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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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 Opens '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

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.

What You Need To Know About San Diego County's Criminal Grand Jury

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As protests continue across the country over the grand jury verdicts in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, we take a look at how San Diego County's criminal grand jury system works.

Rolling Stone's Journalistic Missteps Cause Fallout For Victims Of Sexual Assault

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Rolling Stone has backed away from its exposé on a sexual assault at the University of Virginia. The Washington Post is re-reporting the story and has found several discrepancies. The debacle has left many questions in its wake: How should news organizations verify allegations made by sexual assault victims? And what kind of fallout will there be for victims of sexual assault who want to come forward?

San Diego Rapper Faces Life Sentence For Album

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Rapper Brandon Duncan, who goes by the name "Tiny Doo," is on trial today in connection with a string of gang-related shootings. His connection to the alleged crimes: a rap album.

Balboa Park Centennial Celebration Kicks Off With December Nights

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The opening of the annual December Nights on Friday will also mark the beginning of a year of special centennial events at Balboa Park.

California Historian Kevin Starr On Balboa Park

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. California Historian Kevin Starr weighs in on the continuing impact of the event.

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John Waters Still Shocking And Fun After All These Years

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John Waters won himself a place in the pop culture landscape with his 1972 film "Pink Flamingos" starring Divine. Tonight he appears at the North Park Theatre for a sold out performance of "A John Waters Christmas," which details his obsession and passion for the winter holiday. Waters talks about his new book "Carsick."

Del Mar Race Track Assesses New Fall Races

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This year, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club held a fall race season. It ended Sunday after a weekend that brought Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, California Chrome, to the race track.

San Diego Woman Recognized For Program Teaching Autistic Children How To Swim

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Drowning is among the leading causes of death for autistic children and one San Diego woman is helping teach them skills that could help save their lives. Tammy Anderson-Lee is being honored for developing a swimming program for children with autism at her swimming school.

Drought Led To Assyrian Empire's Fall — Are There Similarities Today?

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A new study led by a UC San Diego researcher links drought and overpopulation with the demise of the Assyrian empire. As California deals with its own drought, we ask whether ancient mistakes can serve as lessons today.

Last Camp Pendleton Marines Return From Afghanistan

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Camp Pendleton Marines are back from Afghanistan, officially ending their part in a 13-year conflict.

Czech Philharmonic Visits San Diego

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Before the Czech Philharmonic performs in San Diego tonight, hear a live Midday Edition performance from concert master principle and first violinist Josef Spachek.

Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account From The Chief Engineer

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The man who led the Mars rover "Curiosity" mission joins us to discuss the challenges of getting an unmanned robot on the surface of another planet and what we're learning from its mission.

San Diego Unified Opens Up About Support For Dyslexic Students

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A recent KPBS report on the challenges students with dyslexia face, sparked a conversation about the amount of help available to them at San Diego Unified School District.

Will San Diegans Turn Out At The Polls Tuesday? Maybe

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Midterm elections don't always get voters excited, and that may be the case in San Diego County, too. A study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research predicts a turnout of 34 percent to 38 percent.

Is There Really Such A Thing As Internet Addiction?

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Doctors in San Diego have identified what they consider the first documented case of internet addiction in the United States involving Google Glass. The user was spending up to 18 hours a day online.

Previewing The 2014 San Diego Asian Film Festival

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The San Diego Asian Film Festival opens this Thursday. It has become the largest exhibition of Asian films in the Western United States.

The Science Behind Our Love For Water

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New York Times best-selling author Wallace J. Nichols joined KPBS to discuss his book, "Blue Mind," and how science can peg our love of water.

New Film Shows How Veterans Heal Through Humor

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What happens when five wounded veterans team up with A-list comedians? The new documentary "Comedy Warriors" shows how humor helps veterans recover from physical and emotional scars of war.

Older Adults Planning For A Carless Future In San Diego Consider Public Transit

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A San Diego nonprofit teaches older adults to navigate the public transportation system in San Diego.

New York Times Frank Bruni Talks Technology With UCSD Students

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New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni will be speaking in San Diego this week about the unexpected effects of technological advancements. The lecture is titled: “Americans Today and Their Customized Cocoons.”

Booklover's New Novel Is A Jane Austen Mystery

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Creating a literary mystery based on the work of a famous author is a delicate business. Suppose the great Jane Austen politely plagiarized the plot of her masterwork "Pride and Prejudice"? And suppose the proof existed in one rare, old book? It's a premise that's carried off in a new novel called "First Impressions."