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Stories by Michael Lipkin

San Diego Contemplates A Region Without Qualcomm

San Diego Contemplates A Region Without Qualcomm

Feb. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Executives from rival chipmakers Qualcomm and Broadcom will have their first face-to-face meeting Wednesday to discuss Broadcom's $121 billion takeover bid, just days after Qualcomm rejected the offer.

Are Hispanics A Racial Group, Ethnicity Or Both?

Are Hispanics A Racial Group, Ethnicity Or Both?

Feb. 13
By Michael Lipkin

About 45 percent of Hispanics self-identify as white, according to UCLA law professor Laura Gómez, but that’s not likely how others see them.

Scripps Research Shows Sun Could Dim By Mid-Century

Scripps Research Shows Sun Could Dim By Mid-Century

Feb. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography expect the sun to emit less radiation sometime in the middle of this century, which could cause global temperatures to cool slightly.

Toni Atkins Prepares To Lead California Senate

Toni Atkins Prepares To Lead California Senate

Feb. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Atkins will make California history next month when she becomes the first woman to lead the state Senate and the first person in modern state history to have led both houses of the legislature.

Evolutionary Biologist Takes On 'Paleofantasies'

Evolutionary Biologist Takes On 'Paleofantasies'

Feb. 7
By Michael Lipkin

The idea behind paleo diets is that our genes are best-suited to the foods our ancestors ate. But University of Minnesota evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk says we have never stopped evolving.

San Diego Studies How To Improve Immigrant Outreach

San Diego Studies How To Improve Immigrant Outreach

Feb. 6
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

A coalition of San Diego officials, business leaders, academics and immigrant rights groups are moving forward with plans to study how the city can improve immigrant integration.

A Central Valley Farming Tycoon Seemed To Weather The Dro...

A Central Valley Farming Tycoon Seemed To Weather The Drought. But How Did He Do It?

Feb. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A new profile of Stewart Resnick in California Sunday Magazine shows he kept his Kern County empire wet in part with an “off-the-books” pipeline.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Encourages Women Of Color To ...

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Encourages Women Of Color To Run For Office

Feb. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

As Black History month begins, an event in San Diego will highlight the emerging political power of women of color and celebrate African-American female political pioneers.

Trump To Discuss Recent Tax Cuts During Session With Workers

Trump To Discuss Recent Tax Cuts During Session With Workers

Jan. 31
By Associated Press, Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Trump will discuss the new tax cuts during an Oval Office meeting on Wednesday afternoon with workers at companies such as Jergens and Aflac. The companies are in Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio.

'Fronterizos' Captures South Bay History Through Family S...

'Fronterizos' Captures South Bay History Through Family Stories

Jan. 30
By Michael Lipkin

Historian Barbara Zaragoza spent the past few years interviewing dozens of South Bay residents, finding some could trace their families back eight generations to the 1700s, when the Spanish Portolá expedition landed in San Diego

Old Voting Machines Are 'Biggest Threat' To California El...

Old Voting Machines Are 'Biggest Threat' To California Elections

Jan. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to spend $134 million to replace the state's aging voting systems could go a long way.

Herbert Siguenza Brings Magic-Realism Classic 'Cloud Tect...

Herbert Siguenza Brings Magic-Realism Classic 'Cloud Tectonics' To Life At New Village Arts

Jan. 29
By Michael Lipkin

"Cloud Tectonics" runs through Feb. 25 at New Village Arts in Carlsbad. It is a story of two brothers falling in love with the same woman. The play is about how love can stop and prolong time.

San Diego Congressman Juan Vargas To Boycott State Of The...

San Diego Congressman Juan Vargas To Boycott State Of The Union

Jan. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

Rep. Juan Vargas, whose district covers the entire California-Mexico border, talks about immigration reform and what he hopes to hear in the 2018 State of the Union.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Music And Magical Realism

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Music And Magical Realism

Jan. 26
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

This weekend brings some high-profile musicians, plus a dose of magical realism.

Young Playwrights' Work Takes Center Stage At The Old Globe

Young Playwrights' Work Takes Center Stage At The Old Globe

Jan. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The best student playwrights in California are getting the chance to see their work come to life at The Old Globe.

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Wants Redemption In New...

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Wants Redemption In New Interview

Jan. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is apologizing yet again for sexually harassing numerous women during his political career, asking for redemption in his first substantive comments since the #MeToo movement prompted more public conversations about the sexual abuse women face.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional Art Experi...

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional Art Experiences

Jan. 19
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

With dance, visual art and music exploring new themes and ideas, this is a good weekend if you’re looking to experience art outside your comfort zone.

'The Last Wife' Gives Modern Voice To Tudor Royalty

'The Last Wife' Gives Modern Voice To Tudor Royalty

Jan. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The play, making its West Coast debut at Cygnet Theater, puts the spotlight on Henry VIII's sixth wife in a contemporary, re-imagined history.

San Diego's Civic Organist Makes His Official Spreckels D...

San Diego's Civic Organist Makes His Official Spreckels Debut

Jan. 17
By Michael Lipkin

Raúl Prieto Ramírez played his first concert as San Diego's civic organist on Jan. 7.

North County Students Pen Sci-Fi Series

North County Students Pen Sci-Fi Series

Jan. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

High school students usually write book reports, not their own books. But that's exactly what students at High Tech High North County have done.

An American Finds Understanding After Travels In The Midd...

An American Finds Understanding After Travels In The Middle East

Jan. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

While working at New York University Abu Dhabi, Adam Levinson hopscotched across the Middle East, visiting Kuwait, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. Many of those trips took place in the midst of the Arab Spring.

What's The Word Of The Year For 2017?

What's The Word Of The Year For 2017?

Jan. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

"Fake news," a favorite of President Trump's, is one of several Trump-related phrases that made it onto the annual list.

Salk Scientists Debate Editing Plant Genes To Fight Clima...

Salk Scientists Debate Editing Plant Genes To Fight Climate Change

Jan. 3
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Scientists at the Salk Institute are turning to plants as a means to stave off climate change but are facing an ethical dilemma: should they use genetic engineering to make more resilient plants?

Seven-Year-Old San Diego Girl Vies For Gaming Glory

Seven-Year-Old San Diego Girl Vies For Gaming Glory

Dec. 29, 2017
By Michael Lipkin

Dana Fischer wants to be one of the world’s best "Magic: The Gathering" players and she is starting early.

Why Some People Choose Not To Evacuate During Wildfires

Why Some People Choose Not To Evacuate During Wildfires

Dec. 27, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Thousands of people who live in the path of the Thomas Fire were under mandatory evacuation orders which were lifted last week. But not everyone who is ordered to leave their homes evacuates.

New Study: 27% Of Teens Are Gender Nonconforming

New Study: 27% Of Teens Are Gender Nonconforming

Dec. 21, 2017
By Michael Lipkin

More than one-in-four California teens are gender non-conforming, according to a recent UCLA study, the first large-scale scientific look into teens' gender expression.

Convention Center Tax, Vacation Rentals, Climate Plan Up ...

Convention Center Tax, Vacation Rentals, Climate Plan Up Ahead For San Diego Politics In 2018

Dec. 21, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed tax increase to help pay for a Convention Center expansion and homeless funding got pushed to 2018. That's just one major political battle expected next year.

No Lions, No Tigers, Some Bears. The Nat Details San Dieg...

No Lions, No Tigers, Some Bears. The Nat Details San Diego's Mammals

Dec. 19, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

The book is the product of nearly two decades of research, detailing not just what scientists know about these animals, but highlighting what they still need to learn.

Report Details Secret Pentagon Program To Study UFOs

Report Details Secret Pentagon Program To Study UFOs

Dec. 19, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

“I have no idea what I saw,” a Navy pilot said, according to the New York Times. “It had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s.”

Labor Leader Mickey Kasparian Accused Of Sexual Assault I...

Labor Leader Mickey Kasparian Accused Of Sexual Assault In New Suit

Dec. 15, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

New sexual misconduct allegations have surfaced against San Diego labor leader Mickey Kasparian, who is now accused of sexual assault.

Studies Show DACA Recipients Unlikely To Displace U.S. Jo...

Studies Show DACA Recipients Unlikely To Displace U.S. Jobs, Spur Large Family Sponsorships

Dec. 14, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, one reason he gave was that the program recipients were taking jobs away from U.S. citizens. But a new study finds that competition for jobs between DACA recipients and their corresponding millennial U.S. population is not widespread.

Prison Reforms Pressuring California's Inmate Firefighter...

Prison Reforms Pressuring California's Inmate Firefighter Force

Dec. 13, 2017
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...

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

Dec. 7, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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 Ne...

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

Dec. 4, 2017
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 Leg...

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

Nov. 30, 2017
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 Deca...

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

Nov. 29, 2017
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 T...

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

Nov. 28, 2017
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 ...

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

Nov. 24, 2017
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 Agai...

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

Nov. 21, 2017
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 Priz...

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

Nov. 20, 2017
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, 2017
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 An...

Astronaut Scott Kelly On His Yearlong Journey To Space And Back

Nov. 14, 2017
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 Housin...

San Diego Architects Lead Effort To Address Future Housing Shortage

Nov. 7, 2017
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 Ex...

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

Nov. 7, 2017
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, 2017
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 ...

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

Nov. 2, 2017
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 Gam...

San Diego Journalist Tackles America's Obsession With Gambling

Nov. 2, 2017
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, 2017
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.

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