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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County Could Get $3M Boost In Federal Funding For Homeless

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Advocates claim the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development formula for homeless funding is outdated and gives San Diego less money than cities with far fewer homeless people.

Hip-Hop Production 'The Best Goodbye' Hits San Diego Stage

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The community theater group Circle Circle Dot Dot presents “The Best Goodbye,” a drama by San Diego playwright Gill Sotu. The play opens Saturday.

Students Pledge $1M To UC San Diego Free Clinic

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The UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project has reached a financial milestone: Its medical students, who treat indigent patients across the city, have promised to donate $1 million to continue the clinic’s work.

Report: San Diego's Housing Shortage A Looming 'Economic Crisis'

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San Diego has one of the least affordable housing markets in the county. And a new report sponsored by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce says things could get even worse.

Professional Gamblers Place Bets on Trump-Clinton Contest

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Now that Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, what are his chances of winning? Well, you could look at the polls, you could ask your friends, or you could check where the money's going.

Ex-San Diego Cop: 'American Policing Is In A Crisis'

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Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper started his law enforcement career with the San Diego Police Department in 1966. He's written a new book, "To Protect and Serve: How To Fix America's Police."

The Healing Power Of Superheroes

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Dr. Janina Scarlet, founder of Superhero Therapy, incorporates pop culture characters to help patients cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

Why San Diego's Catholic Bishop Is Mixing Politics, Religion

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Bishop Robert McElroy talks about his support for Proposition 62, which would eliminate California's death penalty.

How To Teach Young Children About Sept. 11

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Novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes wrote “Towers Falling" as a tool to start discussions among families and in classrooms.

San Diego Players Hooked On Pokémon Go

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KPBS Midday Edition speaks to a science and technology editor about the popular augmented reality game.

A Comic-Con Preview For Locals

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No ticket to Comic-Con? No problem. We take a look at the many events happening throughout Comic-Con weekend.

Scripps Wants To Personalize Health Care With $120M Grant

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The institute has received a five-year grant from the federal government to help recruit hundreds of thousands of participants in a study researchers hope will fundamentally change the way patients receive health care.

Examining The Effects Of Climate Change On Barrio Logan

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The Air Resources Board is holding 15 workshops in low-income communities across California this month to inform the next update to the overarching document that will help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

San Diego County Water Authority, Coastkeeper Trade Barbs Over Conservation

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San Diego Coastkeeper is criticizing the San Diego County Water Authority's decision to eliminate mandatory water conservation targets.

California Testing Pay-By-Mile Fee For Drivers

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Car owners across the state are carefully tracking how far they drive this month as part of a pilot study measuring how California could eventually phase out its tax on gasoline.

Faulconer Takes On Gov. Brown's Parole Initiative

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is going to lead the effort to defeat in the fall Proposition 57, a measure Gov. Jerry Brown proposed that would allow early parole for some non-violent felons.

How Filipino WWII Veterans Are Being Reunited With Family Overseas

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The new program will allow relatives of Filipino WWII veterans to come to the U.S. before their immigrant visas become available.

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Monday

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The San Diego City Council will vote Monday afternoon on how the city's new minimum wage will be enforced.

Tony Gwynn's Widow Discusses Legacy Of Padres Great

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The athlete's widow, Alicia, talks about All-Star Game memories and the opening of a museum honoring her late husband, who played his entire Hall of Fame career for the San Diego Padres.

Is All-Star Game Really Worth $80 Million To San Diego?

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Officials told the San Diego City Council in 2014 that the All-Star Game at Petco Park and related events, including FanFest at the San Diego Convention Center, could generate $80 million. Some economists caution that may be an overly optimistic estimate.

Navy SEAL Death Puts Spotlight On Training Program

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In light of the recent homicide ruling in the drowning of a Navy SEAL trainee, KPBS Midday Edition speaks to a former officer about the elite force’s rigorous training program.

San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins Discusses New State Budget

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California's $122.5 billion budget took effect on July 1. Among its highlights: more money for schools and the state's rainy-day fund. There's also changes to the state’s welfare-to-work program.

All-Star Game Lineup Gets Released Tuesday

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First baseman Wil Myers is a strong candidate to be the San Diego Padres' representative on the National League team, said Mighty1090 sports writer Jay Paris. Myers was named the league's player of the month for June.

Astronauts Capture New Images Of Earth For IMAX Film

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The new documentary "A Beautiful Planet" offers a peek into daily life aboard the International Space Station and majestic views of the Earth below.

Treating Meth Addiction In San Diego County

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Meth-related deaths in the county spiked 67 percent from 2010 to 2014, according to the San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force. KPBS Midday Edition discusses treating addiction with a local alcohol and drug treatment center.

UC San Diego Brings Together North Korean And U.S. Diplomats

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North Korea last week said it successfully launched an intermediate-range high-altitude missile, and for the first time, the U.S. did not immediately dismiss the test as a failure. But while North Korea was showing off its military progress, its nuclear diplomat was meeting with the U.S. and others at a forum organized by UC San Diego.

San Francisco Media Band Together For Homeless Coverage

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The city has the second largest number of homeless people per capita in the U.S., topped only by New York City. Nearly all of San Francisco's news outlets are collaborating to cover homelessness.

Homeless Advocate Breaks News Through Facebook Page

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City emails made public this month showed the Imperial Avenue rock project was tied to the upcoming All-Star Game at Petco Park. It was advocate Michael McConnell who first tipped off reporters about the rocks through his Facebook page, Homelessness News San Diego.

Meth's Impact Goes Beyond Addiction In San Diego County

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More meth is coming across the border into San Diego County from "super labs" in Mexico. It's cheaper and more potent than it used to be, and the consequences go far beyond addiction.

San Diego Veterans Group Works To Raise Awareness About PTSD

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The Three Wise Men Foundation, founded by former San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, is rolling out a public service announcement on social media to coincide with National PTSD day.

San Diego County Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

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A new public outreach effort is aimed at debunking myths and shining a light on the realities of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in San Diego County.

What Does It Take To Be A Good Friend?

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A new book by a Princeton University philosophy professor looks at how what we consider friendship has changed over time.

A Look At Monday's Supreme Court Decisions And What's Next

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday released its final three decisions before summer recess, ruling on abortion regulations in Texas, the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and gun ownership restrictions for domestic abusers.

Sen. Barbara Boxer On Staying Tough In Washington

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The Democratic senator who's become a California political institution is retiring, and among the things she's leaving to posterity is her own advice on how to get important things done.

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New Exhibit Traces The History Of Political Cartoons

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“Party Lines: The History, Art and Politics of Editorial Cartoons” opens Thursday at San Diego State University's downtown gallery. It features more than 120 political cartoons, including works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Fringe Musical Takes On T.S. Eliot's Sexuality

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There's no doubt that T.S. Eliot, author of "The Waste Land," was dissatisfied — even tortured — about many things in life. But was one of them his sexuality? That's the subject of a musical at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

San Diego Veterans Museum Holds First LGBTQ Pride Event

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The event on Wednesday will highlight the evolution of LGBTQ rights in the U.S. military.

Councilman Todd Gloria Discusses San Diego's Minimum Wage Hike

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San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria, who led the effort to raise the minimum wage, talks about how the city plans to make sure employers comply with the wage increase.

How A 1981 Alabama Lynching Impacted The Battle Against The Klan

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A new book, titled "The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan," details a case that bankrupted a Ku Klux Klan organization in Alabama.

U.S. Energy Official To Attend San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage Meeting

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John Kotek, acting assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, will attend the meeting in San Juan Capistrano Wednesday to discuss storing nuclear waste from the now defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Marijuana Tax Proposed For San Diego

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A proposal by San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey would tax local marijuana businesses at least 8 percent on gross receipts. Other California cities have imposed similar taxes in anticipation of a November ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

UC San Diego Aims To Become A Leader In Using Design To Solve Problems

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A UCSD scientist who has worked at Apple and Hewlett-Packard is trying to turn San Diego into a hub for "design thinking," the concept of making things that are intuitive to use even if they’re not flashy or sleek.

‘A Feminist In The White House’ Chronicles Life, Work Of Activist Midge Costanza

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Midge Costanza broke through the political glass ceiling while working for President Jimmy Carter. She eventually settled in San Diego and was active in the LGBT community.

La Jolla Sea Lion Situation Now A ‘Crisis’

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It’s not just the stench anymore. Residents say sea lions have taken over the beach and their droppings are polluting the ocean.

Startup Week San Diego Draws Thousands Of Tech Entrepreneurs

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About 2,500 tech founders will attend the downtown series of talks. Three years ago, just 300 attended.

Michael Pollan's Groundbreaking Book On Food Still Resonates

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Ten years after writing "The Omnivore's Dilemma," Pollan says Americans are still concerned about where their food comes from.

La Jolla Playhouse Presents World Premiere Of 'The Last Tiger In Haiti'

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A couple of UC San Diego graduates collaborated on a new play that tells the story of a group of “restaveks,” or child slaves, who are fighting for survival in earthquake-rattled Haiti.

San Diego Researchers Aim To Raise Awareness Of Endangered Marine Mammal

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Researchers estimate the vaquita porpoise population had declined 80 percent since 2011. They estimate there are fewer than 60 vaquitas left in existence.

‘Grit and Hope’ Follows San Diego Students’ Path To College

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A new book chronicles the evolution of the San Diego nonprofit Reality Changers, which works to help disadvantaged minority students go to college.

Diplomat Says Reckoning Due For Middle East Wars

A diplomat who served as a U.S. State Department political adviser says with the way the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have changed the country, America needs a "mirror test."