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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

‘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.

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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.

Study: Human Activity To Blame For 90% Of Wildfires In California

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Researchers at the George Washington University found human activity — everything from cigarette litter to toppled power poles — is as much to blame for how often and where wildfires occur.

San Diego Cereal-Maker Kashi Wants To Help Farmers Switch To Organic

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The company announced efforts to recognize crops grown on farms that are in the process of switching to organic.

What Pfizer's Stand Against Lethal Injections Means For California

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Drugmaker Pfizer on Friday said it would work to block the use of its drugs in lethal injections. The announcement comes as California seeks to change its capital punishment process.

Report: San Diego County Rents Have Skyrocketed 32% Since 2000

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The California Housing Partnership says the county has lost more than $109 million annually in federal and state funding for affordable housing projects since 2008.

San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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In its 100 years, the zoo has grown from a few abandoned animals in the park to a global zoological society.

Forestry Officials Ramp Up Fight Against Invasive Beetles

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One species that originated from Arizona has infested more than 100,000 acres across San Diego County. One thing campers can do to help curb the beetles’ spread: buy firewood locally.

After Bullying Complaint, Mom Says District Offered Money To Send Kids To New School

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A parent who said she complained to the Santee School District that her children were being bullied now says the district responded by offering her money to drive her kids to another school district.

San Diego Law Enforcement Holds Town Halls On Video Release Policy

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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis discusses changing the policy on the release of officer-involved shooting videos.

Report: California Voter Registration Experiencing 'Historic Growth'

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More than 850,000 Californians registered to vote in the first three months of 2016, according to a new report from the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

New Documentary Explores The Changing Face Of Peace Officers

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A former sheriff who helped establish Utah's first SWAT team raises questions over tactics and use of force in "Peace Officer."

City Council Scrutinizes Mayor Faulconer's Proposed Budget

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Council members Chris Cate and David Alvarez take a break from the ongoing public hearings on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's $3.3 billion budget proposal to discuss their priorities.

First-Known Hijacker Gives Personal Account Of His ‘Freedom Flight’

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The book "Freedom Flight: A True Account of the Cold War's Greatest Escape" describes how San Diego author Frank Iszak escaped from the Iron Curtain with his wife and five co-conspirators by completing the first documented commercial airplane hijacking in 1956.

What Role Does Race Play In Academic Achievement In California?

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Research on the academic achievement gap is often based on comparing test scores. One sociology professor went straight to the source: students at a Southern California high school.

Democrat Mayoral Candidate Ed Harris On His Uphill Battle Against Faulconer

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Harris heads the city's lifeguards union and served as an interim city councilman for District 2.

San Diego Scientists Weigh Body Camera Ethics

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Data from wearable cameras and GPS trackers can reveal private information about their study subjects’ lives and the people they meet.

Lori Saldaña Discusses Her Run For San Diego Mayor

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The former Democratic assemblywoman is running as an independent.

San Diego Officials Outline $130M Budget For Climate Action Plan

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Monday called for more bike lanes, solar power, natural gas garbage trucks and smart streetlights as part of San Diego's Climate Action Plan.

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor Advocates For Forgiveness

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Sarah Collins Rudolph was 12 years old when her sister and three friends were killed by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan at a church basement in Alabama.

Chef Takes Food Prep To New Level With 'The Portable Feast'

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An edible garden expert shares an easy recipe for roasted spiced carrots with quinoa, green ribbons and turmeric vinaigrette that you can take wherever you go.

PETA To Announce Plan For Orca Seaside Sanctuaries

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The animal rights group is hosting a news conference in San Diego Wednesday protesting SeaWorld's continued practice of keeping orca whales in captivity.

Poway Unified Superintendent Put On Administrative Leave

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There's a shake-up going on in one of San Diego County's most highly regarded school districts.