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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

What Are The Prospects Of A Zika Epidemic In The U.S.?

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The California Department of Public Health last week announced that two babies have been born with Zika-related microcephaly in the state. A UCSD School of Medicine professor talks about the virus.

San Diego Swimmer Hopes To Benefit The Homeless By Making History

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Melissa Berkay wants to become the first American to swim the Catalina Channel using the butterfly stroke. The formerly homeless athlete is raising money to support shelters in San Diego.

Comedy Troupe Finds Humor In Fraught Election

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“Free Speech (While Supplies Last)," a new show by improv group Second City at the La Jolla Playhouse, focuses on the 2016 presidential race with sketches skewering Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and cable news.

San Ysidro Community Leader Reflects On 35 Years Of Advocacy

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Andrea Skorepa is retiring as president and CEO of the nonprofit community development organization Casa Familiar.

Art Exhibition Explores 1821 U.S.-Mexico Border

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“DeLIMITations” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is a culmination of a multi-media project by two contemporary cross-border artists.

UC San Diego Doctor Warns Of Medical Marijuana Risks

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An upcoming conference will feature speakers advocating for wider use of medical marijuana to treat diseases from multiple sclerosis to menstrual cramps. But UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Dr. Kai MacDonald stresses that very little is known about marijuana’s long-term side effects.

San Diego's History With Community-Oriented Policing

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The death of Officer Jonathan De Guzman raises questions about relations between San Diego police and the neighborhoods they serve.

How A Foreign National Could Fund An American Campaign

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Matt Strabone, a San Diego-based attorney specializing in campaign finance, discusses how Vladimir Putin could fund a U.S. presidential candidate and why federal election rules are easier to get around than California's.

Lilac Hills Initiative To Go On November Ballot

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday decided to put a controversial housing project near Valley Center on the November ballot.

TheNAT Offers New San Diego Hiking Guide

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The San Diego Natural History Museum has a new guide that features more than 250 trails, maps, photographs and descriptions of habitats and species San Diegans may encounter on hikes.

Why Do Presidents Screw Up?

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In a new book, "Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again," Brookings Institution senior fellow Elaine Kamarck details some of the most egregious presidential blunders in history.

North County Roundup: Encinitas Mayor, Lilac Hills, Homeless Shelter, Oceanside Beaches

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Three husbands jump into the Encinitas mayor’s race. The Lilac Hills development near Valley Center crosses a significant milestone. Second year-round shelter for homeless families opens in Vista. Oceanside beaches get a dredging.

Council Takes Up Police Review Board Reform Measure

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The activists who first proposed the measure criticized the final version in a City Council hearing last month, saying the board would still lack subpoena power and board members should be appointed by the council, not the mayor.

Former San Diego Journalist Traces Civil Rights Battle

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Kristen Green, a former reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, talks about her first book, New York Times bestseller “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County.”

San Diego Gun Owners Mobilize Against Proposition 63

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Proposition 63 would require background checks to buy ammunition and ban owning magazines with 11 or more bullets. But those provisions were already part of a series of bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month.

Finding Romance In The Remote Antarctic

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Sometimes a love story is not as simple as it seems. And that may be the case in a new romantic novel by Midge Raymond.

How Local Police Took Over Immigration Enforcement

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A new book details how immigration enforcement became a patchwork of police, sheriff and federal efforts, and how that's changing with renewed calls for border security.

Trial Of Mexican Businessman Accused Of Illegal Political Donations Begins

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José Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of illegally donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to support San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in 2012.

San Diego Investors Hope To Jump Start Pot Businesses

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Canopy San Diego, the first marijuana accelerator in Southern California, plans to give a group of 10 new companies some seed money, office space and mentorship for 16 weeks.

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San Diego Symphony Spotlights 'Sounds Of The City'

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The San Diego Symphony is shaking things up this summer with a free concert that celebrates the city's diverse music scene.

San Diego Sailor Prepares For Olympic Debut

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Ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Games, which kicks off August 5, Briana Provancha talks about her training regimen for her first Olympics and the San Diego yacht club that sparked her interest in sailing.

San Diego Pastors Working To Increase African-Americans' Trust In Doctors

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Pastors say the distrust means members of their congregations don’t go to the doctor regularly, exacerbating the community’s already heightened risks for heart disease and stroke.

How Pets Can Help Treat Mental Illness

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Research has shown the positive effects of having dogs, cats and other animals on people with depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, or even patients recovering from a heart attack.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Rock Shows, Art And Stage Mothers

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Looking for something to do this weekend that has nothing to do with Comic-Con? Here are some options.

San Diego County Could Get $3M Boost In Federal Funding For Homeless

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Advocates claim the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development formula for homeless funding is outdated and gives San Diego less money than cities with far fewer homeless people.

Hip-Hop Production 'The Best Goodbye' Hits San Diego Stage

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The community theater group Circle Circle Dot Dot presents “The Best Goodbye,” a drama by San Diego playwright Gill Sotu. The play opens Saturday.

Students Pledge $1M To UC San Diego Free Clinic

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The UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project has reached a financial milestone: Its medical students, who treat indigent patients across the city, have promised to donate $1 million to continue the clinic’s work.

Report: San Diego's Housing Shortage A Looming 'Economic Crisis'

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San Diego has one of the least affordable housing markets in the county. And a new report sponsored by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce says things could get even worse.

Professional Gamblers Place Bets on Trump-Clinton Contest

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Now that Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, what are his chances of winning? Well, you could look at the polls, you could ask your friends, or you could check where the money's going.

Ex-San Diego Cop: 'American Policing Is In A Crisis'

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Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper started his law enforcement career with the San Diego Police Department in 1966. He's written a new book, "To Protect and Serve: How To Fix America's Police."

The Healing Power Of Superheroes

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Dr. Janina Scarlet, founder of Superhero Therapy, incorporates pop culture characters to help patients cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

Why San Diego's Catholic Bishop Is Mixing Politics, Religion

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Bishop Robert McElroy talks about his support for Proposition 62, which would eliminate California's death penalty.

How To Teach Young Children About Sept. 11

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Novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes wrote “Towers Falling" as a tool to start discussions among families and in classrooms.

San Diego Players Hooked On Pokémon Go

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KPBS Midday Edition speaks to a science and technology editor about the popular augmented reality game.

A Comic-Con Preview For Locals

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No ticket to Comic-Con? No problem. We take a look at the many events happening throughout Comic-Con weekend.

Scripps Wants To Personalize Health Care With $120M Grant

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The institute has received a five-year grant from the federal government to help recruit hundreds of thousands of participants in a study researchers hope will fundamentally change the way patients receive health care.

Examining The Effects Of Climate Change On Barrio Logan

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The Air Resources Board is holding 15 workshops in low-income communities across California this month to inform the next update to the overarching document that will help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

San Diego County Water Authority, Coastkeeper Trade Barbs Over Conservation

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San Diego Coastkeeper is criticizing the San Diego County Water Authority's decision to eliminate mandatory water conservation targets.

California Testing Pay-By-Mile Fee For Drivers

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Car owners across the state are carefully tracking how far they drive this month as part of a pilot study measuring how California could eventually phase out its tax on gasoline.

Faulconer Takes On Gov. Brown's Parole Initiative

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is going to lead the effort to defeat in the fall Proposition 57, a measure Gov. Jerry Brown proposed that would allow early parole for some non-violent felons.

Navy SEALs Seek Out High-Tech Jobs

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Tech executives say they are increasingly looking to recruit special operations forces veterans who typically move on to law enforcement or private security.

How Filipino WWII Veterans Are Being Reunited With Family Overseas

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The new program will allow relatives of Filipino WWII veterans to come to the U.S. before their immigrant visas become available.

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Monday

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The San Diego City Council will vote Monday afternoon on how the city's new minimum wage will be enforced.

Tony Gwynn's Widow Discusses Legacy Of Padres Great

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The athlete's widow, Alicia, talks about All-Star Game memories and the opening of a museum honoring her late husband, who played his entire Hall of Fame career for the San Diego Padres.

Is All-Star Game Really Worth $80 Million To San Diego?

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Officials told the San Diego City Council in 2014 that the All-Star Game at Petco Park and related events, including FanFest at the San Diego Convention Center, could generate $80 million. Some economists caution that may be an overly optimistic estimate.

Navy SEAL Death Puts Spotlight On Training Program

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In light of the recent homicide ruling in the drowning of a Navy SEAL trainee, KPBS Midday Edition speaks to a former officer about the elite force’s rigorous training program.

San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins Discusses New State Budget

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California's $122.5 billion budget took effect on July 1. Among its highlights: more money for schools and the state's rainy-day fund. There's also changes to the state’s welfare-to-work program.

All-Star Game Lineup Gets Released Tuesday

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First baseman Wil Myers is a strong candidate to be the San Diego Padres' representative on the National League team, said Mighty1090 sports writer Jay Paris. Myers was named the league's player of the month for June.

Astronauts Capture New Images Of Earth For IMAX Film

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The new documentary "A Beautiful Planet" offers a peek into daily life aboard the International Space Station and majestic views of the Earth below.

Treating Meth Addiction In San Diego County

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Meth-related deaths in the county spiked 67 percent from 2010 to 2014, according to the San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force. KPBS Midday Edition discusses treating addiction with a local alcohol and drug treatment center.