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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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?

'Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, And Autism'

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A book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind details his family's 20-year struggle with their youngest son's autism — and how his obsession to Disney movies opened his world and is helping others.

Zero Tolerance Policies' Impact On School-To-Prison Pipeline

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KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at how "zero-tolerance" policies in schools might be contributing to the crowding of juvenile detention facilities.

San Diego Veterans Can Speak Up About VA Healthcare At Town Hall Meeting Thursday

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The VA San Diego wants to hear from veterans about their experience with VA health care. Issues over waiting times, access to care and more will be aired at a series of town hall meetings around the county. These town hall events come on the heels of the new VA secretary's visit to San Diego to rehabilitate the group's battered reputation.

'Kingdom City' Examines Conflict Between Artistic Freedom And Community Values

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A world premiere production currently at the La Jolla Playhouse was inspired by a true story and the Arthur Miller classic "The Crucible."

Has San Diego Recovered From Lehman Brothers Collapse?

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On Sept. 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy marking the beginning of public awareness the U.S. financial structure was at serious risk. Six years later, KPBS Midday Edition asks has San Diego County recovered from the financial fallout?

Temple Grandin In San Diego To Speak About Inclusiveness In Education

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Celebrated autism advocate Temple Grandin is in San Diego to talk about inclusiveness in education.

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'Bright Star' Reunites Steve Martin And Edie Brickell

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The Old Globe Theater has helped bring many new musicals to the stage. It continues this tradition with "Bright Star," which opens Friday.

Preparing For Disaster: Earthquake, Wildfire, Terrorist Threat

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Are you prepared for the next big earthquake or wildfire? What do you do if you see suspicious activity that might be terrorist-related? The Federal Emergency Management Agency and San Diego Fire join KPBS Midday with some safety tips.

A Life Of Adventure, At Any Age

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In the 21st century, is it still possible to have a life of adventure, exploration, discovering new worlds? Just ask Helen Thayer.

Controversy Surrounds Future Of East County Performing Arts Center

The East County Performing Arts Center might soon lease out much of its calendar to the Rock Church. Critics say that's not what the facility was intended for.

California Drought Forces Farmers To Adapt

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Dry weather, coupled with high water prices, has forced some farmers to stop watering crops and trees. Others have switched to new irrigation methods or less thirsty crops.

School Kids And Vaccines: New Numbers Show More California Students Are Not Getting Their Shots

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The number of parents delaying or declining to vaccinate their school-age children is climbing in California. We'll speak to San Diego doctors and hear about a new NOVA documentary about vaccines.

San Diego Physician Pens Medical Thriller

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UC San Diego physician Dr. Kelly Parsons has penned his first novel — a medical thriller. The plot of "Doing Harm" involves a surgeon, a serial killer and a hospital.

San Diego Hosts Ideas@50+ AARP Convention

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At this week's conference of the AARP, staying brain smart is one topic many in the over 50-crowd are interested in.

Deportations Affecting Homelessness In San Diego, Tijuana

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A forum Wednesday night at the University of San Diego will highlight the issue of homelessness on both sides of the San Diego, Tijuana border.

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."

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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