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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Imperial Valley Water Officials Set Ultimatum To Protect Salton Sea

Imperial Valley Water Officials Set Ultimatum To Protect Salton Sea

Dec. 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Imperial Irrigation District is demanding that the state have a 10-year plan for the management of the Salton Sea by the end of the year or it will not agree to a proposed Colorado River drought deal.

New Book Profiles Remarkable San Diego County Women

New Book Profiles Remarkable San Diego County Women

Dec. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Belle Benchley, the first female zoo director and Bertha Pendleton, the first woman and first African American San Diego school superintendent, are among the 28 women whose stories are told.

San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald Reflects On Her Time At City Hall

San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald Reflects On Her Time At City Hall

Dec. 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Emerald was elected to the council in 2008. The beginning of her time in office coincided with the Great Recession. She also changed districts and dealt with the resignation of former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Learning About The History Of Pearl Harbor Through Comics

Learning About The History Of Pearl Harbor Through Comics

Dec. 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Pearl Harbor And The Day of Infamy” is a 24-page comic book by historian Jay Wertz being released Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

‘Gross And Unlikable’: An All-Female Anthology Of Horror Stories

‘Gross And Unlikable’: An All-Female Anthology Of Horror Stories

Dec. 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

So Say We All, a literary and arts nonprofit in San Diego, releases the latest edition in its collection of literary horror and dark fiction.

How Should Chula Vista Spend Its Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase?

How Should Chula Vista Spend Its Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase?

Dec. 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The sales tax increase is intended to pay for infrastructure needs in the city, including upgrades to police and fire facilities, equipment and repairing streets and sidewalks.

Community College Students Face Housing, Food Insecurity

Community College Students Face Housing, Food Insecurity

Dec. 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Struggling to Survive, Striving to Succeed: Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College" found that about a third of community college students face homelessness or housing insecurity, while 12 percent don't know where their next meal will come from.

Debate Over Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays Won't Get Settled At San ...

Debate Over Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays Won't Get Settled At San Diego Library

Dec. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Most academics think it's a settled question, but there are still skeptics who don't believe William Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet" and the dozens of other plays commonly attributed to the man from Stratford-upon-Avon.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Comedy, Chili And Carols

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Comedy, Chili And Carols

Dec. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Not going to December Nights? Here are some other weekend options.

Mexican Consulate Of San Diego Announces Program To Support Immigrants

Mexican Consulate Of San Diego Announces Program To Support Immigrants

Nov. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mexican Consul General in San Diego discusses the new "We Are With You Campaign." It includes 11 initiatives to educate immigrants about their rights and answer immigration questions.

Proposition 58 Passed, Now What?

Proposition 58 Passed, Now What?

Nov. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

California voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition 58 on the November ballot, which ended the 18-year mandate of English-only instruction in public schools.

San Diego Zoo, Northrop Grumman Developing Drones To Study Polar Bears

San Diego Zoo, Northrop Grumman Developing Drones To Study Polar Bears

Nov. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Ecologists at the San Diego Zoo say the biggest threat to polar bears in the wild is climate change, but it can be difficult to observe the bears in their natural habitat. A collaboration between the zoo and aerospace giant Northrop Grumman hopes to develop unmanned drones to more easily study polar bears in the Arctic.

San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria Prepares For Assembly Swearin...

San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria Prepares For Assembly Swearing In

Nov. 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

His two terms on the Council have coincided with some of the most tumultuous times in city history.

San Diego Museum Of Man Explores History of Cannibalism

San Diego Museum Of Man Explores History of Cannibalism

Nov. 28
By Daniela Contreras, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit "Cannibals: Myth & Reality" at the San Diego Museum of Man will give visitors an inside look at the history and taboos associated with cannibalism.

Turkey Talk: How Not To Burn Your Biscuits, Make Gritty Gravy Or Dr...

Turkey Talk: How Not To Burn Your Biscuits, Make Gritty Gravy Or Dry Out Your Turkey

Nov. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Chef Bernard Guillas, executive chef at the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla, will answer questions about how to plan a Thanksgiving Day dinner with all the fixings.

Rain Doesn't Signal Wet Winter, But Does Reduce Wildfire Risk

Rain Doesn't Signal Wet Winter, But Does Reduce Wildfire Risk

Nov. 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County may get more rain Saturday night or Sunday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

How To Keep The Political Peace At Thanksgiving Dinner

How To Keep The Political Peace At Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Families across the country may already be bowing out of Thanksgiving visits or canceling dinner all together, afraid of arguments with family members who have wildly divergent political stances. Others are gearing up for a few tense days.

Scripps Ph.D. Student Discusses Progress Made At UN's Climate Chang...

Scripps Ph.D. Student Discusses Progress Made At UN's Climate Change Conference

Nov. 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The goal of COP22, the United Nations climate change conference earlier this month, was to build on the Paris Agreement on global action to limit climate change.

UC San Diego Hosts 10th Annual Turkey Calling Show

UC San Diego Hosts 10th Annual Turkey Calling Show

Nov. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

What started out as an event to keep out-of-school kids occupied before the Thanksgiving holiday has transformed into a turkey tradition at UC San Diego's Geisel Library.

San Diego Chemist On Globetrotting Trip To Study Surfers' Microbiomes

San Diego Chemist On Globetrotting Trip To Study Surfers' Microbiomes

Nov. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Surfers spend a lot of their time in the ocean and a UC San Diego student is on a nine-month trek to find out how much of the ocean winds up in surfers.

Book Explores Life Of Joan Kroc, The San Diego Philanthropist Who G...

Book Explores Life Of Joan Kroc, The San Diego Philanthropist Who Gave McDonald’s Fortune Away

Nov. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new biography "Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away" looks into the story of the couple and their legacy.

San Diego To Consider Temporary Ban On Growing Marijuana Outdoors

San Diego To Consider Temporary Ban On Growing Marijuana Outdoors

Nov. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee has voted to forward a proposal to put a 45-day moratorium on personal outdoor recreational marijuana cultivation and recreational marijuana-related businesses.

San Diego Somali Community Scared In Wake Of Alleged Hate Crimes

San Diego Somali Community Scared In Wake Of Alleged Hate Crimes

Nov. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Law enforcement will meet with the local Somali community to discuss "recent crimes in the community including hate crimes, and a fear of post election uncertainties."

Report Explores How Doctors Can Help Patients Fight Food Insecurity

Report Explores How Doctors Can Help Patients Fight Food Insecurity

Nov. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A recent report by the San Diego Hunger Coalition identifies how health care providers can screen patients for food insecurity and refer them to resources during a routine visit.

Former Ocean Beach Theme Park The Backdrop For New Novel 'San Diego...

Former Ocean Beach Theme Park The Backdrop For New Novel 'San Diego Land'

Nov. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new historical novel focuses on Wonderland Park, a large amusement park in Ocean Beach that had to compete with the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Faulconer Requests Budget Cuts As San Diego Pension Costs Spike

Faulconer Requests Budget Cuts As San Diego Pension Costs Spike

Nov. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The city’s annual pension payment is expected to increase by $37 million to $228 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1, according to a financial outlook report from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office.

Acclaimed Biographer Discusses Kafka’s Life And Work

Acclaimed Biographer Discusses Kafka’s Life And Work

Nov. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dr. Reiner Stach has written five books about literary figure Franz Kafka. He will give two presentations Tuesday at San Diego State University.

San Diego’s Transportation Funding Up In The Air After Tax Measure'...

San Diego’s Transportation Funding Up In The Air After Tax Measure's Defeat

Nov. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

County voters last week rejected a half-cent sales tax increase that would have paid for transportation, infrastructure and open-space projects.

IMAX Documentary Shows 'Extreme Weather' Caused By Climate Change

IMAX Documentary Shows 'Extreme Weather' Caused By Climate Change

Nov. 10
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film, produced by National Geographic, opens at the Fleet Science Center on Friday.

San Diego Professor Shared WWII Soldiers' Letters From Around The W...

San Diego Professor Shared WWII Soldiers' Letters From Around The World

Nov. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

In 1942, a professor asked his students who fought in World War II to write him from their military posts around the world. It eventually yielded more than 4,500 letters over five years, which he published in monthly newsletters.

Election Roundup: The Results And What They Mean For San Diego County

Election Roundup: The Results And What They Mean For San Diego County

Nov. 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

The 2016 election is over. The nation has a new president, California gets a new senator and recreational marijuana is legal. KPBS Midday Edition breaks down how the results could affect San Diegans.

‘Whose Live Anyway’ Comedians Take San Diego Stage

‘Whose Live Anyway’ Comedians Take San Diego Stage

Nov. 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Fans of the Emmy-nominated “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” can experience the improv show live at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday.

Navy SEALs Seek Out High-Tech Jobs

Navy SEALs Seek Out High-Tech Jobs

Nov. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Tech executives say they are increasingly looking to recruit special operations forces veterans who typically move on to work in law enforcement or private security.

Brittany Maynard's Mother Shares Her Story To Help Families Confron...

Brittany Maynard's Mother Shares Her Story To Help Families Confronting Terminal Illness

Nov. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

At age 29, Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon so she could use that state's aid-in-dying law to end her life. Maynard's mother, Deborah Ziegler, discusses her daughter's legacy Tuesday on Midday Edition.

Ahead Of Election, San Diego Bishop Discusses Role Of Catholic Chur...

Ahead Of Election, San Diego Bishop Discusses Role Of Catholic Church In Public Policy

Nov. 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a message to local parishes, the head of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy said the Church should not get involved in partisan politics.

SDSU Stages All-Female 'Julius Caesar'

SDSU Stages All-Female 'Julius Caesar'

Nov. 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, Shakespeare's political play is re-imagined just in time for the 2016 presidential election.

Measure S Asks El Cajon Voters To Change How They Elect Council Mem...

Measure S Asks El Cajon Voters To Change How They Elect Council Members

Nov. 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Measure S is asking voters if they want to change from at-large elections, where everyone votes on every council seat in the city, to district elections, where voters in a region of the city would vote on a council member to represent them.

San Diego Beer Week Caps Year Of Shakeups For Local Breweries

San Diego Beer Week Caps Year Of Shakeups For Local Breweries

Nov. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Smaller breweries are opening at a rapid clip: 20 opened in the past year with another 25 on track to open next year.

Korean Adoptee Film A Centerpiece Of San Diego Asian Film Festival ...

Korean Adoptee Film A Centerpiece Of San Diego Asian Film Festival Opening Thursday

Nov. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

More than 140 films from 15 countries will be shown during the festival at six different theaters throughout San Diego.

USD Professor Explores Violence In America’s Poorest Neighborhoods

USD Professor Explores Violence In America’s Poorest Neighborhoods

Nov. 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

Wives Of Wounded Veterans Share Their Experiences In New Book

Nov. 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

Border Surf Contest Aims To Raise Awareness About Ocean Pollution

Nov. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

Tijuana Innovadora Returns With A Spotlight On The Arts

Nov. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

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

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

Oct. 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

Lindbergh Flight Path To Change Next Month

Oct. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

Chaldean Archbishop To Speak In San Diego On Rebuilding Iraq

Oct. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

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

Chula Vista District 3 Candidates Discuss Key Issues

Oct. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

Measure G Would Change Police Oversight Rules

Oct. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

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...

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

Oct. 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

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

Oct. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

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