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Stories by Megan Burke

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.

Friend Remembers Baseball Great Tony Gwynn In New Book

Friend Remembers Baseball Great Tony Gwynn In New Book

Oct. 23
By Megan Burke

One of the most beloved figures in San Diego sports history was honored this week when a stretch of Interstate 15 in North County was named the Tony Gwynn Memorial Freeway. The long-time Padre is also the subject of a new book.

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

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

Oct. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

Why Immigrant Spouses Are Uniquely Vulnerable To Domestic Violence

Oct. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

"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.'"

Documentary Explores Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of Latinos

Documentary Explores Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of Latinos

Sept. 16
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A PBS documentary shares the Latino experience during the Vietnam War, from their struggles on the battlefield to their struggles at home.

'Mathemagician' Arthur Benjamin To Perform In La Jolla

'Mathemagician' Arthur Benjamin To Perform In La Jolla

Oct. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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 A...

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

Oct. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

San Diego Food Justice Organization To Hold Fundraiser This Week

San Diego Food Justice Organization To Hold Fundraiser This Week

Oct. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Neiko Will

Project New Village promotes healthy eating in Southeast San Diego and will honor civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer during its annual fundraising gala on Wednesday.

Proposal To Ban Styrofoam Food Containers In Encinitas Heats Up

Proposal To Ban Styrofoam Food Containers In Encinitas Heats Up

Oct. 2
By Amita Sharma, Megan Burke

The City of Encinitas has extended the public comment period on a proposal to restaurants and other businesses from using styrofoam containers for take-out food and drinks.

San Diego's Dueling Transportation Plans Under Fire

San Diego's Dueling Transportation Plans Under Fire

Oct. 1
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

A report co-authored by two San Diego environmental groups finds a disconnect between the city of San Diego's Climate Action Plan and the San Diego Association of Government's regional transportation plan.

San Diego Notifies Customers About Proposed Water Rate Increases

San Diego Notifies Customers About Proposed Water Rate Increases

Sept. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

City of San Diego customers are about to get a letter telling them the City Council will vote on Nov. 17 on a plan that would raise water rates by more than 40 percent in less than four years.

Educating San Diego LGBT Community About Social Security Rights

Educating San Diego LGBT Community About Social Security Rights

Sept. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Town hall-style meetings are being held in San Diego on Wednesday to educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community about their rights to benefits from Social Security.

Sci-Q: San Diego Experts Talk About The Science Of Cheese

Sci-Q: San Diego Experts Talk About The Science Of Cheese

Sept. 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new lab moving to UC San Diego is using cheese as a way to understand the way microbes work. So in this edition of our SCI-Q series we are exploring the science of cheese.

Poverty Among San Diego Seniors Increases

Poverty Among San Diego Seniors Increases

Sept. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

More than 212,000 people lived in poverty in the city of San Diego in 2014, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

San Diego Artists Take On Drought In New Central Library Exhibit

San Diego Artists Take On Drought In New Central Library Exhibit

Sept. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new exhibit called "Rainmaker," now open at the San Diego Central Library, presents the work of 12 artists offering perspectives on drought and climate change.

Proposed Ballot Measure Would End Death Penalty In California

Proposed Ballot Measure Would End Death Penalty In California

Sept. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

A new ballot initiative is being proposed in California to end the state's death penalty. Initiative supporters have to collect more than 365,000 signatures in 180 days to get the measure on the November 2016 ballot.

UC San Diego Study: Spread Of Africanized Bees May Be Good For Agri...

UC San Diego Study: Spread Of Africanized Bees May Be Good For Agriculture

Sept. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

A new study from UC San Diego researchers finds the majority of honey bees found in San Diego are Africanized, and the spread of bees continues northward in California.

Brent King On Impact Of Chelsea's Law Five Years After His Daughter...

Brent King On Impact Of Chelsea's Law Five Years After His Daughter's Death

Sept. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

It's the fifth anniversary of Chelsea's Law — AB1844 — which reformed California criminal sentencing law to include life without the possibility of parole for offenders who commit forcible sex crimes against children.

Ice Age Fossils Unearthed At Carlsbad Construction Site

Ice Age Fossils Unearthed At Carlsbad Construction Site

Sept. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

New construction in Carlsbad is inadvertently giving San Diego County scientists a window back onto the region’s ancient past.

Carlsbad Chamber To Offer Classes On How To Run For Public Office

Carlsbad Chamber To Offer Classes On How To Run For Public Office

Sept. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Candidate Academy” next month to help people who want to run for public office in North County.

San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood

San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood

Sept. 2
By Hoa Quach, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

What are the health benefits of eating seafood? And what difference does it make what kind of seafood you eat?

What It Takes For Non-Traditional College Students To Succeed In Sa...

What It Takes For Non-Traditional College Students To Succeed In San Diego

Sept. 1
By Hoa Quach, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

Roughly 50 percent of San Diego community college students are 25 or older. What does it take for those so-called "non-traditional students" to succeed in college?

What San Diego Is Doing To Keep Pollution Out Of The Pacific Ocean

What San Diego Is Doing To Keep Pollution Out Of The Pacific Ocean

Aug. 31
By Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

According to San Diego Coastkeeper, 80 percent of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean comes from inland sources through storm drains.

Story Of Murder In San Diego Inspires Book On Forgiveness

Story Of Murder In San Diego Inspires Book On Forgiveness

Aug. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Azim Khamisa's story of forgiveness after his son's murder inspired journalist Megan Feldman Bettencourt to write a book on the topic. It's called "Triumph of the Heart Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World."

How Do Bad Days On The Stock Market Affect People's Retirement Savi...

How Do Bad Days On The Stock Market Affect People's Retirement Savings?

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

The U.S. stock market has been rising and falling at an alarming rate. Midday Edition looks into what this means for retirement plans.

Proposed North County Development Raises Environmental Questions

Proposed North County Development Raises Environmental Questions

Aug. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The debate over a plan to build a new outdoor mall near a North County lagoon continues as Carlsbad city leaders prepare to vote on it next Tuesday.

San Diego City Council Declares Affordable Housing Emergency For 12...

San Diego City Council Declares Affordable Housing Emergency For 12th Year In A Row

Aug. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

San Diego is tens of thousands of units short of the goal for affordable homes for sale, and the rental market is also soaring out of reach for low-income San Diegans.

Sci-Q: San Diego Scientists Answer Questions About Earthquakes

Sci-Q: San Diego Scientists Answer Questions About Earthquakes

Aug. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Earthquakes are nothing new to Californians. Nearly 2,100 temblors shook Southern California in the last year. What do we really know about earthquakes? What's the latest research about earthquakes and climate change?

Documentary About Vatican Investigation Of Feminist Nuns Screens In...

Documentary About Vatican Investigation Of Feminist Nuns Screens In San Diego

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

An account of the Catholic Church crackdown on the American nuns is the subject of "Radical Grace," a new documentary screening in San Diego on Wednesday night.

Lessons Learned From Training Iraqi Troops To Fight ISIS

Lessons Learned From Training Iraqi Troops To Fight ISIS

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

It's been a year since President Obama sent U.S. advisers to Iraq to help that nation's soldiers fight back against the so-called Islamic State. Among those still deployed as trainers are Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton.

New San Diego City Opera Poised To Entertain Modern Audiences

New San Diego City Opera Poised To Entertain Modern Audiences

Aug. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

For a while in 2014, it looked like San Diego would have no opera but now it has two. The San Diego City Opera will make its debut at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival.

USC Report: Inequality Could Stifle Economic Progress In San Diego ...

USC Report: Inequality Could Stifle Economic Progress In San Diego County

Aug. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

A University of Southern California report, "Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego," found income inequality is more than a social justice issue.

San Diego Eagle Scouts Praise Boy Scouts Lifting Ban On Gay Leaders

San Diego Eagle Scouts Praise Boy Scouts Lifting Ban On Gay Leaders

Aug. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The Boy Scouts of America made a big change in policy last week. After years of defending its policy against gay troop leaders, the Boy Scouts' national executive board voted to end the ban on gay adult leaders.

New Seuss Book Out Of The Bone Pile And Onto Bookshelves

New Seuss Book Out Of The Bone Pile And Onto Bookshelves

July 31
By Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The manuscript for "What Pet Should I Get?" by Theodor Geisel was discovered in 2013 in a box of notes and sketches, which he referred to as the "bone pile."

San Diego To Document LGBTQ History

San Diego To Document LGBTQ History

July 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The city of San Diego will document the people, places and events that gave strength to the "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer" community during times of discrimination.

How An Orange County Housewife Uncovered The Truth Behind Her Mothe...

How An Orange County Housewife Uncovered The Truth Behind Her Mother's Death

July 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In March 2006, a Vista businesswoman went missing. Ten days later her body was found near San Felipe, Mexico. Authorities said it was murder, but when her daughter tried to find the killer, she found unexpected answers.

What San Diego Scientists Are Discovering About Dolphins And Diabetes

What San Diego Scientists Are Discovering About Dolphins And Diabetes

July 24
By Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Dolphins may hold the key to understanding how to prevent diabetes in humans, according to a study published this week in the journal PLOS One.

How San Diego Authors Respond To Changing World Of Book Publishing

How San Diego Authors Respond To Changing World Of Book Publishing

July 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

What makes a best-seller? What are the key things authors need to learn about their business? Midday Edition explores an effort in San Diego to teach authors to become business people.

'Maletas Migrantes' Exhibit Opens At New Americans Museum In Point ...

'Maletas Migrantes' Exhibit Opens At New Americans Museum In Point Loma

July 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

"Maletas Migrantes," which translates to "migrant suitcases," is an art exhibition opening Thursday at the New Americans Museum in Liberty Station. The show features the work of 50 contemporary artists and their interpretations on the concept of migration.

A San Diego Perspective On Reforming Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

A San Diego Perspective On Reforming Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

July 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Last week, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He was there to make his case that the United States is putting too many non-violent offenders in prison for far too long.

How San Diego's Zero Waste Plan Is Different From Standard Paper An...

How San Diego's Zero Waste Plan Is Different From Standard Paper And Plastic Recycling

July 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The City Council has approved a goal of reaching zero waste by the year 2040. To meet the goal it will take a new way of thinking about how to dispose the things we want to throw away.

San Diego Stand Down Prepares To Help Hundreds of Homeless Veterans

San Diego Stand Down Prepares To Help Hundreds of Homeless Veterans

July 13
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting Stand Down for the 28th year beginning on Friday at the San Diego High School campus.