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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

'Fluent In 3 Months' Author Presents Book In San Diego

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Even if you have struggled learning a new language, Benny Lewis says you can be "Fluent In 3 Months."

How Much Of The Immigration Process Can Obama Change By Executive Action?

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A frustrated President Obama says he's no longer waiting for a stalled Congress to take action and he'll use what powers he has to reform immigration. But what can he do?

Yosemite Grant Act Anniversary Celebrated With Tree Restoration Project

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A project to restore 2,000-year-old giant sequoias is underway in Yosemite National Park.

From Linkage Fee To Mt. Soledad, San Diego Mayor Provides Update

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Midday Edition for his monthly update on the business of the city and it's been a busy four weeks since his last visit.

A Conversation With Civil-Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

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In the 1960s, Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, and she's spent her life working to mobilize people power. Huerta was in San Diego this week to speak to a convention of Latino elected officials.

Scientists Descending On San Diego Bars Thursday Night To Answer Questions From Regular People

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An offbeat outing, called "Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar," will take place at 25 watering holes around San Diego on Thursday, June 26 between 5-9:30 p.m.

Book Signing To Biotech — Hillary Clinton Visits San Diego

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a swing through San Diego to sign copies of her new book and speak at the BIO convention. We'll play an excerpt of her discussing topics including the national debt and the job that prepared her for Washington.

BIO Convention Puts Spotlight On San Diego Stem Cell Research

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Stem-cell research in San Diego is featured at the BIO International Convention. Take a look at a local company conducting the research, and its ethical dilemmas.

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What To Do With Your Money: Estate Planning Tips

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Think you've pulled together a good estate plan? Or maybe you think you don't need one. Here's some of the common mistakes that get people and their heirs into trouble.

San Diego Trauma System Marks 30 Years

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Thirty years ago, San Diego's medical community created a new trauma system. The new network made up of six area hospitals has cut the number of trauma deaths in half.

San Diegans Offered Ways To Save Water By Remaking Their Yards

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The San Diego County Water Authority, which is launching free classes to help people make water-wise yard makeovers, joins garden expert Nan Sterman to offer tips.

Baja Chefs Come Together For Conservation

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Wildcoast's third annual Baja Bash serves up Baja-inspired sustainable cuisine, wine and beer while raising funds to benefit Baja's coast and ocean.

Social Media Site Connects Patients Suffering From Similar Illnesses

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A new social media site connecting patients diagnosed with similar illnesses is one of the ways technology could be transforming the future of healthcare.

Injured San Diego Marine Dog Handler Reunited With Canine Friend

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Jose Armenta, a retired Marine dog handler, has adopted his military dog Zenit after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Iraq Humanitarian Crisis Is Personal In San Diego

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San Diego County is home to nearly 80,000 Iraqis and thousands of veterans of Operation Iraqi freedom — two groups with a lot at stake in the future of Iraq.

Arts-In-Corrections Program Returns To California Prisons

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The California Arts Council and the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation team up to fund art programs in state prisons including painting and playwriting courses Donovan State Prison in San Diego County.

Can San Diego Meet New EPA Carbon Emissions Standards?

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The Environmental Protection Agency released major new rules to reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants on Monday. How will California — and San Diego — measure up?

Obama: Child Migrants 'Urgent Humanitarian' Issue

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San Diego has a great deal of experience in the handling of illegal border crossers, the arrests, detention and legal proceedings of deportation. But that all takes on a different perspective when the illegal border crossers are children.

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Sledgehammer Returns With Beckett's 'Happy Days'

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Sledgehammer Theatre is back but has dropped “theater” from its name to announce a new brand and mission. Its production of Samuel Beckett’s 'Happy Days' runs through June 8 at Tenth Avenue Theater.

Studies Show West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Collapsing

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New research marks a tipping point in global climate change. The antarctic Ice sheet is melting and predictions on sea level rise will need to be increased.

San Diego Homeless Program 'Project 25' Is Running Out Of Money

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A pilot housing program that supports San Diego's most at-risk homeless population — those who are frequent users of emergency services — is running out of money.

San Diego Musician AJ Croce Performs Songs From New Album

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Singer and songwriter A.J. Croce, who calls San Diego home, visits KPBS to discuss his latest album "Twelve Tales." Croce worked with six legendary producers on that album that took a year to complete.

What's Your Impression Of Chula Vista?

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A public discussion this week to debunk the myths and celebrate the reality that is San Diego County’s second largest city.

From Wildfires To Budget, An Update From San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins us for his monthly update on the business of the city.

Prop. A Proposes Changes To San Diego City Charter

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Changes to San Diego's city charter go before the public for a vote next week. We take a look at Prop A and what other charter changes may be needed.

'I Love A Clean San Diego' Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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The local beach clean-up group marks six decades, making it the longest-running environmental nonprofit organization in the county.

One Book, One San Diego 2014 Selection: Lysley Tenorio's 'Monstress'

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Author of the 'One Book One San Diego' pick, San Diego native Lesley Tennorio talks about his collection of short stories called "Monstress."

Props. B & C: Barrio Logan Plan Goes Before Voters

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San Diego voters will be deciding on whether the Barrio Logan plan, approved by the San Diego City Council, will stay or go on June 3. We take a look at both sides of the issue.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Steve Breen's Kids Inspired His New Book

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A Tyrannosaurus Rex eating Donald Trump, Miley Cyclops and Santa Claus blowing up a Nazi with a bazooka — these are some images from the wild imagination of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen and his kids.

Program Aims To Help Every Californian Reduce Energy Use By 10 Percent Per Year

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Californians are being asked to reduce their home energy use by 40 percent. The goal is in line with the state's aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

USD Professor Discusses New Book, 'The Family Cannon'

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"The Family Cannon," a short story collection by University of San Diego professor Halina Duraj, follows the story of Magda, a Polish-American girl who struggles between Old World fears and New World dreams.

Reviewing Emergency Management Officials' Response To San Diego Fires

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We review the county's response to more than a dozen wildfires that broke out across San Diego last week.

San Diego Political Legend Tom Hom Talks About 'Bumpy Road' To American Dream

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Tom Hom, the first and last Asian-American to serve on the San Diego City Council, opens up in a new memoir about growing up in San Diego and the challenges to achieving the American dream.

Study Shows Impact Of Diabetes On San Diego Health Care Costs

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Skyrocketing costs associated with rising rates of diabetes are being felt by San Diego hospitals. A new study finds diabetes is not only affecting patients, but also the health care system.

Documentary Chronicles History, Culture Of San Diego's 'First People'

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New documentary airing on KPBS is full of fascinating details about the ancient Kumeyaay way of life.

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Midday Movies: A Geek Roundtable Talks About New And Classic Godzilla Films

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Gareth Edwards' new "Godzilla" movie opened over the weekend and stomped the competition at the box office. The film roared past the estimated $70 million for its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $93 million and a worldwide haul of $196 million.

Swimming The 1,777-Mile Danube River For A Good Cause

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Mimi Hughes has embarked on a number of marathon swims, including the Tennessee, Ohio and — most-challenging — Danube rivers for social and environmental causes.

Tracking Santa Ana Winds During San Diego's Wildfires

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As San Diego recovers from last week's Santa Ana wind-driven fires we take a look at a weather network run by SDG&E providing cutting-edge data during crucial wildfires.

Writer Ruth Reichl Sees The World Food First

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Former New York Times food critic and writer Ruth Reichl sees the world food first. We'll hear about her first novel, 'Delicious' and her thoughts on the legacy of "Gourmet" magazine. Reichl will be at the Chino Farm on May 18

Author, Traveler Pico Iyer Discusses How To Find Balance In The Digital Age

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Pico Iyer is coming to San Diego this week to deliver a lecture on how to maintain life's balance despite "weapons of mass distraction."

New Bias Seen In Workplace: Treating Race As A Qualification

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In his recent Op-Ed in The New York Times, Skrentny warns that too much reliance on matching race and ethnicity between employees and customers or teachers and students could lead to a new form of racial discrimination.

Founding Bon Jovi Member-Turned-Composer's Work On La Jolla Playhouse Stage

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David Bryan's transition from keyboardist and founding member of the band Bon Jovi to Broadway composer continues at the La Jolla Playhouse.

Boosting San Diego Literacy Rate Remains A Challenge

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About 20 percent of San Diego County residents are either illiterate or functionally illiterate, according to the San Diego Council on Literacy's assessment of U.S. Census figures.

San Diego Climate Change Symposium Focuses On Role Of Energy

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The San Diego World Affairs Council is bringing together environmental nonprofits with local companies in an effort to form a meeting of the minds on power needs of the future.

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Extreme Fire Danger Hits San Diego County — Is Your Home Fire-Safe?

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Firefighters and emergency officials are bracing for extreme fire danger across tinder-dry San Diego County this week as another round of Santa Ana winds blows into the region, along with single-digit humidity and triple-digit heat.

Scientists Coming To San Diego To Talk About Roots Of Human Violence

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Men have been at the forefront of human aggression and violence since pre-historic times, now UC San Diego and Salk Institute are bringing scientists from around the world to San Diego to examine why. A public symposium will be held May 16.

Local Farmers Help San Diegans Connect To Their Roots Through Agriculture

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The New Roots urban farm in City Heights was set up to help new refugees to San Diego use their skills to help put food on the table. Now, the expanding farm has become a business.

Speaking Out: How One San Diego College Addresses Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault is not something people like to talk about, especially if it takes place at a college campus. We hear about programs and outreach offered at San Diego's Mesa College and how it's keeping students safe.

Federal Report: Warming Disrupts Americans' Lives

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Global warming rapidly is turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says.

Reducing Skin Cancers In Sunny San Diego

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San Diegans are ramping up for summer, but there are some precautions you need to take when soaking up the sunshine.