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Stories by Michael Lipkin

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What Does A Melting Glacier Sound Like?

May 23
By Michael Lipkin

It sounds like a riddle, but the answer could help Scripps Institution of Oceanography climate scientists develop a new way to monitor rising ocean levels.

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Musician Stephanie Richards Hopes 'Fullmoon' Resonates With Listeners

May 22
By Michael Lipkin

NPR described Richards’ trumpet as “deep space wrapped around your head, a flood in the endless void.”

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Does The Public Have The Right To Know About School Employees' Sexual Misconduct?

May 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Voice of San Diego is pushing to make school sexual misconduct records public. The fight over those records reveals the tools school districts and individual teachers have to keep them hidden.

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Tracking San Diego Election Spending With Just Weeks Before The June Primary

May 17
By Michael Lipkin

Since January 2017, the leading Democrats in the 49th Congressional District race to replace Republican Darrell Issa have raise more than $800,000 each.

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Scripps Prof Describes US At An Environmental Breaking Point

May 17
By Michael Lipkin

Scripps professor emeritus Jeremy Jackson documented his road trip to get first-hand accounts of how people from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico are coping with a changing climate.

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Fact Check: DA Candidate's Campaign Claims Supporting Opponent A 'Threat' To Public Safety

May 17
By Michael Lipkin, Tarryn Mento

The campaign for Summer Stephan, interim San Diego County District Attorney, is behind a recently launched website that claims supporting DA candidate Geneviéve Jones-Wright is a threat to public safety.

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District 4 Candidate Lori Saldaña Wants To Bring 'Real Change' To Board Of Supervisors

May 16
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Former California Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña is one of five candidates to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. She’s a professor of business information technology for the San Diego Community College District. She is a Democrat.

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Supervisor Candidate Ken Malbrough Wants To Increase Outreach To District 4 Residents

May 16
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Ken Malbrough is one of five candidates in the District 4 race. He's a retired deputy fire chief with the city of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and has served on planning boards and town councils in the city. He is a Democrat.

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San Diego Gears Up For Bike To Work Day

May 15
By Michael Lipkin

County and local governments, bike shops and other businesses will set up more than 100 pit stops throughout San Diego Thursday morning with snacks and tune-ups.

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Seismologist Says California Is Waiting For Its Next 'Big One'

May 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Great Flood of 1862 was the last major natural disaster in Calfornia, according to seismologist Lucy Jones. The flood killed one percent of the state’s population and destroyed one-third of its taxable land.

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Antonio Martinez Pledges To Bring More City Resources To District 8

May 14
By Michael Lipkin

Martinez is the public relations director of the Imperial Beach Community Clinic and a board member of the San Ysidro School District.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles And Crawfish!

May 11
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

This weekend brings some high-profile names in music: The Beatles and Kendrick Lamar. Plus a lesson in how to eat crawfish.

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Christian Ramirez Hopes To Bring Border Expertise To San Diego City Council

May 10
By Michael Lipkin

Ramirez is the human rights director for Alliance San Diego and one of three leading candidates seeking to replace Councilman David Alvarez

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Plan To Restore Habitat, Suppress Dust At Salton Sea Is Behind Schedule

May 10
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

There are about 20,000 acres of exposed lakebed on California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea. The dust created from the dry lakebed is expected to make the area’s already high asthma rate even higher.

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DA Campaign Spending Kicks Into High Gear As June Primary Nears

May 10
By Michael Lipkin

A political action campaign supporting San Diego County District Attorney candidate Geneviéve Jones-Wright spent more than $400,000 last week on TV commercials, mailers and digital ads to support the Democratic candidate, about twice what another PAC spent to back interim DA and Republican Summer Stephan.

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Vivian Moreno Wants More Housing, Transit Options In District 8

May 9
By Michael Lipkin

Vivian Moreno is a council representative for incumbent city councilman David Alvarez. She is one of three leading candidates seeking to replace him.

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Julia Dixon Evans' Debut Book Lights Up Shelves

May 8
By Michael Lipkin

Finding long-lost letters from a loved one can be a powerful reminder of the past. But they can also force us to view our history in a new light.

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Sheriff Gore Defends Response To Jail Suicides, Deputy Sexual Harassment Claims

May 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

Sheriff Bill Gore, a Republican whose law enforcement career spans more than 40 years, is running against Dave Myers, a Democrat and 33-year veteran of the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

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San Diego DA Candidates Spar Over Police Shooting Investigations, Leadership

May 7
By Jade Hindmon, Michael Lipkin

San Diego County's top law prosecutor will be one of the only elected positions filled in June, with only two candidates vying to be the region's district attorney.

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Those Cute Animal Videos May Be Causing More Harm Than Good

May 3
By Michael Lipkin

For every baby animal that draws attention, and more importantly donations, there's another more homely creature without that same affection.

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San Diego Republican John Cox On Why He Should Be California's Next Governor

May 3
By Michael Lipkin

A Republican has not won statewide office in California in more than 10 years. But gubernatorial candidate John Cox of Rancho Santa Fe is making a big effort to change that.

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Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen On His Run For Governor

May 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

Huntington Beach Assemblyman Travis Allen is hoping to become one of the candidates who moves ahead to the November election.

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UC San Diego Physics Professor Calls For Nobel Reform

May 1
By Michael Lipkin

Brian Keating writes about what it was like inside a high-stakes cosmology experiment in the new book, "Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor."

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Photograph Some Plants And Animals For San Diego Bragging Rights

April 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, so it should have a leg up on the competition in this year’s City Nature Challenge.

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Report: San Diego Jails Face A Suicide 'Crisis'

April 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego County jails continue to face a suicide crisis and there is probable cause people jailed with disabilities are subject to abuse and neglect, according to a three-year investigation by Disability Rights California.

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San Diego Band, The Routine Brings The Funk

April 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Routine joins KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday with performances of "Funk Like This" and "Babylon Love."

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San Diego Musicians Vie For NPR Tiny Desk Fame

April 23
By Michael Lipkin

NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts have attracted performers from Adele to Chance the Rapper, putting on shows inside the newsroom. This year, more than 40 amateur musicians from San Diego and Imperial Valley are hoping for a ticket to Washington, D.C. and NPR fame.

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The Next Big Idea: A Successful Founder Turned San Diego Investor

April 19
By Michael Lipkin

Mark Bowles, co-founder of ecoATM, has raised more than $250 million across 17 rounds of financing for his companies.

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La Jolla Playhouse Enlists Vets For 'What Happens Next'

April 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A half dozen or so veterans will gather at the Challenged Athletes Foundation Thursday night, working out some of their trauma using the theater as therapy.

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The Next Big Idea: On The Ground Floor Of A Potential Biotech Giant

April 18
By Michael Lipkin

Every billion-dollar company has to start somewhere and Ana Maria Moreno may have the seeds of one here in San Diego.

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San Diego Drivers In Crashes While Using Phones Up 24% In A Decade

April 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego police are participating in a statewide enforcement campaign on Friday targeting distracted drivers.

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The Next Big Idea: What Makes Cities Good Homes For Startups

April 11
By Michael Lipkin

Many city leaders don’t understand how modern entrepreneurs think, UC San Diego researcher Natalie Novick said.

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Chelsea Manning Talks National Security At SDSU

April 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Chelsea Manning has emerged from court-martial, years of imprisonment and vicious criticism for everything from her Wikileaks disclosures to her gender transition. And she has not retreated into a quiet life.

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California Senate Republicans Want More Oversight For Prohibited Gun List

April 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A state program identifies people who should no longer own guns according to state law because of a criminal conviction or other reason. Republicans say the state has shown "dismal" progress seizing those guns despite $63 million in funding.

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Redlining's Mark On San Diego Persists 50 Years After Housing Protections

April 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin, Tarryn Mento

Decades after it was outlawed, the impact of a federal housing program that fostered racial segregation is still felt in San Diego.

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The Next Big Idea: What Happens When A Startup Fails

April 4
By Michael Lipkin

Ethan Senturia's startup Dealstruck was a promising financial technology company that raised about $30 million, but after a few years, it ran out of money and shut down.

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'Children Of Blood And Bone' Is San Diego Writer's Hit Debut

April 3
By Michael Lipkin

The first entry in Tomi Adeyemi's series has quickly become the best-selling book in its category and the series is already being made into a movie. Adeyemi is just 24.

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San Diego Congregation Votes To Become A Sanctuary Church

April 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As California comes under increasing scrutiny from the Department of Justice for its new sanctuary state laws, a San Diego church has announced its status as a sanctuary congregation.

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First Person: Las Vegas Survivor

April 2
By Michael Lipkin

Shiva Ghaed was one of the thousands of Las Vegas shooting survivors. A clinical psychologist at Naval Medical Center San Diego, she founded a support group for fellow survivors and their families.

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San Diego County, Escondido Consider Joining Lawsuit Over Sanctuary State Policies

March 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

The move comes after the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to join the Trump administration in its lawsuit against California's sanctuary state policies.

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Oceanside Council Votes Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

March 29
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

The council did approve allowing medical marijuana cultivation, testing, distribution, manufacturing and nurseries within the city of Oceanside following the approval of a regulatory fee schedule.

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The Next Big Idea: A Guide To San Diego's Innovation Economy

March 28
By Michael Lipkin

One-quarter of the county’s economic activity comes from those high-tech companies. And more than 400 new startups are created here every year.

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'Beachtown' Enlists Audience For Live Civics Lesson

March 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

City Hall watchers will tell you they see plenty of the same faces and empty seats at most public meetings. Now there's a play that takes pointed aim at that very situation.

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San Diego County Students To March For Stricter Gun Laws

March 23
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Students across the country on Saturday will be participating in what organizers are calling the "March For Our Lives." Organizers said eight hundred marches are planned in 80 U.S. cities on Saturday including three marches in San Diego County.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Skates, Pom-Poms And One 'Gorgeous' Kid

March 23
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

This weekend meshes sports and arts with an ice skating-themed circus performance and a musical about cheerleaders.

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What's Next For Qualcomm Now That Broadcom's Hostile Takeover Is No Longer An Option?

March 22
By Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

Qualcomm is safe from Broadcom’s hostile takeover after President Trump blocked the deal last week over national security concerns. But there could still be turmoil at San Diego’s biggest public company. Qualcomm’s shareholders will meet Friday to vote on a new board of directors.

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New Mingei Exhibition Celebrates The Art Of The Book

March 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

"Voluminous Art: Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries," showcases 75 volumes from the libraries of San Diego State University, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego. It runs through September 3 at the Mingei International Museum at Balboa Park.

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Are Businesses People? The Long History Of Corporate Civil Rights

March 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

From 1868 until 1912, the Supreme Court decided 312 cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment rights of corporations, compared with just 28 about the rights of African Americans.

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Gov. Brown Confronts His Dreaded L-Word — Legacy — In New Profile

March 21
By Michael Lipkin

Brown is notorious for hating any focus on what his legacy could be. “I’m not here about some cockamamie legacy that people talk about," Brown said last year before a California Senate committee.

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How San Diego Businesses, Government Can Help Get More Electric Cars On the Road

March 21
By Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

Gov. Jerry Brown has called for 5 million electric vehicles in California by 2030. It is an ambitious goal, since there are fewer than half a million electric vehicles on the road in California right now.

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