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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

USD Professor Explores Violence In America’s Poorest Neighborhoods

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In his new book, “The Neighborhood Has Its Own Rules” sociology professor Cid Martinez reveals the ways in which urban institutions — churches, local government and street gangs — manage conflict.

Wives Of Wounded Veterans Share Their Experiences In New Book

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For the last eight years, Barbara McNally has been sponsoring an event for the wives of wounded warriors. She's turned the stories she has encountered at these events into a book, "Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife."

Border Surf Contest Aims To Raise Awareness About Ocean Pollution

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The San Diego and Baja chapters of the Surfrider Foundation are hosting the first binational surf contest this Sunday.

Tijuana Innovadora Returns With A Spotlight On The Arts

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The biennial event started in 2010 in part to project a more positive image of the city. This year, it will showcase creative arts — from fashion to video games.

5 Ways To Have (A Little) Fun With The November Ballot

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Doing your homework for next week’s election doesn’t have to be boring. There are haikus and catchy songs to help you remember the 17 statewide propositions on the ballot.

Lindbergh Flight Path To Change Next Month

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The changes are part of the Southern California Metroplex project. The Federal Aviation Administration held a meeting Thursday night to inform residents about the changes. Another meeting will be held Tuesday in Spring Valley.

Chaldean Archbishop To Speak In San Diego On Rebuilding Iraq

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Iraqi soldiers are currently advancing on the city of Mosul, attempting to liberate the city after two years in the hands of ISIS militants. Mosul is adjacent to the Nineveh Plains, the historic home of Iraq's Christian population.

Chula Vista District 3 Candidates Discuss Key Issues

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Former Councilman Steve Padilla faces city staffer Jason Paguio on Nov. 8, to represent the southeast region of Chula Vista.

Measure G Would Change Police Oversight Rules

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San Diego’s Measure G would reform the city’s police oversight board, but even without formal opposition some supporters are saying it doesn’t do enough to increase the board’s power.

How Far Has San Diego Region Come In Supporting Renewable Energy In Last 20 Years?

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The San Diego-based nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy, which focuses on renewable energy solutions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this Thursday.

'Miss You Like Hell' Brings Broadway Stars To La Jolla Playhouse

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The New York Times called it, "one of the most anticipated new musicals of the season to not have its premiere in New York."

San Diego Writers 'Reclaim' Their Stories

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Authors living in City Heights, Barrio Logan and other neighborhoods tell their stories in a new anthology that includes 19 narratives about identity, resilience and empowerment.

Think The 9 To 5 Is Tough? Working Outside Of It Is Harder — On Your Body

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A free seminar on Tuesday at the Salk Institute will give tips on how to cope with the negative health effects of shift work.

Monday Is The Last Day To Register To Vote In San Diego County

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Online registration forms must be completed by midnight. Paper forms must be postmarked Monday or dropped off at the registrar's office by 8 p.m.

No, It's Not Just You: This Election Is Stressing People Out

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A recent survey from the American Psychological Association shows the election is a significant source of stress for 52 percent of adults, and it's a problem for both Republicans and Democrats.

Conference Highlights Imperial County's High Asthma Rates And Shrinking Salton Sea

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The 7th annual Imperial County Environmental Health Leadership Summit is Saturday at Brawley Union High School. The conference will include sessions on air pollution, asthma and the Salton Sea.

Bestselling Author Jennifer Weiner In San Diego To Talk About Her Memoir 'Hungry Heart'

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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is known for her novels, including "Good in Bed" and "In Her Shoes," but now she's trying her hand at nonfiction.

Poll: California Measure To End Death Penalty In Danger, Most Other Propositions Have Strong Support

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A sample of 622 likely voters favored Proposition 67, the statewide plastic bag ban, 45-39, which was within the poll’s seven point margin of error, and opposed Proposition 62, which would end the death penalty in the state, 45-37.

San Diego Appoints New Official For Homelessness

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Stacie Spector, a management and communications consultant who worked in the Clinton administration, is the city's senior advisor for housing solutions.

Chula Vista District 4 Candidates Discuss Key Issues

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Former councilman Rudy Ramirez faces retired firefighter Mike Diaz in November to represent the southwestern area of Chula Vista.

Film Preview, Panel To Cover History Of San Diego's Black Panther Party

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, a film preview and panel about the San Diego chapter of the Black Panther Party will be held Monday.

San Diego Measures Tackle Marijuana Tax, Probationary Periods, Ousting Elected Officials

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San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner and San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey discuss measures E, F and N.

NIH Awards $2M To UCSD Neuroscientists

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UC San Diego has received more than $6 million under the BRAIN Initiative since 2014. The latest round of funding will help neuroscientists create detailed maps of brain stems, which regulate things like breathing and swallowing, and use pulses of light to allow for better brain imaging.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Our Biggest Concert, Ever?

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This weekend brings a cross border concert, a bunch of ballet and a chance to begin (or enhance) your art collection.

San Diego Hosts Talks On Evolution And Medicine

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How can the very beginnings of human existence help us develop cutting-edge medical treatments?

Oceanside Native's First Novel About Ordinary Black Lives Met With Praise

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Oceanside native and author Brit Bennett's first novel, "The Mothers," is getting a lot of buzz. Bennett made a splash in 2014 when an essay she wrote about racial injustice published by Jezebel went viral.

Who's Doug Applegate, The Political Newbie Narrowly Trailing Darrell Issa?

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Issa's opponent, a retired Marine colonel, was unknown in the 49th Congressional District until this year.

Issa On His Race For Congress, Refugees, Climate Change

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For the first time since 2002, the 49th Congressional District is at the center of a fiercely contested political contest. The incumbent Republican Darrell Issa makes his case on Midday Edition.

Native American Rock Opera Comes To San Diego

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The new production "Something Inside Is Broken" about the Nisenan Indian tribe in Northern California and how it was affected by the gold rush comes to the California Center for the Arts this weekend.

San Diego Nonprofit Grabs Attention With Edgy Domestic Violence Awareness Video

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For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence released a video in which survivors use the F-word. The video aims to bring awareness to the issue.

San Diego Author Recounts Japanese-American WWII Unit Given 'Impossible' Missions

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Despite those doubting their patriotism, the soldiers became some of the most decorated in the war, helping rescue a lost unit behind Nazi lines in eastern France.

Charter Schools Are Big Issue In San Diego County Board Of Education Race

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The San Diego County Board of Education 5th District race is between incumbent Rick Shea and Mark Wyland, a former state senator. Wyland is being supported by charter school groups.

Latinos' Political Power Grows In California

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New York Times reporters Adam Nagourney and Jennifer Medina write that Latinos in California have more influence over politics and culture in the state than in almost any other place in the country.

Reveal: More People Living In Areas At Risk For Wildfires

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Reveal, a program of the Center for Investigative Reporting, found that since 1990, 8.5 million more homes are in wildland-urban interface areas, areas where homes and wildland meet and where the potential for wildfires are higher.

Director Talks About San Diego County PERT

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A Psychiatric Emergency Response Team was unable to aid Alfred Olango last week because, according to the El Cajon police chief, the team was responding to another call and could not make it to the scene in time.

California Gets New Police Shooting Database

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With the ongoing debate over policing in America, the new database “URSUS” will record all police shootings and use of force incidents in the state.

The San Diego Union-Tribune Backs Clinton

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The endorsement, released online Friday, came the same week The Arizona Republic endorsed Clinton, its first Democratic presidential endorsement, and USA Today, which historically has not endorsed any presidential candidates, asked readers to vote for anyone but Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Ken Burns Documentary Profiles Couple Who Saved Hundreds From Nazis

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Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha didn't want to leave their young children or their Massachusetts home on the eve of World War II. But they couldn't turn down a request from church leadership to help rescue Jews, dissident journalists and intellectuals from the Nazis.

San Diego Native Tribes Rally Against North Dakota Oil Pipeline

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A rally is scheduled for Saturday across the street from Belmont Park in Mission Beach.

Tracing Mexican Cuisine Back To The Aztecs

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Mole poblano, chiles rellenos and carnitas may be classic Mexican dishes, but they bear little resemblance to what the Aztecs ate before the invasion of Spanish conquistadors 500 years ago.

San Diego Student Poet Honored By White House Performs

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Maya Salameh, a National Student Poet, said her work is inspired by her identity as an Arab American.

San Diego Income Stays Flat As Incomes Rise Nationally

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San Diego is not seeing the same economic gains as the country overall, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. Why isn't San Diego experiencing a significant boost to its incomes?

Event Brings Baja Wines North Of The Border

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Admirers of Mexican reds, whites and blends are often unable to find any bottles on this side of the border. But that's changing.

Crew Of USS Indianapolis Share Story Of Survival In New Film

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A film screening at San Diego's GI Film Festival documents the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis weeks before the end of World War II.

Why Rape Kits Go Untested In San Diego

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The San Diego Police Department says it has about 2,400 rape kits that have not been sent to the crime lab to be analyzed.

Open-Water Swimming Champ Copes With A Broken Heart

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Cold-water swimmer Lynne Cox suffers from "broken heart syndrome," a stress-induced medical condition that causes the heart to swell.

Man Once Sentenced To Death Row Works To Abolish Capital Punishment In California

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Gary Tyler, who now lives in California, spoke to KPBS Midday Edition about why he supports Proposition 62.

Should California Change Its Voter Initiative Process?

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Initiatives on the November ballot would end the death penalty, legalize recreational pot and limit prescription drug costs. And that's just for starters. A total of 17 initiatives have found their way onto the ballot, the most since 2000.

'Tiger Style!' Tackles Asian-American Experience With Humor

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A new comedy at the La Jolla Playhouse tells the story of two Asian-American siblings struggling with their careers and romantic lives. Mike Lew, who has found success in New York as a playwright, returns home for the play's West Coast premiere.

San Diego Philanthropist Malin Burnham On Putting 'Community Before Self'

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The real estate developer, philanthropist and sailor is opening up about his life in a new book.