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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.

The Science Of Comfort Food

The Science Of Comfort Food

Nov. 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Any good meal can comfort hunger. But when it comes to those meals we call "comfort food," it means something more than just feeling full.

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?

San Diego Scientists Hope To Raise Ocean Consciousness At UN Confer...

San Diego Scientists Hope To Raise Ocean Consciousness At UN Conference

Dec. 1
By Amita Sharma, Megan Burke, Steve Walsh

A team from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego are in Paris attending the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change. They are there to educate conference delegates on the role the ocean plays in climate change.

Cyber Monday Sales Still On Top, But Losing Some Luster

Cyber Monday Sales Still On Top, But Losing Some Luster

Nov. 30
By Associated Press, Megan Burke

Shoppers traded bricks for clicks on Monday, flocking online to snap up "Cyber Monday" deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys.

San Diego County Food Pantries Struggle To Keep Up With Need

San Diego County Food Pantries Struggle To Keep Up With Need

Nov. 19
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

It's the time of year when many charities ask people to open their hearts and their wallets to those less fortunate. Some of the most urgent appeals come from groups providing food.

Jerusalem Documentary Takes San Diego On Eye-Opening Tour

Jerusalem Documentary Takes San Diego On Eye-Opening Tour

Nov. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

"Jerusalem" opens Friday at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The IMAX film includes aerial images of the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock in the Old City.

Hearing At San Diego State Examines Student Homelessness

Hearing At San Diego State Examines Student Homelessness

Nov. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

Journalism Changing In 'The Post-Kardashian Era'

Journalism Changing In 'The Post-Kardashian Era'

Nov. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

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

San Diego Nonprofit Launches Online Course About Helping Veterans

Nov. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

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.

San Diego Writer Shares Her Experience With Depression

San Diego Writer Shares Her Experience With Depression

Nov. 4
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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 Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday

San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday

Nov. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

Author William Joyce Discusses 2015 KPBS One Book Kids Selection

Author William Joyce Discusses 2015 KPBS One Book Kids Selection

Nov. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

Study Shows Scope Of Sex Trafficking In San Diego County

Study Shows Scope Of Sex Trafficking In San Diego County

Oct. 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

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.

Sci-Q: San Diego Experts Explore Science Of Fear

Sci-Q: San Diego Experts Explore Science Of Fear

Oct. 27
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

Preparing For El Niño: Tips To Protect San Diego Homes

Oct. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

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