Stories by Brooke Ruth
In "Love Wins Over Hate," reformed white supremacists talk about their transformations to becoming people who promote empathy and inclusivity.
San Onofre is one of the legendary surf beaches of the world. A 1,500 page book, filled with pictures and mementos, brings its history and culture to life.
On a special episode of KPBS Midday Edition, education reporter Joe Hong speaks with three people who have dedicated their lives to working with students most vulnerable to falling behind during distance learning.
From federal testing guidelines to improving air circulation in a classroom, we asked a local infectious disease specialist to respond to your questions about the novel coronavirus.
In his new book, neuroscientist David Eagleman explores how the brain adjusts to moments like the one we're living in now.
Despite the pandemic, social distancing and closed concert halls, the La Jolla Music Society will still hold a SummerFest, but it will be paired down and have a virtual audience.
Some of the confrontations have involved members of a Facebook group called “Defend East County.” The group was started after a La Mesa protest at the end of May turned destructive. It has recently swelled to over 20,000 members.
The library will serve as a permanent center for the study of Frost’s work. It’s the society's first permanent home, since its founding in 1978.
T. Jefferson Parker’s new novel "Then She Vanished" weaves San Diego headlines and characters, that we almost recognize, into an alternate universe of suspense.
A quarter of a million people in San Diego County have lost a job amid business reductions and closures caused by the coronavirus. If you are among those who are still getting a paycheck, the pandemic has likely still impacted your finances.
Large majorities of Californians are worried about getting coronavirus and the impact of the pandemic on their pocketbooks, according to a recent poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.
Relations have become strained between members of the St. Anne Catholic Church and neighborhood residents. The rift began primarily over street parking but is being fueled by a cultural divide.
The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to place a proposal on the November ballot that if approved would repeal the 30-foot height limit for buildings in the Midway District.
Scott Turner is the co-author of four hiking guides, including the fifth edition of "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County."
San Diego Pride has worked to rethink its events, making them available for virtual audiences. Organizers say the online format has proven more inclusive, as scores more people are participating online than typically have attended the same events in years past.
An independent audit of Baja California’s water agency has found that many international companies with operations in Baja California have paid for only a fraction of the water they have used for years and have dumped waste without approval into the overburdened Tijuana sewage system, while water agency officials looked the other way.
In 2020, "Plastic-Free July" comes at a time of setback for those fighting plastic pollution, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd has led to a call to defund school police, which has already happened in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed.
Around the country, a number of public health officials have resigned, retired or been fired, some after being verbally attacked or threatened in response to their repeated warnings of the crucial importance of wearing masks, social distancing and delayed reopening in slowing the spread of coronavirus.
Stephanie Danler, who came to fame several years ago with her novel, "Sweetbitter," has written a memoir about her parents struggle with addiction and her own struggle to overcome that legacy. It's called "Stray."
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- By Brooke Ruth
Isabella Lawrence, 22, has attended several anti-racism protests in San Diego County over the last few weeks. Her grandfather, Richard Lawrence, protested during the Civil Rights movement. As part of our "First Person" series, Isabella spoke to her grandfather about the current protest movement and how it compares the movement in the '60s.
North Park resident Joshua Williams, 27, says this will be a week he will never forget.
Two San Diego council members are proposing using more social workers and fewer police officers to do homeless outreach in the city.
As people try to deal with the pain and anger triggered by the death of George Floyd, some are out protesting, others are responding with violence and some are turning to each other to share their feelings and find solidarity.
San Diego elected officials responded to the protests in San Diego County this weekend.
Harry Sentoso, 63, died after going to work in an Irvine Amazon warehouse in March. His story is profiled in a Los Angeles Times report on the risks faced by workers at those warehouses. His family is asking why Amazon hired additional workers to help with non-essential online purchases, putting those workers' lives at risk.
The lawsuits take issue with Newsom’s authority to mandate voting by mail and claim the order violates state law and the U.S. Constitution.
The Southern California-based nonprofit Foundation for Women Warriors shares stories of women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
Coronavirus-Related Harassment And Discrimination Impacts Mental Health, Spreads Fear In Asian American Community
Thursday afternoon a free virtual community conversation will be offered by Jewish Family Service of San Diego to explore how an increase in discrimination is affecting the mental health of members of the Asian American community.
San Diego’s recently appointed poet laureate is encouraging San Diegans to process how they're feeling by writing a poem.
The COVID-19 death toll in San Diego County is now over 200 people. Most of the fatalities involved patients with underlying health conditions. This has led some to question whether people who have chronic illnesses and succumb to COVID-19, should actually be counted as COVID-19 victims.
One of the goals of the city's Climate Action Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035.
That daily encounter with the clothes closet, trying to figure out what to wear to work, isn’t that much of a problem these days. If being homebound is motivating you to tackle an overfilled closet, there’s a new book that might help.
Governor Gavin Newsom said, some businesses in the state may begin to reopen in a matter of weeks, in his COVID-19 update on Tuesday.
We are all touched at some level by loss in this COVID-19 pandemic — from the loss of our freedom to walk on the beach or connect with friends, to the loss of a job and an income or, more tragically, to the loss of a loved one.
Looking back at the 1918 flu pandemic can inform our responses and add context to our current coronavirus challenges.
The stimulus money is part of the $2 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy. The goal of the individual stimulus payments is to get the money quickly circulating in the battered economy.
San Diego County's curve is beginning to flatten as the rate of new COVID-19 cases slows.
On Wednesday, Father Joe’s Villages relocated the last group of homeless men from one of its shelters to the convention center.
County Approves $25M Fund For Behavioral Health Infrastructure, Anticipates Increased Need Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Mental health professionals expect to see an increase in depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and drug overdoses as a result of the stress surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of San Diego’s small businesses are completely closed, with employees out of work and owners struggling to figure out if their businesses will be able to make it through the new coronavirus pandemic. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Stefanie Benvenuto joins Midday Edition on Monday to discuss federal, state and local programs to help small businesses.
Rady Children's Hospital confirmed this week it's treating its first pediatric coronavirus patient.
Even during this time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, there are opportunities to help your community, for instance, at Wednesday's county news conference Rady's and the Rock Church announced a partnership to collect personal protective equipment.
One thing the coronavirus outbreak has proven is that communities can make massive re-adjustments if necessary. The question is, will the slowly unfolding effects of climate change convince us those big re-adjustments are necessary?
The San Diego Workforce Partnership provides people with employment assistance and information on state benefits.
San Diego artists, art museums, galleries and performing arts groups are finding ways to still share their art while traditional spaces and gatherings are canceled.
Dan Eaton, an employment law attorney and partner at Seltzer, Caplan, McMahon and Vitek, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the rights and responsibilities of employees and their employers.
David Peters, a marriage and family therapist who has a practice in San Diego, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday with advice on how to stay calm during these uncertain times.
Two people in Imperial County have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the El Centro Regional Medical Center.
SDSU educators are marking the 50th anniversary of the women's studies department.
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