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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

The Personal Price Of '15 Years Of War'

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The wife of one U.S. Marine officer who has served since 2000 has documented her family's experience during his multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

This Year's Challenges For Students, Pre-Students, Teachers And Charter Schools

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As the 2016-17 school year begins, some charter school funds are running out, preschool can be pretty darn expensive, and the chronic absence rate — for teachers — is high.

San Diego Students Head To School Under New Vaccine Law

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The law, passed last summer, no longer allows parents to waive school vaccination requirements due to personal or religious beliefs. Medical exceptions are still allowed.

Should We Switch To A 5-Hour Work Day? This Local CEO Thinks So

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Stephan Aarstol, founder of Tower Paddle Boards in Mira Mesa and winner of the reality TV show "Shark Tank," says moving to a shorter work day transformed his business and the lives of his employees.

City Asks San Diegans For Help With History Of Local LGBTQ Community

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The City Council last year accepted a state grant to document the history of San Diego's LGBTQ community. Now, it's seeking public input on a draft report.

San Diego Columnist Shares His Experience With Homelessness

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At 32, Dan McSwain found himself living on the streets, addicted to drugs and alcohol. He told his story of degradation and redemption in The San Diego Union-Tribune this week.

'Adnan's Story' Goes Beyond 'Serial'

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Rabia Chaudry brought the story of Adnan Syed to "This American Life" producer Sara Koenig, leading to the popular podcast "Serial." Now, Chaudry has written a book that she says paints a fuller picture of the 1999 Baltimore murder case that sent Syed to prison.

Should California Require Pro Bono Work For Law Students?

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A bill that mandates 50 hours of pro bono work for law students has landed on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Sen. Marty Block of San Diego, who authored the bill, discusses its potential impact.

San Diego Art Museum's Growth Brings Excitement And Sadness

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The museum's La Jolla location gets ready to shut down for a major remodel — with a new gallery space, terraces and an expanded sculpture garden in its future.

Talking Trash: Reducing Food Waste Starts At Home

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Up to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply goes to waste. A panel discussion on Tuesday night focuses on the environmental impacts of food waste and ways to cut back on how much food is thrown away.

Jerry Brown: Prophet Of Progressive Government?

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In 2010, California posted a budget deficit of $26 billion. Journalist Narda Zacchino credits Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 tax increase for allowing the state to put billions into a rainy day fund.

Chargers Stadium Measure Faces Opposition

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association concluded the Chargers' ballot measure won't raise enough money. The city's Independent Budget Analyst says it will — if estimates are accurate.

UC San Diego Professor Examines The Cuban Economy

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In the new book “Open For Business: Rebuilding the Cuban Economy,” UC San Diego professor Richard Feinberg explores where Cuba's economy is today and what the future may hold.

Public Health Leader From San Diego On Overcoming Poverty And Low Expectations

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In a new memoir, Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, the executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials in Washington, D.C., details growing up on Chollas View's G Street raised by a single mother.

Lofty Plans To House San Diego’s Homeless Gaining Traction, Officials Say

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The city of San Diego aims to house 1,000 homeless veterans by March 2017, while the county is working to house 1,250 homeless individuals with severe mental illness in the next three years.

What San Diego Can Learn From Utah About Tackling Chronic Homelessness

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In the last decade, Utah has reduced its population of chronically homeless individuals by more than 90 percent. How did the state do it?

State Audit Finds Serious Lapses In CalGang Database

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CalGang, a database used by law enforcement agencies to track gang ties, may infringe on Californians' privacy rights, lacks rigorous oversight and is rife with errors, according to a new state audit.

San Diego Historian Turns Hamilton's Love Life Into A Novel

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Elizabeth Cobbs, a former SDSU professor, had a hard time selling her book before the hit musical "Hamilton" took off. "Who's interested in Hamilton?" publishers asked.

Four Years Into DACA, Focus Is On Asian Youth

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Alliance San Diego, a community advocacy group, is launching a campaign to enroll Asian youth. It says Asian Pacific Islanders have the lowest rate of enrollment.

San Diego Writer Shares Terminally Ill Sister's 'Rebirth Party'

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"You are all very brave for sending me off on my journey," Betsy wrote in an email to her guests. "There are no rules. Wear what you want, speak your mind, dance, hop, chant, sing, pray, but do not cry in front of me. OK, one rule.”

Salton Sea Ecosystem May Be On Brink Of Failure

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There's nothing unusual about dead fish washing up on the shore of the Salton Sea. What is unusual is that all of them are fully grown. The lack of young fish and the absence of foraging birds could mean the sea's salinity has reached a critical level.

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Vista's 'Titanic the Musical' Blends History And Music

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Moonlight Amphitheatre's "Titanic the Musical" is a grand production that personalizes the 1912 disaster at sea.

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SummerFest Brings (Chamber) Music To The People

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SummerFest celebrates 30 years of making classical music more intimate, plus a live performance from Boston's Beacon Street Trio.

Peter Navarro Talks About China And Why He Supports Donald Trump

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Peter Navarro ran for mayor, Congress and the City Council as a San Diego Democrat in the 1990s. Now he's an advisor on Donald Trump's economic team.

Acclaimed Pianist Aruán Ortiz Performs In San Diego

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The Cuban-born musician is in San Diego for a solo performance Sunday at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan.

Crossing The Railroad Tracks In North County Could Cost You $500

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More than 50 people have been ticketed since Aug. 1 by the North County Transit District for crossing the railroad tracks. Trespassers can be fined up to $500.

'The Descendants' Author Takes On The World Of Affluent Parenting

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Kaui Hart Hemmings discusses wealthy parents and their "organic, free-range babies," the subject of her latest novel, "How To Party With An Infant."

La Jolla Playhouse Explores Economic Excesses In 'Junk'

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The play is about a team of lawyers in the mid-1980s using junk bonds, along with some illegal tricks, to wage a hostile takeover of a major manufacturing company. But playwright Ayad Akhtar said it isn't a period piece.

San Diego Writer Stephen Metcalfe Navigates Life, Literature

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Stephen Metcalfe writes for film and stage. In his first novel for adults, the protagonist navigates his way through life with an autistic son, an absent wife and an ailing mother.

Visitors To Rio De Janeiro Explore Favela Tourism

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The Olympics are underway, and the spotlight is on host city Rio de Janeiro. While many tourists are heading south of the equator hoping to catch a glimpse of Christ the Redeemer, others want to take a walk on the “wild side” inside Rio’s favelas.

Once Near Extinction, California Condors Face New Threat: Sea Lions

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Most California sea lions breed at the Channel Islands, which were contaminated with insecticide for decades. Condors that eat them lay thin-shelled eggs with a low chance of hatching successfully.

What Are The Prospects Of A Zika Epidemic In The U.S.?

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The California Department of Public Health last week announced that two babies have been born with Zika-related microcephaly in the state. A UCSD School of Medicine professor talks about the virus.

San Diego Swimmer Hopes To Benefit The Homeless By Making History

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Melissa Berkay wants to become the first American to swim the Catalina Channel using the butterfly stroke. The formerly homeless athlete is raising money to support shelters in San Diego.

Comedy Troupe Finds Humor In Fraught Election

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“Free Speech (While Supplies Last)," a new show by improv group Second City at the La Jolla Playhouse, focuses on the 2016 presidential race with sketches skewering Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and cable news.

San Ysidro Community Leader Reflects On 35 Years Of Advocacy

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Andrea Skorepa is retiring as president and CEO of the nonprofit community development organization Casa Familiar.

Art Exhibition Explores 1821 U.S.-Mexico Border

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“DeLIMITations” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is a culmination of a multi-media project by two contemporary cross-border artists.

UC San Diego Doctor Warns Of Medical Marijuana Risks

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An upcoming conference will feature speakers advocating for wider use of medical marijuana to treat diseases from multiple sclerosis to menstrual cramps. But UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Dr. Kai MacDonald stresses that very little is known about marijuana’s long-term side effects.

San Diego's History With Community-Oriented Policing

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The death of Officer Jonathan De Guzman raises questions about relations between San Diego police and the neighborhoods they serve.

How A Foreign National Could Fund An American Campaign

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Matt Strabone, a San Diego-based attorney specializing in campaign finance, discusses how Vladimir Putin could fund a U.S. presidential candidate and why federal election rules are easier to get around than California's.

Lilac Hills Initiative To Go On November Ballot

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday decided to put a controversial housing project near Valley Center on the November ballot.

TheNAT Offers New San Diego Hiking Guide

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The San Diego Natural History Museum has a new guide that features more than 250 trails, maps, photographs and descriptions of habitats and species San Diegans may encounter on hikes.

Why Do Presidents Screw Up?

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In a new book, "Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again," Brookings Institution senior fellow Elaine Kamarck details some of the most egregious presidential blunders in history.

North County Roundup: Encinitas Mayor, Lilac Hills, Homeless Shelter, Oceanside Beaches

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Three husbands jump into the Encinitas mayor’s race. The Lilac Hills development near Valley Center crosses a significant milestone. Second year-round shelter for homeless families opens in Vista. Oceanside beaches get a dredging.

Council Takes Up Police Review Board Reform Measure

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The activists who first proposed the measure criticized the final version in a City Council hearing last month, saying the board would still lack subpoena power and board members should be appointed by the council, not the mayor.

Former San Diego Journalist Traces Civil Rights Battle

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Kristen Green, a former reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, talks about her first book, New York Times bestseller “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County.”

San Diego Gun Owners Mobilize Against Proposition 63

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Proposition 63 would require background checks to buy ammunition and ban owning magazines with 11 or more bullets. But those provisions were already part of a series of bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month.

Finding Romance In The Remote Antarctic

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Sometimes a love story is not as simple as it seems. And that may be the case in a new romantic novel by Midge Raymond.

How Local Police Took Over Immigration Enforcement

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A new book details how immigration enforcement became a patchwork of police, sheriff and federal efforts, and how that's changing with renewed calls for border security.

Trial Of Mexican Businessman Accused Of Illegal Political Donations Begins

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José Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of illegally donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to support San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in 2012.

San Diego Investors Hope To Jump Start Pot Businesses

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Canopy San Diego, the first marijuana accelerator in Southern California, plans to give a group of 10 new companies some seed money, office space and mentorship for 16 weeks.