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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' Reminds Audiences Of Murderer's San Diego Origins

Jan. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The first episode of the mini-series "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" debuted on FX network Wednesday night. The series will no doubt revive interest in one of San Diego's most curious and tragic chapters — the 1997 cross-country murder spree of Andrew Cunanan.

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San Diego Women’s March Organizers Focus On 'Power To The Polls'

Jan. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The nonprofit Women’s March San Diego is planning to hold the second annual march Saturday in downtown San Diego. This year's theme is "hear our vote."

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'The Last Wife' Gives Modern Voice To Tudor Royalty

Jan. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The play, making its West Coast debut at Cygnet Theater, puts the spotlight on Henry VIII's sixth wife in a contemporary, re-imagined history.

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Sharp To Hold Blood Drive Amid Drop In Donations Due To Flu

Jan. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This year’s flu season has already had devastating consequences with thousands of confirmed cases and a record number of deaths in San Diego County. But health officials say there’s been another consequence of the flu epidemic—a drop in blood donations.

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Rep. Scott Peters Co-Authors Bipartisan DACA Bill

Jan. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new bipartisan proposal to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was announced Tuesday. Supporters said the bill is backed by more than 40 members of Congress.

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'ThriftStyle' Authors: Be Green By Shopping At Thrift Stores

Jan. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Textile waste accounts for 10.5 million tons of trash yearly in U.S. landfills. That's one of the reasons some people choose thrift shopping, the authors of "ThriftStyle: The Ultimate Bargain Shopper's Guide to Smart Fashion" said.

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'It's About Time' Festival Brings Percussion To The Forefront

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"It's About Time: A Festival of Rhythm. Sound. And Place." runs through Feb. 11. A dozen different arts organizations are putting on a total of 25 performances, installations, conversations and other events.

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Councilman Ward Backs Mayor's Response To San Diego's Homelessness Crisis

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In downtown San Diego, the city's struggle to help its neediest residents is most apparent. Nearly 1,300 people sleep on the street, according to the latest census from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.

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Civil Rights Attorney Eva Paterson Headlines All Peoples Celebration

Jan. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Civil rights attorney Eva Paterson was the keynote speaker at Monday's All Peoples Celebration in San Diego. She is the president and co-founder of the Equal Justice Society.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Arts In North County

Jan. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

North County is in the midst of transforming into an arts hub, and this weekend's exhibition of work by Niki de Saint Phalle and play based on a Jules Verne novel are good examples why.

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Goal Of New San Diego Company: Wellness Workshops At Affordable Price

Jan. 11
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

RECHARGE Events plans to hold healthy eating, self-care, yoga and crafting workshops.

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U-T: Grand Jury Subpoenas Witness In Investigation Of Rep. Hunter's Use Of Campaign Funds

Jan. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a witness has been ordered to produce documents and receipts from a business in which Rep. Hunter's campaign spent thousands of dollars.

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North County Students Pen Sci-Fi Series

Jan. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

High school students usually write book reports, not their own books. But that's exactly what students at High Tech High North County have done.

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San Diego County Democratic Leader Discusses 2018 Elections

Jan. 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

It's been nearly a year since Jessica Hayes was named chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. She joins Midday Edition for a discussion on how the party is preparing for the November election.

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An American Finds Understanding After Travels In The Middle East

Jan. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

While working at New York University Abu Dhabi, Adam Levinson hopscotched across the Middle East, visiting Kuwait, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. Many of those trips took place in the midst of the Arab Spring.

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What's The Word Of The Year For 2017?

Jan. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

"Fake news," a favorite of President Trump's, is one of several Trump-related phrases that made it onto the annual list.

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Q&A With All Things Considered Host Robert Siegel As He Retires After 40 Years At NPR

Jan. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

KPBS Midday Edition host Maureen Cavanaugh spoke with Robert Siegel prior to his retirement on Jan. 5.

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Rep. Peters On Tax Reform, Yucca Mountain, Healthcare For Veterans

Dec. 28, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The tax reform package passed the House and Senate earlier this month without a single Democratic vote. But Democrats are hoping to have more of a say in Washington, D.C., soon, as the party gears up for midterm elections in November 2018.

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City Heights In 2017: Trump's Immigration Policies, Increasing Housing Costs

Dec. 28, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

KPBS reporter Tarryn Mento covers the community of City Heights. She joins Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the impact of President Trump's policies on residents of City Heights and other stories that have impacted the community in 2017.

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Looking Back At The Impact Of The Trump Administration's Immigration Policies In 2017

Dec. 27, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

One of the major stories of 2017, was how the Trump administration began moving forward on its hard-line immigration policies, and how those new policies affected U.S.-Mexico relations and immigrants living in the U.S.

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Why Some People Choose Not To Evacuate During Wildfires

Dec. 27, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Thousands of people who live in the path of the Thomas Fire were under mandatory evacuation orders which were lifted last week. But not everyone who is ordered to leave their homes evacuates.

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Film Critics Discuss What's Coming Out For The Holidays

Dec. 18, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

From box-office hit "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to coming of age love story in "Call Me By Your Name," film critics give their take on the best holiday releases this year.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Motels, 'Cabaret' And Hova

Dec. 15, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend features iconic names in theater and hip hop, as well as an unconventional art show.

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Labor Leader Mickey Kasparian Accused Of Sexual Assault In New Suit

Dec. 15, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

New sexual misconduct allegations have surfaced against San Diego labor leader Mickey Kasparian, who is now accused of sexual assault.

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Elevated Flu Activity Continues In San Diego County

Dec. 14, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County is seeing an outbreak of flu much earlier than normal. The number of confirmed cases is three higher than at the same time last year.

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Studies Show DACA Recipients Unlikely To Displace U.S. Jobs, Spur Large Family Sponsorships

Dec. 14, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, one reason he gave was that the program recipients were taking jobs away from U.S. citizens. But a new study finds that competition for jobs between DACA recipients and their corresponding millennial U.S. population is not widespread.

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Prison Reforms Pressuring California's Inmate Firefighter Force

Dec. 13, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The state estimates these inmates save California $100 million a year it would otherwise have to spend on firefighters.

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Science Writer Gary Taubes Makes 'The Case Against Sugar'

Dec. 13, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gary Taubes says sugar is the cause of an increase in the number of people who suffer from obesity and diabetes.

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Additional 27 Million Trees Have Died In California In The Last Year

Dec. 13, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new U.S. Forest Service survey found that another 27 million trees died due to drought and disease since November 2016. That brings the total number of dead trees to a record 129 million since 2010.

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The Zzymzzy Quartet Blends Gypsy Swing And Jazz Standards From The American Songbook

Dec. 12, 2017
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

For over a decade the Zzymzzy Quartet has been transporting audiences back in time with their 1930’s era music. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and the American Songbook, these San Diegans have become an integral part of the swing dance scene.

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Only 5 Percent Of Border Patrol Agents Are Women And That May Not Change Anytime Soon

Dec. 7, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Journalist Sasha von Oldershausen writes in the latest issue of Marie Claire about the U.S. Border Patrol’s struggles to recruit more women.

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Women In Sacramento Face Retaliation Amid Sexual Harassment Firestorm

Dec. 7, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Allegations of sexual harassment by state lawmakers continue to come out in Sacramento. And now, there are reports that there has been a backlash by some male legislators against the women who have come forward.

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Imperial Beach Considers Polystyrene Ban

Dec. 6, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Imperial Beach could become the third city in San Diego County to ban the plastic food containers at restaurants.

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Racial Disparities Persist In Diverse California, Study Says

Dec. 4, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

California may be a majority-minority state and pride itself on its racial diversity, but diversity does not mean equality.

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Report: Border Patrol Agents Sickened By Sewage Spills Nearly Triples Since June

Dec. 4, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents sickened by the cross-border sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley has grown to 83, according to a report Monday by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Your Guide To December Nights 2017

Dec. 1, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

You can say that in San Diego, the holidays don't officially begin until December Nights weekend. Here's a guide to navigating the popular Balboa Park event.

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Comedian Herbert Siguenza On His Role In Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Nov. 30, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Siguenza served as one of several Latino cultural advisors who worked on Pixar's animated film inspired by Día de los Muertos. He is also part of the film's voice cast.

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Climate Paper At Center Of Scientist-Versus-Scientist Legal Dispute

Nov. 30, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A Stanford University climate scientist has taken the relatively rare step of suing another scientist, arguing that a rebuttal paper critiquing his work amounted to defamation.

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Rep. Susan Davis Discusses GOP Tax Plan, Sexual Harassment And A Possible Government Shutdown

Nov. 29, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The end of 2017 is shaping up to be busy for members of Congress as the debate over the GOP tax plan continues along with controversy over sexual misconduct allegations.

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Anza-Borrego Desert Guidebook Helps Demystify California's Largest State Park

Nov. 29, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

California's largest state park covers 600,000 acres in eastern San Diego County.

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Lawmakers' Sexual Harassment In The Spotlight, After Decades Of Allegations

Nov. 29, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego Rep. Jim Bates was the first congressman to be reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee for sexual harassment, back in 1989.

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Yearlong Investigation By LA Times Details 'Housing Debacle' In Mexico

Nov. 28, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A five-part series recounts the miscalculations and corruption that created substandard and hazardous housing developments from Baja California to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Is It Okay To Leave Behind Sick, Aging Friends? Authors Take On Tough Questions About Getting Older

Nov. 28, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Even as the chance of living to old age increases, many people avoid thinking about old age, afraid of the choices and challenges it presents.

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KPBS Explore Project Launches New Web Series 'Jordan Loves'

Nov. 27, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Host Jordan Jacobo shares his irreverent take on some San Diego icons in "Jordan Loves."

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San Diego County Traffic Worsens After Economic Recovery

Nov. 27, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The average commute time in San Diego is now 26 minutes. Regional planners warn traffic will not be getting better anytime soon.

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Chef Bernard Guillas Shares 3 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Nov. 22, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Cher Bernard Guillas, executive chef at the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla, joins KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to answer your Thanksgiving meal questions.

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Study: Sex Traffickers Use Emojis In Online Ads To Avoid Detection

Nov. 21, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Research out of San Diego State University suggests that while law enforcement searches internet ads for keywords indicating sex trafficking they should also look for certain coded emojis.

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SDSU Professor Challenges Concept Widely Embraced By Educators

Nov. 20, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The concept of the growth mindset has been widely embraced by educators, but San Diego State University Professor J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., said the concept is incomplete when it comes to underserved students, particularly boys and men of color.

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The Nat Unleashes Its Archives In 'Unshelved'

Nov. 16, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego Natural History Museum’s latest exhibit gives patrons a glimpse of some of the eight million specimens in its permanent collection, part of a renewed focus on its own research.

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Report: San Diego County's Wine Industry Keeps Growing

Nov. 16, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report commissioned by the San Diego County Vintners Association shows the economic impact of the local wine industry is $30.4 million. The total number of acres of wine grapes harvested has more than doubled since 2010.