the United States. But for many patients, it begins with a common condition: acid reflux.

‘Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo’ Play Debuts In San Diego

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Chula Vista native Paul Flores is bringing his award-winning play to Lincoln High School. The play, which explores gang violence, is about a former MS-13 member who is trying to figure out how to leave his gang life behind to reunite with his family.

San Diego Group Marks 25 Years Of Affordable Housing Advocacy

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The San Diego Housing Federation continues to advocate for affordable housing in the San Diego region as reports show the challenges in the housing market.

San Diego Homeless Advocates Work To Provide Year-Round Shelter

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Changes to temporary homeless shelters in San Diego left more people living on the streets as the city pivots to a permanent housing plan.

First Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary In San Diego Prepares For More Patients

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As the first legally permitted medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego marks its first month in business, questions remain about others who are waiting in the city's permit pipeline.

'Weed The People' Author Examines Growing Support For Legal Marijuana

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Could California be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana? Backers of an initiative filed this month hope to get the issue on the November 2016 ballot.

Balancing Rights In College Sex Assault Cases

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As colleges scramble to do a better job dealing with assaults on campus, are they trampling on the rights of the accused?

Tax Day: Money Experts Examine Proposed California Earned Income Tax Credit

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On this Tax Day, financial experts talk about a number of proposals aimed at addressing income inequality.

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

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A San Diego Superior Court judge upheld the vote count in Chula Vista's City Council race. Dozens of uncounted provisional ballots were not counted last fall in a race won by two votes.

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