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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

How Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?

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For some insight into how human beings coped with changes in the earth's climate in the past, we have to switch from the climate scientists to the archeologists.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy

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The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties filed a lawsuit this week over a San Diego Police Department policy that allows officers to collect DNA samples from juveniles, without a warrant or parental consent.

From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands

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KJZZ Fronteras News Desk reporter Laurel Morales discusses how producing the "Earth + Bone" series changed the way she looks at what is sacred.

Kinetic Art Moves Into Fleet Science Center

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Motion is the subject of a new exhibit at the Fleet Science Center, a combination of art that either moves or is about movement with educational stations explaining concepts like waves or gravity.

Oroville Dam Emergency Puts California Dams In The Spotlight

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Seventeen of California's 1,585 dams are listed as being in poor condition, according to the National Inventory of Dams.

New Exhibit Celebrates History Of Black Women In The U.S. Military

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The exhibit, “For the Freedom and the Right” was organized by the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. It will be on display at Camp Pendleton through mid-March.

The San Diego Blood Bank Putting Greater Focus On Research

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The San Diego Blood Bank is more than a blood donation center. Amid a drop in demand for transfusions, the blood bank is expanding its services and customizing blood products for the local scientific research community.

Salk President: Telomeres May Be Key To Staving Off Aging

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The word telomeres is probably not part of your everyday vocabulary, but new research suggests these regions at the end of chromosomes play a vital role in our cells' aging processes.

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Valentine's Day 2017: San Diego Date Ideas

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The founder of a San Diego date-idea web site recommends getting out of your routine to enjoy Valentine's Day this year.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Rolodex and Roosters

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Remember secretary pools and rotary phones? Travel back to those days, or even further, with these top weekend events.

San Diego County Teachers Infuse Art In Core Academic Subjects

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The Centers for Research on Creativity at UCLA have been studying the impact of a program that helps San Diego County teachers incorporate the arts into core academic subjects.

Racial Gaps Persist In Californians' Political Engagement

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Asian Americans and Latinos in California are less likely to sign petitions or contact public officials than white Californians, according to a new report showing significant racial disparities in political participation.

Did SANDAG Withhold Information Ahead Of Tax Hike Vote?

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The online news organization Voice of San Diego has obtained emails shedding more light on SANDAG's revenue forecasting.

Border Film Week Goes To Tijuana

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The 11th annual Border Film Week returns Tuesday with four days of film screenings and panel discussions in San Diego and Tijuana.

Journalists Question How To Cover Trump

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President Trump has labeled the press as an “opposition party,” repeated multiple falsehoods about election fraud and on Monday tweeted that any coverage of unfavorable poll results is “fake news.” Newsrooms across the country are deciding how to cover an administration that’s hostile to the press and imprecise with the truth.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From 'Matilda' To Lang Lang

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This weekend "Matilda" makes its San Diego debut, plus experience the inaugural AMT Festival.

Secretary Of State Alex Padilla To Discuss Voting Rights With UC San Diego Students

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President Trump's unsupported claim of widespread voter fraud in California and other states is "a lie," California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told CNN last week. Padilla will be in San Diego on Thursday to give a lecture to a UC San Diego political science class studying the Voting Rights Act.

San Diego Futurist Imagines End Of Personal Privacy

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After President Trump's advisor Kellyanne Conway used the term "alternate facts" to describe a falsehood about the inauguration turnout, demand for George Orwell's literary masterpiece "1984" quickly spiked. A new collection of short stories considers what happens when privacy vanishes and our neighbors, not government, are the ones watching.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns To MOPA

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The festival, which shines a light on abuses happening around the world through film, returns for the seventh year to Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. It runs Friday-Sunday.

Scientists Uneasy After Trump Administration Says It Will Review EPA Data

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President Donald Trump's political transition team will review all scientific data on the Environmental Protection Agency's website, including climate change data. The American Association for the Advancement of Science says the level of anxiety in the scientific community has never been higher.

Despite Possibility Of Repeal, People Continue To Sign Up For Insurance Through ACA

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Despite plans by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in health insurance under the act hasn't slowed down.

Former Iraqi Translator On Why He Supports Trump’s Refugee Ban

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Johnny Walker served alongside U.S. Navy SEALs during the Iraq war. In 2009, he was granted a U.S. visa under a special program for Iraqi interpreters and now calls San Diego home.

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient Support May Help Cure Infections

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When we get sick, oftentimes we don't feel like taking a shower, we might just sleep all day long and we aren't even hungry -- a newly published study by a team of researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies looks at how that loss of appetite may affect our ability to get well.

San Diego Professor Finds Sanctuary Counties Are Safer And Economically Stronger

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Amid President Trump’s executive action on so-called sanctuary cities, a new analysis by UC San Diego political science professor Tom Wong examines the effects of sanctuary policies on crime and the economy.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Future And The Past

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This weekend brings an epic journey and a peek at San Diego's next generation of artists.

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Christopher Ashley Celebrates 10th Anniversary At La Jolla Playhouse

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La Jolla Playhouse's Christopher Ashley reflects back on his 10 years as artistic director and looks forward to an exciting year of productions.

Ocean Creatures' Sex Lives Are More Than A Little Weird

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The reproduction rituals of underwater creatures can be a bit bizarre. Author Marah Hardt researched those practices as a way to spread awareness about ocean sustainability.

New Program Aims To Unite San Diego Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans

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A new seminar series on the impact of global conflict and violence on the San Diego-Tijuana region gets underway Friday at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies.

Nonprofit Teaches San Diegans How To Get To Zero Waste

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I Love A Clean San Diego is holding a workshop on zero waste in the home on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ocean Knoll Farm, 701 Bonita Drive, in Encinitas.

How LSD Alleviated Author's Depression

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Ayelet Waldman decided to try microdosing to combat her depression when her medication stopped working. Microdosing involves taking a small amount of LSD, in her case 10 micrograms, every three to four days.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Exhibit

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The machines, which were first made around the turn of the 20th century, are a technological marvel since the Chinese language has more than 70,000 characters and no alphabet.

California Water Managers Want Emergency Drought Rules To End

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The State Water Resources Control Board is meeting on Feb. 7 to decide whether or not to end these rules.

California's Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations

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Lori Ajax is the chief of California's Bureau of Marijuana Control. The agency is charged with licensing cannabis farmers, product manufacturers, testing labs, distributors and retailers. Those regulations need to be in place by Jan. 1, 2018.

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Big Trouble In Little Cinema: The Films Of John Carpenter

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This Sunday, Jan. 22, Film Geeks San Diego launches its second year-long film series. Big Trouble in Little Cinema: The Films of John Carpenter kicks off at Digital Gym Cinema with the director's theatrically released student film, "Dark Star."

Fleet Center Revels In The Science Of Toys

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Everyone knows that simple Slinkys are rather remarkable toys, but why and how do they seem to walk? The Fleet Science Center is putting on an exhibit Saturday on the physics behind common toys.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

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The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Dumanis, who's been in office since 2003, has not decided whether she'll serve out her current term or step down before it ends.

Documentary Points To What Could Happen If Salton Sea Isn't Restored

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"Breaking Point" is a documentary about the shrinking Salton Sea and what could happen if the problem isn't addressed. It's produced and directed by Bill Wisneski, a producer for Palomar College Television.

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

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From an 81-year-old competitive runner to a 71-year-old who uses public transportation for volunteering all over San Diego, KPBS television's new 6-part documentary series, "Re'flect, Successful Aging Defined," tells their stories.

With Landmark Status For Chicano Park, Boosters Renew Push For Museum

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From an undeveloped site occupied by protestors in the 1970s to a National Historic Landmark, Chicano Park has had an extraordinary history. Chicano Park advocates are hoping for one more prize for the park: a museum.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Funny Ladies

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Four high-profile comedians will be in San Diego on the same day. Which one will you pick?

Organization Helps San Diego Homeless Prepare For Wet Weather

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The city of San Diego and the county have opened their emergency shelter programs due to the coming rain and low temperatures. Despite this, many of the county's homeless won't be in shelters during the bad weather.

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New Film Series At MOPA Focuses On Famous Firsts

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This Friday, Jan. 13, Film Geeks San Diego kick off a year-long program of Famous Firsts at the Museum of Photographic Arts with Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless."

How Tiny Microbes In Your Gut Affect Your Mood

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In his new book, “The Mind-Gut Connection”, Dr. Emeran Mayer explains how the brain and the gut communicate, and physical and mental health issues can crop up if that communication is disrupted.

What Kind Of Data Should Police Collect During Traffic Stops?

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Starting in 2018, California police officers will be required to collect and report traffic stop data. Civil rights advocates hope the data will help shed light on the prevalence of racial profiling.

'Containment' Envisions Nuclear Waste Storage 10,000 Years In The Future

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In the 1990s, the government gathered architects, artists and futurists to imagine ways the underground waste could be discovered.

Mayor Faulconer Considering Race For Governor

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer may run for governor in 2018 and has started reaching out to possible supporters, despite promising not to launch a statewide bid if he won reelection as mayor, according to POLITICO.

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos So Popular?

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A story in the Wall Street Journal may sabotage one of your New Year's resolutions. In some magically, bizarre way - it might make you hungry for a Jack In The Box taco.

San Diego Judge Out With New Book About Experience Of Immigrants

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"Qudeen the Magnificent," a book of short stories, describes the struggle New Americans face in assimilating to mainstream culture.

Report Finds California Home Ownership Rates At Lowest Since 1940s

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The California's Department of Housing and Community Development report also found that the state has more than its share of the country's homeless population.

SeaWorld San Diego To Have Last Orca Show Sunday

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As the park is phasing out the orca shows it is also introducing three new attractions this year and a roller coaster the next year.

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