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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

UC San Diego Research Informs Musical About Good, Bad Of Aging

UC San Diego Research Informs Musical About Good, Bad Of Aging

March 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"The Geeze & Me" is a new musical about a group of baby boomers trying to figure out if there is a good way to get older.

Advocates Push For National Memorial For Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

Advocates Push For National Memorial For Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

March 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation wants to raise money to build the memorial on the National Mall by 2024. But the project faces some roadblocks.

San Diego Poet Explores Immigration In 'The Flayed City'

San Diego Poet Explores Immigration In 'The Flayed City'

March 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hari Alluri's new book has received praised from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who said Alluri "carries a new quiet brush of multi-currents, of multi-worlds to paint this holographic life-scape."

Showing Young Girls Their Strength Through A Camera Lens

Showing Young Girls Their Strength Through A Camera Lens

March 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Strong is the New Pretty" is a book of photographs by Kate Parker that celebrates the strength girls have when they are true to themselves.

What Do The Top Endurance Athletes In The World Eat?

What Do The Top Endurance Athletes In The World Eat?

March 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Matt Fitzgerald looked at what the top runners, cyclists, cross-country skiers and triathletes in the world were eating to come up with a diet that amateur endurance athletes could mimic. He wrote about what he learned in his book, "The Endurance Diet."

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: In And Around Balboa Park

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: In And Around Balboa Park

March 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend there are exhibitions, concerts and plays happening in and around Balboa Park.

Exhibit Shows How Jews Helped Found Early San Diego

Exhibit Shows How Jews Helped Found Early San Diego

March 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Historian Joellyn Zollman said San Diego's early Jews were able to participate directly in the creation of their city, which wasn’t true in places like New York, Baltimore or Chicago.

New Nonprofit Launches Barista Training Program For Homeless, At-Ri...

New Nonprofit Launches Barista Training Program For Homeless, At-Risk Youth

March 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Coffee Training Institute aims to recruit, train and provide job placement for the homeless, at-risk youth and low-income individuals.

SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Names New Dean

SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Names New Dean

March 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gregorio Ponce was named the dean of San Diego State University-Imperial Valley earlier this month.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Act As Immig...

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Act As Immigration Agents

March 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In response to an inquiry from the San Diego City Council, Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave his clearest indication yet that the city will not participate in any attempt to deputize local law enforcement as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Irish Poetry And Local Music

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Irish Poetry And Local Music

March 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings an Irish literature marathon, a rarely-staged play, a celebration of local music and more.

Mariner Travels The World To Study Ocean Tides

Mariner Travels The World To Study Ocean Tides

March 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Mariner Jonathan White thought he knew everything he needed to know about the constant roiling of the sea. But after almost losing his boat in a large Alaskan tide, he set off on a decades-long, worldwide journey to learn more about the ocean's movements.

‘Ruta Madre’ Tells Story Of San Diegan In Search Of His Roots

‘Ruta Madre’ Tells Story Of San Diegan In Search Of His Roots

March 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film “Ruta Madre” will be screened on opening night of the 24th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival. Mexican actresses Carmen Salinas and Angelica Maria star in the film along with Paulina Gaitan from the Netflix series "Narcos" and comedian Paul Rodriguez.

USD Questions Morality Of Immigration Policies

USD Questions Morality Of Immigration Policies

March 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

U.S. federal judges in two states blocked President Donald Trump's renewed travel ban from taking effect on Wednesday night, a day before the executive order was set to go into effect. A debate Thursday night at the University of San Diego will take up another criticism of federal policy: Is immigration a moral right?

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus To Perform Verdi's 'Requiem' This Weekend

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus To Perform Verdi's 'Requiem' This Weekend

March 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The performance requires a full chorus, a full symphony and solo vocalists. The San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus will be performing along with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and four solo vocalists.

Prize-Winning Roboticist Talks Self-Driving Cars In San Diego

Prize-Winning Roboticist Talks Self-Driving Cars In San Diego

March 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A pioneer in automated driving technology is among the Kyoto Prize laureates lecturing in San Diego this week. The Kyoto Prize, one of the top scientific awards in the world, holds an annual symposium in San Diego featuring the year's three winners.

Google Earth Images Heighten Concerns Over San Onofre Nuclear Waste...

Google Earth Images Heighten Concerns Over San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage Plan

March 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Critics of Southern California Edison's storage waste plan are fired up after new arial images show where nuclear waste will be stored--100 feet from the shoreline.

South Bay Mayors Call For Prioritizing Tijuana Sewage Infrastructur...

South Bay Mayors Call For Prioritizing Tijuana Sewage Infrastructure Funding After Massive Spill

March 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Baja California's governor is expected to declare a state of emergency in response to last month's massive sewage spill in the Tijuana River.

Inmates At Donovan Prison Write About Addiction In New Play

Inmates At Donovan Prison Write About Addiction In New Play

March 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The impact of addiction is the subject of two plays that will be performed by San Diego State University theater students Thursday through Sunday. One of the plays was written by inmates at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

What It Means To Be ‘All Grown Up’

What It Means To Be ‘All Grown Up’

March 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

When did you finally feel all grown up? Was it when you got your first apartment? When you got married? Or had a baby? The New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg explores the topic in a new novel.

Many Buskers Want San Diego To Change Rules Of The Game

Many Buskers Want San Diego To Change Rules Of The Game

March 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

They're collecting signatures and some even plan to show up at the San Diego City Council meeting on Tuesday to ask for a change to the city code.

Wyatt Earp Biography Separates Myth From Reality

Wyatt Earp Biography Separates Myth From Reality

March 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Old West lawman Wyatt Earp's had his story told in at least a half-dozen movies, but the stories of Earp that have survived in pop culture are often more legend than historical fact.

ACA Replacement Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood, San Diego Org...

ACA Replacement Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood, San Diego Organization Reacts

March 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The bill introduced by House Republicans on Monday to replace the Affordable Care Act would defund Planned Parenthood by not allowing Medicaid to reimburse services that the organization provides.

Effort To Capture Remaining Vaquita Porpoises Continues

Effort To Capture Remaining Vaquita Porpoises Continues

March 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

With just 30 vaquitas left, Barbara Taylor, a marine mammal expert, discusses the latest effort to keep the world’s smallest porpoise from going extinct.

San Diego's Female Chefs Celebrate Their Kitchen Leadership

San Diego's Female Chefs Celebrate Their Kitchen Leadership

March 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Women have been cooking and preparing meals for millennia, but female chefs are still a significant minority in U.S. restaurants.

Living With Animals: New Exhibit Opens At Museum of Man

Living With Animals: New Exhibit Opens At Museum of Man

March 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit “Living with Animals” explores the relationship between humans and animals over time and across cultures. It opens March 11 at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park.

How Sexting, Texting And Social Media Shape Teen Mental Health

How Sexting, Texting And Social Media Shape Teen Mental Health

March 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Sexting, texting and social media — the new world of teen communications" — that's the title of one of the talks taking place at the Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference on Saturday in San Diego.

Book By Military Veterans Teaches How To Lead Without A Title

Book By Military Veterans Teaches How To Lead Without A Title

March 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

You don't have to have a management title to be one of the leaders in your workplace. That's the message of the new book "SPARK: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success."

North County Crackdown Takes Out Major Heroin Supplier

North County Crackdown Takes Out Major Heroin Supplier

March 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged 55 people in a series of drug cases they claimed were some of the most significant yet to deal with San Diego County's rising heroin and methamphetamine use.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Buskers To Ballet

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Buskers To Ballet

March 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a high-flying ballet, stilt-walkers and discount theater tickets.

San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

March 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego public libraries are aiming to make science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts more accessible and engaging by focusing on something that gets the attention of most kids — bugs.

UC San Diego To Probe How Humans Became Aware Of Death

UC San Diego To Probe How Humans Became Aware Of Death

March 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Everything that's alive on this planet eventually dies, but it's the special lot of human beings to be the only species with an awareness of our own mortality.

San Diegan Appointed To California’s Homeless Housing Initiative

San Diegan Appointed To California’s Homeless Housing Initiative

March 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Alfredo Aguirre, San Diego County’s Behavioral Health Director, to the “No Place Like Home” advisory committee.

Talking Travel: Must-See Destinations In The US And Canada

Talking Travel: Must-See Destinations In The US And Canada

Feb. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego’s Balboa Park and Hotel Del Coronado made travel writer Patricia Schultz’s list of, "1,000 Places To See, In The U.S. And Canada, Before You Die.”

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses California’s GOP Strategy

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses California’s GOP Strategy

Feb. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Republicans make up just 26 percent of registered voters in California. And with a supermajority of Democrats in both houses in Sacramento, the GOP has its work cut out for it.

With All This Rain, Can We Go Back To Gardening The Way We Used To?

With All This Rain, Can We Go Back To Gardening The Way We Used To?

Feb. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The answer is no, but what does the abundance of rain mean for the health of plant life? How can gardeners make the most of the wet weather?

How San Diego Bookstores Are Surviving

How San Diego Bookstores Are Surviving

Feb. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

While Fifth Avenue Books in Hillcrest is closing its doors at the end of the month, other bookstores in San Diego are doing OK and surviving in what was thought to be a dying industry.

Former NATO Ambassador Visits San Diego To Talk Trump

Former NATO Ambassador Visits San Diego To Talk Trump

Feb. 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

President Donald Trump has called NATO "obsolete" and questioned whether America would defend its European allies if they don't spend more on their own military.

How Increased Immigration Enforcement Could Impact San Diego County...

How Increased Immigration Enforcement Could Impact San Diego County Farms

Feb. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Farms across the country, including those in San Diego County, rely on laborers who are in the country illegally. How will increased immigration enforcement affect San Diego County's farming workforce?

Report: California Hate Groups On The Rise

Report: California Hate Groups On The Rise

Feb. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Southern Poverty Law Center says the number of hate groups nationwide rose for a second year in a row. It documented 79 hate groups in California in 2016.

Politics And The Academy Awards

Politics And The Academy Awards

Feb. 23
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

The 89th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and politics of one sort or another are likely to be on display as are the most diverse group of acting nominees.

Sen. Atkins Discusses Single-Payer Health Care For California

Sen. Atkins Discusses Single-Payer Health Care For California

Feb. 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

State Sen. Toni Atkins has co-sponsored a bill to explore a single-payer health care system in California. She joined us on Wednesday's Midday Edition to talk about the proposal. Here is what she said.

Tracy Kidder Talks Non-Fiction Craft At Writer’s Symposium

Tracy Kidder Talks Non-Fiction Craft At Writer’s Symposium

Feb. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A man described as "the master of the non-fiction narrative" is one of the featured speakers at this year's annual Writer’s Symposium By the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps

Feb. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Members of the grassroots movement Indivisible have been calling on the members of Congress to host town hall-style meetings in order to hear constituents' concerns about the policies of the Trump administration.

Encinitas Student Who Was Barred From U.S. Speaks Out

Encinitas Student Who Was Barred From U.S. Speaks Out

Feb. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Sara Yarjani, a U.S. student-visa holder who is an Iranian national, was detained and deported from the U.S. last month, after President Trump’s travel ban went into effect.

75 Years Since Japanese Internment Order, Is History Repeating Itself?

75 Years Since Japanese Internment Order, Is History Repeating Itself?

Feb. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A lecture in San Diego Tuesday explores the history of the Japanese internment order and its parallels with Trump's travel ban.

Kuumba Fest Celebrates San Diego's Black Community

Kuumba Fest Celebrates San Diego's Black Community

Feb. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Kuumba Fest, a three-day festival of African-American culture, celebrates its 25th anniversary.

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Perform At Point Loma Writer's Sy...

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Perform At Point Loma Writer's Symposium

Feb. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Pinsky and members of the Point Loma Nazarene University Jazz Combo preview their performance Tuesday on Midday Edition.

How Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?

How Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?

Feb. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

For some insight into how human beings coped with changes in the earth's climate in the past, we have to switch from the climate scientists to the archeologists.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy

Feb. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties filed a lawsuit this week over a San Diego Police Department policy that allows officers to collect DNA samples from juveniles, without a warrant or parental consent.