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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Jay Gatsby, Sean Penn And Branford Marsalis

April 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It's a literary weekend with a ballet inspired by "The Great Gatsby" and a book reading by actor Sean Penn, plus musician Branford Marsalis returns for a classical music concert.

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California Senate Republicans Want More Oversight For Prohibited Gun List

April 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A state program identifies people who should no longer own guns according to state law because of a criminal conviction or other reason. Republicans say the state has shown "dismal" progress seizing those guns despite $63 million in funding.

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Redlining's Mark On San Diego Persists 50 Years After Housing Protections

April 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin, Tarryn Mento

Decades after it was outlawed, the impact of a federal housing program that fostered racial segregation is still felt in San Diego.

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San Diego Veterinarian Writes Memoir About Her Life Treating And Loving Animals

April 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego veterinarian Suzy Fincham-Gray writes about the deep and complex relationships between animals and the people who love them in “My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope.”

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Longtime San Diego Union-Tribune Journalist Retires

April 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Roger Showley, who covered growth and development, retired last month after a 44-year career as a newspaper reporter in San Diego. In his final article, he wrote about how his profession provided him a "privileged perspective on the building of San Diego."

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Local Politics 101: Why Do We Elect Judges?

April 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Mesa College and University of San Diego political science professor Carl Luna is back for the second installment of San Diego Politics 101. Luna answers listener questions about local civics and election rules.

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San Diego Congregation Votes To Become A Sanctuary Church

April 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As California comes under increasing scrutiny from the Department of Justice for its new sanctuary state laws, a San Diego church has announced its status as a sanctuary congregation.

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San Diego Food Blogger On 'How To Eat Your Feelings'

March 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Home cook and food blogger Holly Haines discusses the inspiration behind her first cookbook, "How To Eat Your Feelings."

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Search Continues For Man Who Went Missing In Joshua Tree 8 Years Ago

March 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A feature article in the New York Times Magazine details the case of Bill Ewasko who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park eight years ago and has never been found.

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New San Diego Port Chairman Wants To Focus On The ‘Blue Economy’

March 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rafael Castellanos said San Diego needs to take advantage of the blue economy or ocean economy to help fuel the region's economic growth.

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Coronado Mayor Discusses Suicide Prevention Barriers, Controversial Tweet

March 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Caltrans released a feasibility study this week on possible suicide prevention barriers on the Coronado Bridge. But lack of funding may delay the project. The Coronado Bridge is the second deadliest in the nation for suicides after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, where suicide prevention nets are currently being installed.

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Nemr Brings Comedy Tour To His Hometown, San Diego

March 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Nemr Abou Nassar's stand-up comedy has taken him across the Middle East and the U.S. He will be performing in San Diego, his hometown, on Saturday.

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'Beachtown' Enlists Audience For Live Civics Lesson

March 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

City Hall watchers will tell you they see plenty of the same faces and empty seats at most public meetings. Now there's a play that takes pointed aim at that very situation.

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San Diego Man's Challenge To California Gang Database Fails

March 26
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh

One of the first legal challenges to the California gang database by an individual named as a gang member failed in a San Diego court Friday.

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Are Businesses People? The Long History Of Corporate Civil Rights

March 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

From 1868 until 1912, the Supreme Court decided 312 cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment rights of corporations, compared with just 28 about the rights of African Americans.

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Homeless San Diegans Tell Their Stories In New Documentary

March 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new documentary, “The Homeless Chorus Speaks,” profiles 14-members of the Voices of Our City Choir who reveal the stories of how they became homeless and their struggles to find housing

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Local Politics 101: Running For School Board

March 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new series on KPBS Midday Edition will answer questions about local civics and election rules — with the hope that the information can help listeners better understand other political reporting throughout the year.

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Number Of Americans With Alzheimer's Expected To More Than Double By 2050

March 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Alzheimer’s Association released its latest list of facts and figures about Alzheimer’s disease and its treatment on Tuesday.

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San Diego Writer Reflects On A (Sometimes Morbid) Childhood Abroad

March 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Did Amy Wallen's family really dig up a grave in 1970s Peru? Wallen explores the uncertainty of memory in her new memoir.

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San Diego County Sees Increased Number Of School Shooting Threats After Parkland

March 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

There have been 19 school shooting threats reported to San Diego County authorities since the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, according to the San Diego District Attorney's Office.

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'American Mariachi' Explores The Transformative Power Of Music

March 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

"American Mariachi," a new play opening Friday at the Old Globe, follows a teenage girl's quest to form an all-female mariachi group while transforming the lives of those around her.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Local Music Awards

March 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

The San Diego Music Awards is a celebration of local music and a night when bands from a variety of genres are honored for their work.

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San Diego County Gun Owners To Hold California Gun Laws Convention Saturday

March 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

This Saturday, a gun show and a California Gun Laws Convention at the Del Mar Fairgrounds brings together gun rights advocates, many of whom feel there are already too many restrictions on gun ownership, especially in California.

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San Diego's John Malashock Looks Ahead After 30 Years Of Dance

March 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego choreographer John Malashock did not want a retrospective to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his company, Malashock Dance.

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New State Arts Council Director Discusses Vision For Advancing The Arts In California

March 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The arts community faces a lot of uncertainty as President Trump and Mayor Kevin Faulconer propose reductions in arts funding. Anne Bown-Crawford, the new director of the California Arts Council will be in San Diego Thursday to mee with the arts and culture organizations.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Classics And Standards

March 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about the classics: a beloved ballet, a timeless band and a long-held Japanese tradition.

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Author: Changing What You Eat Saves More Water Than Shorter Showers

March 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new book, “Eat Less Water,” describes how water is used in the production of what we eat and gives guidelines on how to choose lower water-use foods.

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Effort To Pass Vacation Rental Regulations In San Diego Continues

March 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council is preparing again to take on the issue of short-term vacation rentals.

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Housing Affordability Drives San Diego's Shrinking Middle Class

March 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

More than 1 million San Diegans can’t afford to live in the county. But what does it mean to not make enough money to live in San Diego, since these San Diegans clearly do?

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Report: Hispanic Education Disparities Threaten San Diego Economy

March 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

“The fastest growing population is statistically the least prepared for high-skilled, high-wage jobs,” the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation wrote.

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USD Debates Free Speech On College Campuses

March 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A debate at the University of San Diego this week asks the question: Is free speech under threat on America's college campuses?

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High-Tech Battery Research Comes With Ethical Dilemmas

March 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

When you think about battery research, ethical issues may not be the first to come to mind. But scientists who work with batteries know better.

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San Diego Small Business Wages Lag Behind

March 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Small business is the engine that fuels the San Diego economy. But the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation recently pointed to the large number of small businesses in the region as one of three areas of concern that could lead to even greater income inequality.

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San Diego Businesses Point To Looming Economic 'Pain Points'

March 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

By most measures, San Diego’s economy is strong. But the innovation economy is widening San Diego’s economic inequalities and could stymie future growth, according to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

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Musician Matt Costa Finds Inspiration Up And Down California Coast

March 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

It’s not often that the worst thing to happen to you actually changes your life for the better. But that’s what happened to Laguna Beach singer-songwriter Matt Costa.

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UC San Diego Announces Data Science Institute

March 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Halicioğlu Data Science Institute will officially be launched Friday and is funded by a $75 million gift from computer science alumnus Taner Halicioğlu who was one of Facebook's first software engineers.

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'The California Field Atlas' Is A Love Story To The State

Feb. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

“The California Field Atlas” author and illustrator, Obi Kaufmann, will be at a series of events on Saturday to raise funds for the Anza-Borrego Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

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1950's Themed Center For Alzheimer's Patients Set To Open In April

Feb. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Glenner Town Square adult day-care center uses reminiscence therapy to help those struggling with Alzheimer's and dementia. The center is considered the first of its kind in the nation.

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San Diego Gun Control Group Holds Launch Event

Feb. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego chapters of the Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Sandy Hook Promise and Survivors Empowered are banding together to advocate for stricter gun control.

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Oceanside Man's Coming Out Story Highlighted On PBS' 'We'll Meet Again'

Feb. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The series helped Tom DiCioccio reconnect with a high school friend after decades apart.

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San Diego County Health Officials Warn Of Looming Whooping Cough Epidemic

Feb. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Whooping cough infections tend to be cyclical, peaking about every three to five years. The last big epidemic in San Diego County was in 2014. Based on historical patterns, health officials believe the region could experience another one this year or next.

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Granddaughter Of NASA 'Human Computer' To Speak In San Diego

Feb. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The contributions of the black women of NASA's space program were hidden no more after the movie "Hidden Figures," documenting the lives of three of the women, came out last year. But there were more than three black women who worked on the math which helped get astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

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Proponent, Opponent Discuss Revived Lilac Hills Ranch Development

Feb. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

More than a year after San Diego County voters overwhelmingly rejected the Lilac Hills Ranch housing development near Valley Center, a new development team is back with an updated proposal.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Cultural Celebrations And Songs About Love

Feb. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings celebrations of black history and Mexican art, plus a former San Diego musician returns.

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'Mythbusters' Exhibit Coming To The Fleet

Feb. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The exhibit is based on the TV show "Mythbusters," which has for years been the place to go to learn the answers to crucial questions like, does quicksand really pull you under? And, how does Mentos candy make Diet Coke explode?

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Blues Artist Rev. Shawn Amos Gets Ready To ‘Break It Down’ In San Diego

Feb. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Amos' new album is inspired by the freedom songs of the civil rights movement. He will perform Saturday at Prohibition Lounge in downtown San Diego.

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State Treasurer John Chiang Discusses His Run For California Governor

Feb. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Chiang trailing in third place behind Democratic competitors Antonio Villaraigosa and Gavin Newsom.

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'Safa's Story:' New Interactive Play Inspired By San Diego Teen From Zimbabwe

Feb. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Safa’s Story” confronts race-based bullying and ethnic prejudice. The production runs Friday through Sunday at Onstage Playhouse in Chula Vista with an encore performance March 3 at the Old Globe.

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NPR's Kelly McEvers Talks War Reporting With San Diego Students

Feb. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

McEvers wants students to think about why they want to risk their lives. "Do it for the right reasons," she said.

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UC Health Study Hopes To End Confusion Over Mammogram Screenings

Feb. 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Wisdom study, which is currently looking for 100,000 women across California to volunteer, will examine whether annual mammograms are the best way to screen for breast cancer or whether a more personalized approach could deliver better outcomes.