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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Woman Recognized For Program Teaching Autistic Children How To Swim

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Drowning is among the leading causes of death for autistic children and one San Diego woman is helping teach them skills that could help save their lives. Tammy Anderson-Lee is being honored for developing a swimming program for children with autism at her swimming school.

Drought Led To Assyrian Empire's Fall — Are There Similarities Today?

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A new study led by a UC San Diego researcher links drought and overpopulation with the demise of the Assyrian empire. As California deals with its own drought, we ask whether ancient mistakes can serve as lessons today.

Last Camp Pendleton Marines Return From Afghanistan

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Camp Pendleton Marines are back from Afghanistan, officially ending their part in a 13-year conflict.

Czech Philharmonic Visits San Diego

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Before the Czech Philharmonic performs in San Diego tonight, hear a live Midday Edition performance from concert master principle and first violinist Josef Spachek.

Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account From The Chief Engineer

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The man who led the Mars rover "Curiosity" mission joins us to discuss the challenges of getting an unmanned robot on the surface of another planet and what we're learning from its mission.

San Diego Unified Opens Up About Support For Dyslexic Students

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A recent KPBS report on the challenges students with dyslexia face, sparked a conversation about the amount of help available to them at San Diego Unified School District.

Will San Diegans Turn Out At The Polls Tuesday? Maybe

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Midterm elections don't always get voters excited, and that may be the case in San Diego County, too. A study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research predicts a turnout of 34 percent to 38 percent.

Is There Really Such A Thing As Internet Addiction?

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Doctors in San Diego have identified what they consider the first documented case of internet addiction in the United States involving Google Glass. The user was spending up to 18 hours a day online.

Previewing The 2014 San Diego Asian Film Festival

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The San Diego Asian Film Festival opens this Thursday. It has become the largest exhibition of Asian films in the Western United States.

The Science Behind Our Love For Water

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New York Times best-selling author Wallace J. Nichols joins KPBS to discuss his book, "Blue Mind," and how science can peg our love of water.

New Film Shows How Veterans Heal Through Humor

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What happens when five wounded veterans team up with A-list comedians? The new documentary "Comedy Warriors" shows how humor helps veterans recover from physical and emotional scars of war.

Older Adults Planning For A Carless Future In San Diego Consider Public Transit

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A San Diego nonprofit teaches older adults to navigate the public transportation system in San Diego.

New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni Kicks Off UC San Diego Lecture Series

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New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni will be speaking in San Diego this week about the unexpected effects of technological advancements. The lecture is titled: “Americans Today and Their Customized Cocoons.”

Booklover's New Novel Is A Jane Austen Mystery

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Creating a literary mystery based on the work of a famous author is a delicate business. Suppose the great Jane Austen politely plagiarized the plot of her masterwork "Pride and Prejudice"? And suppose the proof existed in one rare, old book? It's a premise that's carried off in a new novel called "First Impressions."

Helping First Responders Deal With The Trauma They've Seen

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Police officers, paramedics and firefighters all are trained and ready to respond when emergencies and tragedies occur. The first responders are a community's first line of defense. But who defends them against the memories of what they've seen and dealt with?

San Diego Mayor Faulconer On Climate Action Plan, Water Restrictions

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Monday to talk about water restrictions and police pay.

San Diego Doctor Helping Patients Drop Weight, Medications

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Dr. Dave Clayton has taken his medical advice about living a healthy lifestyle out of the clinic and into the workout room.

Where Does California's Death Penalty Stand?

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The U.S. Supreme Court will consider reinstating the death penalty of a San Diego man found guilty in a triple murder in 1985. But just this summer a federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. So where does the state death penalty stand?

Preparing For The Return of Gray Wolves To California

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An event in Julian Saturday will explore the return of the gray wolf. As one California wildlife expert puts it, the public is fascinated by the issue of wolves in the West.

Are California Hospitals Prepared For Ebola?

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Some local nurses are concerned that hospitals aren't prepared for an infectious disease such as Ebola, and Tuesday the state's largest nurses union met with Gov. Jerry Brown to call for better preparation and training.

Carmel Valley Mixed-Use Project Heads To City Council

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Developers call their planned mixed-used development in Carmel Valley "smart growth," but some community members say it's not a good fit for the neighborhood.

San Diego Writer Jim Ruland Discusses New Novel, 'Forest of Fortune'

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"Forest of Fortune" by Jim Ruland follows the lives of three people who are haunted by their past and desperate to turn their luck around at an Indian-owned casino in a remote region of Southern California.

Pros And Cons Of California's Prop. 47

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Former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is co-author of Proposition 47, which would reduce some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors. But others in law enforcement have concerns about "unintended consequences" of the measure.

Peters, DeMaio Trade Barbs In Latest TV Ads

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There has been a lot of spending on advertising in the race to represent the 52nd Congressional District. We take a look at some of that advertising and the messages it's sending.

San Diego Author's 'Full Measure' Explores Devastation Of War, Wildfire

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We speak to Fallbrook resident and award-winning mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker about his first literary novel called, "Full Measure," which is set in San Diego County.

Shaken Or Stirred? A Look At the Science Behind Cocktails

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An event at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center this week explores the science behind your favorite cocktail.

Baja California's Culinary Boom Reaches Beyond Borders

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There is a culinary boom going on in Baja California that's being experienced on both sides of the border. We take a look at the impact and how chefs will face off this week at the Tijuana Innovadora conference.

Third Edition Of 'Innovadora' Event Showcases Best Of Tijuana And Beyond

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Tijuana Innovadora, will focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and binational economies. The biennial conference features 200-plus speakers, exhibits, workshops and special events about technology, food and fashion.

King Tut Exhibit Arrives In San Diego

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The Discovery of King Tut exhibit opened this weekend at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The exhibition recreates the fascinating empire on the Nile using state-of-the art technology.

Plans Released For Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration

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The celebration aims to elevate, celebrate and promote the park through several improvements, special events and a long-term plan to make Balboa Park a premier cultural destination.

Resources And Information For Family Caregivers

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Americans are living longer but diseases and infirmities can lead to some tough decisions for older people and their adult children.

'Gauguin To Warhol' Exhibit Celebrates 20th Century Icons

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"Gauguin to Warhol" shows work by 40 of the most famous artists from the late 1800s through the 20th Century. The exhibit is at The San Diego Museum of Art until Jan. 27.

Mid-City 'Rapid 215' Bus To Start Running Oct. 12

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After years of planning and construction, a new rapid transit bus service is about to get up and running from downtown San Diego to San Diego State University along the Mid-City corridor.

'Tactical Urbanism' Gaining Momentum In San Diego

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After years of feet-dragging, the city of San Diego is beginning to embrace the idea of urban development on a much smaller scale.

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UCSD Professor Uses Zombies To Teach About Neuroscience

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There's no escaping zombies. They've infected every corner of pop culture and more recently have been shambling into academia. Professor Bradley Voytek combines the living dead and neuroscience in his new book.

San Diego's Love For Its 'Little Italy'

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San Diego's Little Italy is the go-to destination for visitors and locals alike who are looking for great things to eat. KPBS Midday Edition looks at a new book that highlights Little Italy's past and present by San Diegan Maria Desiderata Montana.

San Diego War Reporter Reflects On Her Time In Iraq

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A personal history essay recently published in U-T San Diego is reminding us of the history of the U.S. conflict in Iraq, as witnessed by one journalist.

Escondido Voters To Elect Mayor On Nov. 4

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Voters in Escondido have a lot of decisions to make in the November election — including who will lead their city. And the top two mayoral candidates, incumbent Sam Abed and Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz, have very different points of views on a number of issues.

Domestic Violence Behind 20% of San Diego County Homicides in 2013

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One in five homicides in San Diego County in 2013 were the result of domestic violence. KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at the study and what resources are available for victims in San Diego County.

San Diego Public Library Highlights Banned Books By Reading Censored Books Aloud

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With the Internet allowing access to just about any kind of information, the concept of banning books seems like something from another century. But, every year, books in libraries and schools continue to be challenged — and some of them are removed.

San Diego County Sees Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

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San Diego County is in line with national numbers showing the number of homeless students enrolled in public school is on the rise. There are 20,000 homeless students in San Diego County.

Cyberspace: New Frontier Of Civil Rights Movement

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In her new book "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace," law professor Danielle Keats Citron says cyber harassment is endemic and offers a set of recommendations for change that she says remain respectful of the First Amendment.

Flow Of Unaccompanied Minors Has Decreased But What About The Children Already Here?

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We no longer see daily headlines about the surge in unaccompanied minors and young families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, but what is happening to the thousands of young people who did cross the border, surrendered to Border Patrol agents and claimed refugee status?

The Race To Contain The Ebola Outbreak

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Sierra Leone's weekend lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak is being called a success with the discover of 150 new cases. What will it take to stop the spread and treat those infected? Are we any closer to a vaccine?

New Play Celebrates Life Of Scott Joplin, The 'King Of Ragtime'

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A new play, "Scott Joplin's New Rag: The Life and Times of the King of Ragtime Writers," is about to be presented by the Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego.

Educators Convene In San Diego For STEM Education Conference

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The second annual California STEM Symposium is expected to bring 3,000 educators and science industry leaders to San Diego this week with much of the discussion focusing on increasing participating in science, technology, engineering and math along with new science standards.

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San Diego Opera: Looking Ahead With COO Keith Fisher

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San Diego Opera's COO Keith Fisher sees a sunny horizon as he looks ahead to the company's 2014-15 season.

Cost Of Doing Nothing At The Salton Sea May Be Higher Than Cost Of Repair

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A new report on the Salton Sea estimates that the volume of the lake will shrink by more than 50 percent in the next 15 years. If no mitigation or reclamation project is undertaken, the report projects the costs of the shrinking lake will include impacts to Southern California's ecology and public health.

San Diegans Rally For Change: People's Climate March

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Worldwide demonstrations known as the "People's Climate March" are planned for this weekend ahead of world leaders gathering at the U.N. for a climate summit. The march is based in New York, but an event is planned in San Diego.

A Challenging Lesson: How To Care For The Dying

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Everyone knows that a baby needs help entering this world. That's why, in addition to mom, other people like doctors or midwives are on hand to assist the start of a young life. But what about when we leave this world?

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