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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

One ALS Patient's Fight For The 'Right To Try'

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David Huntley is a former San Diego State University professor and triathlete who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. He wants the right to take a drug called GM604, which is aimed at fighting the progression of the disease.

Grab Your Binoculars — San Diego Bird Fest Starts Thursday

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The San Diego Audubon Society is sponsoring the Bird Festival, and is emphasizing the environmental and conservation benefits of maintaining bird habitats.

San Diego Rain Season Quickly Ending

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Weekend temperatures will peak in the mid-70s this weekend after a wild week of rain, snow and even hail in parts of California. Meanwhile in Boston, there's record snowfall.

Economist: Chargers Leaving San Diego Would Have Minimal Impact On Economy

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Sports economist Michael Leeds says San Diego's economy would not take a hit if the Chargers move to Los Angeles.

New Studies Shed Light On Children And Allergies

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Two new allergy studies confirm what doctors and many parents have thought for years: We may be a little too clean and controlled for our own good.

Zahi Hawass Talks 'Discovering Tutankhamun'

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The man responsible for the discovery of tombs of the Giza pyramid builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies will be in San Diego on Tuesday.

San Diego School Incorporates CrossFit Kids Into Curriculum

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A San Diego school is making sure students take health and physical activity seriously.

International Rescue Committee San Diego Director Retires After 38 Years

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Bob Montgomery has been with the International Rescue Committee during the resettlement of Iraqis, Somalis, Eritreans and refugees from more than 20 other countries.

South Park Tattoo Shop Becomes Stage For THE TRIP's Latest Production

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THE TRIP theater company opens "3 Plays In A Tattoo Shop" this weekend at Full Circle Tattoo in South Park. One member of the audience will get tattooed during the performance.

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Globe's 'The Twenty-Seventh Man' Finds Inspiration In Soviet History

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For the Globe’s new production of "The Twenty-Seventh Man" (running through March 22), playwright Nathan Englander found inspiration in an incident known as the Night of the Murdered Poets that took place under Stalin’s regime.

Joyce Carol Oates On Writing About Differences Among People

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Novelist Joyce Carol Oates has written more than 40 novels. She is in San Diego to speak at the 20th Annual Point Loma Nazarene University Writer's Symposium by the Sea.

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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A San Diego author, war correspondent and former Marine gives a comprehensive and personal look at post-traumatic stress disorder in his new book.

'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton Speaks About Art Of Screenwriting

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San Diego writer-director Destin Cretton, now making feature films in Hollywood, speaks at Point Loma Nazarene University's Writer's Symposium By The Sea.

San Diego To Consider Rules For Airbnb Hosts

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The city of San Diego recently sent 252 letters to Airbnb and other hosts telling them they owe taxes on the rooms they rent.

Report: San Diego Classrooms Lack Technology To Prepare Students For Future

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How are San Diego County schools addressing the technology needs of students? A University of San Diego report finds they are falling short.

9th Annual Border Film Week Focuses On Human Side Of Immigration Debate

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Border Film Week at the University of San Diego's Trans-Border Institute kicks off Tuesday. The focus will be the human stories of immigration.

Should All Bike Riders Be Required To Wear Helmets?

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A new bill in the California legislature would require adults to wear helmets. Anyone riding without a helmet could be cited and fined up to $25.

Chula Vista Woman Signs Up For One-Way Ticket To Mars

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Have you ever looked up to the stars and wondered what it would be like to venture out into space or inhabit another planet? A Chula Vista woman may find out. She's one of 100 finalists vying for a one-way trip to Mars to colonize the planet.

Exhibit Unites Humanity Through 45 Questions

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San Diego's Museum of Photographic arts is celebrating the centennial in Balboa Park with a video exhibition of people and voices from around the world. It's called "7 billion Others."

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Midday Movies: Handicapping The 87th Academy Awards

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The 87th Academy Awards are this Sunday (red carpet begins at 4 p.m.). Vegas oddsmakers have the independent film "Boyhood" as the favorite with the Clint Eastwood war film "American Sniper" as the extreme long shot. Find out what a pair of San Diego film critics think of this year's Oscar race.

Mayor Faulconer On Stadium Task Force, Assessing Roads

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday said his stadium task force is the kind of group that's needed to make headway on finding a home for the Chargers.

Obama's Immigration Policy On Hold — What's Next?

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President Barack Obama's plan for expanded deportation relief for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is on hold after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction.

Lunar New Year Tet Festival Celebrates Vietnamese Heritage

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San Diego's 10th Annual Tet Festival takes place in Mira Mesa this weekend.

Report: San Diegans Used More Water Despite Drought

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As California deals with one of the most severe droughts in state history, a new report finds San Diegans used more water last year than they did in each of the preceding four years.

California Committee Explores Road Usage Charge In Place Of Gas Tax

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The state has mandated cars have high-fuel efficiencies, and encouraged drivers to buy hybrid and electric vehicles, all in an effort to reduce gas consumption. And it's been working - so well, that we now have to find a new way to finance road maintenance.

Comedian Maz Jobrani Discusses 'Memoirs Of A Middle Eastern Funnyman'

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Iranian-American actor and comedian Maz Jobrani tells his story about growing up as an Iranian immigrant in Southern California.

Sports Psychologist Says Females Compete Differently Than Males

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Joan Steidinger, a sports psychologist, has written a book looking at how female athletes collaborate and compete. It may not only help athletes but also coaches, teammates and parents.

How Should Drug Trials Be Conducted In The Middle Of An Ebola Outbreak?

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The anti-Ebola drug ZMapp, developed in San Diego, is about to start clinical trials in Liberia. Doctors will explain the ethical challenges posed by drug testing during an outbreak.

Death Cafe Movement Grows In San Diego

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Talking with a group of strangers about death. It's the premise behind the death cafes popping up in San Diego. And participants say it can be a life-changing experience.

Travel And Adventure Show Comes To San Diego

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It's never too early to start thinking about vacation. This weekend the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show returns with 1,500 travel experts to help attendees plan their next trip.

Leading Linguists Lecturing On Language Evolution At UC San Diego

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When it comes to language — how often do people stop and think: How did these sounds come to mean anything?

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.