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Stories by Brooke Ruth

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New Book Argues That Hidden Costs Are Eroding The Middle Class

Aug. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new book argues that the fees we encounter are draining our resources and increasing wealth inequality.

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More Than Beaches And Dunes, Author Explains How We Rely On Sand In Surprising Ways

Aug. 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

People depend on sand in unexpected ways. It is used to build houses, from the foundation to the windows, and pave our roads. It's in toothpaste and shampoo and used to make underwear bands. Author Vince Beiser writes the resource that may seem plentiful is actually finite.

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San Diego Scientists Say Extreme Events Caused By Climate Change Could Spur Action

Aug. 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The authors of the piece in "Foreign Affairs" magazine propose that as the rich nations of the earth see a greater impact from a changing climate they will increase their efforts to limit carbon emissions and create technology that may reverse the effects of climate change.

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Report: City's Expectations Going Into Bridge Shelter Program Were Off The Mark

Aug. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The report, by an independent consultant, was presented to the San Diego City Council, acting as the San Diego Housing Authority, on July 31.

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The Rock Church Buys Strip Club In Point Loma

Aug. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Love it or hate it, the NUDE GIRLS sign above the Midway District in Point Loma was a San Diego landmark. It was the calling card of the Body Shop strip club.

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San Diegans Share Life-Changing Moments In Second Season Of 'My First Day' Podcast

Aug. 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

'My First Day' is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

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Author To Discuss Book On How Humans Have Coped With Their Flaws

July 31
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes” by Nathan Lents was published in May. Lents will be giving a free lecture about the book Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library.

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How To Know If You Were One Of The San Diegans Overcharged For Water

July 30
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh

At least 2,750 water customers in San Diego had bills that were corrected or need to be corrected in 2017, according to an audit released last week. But how will San Diegans know whether they are on that list?

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Trouble In The Wind Out With New Album, 'Hammer On'

July 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The North County band was named the 2018 Artist of the Year at the San Diego Music Awards. Trouble in the Wind is celebrating the release of its new album this week.

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State Law Increases Domestic Violence Training For Police Officers

July 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown will make sure police are trained in making lethality assessments of domestic violence victims. That assessment can help determine which victims are at greatest risk of homicide, serious injury or re-assault.

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First Person: Finding A Safe Space In A San Diego Arts Organization

July 23
By Brooke Ruth

Urban Beats uses art as a platform for young adults to express themselves to improve their well-being and become more self-sufficient.

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The Legal Geeks Use Pop Culture To Teach About The Legal System

July 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

How accurate was the trial of the Punisher? Did Luke Skywalker have a legal obligation to save the galaxy from the First Order? Those questions will be answered by real-life judges and attorneys on panels at Comic-Con this week.

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Protesters Call For Resignation Of National City Police Chief In Connection To Death Of Earl McNeil

July 18
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Police ordered protesters to leave a National City council meeting Tuesday night after the group continued to disrupt the meeting.

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Nonprofit Protects First Amendment Rights Of Comic Book Readers And Creators

July 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Beyond the walls of Comic-Con, comics and graphic novels still face instances of censorship and discrimination.

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Regulations Ban Homeowners From Renting Out Secondary Residences As Short-Term Rentals

July 17
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 on short-term rental regulations. Homeowners who want to rent out their entire homes will be required to pay $949 each year for a license and may only rent out their primary residence for up to six months of the year.

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San Diego Artists Become Subjects In New Photo Book

July 11
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Diego photographer Jennifer Spencer goes behind the scenes with San Diego artists in a new book, “The Artist Portrait Project: A Photographic Memoir Of Portrait Sessions With San Diego Artists.”

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Executive Director Of San Diego Pride Says The 'Fight Isn't Over'

July 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rainbow lights will shine at the UC San Diego Health Center in Hillcrest Monday. The annual lighting ceremony is one of the first events of San Diego Pride.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Brings 'Queens' To La Jolla Playhouse

July 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new production at the La Jolla Playhouse takes audiences into the immigrant experience through the lives of two generations of women who found their first new home in America in a basement apartment in New York City.

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The Old Globe Welcomes 'The Lorax' To Its World Of Seuss

July 2
By Brooke Ruth, Nina Garin

The Old Globe is home to "Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas," but the "Mean One" will have to share a space with another beloved Seuss character: The Lorax.

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Report Points To Economic Impact Of San Diego County's Housing Crisis

June 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The region is not meeting the housing goals needed to meet demand and not building the types of housing that will satisfy the needs of San Diegans through the middle of the century, according to a report commissioned by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Oceanside Council To Take Up Medical Marijuana Again

June 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Oceanside City Council is holding a workshop on medical marijuana and may make some changes to a city ordinance passed three months ago.

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Nonprofit Launches Podcast To Increase Community's Understanding Of Homelessness

June 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Greg Anglea, the CEO of Interfaith Community Services based in Escondido, is on a mission to get the stories of people experiencing homeless told.

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First Person: Teaching Women How To Shoot Guns

June 18
By Brooke Ruth

Wendy Hauffen is a firearms instructor at The Gun Range in Kearny Mesa. She has been teaching people how to safely shoot guns for the last six years. She specializes in teaching women and first-time shooters.

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'Brewchive' Tells The History Of San Diego Beer

June 13
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Cal State San Marcos has a beer-centric special collection, one of only a few like it in the country. It’s called the "Brewchive."

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Midday Edition 2018 Primary Election Special

June 6
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Who won, who lost and who's moving on to the general election in November? Wednesday's KPBS Midday Edition has a primary election roundup. Some results were predictable, while some were surprising.

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Talk To Focus On The Ethics Of Creating Inheritable Genetic Modifications

June 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Genetic researchers say they may be able to produce desired gene modifications in rodents that can be inherited. Those alterations would help researchers have better access to lab animals that mimic complex human diseases.

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San Diego Politics 101: You Cast Your Vote, Now What?

June 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a wrap-up segment of our series, San Diego Politics 101, political science professor Carl Luna joins Midday Edition to answer questions about the process of voting and vote counting.

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Councilman Ward Proposes Banning Styrofoam In San Diego

May 31
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego may become the fourth city in the county to ban Styrofoam food and beverage containers.

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Author Judy Batalion To Speak About Hoarding Disorder's Impact On Three Generations

May 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Judy Batalion will share stories from her book, “WHITE WALLS: A Memoir about Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between,” during Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s annual luncheon on Wednesday.

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'Adrift' Tells True Woman Versus Nature Story

May 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Tami Oldham Ashcraft originally wrote about her ordeal at sea in a memoir called "Red Sky in Mourning." The memoir has been adapted into a movie starring Shailene Woodley. The movie, "ADRIFT," will be in theaters Friday.

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Ticket Holders To Bring Treasures To 'Antiques Roadshow' Filming At Hotel Del Coronado

May 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The public-television phenomenon "Antiques Roadshow" visits San Diego on Tuesday. The sold-out ticket-only event will take place at the historic Hotel Del Coronado.

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An Explainer On The Five Statewide Propositions On The June Ballot

May 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

It’s not only candidates voters have to choose next week in the June 5 primary. There are also five statewide propositions on the ballot.

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Del Mar Fairgrounds Board Now Aware Of Gun Show President's Felony Conviction

May 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows' president Bob Templeton's background has come to light as a result of the heightened scrutiny being given to local gun shows by anti-gun show advocates.

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District 5 Candidate Jim Desmond Says County's Reserves 'Are Fine Where They Are'

May 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Jim Desmond has been the mayor of San Marcos for the last 12 years. He’s also a representative on San Diego Association of Governments and a board member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Desmond is a Republican.

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District 5 Candidate Michelle Gomez Wants To Use County Reserves For New Hires

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Michelle Gomez is a governmental affairs legislative analyst. She is a Democrat.

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New Book Chronicles The Beginnings Of the San Diego Lifeguard Service

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The development of the lifeguard service in San Diego began slowly in fits and starts since the late 1800s. It took a tragedy off the coast of Ocean Beach to really mark the start of the modern-day San Diego lifeguard service.

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Local Politics 101: What's The Case For The Ballot Measure System?

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In this episode of San Diego Politics 101, we look at ballot measures. Why do we see so many ballot measures and how can voters educate themselves about the issues they address?

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District 5 Candidate Jerry Kern Says He Would Work To Allow Recreational Marijuana In County

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jerry Kern has been an Oceanside city councilman for 12 years. He also serves on the community engagement panel for the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Kern is a Republican.

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District 5 Candidate Jacqueline Arsivaud Says Sticking To General Plan, County Will Reach Housing Goal

May 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Jacqueline Arsivaud is a member of the San Dieguito Planning Group and the chairperson of the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council. She’s a Democrat.

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Bonnie Dumanis Says Making District 4 Supervisor's Race Partisan Is A Political Tactic

May 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is one of five candidates, and the only Republican, in the District 4 race.

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District 4 Candidate Lori Saldaña Wants To Bring 'Real Change' To Board Of Supervisors

May 16
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Former California Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña is one of five candidates to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. She’s a professor of business information technology for the San Diego Community College District. She is a Democrat.

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Supervisor Candidate Ken Malbrough Wants To Increase Outreach To District 4 Residents

May 16
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Ken Malbrough is one of five candidates in the District 4 race. He's a retired deputy fire chief with the city of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and has served on planning boards and town councils in the city. He is a Democrat.

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District 4 Candidate Nathan Fletcher Wants To Drive Board Of Supervisors In New Direction

May 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former California Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is one of five candidates in the race to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He’s a Marine combat veteran and teaches political science courses at UC San Diego. He is a Democrat.

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District 4 Candidate Omar Passons Wants To Invest In Youth, Support Seniors

May 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Attorney Omar Passons is running to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He has worked on community issues of public health and land use. He's a Democrat. The supervisors positions are officially non-partisan, but right now all five supervisors on the board are Republican.

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Plan To Restore Habitat, Suppress Dust At Salton Sea Is Behind Schedule

May 10
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

There are about 20,000 acres of exposed lakebed on California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea. The dust created from the dry lakebed is expected to make the area’s already high asthma rate even higher.

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Shamus Sayed Says 50th District Needs An 'Outsider'

May 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Republican Bill Shamus Sayed is running to represent the 50th District in the House of Representatives. Sayed is a businessman who owns San Diego-based Interpreters Unlimited.

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Politics 101: How Do You Know Your Mail-In-Ballot Was Counted?

May 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The California gubernatorial primary this year is June 5, but that’s not the only date that’s important. There are other deadlines to keep in mind that could determine whether you get to vote, or if your vote will count.

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Rep. Hunter Wants To Serve The Nation By Continuing To Represent 50th Congressional District

May 3
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican, is running for re-election in the 50th Congressional District. He has represented the 50th District since 2009.

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Women Creators, Entrepreneurs Profiled In New Book By National City Teacher

May 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Women Who Launch” profiles the women who created the Girl Scouts, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, SPANX, the Women’s March and more.

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Scripps Professor To Discuss Ethics Of Deep Sea Mining

May 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

When it comes to unlocking the vast resources in the deep ocean, scientists are raising concerns about the ethics involved. Who owns those resources? And how can the proper extraction and use of fuel and mineral resources be regulated?

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