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San Diego Filmmaker Interviews Former White Supremacists For New Documentary

Oct. 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

In "Love Wins Over Hate," reformed white supremacists talk about their transformations to becoming people who promote empathy and inclusivity.

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History Of San Onofre's Legendary Surfing Beach Remembered

Oct. 8
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

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Community Conversation: Coronavirus Impacts On Vulnerable Students

Sept. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Joe Hong

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.

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Your COVID-19 Questions Answered

Aug. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Tarryn Mento

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.

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What The Pandemic Is Doing To The Wiring In Our Brains

Aug. 24
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

In his new book, neuroscientist David Eagleman explores how the brain adjusts to moments like the one we're living in now.

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SummerFest 'Reimagined' For Online Audience

Aug. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Facebook Group Leads To Violent Face Offs At Protests

Aug. 18
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

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San Diego Central Library Is The New Home Of The Robert Frost Society

Aug. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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San Diego Political Scandals Inspire Parts Of T. Jefferson Parker's Latest Novel

Aug. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Managing Your Money During A Pandemic

Aug. 4
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

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Poll: Majority Of Californians Believe Masks Should Be Worn In Public

July 30
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

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.

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Tensions Between Logan Heights Residents Outside Church-Goers Rooted In Cultural Divide

July 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Voters To Decide Whether To Allow High-Rise Developments In Midway District

July 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Avid San Diego Hiker Offers Advice On Hiking During The Pandemic

July 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Scott Turner is the co-author of four hiking guides, including the fifth edition of "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County."

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San Diego Pride Is Underway Online

July 16
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

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.

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Audit Alleges US Corporations Stealing Water, Contributing To Tijuana Sewage Problem

July 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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How The Coronavirus Has Impacted Plastic Pollution

July 2
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

In 2020, "Plastic-Free July" comes at a time of setback for those fighting plastic pollution, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Petition Calls For Defunding San Diego Unified Police

June 30
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

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.

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Public Health Officers Across Country Are Being Verbally Attacked, Threatened

June 24
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

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Author Writes Memoir About Forgiving Her Parents Who Struggled With Addiction

June 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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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First Person: San Diegan Hopes To Continue Her Grandfather's Fight Against Injustice

June 15
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.

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San Diego Community Organizer Reflects On Week Of Protests

June 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

North Park resident Joshua Williams, 27, says this will be a week he will never forget.

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Council Members Propose Social Workers Oversee Homeless Outreach Instead Of Police

June 3
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Two San Diego council members are proposing using more social workers and fewer police officers to do homeless outreach in the city.

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SDSU, Black Community Groups Organize Events Focused On Healing

June 2
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

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San Diego Leaders React To Weekend Protests

June 1
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego elected officials responded to the protests in San Diego County this weekend.

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Family Of Amazon Worker Who Died Of Coronavirus Questioning Company Hiring Spree

May 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Three Republican Groups Sue Over Newsom's Vote By Mail Plan

May 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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On This Memorial Day, Nonprofit Brings Attention To Female Fallen Soldiers

May 25
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

The Southern California-based nonprofit Foundation for Women Warriors shares stories of women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

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Coronavirus-Related Harassment And Discrimination Impacts Mental Health, Spreads Fear In Asian American Community

May 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

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San Diego's Poet Laureate Wants To Read Your Pandemic Poetry

May 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Diego’s recently appointed poet laureate is encouraging San Diegans to process how they're feeling by writing a poem.

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UC San Diego Doctor Weighs In On Role Of Underlying Health Conditions In COVID-19 Deaths

May 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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City Wants To Hear From San Diegans To Help Update Its Climate Action Plan

May 13
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

One of the goals of the city's Climate Action Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035.

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Want To Reduce The Amount Of Clothes In Your Closet? A Guide For Paring Down

May 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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San Diego Businesses Planning For Eventual Reopening

April 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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How To Cope With Grief During A Pandemic

April 23
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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.

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San Diego County During The 1918 Flu

April 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Looking back at the 1918 flu pandemic can inform our responses and add context to our current coronavirus challenges.

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Stimulus Money Direct Deposits Coming This Week, Paper Checks Will Arrive In May

April 15
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

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.

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Rate Of New COVID-19 Cases Slows In San Diego County

April 14
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Diego County's curve is beginning to flatten as the rate of new COVID-19 cases slows.

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Deacon Jim Vargas On Utilizing Convention Center For Homeless San Diegans

April 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

On Wednesday, Father Joe’s Villages relocated the last group of homeless men from one of its shelters to the convention center.

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County Approves $25M Fund For Behavioral Health Infrastructure, Anticipates Increased Need Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

April 7
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

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.

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Chamber Discusses Resources For San Diego Small Businesses During The COVID-19 Virus Crisis

April 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Rady's Infectious Disease Doctor On Why Coronavirus Doesn't Hit Children As Hard

April 3
By Brooke Ruth, Tarryn Mento

Rady Children's Hospital confirmed this week it's treating its first pediatric coronavirus patient.

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How San Diegans Can Help Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak

April 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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What Can The Fight Against COVID-19 Teach Us About How To Respond To Climate Change?

April 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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?

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Workforce Partnership Discusses Financial Help For Those Impacted By Coronavirus

March 19
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

The San Diego Workforce Partnership provides people with employment assistance and information on state benefits.

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San Diego Arts And Artists Go Digital During Coronavirus Closures

March 18
By Brooke Ruth, Julia Dixon Evans, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Coronavirus And The Workplace: What You Should Know About Your Rights

March 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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San Diego Therapist On Staying Calm During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 17
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

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.

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Two Cases Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Imperial County

March 12
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Two people in Imperial County have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the El Centro Regional Medical Center.

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First Women's Studies Department In Nation Celebrates 50 Years

March 10
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

SDSU educators are marking the 50th anniversary of the women's studies department.

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