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Stories by Sharon Heilbrunn

Are Temper Tantrums Normal?

June 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

Are temper tantrums a sign of trouble? Local experts discuss what causes temper tantrums, and when parents should be concerned.

Teens And Depression

June 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

Is your teenager depressed or just moody? How can you tell? Local experts discuss the differences.

Homework: Too Much, Too Soon?

June 2
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Is homework beneficial for very young children?

Is Your Teenager Depressed?

June 1
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Is your teenager depressed or moody? San Diego-based psychologists discuss the differences between the two and offer suggestions for parents.

Should Parents Be Troubled By Tantrums?

June 1
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Are tantrums normal, or a sign of something more troubling?

Huntington's Disease

May 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

Huntington's disease is a genetic disorder of the brain that affects 1 in 10,000 people. We speak to local experts about the devastating disease and the impact it has on people and families.

With Fitness, Parents Hold The Power

With Fitness, Parents Hold The Power

May 13
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Put down the candy and remote control, Mom and Dad. If you want to reduce the risk of raising an overweight child, it's time to clean the pantry of processed foods and start pedaling that bike.

Foster Youth: Beyond The Necessities

May 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

May is National Foster Care month. We take a look at what foster kids need that isn't a necessity.

Local Connections To Fall Of Saigon

Local Connections To Fall Of Saigon

April 30
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Last week, we introduced you to Dzung Le, a Vietnamese refugee who was evacuated to the USS Midway during the Fall of Saigon. In 35 years, he has never returned to the ship. Today, Le meets with retired Commander Vern Jumper, who was air boss on the Midway, during Le's rescue.

Vietnamese Refugee And Navy Veteran Reunite On The USS Midway

Vietnamese Refugee And Navy Veteran Reunite On The USS Midway

April 29
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Vietnamese-American Dzung Le and USS Midway air boss Vern Jumper recall their bitter-sweet memories of the chaotic evacuation of people from Saigon as South Vietnam fell to North Vietnam 35 years ago.

USS Midway Air Boss Remembers Heroic Bird Dog Airplane Rescue

April 25
By Sharon Heilbrunn

On April 29, 1975, South Vietnamese Air Force Major Bung-Ly made the decision to load his family -- his wife and five children -- into a small two-seat Cessna O-1 Bird Dog airplane. Bung-Ly took off from Saigon and made it out to sea, where he looked for a ship to land on and spotted the USS Midway.

S.D. Veteran And Refugee Remember The Fall Of Saigon

S.D. Veteran And Refugee Remember The Fall Of Saigon

April 23
By Sharon Heilbrunn

The story of two San Diegans whose lives intersected 35 years ago during the fall of Saigon.

San Diego City Libraries Cut Hours

San Diego City Libraries Cut Hours

March 26
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Budget cuts have forced San Diego city libraries to reduce their hours.

Reforestation Of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Reforestation Of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

March 19
By Gloria Penner, Sharon Heilbrunn

It's been almost seven years since the Cedar Fire ravaged Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. What kind of progress has been made in the efforts to bring the forest back?

The Blooms in Anza-Borrego

The Blooms in Anza-Borrego

March 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

What's in bloom at the Anza-Borrego Desert? A park ranger joins the show to talk about the flora and fauna of the region.

Wildflowers Blooming In Anza-Borrego

Wildflowers Blooming In Anza-Borrego

March 5
By Sharon Heilbrunn

The wildflowers are blooming in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. KPBS News Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn takes you on a tour of the natural wonders of the park.

Rebuilding Balboa Park's Public Square

Rebuilding Balboa Park's Public Square

Feb. 19
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Sharon Heilbrunn

What's the motivation behind efforts to rebuild Balboa Park's public square? KPBS News reporter Sharon Heilbrunn tells us about the history of the public square, and updates us on the efforts to bring it back.

Going Solar In San Diego

Feb. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

New rebates and tax credits are making it more affordable for San Diego residents to install solar systems in their homes.

Reconsidering The Coronado Tunnel

Reconsidering The Coronado Tunnel

Feb. 12
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Sharon Heilbrunn

For nearly 30 years, officials in the City of Coronado have studied the idea of building a tunnel under Fourth Street to help alleviate traffic in the city. KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn has more on when voters will get to weigh-in on the project.

Benefits Of Solar Water Heaters

Benefits Of Solar Water Heaters

Feb. 5
By Gloria Penner, Sharon Heilbrunn

New rebates and tax credits are making it easier for San Diego residents to use solar energy to heat the water in their homes. KPBS reporter Sharon Heilbrunn discusses the benefits of solar water heaters.

Inner City Outings Gets Kids Outdoors

Jan. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

Inner City Outings is an organization that helps urban youth discover the outdoors. We speak with a chairperson from the organization and a youth who has participated in the experience.

S.D. Residents Using Recycling To Bolster Income

S.D. Residents Using Recycling To Bolster Income

Jan. 22
By Gloria Penner, Sharon Heilbrunn

How are San Diegans using bottles and cans to bolster their wallets these days? KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn discusses some of the ways residents are using recycling to get a little extra cash.

New Recycling Laws Take Effect

Jan. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

It is now mandatory for everyone in the City of San Diego to recycle. We speak to an official from the Environmental Services Department about the impact recycling has on the Miramar Landfill and how the new policies will be enforced.

San Diegans Urged To Recycle More

San Diegans Urged To Recycle More

Jan. 15
By Gloria Penner, Hank Crook, Megan Burke, Natalie Walsh, Sharon Heilbrunn

We'll look at San Diego's new recycling laws.

Housing Market Outlook for San Diego

Jan. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

The last decade brought about madness in the San Diego housing market. So, how are things now, at the start of 2010? We speak with a local real estate expert.

Housing Market On Its Way Up

Housing Market On Its Way Up

Jan. 8
By Gloria Penner, Sharon Heilbrunn

San Diego County home prices are creeping higher and higher. But, is it enough to be optimistic for the future? KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn investigates.

Behind The Scenes of National Geographic's 'Border Wars' Documentary

Jan. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

A new National Geographic television series takes viewers to the front lines of U.S. Customs and border protection. We speak with the producer of "Border Wars."

A Decade Of Social Media

Dec. 21
By Doug Myrland, Sharon Heilbrunn

The way we use social media has evolved in the last decade. It's now part of our culture and most of our daily lives. We take a look at its evolution, what's hot right now, and what's to store for the future.

Controversy Over New Stadium

Controversy Over New Stadium

Dec. 18
By Sharon Heilbrunn

KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn examines the controversy over where the new Charger's stadium should be.

Avoiding The Holiday Blues

Avoiding The Holiday Blues

Dec. 11
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Though the holidays can be exciting, some may feel depressed or down during this time of year. KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn explores ways to beat the holiday depression.

The Holiday Blues

Dec. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

It's the time of year for holiday stresses, which can often lead to the "holiday blues." We speak with a local therapist about the issue.

San Diego Faces Increase In Food Stamp Applications

San Diego Faces Increase In Food Stamp Applications

Dec. 4
By Sharon Heilbrunn

With nationwide hunger at an all-time high, more people in San Diego are applying for food stamps.

After Foster Teens Leave The System

Nov. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

What happens to a foster teen when he or she turns 18 and is let out of the system? We speak to members of a local foster care organization.

State Budget Cuts Impacting Local Parks, Beaches

State Budget Cuts Impacting Local Parks, Beaches

Nov. 24
By Doug Myrland, Sharon Heilbrunn

Recent cuts to city and state budgets are affecting local beaches and parks. We take a look at how this impacts the quality of life for San Diego residents.

Parks And Beaches Suffer From Budget Cuts

Parks And Beaches Suffer From Budget Cuts

Nov. 20
By Sharon Heilbrunn

KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn explains how the recent state budget cuts impact Old Town and San Diego beaches.

Ronald McDonald House Helps Families With Sick Children

Nov. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

The Ronald McDonald House is a haven for families who have seriously ill children. We take a look at how this building is helping the community.

Cash For Keys

Nov. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

The Cash for Keys program is putting money in the pockets of homeowners who are facing foreclosure. We speak with a local realtor about the program.

Help For Domestic Violence Victims

Oct. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. We take a look at the issue and also hear from a woman who's created a video to help victims get restraining orders.

Food Stamps at Farmers Markets

Food Stamps at Farmers Markets

Oct. 19
By Alan Ray, Sharon Heilbrunn

Four San Diego County farmers markets are now accepting food stamps in an effort to encourage low income families to eat more fruits and vegetables. We take a look at the program and its impact on the community.

Before Installing Solar, You Need A Home Energy Efficiency Assessment

Oct. 13
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

Before you install those solar panels, it would be a good idea to have a home energy assessment done on your home. We discuss the importance of energy efficiency, and the most common ways that people waste energy in their homes. And, we'll find out how the City of San Diego's new Clean Generation program might benefit local homeowners.

Fighting Fibromyalgia

Oct. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain. We speak with a local doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia treatment as well as a woman who is living with the condition.

Water Conservation In San Diego Is Working

Sept. 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

Mandatory water restrictions have been in place for about three months now. So, are San Diegans conserving? We take a look.

War Comes Home: Repeated Deployments

War Comes Home: Repeated Deployments

Sept. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

We take a look at how repeated deployments are affecting soldiers and their families. This is part two of a week long series on how our community is affected by the aftermath of war in military families.

War Comes Home: Helping Vets Cope

War Comes Home: Helping Vets Cope

Sept. 21
By Alan Ray, Sharon Heilbrunn

We take a look at specific challenges that war veterans face as they try and find normalcy after leaving Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Fighting Hunger In San Diego

Sept. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

September is Hunger Action Month. We take a look at the current hunger situation in San Diego.

Swine Flu Update

Aug. 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

The White house is predicting that the swine flu will affect 20 to 40 percent of all Americans - that's between 600,000 and 1.2 million people in San Diego County. We take an updated look at how San Diego is preparing.

Electric Cars in San Diego

Aug. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

It might be easier than ever to drive and maintain an electric car in San Diego. We chat with experts about the benefits of going electric.

Special Education and Schools

Aug. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

With school starting soon, we take a look at the obstacles special education students face and how parents can advocate for better care.

Is Horse Racing Safe?

Is Horse Racing Safe?

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

Recent horse deaths at the Del Mar Racetrack have left people wondering if the new track is safe. We chat with the Equine Medical Director for the California Horse Racing Board.

The Latest and Greatest Gadgets

Aug. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

What new gadgets are on the market that will make your life easier? How can using green electronics save you money? We chat with a technology expert to break down the latest and greatest.

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