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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

New KPBS Podcast Introduces 'Rad' San Diego Scientists To The World

New KPBS Podcast Introduces 'Rad' San Diego Scientists To The World

Oct. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new KPBS podcast is trying to bridge the connection between San Diego's scientific community and non-scientists. It's called "Rad Scientist," and its host, Margot Wohl, is working towards her Ph.D. in neuroscience at UC San Diego.

Lawsuit Seeks To Curb California Voting Rights Act, Local District ...

Lawsuit Seeks To Curb California Voting Rights Act, Local District Elections

Oct. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Former Poway mayor Don Higginson wants to stop the city from electing its city council based on districts and arguing the California Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.

San Diego Nonprofit Helps Children Orphaned By Domestic Violence

San Diego Nonprofit Helps Children Orphaned By Domestic Violence

Oct. 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

When a child loses a parent in a domestic-violence related death and the other parent ends up behind bars—Kathy’s Legacy Foundation steps in.

Men Accused Of Traveling To Tijuana To Have Sex With Minors

Men Accused Of Traveling To Tijuana To Have Sex With Minors

Oct. 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Several California men are now facing prosecution in a new effort to crack down on sex tourism in Tijuana and other locations overseas. Investigators are making use of a recent law against traveling with the intent of having sex with a minor.

'Heaven's Gate' Podcast Looks Back At San Diego Mass Suicide

'Heaven's Gate' Podcast Looks Back At San Diego Mass Suicide

Oct. 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The show is hosted by Snap Judgment's Glynn Washington, who grew up in a cult himself.

Frida Kahlo Joins Latin American 'Modern Masters' At San Diego Muse...

Frida Kahlo Joins Latin American 'Modern Masters' At San Diego Museum Of Art

Oct. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The museum is showing nearly 100 works from the collection of Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, a major Latin American art collector.

How To Prepare For The Next San Diego Wildfire

How To Prepare For The Next San Diego Wildfire

Oct. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the aftermath of the 2007 wildfires, RB United played a key role in helping Rancho Bernardo residents rebuild their homes. Now the volunteer-run organization focuses on disaster preparedness.

State To Rule On SDG&E Request To Charge Ratepayers For $379M Wildf...

State To Rule On SDG&E Request To Charge Ratepayers For $379M Wildfire Cost

Oct. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to decide Thursday whether SDG&E can charge ratepayers $379 million to recover costs from the 2007 wildfires.

San Diego Educator Named California Teacher Of The Year

San Diego Educator Named California Teacher Of The Year

Oct. 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jaime Brown, an English and film studies teacher at San Diego High School has been selected as one of five educators honored with the California Teacher of the Year award.

La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Hits Downtown San Diego

La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Hits Downtown San Diego

Oct. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The festival features more than a dozen events, including an improvised film from the European collective Gob Squad and a series of tiny homes in Horton Plaza inspired in part by San Diego's housing crisis.

San Diego Federal Judge Calls Out County Child Welfare Policy

San Diego Federal Judge Calls Out County Child Welfare Policy

Oct. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez ruled Child Welfare Service's policy of interviewing young children without a warrant or parental consent is unconstitutional.

Radioactive Water As A Cure-All? A Look At Medical 'Quackery' That ...

Radioactive Water As A Cure-All? A Look At Medical 'Quackery' That Didn't Hold Up

Oct. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

There have been mavericks in the history of medicine whose crazy ideas have advanced the treatment of disease. But there were the other kind of medical mavericks who just had crazy ideas, like giving babies opiates to stop them from crying or eating tapeworms to lose weight.

Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego...

Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego Wildfires

Oct. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Among the 10 people killed in the Witch Creek and Harris fires a group of immigrants from Mexico who were in the U.S. illegally who died as they made their journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Letter Calls Out Culture Of Sexual Harassment At State Capitol

Letter Calls Out Culture Of Sexual Harassment At State Capitol

Oct. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The recent furor over the alleged serial sexual abuse by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has prompted conversations about sexual harassment in other places, including in Sacramento.

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

It may be Friday the 13th, but there’s more than just horror at the box office this weekend.

Navigating San Diego School Choice? There's A Map For That

Navigating San Diego School Choice? There's A Map For That

Oct. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego parents now through Nov. 13 have the chance to apply to public schools outside their neighborhood that might be a better fit for their kids. It's called the "school choice window." Families can apply to schools with a dual-language emphasis, an advanced placement focus or even arts and music. Voice of San Diego developed a map to help parents navigate the process.

San Diego Police Chief Search Wraps Up Community Forums

San Diego Police Chief Search Wraps Up Community Forums

Oct. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Forum participants are asked for the top issues the next chief should address and what qualities they should possess. City officials expect to announce their final pick in January.

Governor Brown Signs Bill Allocating $2.1 Million To Address Tijuan...

Governor Brown Signs Bill Allocating $2.1 Million To Address Tijuana Sewage Spills

Oct. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Senate Bill 507 authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso D-Chula Vista and co-authored by Assemblyman Todd Gloria D-San Diego, is one of several efforts being made to solve the problem, as South Bay communities and residents are increasingly losing patience.

Data Breaches Expose Flaws Of Using Social Security Numbers As Iden...

Data Breaches Expose Flaws Of Using Social Security Numbers As Identifiers

Oct. 10
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Alternatives to social security cards include biometrics, such as fingerprints, iris scans and palm prints, and blockchain technology, which uses encryption to create a digital signature. But a San Diego privacy expert said there are flaws with both options.

City Attorney Says No Misunderstanding In Cate's 'Illegal' Memo Leak

City Attorney Says No Misunderstanding In Cate's 'Illegal' Memo Leak

Oct. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

City Attorney Mara Elliott on Friday dismissed Councilman Chris Cate’s defense of why he leaked a confidential memo on the Soccer City initiative to the measure’s backers, saying Cate’s actions were illegal.

Average Rent Hit Record High In San Diego County

Average Rent Hit Record High In San Diego County

Oct. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The average rental price in San Diego County hit a record high of $1,875 last month, growing faster than home price increases.

Succulents, Popular Water-Wise Plants, Also Act As Wildfire Barrier

Succulents, Popular Water-Wise Plants, Also Act As Wildfire Barrier

Oct. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans redoing their landscaping to make it water-wise have probably learned a lot about succulents. The thick, fleshy plants that store water in their leaves are now ubiquitous in neighborhoods across the region. But what might not be as well known is that succulents, including cactus, are big business in San Diego County.

CAIR San Diego Offering Bystander Intervention Training

CAIR San Diego Offering Bystander Intervention Training

Oct. 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering training in bystander intervention to community members who want to learn what they can do to deescalate incidents of hate.

Do More Guns Make People Safer? Research Says No

Do More Guns Make People Safer? Research Says No

Oct. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Gun advocates often claim that gun owners make the country safer, because responsible gun owners can stop criminals from committing gun violence. But science reporter Melinda Wenner Moyer looked into what decades of gun research has shown about gun violence and the answer is the exact opposite.

'Courageous Aging' Author To Speak At Saturday Expo

'Courageous Aging' Author To Speak At Saturday Expo

Oct. 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ken Druck, the author of "Courageous Aging: Your Best Years Ever Reimagined" will be speaking at the Successful Aging Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Science Ethics Center Reaches Milestone

Science Ethics Center Reaches Milestone

Oct. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The questions raised by scientific research can be explosive. Should we edit our children’s genes? What safeguards should we put in place for artificial intelligence? How should the public be informed about clinical trials?

Exhibit At Oceanside Museum Of Art Focuses On Border Issues

Exhibit At Oceanside Museum Of Art Focuses On Border Issues

Oct. 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, which aims to display Latin American and Latino art across Southern California.

Documentary Shows What It's Like To Be Homeless In San Diego

Documentary Shows What It's Like To Be Homeless In San Diego

Oct. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego businessman Dennis Stein wanted to hear and document the story of what it is like to be homeless in San Diego and what city leaders are doing about the problem. He met Tony Rodriquez, who is homeless and lives downtown, and together they made a movie.

San Diegan Describes Story Of Survival, Heroism Of Strangers At Rou...

San Diegan Describes Story Of Survival, Heroism Of Strangers At Route 91 Music Festival

Oct. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegan Briana Waris, 28, and her two best friends, Michelle Kenbeek and Elizabeth Carvalho, both 29, were among the 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when the rapid pop of gunshots began to be heard over the music.

A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

Sept. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Alfred Olango, members of his family are renewing their calls for justice.

Sen. Toni Atkins On Passing 'Historic' Housing Bills

Sen. Toni Atkins On Passing 'Historic' Housing Bills

Sept. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Before it happened, no one knew for sure if they could pull it off. In one of the California Assembly's last votes of the session, legislators approved a package of housing bills that will raise billions of dollars for affordable housing and decrease regulations for developers.

Journalist Compares Investigations Of Police Shootings, Plane Crashes

Journalist Compares Investigations Of Police Shootings, Plane Crashes

Sept. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

"When a plane crashes, experts pick through the wreckage to determine the cause and make recommendations to prevent the next accident," journalist Pagan Kennedy, a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, wrote. "But no comparable system exists in policing — and that may help explain why you are far more likely to die at the hands of a cop than to perish in an plane crash."

SDSU Professor Writes Book On History Of Left-Handedness

SDSU Professor Writes Book On History Of Left-Handedness

Sept. 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Howard Kushner, professor emeritus at San Diego State University, wrote about the history of left-handedness in "On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History."

Documentary Chronicles Life And Work Of Civil Rights Leader Dolores...

Documentary Chronicles Life And Work Of Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

Sept. 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Dolores,” aims to set the record straight on Huerta’s contributions to the farmworker’s labor movement. The film runs through September 28 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema.

Chamber Of Commerce Brings Binational Delegation To Lobby D.C. Leaders

Chamber Of Commerce Brings Binational Delegation To Lobby D.C. Leaders

Sept. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A trade delegation of officials from San Diego and Tijuana is visiting Washington, D.C. this week, meeting with officials to discuss homelessness funding, ports of entry renovations and health care policy.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: U2 And 'Billy' And Ballet

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: U2 And 'Billy' And Ballet

Sept. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

One of the biggest events of the season hits San Diego, plus a highly-anticipated musical opens.

Mayor Seeks Solutions To Hepatitis A Outbreak, Dismisses Blame

Mayor Seeks Solutions To Hepatitis A Outbreak, Dismisses Blame

Sept. 22
By KPBS News, Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The city of San Diego is preparing to install 19 more hand-washing stations and eight more public restrooms by next week, amid a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 16 people and infected 444 countywide.

$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees

$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last week allocated $20 million for nonprofits to help Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to renew their status. Some of that money will cover the $495 application fee for low-income DACA recipients based on demand.

San Diego Could Face $40B In Earthquake Damage. So Why Are So Few P...

San Diego Could Face $40B In Earthquake Damage. So Why Are So Few People Insured?

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

There's an ever-present risk of a major earthquake in Southern California. But only 12 percent of Californians with home insurance or rental insurance have earthquake protection.

Carmegeddon At The Border Starts Saturday

Carmegeddon At The Border Starts Saturday

Sept. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Interstate 5 will be closed to southbound car traffic entering Mexico from San Ysidro starting at 3 a.m. Saturday. The closure, which is part of ongoing infrastructure improvements, will run through noon on Monday.

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us A...

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It'

Sept. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In his book, "Gasping For Air: How Breathing Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It," Dr. Kevin Glynn talks about the internal and external factors that are causing many people to struggle to breath.

How One Writer Built A Career Off Side Hustles

How One Writer Built A Career Off Side Hustles

Sept. 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

According to one estimate, more than 44 million Americans have a side hustle and for some, a second job could be more than another stream of income.

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the "Second Wave" podcast produced by KUOW public radio in Seattle and PRX, host Thanh Tan explores the experience of her parent's generation who fled the Vietnam War and settled in the U.S. as refugees, and the experience of her generation who were born and raised in the U.S.

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20...

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20 Percent

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The city of San Diego has $3 million more to spend on diverting food waste from the Miramar Landfill. The grant funding from the State of California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery will fund an expansion of the composting facility at the landfill and a food rescue program.

Community Choice Aggregation Critics Want San Diego To Slow Down

Community Choice Aggregation Critics Want San Diego To Slow Down

Sept. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Critics of San Diego's move toward community choice aggregation have formed a coalition questioning a potential plan to let the city buy power separately from San Diego Gas & Electric.

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans ...

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans By 2050

Sept. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are out with new calculations that find a small potential for global warming of such magnitude that it could wipe out life on earth.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: An Ambitious Art Show

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: An Ambitious Art Show

Sept. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a massive art installation and a party in Old Town.

Two Chances To See Monet Paintings This Fall In Balboa Park

Two Chances To See Monet Paintings This Fall In Balboa Park

Sept. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

His paintings gave a name to the impressionist movement and his life spanned to the beginnings of modern art. The 19th-Century French painter Claude Monet's works are celebrated in museums around the world, and this fall they will be celebrated in Balboa Park.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: All About Musicals ... And Blues

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: All About Musicals ... And Blues

Sept. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

A collection of award-winning musicals opens in San Diego this week, plus a popular blues festival returns.

Report: 10 Percent Increase In Hate Incidents Against California Mu...

Report: 10 Percent Increase In Hate Incidents Against California Muslims

Sept. 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Council on American-Islamic Relations California says it received 1,239 cases last year that ranged from hate crimes to discrimination and bullying.