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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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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.

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Former Border Patrol Agent Writes About Reality Of The Job

Feb. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

After Francisco Cantú studied immigration in college, he found himself still obsessed with the border, even dreaming about it. He felt the only way to answer the questions he still had was to steep himself in the desert.

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Primatologist And Author: Morality Wasn't Invented By Religion

Feb. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Primatologist and author Frans de Waal, Ph.D., says several species of mammals exhibit cooperative, even empathetic behavior, which is one of the hallmarks of morality. De Waal is speaking at SDSU Tuesday.

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How Alice Waters Became A Slow-Food Icon

Feb. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Alice Waters describes how a young girl from New Jersey became an icon of the European-style slow-food movement on the West Coast in her new memoir "Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.”

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Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses New Memoir

Feb. 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Abdul-Jabbar is one of the featured speakers at this year’s Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, which runs Feb. 19-23, at Point Loma Nazarene University. His latest book is “Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off The Court."

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Children's Author Sally Pla Provides Mirror For Kids On Autism Spectrum, Window For Others

Feb. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Despite the large number of children impacted by autism, San Diego County resident Sally Pla said there is not enough children's literature that features kids whose brains operate a bit differently. She has made it her mission to change that.

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San Diego Contemplates A Region Without Qualcomm

Feb. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Executives from rival chipmakers Qualcomm and Broadcom will have their first face-to-face meeting Wednesday to discuss Broadcom's $121 billion takeover bid, just days after Qualcomm rejected the offer.

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‘We Said Enough’ Co-Founder Discusses What’s Next In Anti-Sexual Harassment Movement

Feb. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Adama Iwu, co-founder of the "We Said Enough" movement will be speaking Tuesday at a forum on sexual harassment at the University of San Diego.

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Scripps Research Shows Sun Could Dim By Mid-Century

Feb. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography expect the sun to emit less radiation sometime in the middle of this century, which could cause global temperatures to cool slightly.

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Minimalism Author Courtney Carver: 'Living With Less Can Lead To So Much More'

Feb. 12
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Carver is in San Diego Monday to discuss her new book, "Soulful Simplicity: How living with less can lead to so much more."

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San Diego’s Vision Zero Program To Eliminate Traffic Deaths Behind Schedule

Feb. 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since January, there have been nine pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in the city of San Diego. That number puts the city on pace for what may be a record year for pedestrian traffic deaths.

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Toni Atkins Prepares To Lead California Senate

Feb. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Atkins will make California history next month when she becomes the first woman to lead the state Senate and the first person in modern state history to have led both houses of the legislature.

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San Diego Utilities Department Director Answers Questions About Overcharged Water Bills

Feb. 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's Public Utilities Department says one employee is to blame for overcharging more than 340 customers in Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Valley, Rancho Penasquitos, and Mira Mesa on their water bills. Those customers will be getting refunds or credits for the overpayment.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Moxie, Miranda And Being Bold

Feb. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a YouTube sensation, Greek heroines and a presentation of "Bold" dances.

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'The Cake,' By 'This Is Us' Writer, Producer, Comes to La Jolla Playhouse

Feb. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A play running at the La Jolla Playhouse was inspired by a case that is now being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. "The Cake" is about the controversy surrounding a baker’s refusal to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

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A Central Valley Farming Tycoon Seemed To Weather The Drought. But How Did He Do It?

Feb. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A new profile of Stewart Resnick in California Sunday Magazine shows he kept his Kern County empire wet in part with an “off-the-books” pipeline.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Super Bowl Alternatives

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s Super Bowl weekend, but what if you're not watching the game? Here are some options for other activities happening Sunday.

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Are Kids Playing Tackle Football Too Early?

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A Rancho Bernardo woman, who blames football for the death of her son, is part of a lawsuit demanding that Pop Warner football change its rules to protect kids from head injury.

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Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Encourages Women Of Color To Run For Office

Feb. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As Black History month begins, an event in San Diego will highlight the emerging political power of women of color and celebrate African-American female political pioneers.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Spotlights Social Justice Issues

Feb. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The 8th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival runs Thursday through Sunday at the Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park. It features "The Blood is at the Doorstep,” a documentary by a San Diego State graduate about police violence and activism.

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Trump To Discuss Recent Tax Cuts During Session With Workers

Jan. 31
By Associated Press, Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Trump will discuss the new tax cuts during an Oval Office meeting on Wednesday afternoon with workers at companies such as Jergens and Aflac. The companies are in Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio.

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San Diego Library Offers Workshop On How To Spot 'Fake News'

Jan. 30
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The public can learn ways to determine whether what is in their news feed comes from a reliable source during a series of workshops beginning this week at the San Diego Public Library.

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Tibetan Bowl Concert Comes To Balboa Park Sunday

Jan. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Diane Mandle of Encinitas is an internationally known Tibetan bowl practitioner and sound healer who gives regular concerts and presentations. And she's soon to debut her personal story in a one-woman show.

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'Ken Kramer's About San Diego' Releases New Episodes

Jan. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ken Kramer is back on KPBS-TV Thursday to begin a series of new and updated "About San Diego" episodes.

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California Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Prepare For Future Natural Disasters

Jan. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Last year was one of the most destructive years for natural disasters in the U.S. In response to devastating wildfires and mudslides, California lawmakers proposed a number of bills aimed at helping residents escape in time and recover afterward.