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Stories by Megan Burke

Why The 'Poet Of The Black Revolution' Thinks 'We Did Not Get A Lea...

Why The 'Poet Of The Black Revolution' Thinks 'We Did Not Get A Leader' In Obama

Feb. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Nikki Giovanni, who's been documenting the struggle of African-Americans since the civil rights movement, shares her opinions on Barack Obama's leadership and the death of Antonin Scalia in a provocative interview.

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

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

April 7
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.

A San Diego Primary Primer And A Proposal To Change The City Voting...

A San Diego Primary Primer And A Proposal To Change The City Voting Process

April 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Independent Voter Project wants the city of San Diego to adopt the top two vote-getter system currently used by the state. That would mean that no candidate could win outright in the June primary.

Stadium: Chargers Pointman Talks To KPBS; East Village Group Reacts...

Stadium: Chargers Pointman Talks To KPBS; East Village Group Reacts To Proposal

March 31
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera, Megan Burke

The Chargers will begin collecting signatures in three weeks in a bid to qualify a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex proposal for the November general election.

Escondido Homeless Shelter To Keep Its Doors Open Year-Round

Escondido Homeless Shelter To Keep Its Doors Open Year-Round

March 30
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

As many shelters close to make way for longer-term housing programs, a winter shelter in Escondido is operating year-round.

Inside The San Diego Humane Society's Kitten Nursery

Inside The San Diego Humane Society's Kitten Nursery

March 30
By Brooke Ruth, Megan Burke

The San Diego Humane Society currently has more than 50 kittens in its nursery.

San Diego Vietnam Vets Honored At VA Ceremony Tuesday

San Diego Vietnam Vets Honored At VA Ceremony Tuesday

March 28
By Kenny Goldberg, Megan Burke

More than 50 years after U.S. ground troops entered Vietnam, three San Diego Vietnam War veterans are being honored at a ceremony hosted by the VA and other San Diego veterans organizations.

San Diego NAT Hosts Event On Importance Of Bees

San Diego NAT Hosts Event On Importance Of Bees

March 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Biologist Joseph Wilson, who's giving a lecture at San Diego Natural History Museum Thursday night, says folks who fear the little insects usually have the wrong impression.

Details Of Chargers' Stadium Plan Leaked

Details Of Chargers' Stadium Plan Leaked

March 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Chargers are preparing to announce their own ballot initiative proposal to finance a downtown stadium and convention center expansion.

Syrian Refugee In San Diego Talks About Life 5 Years Into Crisis

Syrian Refugee In San Diego Talks About Life 5 Years Into Crisis

March 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Quinn Owen

The Syrian refugee crisis has entered its fifth year this month, and San Diego has welcomed fewer refugees than expected since President Obama announced a national increase in the number of approved asylum seekers last year.

Ballot Measure Proposed To Reform San Diego Citizens Police Review ...

Ballot Measure Proposed To Reform San Diego Citizens Police Review Board

March 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A San Diego City Council committee this week will hear a proposal to increase the power of the San Diego Citizens Police Review Board. The proposal includes giving the board subpoena power and the ability to work with independent investigators and independent counsel.

KPBS Reporter Named Finalist For Emerging Writer Prize

KPBS Reporter Named Finalist For Emerging Writer Prize

March 21
By Megan Burke

KPBS reporter Jean Guerrero was named one of the finalists for the prestigious PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize.

San Diego Art Enthusiast Walter Pomeroy On Becoming A Collector

San Diego Art Enthusiast Walter Pomeroy On Becoming A Collector

March 21
By Megan Burke

An exhibition of Pomeroy's mid-century art collection, "Portrait of Pomeroy," is on display in the gallery space at the San Diego Central Library through May 15.

San Diego County Hosting Event To Help Families Of Missing People

San Diego County Hosting Event To Help Families Of Missing People

March 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

After more than 30 years of waiting and wondering, Milan "John" Nellans learned last month that his missing son's remains had been identified. It's closure the San Diego County's Medical Examiner is hoping to bring to more families with an event Saturday.

Epic View Of America's National Parks Comes To Balboa Park

Epic View Of America's National Parks Comes To Balboa Park

March 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new Imax film opening this week at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center called "National Parks Adventure" allows viewers to experience the beauty and some of the off-trail wonders of the parks.

Report: High False Positive Rate In Prenatal Genetic Testing

Report: High False Positive Rate In Prenatal Genetic Testing

March 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

It only takes a blood sample. That's one of the reasons genetic tests, like those developed at San Diego's Sequenom Laboratories are becoming widely used for prenatal screening. But as easy as the tests are to perform, it's not as easy to determine how accurate they are.

Aztec Men's Basketball Team Must Win In Vegas To Go To Big Dance

Aztec Men's Basketball Team Must Win In Vegas To Go To Big Dance

March 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego State University men's basketball team takes on Utah State University today at noon in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament. They need to win the tournament to get an invitation to the NCAA Tpurnament.

San Diego Janitors, Security Guards March Against Workplace Sexual ...

San Diego Janitors, Security Guards March Against Workplace Sexual Assault

March 8
By Jean Guerrero, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Members of the the Service Employees International Union in San Diego marked International Women's Day on Tuesday with a march and rally to raise awareness about workplace sexual assault.

San Diego Scientists Transform Family Tragedy Into Legacy

San Diego Scientists Transform Family Tragedy Into Legacy

March 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A Portland, Oregon, mom whose 29-year-old son died unexpectedly of natural causes couldn’t stop searching for answers as to why. He was healthy. What happened?

Students Challenge Perceptions of Lincoln High School After Fight

Students Challenge Perceptions of Lincoln High School After Fight

March 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

On Monday classes at Lincoln High School were suspended to give students a chance to share their feelings following a brawl that took place on campus Friday. The fight led five students and a campus security officer to be taken to the hospital.

Author Speaks About America's New Voting Majority

Author Speaks About America's New Voting Majority

Feb. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Author and civil rights attorney Steve Phillips says the emphasis on white working-class voters, white swing voters, and white conservatives misses the fact that the biggest block of new voters aren't white at all.

San Diego Immigrants' Cookbook Makes Traditional Meals Healthier

San Diego Immigrants' Cookbook Makes Traditional Meals Healthier

Feb. 25
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

Immigrants bring a lot to a city, especially their food culture and traditions. A new cookbook tells the story of San Diego's evolving ethnic cuisine.

San Diego Focuses On Restorative Justice To Repair Harm And Prevent...

San Diego Focuses On Restorative Justice To Repair Harm And Prevent Crime

Feb. 24
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

What effects have past and current justice practices had on first-time and repeat offenders? And how is the harm caused by offenders addressed in our current justice system?

San Diego Writer Tells Smuggler's Rags To Riches And Bicycles Tale

San Diego Writer Tells Smuggler's Rags To Riches And Bicycles Tale

Feb. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Where some saw piles of abandoned bicycles as junk, journalist Kimball Taylor saw a mystery to unravel, now a book, "The Coyote's Bicycle — The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire."

San Diego Scientists Share Ebola Research Worldwide

San Diego Scientists Share Ebola Research Worldwide

Feb. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute identified the first human antibodies needed to develop drugs to fight the Ebola virus. They decided to donate the antibodies to the public domain.

USD Forum Discusses How Religions Can Fight Extremism

USD Forum Discusses How Religions Can Fight Extremism

Feb. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Can conversations help to counteract extreme rhetoric and fear? That's the hope and goal of an interreligious dialogue at the University of San Diego's Peace and Justice Institute Wednesday night.

Protecting Torrey Pines Popular But Fragile Ecosystem

Protecting Torrey Pines Popular But Fragile Ecosystem

Feb. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has been drawing record crowds, but the popularity comes with challenges. Docents say visitors are breaking rules meant to protect the park's fragile sandstone ecosystem - oftentimes to take a selfie.

Pope Francis To Find Ciudad Juárez Emerging From Bloody Era

Pope Francis To Find Ciudad Juárez Emerging From Bloody Era

Feb. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Pope Francis ends his first state visit to Mexico in Ciudad Juárez Wednesday.

Love May Be Linked To The Bacteria In Our Mouths

Love May Be Linked To The Bacteria In Our Mouths

Feb. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

If we find ourselves hopelessly attracted to someone this Valentine's Day, can we blame our microbiome? It turns out that the question of love and sexual attraction makes up part of cutting-edge research into the human microbiome.

Salton Sea Canoe Race Organizers Hope Recreation Can Help Save The Sea

Salton Sea Canoe Race Organizers Hope Recreation Can Help Save The Sea

Feb. 9
By Brooke Ruth, Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

The idea to host an outrigger canoe race on the Salton Sea began as a way to start the racing season earlier but has evolved into a dream of something much bigger. Event organizers said they hope bringing recreation back to the Salton Sea will help save the sea itself.

Should Women Be Required To Sign Up For The Draft?

Should Women Be Required To Sign Up For The Draft?

Feb. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter introduced the Draft America's Daughters Act which would require women to register with the selective service.

Study: More Than 30 Percent Of American Attorneys Are 'Problem Drin...

Study: More Than 30 Percent Of American Attorneys Are 'Problem Drinkers'

Feb. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The study of 15,000 attorneys published this week by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation also found 28 percent of American attorneys struggle with depression.

Are San Diegans Getting Mixed Messages About Water Conservation?

Are San Diegans Getting Mixed Messages About Water Conservation?

Feb. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans are being asked to continue water conservation efforts, in spite of all this rain, news of the Sierra snow pack at 130 percent of the historical average for this time of year, and the San Diego County Water Authority dumping half a billion excess gallons of treated drinking water back into Lower Otay Reservoir.

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Performs In Escondido Tu...

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Performs In Escondido Tuesday

Feb. 2
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

When you think about ukulele music what comes to mind? Gentle strumming on the beaches of Waikiki? Perhaps an old Elvis movie? Prepare to be re-introduced to this charming instrument, by the amazing repertoire of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

Are New California Solar Fees Unfair To Non-Solar Users?

Are New California Solar Fees Unfair To Non-Solar Users?

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

On Thursday, the CPUC raised fees for solar panel owners, but did not approve the higher charges requested by the state's utility companies, including San Diego Gas & Electric. California's goal is to move the state toward the use of renewable energy sources, but how exactly do you charge for sunlight?

Are San Diego Chargers Fans Being Played Again?

Feb. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Chargers announced on Friday that they will play at Qualcomm Stadium for the 2016 NFL season and try to reach a deal with local political leaders for a new stadium.

Former Filner Chief Of Staff Writes Tell-All Book

Former Filner Chief Of Staff Writes Tell-All Book

Jan. 29
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Lee Burdick's book, "Bob Filner's Monster: The Unraveling of an American Mayor and What We Can Learn From It," is an insider's account of the sexual harassment scandal that brought down San Diego's mayor.

VA Seeks To Better Understand San Diego Veteran Homeless In Census

VA Seeks To Better Understand San Diego Veteran Homeless In Census

Jan. 25
By Megan Burke

Volunteers will fan out across San Diego County on Friday to count San Diego's homeless population, including veterans.

California Medical Association Sets Guidelines For Physician Aid In...

California Medical Association Sets Guidelines For Physician Aid In Dying Act

Jan. 25
By Megan Burke

The California Medical Association just published guidelines for physicians to understand how the law affects their practice, and for the public to understand how to work with their doctors.

Borrego Valley Quickly Depleting Its Only Water Supply

Borrego Valley Quickly Depleting Its Only Water Supply

Jan. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The community of Borrego Valley is using four times more water than is being naturally replenished in its underground aquifer according to a six-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Carlsbad Man Goes Skydiving For 100th Birthday

Carlsbad Man Goes Skydiving For 100th Birthday

Jan. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Carlsbad resident Glenn Quillin celebrated his 100th birthday by jumping out of an airplane.

How Will Suspension Of U.S. Episcopal Church Affect San Diego?

How Will Suspension Of U.S. Episcopal Church Affect San Diego?

Jan. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Members of the Episcopal Church in San Diego and across the nation are still trying to grasp the scope of a decision made last week. The leadership of the entire Anglican Church voted to suspend the U.S. Episcopal Church.

'Dear Black Body' Essay Contemplates Avoiding Becoming A Statistic

'Dear Black Body' Essay Contemplates Avoiding Becoming A Statistic

Jan. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

KPBS Midday Edition speaks to Anthony Conwright, an African-American writer and teacher who grew up in Southeastern San Diego. His autobiographical essay, "Dear Black Body," was published by the Huffington Post and on his blog, Black and Wordy, in December.

Study: Poverty In San Diego Suburbs Increasing

Study: Poverty In San Diego Suburbs Increasing

Jan. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Poverty in San Diego is not confined to the urban core of the city. New research from National University found concentrated pockets of poverty have increased in suburban neighborhoods.

How Are California's Children Doing Overall?

How Are California's Children Doing Overall?

Jan. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Do state policies get a high mark or a low grade when it comes to kids? Midday Edition learns more about the data behind a new report card and what it means for the future of California's kids.

What’s For Dinner? San Diego Experts Examine New USDA Dietary Guide...

What’s For Dinner? San Diego Experts Examine New USDA Dietary Guidelines

Jan. 11
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

The new American Dietary Guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. Based on the guidelines, what should the be on the average San Diegan's plate at breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Ruling On San Diego's Pension Reform Initiative Not End Of Debate

Ruling On San Diego's Pension Reform Initiative Not End Of Debate

Jan. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Public Employment Relations Board has ruled the city of San Diego violated state law by not negotiating with employee unions over Proposition B, which eliminated guaranteed pension benefits for most employees.

San Diego Experts Discuss Police Interactions With Mentally Ill People

San Diego Experts Discuss Police Interactions With Mentally Ill People

Dec. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In a news conference this week, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said an estimated 50 percent of people shot by the police in the United States are mentally ill.

San Diego Doctor Offers Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

San Diego Doctor Offers Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

Dec. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A San Diego doctor provides travel tips to stay healthy while traveling to and from your holiday destination. Hint: wash your hands.

A Physicist, An Engineer And A Cosmologist Discuss The Science Of '...

A Physicist, An Engineer And A Cosmologist Discuss The Science Of 'Star Wars'

Dec. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Neiko Will

Is it possible that light could be contained in a lightsaber? Could a weapon destroy a planet? How long would it take to hop around a galaxy, even one far, far away?