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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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Astronaut Scott Kelly On His Yearlong Journey To Space And Back

Nov. 14, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Astronaut Scott Kelly has been back on Earth for over a year now, after setting a record for the single-longest American space mission. But in a sense, his mission is far from over.

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Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan Discusses California Sanctuary State Law

Nov. 10, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Next week, KPBS and inewsource will present special coverage on the Trump administration's effort to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In preparation for that coverage, KPBS Midday Edition spoke with the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: To The Theater!

Nov. 10, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

'The Grinch' returns, plus standout productions in Rolando and Carlsbad.

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IMAX Film About Aircraft Carriers Opens Friday At The Fleet

Nov. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Captain Craig A. Clapperton, former commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home-ported in San Diego, is featured in the film.

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Union-Tribune: Two San Diego Tourists Contract Hepatitis A

Nov. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that two tourists who visited San Diego for a Metallica concert in August, developed cases of hepatitis A when they returned home to Utah.

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Issa Won't Support Tax Reform Bill In Its Current Form

Nov. 8, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

House Republicans are planning to vote on the tax reform bill by Thanksgiving. The Senate is expected to release its version of the tax reform bill later this week.

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Documentary Follows Navajo Code Talkers As They Return To WWII Battlefields

Nov. 8, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film, "Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance," will be screened Wednesday at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park.

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The Old Globe Is Bringing Shakespeare To New Audiences

Nov. 6, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Old Globe's arts engagement program, Globe for All, is offering free performances of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy of disguise and mistaken identity, this month at venues throughout San Diego County.

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UC San Diego Students Join Annual U.N. Climate Meeting

Nov. 6, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Thousands of scientists and diplomats from around the world gathered in Bonn, Germany on Monday for the latest United Nations climate conference, the first since President Trump announced intentions for the U.S. to leave the historic Paris climate agreement.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Homegrown' Dances And San Diego Songs

Nov. 3, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

San Diego's 'Homegrown' talent takes center stage in a weekend that is filled with locally-produced ballet, visual arts and music.

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Harvard Professor To Critique U.S. Foreign Policy In San Diego Speech

Nov. 2, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Harvard international affairs professor Stephen Walt is in favor of using America’s military forces as sparingly as possible and saw some promise in President Trump’s campaign promises. But since the election, Walt sees Trump as basically following the status quo.

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San Diego Journalist Tackles America's Obsession With Gambling

Nov. 2, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego Union-Tribune editor David Clary isn't much of a gambler. He rarely goes to casinos, has never bought a lottery ticket and doesn't even play fantasy football. But he has spent the past six years researching America's gambling industry.

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Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Brings Message Of Civility And Unity To San Diego

Nov. 2, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Khan was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Anti-Defamation League's "No Place For Hate" Leadership Conference. His new book, "An American Family," traces his family's pursuit of the American dream.

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San Diego Beer Week Kicks Off Friday

Nov. 1, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Beer Week will celebrate the craft brew industry with festivals, and tasting and pairing events across San Diego County. The events run through Sunday, Nov. 12.

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Book Celebrates 'Literary Witches'

Oct. 31, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Halloween is the day to celebrate witches. A new book, "Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers," helps readers celebrate witches throughout the year.

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California Gas Tax Hike Goes Into Effect Wednesday

Oct. 31, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gas taxes will go up by 12 cents per gallon Nov. 1 to raise money for rebuilding roads and highways. But drivers may not see a bump at the pump right away.

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San Diego Housing Commission Questioned About Large Reserve Fund

Oct. 30, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The hepatitis A outbreak has brought San Diego's lack of low-income housing into the spotlight. Now questions are being raised about the effectiveness of the San Diego Housing Commission.

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Acclaimed Chef David Tanis On The Simplicity Of 'Market Cooking'

Oct. 30, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

David Tanis, the former head chef of the famed Chez Panisse restaurant, will be speaking this week about his new cookbook, "Market Cooking," at two San Diego events.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Swan Lake' And Halloween Musicals

Oct. 27, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Halloween may not be until Tuesday, but many events are happening this weekend. Here's a look at some arts-related options.

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Opioid-Related Deaths In San Diego County Keep Steady

Oct. 27, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

County health officials say there were 253 opioid-related deaths in 2016, that is up just slightly from the year before. The county report was released days before President Trump declared opioid abuse a public health emergency.

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Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototypes

Oct. 26, 2017
By Jean Guerrero, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have made their official debut.

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Report: San Diego Nonprofits Face Growing Demand For Services

Oct. 26, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report by the Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego shows the region's nonprofit sector contributes $6 billion in total wages to the economy yet faces growing demand for services outpacing the support for their work.

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Amid Calls For Trump's Impeachment, Debunking Myths

Oct. 26, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As California billionaire Tom Steyer is pledging to spend at least $10 million in a national TV ad campaign to get President Trump impeached, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein says the process can be arcane to most Americans.

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Archtoberfest To Showcase Tiny Homes As Solution To San Diego's Housing Shortage

Oct. 25, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Tiny homes will be on display at an event on Friday and Saturday at Market Creek Plaza at Euclid and Market. On Friday, workshops will also be held on tiny homes and modular construction. The event is part of San Diego Architecture and Design Month or Archtoberfest.

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New KPBS Podcast Introduces 'Rad' San Diego Scientists To The World

Oct. 25, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new KPBS podcast is trying to bridge the connection between San Diego's scientific community and non-scientists. It's called "Rad Scientist," and its host, Margot Wohl, is working towards her Ph.D. in neuroscience at UC San Diego.

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Lawsuit Seeks To Curb California Voting Rights Act, Local District Elections

Oct. 25, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Former Poway mayor Don Higginson wants to stop the city from electing its city council based on districts and arguing the California Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.

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San Diego Nonprofit Helps Children Orphaned By Domestic Violence

Oct. 25, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

When a child loses a parent in a domestic-violence related death and the other parent ends up behind bars—Kathy’s Legacy Foundation steps in.

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Men Accused Of Traveling To Tijuana To Have Sex With Minors

Oct. 24, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Several California men are now facing prosecution in a new effort to crack down on sex tourism in Tijuana and other locations overseas. Investigators are making use of a recent law against traveling with the intent of having sex with a minor.

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'Heaven's Gate' Podcast Looks Back At San Diego Mass Suicide

Oct. 24, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The show is hosted by Snap Judgment's Glynn Washington, who grew up in a cult himself.

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Frida Kahlo Joins Latin American 'Modern Masters' At San Diego Museum Of Art

Oct. 23, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The museum is showing nearly 100 works from the collection of Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, a major Latin American art collector.

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How To Prepare For The Next San Diego Wildfire

Oct. 20, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the aftermath of the 2007 wildfires, RB United played a key role in helping Rancho Bernardo residents rebuild their homes. Now the volunteer-run organization focuses on disaster preparedness.

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State To Rule On SDG&E Request To Charge Ratepayers For $379M Wildfire Cost

Oct. 20, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to decide Thursday whether SDG&E can charge ratepayers $379 million to recover costs from the 2007 wildfires.

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San Diego Educator Named California Teacher Of The Year

Oct. 19, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jaime Brown, an English and film studies teacher at San Diego High School has been selected as one of five educators honored with the California Teacher of the Year award.

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La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Hits Downtown San Diego

Oct. 19, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The festival features more than a dozen events, including an improvised film from the European collective Gob Squad and a series of tiny homes in Horton Plaza inspired in part by San Diego's housing crisis.

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San Diego Federal Judge Calls Out County Child Welfare Policy

Oct. 18, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez ruled Child Welfare Service's policy of interviewing young children without a warrant or parental consent is unconstitutional.

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Radioactive Water As A Cure-All? A Look At Medical 'Quackery' That Didn't Hold Up

Oct. 17, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

There have been mavericks in the history of medicine whose crazy ideas have advanced the treatment of disease. But there were the other kind of medical mavericks who just had crazy ideas, like giving babies opiates to stop them from crying or eating tapeworms to lose weight.

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Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego Wildfires

Oct. 17, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Among the 10 people killed in the Witch Creek and Harris fires a group of immigrants from Mexico who were in the U.S. illegally who died as they made their journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Letter Calls Out Culture Of Sexual Harassment At State Capitol

Oct. 17, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The recent furor over the alleged serial sexual abuse by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has prompted conversations about sexual harassment in other places, including in Sacramento.

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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

Oct. 13, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

It may be Friday the 13th, but there’s more than just horror at the box office this weekend.

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Navigating San Diego School Choice? There's A Map For That

Oct. 11, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego parents now through Nov. 13 have the chance to apply to public schools outside their neighborhood that might be a better fit for their kids. It's called the "school choice window." Families can apply to schools with a dual-language emphasis, an advanced placement focus or even arts and music. Voice of San Diego developed a map to help parents navigate the process.

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San Diego Police Chief Search Wraps Up Community Forums

Oct. 11, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Forum participants are asked for the top issues the next chief should address and what qualities they should possess. City officials expect to announce their final pick in January.

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Governor Brown Signs Bill Allocating $2.1 Million To Address Tijuana Sewage Spills

Oct. 10, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Senate Bill 507 authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso D-Chula Vista and co-authored by Assemblyman Todd Gloria D-San Diego, is one of several efforts being made to solve the problem, as South Bay communities and residents are increasingly losing patience.

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Data Breaches Expose Flaws Of Using Social Security Numbers As Identifiers

Oct. 10, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Alternatives to social security cards include biometrics, such as fingerprints, iris scans and palm prints, and blockchain technology, which uses encryption to create a digital signature. But a San Diego privacy expert said there are flaws with both options.

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City Attorney Says No Misunderstanding In Cate's 'Illegal' Memo Leak

Oct. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

City Attorney Mara Elliott on Friday dismissed Councilman Chris Cate’s defense of why he leaked a confidential memo on the Soccer City initiative to the measure’s backers, saying Cate’s actions were illegal.

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Average Rent Hit Record High In San Diego County

Oct. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The average rental price in San Diego County hit a record high of $1,875 last month, growing faster than home price increases.

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Succulents, Popular Water-Wise Plants, Also Act As Wildfire Barrier

Oct. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans redoing their landscaping to make it water-wise have probably learned a lot about succulents. The thick, fleshy plants that store water in their leaves are now ubiquitous in neighborhoods across the region. But what might not be as well known is that succulents, including cactus, are big business in San Diego County.

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CAIR San Diego Offering Bystander Intervention Training

Oct. 5, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering training in bystander intervention to community members who want to learn what they can do to deescalate incidents of hate.

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Do More Guns Make People Safer? Research Says No

Oct. 5, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Gun advocates often claim that gun owners make the country safer, because responsible gun owners can stop criminals from committing gun violence. But science reporter Melinda Wenner Moyer looked into what decades of gun research has shown about gun violence and the answer is the exact opposite.

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'Courageous Aging' Author To Speak At Saturday Expo

Oct. 5, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ken Druck, the author of "Courageous Aging: Your Best Years Ever Reimagined" will be speaking at the Successful Aging Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday.

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Science Ethics Center Reaches Milestone

Oct. 4, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The questions raised by scientific research can be explosive. Should we edit our children’s genes? What safeguards should we put in place for artificial intelligence? How should the public be informed about clinical trials?