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Stories by Megan Burke

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Ac...

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

March 17, 2017
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.

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

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

March 14, 2017
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.

Many Buskers Want San Diego To Change Rules Of The Game

Many Buskers Want San Diego To Change Rules Of The Game

March 13, 2017
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.

With All This Rain, Can We Go Back To Gardening The Way W...

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

Feb. 27, 2017
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?

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional ...

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps

Feb. 20, 2017
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.

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Perform At Point Loma W...

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

Feb. 21, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Serie...

From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands

Feb. 16, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

KJZZ Fronteras News Desk reporter Laurel Morales discusses how producing the "Earth + Bone" series changed the way she looks at what is sacred.

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient S...

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient Support May Help Cure Infections

Jan. 30, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

When we get sick, oftentimes we don't feel like taking a shower, we might just sleep all day long and we aren't even hungry -- a newly published study by a team of researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies looks at how that loss of appetite may affect our ability to get well.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typ...

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Exhibit

Jan. 23, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The machines, which were first made around the turn of the 20th century, are a technological marvel since the Chinese language has more than 70,000 characters and no alphabet.

First Person: Encinitas Woman Uses Tibetan Bowls As Heali...

First Person: Encinitas Woman Uses Tibetan Bowls As Healing Tool

Jan. 23, 2017
By Megan Burke

Encinitas resident Diáne Mandle uses sound to help others reduce their pain and stress. She is a sound healer and creates percussive sounds by playing Tibetan bowls.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Electio...

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

Jan. 17, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Dumanis, who's been in office since 2003, has not decided whether she'll serve out her current term or step down before it ends.

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

Jan. 16, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

From an 81-year-old competitive runner to a 71-year-old who uses public transportation for volunteering all over San Diego, KPBS television's new 6-part documentary series, "Re'flect, Successful Aging Defined," tells their stories.

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos S...

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos So Popular?

Jan. 5, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A story in the Wall Street Journal may sabotage one of your New Year's resolutions. In some magically, bizarre way - it might make you hungry for a Jack In The Box taco.

San Diego's Diversionary Theater Is Bringing Back Burlesque

San Diego's Diversionary Theater Is Bringing Back Burlesque

Jan. 4, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

For the second year in a row, choreographer Michael Mizerany will present the "In The Va Va Voom Room" burlesque show.

Senator Toni Atkins On Her Priorities For San Diego

Senator Toni Atkins On Her Priorities For San Diego

Jan. 3, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Atkins' first term in the Senate is expected to be a busy one as California legislators grapple with homegrown problems like affordable housing and infrastructure repair, along with national issues like health care and immigration.

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

Jan. 2, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.

First Person: For Gilbert Castellanos Music Is Sustenance

First Person: For Gilbert Castellanos Music Is Sustenance

Dec. 5, 2016
By Megan Burke

Throughout his career, Gilbert Castellanos said, he's been inspired to be a “jazz messenger” for the next generation of musicians. He is now molding young musical minds as the artistic director for the non-profit International Academy of Jazz, an after school program.

UC San Diego Hosts 10th Annual Turkey Calling Show

UC San Diego Hosts 10th Annual Turkey Calling Show

Nov. 21, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

What started out as an event to keep out-of-school kids occupied before the Thanksgiving holiday has transformed into a turkey tradition at UC San Diego's Geisel Library.

San Diego Somali Community Scared In Wake Of Alleged Hate...

San Diego Somali Community Scared In Wake Of Alleged Hate Crimes

Nov. 16, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Law enforcement will meet with the local Somali community to discuss "recent crimes in the community including hate crimes, and a fear of post election uncertainties."

Election Roundup: The Results And What They Mean For San ...

Election Roundup: The Results And What They Mean For San Diego County

Nov. 9, 2016
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

The 2016 election is over. The nation has a new president, California gets a new senator and recreational marijuana is legal. KPBS Midday Edition breaks down how the results could affect San Diegans.

Brittany Maynard's Mother Shares Her Story To Help Famili...

Brittany Maynard's Mother Shares Her Story To Help Families Confronting Terminal Illness

Nov. 8, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

At age 29, Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon so she could use that state's aid-in-dying law to end her life. Maynard's mother, Deborah Ziegler, discusses her daughter's legacy Tuesday on Midday Edition.

Korean Adoptee Film A Centerpiece Of San Diego Asian Film...

Korean Adoptee Film A Centerpiece Of San Diego Asian Film Festival Opening Thursday

Nov. 2, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

More than 140 films from 15 countries will be shown during the festival at six different theaters throughout San Diego.

Oceanside Native's First Novel About Ordinary Black Lives...

Oceanside Native's First Novel About Ordinary Black Lives Met With Praise

Oct. 12, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Oceanside native and author Brit Bennett's first novel, "The Mothers," is getting a lot of buzz. Bennett made a splash in 2014 when an essay she wrote about racial injustice published by Jezebel went viral.

First Person: A Dreamer Goes To College

First Person: A Dreamer Goes To College

Sept. 19, 2016
By Megan Burke

Imagine getting a letter out of the blue that said your kind words and caring gestures helped a child to achieve her dreams. That's what happened to Monica Medina, the director of diversity, engagement and grants here at KPBS.

Crew Of USS Indianapolis Share Story Of Survival In New Film

Crew Of USS Indianapolis Share Story Of Survival In New Film

Sept. 14, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A film screening at San Diego's GI Film Festival documents the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis weeks before the end of World War II.

Mt. Soledad Cross Dispute Ends Quietly In Settlement

Mt. Soledad Cross Dispute Ends Quietly In Settlement

Sept. 9, 2016
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

After more than 25 years of legal battles over the cross on top of Mt. Soledad, the dispute has quietly ended in a settlement.

Man Once Sentenced To Death Row Works To Abolish Capital ...

Man Once Sentenced To Death Row Works To Abolish Capital Punishment In California

Sept. 7, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Gary Tyler, who now lives in California, spoke to KPBS Midday Edition about why he supports Proposition 62.

San Diego Artist Documents His Journey In Life And Stone

San Diego Artist Documents His Journey In Life And Stone

Sept. 1, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Faced with a cancer diagnosis and three months to live, San Diego artist Doron Rosenthal decided to write a book.

Trial Of Mexican Businessman Accused Of Illegal Political...

Trial Of Mexican Businessman Accused Of Illegal Political Donations Begins

July 27, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

José Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of illegally donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to support San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in 2012.

Why San Diego's Catholic Bishop Is Mixing Politics, Relig...

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

July 19, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Monday

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Monday

July 11, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

Treating Meth Addiction In San Diego County

Treating Meth Addiction In San Diego County

June 29, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

San Diego County Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Cam...

San Diego County Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

June 27, 2016
By City News Service, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

Watch: San Diego Police Show Off '90s Dance Moves

Watch: San Diego Police Show Off '90s Dance Moves

June 15, 2016
By Kristina Bravo, Megan Burke

The San Diego Police Department takes part in an international law enforcement dance-off inspired by the "Running Man" challenge, the latest dance trend to sweep the internet. The goal: get some recruits.

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus To Address UC San Diego Gra...

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus To Address UC San Diego Graduates

June 10, 2016
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

He won a Nobel Peace Prize for starting a bank in Bangladesh that loans money to financially disadvantaged people. His advice to this year's college graduates? Don't just submit to the world they've inherited.

Journalist Sebastian Junger On The Struggles Of Returning...

Journalist Sebastian Junger On The Struggles Of Returning Vets

June 1, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The award-winning journalist has spent years exploring how war affects human beings. His new book challenges people's understanding of PTSD.

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Still Hurting After National A...

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Still Hurting After National Anthem Mishap

May 24, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The chorus was supposed to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Saturday’s Padres game, but instead a female singer’s recording played. We have the group’s version of the national anthem that you can listen to.

The Future Of The Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego

The Future Of The Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego

May 23, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Kathryn Kanjo, who will take over as CEO in October as the museum celebrates its 75th anniversary, discusses what's in store.

San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100th Anniversary

San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100th Anniversary

May 12, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In its 100 years, the zoo has grown from a few abandoned animals in the park to a global zoological society.

After Bullying Complaint, Mom Says District Offered Money...

After Bullying Complaint, Mom Says District Offered Money To Send Kids To New School

May 10, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A parent who said she complained to the Santee School District that her children were being bullied now says the district responded by offering her money to drive her kids to another school district.

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor Advocates For...

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor Advocates For Forgiveness

April 29, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Sarah Collins Rudolph was 12 years old when her sister and three friends were killed by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan at a church basement in Alabama.

PETA To Announce Plan For Orca Seaside Sanctuaries

PETA To Announce Plan For Orca Seaside Sanctuaries

April 27, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The animal rights group is hosting a news conference in San Diego Wednesday protesting SeaWorld's continued practice of keeping orca whales in captivity.

Poway Unified Superintendent Put On Administrative Leave

Poway Unified Superintendent Put On Administrative Leave

April 26, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

There's a shake-up going on in one of San Diego County's most highly regarded school districts.

Opening Of Second Pedestrian Border Crossing At San Ysidr...

Opening Of Second Pedestrian Border Crossing At San Ysidro Delayed

April 20, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Known as Ped West, the crossing was to open in June but has been delayed until August. That's one of the announcements made after a delegation of San Diego business and government leaders visited Mexico City this week.

Life Insurance Companies Fail To Pay Out $5B In Death Ben...

Life Insurance Companies Fail To Pay Out $5B In Death Benefits

April 19, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The California Insurance Commissioner said more than $400 million in settlement has been paid to California beneficiaries alone.

Bill Aims To Help Human Trafficking Victims Make A Fresh ...

Bill Aims To Help Human Trafficking Victims Make A Fresh Start

April 14, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A bill that's advancing through the California Legislature would create a legal pathway to erase any non-violent arrest or conviction put on a person's record while he or she was a victim of human trafficking.

Report Connects Race To Higher Rates Of Suspended License...

Report Connects Race To Higher Rates Of Suspended Licenses In California

April 13, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A report published this week by a consortium of California civil rights groups documents racial disparities in the number of Californians whose drivers licenses were suspended because of unpaid tickets.

How Video Games Can Be A Force For Positive Change

How Video Games Can Be A Force For Positive Change

April 12, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Award-winning video game creator Asi Burak from Israel developed Peacemaker, a game won by peacefully resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He's giving a lecture at the University of San Diego's Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on Tuesday.

Artist Jake Shimabukuro On The Ukulele’s Significance In ...

Artist Jake Shimabukuro On The Ukulele’s Significance In The Hawaiian Culture

April 7, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Jake Shimabukuro says his mom began teaching him how to play the ukulele when he was 4. He performs Thursday night at the California Center for the Arts Escondido.

Blackouts This Summer? SDG&E, Energy Expert Weigh In

Blackouts This Summer? SDG&E, Energy Expert Weigh In

April 7, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A massive natural gas leak last year near Los Angeles could lead to 14 days of power outages this summer in Southern California, including San Diego County.