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Stories by Megan Burke

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San Diego Researchers Playing Leading Role In Landmark 'All Of Us' Project

May 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

An ambitious effort to speed up medical research by collecting health data from one million participants has just gotten underway. UC San Diego researchers are running part of the landmark research project called "All of Us."

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Video Showing Force Used By Vista Sheriff's Deputies Prompts Investigation

May 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego County Sheriff's department said it is launching an internal review after a video posted to Facebook appears to show sheriff's deputies hitting one restrained suspect repeatedly in the head and slamming a second handcuffed suspect’s head into a fence.

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What's Next For Qualcomm Now That Broadcom's Hostile Takeover Is No Longer An Option?

March 22
By Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

Qualcomm is safe from Broadcom’s hostile takeover after President Trump blocked the deal last week over national security concerns. But there could still be turmoil at San Diego’s biggest public company. Qualcomm’s shareholders will meet Friday to vote on a new board of directors.

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How San Diego Businesses, Government Can Help Get More Electric Cars On the Road

March 21
By Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

Gov. Jerry Brown has called for 5 million electric vehicles in California by 2030. It is an ambitious goal, since there are fewer than half a million electric vehicles on the road in California right now.

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Granddaughter Of NASA 'Human Computer' To Speak In San Diego

Feb. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The contributions of the black women of NASA's space program were hidden no more after the movie "Hidden Figures," documenting the lives of three of the women, came out last year. But there were more than three black women who worked on the math which helped get astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

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'Mythbusters' Exhibit Coming To The Fleet

Feb. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The exhibit is based on the TV show "Mythbusters," which has for years been the place to go to learn the answers to crucial questions like, does quicksand really pull you under? And, how does Mentos candy make Diet Coke explode?

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Are Kids Playing Tackle Football Too Early?

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A Rancho Bernardo woman, who blames football for the death of her son, is part of a lawsuit demanding that Pop Warner football change its rules to protect kids from head injury.

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Tibetan Bowl Concert Comes To Balboa Park Sunday

Jan. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Diane Mandle of Encinitas is an internationally known Tibetan bowl practitioner and sound healer who gives regular concerts and presentations. And she's soon to debut her personal story in a one-woman show.

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Rep. Scott Peters Co-Authors Bipartisan DACA Bill

Jan. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new bipartisan proposal to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was announced Tuesday. Supporters said the bill is backed by more than 40 members of Congress.

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U-T: Grand Jury Subpoenas Witness In Investigation Of Rep. Hunter's Use Of Campaign Funds

Jan. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a witness has been ordered to produce documents and receipts from a business in which Rep. Hunter's campaign spent thousands of dollars.

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Rad Scientist Episode 4: San Diego Physicist Working Toward New Energy Source For Future Generations

Dec. 6, 2017
By Megan Burke

The third episode features Cami Collins, a physicist at General Atomics in San Diego. Collins, who grew up in the small town or Glasgow, Montana, dreamed of becoming a physicist.

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Yearlong Investigation By LA Times Details 'Housing Debacle' In Mexico

Nov. 28, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A five-part series recounts the miscalculations and corruption that created substandard and hazardous housing developments from Baja California to the Gulf of Mexico.

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KPBS Explore Project Launches New Web Series 'Jordan Loves'

Nov. 27, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Host Jordan Jacobo shares his irreverent take on some San Diego icons in "Jordan Loves."

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Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan Discusses California Sanctuary State Law

Nov. 10, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Next week, KPBS and inewsource will present special coverage on the Trump administration's effort to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In preparation for that coverage, KPBS Midday Edition spoke with the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan.

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IMAX Film About Aircraft Carriers Opens Friday At The Fleet

Nov. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Captain Craig A. Clapperton, former commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home-ported in San Diego, is featured in the film.

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Union-Tribune: Two San Diego Tourists Contract Hepatitis A

Nov. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that two tourists who visited San Diego for a Metallica concert in August, developed cases of hepatitis A when they returned home to Utah.

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'Rad Scientist' Episode 2: Liang Song Puts Herself Into The 'Shoes' Of Plants

Nov. 8, 2017
By Megan Burke

The second episode introduces us to Liang Song, a research associate at the Salk Institute. Song loves plants. She eats them, photographs them, she talks to them and she studies them to find out how they respond to stressful conditions like drought.

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New KPBS Podcast Introduces 'Rad' San Diego Scientists To The World

Oct. 25, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new KPBS podcast is trying to bridge the connection between San Diego's scientific community and non-scientists. It's called "Rad Scientist," and its host, Margot Wohl, is working towards her Ph.D. in neuroscience at UC San Diego.

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San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob: 'We’ll Never Prevent Another Big Fire'

Oct. 18, 2017
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob wanted to make big changes after the fires to invest in fire prevention. The majority of the nearly 300,000 acres burned by the Harris and Witch Creek fires were in the county's unincorporated area represented by Supervisor Jacob.

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Navigating San Diego School Choice? There's A Map For That

Oct. 11, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego parents now through Nov. 13 have the chance to apply to public schools outside their neighborhood that might be a better fit for their kids. It's called the "school choice window." Families can apply to schools with a dual-language emphasis, an advanced placement focus or even arts and music. Voice of San Diego developed a map to help parents navigate the process.

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Governor Brown Signs Bill Allocating $2.1 Million To Address Tijuana Sewage Spills

Oct. 10, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Senate Bill 507 authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso D-Chula Vista and co-authored by Assemblyman Todd Gloria D-San Diego, is one of several efforts being made to solve the problem, as South Bay communities and residents are increasingly losing patience.

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Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma

Oct. 10, 2017
By Megan Burke, Tarryn Mento

A City Heights-based organization is bringing community groups and government officials together to provide better services for immigrants suffering from emotional disorders.

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Succulents, Popular Water-Wise Plants, Also Act As Wildfire Barrier

Oct. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans redoing their landscaping to make it water-wise have probably learned a lot about succulents. The thick, fleshy plants that store water in their leaves are now ubiquitous in neighborhoods across the region. But what might not be as well known is that succulents, including cactus, are big business in San Diego County.

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San Diegans React To Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Oct. 4, 2017
By Megan Burke

It's only been a few days since a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people attending the Harvest 91 Country Music Festival, and injured more than 500. Many of us, all across America, are asking why and how such a tragedy could happen. We asked members of the KPBS Public Insight Network how the mass shooting is affecting them personally.

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San Diegan Describes Story Of Survival, Heroism Of Strangers At Route 91 Music Festival

Oct. 3, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegan Briana Waris, 28, and her two best friends, Michelle Kenbeek and Elizabeth Carvalho, both 29, were among the 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when the rapid pop of gunshots began to be heard over the music.

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A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

Sept. 27, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Alfred Olango, members of his family are renewing their calls for justice.

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Journalist Compares Investigations Of Police Shootings, Plane Crashes

Sept. 26, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

"When a plane crashes, experts pick through the wreckage to determine the cause and make recommendations to prevent the next accident," journalist Pagan Kennedy, a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, wrote. "But no comparable system exists in policing — and that may help explain why you are far more likely to die at the hands of a cop than to perish in an plane crash."

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First Person: Diane And Richard Nares

Sept. 25, 2017
By Megan Burke

Their life together started like a storybook romance and then was tested by a devastating loss. Now married 24 years, they have turned personal tragedy into a commitment to help others.

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My First Day (As A Navy Seal) Episode 12

Sept. 6, 2017
By Megan Burke

Episode 12 brings us the story of Ben Betz who moved to Coronado to become a Navy SEAL. He describes his experience during the most infamous part of training, "hell week" on the KPBS podcast, "My First Day."

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My First Day Episode 11: Jamex And Einar De La Torre

Aug. 30, 2017
By Megan Burke

The de la Torre brothers live on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border. Exhibitions of their glass sculptures have been held at galleries and museums around the world. In San Diego, their work is on permanent display at the San Diego downtown main library and at the San Diego International Airport among other locations.

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First Person: The Healing Love Of A Therapy Dog

Aug. 28, 2017
By Megan Burke

Since 2012, Bob Schultze and his Italian greyhound, Hudson, have made more than 200 visits to memory care units, senior centers, the VA and palliative care facilities in San Diego, all in an effort to help people feel better and spread a little four-legged joy.

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Q&A: State Sen. Toni Atkins On Housing, Single Payer And LGBT Rights Bills

Aug. 25, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

As the White House finalizes plans on barring transgender individuals in the military, California legislators are considering a bill to require transgender rights training. It would be the first law in the nation to require business to offer training about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

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KPBS Community Outreach Manager Reflects On Being From Charlottesville

Aug. 17, 2017
By Megan Burke

Over the past few days, Americans have gotten to know Charlottesville, Virginia, as the place where racial violence erupted, killing and injuring protestors. But one of our colleagues at KPBS knows Charlottesville in a very different way — as her hometown.

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My First Day Episode 9

Aug. 16, 2017
By Megan Burke

The ninth episode brings us the story of Victoria Barrana who came to San Diego in 1999 to learn English. At the time she had recently been disappointed by a rejection from medical school in her native Brazil, and was unsure of what to do with her life.

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Registrar Responds To Claims San Diego Has More Registered Voters Than Are Eligible

Aug. 11, 2017
By Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

A conservative legal group is accusing San Diego County of not doing enough to keep track of who should be allowed to vote.

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My First Day Episode 8

Aug. 9, 2017
By Megan Burke

The eighth episode brings us the story of Somalia-native Famo Musa who emigrated to San Diego from a refugee camp in Kenya in 2004, when she was twelve. She came with her parents and five sisters. She spoke no English when she started the seventh grade.

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What's Up With The Humidity In San Diego?

Aug. 4, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans have been slogging through a wave of summer weather that feels more like the Florida Everglades than sunny San Diego. The question is, when will it end?

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Black Lives Matter Movement Inspires SDSU Class On Black Minds In Education

Aug. 3, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A portion of the eight-week class, Black Minds Matter, will be free and open to the public via a live webcast.

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My First Day Episode 7

Aug. 2, 2017
By Megan Burke

The seventh episode brings us the story of David Bejarano who retired in December after a 35-year career in law enforcement in San Diego and Chula Vista. Bejarano first arrived in December 1977 to be with his then-girlfriend, Esperanza, who had also recently moved from El Paso, Texas.

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Salk, UC San Diego Scientists Reveal First Look At 3-D Structure Of DNA

July 28, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Salk and UC San Diego researchers have revealed for the first time the 3-D structure of DNA in living human cells. The discovery is expected to impact scientists ability to design drugs for hard to treat diseases.

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My First Day Episode 6

July 26, 2017
By Megan Burke

The sixth episode brings us the story of Magda Marquet who moved to San Diego in 1986 from Europe. She came with her husband who was about to begin a post-doctorate program at UC San Diego.

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My First Day Episode 5

July 19, 2017
By Megan Burke

The fifth episode brings us the story of Captain Jack Ensch who moved with his young family to San Diego in 1966 to begin his military career as a naval aviator. This coincided with the time that the Vietnam War was ramping up.

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Surprising Culinary Combination To Visit San Diego Sunday: A Vegan, French Chef

July 13, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Celebrated French chef Jean-Christian Jury has cooked in restaurants and kitchens across the globe. A heart attack led him to embrace a vegan diet more than a decade ago. Now Jury has written "Vegan - The Cookbook" which he hopes will make plant-based foods accessible and appealing to more people.

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'My First Day' Episode 4

July 12, 2017
By Megan Burke

The fourth episode of the podcast brings us the story of Mohammad Farazian who moved from Iran to San Diego 14 years ago to pursue a doctorate in electrical engineering at UC San Diego.

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Group Advocating For Creation Of 'Trauma-Informed' Legislation In Sacramento

July 11, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Could state policies be improved by a greater understanding of the lingering effects of childhood trauma?

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'My First Day' Episode 3

July 5, 2017
By Megan Burke

"My First Day" is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

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GOP Reportedly Recruiting San Diego Mayor Faulconer For '18 Governor's Race

June 29, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Los Angeles Times reports Republican Party leaders, including House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and state party chairman Jim Brulte, are part of an effort to recruit Faulconer because, "he is viewed as the strongest possible contender."

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'My First Day' Episode 2

June 28, 2017
By Megan Burke

"My First Day" is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

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Why Dirt Is Good For Your Child's Health And Other Answers Form New Book By UC San Diego Scientist

June 28, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Is it OK for my child to eat dirt? Should I get a dog? What causes colic? Are microbes to blame? Those are just a few of the questions Rob Knight, a co-founder of the American Gut project, has been asked over the years by new parents and parents-to-be concerned about how to keep their children safe and healthy.

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DEA Seizes Massive Quantity Of Synthetic Opiate In San Diego

June 23, 2017
By Alison St John, City News Service, Megan Burke

A long-term investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has led to one of the nation's largest seizures of fentanyl and a federal indictment against three alleged traffickers, federal prosecutors in San Diego announced Monday.

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