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Stories by Megan Burke

Author Michael Hiltzik On 'Big Science'

Author Michael Hiltzik On 'Big Science'

July 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new book traces the path science research has taken since middle-20th century and the work of one man who was pivotal in that change.

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers Perform At San Diego's Casbah

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers Perform At San Diego's Casbah

June 16
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers performed at the Casbah on Kettner Boulevard in June.

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.

Sci-Q: Understanding The Psychology Of Water Conservation In San Diego

Sci-Q: Understanding The Psychology Of Water Conservation In San Diego

July 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

What does it take — beyond the facts, figures and warnings — to get people to change the way they use water? Scientists chime in on KPBS Midday Edition.

Confederate Flag Sparks Discussion About Controversial Symbols In S...

Confederate Flag Sparks Discussion About Controversial Symbols In San Diego

July 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The debate over whether to remove the Confederate flag from civic spaces is reverberating across the country.

San Diego County Author Examines Drug War Consequences

San Diego County Author Examines Drug War Consequences

June 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

"The Cartel" is a sequel to Don Winslow's bestseller, "The Power of the Dog." Both books are crime thrillers, but in terms of research and scope, they qualify as a quasi-history of the drug war.

UC San Diego Professor Explores History Of Madness In New Book

UC San Diego Professor Explores History Of Madness In New Book

June 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A UC San Diego sociology professor examines how mental illness has been viewed through the centuries in his book, "Madness In Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine."

Point Loma Event Aims To Help Veterans With PTSD

Point Loma Event Aims To Help Veterans With PTSD

June 17
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Coronado residents Howard and Jean Somers lost their veteran son to suicide. They've since started an organization to help veterans with PTSD.

What It Takes To Solve Cold Case Homicides In San Diego County

What It Takes To Solve Cold Case Homicides In San Diego County

June 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Since 2003, the San Diego's District Attorney's office has prosecuted 35 cold cases. Right now, five cold cases are in the judicial system and more than 20 are being reviewed for prosecution.

UC San Diego Study Offers Insight Into Bee Colony Collapse

UC San Diego Study Offers Insight Into Bee Colony Collapse

June 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

For a decade now, we've been hearing about the phenomenon of bee colony collapse and significant bee die-offs. Now a new study may shed light on one piece of that puzzle.

San Diego County Resident Among First Graduating Class Of Yoga Mast...

San Diego County Resident Among First Graduating Class Of Yoga Masters Degree Program

June 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

From a challenging workout to deep relaxation for sleep, there seems to be a yoga practice for just about everything and everyone. Now there's a yoga degree for students.

Montreal Band Niyaz Blends Traditional, Modern Sounds In San Diego

Montreal Band Niyaz Blends Traditional, Modern Sounds In San Diego

May 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Niyaz is bringing their blend of acoustic, electronic, traditional and original compositions to the Price Center Theatre at UC San Diego on Saturday.

What Court Ruling On Obama's Immigration Action Means In San Diego

What Court Ruling On Obama's Immigration Action Means In San Diego

May 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Hopes that new immigration actions announced by President Obama would take effect this month were ended by a federal appeals court on Tuesday.

Cat Chat: San Diego Expert Decodes Feline Language

Cat Chat: San Diego Expert Decodes Feline Language

May 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new book, "How To Speak Cat: A Guide To Decoding Cat Language," co-authored San Diego Humane Society President Gary Weitzman, aims to help cat lovers better understand their feline friends.

Serving A Pint Of Science In San Diego

Serving A Pint Of Science In San Diego

May 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is partnering with Pint of Science and UC San Diego to bring science to the people in San Diego.

Hope After Violence: San Diego Author Demands Support For Children ...

Hope After Violence: San Diego Author Demands Support For Children Exposed To Trauma

May 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Researchers are learning these simple things such as listening, giving praise or sharing a secret, may be effective tools in rescuing kids from the effects of an abusive childhood.

Black Student Organizations Question San Diego Police Policies

Black Student Organizations Question San Diego Police Policies

May 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said reforms on policing have been made since a Department of Justice review. But students want racial profiling to end.

How California's New Environmental Regulations On Desalination Affe...

How California's New Environmental Regulations On Desalination Affect Carlsbad's Plant

May 12
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

California's water board adopted environmental guidelines for building and operating desalination plants. But critics of the process say the rules are not strict or clear enough to make sure desalination plants are environmentally sound.

San Diego Symposium Explores Human-Climate Interactions

San Diego Symposium Explores Human-Climate Interactions

May 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

A symposium held at the Salk Institute will examine melting glaciers, rising sea levels and the rapid warming of Earth from climate change.

San Diego Doctor Raises Stroke Awareness — Especially For Women

San Diego Doctor Raises Stroke Awareness — Especially For Women

May 6
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The month of May is dedicated to stroke awareness and experts like vascular surgeon Dr. William Neil are working to get the word out about stroke risks and symptoms, especially for women.

How ACLU Mobile Justice Smartphone App Will Work In San Diego

How ACLU Mobile Justice Smartphone App Will Work In San Diego

May 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

American Civil Liberties Union releases new app to help people document arrests and other police actions.

Poet, Army Veteran Brian Turner Shares War Experience At El Cajon L...

Poet, Army Veteran Brian Turner Shares War Experience At El Cajon Literary Festival

April 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Bosnian and Iraq War veteran Brian Turner shares his memories of war, both his own and through the eyes of others, in his memoir, “My Life as a Foreign Country,” during the Grossmont Literary Arts Festival.

San Diego Scripps Health Trauma Team Heads To Nepal To Aid Quake Su...

San Diego Scripps Health Trauma Team Heads To Nepal To Aid Quake Survivors

April 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health and Dr. Mark Olcott, an emergency room physician at Scripps Green Hospital, talk about their upcoming mission.

Midday Edition From The Midway: Special Coverage To Mark End Of Vie...

Midday Edition From The Midway: Special Coverage To Mark End Of Vietnam War

April 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Midday Edition airs live from the USS Midway Museum at noon Friday as KPBS shares the stories of veterans and Vietnamese refugees who four decades ago witnessed the fall of Saigon.

San Diego Doctors Use Rare Surgery Treatment For Rare Esophageal Ca...

San Diego Doctors Use Rare Surgery Treatment For Rare Esophageal Cancer

April 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Cancer of the esophagus is rare. It represents only one percent of cancer diagnoses in the United States. But for many patients, it begins with a common condition: acid reflux.

First Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary In San Diego Prepares For ...

First Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary In San Diego Prepares For More Patients

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

As the first legally permitted medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego marks its first month in business, questions remain about others who are waiting in the city's permit pipeline.

'Weed The People' Author Examines Growing Support For Legal Marijuana

'Weed The People' Author Examines Growing Support For Legal Marijuana

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Neiko Will

Could California be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana? Backers of an initiative filed this month hope to get the issue on the November 2016 ballot.

San Diego Psychologists Explain How To Teach Kids To Solve Problems

San Diego Psychologists Explain How To Teach Kids To Solve Problems

April 16
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

San Diego child psychologists turned authors discuss how a life filled with instant gratification can produce unintended consequences.

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

April 14
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

A San Diego Superior Court judge upheld the vote count in Chula Vista's City Council race. Dozens of uncounted provisional ballots were not counted last fall in a race won by two votes.

Global Health Expert In San Diego To Discuss Lessons From Ebola Out...

Global Health Expert In San Diego To Discuss Lessons From Ebola Outbreak

April 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The number of new cases of Ebola in West Africa continue to wind down and the U.S. Ebola panic appears to be over. What are the lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic for the U.S. and responding nations? And what would happen with a new outbreak?

San Diego Man's Great Grandfather's Story Lives On In New Civil War...

San Diego Man's Great Grandfather's Story Lives On In New Civil War Book

April 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War is being remembered this week. Among those remembering the anniversary of the war's end is Bill Ketchum who has a direct connection to a Civil War soldier.

San Diego Symphony Offers A Taste Of What's In Store For Next Season

San Diego Symphony Offers A Taste Of What's In Store For Next Season

April 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The San Diego Symphony previews its upcoming season with musical samples Thursday night at the Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego.

San Diego County Announces Free Access To Mental Health First Aid P...

San Diego County Announces Free Access To Mental Health First Aid Program

April 6
By Megan Burke, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The training is aimed at giving people the skills to intervene and give some initial help to people struggling with a mental health crisis.

San Diego State Professor Authors Book On Women And Christianity

San Diego State Professor Authors Book On Women And Christianity

April 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new book by Rebecca Moore, a professor of religious studies at San Diego State University, examines the role women have played in the way Christianity has been practiced.

Block Proposes Giving Grants To California Students Who Finish Coll...

Block Proposes Giving Grants To California Students Who Finish College In 4 Years

April 1
By Amita Sharma, Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

State Sen. Marty Block is proposing a bill that would invest millions into the University of California and California State University systems. The plan includes giving students money for finishing school on time.

Survival Rate Increases Among Cancer Patients

Survival Rate Increases Among Cancer Patients

March 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

New cancer treatments bring hope, but does that mean a cure or a lifetime of cancer-fighting drugs and careful monitoring?

California Housing Restrictions Relaxed For Some Sex Offenders

California Housing Restrictions Relaxed For Some Sex Offenders

March 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

The California Department of Corrections has changed its policy of prohibiting all sex offenders from living near parks, schools and other places where children congregate.

The Latest In Cancer Research And Treatment In San Diego

The Latest In Cancer Research And Treatment In San Diego

March 30
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The first part of a documentary based on the book "The Emperor of All Maladies" will air Monday on KPBS television. The series traces the history of cancer treatment and research.

Permaculture Comes To Southeast San Diego

Permaculture Comes To Southeast San Diego

March 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Re-learning the lessons of nature, and using that knowledge in your own community. That's the core of a new series of workshops starting up in a community of San Diego that has long been considered a food desert.

'A Growing Passion' Begins Third Season With Focus On Balboa Park

'A Growing Passion' Begins Third Season With Focus On Balboa Park

March 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The third season of the KPBS series begins Thursday. The first episode examines the variety of plants, flowers and trees in the gardens of Balboa Park.