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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Researchers Join Pancreatic Cancer 'Dream Team'

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A $12 million effort aims to find new ways to treat and slow the growth of pancreatic cancer.

Will San Diego Take More Syrian Refugees After Paris Attacks?

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Governors from several U.S. states balk at taking in Syrian refugees after attacks in Paris.

Hearing At San Diego State Examines Student Homelessness

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Members of a state Assembly committee will convene at San Diego State University to hear about how housing and food insecurity are affecting college students.

Chargers Drama Stars San Diego Mayor On New York Stage

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer made his case in New York. The Chargers and Raiders hired Disney's CEO. A sports columnist said San Diego could have a pro football team: the Raiders.

San Diego Man's Role In Uncovering Priest Sex Abuse Featured In 'Spotlight'

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A San Diego mental health counselor was instrumental in helping Boston Globe investigative reporters uncover the priest sex abuse scandal in 2002 and cover-up that followed. The investigation is depicted in the new film "Spotlight."

Journalism Changing In 'The Post-Kardashian Era'

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Journalists and public relations experts wrestle with how traditional journalism is contending with "click-bait" news. A forum will be held Thursday night at Point Loma Nazarene University on the topic.

San Diego Nonprofit Launches Online Course About Helping Veterans

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San Diego-based nonprofit PsychArmor launched the "One, Five, Fifteen Campaign" on Veterans Day with a free hour-long online course to educate all Americans about what they can do to help veterans.

Poet and U.S. Veteran Brian Turner On 'Incoming'

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Brian Turner's extraordinary poems convey the adrenaline rush, the boredom, the flash of fear and horror of war. Turner was deployed to Bosnia and Iraq. A teacher now with a peaceful life in Florida, he continues to tell the story of war through his words.

Courage Under Water: Swimmer Shares Message Of Perseverance In New Book

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Diana Nyad accomplished something at 64 that she had set out and failed to do at 28: swim from Cuba to Florida. She is the only person to make the 100-plus mile swim without the aid of a shark cage.

War Dog’s Tale: Film Follows Navy SEAL, German Shepherd

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The film "SEAL Dog" tells the story of the unusual relationship between Trevor Maroshek and a German Shepherd known as Chopper, on and off the battlefield.

New Book Explores All Things Pacific

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Author Simon Winchester likes big topics. He has followed up on his 2010 book on the history of the Atlantic Ocean with an even more enormous subject, the Pacific.

How Mexico Court’s Ruling On Marijuana Affects The Drug War

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Amid the violent drug war in Mexico, that has led to the killing and disappearance of tens of thousand of people, justices opened the door to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

San Diego Gets High Marks For Preventing Premature Births

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Midday Edition takes a closer look at the March of Dimes 2015 Report Card on Premature Birth Rates and what San Diego researchers are doing to help preterm babies.

San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday

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Women directors, masters of cinema, pop culture and a 105-year-old Disney artist. The 16th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, which opens this week, celebrates films from Asia and by Asian-Americans.

San Diego Advocates Offer Advice On Caring For Relatives With Dementia

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An estimated 60,000 people are living with Alzheimer's or some form of dementia in San Diego County.

University Of San Diego Forum Examines Global Refugee Crisis

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The situation in Syria and Europe is considered the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. A public forum asks whether the world should be more prepared for the population upheavals that come with war.

Drought Taking Heavy Toll On San Diego Trees

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California has lost an astounding number of trees to the ongoing drought. Among them, many of San Diego's beloved Torrey pines.

San Diego Writer Shares Her Experience With Depression

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This week in her long-running San Diego Reader column, Diary of a Diva, Barbarella Fokos decided to write about something she never has before. She described what it's like for her to live with depression.

San Diego Groups Debate Stricter Gun Control Laws

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Amid a push to tighten gun laws, a new gun rights group in San Diego and the Brady Campaign discuss proposed gun legislation.

New Book Explores Forces That Shaped California's Coast

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San Diego's coastal environment is always changing and geology professor Keith Heyer Meldahl explains how in his new book, "Surf, Sand, and Stone: How Waves, Earthquakes, and other Forces Shape the Southern California Coast."

Dumanis: Reduce Prison Population But Protect Public

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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is part of a national group of law enforcement officials that aims to reduce the number of people behind bars.

Author William Joyce Discusses 2015 KPBS One Book Kids Selection

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William Joyce is the author of the KPBS One Book Kids selection for 2015, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." KPBS spoke to him about his book in November.

Jonas Salk's Life, Career Explored In New Biography

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As celebrations wind down marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jonas Salk, a new biography explores the many facets of the man.

Jails, Prisons Less Crowded A Year After Prop. 47

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A Stanford Law School study shows the measure is saving the state about $93 million in prison costs, but critics say Proposition 47 has become a get-out-of-jail-free card for repeat offenders.

Day Of The Dead: San Diego Concert Honors Late Mariachi Musicians

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Mariachi Champaña Nevin and Tijuana-born soprano Mónica Ábrego will celebrate musical legends in the eighth annual Day of the Dead concert to benefit the future of mariachi music.

Study Shows Scope Of Sex Trafficking In San Diego County

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San Diego County law enforcement has long known that human sex trafficking was a significant problem here. Now, for the first time, instead of just anecdotes there are numbers to reveal the scope of the problem.

What Zombies Say About U.S. Culture, Society

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A Cal State San Marcos professor and author examines the horror genre and discusses the deeper meaning of zombies, vampires and ghosts.

Worker Shortage Places Strain On California Farms

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Can California continue to provide the rest of the nation with fruits and vegetables if there aren't enough people to work to produce them?

Sci-Q: San Diego Experts Explore Science Of Fear

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What happens to people when they get frightened? What's the line between exploring their fears and being paralyzed by them?

Preparing For El Niño: Tips To Protect San Diego Homes

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Tips for homeowners to protect their property both inside and out from the rainstorms that might accompany El Niño.

Transgender In Prison: How California's New Guidelines Will Be Implemented

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California will now pay for transgender inmates who meet certain criteria to have sex-reassignment surgery.

New Law Helps Low-Income Families Stretch Food Dollars

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The California Nutrition Incentives Act will leverage federal grants to provide a dollar-for-dollar match to people who shop at farmers markets.

San Diego Filmmaker Paul Espinosa Looks Back On 30-Year Career

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Paul Espinosa has been making films about issues affecting people on and near the U.S.-Mexico border since the 1980s. He recently donated his entire professional archive, including scripts, research and interviews, to UC San Diego.

Report: San Diego Economy Taking $1B Hit From Low Safety Net Enrollment

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A new report says San Diego County enrollment rates in CalFresh, CalWORKs and Medi-Cal remain among the lowest in the state.

Why Immigrant Spouses Are Uniquely Vulnerable To Domestic Violence

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"He told me, 'If you’re not back in 15 minutes I will call the police and say that you kidnapped my son, because you have no rights.'"

Veteran Science Educator Leads Birch Aquarium Into The Future

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The new executive director at the Birch Aquarium joins Midday Edition for a chat about his work and his plans for the future.

San Diego Unified Wants LGBTQ Students To Feel Welcome

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Since the beginning of the year, at least three transgender teenagers have committed suicide in San Diego County.

Solana Beach Moves Toward Banning Plastic Foam Food Containers

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A vote scheduled next week could make Solana Beach the first city in San Diego County to ban plastic foam food containers, commonly known as Styrofoam. KPBS Midday Edition looks at what's behind the effort.

Amid CIA Hack Probe, Expert Examines Ongoing Cyber Security Threats

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High-profile government officials aren't the only ones being targeted by hackers. Experts say the public encounters cyber dangers on a daily basis at home and at work.

Bilingual Newspaper La Prensa San Diego Changes Hands

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After nearly 40 years, the Muñoz family sold San Diego's only bilingual newspaper to political consultant Art Castañares.

Black And Chicano Students Fight Injustice Together At San Diego City College

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A new era of unity between the Black Studies and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego City College kicks off this week.

San Diego County Retailers Busted For Overcharging Customers

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An analysis of data by The San Diego Union-Tribune Watchdog, reveals the top 10 stores in San Diego County that overcharge the most.

Food For Thought: Healthy Planet Left Behind In U.S. Dietary Guidelines

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A scientific recommendation for the final 2105 Dietary Guidelines not only calls for a healthy diet but a healthy planet. However, the USDA says it will not adopt sustainability in its final report.

San Diego Attorney Seeks U.N.'s Help To Free Convicted Killer

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In an unusual and last-ditch effort to exonerate a woman in a 1992 gang murder, a San Diego attorney has filed an appeal with the United Nations.

Will California's New Motor Voter Law Boost Turnout?

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The new motor voter law will automatically register citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's license at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The law goes into effect in 2016.

New California Laws Target Technology, Digital Privacy

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than 800 bills this year and last week, many involved privacy rights. Midday Edition will take a look at how electronic communication will be regulated in California.

How California's New Marijuana Laws Will Affect San Diego Pot Businesses

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs new pot bills into law as advocates push to get recreational use on the 2016 ballot.

'Mathemagician' Arthur Benjamin To Perform In La Jolla

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In his new book, "The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why," Arthur Benjamin uses mental magic tricks to engage his readers in solving math problems.

Does California Coastal Commission Have Authority To Ban Breeding At SeaWorld?

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The California Coastal Commission approved SeaWorld's request to expand the holding tanks for its killer whales on the condition that it halts its breeding program.

GI Film Festival Comes To San Diego

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The festival features dramas, documentaries and short films based on a range of military experiences. It runs from Tuesday through Sunday.