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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Book Explores Life Of Joan Kroc, The San Diego Philanthropist Who Gave McDonald’s Fortune Away

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The new biography "Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away" looks into the story of the couple and their legacy.

San Diego To Consider Temporary Ban On Growing Marijuana Outdoors

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The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee has voted to forward a proposal to put a 45-day moratorium on personal outdoor recreational marijuana cultivation and recreational marijuana-related businesses.

San Diego Somali Community Scared In Wake Of Alleged Hate Crimes

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Law enforcement will meet with the local Somali community to discuss "recent crimes in the community including hate crimes, and a fear of post election uncertainties."

Former Ocean Beach Theme Park The Backdrop For New Novel 'San Diego Land'

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A new historical novel focuses on Wonderland Park, a large amusement park in Ocean Beach that had to compete with the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Faulconer Requests Budget Cuts As San Diego Pension Costs Spike

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The city’s annual pension payment is expected to increase by $37 million to $228 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1, according to a financial outlook report from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office.

Report Explores How Doctors Can Help Patients Fight Food Insecurity

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A recent report by the San Diego Hunger Coalition identifies how health care providers can screen patients for food insecurity and refer them to resources during a routine visit.

Acclaimed Biographer Discusses Kafka’s Life And Work

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Dr. Reiner Stach has written five books about literary figure Franz Kafka. He will give two presentations Tuesday at San Diego State University.

San Diego’s Transportation Funding Up In The Air After Tax Measure's Defeat

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County voters last week rejected a half-cent sales tax increase that would have paid for transportation, infrastructure and open-space projects.

IMAX Documentary Shows 'Extreme Weather' Caused By Climate Change

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The film, produced by National Geographic, opens at the Fleet Science Center on Friday.

San Diego Professor Shared WWII Soldiers' Letters From Around The World

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In 1942, a professor asked his students who fought in World War II to write him from their military posts around the world. It eventually yielded more than 4,500 letters over five years, which he published in monthly newsletters.

Election Roundup: The Results And What They Mean For San Diego County

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The 2016 election is over. The nation has a new president, California gets a new senator and recreational marijuana is legal. KPBS Midday Edition breaks down how the results could affect San Diegans.

‘Whose Live Anyway’ Comedians Take San Diego Stage

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Fans of the Emmy-nominated “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” can experience the improv show live at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday.

Navy SEALs Seek Out High-Tech Jobs

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Tech executives say they are increasingly looking to recruit special operations forces veterans who typically move on to work in law enforcement or private security.

Brittany Maynard's Mother Shares Her Story To Help Families Confronting Terminal Illness

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At age 29, Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon so she could use that state's aid-in-dying law to end her life. Maynard's mother, Deborah Ziegler, discusses her daughter's legacy Tuesday on Midday Edition.

Ahead Of Election, San Diego Bishop Discusses Role Of Catholic Church In Public Policy

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In a message to local parishes, the head of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy said the Church should not get involved in partisan politics.

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SDSU Stages All-Female 'Julius Caesar'

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Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, Shakespeare's political play is re-imagined just in time for the 2016 presidential election.

San Diego Beer Week Caps Year Of Shakeups For Local Breweries

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Smaller breweries are opening at a rapid clip: 20 opened in the past year with another 25 on track to open next year.

Measure S Asks El Cajon Voters To Change How They Elect Council Members

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Measure S is asking voters if they want to change from at-large elections, where everyone votes on every council seat in the city, to district elections, where voters in a region of the city would vote on a council member to represent them.

Korean Adoptee Film A Centerpiece Of San Diego Asian Film Festival Opening Thursday

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More than 140 films from 15 countries will be shown during the festival at six different theaters throughout San Diego.

USD Professor Explores Violence In America’s Poorest Neighborhoods

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In his new book, “The Neighborhood Has Its Own Rules” sociology professor Cid Martinez reveals the ways in which urban institutions — churches, local government and street gangs — manage conflict.

Wives Of Wounded Veterans Share Their Experiences In New Book

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For the last eight years, Barbara McNally has been sponsoring an event for the wives of wounded warriors. She's turned the stories she has encountered at these events into a book, "Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife."

Border Surf Contest Aims To Raise Awareness About Ocean Pollution

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The San Diego and Baja chapters of the Surfrider Foundation are hosting the first binational surf contest this Sunday.

Tijuana Innovadora Returns With A Spotlight On The Arts

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The biennial event started in 2010 in part to project a more positive image of the city. This year, it will showcase creative arts — from fashion to video games.

5 Ways To Have (A Little) Fun With The November Ballot

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Doing your homework for next week’s election doesn’t have to be boring. There are haikus and catchy songs to help you remember the 17 statewide propositions on the ballot.

Lindbergh Flight Path To Change Next Month

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The changes are part of the Southern California Metroplex project. The Federal Aviation Administration held a meeting Thursday night to inform residents about the changes. Another meeting will be held Tuesday in Spring Valley.

Chaldean Archbishop To Speak In San Diego On Rebuilding Iraq

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Iraqi soldiers are currently advancing on the city of Mosul, attempting to liberate the city after two years in the hands of ISIS militants. Mosul is adjacent to the Nineveh Plains, the historic home of Iraq's Christian population.

Chula Vista District 3 Candidates Discuss Key Issues

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Former Councilman Steve Padilla faces city staffer Jason Paguio on Nov. 8, to represent the southeast region of Chula Vista.

Measure G Would Change Police Oversight Rules

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San Diego’s Measure G would reform the city’s police oversight board, but even without formal opposition some supporters are saying it doesn’t do enough to increase the board’s power.

How Far Has San Diego Region Come In Supporting Renewable Energy In Last 20 Years?

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The San Diego-based nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy, which focuses on renewable energy solutions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this Thursday.

'Miss You Like Hell' Brings Broadway Stars To La Jolla Playhouse

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The New York Times called it, "one of the most anticipated new musicals of the season to not have its premiere in New York."

San Diego Writers 'Reclaim' Their Stories

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Authors living in City Heights, Barrio Logan and other neighborhoods tell their stories in a new anthology that includes 19 narratives about identity, resilience and empowerment.

Think The 9 To 5 Is Tough? Working Outside Of It Is Harder — On Your Body

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A free seminar on Tuesday at the Salk Institute will give tips on how to cope with the negative health effects of shift work.

Monday Is The Last Day To Register To Vote In San Diego County

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Online registration forms must be completed by midnight. Paper forms must be postmarked Monday or dropped off at the registrar's office by 8 p.m.

No, It's Not Just You: This Election Is Stressing People Out

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A recent survey from the American Psychological Association shows the election is a significant source of stress for 52 percent of adults, and it's a problem for both Republicans and Democrats.

Conference Highlights Imperial County's High Asthma Rates And Shrinking Salton Sea

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The 7th annual Imperial County Environmental Health Leadership Summit is Saturday at Brawley Union High School. The conference will include sessions on air pollution, asthma and the Salton Sea.

Bestselling Author Jennifer Weiner In San Diego To Talk About Her Memoir 'Hungry Heart'

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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is known for her novels, including "Good in Bed" and "In Her Shoes," but now she's trying her hand at nonfiction.

Poll: California Measure To End Death Penalty In Danger, Most Other Propositions Have Strong Support

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A sample of 622 likely voters favored Proposition 67, the statewide plastic bag ban, 45-39, which was within the poll’s seven point margin of error, and opposed Proposition 62, which would end the death penalty in the state, 45-37.

San Diego Appoints New Official For Homelessness

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Stacie Spector, a management and communications consultant who worked in the Clinton administration, is the city's senior advisor for housing solutions.

Chula Vista District 4 Candidates Discuss Key Issues

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Former councilman Rudy Ramirez faces retired firefighter Mike Diaz in November to represent the southwestern area of Chula Vista.

Film Preview, Panel To Cover History Of San Diego's Black Panther Party

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, a film preview and panel about the San Diego chapter of the Black Panther Party will be held Monday.

San Diego Measures Tackle Marijuana Tax, Probationary Periods, Ousting Elected Officials

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San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner and San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey discuss measures E, F and N.

NIH Awards $2M To UCSD Neuroscientists

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UC San Diego has received more than $6 million under the BRAIN Initiative since 2014. The latest round of funding will help neuroscientists create detailed maps of brain stems, which regulate things like breathing and swallowing, and use pulses of light to allow for better brain imaging.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Our Biggest Concert, Ever?

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This weekend brings a cross border concert, a bunch of ballet and a chance to begin (or enhance) your art collection.

San Diego Hosts Talks On Evolution And Medicine

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How can the very beginnings of human existence help us develop cutting-edge medical treatments?

Oceanside Native's First Novel About Ordinary Black Lives Met With Praise

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Oceanside native and author Brit Bennett's first novel, "The Mothers," is getting a lot of buzz. Bennett made a splash in 2014 when an essay she wrote about racial injustice published by Jezebel went viral.

Who's Doug Applegate, The Political Newbie Narrowly Trailing Darrell Issa?

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Issa's opponent, a retired Marine colonel, was unknown in the 49th Congressional District until this year.

Issa On His Race For Congress, Refugees, Climate Change

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For the first time since 2002, the 49th Congressional District is at the center of a fiercely contested political contest. The incumbent Republican Darrell Issa makes his case on Midday Edition.

Native American Rock Opera Comes To San Diego

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The new production "Something Inside Is Broken" about the Nisenan Indian tribe in Northern California and how it was affected by the gold rush comes to the California Center for the Arts this weekend.

San Diego Nonprofit Grabs Attention With Edgy Domestic Violence Awareness Video

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For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence released a video in which survivors use the F-word. The video aims to bring awareness to the issue.

San Diego Author Recounts Japanese-American WWII Unit Given 'Impossible' Missions

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Despite those doubting their patriotism, the soldiers became some of the most decorated in the war, helping rescue a lost unit behind Nazi lines in eastern France.