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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

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Street Teams To Provide Health Care To Homeless San Diegans

May 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Father Joe's Villages has launched what is considered the region's first street health program for homeless individuals.

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Thousands Expected To Hit San Diego Streets For 'Bike To Work Day'

May 15
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Association of Governments 29th annual Bike to Work Day is Thursday.

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How San Diego Can Help Support Its Growing Senior Population

May 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

About one million San Diego residents will be 55 or older by the year 2030, that's a 194 percent increase from 2012, according to the San Diego Associations of Government.

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SDG&E Asks US Supreme Court To Weigh In On Wildfire Costs

May 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Gas and Electric wants to bill customers $379 million in unrecovered 2007 wildfire costs. After state regulators and two California courts rejected SDG&E's request, the utility is now taking the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Young Central American Refugees Share Their Stories In Their Own Words

May 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America" is a new book that features the stories of 15 young migrants who left home to seek asylum in the U.S.

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Guatemalan Singer-Songwriter Gaby Moreno Headlines Adams Avenue Unplugged

April 25
By Marissa Cabrera

On Saturday, 80 artists, across 24 stages will take over Normal Heights for the annual Adams Avenue Unplugged music festival.

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A New Season Of 'A Growing Passion' Debuts On KPBS

April 24
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

Garden expert Nan Sterman kicks off the show's seventh season Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS Television.

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A Look At The Salk Institute Since Gender Discrimination Settlements

April 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer

With lawsuits now settled, a new story examines the culture at The Salk Institute and what may be in store for the next generation of women scientists at the scientific research institute in La Jolla.

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Report Raises Questions About Alternative To Foster Care Program In San Diego County

April 23
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

A recent report raises questions about the effectiveness of the county’s so-called voluntary services program, which serves as an alternative to foster care.

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Earth Day 2019 Special: How San Diegans Are Decreasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 22
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

On Monday's Midday Edition, we are bringing you an Earth Day special. We'll discuss ways San Diegans are decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and the politics of responding to climate change.

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San Diego Community Leaders Call For Revival In Civics Education

April 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Institute for Civic Engagement's 8th annual Restoring Respect Conference at the University of San Diego gets underway this week. This year's theme is Restoring Civic Literacy: Revitalizing Civic Education across our Community.

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New Writers Festival Debuts In San Diego

April 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The inaugural San Diego Writers Festival gets underway Saturday at the Central Library in downtown San Diego.

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Report: How Border Patrol Pursuits Are Becoming More Dangerous

April 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A joint investigation by the Los Angeles Times and ProPublica has found that during the last four years at least 250 people have been injured and 22 others have been killed as a result of high-speed chases by Border Patrol agents.

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La Jolla Music Society Prepares To Open New Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

April 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

On Friday La Jolla Music Society opens its new $82 million music venue, the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. The grand opening will include a series of concerts and other festivities.

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Recent Suicides Reveal Lasting Impact Of Mass Shootings On Mental Health Of Survivors

April 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dr. Shiva Ghaed, a clinical psychologist at the San Diego Naval Medical Center and survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas, discusses the long-term mental health effects of experiencing mass violence

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San Diego Padres Opening Day Preview

March 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Longtime San Diego sports commentator Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton joins Midday Edition to talk about what Padres fans can expect in the 2019 season.

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How Artificial Intelligence Could Change Medicine

March 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dr. Eric Topol, the director and founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, talks about his latest book, "Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again."

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San Diego Conference Spotlights The Separated Families You Often Don’t Hear About

March 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mixed-status families, or those with a mix of citizens and non-citizens, have also been separated after a family member gets detained or deported. That person is often a parent without legal status.

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Meet The San Diego Native Behind The Youth Political Movement 'Generation Citizen'

March 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Scott Warren is the founder and CEO of "Generation Citizen," an organization working to empowering youth through civics education across the country.

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New Zealand Shooting Highlights Need For Dialogue

March 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A series of discussions between Muslims and non-Muslims is working to build bridges between faith communities in San Diego and dispel myths about Islam.

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Meet The Teens Leading San Diego’s Climate Strike

March 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer

Kate Anchondo and Rachal Hamilton are seniors at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista. They plan to join students around the globe and walk out of school Friday to demand action on climate change.

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Study: Rising Sea Levels Could Cost More Than California's Worst Wildfires

March 13
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

A new U.S. Geological Survey study looks at the potential impacts of sea level rise when combined with other factors such as storm-driven flooding and beach erosion.

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First Person: Supporting LGBTQ Youth In San Diego’s South Bay

March 11
By Marissa Cabrera

Lucero Camarena works to empower trans youth at the newly opened LGBTQ Youth Center in Chula Vista.

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San Diego Mayor Faulconer Speaks Out On Future Of California GOP

March 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mayor Kevin Faulconer was one of the keynote speakers at the New Way California 2019 Summit in Sacramento Tuesday.

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A Palliative Care Doctor Reflects On The Role Of Medicine In The 'Eleventh Hour'

March 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dr. Sunita Puri will be speaking about her memoir, “That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour,” Wednesday at Warwick's Bookstore in La Jolla.

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Black Lives Matter Co-Founder On Where The Movement Is Today

Feb. 26
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

Alicia Garza co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin.

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SDG&E To Start New 'Time Of Use' Billing System

Feb. 21
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

San Diego Gas and Electric announced plans Thursday to move its roughly 750,000 customers to energy plans that incentivize decreased energy use, especially during peak hours.

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Columnist EJ Dionne On The Trump Presidency, Writing And The Future of Journalism

Feb. 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

EJ Dionne will be speaking Wednesday at the Writer's Symposium By The Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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ACLU Discusses Legal Battle Over Remain In Mexico Policy

Feb. 20
By Marissa Cabrera

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its "Migration Protection Protocols" program also known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy.

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'Finding Dorothy' Pulls Back The Curtain On 'The Wizard of Oz'

Feb. 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Letts will be speaking about her new novel, “Finding Dorothy,” Wednesday at Warwick's in La Jolla.

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Podcast Reveals History Of KKK On Camp Pendleton

Feb. 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Free The Pendleton 14” is a new podcast about a group of black Marines who tried to combat racism and the Ku Klux Klan at Camp Pendleton in the 1970s.

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Report: Climate Change May Hit States That Voted For Trump The Hardest

Feb. 4
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

A new report from UC San Diego and the Brookings Institution shows the economic impacts of climate change are widespread. But red-voting states may be disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of climate change.

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What's Behind Tijuana's Violence?

Jan. 31
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

More than 2,500 people were killed in Tijuana in 2018, that's seven times the total in 2012.

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San Diego Black Film Festival Spotlights African-American Cinema For 17th Year

Jan. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Comedies, dramas, documentaries and short films are all on the agenda at the 17th annual San Diego Black Film Festival, which officially begins Thursday at ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns For 9th Year To San Diego's MOPA

Jan. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This year's festival features five films that focus on a range of social justice issues, from the #MeToo movement to immigration and the fight to protect transgender service members.

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No Sign Of 'Return To Mexico' Policy At San Ysidro Port Of Entry

Jan. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

U.S. officials said the policy to return most asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases work their way through the U.S. court system would start Friday. But there is still no indication the plan has been implemented.

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SDSU Researcher Develops App To Promote Inclusive Teaching

Jan. 23
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

EQUIP or Equity Quantified in Participation is a free and open-source web application that tracks student participation and may help teachers overcome their own implicit biases.

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San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Reacts To State Of The City Address

Jan. 21
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Chris Ward gives his take on Mayor Kevin Faulconer's State of the City Address, which outlined ways to build more housing in San Diego.

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Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries Continue To Operate In San Diego County

Jan. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The largest concentration of illegal dispensaries is in the county is in the Spring Valley area, where 14 shops were shut down last year.

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Marine Vet Who Helped Clean Up Joshua Tree Says Shutdown's Effects Will Be Long-Lasting

Jan. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rand Abbott is a paraplegic rock climber who volunteered to lead clean-up efforts at Joshua Tree National Park during the partial government shutdown.

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One Year In, What's The State Of San Diego's Cannabis Industry?

Jan. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the sale of recreational cannabis in the state Jan. 1, 2017.

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A Look Back At The First Year Of Legal Marijuana Sales In California

Jan. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This week, KPBS Midday Edition will look back at the lessons learned from the first year of the legal sale of recreational marijuana in California.

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Rep. Mike Levin On His First Days In Congress

Jan. 8
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Congressman Mike Levin, who was elected to represent San Diego County's 49th Congressional District, was sworn into office last week amid one of the longest government shutdowns in recent history.

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Environmental Groups Call On County Leaders To Adopt New Climate Action Plan

Dec. 28, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A San Diego County Superior Court judge this week rejected San Diego County's climate action plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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Rise In Crime Since California’s Prison Overhaul Prompts Call For Rollback

Dec. 27, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report by The Marshall Project and the Los Angeles Times shows an uptick in crime in the years since prison reform measures went into effect. While the cause behind the uptick remains unclear, critics are calling for a rollback.

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What's In Store For San Diego's Economy In 2019?

Dec. 26, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's economy remained strong in 2018 but there are signs it could be slowing come January 1.

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Report: Asylum Processing System Varies Along US-Mexico Border

Dec. 20, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

The Center of U.S.-Mexico Studies at UC San Diego found while U.S. immigration officials have standardized their “metering” procedures, there is no set process to handle asylum seekers on the Mexican side of the border.

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Report: More Than 88,000 Buildings In San Diego Face Highest Risk Of Wildfire

Dec. 19, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A Los Angeles Times analysis found that San Diego has the second largest concentration in the state of buildings in areas at the highest risk for wildfire.

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Rep. Juan Vargas On Possible Government Shutdown, Migrant Caravan

Dec. 18, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

While he supports boosting funding for border infrastructure Vargas does not entirely support a $1.3 billion offer by congressional Democrats for fencing and other border security measures.

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Escondido's New Mayor Discusses Top Priorities

Dec. 17, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Democrat Paul McNamara beat incumbent Republican Sam Abed in the November election, giving Democrats a majority on the historically conservative Escondido City Council.

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