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Stories by Peggy Pico

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.

Medicare And Medicaid Turn 50

Medicare And Medicaid Turn 50

July 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

On July 30,1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries who live in San Diego County.

New Approach To Discipline At San Diego Unified Proven Successful

New Approach To Discipline At San Diego Unified Proven Successful

July 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego Unified School District has seen a drop in expulsions since it implemented a discipline program that uses restorative justice.

New Grants Help San Diego County Groups Study Climate Change

New Grants Help San Diego County Groups Study Climate Change

July 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The San Diego Foundation awarded more than $300,000 in grants to six local programs to address climate issues that impact San Diego County's economy and way of life.

San Diego CityBeat Columnist Calls On White Americans To Help End R...

San Diego CityBeat Columnist Calls On White Americans To Help End Racism

July 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Aaryn Belfer looks at how white people can help fight racism by being "upstanders" instead of “bystanders."

What Americans With Disabilities Act Has, And Has Not, Accomplished...

What Americans With Disabilities Act Has, And Has Not, Accomplished In 25 Years

July 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

Former President George H.W.Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990, banning discrimination based on disability. How well has it worked? And what still needs to be done?

How Print Journalism Is Surviving In San Diego County

How Print Journalism Is Surviving In San Diego County

July 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

With The Daily Transcript business newspaper closing in September, the conversation continues around whether print journalism is dying a slow death in a world with on-demand news options.

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.

Does San Diego County Owe You Money?

Does San Diego County Owe You Money?

July 24
By Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

San Diego County is looking to return property tax over-payments and other funds to rightful owners.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego

July 23
By Alison St John, Hoa Quach, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday that the $2.1 million the city agreed to spend on an environmental analysis of a proposed NFL stadium will be money “well-spent.”

UC San Diego Researchers Uncover Key To Bacterial Communities’ Surv...

UC San Diego Researchers Uncover Key To Bacterial Communities’ Survival

July 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

UC San Diego researchers studying bacteria colonies found bacteria have the ability to secure the survival of the entire community.

California Bill Would Ground Drones Near Firefighting Efforts

California Bill Would Ground Drones Near Firefighting Efforts

July 21
By City News Service, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Legislation introduced in Sacramento would allow first responders to disable or damage drones if it interferes with emergency responses.

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.

The California Lawn Suffers Another Blow

The California Lawn Suffers Another Blow

July 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

Newly constructed homes will only be allowed to have 25 percent of landscaping dedicated to turf under new rules adopted by the California Water Commission.

Are Summer Interns In The U.S. Compensated Fairly?

Are Summer Interns In The U.S. Compensated Fairly?

July 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

According to a 2014 survey of graduating college seniors in the nation, 61 percent said they had held some kind of internship during their college careers. But not all internships are created equal.

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 Pride Celebrates Transgender Community

San Diego Pride Celebrates Transgender Community

July 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego's Pride Parade and Festival take place this weekend and there's plenty to celebrate in the LGBT community. Midday Edition takes a look at victories and challenges still facing many in the LGBT community.

It’s Gonna Blow! San Diego Film Explores Underground Music Scene

It’s Gonna Blow! San Diego Film Explores Underground Music Scene

July 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

Bill Perrine turns his lens on the burgeoning music scene in San Diego during the 80s and 90s, that seemed on the verge of exploding, but never quite became the next Seattle.

One Giant Step For Space Exploration As Pluto Gets Its Close-Up

One Giant Step For Space Exploration As Pluto Gets Its Close-Up

July 14
By Associated Press, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

After 9-1/2 years traveling 4.67 billion miles from earth at a speed of over 36,000 miles per hour - the spacecraft New Horizons is presumed to have gotten a close-up of Pluto. San Diego astronomers tell us what scientists hope to learn about the farthest planetary mass in our solar system.

What El Chapo's Escape Means For Mexico

What El Chapo's Escape Means For Mexico

July 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

He could be hiding out in Mexico City, he could be heading for a safe compound in Sinaloa. The only thing that is certain right now is that Mexican authorities don't know where Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is.

University Of California Providing Clear Path For Transfer Students

University Of California Providing Clear Path For Transfer Students

July 10
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

University of California President Janet Napolitano announced this week a plan to help streamline the way community college students transfer to UC campuses.

San Diego Exports Hit Record High

San Diego Exports Hit Record High

July 10
By Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

San Diego exports grew by nearly 4 percent last year.

Study Finds Shark Attacks Off California Down Sharply

Study Finds Shark Attacks Off California Down Sharply

July 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

While multiple shark attacks in North Carolina may have people worried about heading to the beach for a dip in the ocean, a new study shows shark attacks off the California coast have been down sharply since 1950.

Survey: DACA Improving Lives Of Young Immigrants In U.S.

Survey: DACA Improving Lives Of Young Immigrants In U.S.

July 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

A nationwide survey by UC San Diego professor Tom Wong shows recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are getting better jobs, earning higher wages and pursuing higher education.

How To Enjoy San Diego's Comic-Con Without A Badge

How To Enjoy San Diego's Comic-Con Without A Badge

July 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

So you don't have paid admission to Comic-Con International? No problem. There's still a lot of fun to be had during this week's pop culture extravaganza.

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.

Report Sheds Light On Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents In California

Report Sheds Light On Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents In California

July 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Reports of discrimination against Muslims in California nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest report published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

San Diego Lawmaker Pushes For Cheerleader Protections

San Diego Lawmaker Pushes For Cheerleader Protections

July 3
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said high school cheerleaders are athletes performing without health and safety standards.

SDSU Researchers Find Support For Working Moms Reaches All-Time High

SDSU Researchers Find Support For Working Moms Reaches All-Time High

July 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Researchers at San Diego State University found that 12th graders and adults are more supportive of working mothers today than their 1970s counterparts.

San Diego County Plan Will Lead to Fewer Animals Euthanized

San Diego County Plan Will Lead to Fewer Animals Euthanized

July 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The San Diego Welfare Coalition announced a new policy Wednesday that would lead to fewer dogs and cats being euthanized at shelters. Midday Edition reviews the policy and concerns that it may lead to overcrowding.

1985 Normal Heights Fire Prompted San Diego Education, Prevention P...

1985 Normal Heights Fire Prompted San Diego Education, Prevention Programs

June 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Midday Edition looks back at 1985 and the Normal Heights fire that destroyed 76 homes and damaged another 57. The fire prompted San Diego leaders to establish several initiative and improve water pressure in the mid-city area.

San Diego Transgender Teen Shares Struggle With Gender Identity

San Diego Transgender Teen Shares Struggle With Gender Identity

June 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

As part of a series of interviews on KPBS Midday Edition about gender identity issues, 14-year old Sam Moehlig of Rancho Bernardo talks about what it's like to grow up transgender in San Diego.

Supreme Court Upholds Independent Redistricting Commissions

Supreme Court Upholds Independent Redistricting Commissions

June 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

In a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Arizona commission that forms the state's electoral districts. The ruling validates efforts in California and other states that use these groups to prevent gerrymandering.

School Is Out But Hunger Lingers For Some San Diego Kids

School Is Out But Hunger Lingers For Some San Diego Kids

June 25
By Matthew Bowler, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

For students who rely on school lunch meals, having enough to eat during summer break can be challenging.

Ideas to Keep San Diego Students Off The 'Summer Slide'

Ideas to Keep San Diego Students Off The 'Summer Slide'

June 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

School might be out for summer but learning doesn't have to take a break. Educators share ideas on mind-stimulating activities that will keep kids sharp for fall on Midday Edition.

San Diego County Joins Binational Effort To Prevent, Control Tuberc...

San Diego County Joins Binational Effort To Prevent, Control Tuberculosis

June 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

A collaborative effort between San Diego County, Imperial County and the state of Baja California will focus on identifying, treating and preventing the spread of tuberculosis on both sides of the border.

California's New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect July 1

California's New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect July 1

June 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

About 6.5 million workers in California are expected to benefit from a new paid sick leave law authored by a San Diego lawmaker.

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.

Eliminating Traffic Deaths: San Diego Vision Zero Goal For 2025

Eliminating Traffic Deaths: San Diego Vision Zero Goal For 2025

June 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

San Diego officials signal their support for a program called Vision Zero, which aims to reduce traffic-related injuries and death through better planning, design and education.

Clinic Helps San Diego Transgender Youth

Clinic Helps San Diego Transgender Youth

June 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Rady Children's Gender Management Clinic opened in 2012. Since then, doctors have seen 80 children with gender identity issues.

San Diego Faith Leaders Plan Multiracial Forum After Charleston Chu...

San Diego Faith Leaders Plan Multiracial Forum After Charleston Church Shooting

June 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Faith leaders in San Diego are planning a multiracial forum for local clergy members to discuss America's racial divide after nine people were killed inside a Charleston, South Carolina, church last week.

How A San Diego Professor Influenced The Pope On Climate Change

How A San Diego Professor Influenced The Pope On Climate Change

June 19
By Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

UC San Diego professor Ram Ramanathan advised Pope Francis on climate change.

ASK Campaign Promotes Gun Safety For San Diego Parents

ASK Campaign Promotes Gun Safety For San Diego Parents

June 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

"Asking Saves Kids" is an offshoot of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. On Sunday, the group would like San Diego parents to have a specific conversation with their kids' friends.

'We're Out Of Time' — So Says Chargers Stadium Spokesman

'We're Out Of Time' — So Says Chargers Stadium Spokesman

June 18
By Claire Trageser, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

There is nothing left that the city of San Diego can do to solve the stadium issue before the NFL owners vote on whether to allow the Chargers to move to Los Angeles, team spokesman Mark Fabiani told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday.

Personal Challenge To Hike Salton Sea Turns Into Environmental Miss...

Personal Challenge To Hike Salton Sea Turns Into Environmental Mission

June 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Triple digit weather didn’t stop a Rancho Cucamonga man on his environmental mission, becoming the first person to complete the 116-mile trek around the Salton Sea.

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.

San Diego County Restaurant Workers Report Wage Theft

San Diego County Restaurant Workers Report Wage Theft

June 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

A new study finds that some of the 125,700 restaurant workers in San Diego County are getting short-changed on their earnings.

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.

El Niño Watch 2015: Rain-Starved San Diego Hoping For A Strong One

El Niño Watch 2015: Rain-Starved San Diego Hoping For A Strong One

June 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

A strong El Niño would be good news for the region's farmers. But San Diego fishermen are also rejoicing over warmer summer waters this year.

New Analysis Sheds Light On Suicide Rate Among Female Veterans

New Analysis Sheds Light On Suicide Rate Among Female Veterans

June 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs analyzed a decade of suicide data and found female veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women.