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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Voice Of San Diego On Sempra's Fight With A Mexican Millionaire

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Voice of San Diego has done a three-part series on Mexican businessman José Susumo Azano Matsura, Sempra Energy and San Diego politics.

San Diego Officers Prepare To Vote On New Contract

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The tentative agreement increases benefits, such as uniform and equipment allowance, over the next three years and raises pay by 6.6 percent over the last two.

KPBS's Ken Kramer Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ken Kramer will be inducted into the KPBS 2014 Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. KPBS talks to Kramer about his early days in radio and what's next.

Imperial Valley Aims To Shed 100,000 Pounds

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A new campaign called the "Valley Challenge" aims to rally the community to lose weight to fight the problem of obesity. Nearly 80 percent of Imperial County adults are obese or overweight.

The Arguments For and Against Net Neutrality

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Supporters of net neutrality say it's about keeping the Internet open, but opponents predict slower download speeds. We take a look at what it is and why you should care.

Documentary Recounts A Wisconsin Town's Reaction To A Deadly Hate Crime

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A documentary about a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple screens in San Diego, and opens up a conversation about how to stop the hate.

What The Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill Would Mean For San Diego

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President Barack Obama has said he would sign the "Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act" into law. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday.

Drunkorexia: Swapping Meals For Drinks

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Binge drinking on college campuses is nothing new, but some experts say more students are now trading food calories for alcoholic calories to stay thin and get drunk faster. It's called "drunkorexia."

Military Roundup: Defense Budget And Proposed Changes To Retirement Benefits

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What President Barack Obama's new defense budget means for San Diego, plus recommendations from a presidential commission to revamp military retirement and health care.

Study: Federal Government Not Enforcing Child Welfare Laws

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National child welfare laws are on the books, but a San Diego study finds a lack of enforcement.

Members Of San Diego Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group Talk About Their Mission

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Two members of the stadium panel — former NFL executive Jim Steeg and chamber of commerce executive Aimee Faucett — talk about the group's mission.

San Diego Moxie Theatre Presents 'Trouble In Mind'

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Moxie Theatre is reviving the play 1950's Alice Childress play "Trouble in Mind" which grapples with issues about race and gender.

Judge To Rule On Law That Classifies Marijuana As One Of The Most Dangerous Drugs

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A 1970 federal law labeled marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug but a U.S. judge in California is expected to rule this year on the constitutionality of that law.

First Women's Studies Department Founder On A Life Committed To Feminism

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Carol Rowell Council co-founded the first Women's Studies Department in the world at San Diego State University in 1970.

Film 'By Blood' To Open San Diego Black Film Festival

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"By Blood" chronicles American Indians who are descendents of black slaves as they battle to regain tribal citizenship. The film's west coast premiere takes place Thursday at the San Diego Black Film Festival.

Faulconer To Announce Chargers Task Force Members This Week

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Mayor Faulconer said that the task force, or what he calls an "action group," will research the options available in creating a new stadium for the Chargers.

How Sleep Deprivation Can Affect Your Health

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So much technology but so little time — especially when it comes to getting an adequate amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a problem affecting adolescents, parents, couples and it can also affect your health.

Why Does Philosophy Matter In The 21st Century?

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Acclaimed philosopher and author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is in San Diego Tuesday for a discussion about her book "Plato at the Googleplex."

Lawsuit Raises Questions About Race Relations In The San Diego Police Department

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We take a look at race relations within the San Diego Police Department following a lawsuit filed in connection with a racist cartoon shown during a training session.

How Your Smartphone Is Changing Modern Medicine

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Eric Topol is out with a book outlining the cutting-edge technology of digital medicine. The book is called "The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands."

Are We Living In The Golden Age Of Book Publishing?

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The 31st annual San Diego State University Writers' Conference is this weekend. The keynote address focuses on changing the world of publishing.

Bachelor's Degrees Coming To MiraCosta, Mesa Colleges

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The two San Diego County community colleges were among 15 chosen in California to offer bachelor's degrees under a pilot program.

San Diegans Weigh In On State Right-To-Die Bill

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Three California lawmakers are promoting right-to-die legislation with the family of a terminally ill woman who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. San Diegans weigh in on both sides of the issue.

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The Universal Suspects: 40 Monsters, 31 Movies, 12 Months, No Escape

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The Film Geeks at the Digital Gym Cinema will present a year of Universal's classic monster movies starting Sunday.

New Series Examines How Humans Interact With Earth

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"Earth A New Wild" is a five-part series from PBS that promises to show viewers a different side of nature.

The Value Of The Colorado River In Dollars And Cents

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The Colorado River generates $1.4 trillion in economic activity — making the shrinking water levels an economic issue for California.

Leucadia Man Documents Global Adventure In New Book

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Allan Karl visited 35 countries in three years on a motorcycle. He shares his adventures through food and photography in his new book "FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection."

San Diego Natural History Museum Hosts 'Coast to Cactus' Exhibit

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Coast to Cactus is a new permanent exhibition focusing on the region's biodiversity. It's a part of the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration

Salk Scientists Discover New Diet Pill

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A diet pill that may offer hope to the obese has been discovered by Salk scientists who said the pill works like an "imaginary meal."

New Americans Museum At Liberty Station Reopens

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The museum, which celebrates the contributions of immigrants, was forced to close its doors almost five years ago.

'Innovation Industry' Fueling San Diego County's Economy

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Businesses linked to the health sciences, biotech and telecommunications are keeping the region's unemployment rate low and helping drive the region's economy.

Why San Diego County's Homeless Count Matters

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This year's annual count of homeless people in San Diego County comes at a time when various agencies and programs have set ambitious goals to end homelessness in the region.

A Discussion On The Motivations Behind The Paris Terror Attacks

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The shootings in Paris last week renewed questions about the challenges nations face in identifying terrorist threats and preventing attacks.

Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions To Automobile Breakdowns

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A flat tire or overheated radiator can ruin your day. We'll tell you how to prevent your next car breakdown and offer some simple tips that may get your vehicle running.

How To Prevent The Flu, Measles and Whooping Cough

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San Diego County officials reported the first two deaths in the region from the flu this season and are also warning of a potential exposure to measles at Parkway Plaza. KPBS talks to a Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center doctor about how to prevent these diseases.

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents World Premier Production Of 'Steal Heaven'

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"Steal Heaven," by playwright Herbert Singuenza, centers on the life and times of the late activist Abbie Hoffman. It runs through Jan. 25 at the Lyceum Theatre.

'San Diego's Historic Places' Looks Back To 1915 Expo

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The KPBS-TV series "San Diego's Historic Places" is devoting a whole six-part series to the evolution of Balboa Park.

San Diegans On Targeting Journalists

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A journalism professor, a cartoonist and a newspaper editor react to the Paris shooting that left 12 people dead.

How Are San Diego Farmers Complying With New Animal Cage Law?

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San Diego egg farmers have made state-of-the-art changes to their hen houses to comply with the new law, which requires veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens to have enough room to turn around and extend their limbs.

How A Little Rainfall Can Turn Into A Bountiful Resource

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Brad Lancaster, author of the book, "Rainwater Harvesting for Dry Lands and Beyond" is giving a lecture in San Diego about strategies for harvesting natural resources such as rainwater and greywater.

The Science Behind Changing Bad Habits

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Losing weight and quitting smoking lead the list of New Year's resolutions. But what does it take to break a bad habit? We look at what happens to the brain when setting a goal and offer some tips to help you succeed.

San Diego County's Meth Problem Not Going Away

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If you think the meth problem in San Diego is a thing of the past, a new Meth Strike Force report card says otherwise.

The Physics Of 'The Arrow Of Time'

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Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll joins us to discuss his recent book "The Particle at the End of the Universe."

Ringing In New Year's Eve While Practicing Sobriety

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New Years Eve bring together friends and family for all types of celebrations. But for those dealing with an addiction those celebrations, especially where alcohol is served, can trigger memories that may make them vulnerable for relapse. We look at ways to have a happy, sober holiday season.

California's New Laws Affect Work, Health, Public Safety

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KPBS Midday Edition discusses new laws for 2015 with legal analyst Dan Eaton. The laws include everything from driver's licenses for immigrants to restrictions to protect youth football players.

The Blind Boys Of Alabama Coming To California Center For The Arts

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Tis the season for holiday music. Finding new music to celebrate Christmas is a true holiday treat. A collaboration between the celebrated gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama and legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, is just that.

The Best Words And Phrases Of 2014: Cloud-Chasing, Lumbersexual, Selfie-Stick

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From cloud-chasing to Ebola and to lumbersexual we take a look at the words and phrases that were hits in 2014. Grant Barrett of "A Way With Words" joins us with his list of the top words for the year.

Chula Vista, Imperial Beach Welcome New Mayors

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Mary Salas was sworn in as the first Latina mayor of Chula Vista on Tuesday as conservationist Serge Dedina is getting ready to take the mayoral oath of office in Imperial Beach.

Little Italy's Juniper & Ivy Tops San Diego's Best New Restaurant List

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San Diego Magazine food critic Troy Johnson's highly anticipated list of the year's best new restaurants includes expected picks and lots of surprises.

California Professor Of The Year Is From USD

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A University of San Diego chemistry professor has been named 2014 California Professor of the Year. Mitch Malachowski is being recogonized for promoting hands-on teaching by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.