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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Fiasco Theater Brings Molière Back To The Old Globe

Fiasco Theater Brings Molière Back To The Old Globe

May 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Like it did with "Into the Woods," Fiasco Theater reinvents Molière for Globe-commissioned "The Imaginary Invalid."

New Book Looks At Involuntary Psychiatric Care

New Book Looks At Involuntary Psychiatric Care

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The authors of "Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care," Dinah Miller and Annette Hanson, show both sides of the argument over involuntary treatment in the book but conclude that it is not the best solution.

Exhibit Reveals The Art Of Former San Diego City Councilman Tom Hom

Exhibit Reveals The Art Of Former San Diego City Councilman Tom Hom

May 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit “Unseen Portrait: The Art of Tom Hom” is on display now through August 20 at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.

San Diego City Council Takes Up Hotel Tax Hike Revisions

San Diego City Council Takes Up Hotel Tax Hike Revisions

May 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego City Council on Monday will consider Mayor Kevin Faulconer's plan to finance a San Diego Convention Center expansion through hotel tax increases and whether that plan should be placed on this November's ballot.

Diversionary’s ‘Ballast’ Navigates Changing Relationships

Diversionary’s ‘Ballast’ Navigates Changing Relationships

May 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Ballast” is a story about two couples each with a transgender partner who is transitioning. The play runs through June 4.

San Diego Biotech Job Boom Expected To Slow

San Diego Biotech Job Boom Expected To Slow

May 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

While San Diego biotech jobs grew 19.6 percent between 2011 and 2016, California's biotech trade group expects that to increase only another 2.7 percent by 2021.

Documentary Details The Struggles Of People With Anxiety Disorders

Documentary Details The Struggles Of People With Anxiety Disorders

May 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"It's Just Anxiety" is a documentary that details the struggles of about a dozen people with anxiety disorders or mental health conditions that include anxiety symptoms.

How Modern Philanthropists Are Changing Public Policy

How Modern Philanthropists Are Changing Public Policy

May 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego is filled with institutions that exist in large part because rich people decided to donate to them. Think Copley Symphony Hall, the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego or the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute at Scripps Health.

San Diego Unified School District Gets New Police Chief

San Diego Unified School District Gets New Police Chief

May 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Capt. Michael Marquez has been named the new police chief of San Diego Unified's Police Department. The 27-year police force veteran previously served as interim chief at the district.

Ken Burns Ends War Film Trilogy With 'Vietnam'

Ken Burns Ends War Film Trilogy With 'Vietnam'

May 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Ken Burns started his documentary journey through American wars with his award-winning examination of the Civil War. Now, Burns is ending his film trilogy with one that many living Americans can remember well.

Documentary Explores Struggle Between Native Americans And US Gover...

Documentary Explores Struggle Between Native Americans And US Government Over Land Use

May 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film, "Beyond Standing Rock," focuses on three conflicts: the Dakota Access oil pipeline, oil and gas development on the Southern UTE reservation in Colorado and the designation of the Bear’s Ears National Monument. The film airs Tuesday at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Zydeco, Margaritas And Moms

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Zydeco, Margaritas And Moms

May 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Here's a look at some mom-friendly weekend ideas.

San Diego Representatives  React To Trump Firing FBI Director Comey

San Diego Representatives React To Trump Firing FBI Director Comey

May 10
By Brooke Ruth, Christopher Underwood, Maureen Cavanaugh

President Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday, stating that his ouster was required to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI.

Report: California’s Juvenile Detention Fees Hurt Families

Report: California’s Juvenile Detention Fees Hurt Families

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A report by UC Berkeley School of Law Policy Advocacy Clinic shows San Diego County charges families $30 for every day a juvenile is locked up in juvenile detention. And the average stay can cost families almost $1,000.

Women Astronomers Get Their Story Told In 'Silent Sky'

Women Astronomers Get Their Story Told In 'Silent Sky'

May 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Henrietta Swan Leavitt is hardly a household name. But it was her work on measuring stellar distances that helped famed astronomer Edwin Hubble determine that certain clouds of gas and dust were actually galaxies far beyond the Milky Way.

San Diego Mayor To Replace Homeless ‘Czar’

San Diego Mayor To Replace Homeless ‘Czar’

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Stacie Spector, San Diego’s senior advisor on housing solutions, is out after serving seven months in the position.

Experts Remain Optimistic Over Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise

Experts Remain Optimistic Over Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise

May 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Despite reports that there may only be 2 or 3 vaquitas left in the northern Gulf of California, a $4 million effort to capture and save the critically endangered porpoise is moving forward.

Reveal Looks Into Why Not All Police Officers Get Trained In De-Esc...

Reveal Looks Into Why Not All Police Officers Get Trained In De-Escalation

May 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

De-escalation training is designed to teach police officers techniques to reduce fatal use of force. Officers are trained in how to slow down and verbally engage with the people they encounter.

Grand Jury Criticizes San Diego Jail Suicide-Prevention Efforts

Grand Jury Criticizes San Diego Jail Suicide-Prevention Efforts

May 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego County grand jury says that while the Sheriff's Department has undertaken reforms to reduce jail suicides, the suicide rate remains high and its procedures manual lacks a clear policy statement on preventing suicides.

Author Shares Experience From Being Homeless To Attending Harvard

Author Shares Experience From Being Homeless To Attending Harvard

May 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Liz Murray is the author of "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard" and the keynote speaker at the United Way of San Diego County's "Changing the Odds Community Breakfast" on Wednesday.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Music Of May

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Music Of May

May 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It's a very musical weekend, with mariachis, a string quartet and even some confetti.

San Diego Arts Organizations Plan To Rally Against Proposed Funding...

San Diego Arts Organizations Plan To Rally Against Proposed Funding Cuts

May 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget reduces arts funding by $4.7 million, which is almost a third of what the city currently spends.

State Project To Encourage Doctors To Treat Opioid Addiction With M...

State Project To Encourage Doctors To Treat Opioid Addiction With Medication

May 4
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

California is using a federal grant on a project that will help more physicians prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

'Swift Boats At War In Vietnam' Exhibit Opens At Maritime Museum Of...

'Swift Boats At War In Vietnam' Exhibit Opens At Maritime Museum Of San Diego

May 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, which runs through Veteran's Day, features the stories of swift boat veterans, photographs and what is believed to be the last remaining swift boat.

Rainy Winter Has Led To Increase In Bugs In San Diego County

Rainy Winter Has Led To Increase In Bugs In San Diego County

May 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Michael Wall holds a doctorate in entomology and is the vice president of research and public programs at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He will join Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the types of bugs we are seeing an increase in due to our wet winter.

The Coronado Surfers Who Created A $100 Million Drug Ring

The Coronado Surfers Who Created A $100 Million Drug Ring

May 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Coronado Company started out as a group of teenagers back the 1970s who decided to swim across the U.S.-Mexico border with bundles of marijuana.

3,000 Expected To Turn Out For San Diego Climate March On Saturday

3,000 Expected To Turn Out For San Diego Climate March On Saturday

April 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hundreds of marches are planned across the country in solidarity with the People's Climate March on Saturday in Washington, D.C., one of which is in San Diego.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: So Many Festivals

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: So Many Festivals

April 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Is this the biggest arts event weekend of the year?

How Researchers Are Trying To Reverse Engineer The Human Body

How Researchers Are Trying To Reverse Engineer The Human Body

April 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego's Dart NeuroScience has spent years working on something that still seems like science fiction: a pill that can supercharge your memory with near-perfect recall.

'Unprecedented' Tree Die-Off Hits Southern California

'Unprecedented' Tree Die-Off Hits Southern California

April 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The U.S. Forest Service said an invasive beetle could kill 27 million urban trees across Southern California. That is about 40 percent of the region's 70 million trees.

Report: California's Five-Year Drought Increased Electricity Costs ...

Report: California's Five-Year Drought Increased Electricity Costs By $2.45B

April 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Loss of hydroelectricity generation during California's 5-year drought led to an increase of about $2.45 billion in electricity costs, according to a report released by the Pacific Institute on Wednesday.

San Diego County Sees 39 Percent Increase In Homeless Youth

San Diego County Sees 39 Percent Increase In Homeless Youth

April 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The number of homeless teens and young adults in the county increased 39 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to the point-in-time count that was conducted in January.

San Diego Businesses, Residents Oppose Adding Temporary Homeless Sh...

San Diego Businesses, Residents Oppose Adding Temporary Homeless Shelter Downtown

April 25
By Andrew Bowen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A coalition of downtown businesses and residents are speaking out against plans to convert the old downtown library into a temporary homeless shelter.

Nixon Biography Reveals Connection To Failed Vietnam Peace Talks

Nixon Biography Reveals Connection To Failed Vietnam Peace Talks

April 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A new biography claims President Richard Nixon lied not just about the Watergate break-in scandal, but about his role in failed Vietnam peace talks in the run-up to his 1968 presidential victory.

Cardiff Resident Tells Story Of Surviving Nepal Earthquake In New D...

Cardiff Resident Tells Story Of Surviving Nepal Earthquake In New Documentary

April 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Cardiff resident Kat Heldman is featured in a documentary about the 2015 Nepal earthquake that is airing on the Smithsonian Channel Monday night.

San Diego County Congressional Delegation On Border Wall, Obamacare...

San Diego County Congressional Delegation On Border Wall, Obamacare Repeal, Spending Bill

April 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County's congressional delegation will attend the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual congressional luncheon on Friday.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Murals, Music And Mother Earth

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Murals, Music And Mother Earth

April 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

From concerts to festivals, this weekend is all about the outdoors.

People Sleeping On Streets In San Diego County Increases 14 Percent

People Sleeping On Streets In San Diego County Increases 14 Percent

April 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Susan Murphy

San Diego County's homeless count in January found that 9,116 people were living in shelters or on the streets. That's a five percent increase countywide as compared to the previous year.

San Diego State Basketball Coach Steve Fisher Discusses Career, Ret...

San Diego State Basketball Coach Steve Fisher Discusses Career, Retirement

April 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

After leading the men’s basketball team for 18 seasons and putting the team on the national stage, Fisher announced his retirement last week.

'A Growing Passion' Takes On San Diego Hops

'A Growing Passion' Takes On San Diego Hops

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

After an unusually rainy winter In Southern California, it seems nearly every patch of earth is in bloom. It is not something San Diego gardeners are used to, but it is a fitting time to catch the new season of KPBS' "A Growing Passion."

San Diego Scientists Prepare For March To Bolster Science's Role In...

San Diego Scientists Prepare For March To Bolster Science's Role In Policy

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Scientists from across the country will be demonstrating on Saturday in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of other cities, advocating for science's role in public policy and against proposed cuts to federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency.

History Center Asks Guests To Pay-It-Forward And Stem Visitor Decline

History Center Asks Guests To Pay-It-Forward And Stem Visitor Decline

April 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego History Center had a very good 2015, showcasing its most popular exhibit yet. But the History Center couldn't hold on to the increase in visitors so they decided to do something unconventional about it.

Is It Time To Retire SDSU’s Aztec Mascot?

Is It Time To Retire SDSU’s Aztec Mascot?

April 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Associated Students University Council at San Diego State University will vote Wednesday on a non-binding resolution to get rid of the Aztec name and image because some believe it perpetuates racism.

Gov. Brown’s Pardon Renews Hope For Deported Veteran

Gov. Brown’s Pardon Renews Hope For Deported Veteran

April 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hector Barajas-Varela, the director and founder of Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana, is among 3 deported veterans who was pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown on Easter Sunday.

Mortgage Rates Fall After Post-Election Spike

Mortgage Rates Fall After Post-Election Spike

April 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Interest rates on home loans have declined since a post-election surge, leaving median San Diego homebuyers spending about $64 less per month on mortgage payments now than if they bought a home late last year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday.

New Book Chronicles The History Of Lowrider Car Culture In San Diego

New Book Chronicles The History Of Lowrider Car Culture In San Diego

April 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The authors of "San Diego Lowriders: A History of Cars and Cruising" will be signing copies of their book Tuesday at Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan.

Undersea Lights Dazzle In Birch Aquarium's 'Infinity Cube'

Undersea Lights Dazzle In Birch Aquarium's 'Infinity Cube'

April 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Step inside the translucent 8-foot box at the Birch Aquarium, and at first you are surrounded by darkness. But quickly, projections of pulsating blue lights surround you on all sides.

Report: 43,000 Young People Not Working Or Going To School In San D...

Report: 43,000 Young People Not Working Or Going To School In San Diego County

April 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The report by the San Diego Workforce Partnership says nearly 10 percent of young people ages 16-24 are “disconnected” from school or work. The issue will be addressed this week at a youth summit.

Amid Civil War, Journalist Returns To Syria To Trace Family History

Amid Civil War, Journalist Returns To Syria To Trace Family History

April 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In her new memoir, “The Home That Was Our Country,” author and civil rights attorney Alia Malek tells the personal and political story of her journey back to Damascus during the early years of the Syrian civil war.

Why The Los Angeles Times Ran A Six-Part Editorial Condemnation Of ...

Why The Los Angeles Times Ran A Six-Part Editorial Condemnation Of Trump

April 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Los Angeles Times Friday published the final installment of a weeklong series of editorials laying out a blistering critique of the presidency and personality of Donald Trump.