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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Sundance Winner 'Imperial Dreams' Screening In San Diego

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The San Diego Foundation will be screening "Imperial Dreams" on Wednesday at the Illumina Theater in La Jolla.

How 'The King And Queen Of Malibu' Kept Everyone Out And Saved The Coast

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Frederick and May Rindge moved to the California coast in 1892, amassed a fortune, built the Malibu ranch and kept everyone else out. Their obsession angered settlers and eventually cost May Rindge her entire fortune.

Epic View Of America's National Parks Comes To Balboa Park

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A new Imax film opening this week at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center called "National Parks Adventure" allows viewers to experience the beauty and some of the off-trail wonders of the parks.

New California Tax Credit For Low-Wage Workers

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The income tax filing deadline is a month away and among the new forms and provisions is a new state earned income tax credit.

Report: High False Positive Rate In Prenatal Genetic Testing

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It only takes a blood sample. That's one of the reasons genetic tests, like those developed at San Diego's Sequenom Laboratories are becoming widely used for prenatal screening. But as easy as the tests are to perform, it's not as easy to determine how accurate they are.

San Diego Sheriff's Department Has Eyes On Drones

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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is thinking about purchasing drones to use in case of wildfires, search and rescue missions and SWAT operations. But concerns over privacy remain.

Natural History Museum Exhibit Takes In-Depth Look At Whales

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The Museum of Natural History's newest exhibition, "Whales: Giants of the Deep," combines storytelling, interaction and scientific research to teach visitors about the world of whales.

Aztec Men's Basketball Team Must Win In Vegas To Go To Big Dance

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The San Diego State University men's basketball team takes on Utah State University today at noon in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament. They need to win the tournament to get an invitation to the NCAA Tpurnament.

Remembering Japan's 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami

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On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that helped cause a nuclear meltdown.

San Diego Lawmaker Proposes End To Daylight Saving Time

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What's the point of daylight saving time? What would happen if we didn't spring forward and fall back each year?

Needy San Diegans Get Free Surgeries

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Thanks to doctors and nurses who are volunteering their time, eight needy San Diegans will get free hernia surgeries Saturday.

San Diego Film Critic Manny Farber's Essays Reissued

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"Farber On Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber" has been reissued. Farber, called the "Mount Rushmore of film criticism," died in San Diego in 2008.

San Diego Museum Of Man Explores History of Cannibalism

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The new exhibit "Cannibals: Myth & Reality" at the San Diego Museum of Man will give visitors an inside look at the history and taboos associated with cannibalism.

Mexican Journalist Discusses Struggle In Drug War Reporting

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More than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico in the past decade. But that hasn't stopped investigative journalist Marcela Turati from seeking the truth.

San Diego Janitors, Security Guards March Against Workplace Sexual Assault

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Members of the the Service Employees International Union in San Diego marked International Women's Day on Tuesday with a march and rally to raise awareness about workplace sexual assault.

San Diego Magazine Names Next Hot Neighborhoods

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For the last few years, San Diego Magazine has devoted an issue to what it deems the best neighborhoods in the county. This year, some neighborhoods aren't surprising, while others might have you asking, "Where is that?"

San Diego Scientists Transform Family Tragedy Into Legacy

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A Portland, Oregon, mom whose 29-year-old son died unexpectedly of natural causes couldn’t stop searching for answers as to why. He was healthy. What happened?

Judge Orders Stricter Security Measures In Release Of California Student Data

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A federal judge had a change of heart over the potential release of educational records for 10 million California students.

Analysis: $1 Billion Later, San Diego Schools Still Need Fixing

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Voters passed San Diego city school bonds for repairs, but a story by online news organization Voice of San Diego finds school conditions continue to get worse.

San Diego Charity Watchdog Downgrades Wounded Warrior Project

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The Wounded Warrior Project, perhaps the best-known U.S. military charity, has raised millions. But it has limped along with fair-to-poor grades from charity watch organizations for years. A local group says they don't make the grade at all.

Birders Flock To San Diego For 20th Annual Bird Festival

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The bird festival features trips to popular birding sites, speakers and workshops. It runs March 3-6.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Jose Antonio Vargas Talks Race, Immigration, Politics

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The journalist-turned-documentary filmmaker and activist revealed in 2011 that he had been living in the U.S. illegally since the age of 12.

Students Challenge Perceptions of Lincoln High School After Fight

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On Monday classes at Lincoln High School were suspended to give students a chance to share their feelings following a brawl that took place on campus Friday. The fight led five students and a campus security officer to be taken to the hospital.

Author Speaks About America's New Voting Majority

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Author and civil rights attorney Steve Phillips says the emphasis on white working-class voters, white swing voters, and white conservatives misses the fact that the biggest block of new voters aren't white at all.

San Diego Researchers Await NASA Astronaut's Return

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San Diego researchers are playing a pivotal part in NASA's study on how long-term space travel impacts the human body.

How San Diego's Redistricting Map Could Shortchange Democrats

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Despite the city having more registered Democrats than Republicans, Republicans may get a majority on the San Diego City Council.

San Diego Writer Tells Smuggler's Rags To Riches And Bicycles Tale

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Where some saw piles of abandoned bicycles as junk, journalist Kimball Taylor saw a mystery to unravel, now a book, "The Coyote's Bicycle — The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire."

Border Film Week Kicks Off At USD

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The 10th annual Border Film Week focuses on documentaries and feature films about U.S.-Mexico border issues.

San Diego Scientists Share Ebola Research Worldwide

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute identified the first human antibodies needed to develop drugs to fight the Ebola virus. They decided to donate the antibodies to the public domain.

Craft-Coffee Culture Brewing In San Diego

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The craft-coffee scene is big in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New York. It's gaining traction in San Diego.

Family

San Diego Mom Writes Book On Raising Transgender Child

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In the book "Raising Ryland," Hillary Whittington opens up about the emotional decision to transition her child Ryland from girl to boy.

Innovative Musical Duo Black Violin Comes To San Diego

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Black Violin uses classical and hip-hop music to break barriers and shatter stereotypes.

Why The 'Poet Of The Black Revolution' Thinks 'We Did Not Get A Leader' In Obama

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Nikki Giovanni, who's been documenting the struggle of African-Americans since the civil rights movement, shares her opinions on Barack Obama's leadership and the death of Antonin Scalia in a provocative interview.

San Diego's Housing Crisis Affects Middle-Class And Poor Communities

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Thinking about buying your first house in San Diego? Think again. Real estate professionals are meeting in San Diego this week to discuss housing trends, and the shortage of units for all income brackets is front and center.

USD Forum Discusses How Religions Can Fight Extremism

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Can conversations help to counteract extreme rhetoric and fear? That's the hope and goal of an interreligious dialogue at the University of San Diego's Peace and Justice Institute Wednesday night.

Pope Francis To Find Ciudad Juárez Emerging From Bloody Era

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Pope Francis ends his first state visit to Mexico in Ciudad Juárez Wednesday.

Protecting Torrey Pines Popular But Fragile Ecosystem

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The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has been drawing record crowds, but the popularity comes with challenges. Docents say visitors are breaking rules meant to protect the park's fragile sandstone ecosystem - oftentimes to take a selfie.

Report: Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates Improve In San Diego

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The California Department of Public Health reports improvements in the rates of hospital-acquired infections in San Diego and across the state, but they remain a significant public-health problem.

San Diego Chef Shares Romantic Recipes For Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is Sunday, and if you need advice on how to make your loved one feel special, we've got you covered.

Love May Be Linked To The Bacteria In Our Mouths

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If we find ourselves hopelessly attracted to someone this Valentine's Day, can we blame our microbiome? It turns out that the question of love and sexual attraction makes up part of cutting-edge research into the human microbiome.

San Diego Lecture Explores How Neuroscience Can Promote World Peace

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology cognitive scientist Emile Bruneau will share his research on empathy at the University of San Diego Wednesday.

Should Women Be Required To Sign Up For The Draft?

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San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter introduced the Draft America's Daughters Act which would require women to register with the selective service.

Weekend Preview: From A Dark Comedy To A Night Of Jazz And Dance

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KPBS Arts Calendar producer and editor Nina Garin discusses some of this weekend's top arts events happening around San Diego.

Women's Professional Cycling Making Headway

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The most famous event in cycling, the Tour de France, is for men only. Now women are trying to move up from the back of the pack to increase their presence, number of events and prize money.

A New Vision For The San Diego County Taxpayers Association

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Haney Hong, a small business owner and Navy Reservist, took over as president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

Study: More Than 30 Percent Of American Attorneys Are 'Problem Drinkers'

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The study of 15,000 attorneys published this week by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation also found 28 percent of American attorneys struggle with depression.

Are San Diegans Getting Mixed Messages About Water Conservation?

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San Diegans are being asked to continue water conservation efforts, in spite of all this rain, news of the Sierra snow pack at 130 percent of the historical average for this time of year, and the San Diego County Water Authority dumping half a billion excess gallons of treated drinking water back into Lower Otay Reservoir.

Blowing In The Wind? Spending Millions On Disappearing San Diego Beach Sand

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Much to the dismay of beach lovers, San Diego beaches are not so sandy any more. King tides and El Niño have made them more pebbly than ever. SANDAG has spent millions trying to stem this tide. Is it worth it?

San Diego's Image Problem With Big Tech

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When big tech companies like Google and Facebook are asked to consider locating offices in San Diego, they decline. Why? San Diego's workforce lacks the scientific, engineering and tech talent they need.

Rubio, Sanders Gaining Momentum With San Diego County Donors

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The San Diego Union-Tribune Watchdog team compiled the latest fundraising data released by the Federal Election Commission.