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Stories by Patty Lane

Are California Hospitals Prepared For Ebola?

Are California Hospitals Prepared For Ebola?

Oct. 22
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Some local nurses are concerned that hospitals aren't prepared for an infectious disease such as Ebola, and Tuesday the state's largest nurses union met with Gov. Jerry Brown to call for better preparation and training.

Carmel Valley Mixed-Use Project Heads To City Council

Carmel Valley Mixed-Use Project Heads To City Council

Oct. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Developers call their planned mixed-used development in Carmel Valley "smart growth," but some community members say it's not a good fit for the neighborhood.

Pros And Cons Of California's Prop. 47

Pros And Cons Of California's Prop. 47

Oct. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is co-author of Proposition 47, which would reduce some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors. But others in law enforcement have concerns about "unintended consequences" of the measure.

Shaken Or Stirred? A Look At the Science Behind Cocktails

Shaken Or Stirred? A Look At the Science Behind Cocktails

Oct. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

An event at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center this week explores the science behind your favorite cocktail.

Baja California's Culinary Boom Reaches Beyond Borders

Baja California's Culinary Boom Reaches Beyond Borders

Oct. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

There is a culinary boom going on in Baja California that's being experienced on both sides of the border. We take a look at the impact and how chefs will face off this week at the Tijuana Innovadora conference.

Third Edition Of 'Innovadora' Event Showcases Best Of Tijuana And B...

Third Edition Of 'Innovadora' Event Showcases Best Of Tijuana And Beyond

Oct. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Tijuana Innovadora, will focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and binational economies. The biennial conference features 200-plus speakers, exhibits, workshops and special events about technology, food and fashion.

King Tut Exhibit Arrives In San Diego

King Tut Exhibit Arrives In San Diego

Oct. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The Discovery of King Tut exhibit opened this weekend at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The exhibition recreates the fascinating empire on the Nile using state-of-the art technology.

San Diego's Love For Its 'Little Italy'

San Diego's Love For Its 'Little Italy'

Oct. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

San Diego's Little Italy is the go-to destination for visitors and locals alike who are looking for great things to eat. KPBS Midday Edition looks at a new book that highlights Little Italy's past and present by San Diegan Maria Desiderata Montana.

Domestic Violence Behind 20% of San Diego County Homicides in 2013

Domestic Violence Behind 20% of San Diego County Homicides in 2013

Oct. 2
By KPBS , Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

One in five homicides in San Diego County in 2013 were the result of domestic violence. KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at the study and what resources are available for victims in San Diego County.

Balancing Housing Density And Community Character In San Diego

Balancing Housing Density And Community Character In San Diego

Oct. 2
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

Terms like "smart growth" and "housing density" can be hot buttons for residents who don't want added homes and increased transit. But with San Diego's population increasing - how do you balance housing growth and retain community character?

What Impact Will California Plastic Bag Ban Have On Businesses, Con...

What Impact Will California Plastic Bag Ban Have On Businesses, Consumers?

Sept. 30
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge and Associated Press

California became the first state to impose the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags this week. We take a look at what impact the law might have on consumers, retailers.

Mayor Faulconer On Terrorism, Services For Homeless

Mayor Faulconer On Terrorism, Services For Homeless

Sept. 29
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

In his monthly update on the business of the city, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer tackled a number of topics ranging from terrorism to services for the homeless on KPBS Midday Monday.

San Diego County Sees Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

San Diego County Sees Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

Sept. 24
By Amita Sharma, Matthew Bowler, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

San Diego County is in line with national numbers showing the number of homeless students enrolled in public school is on the rise. There are 20,000 homeless students in San Diego County.

The Race To Contain The Ebola Outbreak

The Race To Contain The Ebola Outbreak

Sept. 22
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Sierra Leone's weekend lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak is being called a success with the discover of 150 new cases. What will it take to stop the spread and treat those infected? Are we any closer to a vaccine?

Report: Poverty Rate In San Diego Increases

Report: Poverty Rate In San Diego Increases

Sept. 18
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane

New census data highlights some disturbing trends, like how 1 in 5 children in San Diego are living in poverty.

San Diegans Rally For Change: People's Climate March

San Diegans Rally For Change: People's Climate March

Sept. 18
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Worldwide demonstrations known as the "People's Climate March" are planned for this weekend ahead of world leaders gathering at the U.N. for a climate summit. The march is based in New York, but an event is planned in San Diego.

'Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, And Autism'

'Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, And Autism'

Sept. 17
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

A book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind details his family's 20-year struggle with their youngest son's autism — and how his obsession to Disney movies opened his world and is helping others.

Zero Tolerance Policies' Impact On School-To-Prison Pipeline

Zero Tolerance Policies' Impact On School-To-Prison Pipeline

Sept. 16
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at how "zero-tolerance" policies in schools might be contributing to the crowding of juvenile detention facilities.

Has San Diego Recovered From Lehman Brothers Collapse?

Has San Diego Recovered From Lehman Brothers Collapse?

Sept. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

On Sept. 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy marking the beginning of public awareness the U.S. financial structure was at serious risk. Six years later, KPBS Midday Edition asks has San Diego County recovered from the financial fallout?

Prostate Cancer: What You Need To Know

Sept. 12
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Recently, San Diego Bishop Cirilo Flores died of prostate cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we take a look at testing, diagnosis and treatment options available.

 Prop H: Escondido Golf Course Dispute To Be Decided By Voters

Prop H: Escondido Golf Course Dispute To Be Decided By Voters

Sept. 10
By Megan Burke, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Escondido voters will decide the fate of the Escondido Country Club property when they head to the polls in November.

Preparing For Disaster: Earthquake, Wildfire, Terrorist Threat

Preparing For Disaster: Earthquake, Wildfire, Terrorist Threat

Sept. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Are you prepared for the next big earthquake or wildfire? What do you do if you see suspicious activity that might be terrorist-related? The Federal Emergency Management Agency and San Diego Fire join KPBS Midday with some safety tips.

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

Sept. 5
By City News Service, Erik Anderson, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico and City News Service

A settlement deal on the costs of the San Onofre shutdown, approved by the utilities and three consumer advocate groups - must now be changed. What's the cost to consumers?

San Diego Physician Pens Medical Thriller

San Diego Physician Pens Medical Thriller

Sept. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

UC San Diego physician Dr. Kelly Parsons has penned his first novel — a medical thriller. The plot of "Doing Harm" involves a surgeon, a serial killer and a hospital.

San Diego Hosts Ideas@50+ AARP Convention

San Diego Hosts Ideas@50+ AARP Convention

Sept. 3
By KPBS News, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

At this week's conference of the AARP, staying brain smart is one topic many in the over 50-crowd are interested in.

Deportations Affecting Homelessness In San Diego, Tijuana

Deportations Affecting Homelessness In San Diego, Tijuana

Sept. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

A forum Wednesday night at the University of San Diego will highlight the issue of homelessness on both sides of the San Diego, Tijuana border.

California First State To Pass Cellphone 'Kill Switch' Law

California First State To Pass Cellphone 'Kill Switch' Law

Aug. 27
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane and Associated Press

Smartphone theft is on the rise — many times turning violent — but a new California law will require a "kill switch" be installed rendering the phone inoperable if stolen.

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan In Limbo

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan In Limbo

Aug. 26
By Amita Sharma, City News Service, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Tarryn Mento

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday not to appeal a ruling by a state appeals court that rejected San Diego's plan to finance the project.

Are Earthquakes Linked To Drought?

Are Earthquakes Linked To Drought?

Aug. 25
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

The 6.0-magnitude quake in Napa, California is causing some to take second look at UC San Diego research that indicates an uplift in the earth's surface — caused by the drought — is causing seismic activity to spring up.

College Life 101: Easing The Transition For Students And Parents

College Life 101: Easing The Transition For Students And Parents

Aug. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

It's the time of year when freshman are moving into college dorms and away from home — it can be stressful for both students and parents. We take a look at how to survive the transition and thrive in college.

Why Are Minority Men Struggling To Finish Community College?

Why Are Minority Men Struggling To Finish Community College?

Aug. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Quinn Owen

Very few male students of color graduate with a certificate or degree. A new collaborative policy brief aims to address that problem on a national level.

Reaching Out For Help With Depression

Reaching Out For Help With Depression

Aug. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The death of comedian Robin Williams is teaching us a lot about depression. We look at treatments available and who to reach out to when you need help.

Depression Is Not A Death Sentence

Depression Is Not A Death Sentence

Aug. 13
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The death of comedian Robin Williams sparked conversations about depression. We look at resources available in San Diego and what to say to someone who may be suffering.

What You Need To Know About West Nile Virus In San Diego County

What You Need To Know About West Nile Virus In San Diego County

Aug. 11
By Claire Trageser, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

West Nile virus has been found in two dead birds in San Diego County. We'll tell you what you need to know to protect your family — and how you can help the county track the mosquito-borne virus.

What's Behind San Diego's Crazy Weather?

What's Behind San Diego's Crazy Weather?

Aug. 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Above average temperatures for more than two months. Humid, desert-like thunderstorms at the coast. What's going on with San Diego's weather? Does this unusual weather help or hurt our fire risk and the drought?

How The Ebola Serum Traveled From San Diego To West Africa

How The Ebola Serum Traveled From San Diego To West Africa

Aug. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tarryn Mento

The serum used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus was developed based on research conducted in San Diego.

How Many Back-To-School Gadgets Does Your Child Need?

How Many Back-To-School Gadgets Does Your Child Need?

Aug. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

What's hot when it comes to back-to-school technology? We take a look at how San Diego County uses technology in the classroom and sort through the latest gadgets for kids and adults.

San Diego Teens Facing Slim Job Market

San Diego Teens Facing Slim Job Market

Aug. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

We take a look at where the summer jobs in San Diego are and why it's so hard for a teen to find a summer job.

Bridging San Diego's Digital Divide

Bridging San Diego's Digital Divide

July 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The digital divide still exists for many of San Diego's underserved communities, but there are efforts underway to close the gap. We take a look at San Diego's Futures Foundation.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer: From Minimum Wage To Comic-Con

Mayor Kevin Faulconer: From Minimum Wage To Comic-Con

July 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer talks to KPBS about the minimum wage ordinance, tax rebates for businesses and trying out a zip line at Comic-Con.

Complaint: Juvenile Detention Facilities Abuse Kids With Pepper Spray

Complaint: Juvenile Detention Facilities Abuse Kids With Pepper Spray

July 29
By City News Service, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Youth advocates filed a formal complaint Monday urging the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the use of pepper spray in San Diego County juvenile detention facilities.

Developing San Diego's Zero Waste Plan

Developing San Diego's Zero Waste Plan

July 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

California cities have to recycle 75 percent of their waste by 2020. San Diego has set an ambitious goal of zero waste by 2040. A series of meetings are underway to jump start the efforts, we'll tell you about the program and how to get involved.

Filner's First Accuser Reflects On Sexual Harassment Scandal

Filner's First Accuser Reflects On Sexual Harassment Scandal

July 22
By Claire Trageser, Laura Wingard, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

"I did this for other women ... who have been at the sharpest edge of an arrow, the target of somebody who's abusing power," said Irene McCormack Jackson, in explaining why she sued then-Mayor Bob Filner and the city of San Diego for sexual harassment.

Traveling Stories Uses Farmers Markets To Get Kids Reading

Traveling Stories Uses Farmers Markets To Get Kids Reading

July 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Literacy in San Diego is getting a boost from the Traveling Stories nonprofit, a Santee-based group that uses a special space at local farmers markets to encourage kids to read and get "book bucks" in return.

1 Year Later: How Filner Sexual Harassment Scandal Impacted San Diego

1 Year Later: How Filner Sexual Harassment Scandal Impacted San Diego

July 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego was thrown into the national spotlight last summer as numerous allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against then-mayor Bob Filner, forcing him to resign. We take a look at changes to the city one year later.

Brush Fire At Mission Trails Regional Park Kept To 95 Acres; Blaze ...

Brush Fire At Mission Trails Regional Park Kept To 95 Acres; Blaze 95% Contained

July 13
By Emily Burns, Neiko Will, Patty Lane

Firefighters moved quickly Sunday afternoon to attack the blaze in the San Diego park from the ground and air. Mission Trails Park should be open Tuesday.

Public Forum For San Diego Trolley Expansion On Tuesday Night

Public Forum For San Diego Trolley Expansion On Tuesday Night

July 11
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The second in a series of public forums on the new trolley expansion is Tuesday night in Clairemont

What Does Increased Consumer Borrowing Mean To San Diego Economy?

What Does Increased Consumer Borrowing Mean To San Diego Economy?

July 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The federal government reports that consumer borrowing continues to increase. KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at what this means to San Diego's economy and making sure you don't get into debt.

Riding The Nuclear Wave: San Diego Journalist Profiles Fukushima Su...

Riding The Nuclear Wave: San Diego Journalist Profiles Fukushima Surfers

July 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Quinn Owen

While the issue of widespread nuclear radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant continues, Japanese surfers have returned to the water.

Research Finds Postpartum Depression Symptoms May Begin Before Givi...

Research Finds Postpartum Depression Symptoms May Begin Before Giving Birth

July 2
By Alison St John, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Postpartum depression can range from being depressed or sad to suicidal thoughts — but researchers now say it may begin earlier than after giving birth.