Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh
Gordon Walker took over as head of San Diego’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless in 2017. The task force oversees the annual homeless census and is responsible for coordinating homeless resources in the county.
The real-life kidnapping case that inspired Vladimir Nobokov to finish "Lolita" is the subject of a new novel by a San Diego author.
You'll hear lots of music on and off stage in Vista, plus ballet in Balboa Park and mariachis at the Civic Theatre.
It's not often that a senior at Francis Parker High School can add "published poet" to her resume. But Megan Alice is no ordinary 17-year-old. "A Bouquet of Daisies," her debut collection published by Green Writers Press, goes on sale this week.
A recent study found that patients with Alzheimer's disease who took a synthetic cannabis compound experienced reduced agitation, one of the most common symptoms of the disease.
A new book argues that the fees we encounter are draining our resources and increasing wealth inequality.
The San Diego Housing Federation declined to place its affordable housing bond on the November 2018 ballot, a move some believe resulted from pressure from convention center advocates pushing their own ballot measure. The federation said it was a purely strategic decision to move it to 2020.
Operation Streamline, which fast-tracks the prosecution of immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally, has been in effect in San Diego for more than a month.
The decommissioning of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant is moving forward, even as controversies continue over the storage of spent nuclear fuel.
This weekend brings a fun twist on the popular musical, "Hairspray," plus a super-sized concert by two giants of alternative rock: Weezer and The Pixies.
The American Friends Service Committee is marking its centennial with a traveling exhibit that showcases the group’s work in past and present social justice movements. The exhibit is on display now through September 30 at the New Americans Museum in Liberty Station.
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.
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.
When San Diego County Supervisors approved the addition of hundreds of new homes in North County last month, the main concern at the hearing was wildfires. But fire officials now believe that they could evacuate homes or advise people to "shelter in place."
The report, by an independent consultant, was presented to the San Diego City Council, acting as the San Diego Housing Authority, on July 31.
A change to San Diego's city charter strengthening the Community Review Board on Police Practices was in the works, and then it wasn't. The proposed measure ran afoul of some procedural potholes and eventually ran out of time to be placed on the November ballot.
The New York Times Magazine recently published a history of national efforts to avert a climate change disaster and how it could have been stopped in the 1980s.
This weekend brings a renowned chamber music festival, a revamped film festival and a concert by a trio of Grammy-winning musicians.
The report found that if the current rate of expansion of community choice aggregation continues alternative energy programs could end up serving a majority of California’s power consumers within the next decade.
NPR's Sam Sanders recaps the week's news with pop culture features and interviews in the show "It's Been A Minute." The program will air on KPBS-FM Saturday mornings starting August 4.
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.
The second annual Latinx New Play Festival celebrates new works by Latino playwrights. The festival runs August 3-5 at the Lyceum Space.
On Tuesday the San Diego City Council voted to send a measure that will eventually double their salaries — and that of the mayor — to the November ballot, along with a few other important measures.
'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.
There has been no shortage of litigation against the long-stalled Plaza de Panama project to remake the central mesa of Balboa Park. This week a lawsuit filed by attorney Cory Briggs asserting the city should have asked for voter approval before seeking bonds to pay for the project, has made it into court.
“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.
Joshua Stewart, who covered politics at The San Diego Union-Tribune, is "helping out any way I can" at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, which lost five staffers in a mass shooting last month.
"Separated: Children At The Border," which looks at the current U.S. immigration policy, airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on KPBS television.
Shankar Vedantam reveals how our thoughts and actions are governed by our hidden brain, including our reactions to news stories and social trends such as the #MeToo movement.
The council will consider the proposed ordinance Tuesday. Proponents say it will help ensure low-income San Diegans have access to housing throughout the city. Landlords say the Section 8 housing assistance program is administratively cumbersome.
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?
This weekend brings disco music, earnest folk songs and a visit by comedian Kathy Griffin.
Rabbi Ben Kamin will discuss his new book, "The Blessing of Sorrow: Turning Grief Into Healing," Thursday on Midday Edition.
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.
Losing 30 psychiatric beds may not seem like a catastrophe, but the impending closure of two psychiatric units at Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside is just the latest in a string of such losses in the county and statewide.
In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, Feinstein said her staff found children sleeping on concrete floors, inadequate access to drinking water and lack of basic hygiene products at the El Centro Border Patrol station. Feinstein is calling on the department to immediately attend to "claims of mistreatment of migrants in DHS facilities" along the U.S.-Mexico border.
An explosive story of San Diego County's years-long failure to stop child sexual abuse in a foster home was published on Sunday. The reaction from candidates running for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has been intense.
The Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties says before the next fire strikes, get a kit, make a plan and stay informed.
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.
The campaign is in response to an increase in the number of minors caught smuggling drugs across the border.
Thirty-two homes and roughly two dozen other structures were destroyed in the 504-acre West Fire in Alpine this month. And yet the fire had the potential to be much worse than it was. How did firefighters get it contained so fast, given the heat and the terrain?
Three new musicals open this weekend, one based on a Disney movie, another based on an Irish indie film and the third inspired by the Harry Potter series.
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.
A new story by The Appeal, a national news organization that covers criminal justice issues, has uncovered that Earl McNeil was a jailhouse informant for the San Diego County District Attorney's office.
San Diegans know that sunscreen is an essential part of outdoor gear. But if your sunscreen isn’t working, it may not be the product’s fault. Dr. Robert Dorschner, a dermatologist at UC San Diego Health, offers some advice to find a sunscreen that's right for you.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction halting a California law restricting the size of gun magazines. And a federal judge who ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from a published article changed his mind.
Beyond the walls of Comic-Con, comics and graphic novels still face instances of censorship and discrimination.
The private discussions of public energy officials in California about the now-shuttered San Onofre power plant are still the subject of scrutiny.
In her new book, "Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir," Jean Guerrero writes about her childhood, family history and most especially her father, who she calls the "ultimate migrant."
In response to a question from a reporter, President Trump said, "People came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be."
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