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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From 'Matilda' To Lang Lang

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From 'Matilda' To Lang Lang

Feb. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend "Matilda" makes its San Diego debut, plus experience the inaugural AMT Festival.

Secretary Of State Alex Padilla To Discuss Voting Rights With UC Sa...

Secretary Of State Alex Padilla To Discuss Voting Rights With UC San Diego Students

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

President Trump's unsupported claim of widespread voter fraud in California and other states is "a lie," California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told CNN last week. Padilla will be in San Diego on Thursday to give a lecture to a UC San Diego political science class studying the Voting Rights Act.

San Diego Futurist Imagines End Of Personal Privacy

San Diego Futurist Imagines End Of Personal Privacy

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

After President Trump's advisor Kellyanne Conway used the term "alternate facts" to describe a falsehood about the inauguration turnout, demand for George Orwell's literary masterpiece "1984" quickly spiked. A new collection of short stories considers what happens when privacy vanishes and our neighbors, not government, are the ones watching.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns To MOPA

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns To MOPA

Feb. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The festival, which shines a light on abuses happening around the world through film, returns for the seventh year to Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. It runs Friday-Sunday.

Scientists Uneasy After Trump Administration Says It Will Review EP...

Scientists Uneasy After Trump Administration Says It Will Review EPA Data

Jan. 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

President Donald Trump's political transition team will review all scientific data on the Environmental Protection Agency's website, including climate change data. The American Association for the Advancement of Science says the level of anxiety in the scientific community has never been higher.

Despite Possibility Of Repeal, People Continue To Sign Up For Insur...

Despite Possibility Of Repeal, People Continue To Sign Up For Insurance Through ACA

Jan. 31
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Despite plans by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in health insurance under the act hasn't slowed down.

Former Iraqi Translator On Why He Supports Trump’s Refugee Ban

Former Iraqi Translator On Why He Supports Trump’s Refugee Ban

Jan. 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Johnny Walker served alongside U.S. Navy SEALs during the Iraq war. In 2009, he was granted a U.S. visa under a special program for Iraqi interpreters and now calls San Diego home.

Christopher Ashley Celebrates 10th Anniversary At La Jolla Playhouse

Christopher Ashley Celebrates 10th Anniversary At La Jolla Playhouse

Jan. 26
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

La Jolla Playhouse's Christopher Ashley reflects back on his 10 years as artistic director and looks forward to an exciting year of productions.

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient Support May...

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient Support May Help Cure Infections

Jan. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

When we get sick, oftentimes we don't feel like taking a shower, we might just sleep all day long and we aren't even hungry -- a newly published study by a team of researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies looks at how that loss of appetite may affect our ability to get well.

San Diego Professor Finds Sanctuary Counties Are Safer And Economic...

San Diego Professor Finds Sanctuary Counties Are Safer And Economically Stronger

Jan. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Amid President Trump’s executive action on so-called sanctuary cities, a new analysis by UC San Diego political science professor Tom Wong examines the effects of sanctuary policies on crime and the economy.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Future And The Past

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Future And The Past

Jan. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings an epic journey and a peek at San Diego's next generation of artists.

Ocean Creatures' Sex Lives Are More Than A Little Weird

Ocean Creatures' Sex Lives Are More Than A Little Weird

Jan. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The reproduction rituals of underwater creatures can be a bit bizarre. Author Marah Hardt researched those practices as a way to spread awareness about ocean sustainability.

New Program Aims To Unite San Diego Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans

New Program Aims To Unite San Diego Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans

Jan. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new seminar series on the impact of global conflict and violence on the San Diego-Tijuana region gets underway Friday at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies.

Nonprofit Teaches San Diegans How To Get To Zero Waste

Nonprofit Teaches San Diegans How To Get To Zero Waste

Jan. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

I Love A Clean San Diego is holding a workshop on zero waste in the home on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ocean Knoll Farm, 701 Bonita Drive, in Encinitas.

How LSD Alleviated Author's Depression

How LSD Alleviated Author's Depression

Jan. 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ayelet Waldman decided to try microdosing to combat her depression when her medication stopped working. Microdosing involves taking a small amount of LSD, in her case 10 micrograms, every three to four days.

California Water Managers Want Emergency Drought Rules To End

California Water Managers Want Emergency Drought Rules To End

Jan. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The State Water Resources Control Board is meeting on Feb. 7 to decide whether or not to end these rules.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Ex...

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Exhibit

Jan. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The machines, which were first made around the turn of the 20th century, are a technological marvel since the Chinese language has more than 70,000 characters and no alphabet.

California's Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations

California's Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations

Jan. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Lori Ajax is the chief of California's Bureau of Marijuana Control. The agency is charged with licensing cannabis farmers, product manufacturers, testing labs, distributors and retailers. Those regulations need to be in place by Jan. 1, 2018.

Big Trouble In Little Cinema: The Films Of John Carpenter

Big Trouble In Little Cinema: The Films Of John Carpenter

Jan. 19
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

This Sunday, Jan. 22, Film Geeks San Diego launches its second year-long film series. Big Trouble in Little Cinema: The Films of John Carpenter kicks off at Digital Gym Cinema with the director's theatrically released student film, "Dark Star."

Fleet Center Revels In The Science Of Toys

Fleet Center Revels In The Science Of Toys

Jan. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Everyone knows that simple Slinkys are rather remarkable toys, but why and how do they seem to walk? The Fleet Science Center is putting on an exhibit Saturday on the physics behind common toys.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

Jan. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Dumanis, who's been in office since 2003, has not decided whether she'll serve out her current term or step down before it ends.

Documentary Points To What Could Happen If Salton Sea Isn't Restored

Documentary Points To What Could Happen If Salton Sea Isn't Restored

Jan. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Breaking Point" is a documentary about the shrinking Salton Sea and what could happen if the problem isn't addressed. It's produced and directed by Bill Wisneski, a producer for Palomar College Television.

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

Jan. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

From an 81-year-old competitive runner to a 71-year-old who uses public transportation for volunteering all over San Diego, KPBS television's new 6-part documentary series, "Re'flect, Successful Aging Defined," tells their stories.

With Landmark Status For Chicano Park, Boosters Renew Push For Museum

With Landmark Status For Chicano Park, Boosters Renew Push For Museum

Jan. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

From an undeveloped site occupied by protestors in the 1970s to a National Historic Landmark, Chicano Park has had an extraordinary history. Chicano Park advocates are hoping for one more prize for the park: a museum.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Funny Ladies

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Funny Ladies

Jan. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Four high-profile comedians will be in San Diego on the same day. Which one will you pick?

Organization Helps San Diego Homeless Prepare For Wet Weather

Organization Helps San Diego Homeless Prepare For Wet Weather

Jan. 12
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The city of San Diego and the county have opened their emergency shelter programs due to the coming rain and low temperatures. Despite this, many of the county's homeless won't be in shelters during the bad weather.

New Film Series At MOPA Focuses On Famous Firsts

New Film Series At MOPA Focuses On Famous Firsts

Jan. 12
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

This Friday, Jan. 13, Film Geeks San Diego kick off a year-long program of Famous Firsts at the Museum of Photographic Arts with Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless."

How Tiny Microbes In Your Gut Affect Your Mood

How Tiny Microbes In Your Gut Affect Your Mood

Jan. 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In his new book, “The Mind-Gut Connection”, Dr. Emeran Mayer explains how the brain and the gut communicate, and physical and mental health issues can crop up if that communication is disrupted.

What Kind Of Data Should Police Collect During Traffic Stops?

What Kind Of Data Should Police Collect During Traffic Stops?

Jan. 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Starting in 2018, California police officers will be required to collect and report traffic stop data. Civil rights advocates hope the data will help shed light on the prevalence of racial profiling.

'Containment' Envisions Nuclear Waste Storage 10,000 Years In The F...

'Containment' Envisions Nuclear Waste Storage 10,000 Years In The Future

Jan. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

In the 1990s, the government gathered architects, artists and futurists to imagine ways the underground waste could be discovered.

Mayor Faulconer Considering Race For Governor

Mayor Faulconer Considering Race For Governor

Jan. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Mayor Kevin Faulconer may run for governor in 2018 and has started reaching out to possible supporters, despite promising not to launch a statewide bid if he won reelection as mayor, according to POLITICO.

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos So Popular?

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos So Popular?

Jan. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A story in the Wall Street Journal may sabotage one of your New Year's resolutions. In some magically, bizarre way - it might make you hungry for a Jack In The Box taco.

'Reel Science' Provides The Real Science Behind The Fiction

'Reel Science' Provides The Real Science Behind The Fiction

Jan. 3
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

theNAT is partnering with Digital Gym Cinema for a month-long series called Reel Science: Cult Sci-Fi Films Meet Real Science.

San Diego Judge Out With New Book About Experience Of Immigrants

San Diego Judge Out With New Book About Experience Of Immigrants

Jan. 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Qudeen the Magnificent," a book of short stories, describes the struggle New Americans face in assimilating to mainstream culture.

 Report Finds California Home Ownership Rates At Lowest Since 1940s

Report Finds California Home Ownership Rates At Lowest Since 1940s

Jan. 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The California's Department of Housing and Community Development report also found that the state has more than its share of the country's homeless population.

SeaWorld San Diego To Have Last Orca Show Sunday

SeaWorld San Diego To Have Last Orca Show Sunday

Jan. 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

As the park is phasing out the orca shows it is also introducing three new attractions this year and a roller coaster the next year.

San Diego's Diversionary Theater Is Bringing Back Burlesque

San Diego's Diversionary Theater Is Bringing Back Burlesque

Jan. 4
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

For the second year in a row, choreographer Michael Mizerany will present the "In The Va Va Voom Room" burlesque show.

Meet The Artist Selected For Public Art Project At New East Village...

Meet The Artist Selected For Public Art Project At New East Village Park

Jan. 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

An event Wednesday will help artist Mark Reigelman learn about the neighborhood so he can create a site-specific piece.

Senator Toni Atkins On Her Priorities For San Diego

Senator Toni Atkins On Her Priorities For San Diego

Jan. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Atkins' first term in the Senate is expected to be a busy one as California legislators grapple with homegrown problems like affordable housing and infrastructure repair, along with national issues like health care and immigration.

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

Jan. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.

California Wage Discrimination, Gun Laws Take Effect In 2017

California Wage Discrimination, Gun Laws Take Effect In 2017

Dec. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

After all the New Year's toasts are over, there are a bevy of new laws that go into effect in California.

Staying Home New Year's Eve? Here's What To Watch

Staying Home New Year's Eve? Here's What To Watch

Dec. 30
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

If you're planning a movie marathon or TV binge on New Year's Eve, we have some ideas about what to watch.

Chula Vista's First Woman Police Chief On Her Plans For The City

Chula Vista's First Woman Police Chief On Her Plans For The City

Dec. 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Roxana Kennedy will be sworn in as the police chief for the Chula Vista Police Department Friday.

From Black Eyed Peas To Forest Bathing, San Diegans Share Their New...

From Black Eyed Peas To Forest Bathing, San Diegans Share Their New Year's Traditions

Dec. 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Whether it's celebrating at a New Year's Eve party or ringing in the New Year in front of the fireplace, many people return each year to cherished traditions. We spoke with several people around San Diego who shared their New Year's traditions. Here's what they said.

San Diego-Based Snopes To Help Curb Spread Of Fake News On Facebook

San Diego-Based Snopes To Help Curb Spread Of Fake News On Facebook

Dec. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The fact-checking website Snopes is one of five organizations that will be working with Facebook to help curb the spread of fake news on the social media site.

What’s Next In The Decommissioning Of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

What’s Next In The Decommissioning Of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

Dec. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The major dismantling of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant may begin in 2018.

Sycuan Cultural Museum Opens In January

Sycuan Cultural Museum Opens In January

Dec. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Sycuan Cultural Resource Center and Museum in El Cajon features hundreds of Kumeyaay artifacts, an archive collection of oral histories and educational materials.

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San Diego Pride Nudity Trial Underway

Dec. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The City of San Diego and several of its police officers are defending themselves against a federal civil lawsuit claiming police discriminated against a gay man at the 2011 San Diego Pride Festival.

San Diego Tops Yelp List For Best Local Gifts

San Diego Tops Yelp List For Best Local Gifts

Dec. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The online business review site Yelp recently declared San Diego as the best city in the country for finding gifts from local-independent retailers, but it's findings were far from scientific.

San Diego Climate Scientists Strive To Better Impact Public Policy

San Diego Climate Scientists Strive To Better Impact Public Policy

Dec. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Researchers are expanding their understanding of the natural world all the time. But do those breakthroughs filter down to the policies that dictate how we handle our natural resources?