Stories by 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The group's latest album, "Build Bridges," debuted No. 1 last month on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.
The new charges come amid the ongoing civil fraud trial against GirlsDoPorn.com owner Michael Pratt. The civil trial is expected to wrap up this week.
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.
Customs and Border Protection agents are accused of altering court dates on asylum seekers' documents, keeping some migrants in Mexico indefinitely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lewis Black will be performing Saturday at Balboa Theatre.
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."
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.
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.
The emergency declaration is aimed at forcing state and federal officials to take action to decrease the dust around the Salton Sea.
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.
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.
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 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.
The school choice application window for San Diego Unified, the county's largest school district, is open now through Nov. 13.
In town hall meeting Monday, activists called on the San Diego Police Department to stop using the controversial carotid restraint hold.
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.
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, 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 findings are the result of a six-month investigation by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins joins Midday Edition on Monday to reflect on the legislative session.
Mathis, who will be 84 at the end of September, is marking his 63rd year as a recording artist.
San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the contention around two of the bills she authored this legislative session.
The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council's annual report shows an increase in suicides for the fourth year in a row.
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.
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.
The third annual Latinx New Play Festival opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the San Diego Repertory Theatre's Lyceum Space.
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.
- 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 San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books is a celebration for readers of all tastes and all ages.
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.
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.
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.
New York Times bestselling author and Fallbrook resident, T. Jefferson Parker, joined Midday Edition to discuss his latest book, "The Last Good Guy."
San Diego family band The Sea Monks perform their coastal country tunes in the KPBS studio.
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.
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.
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.
Former National Security Advisors and Chinese Consul General To Open UC San Diego Forum On US-China Relations
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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