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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Performs In Escondido Tuesday

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When you think about ukulele music what comes to mind? Gentle strumming on the beaches of Waikiki? Perhaps an old Elvis movie? Prepare to be re-introduced to this charming instrument, by the amazing repertoire of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

Are New California Solar Fees Unfair To Non-Solar Users?

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On Thursday, the CPUC raised fees for solar panel owners, but did not approve the higher charges requested by the state's utility companies, including San Diego Gas & Electric. California's goal is to move the state toward the use of renewable energy sources, but how exactly do you charge for sunlight?

San Diego Film Industry Focus Of New KPBS Series

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The new six-part television series "FILM INDIEGO" airs Thursdays on KPBS TV.

Are San Diego Chargers Fans Being Played Again?

The San Diego Chargers announced on Friday that they will play at Qualcomm Stadium for the 2016 NFL season and try to reach a deal with local political leaders for a new stadium.

Saldaña Discusses Her Bid For San Diego Mayor

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Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña has formally announced her bid to challenge Republican incumbent Kevin Faulconer for San Diego mayor. Saldaña is a former Democrat running as an independent this year.

Former Filner Chief Of Staff Writes Tell-All Book

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Lee Burdick's book, "Bob Filner's Monster: The Unraveling of an American Mayor and What We Can Learn From It," is an insider's account of the sexual harassment scandal that brought down San Diego's mayor.

Weekend Preview: Ballet, Theatre And A Unique Audio-Visual Show

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It's white-knuckle time for some ballet students in San Diego and the next generation of playwrights gets a chance to shine in some of this weekend's top events.

28 Years Of Malashock Dance In San Diego

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Sometimes it's been a struggle, but after 28 years of leading San Diego's premiere modern dance company, John Malashock still finds the creative experience exciting and fulfilling.

What's Ahead For San Diego Democrats In 2016 And Beyond?

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Both the city and county of San Diego have more registered Democrats than Republicans, but you wouldn't know it from the upcoming race for San Diego mayor.

North County Cities Explore Choosing Their Energy Sources

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Several North County cities and the city of San Diego are considering switching to an alternative energy program that would give them the power to choose where their electricity comes from.

San Diego Group Aims To Empower Women In Cannabis Industry

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The San Diego chapter of the group Women Grow is holding a forum this weekend aimed at female entrepreneurs looking to build their own cannabis businesses.

Where To Dine For San Diego Restaurant Week

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Michele Parente, dining and lifestyle reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, shares her picks for San Diego Restaurant Week.

Borrego Valley Quickly Depleting Its Only Water Supply

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The community of Borrego Valley is using four times more water than is being naturally replenished in its underground aquifer according to a six-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Breaks His Silence

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In an interview with online news organization Voice of San Diego, Bob Filner said he never sexually harassed anyone.

Carlsbad Man Goes Skydiving For 100th Birthday

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Carlsbad resident Glenn Quillin celebrated his 100th birthday by jumping out of an airplane.

National City-Born Author 'Stunned And Humbled' By Newbery Medal

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Matt de la Peña is the first Latino to win the Newbery Medal, a prestigious children's literature award.

How Will Suspension Of U.S. Episcopal Church Affect San Diego?

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Members of the Episcopal Church in San Diego and across the nation are still trying to grasp the scope of a decision made last week. The leadership of the entire Anglican Church voted to suspend the U.S. Episcopal Church.

Carlsbad Voters Will Soon Decide On Shopping Center Proposed For Lagoon

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Next week, after months of forums, debates, and big campaign spending, Carlsbad voters will finally weigh in on whether they want an upscale retail center on the Agua Hediondo Lagoon.

'Dear Black Body' Essay Contemplates Avoiding Becoming A Statistic

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KPBS Midday Edition speaks to Anthony Conwright, an African-American writer and teacher who grew up in Southeastern San Diego. His autobiographical essay, "Dear Black Body," was published by the Huffington Post and on his blog, Black and Wordy, in December.

Study: Poverty In San Diego Suburbs Increasing

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Poverty in San Diego is not confined to the urban core of the city. New research from National University found concentrated pockets of poverty have increased in suburban neighborhoods.

Family

How Are California's Children Doing Overall?

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Do state policies get a high mark or a low grade when it comes to kids? Midday Edition learns more about the data behind a new report card and what it means for the future of California's kids.

James Chute Is Bullish On San Diego Arts Scene

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After 25 years of writing about music and art in San Diego, James Chute has left The San Diego Union-Tribune. He looks back and ahead to an arts scene he believes is on the brink — in a good way this time.

Governor Declares State Of Emergency As Disastrous Methane Leak Continues

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In October, 67,000 pounds of climate-changing methane gas began spewing into the air each hour from a gas storage field near Los Angeles. Work on a relief well is on schedule, and SoCalGas is working on a plan to capture the methane.

San Diegans Praise, Criticize President Obama's Gun Control Measures

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President Barack Obama's plan requires all gun sellers to be licensed and conduct background checks, and boosts funding for the treatment of mental illness.

Can You Retire Comfortably? Maybe Not

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More than a third of all private sector workers in the U.S. have no retirement benefits. Social Security helps a little, and some say it is in trouble itself. But there are simple initiatives the government could take to remedy the situation and ease minds.

Taser Use In San Diego County Questioned Amid Police Shootings

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An investigation by The San Diego Union-Tribune finds law enforcement agencies in the county have different policies on taser use.

Ruling On San Diego's Pension Reform Initiative Not End Of Debate

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The Public Employment Relations Board has ruled the city of San Diego violated state law by not negotiating with employee unions over Proposition B, which eliminated guaranteed pension benefits for most employees.

What's Ahead For San Diego's Economy In 2016

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Economic news at the end of 2015 was positive, but the stock market sank on the first trading day of the year. San Diego economist Marney Cox discusses the region's economic outlook.

San Diego Experts Discuss Police Interactions With Mentally Ill People

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In a news conference this week, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said an estimated 50 percent of people shot by the police in the United States are mentally ill.

San Diego Doctor Offers Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

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A San Diego doctor provides travel tips to stay healthy while traveling to and from your holiday destination. Hint: wash your hands.

Study: UC San Diego Routinely Fails To Report Clinical Trial Results

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The report by the online health and medicine news organization, STAT, finds that in more than 70 percent of the trials that required results, no results were posted.

A Physicist, An Engineer And A Cosmologist Discuss The Science Of 'Star Wars'

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Is it possible that light could be contained in a lightsaber? Could a weapon destroy a planet? How long would it take to hop around a galaxy, even one far, far away?

San Diego Doctor On How Sports-Caused Brain Trauma Affects Kids

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Dr. Alan Shahtaji, director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at UC San Diego Health, sees six to eight kids each week who have suffered brain trauma while playing football or other sports.