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Stories by Megan Burke

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The Science Of Comfort Food

Nov. 24, 2015
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.

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How Are California's Children Doing Overall?

Jan. 14, 2016
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.

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

Jan. 11, 2016
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?

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

Jan. 4, 2016
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.

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San Diego Experts Discuss Police Interactions With Mentally Ill People

Dec. 23, 2015
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.

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San Diego Doctor Offers Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

Dec. 22, 2015
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.

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

Dec. 17, 2015
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?

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San Diego Scientists Hope To Raise Ocean Consciousness At UN Conference

Dec. 1, 2015
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.

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Cyber Monday Sales Still On Top, But Losing Some Luster

Nov. 30, 2015
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.

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San Diego County Food Pantries Struggle To Keep Up With Need

Nov. 19, 2015
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.

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Jerusalem Documentary Takes San Diego On Eye-Opening Tour

Nov. 18, 2015
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.

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Hearing At San Diego State Examines Student Homelessness

Nov. 16, 2015
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.

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Journalism Changing In 'The Post-Kardashian Era'

Nov. 11, 2015
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.

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San Diego Nonprofit Launches Online Course About Helping Veterans

Nov. 11, 2015
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.

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San Diego Writer Shares Her Experience With Depression

Nov. 4, 2015
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.

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San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday

Nov. 5, 2015
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.

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Author William Joyce Discusses 2015 KPBS One Book Kids Selection

Nov. 2, 2015
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.

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Study Shows Scope Of Sex Trafficking In San Diego County

Oct. 28, 2015
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.

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Sci-Q: San Diego Experts Explore Science Of Fear

Oct. 27, 2015
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?

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Preparing For El Niño: Tips To Protect San Diego Homes

Oct. 26, 2015
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.

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Friend Remembers Baseball Great Tony Gwynn In New Book

Oct. 23, 2015
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.

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

Oct. 22, 2015
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.

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Why Immigrant Spouses Are Uniquely Vulnerable To Domestic Violence

Oct. 21, 2015
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.'"

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Documentary Explores Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of Latinos

Sept. 16, 2015
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.

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'Mathemagician' Arthur Benjamin To Perform In La Jolla

Oct. 13, 2015
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.

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

Oct. 12, 2015
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.

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San Diego Food Justice Organization To Hold Fundraiser This Week

Oct. 5, 2015
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.

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Proposal To Ban Styrofoam Food Containers In Encinitas Heats Up

Oct. 2, 2015
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.

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San Diego's Dueling Transportation Plans Under Fire

Oct. 1, 2015
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.

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San Diego Notifies Customers About Proposed Water Rate Increases

Sept. 30, 2015
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.

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Educating San Diego LGBT Community About Social Security Rights

Sept. 29, 2015
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.

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

Sept. 28, 2015
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.

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Poverty Among San Diego Seniors Increases

Sept. 23, 2015
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.

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San Diego Artists Take On Drought In New Central Library Exhibit

Sept. 22, 2015
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.

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Proposed Ballot Measure Would End Death Penalty In California

Sept. 17, 2015
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.

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

Sept. 14, 2015
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.

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

Sept. 14, 2015
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.

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Ice Age Fossils Unearthed At Carlsbad Construction Site

Sept. 9, 2015
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.

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

Sept. 8, 2015
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.

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San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood

Sept. 2, 2015
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?

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

Sept. 1, 2015
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?

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

Aug. 31, 2015
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.

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Story Of Murder In San Diego Inspires Book On Forgiveness

Aug. 27, 2015
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."

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

Aug. 26, 2015
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.

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Proposed North County Development Raises Environmental Questions

Aug. 20, 2015
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.

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

Aug. 19, 2015
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.

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Sci-Q: San Diego Scientists Answer Questions About Earthquakes

Aug. 17, 2015
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?

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Documentary About Vatican Investigation Of Feminist Nuns Screens In San Diego

Aug. 11, 2015
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.

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Lessons Learned From Training Iraqi Troops To Fight ISIS

Aug. 10, 2015
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.

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New San Diego City Opera Poised To Entertain Modern Audiences

Aug. 5, 2015
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.