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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Homeless Advocate Breaks News Through Facebook Page

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City emails made public this month showed the Imperial Avenue rock project was tied to the upcoming All-Star Game at Petco Park. It was advocate Michael McConnell who first tipped off reporters about the rocks through his Facebook page, Homelessness News San Diego.

Meth's Impact Goes Beyond Addiction In San Diego County

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More meth is coming across the border into San Diego County from "super labs" in Mexico. It's cheaper and more potent than it used to be, and the consequences go far beyond addiction.

San Diego Veterans Group Works To Raise Awareness About PTSD

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The Three Wise Men Foundation, founded by former San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, is rolling out a public service announcement on social media to coincide with National PTSD day.

San Diego County Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

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A new public outreach effort is aimed at debunking myths and shining a light on the realities of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in San Diego County.

What Does It Take To Be A Good Friend?

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A new book by a Princeton University philosophy professor looks at how what we consider friendship has changed over time.

A Look At Monday's Supreme Court Decisions And What's Next

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday released its final three decisions before summer recess, ruling on abortion regulations in Texas, the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and gun ownership restrictions for domestic abusers.

Sen. Barbara Boxer On Staying Tough In Washington

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The Democratic senator who's become a California political institution is retiring, and among the things she's leaving to posterity is her own advice on how to get important things done.

New Exhibit Traces The History Of Political Cartoons

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“Party Lines: The History, Art and Politics of Editorial Cartoons” opens Thursday at San Diego State University's downtown gallery. It features more than 120 political cartoons, including works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Fringe Musical Takes On T.S. Eliot's Sexuality

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There's no doubt that T.S. Eliot, author of "The Waste Land," was dissatisfied — even tortured — about many things in life. But was one of them his sexuality? That's the subject of a musical at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

San Diego Veterans Museum Holds First LGBTQ Pride Event

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The event on Wednesday will highlight the evolution of LGBTQ rights in the U.S. military.

Councilman Todd Gloria Discusses San Diego's Minimum Wage Hike

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San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria, who led the effort to raise the minimum wage, talks about how the city plans to make sure employers comply with the wage increase.

How A 1981 Alabama Lynching Impacted The Battle Against The Klan

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A new book, titled "The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan," details a case that bankrupted a Ku Klux Klan organization in Alabama.

U.S. Energy Official To Attend San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage Meeting

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John Kotek, acting assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, will attend the meeting in San Juan Capistrano Wednesday to discuss storing nuclear waste from the now defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Marijuana Tax Proposed For San Diego

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A proposal by San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey would tax local marijuana businesses at least 8 percent on gross receipts. Other California cities have imposed similar taxes in anticipation of a November ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

UC San Diego Aims To Become A Leader In Using Design To Solve Problems

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A UCSD scientist who has worked at Apple and Hewlett-Packard is trying to turn San Diego into a hub for "design thinking," the concept of making things that are intuitive to use even if they’re not flashy or sleek.

‘A Feminist In The White House’ Chronicles Life, Work Of Activist Midge Costanza

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Midge Costanza broke through the political glass ceiling while working for President Jimmy Carter. She eventually settled in San Diego and was active in the LGBT community.

La Jolla Sea Lion Situation Now A ‘Crisis’

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It’s not just the stench anymore. Residents say sea lions have taken over the beach and their droppings are polluting the ocean.

Startup Week San Diego Draws Thousands Of Tech Entrepreneurs

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About 2,500 tech founders will attend the downtown series of talks. Three years ago, just 300 attended.

Michael Pollan's Groundbreaking Book On Food Still Resonates

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Ten years after writing "The Omnivore's Dilemma," Pollan says Americans are still concerned about where their food comes from.

La Jolla Playhouse Presents World Premiere Of 'The Last Tiger In Haiti'

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A couple of UC San Diego graduates collaborated on a new play that tells the story of a group of “restaveks,” or child slaves, who are fighting for survival in earthquake-rattled Haiti.

San Diego Researchers Aim To Raise Awareness Of Endangered Marine Mammal

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Researchers estimate the vaquita porpoise population had declined 80 percent since 2011. They estimate there are fewer than 60 vaquitas left in existence.

‘Grit and Hope’ Follows San Diego Students’ Path To College

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A new book chronicles the evolution of the San Diego nonprofit Reality Changers, which works to help disadvantaged minority students go to college.

Diplomat Says Reckoning Due For Middle East Wars

A diplomat who served as a U.S. State Department political adviser says with the way the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have changed the country, America needs a "mirror test."

The (Loose) Science Behind The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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The co-creator of the beloved franchise and a scientist discuss mutations in comic books and in the real world.

'MasterChef' From La Mesa Serves Signature Mexican Recipes In ‘Claudia’s Cocina’

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Claudia Sandoval, who won "MasterChef" season six, is out with a new cookbook. “Claudia’s Cocina” offers a taste of Mexico and chronicles the chef’s culinary journey.

Journalists In Afghanistan Face Increasing Danger

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The dangers of reporting from a war zone came home to public broadcasting this week, with the death of an NPR photojournalist David Gilkey.

Consumers On the Hook For Failed Energy Projects After 2002 Law

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The San Onofre nuclear power plant settlement left ratepayers responsible for $3.3 billion in costs related to the plant's shutdown. But just 14 years ago, consumers may not have been responsible for such a hefty bill.

San Diego Jails Are Missing Basic Features, Grand Jury Says

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A grand jury report says San Diego County jails are not properly equipped to take care of long-term inmates who spend years in jail, warning conditions will likely harm those inmates’ rehabilitation efforts.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: First Folio Edition

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Shakespeare's First Folio is in town and with it comes a month jam-packed with literary events.

Clinton Vows Immigration Reform At Campaign Stop In El Centro

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The speech was the second stop of Hillary Clinton's Southern California visit Thursday, after remarks at The Prado in Balboa Park where she attacked Donald Trump's temperament and lack of serious foreign policy experience.

Tijuana Voters Prepare To Pick New Mayor

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There are a dozen mayoral candidates on the ballot in Sunday's election, including two that are not affiliated with any political party.

Activists Turn To San Diego Barber Shops To Talk Guns

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The San Diego chapter of the National Action Network wants to get people talking about gun violence in a place where they feel comfortable.

Journalist Sebastian Junger On The Struggles Of Returning Vets

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The award-winning journalist has spent years exploring how war affects human beings. His new book challenges people's understanding of PTSD.

Examining San Diego’s Low-Profile Political Races

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Besides the race for mayor and the hotly contested city attorney race, San Diego voters will also get to decide on less talked about contests in the June 7 California primary.

San Diego Parkinson's Research Sparks Ethical Discussion

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Local research into Parkinson's disease is funded in part by donors. But bioethicists say scientists must be careful not to allow research funding to be driven by the highest bidder.

San Diego Not Alone In Need For Charter Revisions

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While the U.S. Constitution broadly sketches out the government’s structure and its founding principles, many city charters have extremely detailed sections, such as Minneapolis’ rules over the size and weight of bread.

Where Are The Women In San Diego’s Biotech Industry?

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A new report shows that out of 44 publicly traded biotech companies in San Diego, only 1 has a female CEO.

San Diego Arts Events Attendance Jumped 24% Last Year

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More than 5 million people attended parades, festivals, exhibits and other events organized by nonprofits that received contracts from the city of San Diego's Commission for Arts and Culture.

San Diego's Best Hiking Trails And Tips For Newbie Hikers

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Priscilla Lister wrote The San Diego Union-Tribune's hiking column for six years. She shares her favorite trails in the county and tips for beginners on KPBS Midday Edition.

Man Dies Of Water Intoxication At San Diego County Jail

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The unusual death of an inmate at San Diego Central Jail has put a spotlight on the county's jail mortality rate, which is higher than that of the largest jail system in California.

Bomb Hoaxes Still Plaguing Naval Base San Diego

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Since November, officials have reported 24 unfounded threats at Naval Base San Diego. A Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent says no other Naval base in the U.S. is seeing that many threats.

UC San Diego Division I Shift Could Lift Alumni Fundraising

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Students are hoping a potential move to NCAA Division I will do more than boost their athletic reputation.

Could San Diego Be The Next Silicon Valley?

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The San Francisco Bay Area has long been viewed as the world’s tech mecca, but a vibrant tech scene seems to be emerging in San Diego.

San Diego Registrar Discusses Nonpartisan Voters And The June Primary

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Bernie Sanders supporters have filed a lawsuit alleging widespread confusion over California’s primary rules. But San Diego County’s registrar of voters said his office went to great lengths to inform voters.

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Still Hurting After National Anthem Mishap

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The chorus was supposed to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Saturday’s Padres game, but instead a female singer’s recording played. We have the group’s version of the national anthem that you can listen to.

San Diego Sci-Fi Author Imagines Megamalls From The Future

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UC San Diego's Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination will explore what a megamall from 2080 could look like, with experts in cognitive science, architecture and even science fiction weighing in.

Award-Winning Author Talks Diversity In Children's Literature

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National City native Matt de la Peña recently gave a special reading to hundreds of students at his old elementary school.

The Future Of The Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego

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Kathryn Kanjo, who will take over as CEO in October as the museum celebrates its 75th anniversary, discusses what's in store.

Report: Police Asset Seizures Disproportionately Affect Minorities, Poor Californians

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The American Civil Liberties Union of California looked into law enforcement's use of an asset forfeiture program.


Growing Number Of Teenage Runaways Rely On Online Help

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Instead of calling a hotline, more teens are contacting the National Runaway Safeline through email, chat and other online tools.

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