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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

'Land On Fire' Author Discusses New Reality Of California Wildfires

'Land On Fire' Author Discusses New Reality Of California Wildfires

July 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Nature writer Gary Ferguson says heavy fuels, climate change and housing development are mostly to blame for fires that are bigger and hotter than they have been previously.

New CEO Of Veterans Village Of San Diego Has Special Connection To ...

New CEO Of Veterans Village Of San Diego Has Special Connection To Vietnam-Era Vets

July 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Kim Mitchell is replacing Phil Landis as president and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego. Landis is officially retiring on Friday.

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Proposes Temporary Housing Plan For...

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Proposes Temporary Housing Plan For Homeless

July 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward presented his ideas for temporary housing for the homeless to the council's new Select Committee on Homelessness Tuesday. The committee agreed to take his proposals under consideration and come back with a specific plan in September.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Comics, Racing And 'Rumours'

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Comics, Racing And 'Rumours'

July 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about free concerts, Latino art and Fleetwood Mac.

Jennings Fire Could Be Beginning Of Difficult Fire Season In San Di...

Jennings Fire Could Be Beginning Of Difficult Fire Season In San Diego County

July 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Just over a week ago, the Jennings fire in San Diego's East County led to an evacuation order for residents of threatened homes and shut down a portion of Interstate 8. The fire was extinguished after burning 400 acres. No injuries or structural damages resulted from the fire.

North Korea May Be Preparing New Missile Tests

North Korea May Be Preparing New Missile Tests

July 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

North Korea is reportedly preparing for further missile tests, just a few weeks after its latest tests showed it has the capability of hitting Alaska with an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Imperial Beach Sues Oil And Coal Companies For Climate Change Damages

Imperial Beach Sues Oil And Coal Companies For Climate Change Damages

July 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Imperial Beach and two Northern California counties on Monday filed lawsuits against 37 oil and coal companies for damages associated with climate change.

UC San Diego's Clarion Workshop Teaches Promising Sci-Fi, Fantasy T...

UC San Diego's Clarion Workshop Teaches Promising Sci-Fi, Fantasy Talent

July 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As some of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy flock downtown to Comic-Con this week, a group of writers which may include the biggest future names in the genres has congregated in a different part of San Diego to work on their craft.

Phil Landis To Retire After 20 Years At Veterans Village Of San Diego

Phil Landis To Retire After 20 Years At Veterans Village Of San Diego

July 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Landis started out as a volunteer at Veteran Village of San Diego's Stand Down event and eventually worked his way up to serving as CEO of the organization, a position he has held for 10 years. He will retire on July 28.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Discusses Priorities, DA...

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Discusses Priorities, DACA Program

July 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke to San Diego business leaders Monday as part of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's "Good Government" speaker series.

Author Of Book About Bias In The Design Of Products, Places To Spea...

Author Of Book About Bias In The Design Of Products, Places To Speak At Warwick's

July 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The cause of long lines for women's public restrooms? Author Kathryn Anthony blames bad design.

Two Sides Respond To Lawsuit Alleging Gender Discrimination At Salk...

Two Sides Respond To Lawsuit Alleging Gender Discrimination At Salk Institute

July 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Salk biologists Vicki Lundblad and Katherine Jones spoke to The San Diego Union-Tribune about the lawsuits and Salk Institute further responded to the claims Friday.

California's Poet Laureate Hits The Road In Cross-State Tour

California's Poet Laureate Hits The Road In Cross-State Tour

July 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Dana Gioia is making a point to hold events beyond the traditional poetry enclaves of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Comic-Con Buzz

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Comic-Con Buzz

July 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Comic-Con may not start until next week, but there are some events happening before the big weekend, plus some sophisticated comic-related options.

San Diego Pride Celebration To Begin Friday

San Diego Pride Celebration To Begin Friday

July 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The event will run through Sunday and includes a rally, block party, parade and music festival.

Surprising Culinary Combination To Visit San Diego Sunday: A Vegan,...

Surprising Culinary Combination To Visit San Diego Sunday: A Vegan, French Chef

July 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Celebrated French chef Jean-Christian Jury has cooked in restaurants and kitchens across the globe. A heart attack led him to embrace a vegan diet more than a decade ago. Now Jury has written "Vegan - The Cookbook" which he hopes will make plant-based foods accessible and appealing to more people.

How San Diego’s National Conflict Resolution Center Is Tackling Unc...

How San Diego’s National Conflict Resolution Center Is Tackling Uncivil Discourse

July 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new poll says Americans believe civility between Democrats and Republicans is getting worse. But the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center has a plan to help elected leaders work through differences and find common ground.

Group Advocating For Creation Of 'Trauma-Informed' Legislation In S...

Group Advocating For Creation Of 'Trauma-Informed' Legislation In Sacramento

July 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Could state policies be improved by a greater understanding of the lingering effects of childhood trauma?

New Exhibit Explores The Plight Of Refugees Through Personal Items

New Exhibit Explores The Plight Of Refugees Through Personal Items

July 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, "What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria," will be on display at the New Americans Museum of San Diego through September 3, 2017.

San Diego's Homeless Czar Will Prioritize Assessment Center, IDing ...

San Diego's Homeless Czar Will Prioritize Assessment Center, IDing Short-Term Solutions

July 11
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jonathan Herrera started in his role as senior adviser on homeless coordination for Mayor Kevin Faulconer on July 3.

One Year After San Diego Minimum Wage Hike, City Enforcement Uncertain

One Year After San Diego Minimum Wage Hike, City Enforcement Uncertain

July 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A year ago, the city of San Diego’s new minimum wage law went into effect and weeks later the City Council funded an enforcement office to hear complaints and investigate violations. But for months, the city forwarded all wage complaints to state labor regulators, who said the law cannot be properly enforced without local help.

'All Our Waves Are Water' Chronicles Surfer’s Spiritual Lessons Fro...

'All Our Waves Are Water' Chronicles Surfer’s Spiritual Lessons From The Ocean

July 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Author Jaimal Yogis will be speaking about his new memoir “All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment And The Perfect Ride,” Tuesday at Warwick’s bookstore.

Rep. Juan Vargas Will Host Immigration Forum Monday Night

Rep. Juan Vargas Will Host Immigration Forum Monday Night

July 10
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The forum will include a discussion of issues surrounding deported veterans and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Author Gives Step-By-Step Process To Conquer College-Admissions Essays

Author Gives Step-By-Step Process To Conquer College-Admissions Essays

July 10
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

If you are going to be a senior in high school this fall, author Alan Gelb says you should be spending some of your time this summer working on your college admissions essay.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From 'Hamilton' To The Marx Brothers

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From 'Hamilton' To The Marx Brothers

July 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend celebrates old and new Broadway, plus a look at one of San Diego's most prolific musicians.

San Diego Zoo Opens New Africa Rocks Exhibit

San Diego Zoo Opens New Africa Rocks Exhibit

July 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The $68 million, 8-acre exhibit features lesser known animals of the African continent, including endangered African penguins, baboons, leopards and lemurs.

Roundup Ingredient Lands On State's Dangerous Chemical List

Roundup Ingredient Lands On State's Dangerous Chemical List

July 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

California regulators on Friday will add the active ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup to a list of chemicals that may cause cancer, meaning Roundup and other herbicides with the chemical will have to display warning labels by next year.

San Diego City Leaders Launch $80 Million Plan To House The Homeless

San Diego City Leaders Launch $80 Million Plan To House The Homeless

July 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The three-year plan aims to get 3,000 people into permanent supportive housing. It will also fund a prevention program to help those on the brink of eviction from falling into homelessness.

Calif. Aid-In-Dying Law Helps 111 Patients End Lives In First Six M...

Calif. Aid-In-Dying Law Helps 111 Patients End Lives In First Six Months

July 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

In the first six months since California's aid-in-dying law went into effect, 111 terminally ill patients ended their lives with prescription medication, according to a report from state health officials last month.

House To Consider Bill To Make Yucca Mountain Permanent Storage Sit...

House To Consider Bill To Make Yucca Mountain Permanent Storage Site For Nuclear Waste

July 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The House Energy and Commerce Committee last week approved a bill that would create a permanent storage site and a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas. The bill will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.

GOP Reportedly Recruiting San Diego Mayor Faulconer For '18 Governo...

GOP Reportedly Recruiting San Diego Mayor Faulconer For '18 Governor's Race

June 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Los Angeles Times reports Republican Party leaders, including House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and state party chairman Jim Brulte, are part of an effort to recruit Faulconer because, "he is viewed as the strongest possible contender."

A Conversation With Affordable Housing Advocate Anne Wilson

A Conversation With Affordable Housing Advocate Anne Wilson

June 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Wilson is being honored by KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center as a community hero at an event Thursday.

Q&A With New CEO Of San Diego County Homeless Task Force

Q&A With New CEO Of San Diego County Homeless Task Force

June 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Regional Task Force on the Homeless, which is responsible for getting homeless service providers across San Diego County on the same page, has hired a new CEO.

Number Of Hepatitis A Cases In San Diego County Continue To Rise

Number Of Hepatitis A Cases In San Diego County Continue To Rise

June 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since November, 196 cases of the viral disease have been confirmed and four people have died in San Diego County. The outbreak is disproportionately affecting the region's homeless population.

Why Dirt Is Good For Your Child's Health And Other Answers Form New...

Why Dirt Is Good For Your Child's Health And Other Answers Form New Book By UC San Diego Scientist

June 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Is it OK for my child to eat dirt? Should I get a dog? What causes colic? Are microbes to blame? Those are just a few of the questions Rob Knight, a co-founder of the American Gut project, has been asked over the years by new parents and parents-to-be concerned about how to keep their children safe and healthy.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Pops and 'Dolls'

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Pops and 'Dolls'

June 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

From Star Spangled Pops to "Guys and Dolls," this weekend is all about iconic arts events.

Beetle That Has Killed Palm Trees In San Diego County Could Spread

Beetle That Has Killed Palm Trees In San Diego County Could Spread

June 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The South American palm weevil has already toppled dozens of palms in the Sweetwater Summit regional park in Bonita.

Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert Discusses Upcoming San Diego Concert, Ne...

Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert Discusses Upcoming San Diego Concert, New Album

June 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Alpert and his wife Lani Hall will be performing July 6 as part of the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights concert series.

San Diego Author Don Winslow Discusses New Novel, 'The Force'

San Diego Author Don Winslow Discusses New Novel, 'The Force'

June 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Winslow will be talking about "The Force," his latest crime thriller about a corrupt police officer, at Warwick’s in La Jolla on Monday and Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on Friday.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Beloved Bands And Farewells

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Beloved Bands And Farewells

June 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend you can revisit some beloved San Diego bands and say farewell to a longtime choral director.

Exhibit Features Art Of Climate Change Science

Exhibit Features Art Of Climate Change Science

June 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, "Weather on Steroids" opens at the San Diego Central Library June 10.

Will Planned Upgrades To Tijuana Water Treatment Plant Be Enough To...

Will Planned Upgrades To Tijuana Water Treatment Plant Be Enough To Stop Sewage Spills?

June 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mexican officials say they are moving forward with a nearly $25 million upgrade to Tijuana’s coastal water treatment plant. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the city's sewage system needs $400 million in improvements and repairs.

Can Using Antibiotics Be Unethical?

Can Using Antibiotics Be Unethical?

June 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Even as San Diego scientists come up with more powerful antibiotics to stave off superbugs, researchers admit those breakthroughs will just delay when antibiotics stop being effective.

Advocate Says California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

Advocate Says California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

June 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

It has been a year since California’s End of Life Options Act went into effect. But for Faye Girsh, founder and president of San Diego’s Hemlock Society, the law does not go far enough.

Report: SDPD Racial Profiling Study Revisions Raise Questions

Report: SDPD Racial Profiling Study Revisions Raise Questions

June 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A report published in Voice of San Diego documents the changes between draft copies of the study and the final version. Researchers softened language and left out findings in the final version.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairs And Wonderspaces

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairs And Wonderspaces

June 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It is the unofficial start of summer with the opening of the San Diego County Fair, plus new dance and visual art experiences.

Ellen Browning Scripps' Outsized Role In San Diego Culture Explored...

Ellen Browning Scripps' Outsized Role In San Diego Culture Explored In New Biography

May 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

If you have a hard time imagining San Diego without Scripps Aquarium, Scripps Memorial Hospital, Scripps Pier or the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, then it's impossible to imagine San Diego without Ellen Browning Scripps.

Scripps Turns To Surfers For Ocean Data

Scripps Turns To Surfers For Ocean Data

May 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A citizen science project in development for four years is hitting San Diego's beaches this week, as researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography reach out to surfers to gather data about the region's coastal waters.

CDC: California Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 87 Percent Since 1999

CDC: California Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 87 Percent Since 1999

May 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

There are many reasons for those jumps, according to researchers, including an aging population and better diagnoses.

How To Avoid Getting Stung By A Swarm Of Bees

How To Avoid Getting Stung By A Swarm Of Bees

May 30
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Bee attacks in San Diego County have made headlines this month. Hilary Kearney is a beekeeper and owns Girl Next Door Honey. Kearney said that the recent incidents are increasing fear in people, which causes them to react poorly around bees.

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