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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: U2 And 'Billy' And Ballet

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: U2 And 'Billy' And Ballet

Sept. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

One of the biggest events of the season hits San Diego, plus a highly-anticipated musical opens.

Mayor Seeks Solutions To Hepatitis A Outbreak, Dismisses Blame

Mayor Seeks Solutions To Hepatitis A Outbreak, Dismisses Blame

Sept. 22
By KPBS News, Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The city of San Diego is preparing to install 19 more hand-washing stations and eight more public restrooms by next week, amid a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 16 people and infected 444 countywide.

$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees

$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last week allocated $20 million for nonprofits to help Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to renew their status. Some of that money will cover the $495 application fee for low-income DACA recipients based on demand.

San Diego Could Face $40B In Earthquake Damage. So Why Are So Few P...

San Diego Could Face $40B In Earthquake Damage. So Why Are So Few People Insured?

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

There's an ever-present risk of a major earthquake in Southern California. But only 12 percent of Californians with home insurance or rental insurance have earthquake protection.

Carmegeddon At The Border Starts Saturday

Carmegeddon At The Border Starts Saturday

Sept. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Interstate 5 will be closed to southbound car traffic entering Mexico from San Ysidro starting at 3 a.m. Saturday. The closure, which is part of ongoing infrastructure improvements, will run through noon on Monday.

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us A...

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It'

Sept. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In his book, "Gasping For Air: How Breathing Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It," Dr. Kevin Glynn talks about the internal and external factors that are causing many people to struggle to breath.

How One Writer Built A Career Off Side Hustles

How One Writer Built A Career Off Side Hustles

Sept. 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

According to one estimate, more than 44 million Americans have a side hustle and for some, a second job could be more than another stream of income.

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the "Second Wave" podcast produced by KUOW public radio in Seattle and PRX, host Thanh Tan explores the experience of her parent's generation who fled the Vietnam War and settled in the U.S. as refugees, and the experience of her generation who were born and raised in the U.S.

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20...

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20 Percent

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The city of San Diego has $3 million more to spend on diverting food waste from the Miramar Landfill. The grant funding from the State of California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery will fund an expansion of the composting facility at the landfill and a food rescue program.

Community Choice Aggregation Critics Want San Diego To Slow Down

Community Choice Aggregation Critics Want San Diego To Slow Down

Sept. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Critics of San Diego's move toward community choice aggregation have formed a coalition questioning a potential plan to let the city buy power separately from San Diego Gas & Electric.

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans ...

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans By 2050

Sept. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are out with new calculations that find a small potential for global warming of such magnitude that it could wipe out life on earth.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: An Ambitious Art Show

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: An Ambitious Art Show

Sept. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a massive art installation and a party in Old Town.

Two Chances To See Monet Paintings This Fall In Balboa Park

Two Chances To See Monet Paintings This Fall In Balboa Park

Sept. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

His paintings gave a name to the impressionist movement and his life spanned to the beginnings of modern art. The 19th-Century French painter Claude Monet's works are celebrated in museums around the world, and this fall they will be celebrated in Balboa Park.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: All About Musicals ... And Blues

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: All About Musicals ... And Blues

Sept. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

A collection of award-winning musicals opens in San Diego this week, plus a popular blues festival returns.

Agreement Could Hold State Accountable For Completing Projects On S...

Agreement Could Hold State Accountable For Completing Projects On Shrinking Salton Sea

Sept. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A tentative agreement with state officials that would hold California accountable for completing projects detailed in the 10-year Salton Sea management plan will be discussed at a meeting Thursday in Sacramento.

Report: 10 Percent Increase In Hate Incidents Against California Mu...

Report: 10 Percent Increase In Hate Incidents Against California Muslims

Sept. 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Council on American-Islamic Relations California says it received 1,239 cases last year that ranged from hate crimes to discrimination and bullying.

Loneliness Takes Center Stage At Playhouse's 'Wild Goose Dreams'

Loneliness Takes Center Stage At Playhouse's 'Wild Goose Dreams'

Sept. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The play follows a North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a "goose father," a term for a South Korean man who sends his family to an English-speaking country for schooling while he stays behind to support them.

Narcissism Expert Says Calling Trump Mentally Ill Is A Misdiagnosis

Narcissism Expert Says Calling Trump Mentally Ill Is A Misdiagnosis

Sept. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

One of the world's foremost psychiatrists has written a book about why President Trump is not mentally ill, but America may be.

'Quakeland' Warns The U.S. Is Unprepared For The Next Big Quake

'Quakeland' Warns The U.S. Is Unprepared For The Next Big Quake

Sept. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Earthquakes are something Californians have felt and have feared for decades. Now, a new book is warning that Earthquakes aren't just a California problem.

An Undocumented Immigration Attorney Reacts To End Of DACA

An Undocumented Immigration Attorney Reacts To End Of DACA

Sept. 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dulce Garcia of San Diego is one of 230,000 young immigrants who benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in California.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Last-Chance Summer

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Last-Chance Summer

Sept. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

San Diego's summer past times are coming to a close, catch them before it's too late.

New Protected Bikeway Connects Mid-City To Mission Valley

New Protected Bikeway Connects Mid-City To Mission Valley

Aug. 30
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

State and local transportation officials have opened a mile-long protected bike lane alongside SR-15. The bikeway offers a safer, more comfortable connection for bicyclists between Mission Valley and Mid-City neighborhoods.

San Diego Rep Launches Latinx Play Festival

San Diego Rep Launches Latinx Play Festival

Aug. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The festival takes place Sept. 2-3 at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza. It features four play readings, including "El Cipitio: A Salvadorian Odyssey" by Culture Clash co-founders Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas.

Survey: DACA Recipients Continue To Make Economic Strides

Survey: DACA Recipients Continue To Make Economic Strides

Aug. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

As the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program hangs in the balance, a new survey by UC San Diego political science professor Tom Wong shows DACA continues to have a positive impact on the lives of beneficiaries and the economy.

Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Tran...

Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Transit Riders

Aug. 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The study found that those with cars in low-income San Diego neighborhoods have about 30 times greater job opportunities than those who walk to take public transit and that driving or biking to a transit station more than doubled the number of jobs that could be reached by transit in a 30-minute commute.

SDSU Professor On How Smartphones Have Changed Teens

SDSU Professor On How Smartphones Have Changed Teens

Aug. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Psychologist Jean Twenge is the author of the new book, “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us.”

'Afoot And Afield In San Diego County' Co-Author Hiked Over 3,000 M...

'Afoot And Afield In San Diego County' Co-Author Hiked Over 3,000 Miles To Update Book

Aug. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

An updated "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" was published in March. Scott Turner hiked every hike in the book to update each one and added 50 new hikes. Turner will be speaking about the book at a series of events at libraries across the county.

Q&A: Rep. Susan Davis Talks Transgender Military Ban, DACA And Wall...

Q&A: Rep. Susan Davis Talks Transgender Military Ban, DACA And Wall Funding

Aug. 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Continuing KPBS' efforts to speak with San Diego's congressional delegation while home on recess, Rep. Susan Davis joins KPBS Midday Edition.

The B-Side Players Tackle Social Justice, Chicano Power In New Albu...

The B-Side Players Tackle Social Justice, Chicano Power In New Album, ‘California Brown’

Aug. 25
By Kurt Kohnen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The B-Side Players are holding a record release party Saturday at the Music Box. The group joined Midday Edition to perform titles off their latest album.

Q&A: State Sen. Toni Atkins On Housing, Single Payer And LGBT Right...

Q&A: State Sen. Toni Atkins On Housing, Single Payer And LGBT Rights Bills

Aug. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

As the White House finalizes plans on barring transgender individuals in the military, California legislators are considering a bill to require transgender rights training. It would be the first law in the nation to require business to offer training about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

Database Reveals Purchases Made By City Of San Diego Employees

Database Reveals Purchases Made By City Of San Diego Employees

Aug. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since 2015, city employees charged $16 million in purchases on the city of San Diego credit cards. Most transactions are routine. But there are others that are raising eyebrows, such as a $3,000 purchase for maracas and a $300 table cloth.

What To Eat Before The End Of Summer

What To Eat Before The End Of Summer

Aug. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego food writer Caron Golden is marking the end of summer by sharing some of her go-to summer dishes, from fresh salads to chilled soups.

Union-Tribune, KPBS Launch San Diego Festival Of Books

Union-Tribune, KPBS Launch San Diego Festival Of Books

Aug. 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego book lovers have a reason to celebrate this weekend. The San Diego Festival of Books is a daylong event featuring dozens of local authors talking about their craft.

California Lawmakers Debate Later School Start Times

California Lawmakers Debate Later School Start Times

Aug. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

SB 328 would prohibit middle and high schools from starting classes earlier than 8:30 in the morning. The bill is up for a vote Wednesday in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

L.A. Times Owners Fire Top Editors In Staff Shakeup

L.A. Times Owners Fire Top Editors In Staff Shakeup

Aug. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Los Angeles Times parent company, Tronc Inc., fired the newspaper’s editor-publisher Monday along with three other top editors, appointing a former Yahoo executive to lead the paper’s business operations.

Author T. Jefferson Parker Out With New Thriller Series

Author T. Jefferson Parker Out With New Thriller Series

Aug. 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In "The Room of White Fire," private investigator Roland Ford is hired to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman who escaped from a mental health facility in San Diego County.

Qualcomm Legal Feud With Apple Has First Major Day In Court

Qualcomm Legal Feud With Apple Has First Major Day In Court

Aug. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Lawyers for Qualcomm and Apple faced off in a San Diego courtroom on Friday. It was the first major hearing in a multibillion-dollar antitrust lawsuit accusing Qualcomm of charging royalties for features that aren’t covered by its patents.

KPBS Film Documents The Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of San Diego C...

KPBS Film Documents The Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of San Diego Combat Pilots

Aug. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Distinguished Wings Over Vietnam” tells the personal stories of four combat pilots who served in the Vietnam War. The documentary airs Thursday on KPBS television.

'We Must Be Loud In Our Intolerance Of Intolerance': Local Faith Le...

'We Must Be Loud In Our Intolerance Of Intolerance': Local Faith Leaders Speak Up

Aug. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Erik Anderson, Maureen Cavanaugh

Local faith leaders held a press conference Friday to take a stand against racism in the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Latin Sounds, Icons And Flavors

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Latin Sounds, Icons And Flavors

Aug. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a celebration of Latin food, music — even an iconic Argentinian leader — plus a salute to "Fiddler on the Roof."

Saturday Event Aims To Support Caregivers Of Adults With Mental Ill...

Saturday Event Aims To Support Caregivers Of Adults With Mental Illness

Aug. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The daylong program covers topics such as communication skills and legal issues related to mental illness, along with a workshop on how caregivers can take time to care for themselves.

How To Talk To Children About Racism

How To Talk To Children About Racism

Aug. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The violent images broadcast from Charlottesville may leave parents asking themselves how to explain it all to their children. One child psychologist discusses strategies for talking with children about racism.

Recent House Fires Focus Attention On Hoarding Disorder

Recent House Fires Focus Attention On Hoarding Disorder

Aug. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

One fire was in Bonita at the beginning of August and the other was in Normal Heights at the end of July.

What Will The 57-Hour Closure Of San Ysidro Border Crossing Mean Fo...

What Will The 57-Hour Closure Of San Ysidro Border Crossing Mean For San Diego Traffic?

Aug. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Anthony Kleppe, land port of entry program manager with the U.S. General Services Administration, speaks about the closure of car traffic headed into Tijuana Sept. 23-25 through the San Ysidro border crossing.

Q&A: Rep. Scott Peters Comments On ACA, Transgender Ban, North Korea

Q&A: Rep. Scott Peters Comments On ACA, Transgender Ban, North Korea

Aug. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rep. Scott Peters is in San Diego while Congress is on recess this month. He joined Midday Edition Tuesday to talk about his priorities. Here is that interview.

Renowned Psychologist Stephen Hinshaw Discusses ‘Another Kind of Ma...

Renowned Psychologist Stephen Hinshaw Discusses ‘Another Kind of Madness’

Aug. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Psychologist Stephen Hinshaw writes about his experience growing up with a mentally ill father in his new memoir “Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness.”

Che Cafe Signs Lease With UCSD After Years Of Negotiations

Che Cafe Signs Lease With UCSD After Years Of Negotiations

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

More than two years after UC San Diego students occupied the co-operative Che Café to stave off an eviction notice, university administrators reached a four-year lease deal with operators of the alternative music venue and three other campus collectives.

San Diego, Imperial County Educators Gather To Improve Algebra Educ...

San Diego, Imperial County Educators Gather To Improve Algebra Education

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego and Imperial County educators will meet Friday to discuss how intermediate algebra is taught, two weeks after the California State University system dropped the algebra requirement for students who aren't STEM field majors.

Coronado Mayor On Why It’s Time To Install Suicide Prevention Barri...

Coronado Mayor On Why It’s Time To Install Suicide Prevention Barriers On The Coronado Bridge

Aug. 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since the Coronado Bridge opened in 1969, nearly 400 people have jumped to their deaths. Caltrans is holding a series of public meetings this week to explore suicide prevention measures.

'The Queen Of Katwe' Heads To College

'The Queen Of Katwe' Heads To College

Aug. 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The true-life story of Phiona Mutesi was told in the Disney movie "The Queen of Katwe." The movie chronicled Mutesi's journey from the slums of Uganda to fame as an international chess champion.

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