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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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San Diego Homeless Task Force Leader Reflects On First Year On The Job

Aug. 20
By Marissa Cabrera, 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.

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Novel By San Diego Author Explores Kidnapping Case That Inspired 'Lolita'

Aug. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The real-life kidnapping case that inspired Vladimir Nobokov to finish "Lolita" is the subject of a new novel by a San Diego author.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairy Tales, Fiddles And Folklorico

Aug. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

You'll hear lots of music on and off stage in Vista, plus ballet in Balboa Park and mariachis at the Civic Theatre.

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Megan Alice: High School Student And Published Poet

Aug. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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Cannabis Compound Reduces Agitation In Alzheimer's Patients

Aug. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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New Book Argues That Hidden Costs Are Eroding The Middle Class

Aug. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new book argues that the fees we encounter are draining our resources and increasing wealth inequality.

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San Diego Affordable Housing Advocates Eyeing 2020 Ballot

Aug. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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Report: Minor Mistakenly Convicted Under Operation Streamline

Aug. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Safety Inspector Describes Near Accident During San Onofre Community Panel Discussion

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The decommissioning of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant is moving forward, even as controversies continue over the storage of spent nuclear fuel.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hairspray' And Indie Rock Pioneers

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

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.

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Quaker Organization Marks 100 Years Of ‘Waging Peace’

Aug. 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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More Than Beaches And Dunes, Author Explains How We Rely On Sand In Surprising Ways

Aug. 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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San Diego Scientists Say Extreme Events Caused By Climate Change Could Spur Action

Aug. 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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How Will Wildfire Danger Affect New Homes In North County Backcountry?

Aug. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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."

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Report: City's Expectations Going Into Bridge Shelter Program Were Off The Mark

Aug. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The report, by an independent consultant, was presented to the San Diego City Council, acting as the San Diego Housing Authority, on July 31.

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Why Proposed Change For Police Review Board Won't Be On November Ballot

Aug. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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Losing Earth: How We Almost Solved Climate Change

Aug. 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Films, Violins And LSD

Aug. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a renowned chamber music festival, a revamped film festival and a concert by a trio of Grammy-winning musicians.

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Report: Alternative Energy Program Could Help State's Utilities Meet Renewable Goals 10 Years Early

Aug. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

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NPR's Sam Sanders Discusses Intersection Of Politics And Pop Culture

Aug. 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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The Rock Church Buys Strip Club In Point Loma

Aug. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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San Diego Rep Latinx New Play Festival Returns

Aug. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The second annual Latinx New Play Festival celebrates new works by Latino playwrights. The festival runs August 3-5 at the Lyceum Space.

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City Council Sends Measure To Increase Council, Mayor Salaries To November Ballot

Aug. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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San Diegans Share Life-Changing Moments In Second Season Of 'My First Day' Podcast

Aug. 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

'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.

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Balboa Park's Plaza De Panama Project Once Again In Court

July 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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Author To Discuss Book On How Humans Have Coped With Their Flaws

July 31
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

“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.

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Former U-T Reporter Helps Out In Capital Gazette Newsroom, Site Of Mass Shooting

July 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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Frontline Documentary Explores Impact Of Family Separation Policy

July 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Separated: Children At The Border," which looks at the current U.S. immigration policy, airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on KPBS television.

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Shankar Vedantam Finds The Bias In Our Hidden Brain

July 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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San Diego City Council Takes Up Proposal To Ban Discrimination Against Section 8 Renters

July 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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How To Know If You Were One Of The San Diegans Overcharged For Water

July 30
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh

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?

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Disco To The Decemberists

July 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings disco music, earnest folk songs and a visit by comedian Kathy Griffin.

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San Diego Rabbi Explores 'The Blessing Of Sorrow' In New Book

July 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rabbi Ben Kamin will discuss his new book, "The Blessing of Sorrow: Turning Grief Into Healing," Thursday on Midday Edition.

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Trouble In The Wind Out With New Album, 'Hammer On'

July 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Why Losing 30 Psychiatric Beds In Oceanside Means A Crisis For San Diego County

July 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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Feinstein Calls Out 'Sub-Standard' Conditions At El Centro Border Patrol Facility

July 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Reporter Details Story Of Foster Home Abuse Lawsuit Against San Diego County

July 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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How To Prepare For The Next Wildfire

July 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties says before the next fire strikes, get a kit, make a plan and stay informed.

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State Law Increases Domestic Violence Training For Police Officers

July 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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San Diego Law Enforcement Launches Campaign To Discourage Teens From Becoming Drug Mules

July 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The campaign is in response to an increase in the number of minors caught smuggling drugs across the border.

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The Alpine Fire Was Contained In A Day. How?

July 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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?

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: A Big Musical, A Small Musical And A Potter Musical

July 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

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.

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The Legal Geeks Use Pop Culture To Teach About The Legal System

July 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Who Was Earl McNeil?

July 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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5 Things To Know Before You Buy Sunscreen

July 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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.

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Gun Magazine Restriction Halted By 9th Circuit

July 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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Nonprofit Protects First Amendment Rights Of Comic Book Readers And Creators

July 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Beyond the walls of Comic-Con, comics and graphic novels still face instances of censorship and discrimination.

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Newly Released San Onofre Emails Show Public Business Done In Private With Gov. Brown Advisers

July 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The private discussions of public energy officials in California about the now-shuttered San Onofre power plant are still the subject of scrutiny.

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KPBS Journalist Jean Guerrero Traces Family History In New Memoir 'Crux'

July 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

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."

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Former US Attorney: Trump's Russia Statements 'Debilitating' To Morale Of Intelligence Community

July 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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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