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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Spaces And Places

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend celebrates some of San Diego’s most beloved spaces and places, like Chicano Park and the former Sherwood Auditorium.

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How A New San Diego Police Division Is Tackling Homelessness, Quality Of Life Issues

April 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Police Department's new neighborhood-policing division is dedicated to homelessness and other neighborhood quality-of-life issues from graffiti to prostitution and theft.

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La Jolla Playhouse Enlists Vets For 'What Happens Next'

April 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A half dozen or so veterans will gather at the Challenged Athletes Foundation Thursday night, working out some of their trauma using the theater as therapy.

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Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar Counting On Underrepresented Voters In 50th District

April 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Campa-Najjar, 29, is running to represent the 50th Congressional District. He is a small business owner and a former public affairs officer in the U.S. Department of Labor under President Obama.

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Democrat Josh Butner Walks Back Call For Military Service As A Requirement For Political Office

April 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Butner is a member of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School Board and a former Navy Seal. He runs the military division of Aqua Lung, an underwater dive company.

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Local Politics 101: Who Are San Diego's Highest Paid Politicians?

April 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Carl Luna joins Midday Edition Tuesday for the third installment of San Diego Politics 101. In the third episode, Luna answers questions about politician pay and endorsements.

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San Diegans Spill Their Secrets In PostSecret Exhibit At Museum Of Man

April 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Museum of Man’s newest exhibit, PostSecret, opened to the public on Saturday. Thousands of postcards of people’s secrets are on display in the exhibit.

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San Diego City Council Takes First Look At Mayor's $3.8 Billion Budget Proposal

April 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The mayor's budget proposal boosts infrastructure spending, maintains public services and funds police raises. It also closes a $49 million deficit by dipping into reserve funds.

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'March For Science' To Take Place Saturday In Downtown San Diego

April 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Downtown San Diego will be filled with scientists, researchers, teachers and supporters Saturday morning as San Diego's "March for Science" takes place for the second year.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Coachella Edition

April 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is considered one of the quintessential music events in the country, and getting Beyoncé as a headliner is just one of the reasons why.

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What The Rise, Fall Of San Diego’s Green Flash Means For Local Craft Beer Industry

April 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

While there has been a rise in the number of craft breweries closing, there are still many more new breweries entering the market.

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Chula Vista's Police Officer Shortage Impacts How DUI Officer Does His Job

April 12
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Reports have found that Chula Vista's Police Department has been understaffed for decades. The department has the lowest officer-to-resident ratio in San Diego County.

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San Diego Drivers In Crashes While Using Phones Up 24% In A Decade

April 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego police are participating in a statewide enforcement campaign on Friday targeting distracted drivers.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Sonia Nazario Speaking At Restoring Civility Conference

April 11
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The topic of the seventh annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue is "Media Literacy: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World."

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What Happens To The Brain When It Becomes Addicted

April 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Scripps Research Institute professor Dr. Olivier George estimates that nearly 800,000 San Diego County residents have a substance-use disorder.

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Chelsea Manning Talks National Security At SDSU

April 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Chelsea Manning has emerged from court-martial, years of imprisonment and vicious criticism for everything from her Wikileaks disclosures to her gender transition. And she has not retreated into a quiet life.

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How A Network Of Volunteers Supports San Diego Immigrants Amid Stepped-Up Enforcement

April 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since December, the San Diego Rapid Response Network has answered 700 calls from individuals reporting arrests, immigration enforcement activity or seeking legal resources. The network counts on dozens of volunteers from various organizations including the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties and Jewish Family Service.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Jay Gatsby, Sean Penn And Branford Marsalis

April 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It's a literary weekend with a ballet inspired by "The Great Gatsby" and a book reading by actor Sean Penn, plus musician Branford Marsalis returns for a classical music concert.

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California Senate Republicans Want More Oversight For Prohibited Gun List

April 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A state program identifies people who should no longer own guns according to state law because of a criminal conviction or other reason. Republicans say the state has shown "dismal" progress seizing those guns despite $63 million in funding.

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Redlining's Mark On San Diego Persists 50 Years After Housing Protections

April 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin, Tarryn Mento

Decades after it was outlawed, the impact of a federal housing program that fostered racial segregation is still felt in San Diego.

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San Diego Veterinarian Writes Memoir About Her Life Treating And Loving Animals

April 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego veterinarian Suzy Fincham-Gray writes about the deep and complex relationships between animals and the people who love them in “My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope.”

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Longtime San Diego Union-Tribune Journalist Retires

April 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Roger Showley, who covered growth and development, retired last month after a 44-year career as a newspaper reporter in San Diego. In his final article, he wrote about how his profession provided him a "privileged perspective on the building of San Diego."

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Local Politics 101: Why Do We Elect Judges?

April 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Mesa College and University of San Diego political science professor Carl Luna is back for the second installment of San Diego Politics 101. Luna answers listener questions about local civics and election rules.

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San Diego Congregation Votes To Become A Sanctuary Church

April 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As California comes under increasing scrutiny from the Department of Justice for its new sanctuary state laws, a San Diego church has announced its status as a sanctuary congregation.

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San Diego Food Blogger On 'How To Eat Your Feelings'

March 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Home cook and food blogger Holly Haines discusses the inspiration behind her first cookbook, "How To Eat Your Feelings."

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Search Continues For Man Who Went Missing In Joshua Tree 8 Years Ago

March 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A feature article in the New York Times Magazine details the case of Bill Ewasko who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park eight years ago and has never been found.

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New San Diego Port Chairman Wants To Focus On The ‘Blue Economy’

March 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rafael Castellanos said San Diego needs to take advantage of the blue economy or ocean economy to help fuel the region's economic growth.

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Coronado Mayor Discusses Suicide Prevention Barriers, Controversial Tweet

March 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Caltrans released a feasibility study this week on possible suicide prevention barriers on the Coronado Bridge. But lack of funding may delay the project. The Coronado Bridge is the second deadliest in the nation for suicides after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, where suicide prevention nets are currently being installed.

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Nemr Brings Comedy Tour To His Hometown, San Diego

March 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Nemr Abou Nassar's stand-up comedy has taken him across the Middle East and the U.S. He will be performing in San Diego, his hometown, on Saturday.

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'Beachtown' Enlists Audience For Live Civics Lesson

March 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

City Hall watchers will tell you they see plenty of the same faces and empty seats at most public meetings. Now there's a play that takes pointed aim at that very situation.

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San Diego Man's Challenge To California Gang Database Fails

March 26
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh

One of the first legal challenges to the California gang database by an individual named as a gang member failed in a San Diego court Friday.

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Are Businesses People? The Long History Of Corporate Civil Rights

March 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

From 1868 until 1912, the Supreme Court decided 312 cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment rights of corporations, compared with just 28 about the rights of African Americans.

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Homeless San Diegans Tell Their Stories In New Documentary

March 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new documentary, “The Homeless Chorus Speaks,” profiles 14-members of the Voices of Our City Choir who reveal the stories of how they became homeless and their struggles to find housing

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Local Politics 101: Running For School Board

March 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new series on KPBS Midday Edition will answer questions about local civics and election rules — with the hope that the information can help listeners better understand other political reporting throughout the year.

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Number Of Americans With Alzheimer's Expected To More Than Double By 2050

March 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Alzheimer’s Association released its latest list of facts and figures about Alzheimer’s disease and its treatment on Tuesday.

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San Diego Writer Reflects On A (Sometimes Morbid) Childhood Abroad

March 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Did Amy Wallen's family really dig up a grave in 1970s Peru? Wallen explores the uncertainty of memory in her new memoir.

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San Diego County Sees Increased Number Of School Shooting Threats After Parkland

March 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

There have been 19 school shooting threats reported to San Diego County authorities since the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, according to the San Diego District Attorney's Office.

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'American Mariachi' Explores The Transformative Power Of Music

March 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

"American Mariachi," a new play opening Friday at the Old Globe, follows a teenage girl's quest to form an all-female mariachi group while transforming the lives of those around her.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Local Music Awards

March 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

The San Diego Music Awards is a celebration of local music and a night when bands from a variety of genres are honored for their work.

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San Diego County Gun Owners To Hold California Gun Laws Convention Saturday

March 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

This Saturday, a gun show and a California Gun Laws Convention at the Del Mar Fairgrounds brings together gun rights advocates, many of whom feel there are already too many restrictions on gun ownership, especially in California.

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San Diego's John Malashock Looks Ahead After 30 Years Of Dance

March 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego choreographer John Malashock did not want a retrospective to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his company, Malashock Dance.

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New State Arts Council Director Discusses Vision For Advancing The Arts In California

March 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The arts community faces a lot of uncertainty as President Trump and Mayor Kevin Faulconer propose reductions in arts funding. Anne Bown-Crawford, the new director of the California Arts Council will be in San Diego Thursday to mee with the arts and culture organizations.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Classics And Standards

March 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about the classics: a beloved ballet, a timeless band and a long-held Japanese tradition.

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Author: Changing What You Eat Saves More Water Than Shorter Showers

March 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new book, “Eat Less Water,” describes how water is used in the production of what we eat and gives guidelines on how to choose lower water-use foods.

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Effort To Pass Vacation Rental Regulations In San Diego Continues

March 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council is preparing again to take on the issue of short-term vacation rentals.

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Housing Affordability Drives San Diego's Shrinking Middle Class

March 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

More than 1 million San Diegans can’t afford to live in the county. But what does it mean to not make enough money to live in San Diego, since these San Diegans clearly do?

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Report: Hispanic Education Disparities Threaten San Diego Economy

March 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

“The fastest growing population is statistically the least prepared for high-skilled, high-wage jobs,” the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation wrote.

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USD Debates Free Speech On College Campuses

March 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A debate at the University of San Diego this week asks the question: Is free speech under threat on America's college campuses?

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High-Tech Battery Research Comes With Ethical Dilemmas

March 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

When you think about battery research, ethical issues may not be the first to come to mind. But scientists who work with batteries know better.

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San Diego Small Business Wages Lag Behind

March 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Small business is the engine that fuels the San Diego economy. But the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation recently pointed to the large number of small businesses in the region as one of three areas of concern that could lead to even greater income inequality.

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