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In this Sept. 19, 2017 photo, homeless people s...

Supreme Court Considers Taking Up Case On Whether Homeless Can Legally Sleep In Public Places

Dec. 6
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

U.S. Supreme Court justices are meeting Friday to decide whether to take up an appeal of a 9th Circuit ruling on homelessness. Whatever they decide could have a major impact on San Diego and other cities.

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San Diego Rep Play Tells True Story Of Man Who Refused To Be Interned

Dec. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A play at the San Diego Repertory Theatre tells the story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American citizen of Japanese descent who refused to enter an internment camp during World War II — firm in the belief that his rights as a citizen should be protected.

This Oct. 14, 2016, photo shows food from a Tha...

Thanksgiving And Politics: How To Navigate The Holidays Amid Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Nov. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Political scientist Darrell West of the Brookings Institution discusses his new book, “Divided Politics Divided Nation,” which explores polarization in America through his own family history.

Food in the landfill.

How To Reduce Food Waste This Thanksgiving

Nov. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Individuals throw out an average of 20 pounds of food per month, making food the single largest item disposed of in landfills in the United States.

Ham, Brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes (top l...

Share Your Holiday Food Traditions On Midday Edition

Nov. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From latkes to tamales to black-eyed peas and ham, it just wouldn’t be the holidays for some families without these special foods. Does your family have a special holiday food? Share it with us.

Imperial Beach's city logo, Sept. 23, 2019.

Concerns Growing Over Rent Hikes Ahead Of California's New Rent Cap Law

Nov. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Imperial Beach Council Member Paloma Aguirre co-hosted a town hall on housing Thursday to discuss the community's concerns over recent rent increases and hear from mobile home park residents who are fighting to stay in their homes.

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San Diego's Sure Fire Soul Ensemble On New Album, Making Billboard Debut

Nov. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The group's latest album, "Build Bridges," debuted No. 1 last month on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.

The San Diego Superior Court is shown in this u...

San Diego Adult Website Owner Charged With Child Sex Trafficking

Nov. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new charges come amid the ongoing civil fraud trial against owner Michael Pratt. The civil trial is expected to wrap up this week.

San Diego Immigrant Affairs Manager Rita Fernan...

Meet San Diego's First Immigration Affairs Manager

Nov. 14
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

Chula Vista native Rita Fernandez is San Diego's first Immigration Affairs Manager. She discusses what she hopes to accomplish in her new position and what she learned from a similar job she held in Los Angeles.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, Lizbeth p...

Union-Tribune: CBP Agents Altering Asylum Seekers' Court Documents

Nov. 8
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

Customs and Border Protection agents are accused of altering court dates on asylum seekers' documents, keeping some migrants in Mexico indefinitely.

A sign on the edge of the land in Oceanside whe...

Oceanside City Council Narrowly Approves Controversial Housing Development

Nov. 7
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

By a 3-2 vote, the Oceanside City Council on Wednesday night narrowly approved a controversial housing development on some of the city's last agricultural land.

Leonard Maltin's Celebrity Tribute in the Crown...

Coronado Island Film Festival Will Bring New And Old Films To The Big Screen

Nov. 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The festival starts Friday and runs through Monday. It will be held at various venues in Coronado, including the Hotel Del, the Vintage Village Arts Theatre and the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

Activists for and against Proposition 187 ralli...

How Proposition 187 Transformed California

Nov. 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of Proposition 187, a measure that aimed to prohibit people living in California illegally from receiving medical, educational and other social services. A new podcast by The Los Angeles Times and Futuro Studios examines its political legacy.

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San Diego’s Fifth Avenue May Become Car-Free 'Gaslamp Promenade'

Oct. 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A plan is in the works to remove cars from a stretch of Fifth Avenue in downtown San Diego to make the area more pedestrian-friendly. The plan is modeled after other car-free zones such as the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

NPR Host Shankar Vedantam Discusses Why Parts O...

NPR Host Shankar Vedantam Discusses Why Parts Of The Brain Remain Hidden

Oct. 30
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

From accessing the hidden parts of our brain to machines making decisions that humans used to make, Shankar Vedantam joins Midday Edition to reveal fascinating aspects of our hidden brains.

An artist's rendering shows a new stadium for t...

SDSU Increases Offer For Mission Valley Stadium Site To $87.7M

Oct. 29
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a letter delivered to Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday, SDSU is offering to pay almost $20 million more for the 135-acre site than it offered earlier this month. The new offer of nearly $87.7 million is due to be discussed by the City Council next week.

Comedian Lewis Black in an undated photo.

Comedian Lewis Black Brings His 'Joke's On Us' Tour To San Diego

Oct. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Lewis Black will be performing Saturday at Balboa Theatre.

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Victims Of Government Overreach Focus Of New Book

Oct. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new book outlines abuses of constitutional rights, police overreach and bureaucratic nightmares. It's called "When They Come For You: How Police and Government are Trampling our Liberties and How to Take Them Back."

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New Book Explores How Public Spaces Can Fight Polarization

Oct. 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Bestselling author and sociologist Eric Klinenberg explores the value of public spaces in his book "Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructures Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life." He's speaking at the Central Library Thursday night.

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Weekend Event Will Celebrate San Diego Landscapes

Oct. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Cultural Landscape Foundation's What’s Out There tours highlight some of San Diego’s great landscapes, from the Mission de Alcala to Barrio Logan to Scripps Park in La Jolla.

State lawmakers and state agency representative...

Imperial County Declares Emergency At Salton Sea

Oct. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The emergency declaration is aimed at forcing state and federal officials to take action to decrease the dust around the Salton Sea.

Bunk beds line a communal sleep area at a new, ...

San Diego's Fourth 'Bridge' Shelter Set To Open In November

Oct. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved a contract with Alpha Project to run a fourth temporary homeless shelter at 17th Street and Imperial Avenue in downtown San Diego.

The cover of the new book

San Diego Author Shares Stories Of 15 Years Of Adventures On The High Seas

Oct. 14
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego boat builder, Lew Maurer, was commissioned to build an 80-foot luxury catamaran. Soon, he would find out he was destined to be its captain, leading a family on 15 years of adventures around the world.

A mother and daughter wait to meet with an enro...

Californians Must Have Health Insurance In 2020, Or Face Penalty

Oct. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Covered California was created in 2014 to offer state residents subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Covered California's open enrollment for health coverage in 2020 starts Tuesday and runs through January 31.

Samin Nosrat, author and host of the Netflix se...

'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' Chef Makes Hometown Debut

Oct. 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Samin Nosrat is a chef, best-selling author, La Jolla High School grad and host of the popular Netflix show "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat." She'll make her hometown debut Friday at Balboa Theatre as part of UC San Diego's ArtPower event series.

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In San Diego Unified, Now's The Time To Choose A School For Your Child

Oct. 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The school choice application window for San Diego Unified, the county's largest school district, is open now through Nov. 13.

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Community Groups Call On SDPD To Stop Using Controversial Neck Restraint

Oct. 1
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

In town hall meeting Monday, activists called on the San Diego Police Department to stop using the controversial carotid restraint hold.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., reads a s...

California To Play Pivotal Role In Impeachment Probe

Oct. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Californians on both sides of the political aisle are becoming the public faces of the Trump impeachment inquiry.

President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian Pre...

Union-Tribune Editorial: Trump Impeachment Needs To Draw A Line

Sept. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

While the Union-Tribune's Editorial Board has been critical of President Trump, this is the first time the newspaper has called for formal impeachment hearings.

Hilary Kearney is pictured in this undated photo.

San Diego Beekeeper's New Books Are All The Buzz

Sept. 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hilary Kearney, the founder of Girl Next Door Honey, has been using her expertise to enlighten the world about bees. She will be speaking about her two new books on bees Thursday at The Book Catapult in South Park.

The San Diego Central Jail on Front Street, Aug...

San Diego County Jail Deaths Outpace Other Large California Counties

Sept. 24
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

The findings are the result of a six-month investigation by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni ...

Senate President Pro Tem Atkins Reflects On The Year In Bills

Sept. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins joins Midday Edition on Monday to reflect on the legislative session.

Singer Johnny Mathis is pictured at Columbia Re...

'Voice Of Romance' Singer Johnny Mathis To Perform In San Diego On Sunday

Sept. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Mathis, who will be 84 at the end of September, is marking his 63rd year as a recording artist.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez rallies workers f...

Lorena Gonzalez On The Controversy Over Gig Work, Vaccine Bills

Sept. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the contention around two of the bills she authored this legislative session.

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San Diego County Suicide Rate Continues To Climb

Sept. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council's annual report shows an increase in suicides for the fourth year in a row.

The bluegrass band Prairie Sky performs in the ...

San Diego Bluegrass Band Prairie Sky Performs In The KPBS Studio

Sept. 5
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the final installment of Midday Edition's first summer music series we hear from one of San Diego's finest bluegrass bands. Prairie Sky stopped by the KPBS studio to perform and talk about Appalachian music.

A 2017 photo of a crowd at the Coachella Valley...

What's Your Favorite California Song?

Aug. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The New York Times has put together a Spotify playlist filled with California-inspired music. Times chief pop music critic Jon Pareles will be in San Diego Friday to talk about the project and share some of his favorite tracks.

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San Diego Rep's Latinx New Play Festival Returns

Aug. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The third annual Latinx New Play Festival opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the San Diego Repertory Theatre's Lyceum Space.

Celebrating ratification of the women's suffrag...

San Diego Marks 99th Anniversary Of Women Getting Right To Vote With March, Rally

Aug. 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Women dressed in white will be leading a march and rally in Balboa Park Tuesday. It’s the kick-off to a yearlong 100th-anniversary celebration of American women winning the right to vote.

The Sweetwater Union High School District centr...

Parents, Students To Protest Bus Cuts In Sweetwater Union High School District

Aug. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh

A new school year is usually pretty exciting except when students are facing cutbacks that could affect their academic performance.

The Union-Tribune San Diego Festival of Books i...

Third Annual Festival Of Books Brings Over 100 Authors To San Diego

Aug. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books is a celebration for readers of all tastes and all ages.

Electric engine sits where a diesel engine used...

3,000 Charging Stations For Electric Trucks And Buses Coming To San Diego

Aug. 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The electric station program is part of the state’s Climate Action Plan mandate. It’s also hoped that electrifying transport trucks will improve the chronically polluted air in the neighborhoods near the Port of San Diego, including Barrio Logan, Logan Heights and Sherman Heights.

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Study: California's Red Flag Law May Help Prevent Mass Shootings

Aug. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In 2016, California became the first state in the nation to implement a red flag law. It allows family members or law enforcement to ask a judge to temporarily remove guns from individuals who may pose a threat to themselves or others.

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New York Times Magazine Explores How Slavery Created America's Wealth, Growth

Aug. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

On Sunday, The New York Times Magazine published a comprehensive series of articles and essays that frame slavery as the institution that fundamentally shaped the United States.

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T. Jefferson Parker's New Thriller Is A Timely Tale Of Terrorist Plots, White Supremacy

Aug. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

New York Times bestselling author and Fallbrook resident, T. Jefferson Parker, joined Midday Edition to discuss his latest book, "The Last Good Guy."

The Sea Monks perform in KPBS studios, July 23,...

Family Rockabilly Band The Sea Monks Perform In The KPBS Studio

Aug. 15
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego family band The Sea Monks perform their coastal country tunes in the KPBS studio.

Gas prices at an Arco Station near San Diego St...

U-T: San Diego's Inflation Rate Third Highest In US

Aug. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego’s rate of inflation is among the highest in the nation. That means San Diegans are paying higher prices for fuel, housing and food.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, w...

Cities In San Diego County Want To Form Power Authority To Buy Clean Energy

Aug. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Two cities in San Diego county will take preliminary votes Tuesday on the issue of community choice energy. The votes in La Mesa and Chula Vista may begin the process of establishing a joint powers agreement among eight jurisdictions in San Diego County.

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California Innocence Project Co-Founder Discusses The Making Of 'Brian Banks' Film

Aug. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exoneration story of Brian Banks is one of the notable achievements of the work of the San Diego-based California Innocence Project and now it's being told in a motion picture playing in theaters nationwide.

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinpin...

Former National Security Advisors and Chinese Consul General To Open UC San Diego Forum On US-China Relations

Aug. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

On Monday, UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy will begin a week-long forum in response to increasing trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Business, technology and policy leaders will gather for high level talks with a focus on bridging the growing gap between the two countries.

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