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Stories by Michael Lipkin

Prison Reforms Pressuring California's Inmate Firefighter Force

Prison Reforms Pressuring California's Inmate Firefighter Force

Dec. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The state estimates these inmates save California $100 million a year it would otherwise have to spend on firefighters.

Only 5 Percent Of Border Patrol Agents Are Women And That May Not C...

Only 5 Percent Of Border Patrol Agents Are Women And That May Not Change Anytime Soon

Dec. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Journalist Sasha von Oldershausen writes in the latest issue of Marie Claire about the U.S. Border Patrol’s struggles to recruit more women.

How To Talk To Children About Sexual Harassment

How To Talk To Children About Sexual Harassment

Dec. 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

The current wave of sexual misconduct allegations may have some parents wondering how they should approach the topic with their children. One San Diego psychologist suggested the topics can be integrated into general parenting.

Process To Makeover De Anza Cove Region Moves Forward

Process To Makeover De Anza Cove Region Moves Forward

Dec. 5
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

The area is currently home to Campland on the Bay and the closed De Anza Cove trailer park.

Report: Border Patrol Agents Sickened By Sewage Spills Nearly Tripl...

Report: Border Patrol Agents Sickened By Sewage Spills Nearly Triples Since June

Dec. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents sickened by the cross-border sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley has grown to 83, according to a report Monday by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Climate Paper At Center Of Scientist-Versus-Scientist Legal Dispute

Climate Paper At Center Of Scientist-Versus-Scientist Legal Dispute

Nov. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A Stanford University climate scientist has taken the relatively rare step of suing another scientist, arguing that a rebuttal paper critiquing his work amounted to defamation.

Lawmakers' Sexual Harassment In The Spotlight, After Decades Of All...

Lawmakers' Sexual Harassment In The Spotlight, After Decades Of Allegations

Nov. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego Rep. Jim Bates was the first congressman to be reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee for sexual harassment, back in 1989.

Is It Okay To Leave Behind Sick, Aging Friends? Authors Take On Tou...

Is It Okay To Leave Behind Sick, Aging Friends? Authors Take On Tough Questions About Getting Older

Nov. 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Even as the chance of living to old age increases, many people avoid thinking about old age, afraid of the choices and challenges it presents.

Boosted Funding, New Forester To Help San Diego Meet Its Tree Plant...

Boosted Funding, New Forester To Help San Diego Meet Its Tree Planting Goal

Nov. 24
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

San Diego's recently installed forester says his department has an additional $300,000 in funding to plant new trees, as the city moves towards its goal of 15 percent canopy cover by 2020.

USD Professor Delves Into Barbie's Decade-Long Fight Against Bratz

USD Professor Delves Into Barbie's Decade-Long Fight Against Bratz

Nov. 21
By Michael Lipkin

Barbie-maker Mattel argued that it owned the rights to Bratz because its creator Carter Bryant had worked for Mattel when he came up with the ideas behind Bratz.

First Person: A Life's Trajectory Changed By A Grand Prize Win

First Person: A Life's Trajectory Changed By A Grand Prize Win

Nov. 20
By Michael Lipkin

Michael Brunker thinks back to his 11th birthday a lot. It was 1963 and Brunker lived with his parents in Detroit. Ernie Harwell, the Detroit Tigers' announcer, was officiating a raffle with a classic Motor City grand prize: his-and-hers cars, a Dodge Dart and Plymouth Fury.

The Nat Unleashes Its Archives In 'Unshelved'

The Nat Unleashes Its Archives In 'Unshelved'

Nov. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego Natural History Museum’s latest exhibit gives patrons a glimpse of some of the eight million specimens in its permanent collection, part of a renewed focus on its own research.

Astronaut Scott Kelly On His Yearlong Journey To Space And Back

Astronaut Scott Kelly On His Yearlong Journey To Space And Back

Nov. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Astronaut Scott Kelly has been back on Earth for over a year now, after setting a record for the single-longest American space mission. But in a sense, his mission is far from over.

San Diego Architects Lead Effort To Address Future Housing Shortage

San Diego Architects Lead Effort To Address Future Housing Shortage

Nov. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects has led a yearlong program to come up with ideas on how the county can meet its future housing needs.

Bleaching Creams, Choking Bodices And Tapeworms. A New Exhibit Asks...

Bleaching Creams, Choking Bodices And Tapeworms. A New Exhibit Asks: Beauty Or Torture?

Nov. 7
By Michael Lipkin

The exhibit runs through January and includes one of the first patented perm machines and antique curling irons heated by kerosene.

UC San Diego Students Join Annual U.N. Climate Meeting

UC San Diego Students Join Annual U.N. Climate Meeting

Nov. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Thousands of scientists and diplomats from around the world gathered in Bonn, Germany on Monday for the latest United Nations climate conference, the first since President Trump announced intentions for the U.S. to leave the historic Paris climate agreement.

Harvard Professor To Critique U.S. Foreign Policy In San Diego Speech

Harvard Professor To Critique U.S. Foreign Policy In San Diego Speech

Nov. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Harvard international affairs professor Stephen Walt is in favor of using America’s military forces as sparingly as possible and saw some promise in President Trump’s campaign promises. But since the election, Walt sees Trump as basically following the status quo.

San Diego Journalist Tackles America's Obsession With Gambling

San Diego Journalist Tackles America's Obsession With Gambling

Nov. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego Union-Tribune editor David Clary isn't much of a gambler. He rarely goes to casinos, has never bought a lottery ticket and doesn't even play fantasy football. But he has spent the past six years researching America's gambling industry.

Chris Thile Brings 'A Prairie Home Companion' To San Diego

Chris Thile Brings 'A Prairie Home Companion' To San Diego

Oct. 31
By Michael Lipkin

“A Prairie Home Companion” broadcasts from San Diego this Saturday, featuring comedian Maria Bamford, blues musician Fantastic Negrito, and Thile's early bluegrass band, Nickel Creek.

Amid Calls For Trump's Impeachment, Debunking Myths

Amid Calls For Trump's Impeachment, Debunking Myths

Oct. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As California billionaire Tom Steyer is pledging to spend at least $10 million in a national TV ad campaign to get President Trump impeached, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein says the process can be arcane to most Americans.

Lawsuit Seeks To Curb California Voting Rights Act, Local District ...

Lawsuit Seeks To Curb California Voting Rights Act, Local District Elections

Oct. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Former Poway mayor Don Higginson wants to stop the city from electing its city council based on districts and arguing the California Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.

'Heaven's Gate' Podcast Looks Back At San Diego Mass Suicide

'Heaven's Gate' Podcast Looks Back At San Diego Mass Suicide

Oct. 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The show is hosted by Snap Judgment's Glynn Washington, who grew up in a cult himself.

Frida Kahlo Joins Latin American 'Modern Masters' At San Diego Muse...

Frida Kahlo Joins Latin American 'Modern Masters' At San Diego Museum Of Art

Oct. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The museum is showing nearly 100 works from the collection of Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, a major Latin American art collector.

State To Rule On SDG&E Request To Charge Ratepayers For $379M Wildf...

State To Rule On SDG&E Request To Charge Ratepayers For $379M Wildfire Cost

Oct. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to decide Thursday whether SDG&E can charge ratepayers $379 million to recover costs from the 2007 wildfires.

La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Hits Downtown San Diego

La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Hits Downtown San Diego

Oct. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The festival features more than a dozen events, including an improvised film from the European collective Gob Squad and a series of tiny homes in Horton Plaza inspired in part by San Diego's housing crisis.

San Diego Federal Judge Calls Out County Child Welfare Policy

San Diego Federal Judge Calls Out County Child Welfare Policy

Oct. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez ruled Child Welfare Service's policy of interviewing young children without a warrant or parental consent is unconstitutional.

Radioactive Water As A Cure-All? A Look At Medical 'Quackery' That ...

Radioactive Water As A Cure-All? A Look At Medical 'Quackery' That Didn't Hold Up

Oct. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

There have been mavericks in the history of medicine whose crazy ideas have advanced the treatment of disease. But there were the other kind of medical mavericks who just had crazy ideas, like giving babies opiates to stop them from crying or eating tapeworms to lose weight.

San Diego Police Chief Search Wraps Up Community Forums

San Diego Police Chief Search Wraps Up Community Forums

Oct. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Forum participants are asked for the top issues the next chief should address and what qualities they should possess. City officials expect to announce their final pick in January.

City Attorney Says No Misunderstanding In Cate's 'Illegal' Memo Leak

City Attorney Says No Misunderstanding In Cate's 'Illegal' Memo Leak

Oct. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

City Attorney Mara Elliott on Friday dismissed Councilman Chris Cate’s defense of why he leaked a confidential memo on the Soccer City initiative to the measure’s backers, saying Cate’s actions were illegal.

Average Rent Hit Record High In San Diego County

Average Rent Hit Record High In San Diego County

Oct. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The average rental price in San Diego County hit a record high of $1,875 last month, growing faster than home price increases.

Do More Guns Make People Safer? Research Says No

Do More Guns Make People Safer? Research Says No

Oct. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Gun advocates often claim that gun owners make the country safer, because responsible gun owners can stop criminals from committing gun violence. But science reporter Melinda Wenner Moyer looked into what decades of gun research has shown about gun violence and the answer is the exact opposite.

Science Ethics Center Reaches Milestone

Science Ethics Center Reaches Milestone

Oct. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The questions raised by scientific research can be explosive. Should we edit our children’s genes? What safeguards should we put in place for artificial intelligence? How should the public be informed about clinical trials?

Documentary Shows What It's Like To Be Homeless In San Diego

Documentary Shows What It's Like To Be Homeless In San Diego

Oct. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego businessman Dennis Stein wanted to hear and document the story of what it is like to be homeless in San Diego and what city leaders are doing about the problem. He met Tony Rodriquez, who is homeless and lives downtown, and together they made a movie.

First Person: Farmhand To Flower Tycoon

First Person: Farmhand To Flower Tycoon

Oct. 2
By Michael Lipkin

Ismael Resendiz started his farming career when he was about 13, cutting sugarcane with his father and brothers in Sinaloa, Mexico. Now he is one of the largest suppliers of protea, exotic flowers originally from South Africa.

A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

Sept. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Alfred Olango, members of his family are renewing their calls for justice.

Sen. Toni Atkins On Passing 'Historic' Housing Bills

Sen. Toni Atkins On Passing 'Historic' Housing Bills

Sept. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Before it happened, no one knew for sure if they could pull it off. In one of the California Assembly's last votes of the session, legislators approved a package of housing bills that will raise billions of dollars for affordable housing and decrease regulations for developers.

Chamber Of Commerce Brings Binational Delegation To Lobby D.C. Leaders

Chamber Of Commerce Brings Binational Delegation To Lobby D.C. Leaders

Sept. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A trade delegation of officials from San Diego and Tijuana is visiting Washington, D.C. this week, meeting with officials to discuss homelessness funding, ports of entry renovations and health care policy.

Mayor Seeks Solutions To Hepatitis A Outbreak, Dismisses Blame

Mayor Seeks Solutions To Hepatitis A Outbreak, Dismisses Blame

Sept. 22
By KPBS News, Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The city of San Diego is preparing to install 19 more hand-washing stations and eight more public restrooms by next week, amid a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 16 people and infected 444 countywide.

$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees

$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last week allocated $20 million for nonprofits to help Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to renew their status. Some of that money will cover the $495 application fee for low-income DACA recipients based on demand.

San Diego Could Face $40B In Earthquake Damage. So Why Are So Few P...

San Diego Could Face $40B In Earthquake Damage. So Why Are So Few People Insured?

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

There's an ever-present risk of a major earthquake in Southern California. But only 12 percent of Californians with home insurance or rental insurance have earthquake protection.

Gretchen Rubin's New Book: Knowing Your Personality Profile Can Hel...

Gretchen Rubin's New Book: Knowing Your Personality Profile Can Help You Improve Your Life

Sept. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Rubin will discuss "The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How To Make Your Life Better (And Other People's Lives Better, Too)" at events in Rancho Santa Fe and San Diego on Wednesday.

Community Choice Aggregation Critics Want San Diego To Slow Down

Community Choice Aggregation Critics Want San Diego To Slow Down

Sept. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Critics of San Diego's move toward community choice aggregation have formed a coalition questioning a potential plan to let the city buy power separately from San Diego Gas & Electric.

New Art Exhibition Featuring Latin American Art And Artists Opens I...

New Art Exhibition Featuring Latin American Art And Artists Opens In Museums And Galleries Across Southern California

Sept. 13
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA kicked off this month with shows in more than 70 museums and artists from 45 countries. There will be pieces from the pre-Columbian Americas, but most of the works will feature modern artists, including some of the very Chicano artists who were kept out of Los Angeles' most prestigious museums just a few decades ago.

GamerGate Target Zoë Quinn Pushes Back Against Online Trolls

GamerGate Target Zoë Quinn Pushes Back Against Online Trolls

Sept. 14
By Michael Lipkin

Video game designer Zoe Quinn was the target of an online harassment campaign in 2014. She received rape and death threats, people hacked her accounts, stalked her in person and threatened her family.

Documentary Highlights Life And Career Of World-Champion Boxer Paul...

Documentary Highlights Life And Career Of World-Champion Boxer Paul Vaden

Sept. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

In 1999 San Diego-native Paul Vaden knocked out his opponent Stephan Johnson. Two weeks later, Johnson died. The film, "Vaden Versus," tells the story of how that event forever changed Vaden.

Union-Tribune Columnist Who Delved Into Homelessness Retires

Union-Tribune Columnist Who Delved Into Homelessness Retires

Sept. 13
By Michael Lipkin

In the midst of the county's hepatitis A outbreak, columnist Dan McSwain did not hesitate to take city of San Diego leaders to task. The city, he wrote, faces "full-blown crises of public safety and public health, the twin imperatives of any functioning government."

SANDAG Reform Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

SANDAG Reform Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Sept. 12
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

A measure to reform how San Diego's regional planning agency is governed and would give tax powers to North County Transit District and the Metropolitan Transit System passed the State Assembly Monday, sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Two Chances To See Monet Paintings This Fall In Balboa Park

Two Chances To See Monet Paintings This Fall In Balboa Park

Sept. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

His paintings gave a name to the impressionist movement and his life spanned to the beginnings of modern art. The 19th-Century French painter Claude Monet's works are celebrated in museums around the world, and this fall they will be celebrated in Balboa Park.

Back From Texas, San Diego Urban Search And Rescue Team Heads To Fl...

Back From Texas, San Diego Urban Search And Rescue Team Heads To Florida

Sept. 8
By City News Service, Michael Lipkin

Many of the members of a San Diego-based Urban Search and Rescue Team that just returned from storm-ravaged Houston headed right back out, this time to Florida.

Loneliness Takes Center Stage At Playhouse's 'Wild Goose Dreams'

Loneliness Takes Center Stage At Playhouse's 'Wild Goose Dreams'

Sept. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The play follows a North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a "goose father," a term for a South Korean man who sends his family to an English-speaking country for schooling while he stays behind to support them.

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