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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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Executive Director Of San Diego Pride Says The 'Fight Isn't Over'

July 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rainbow lights will shine at the UC San Diego Health Center in Hillcrest Monday. The annual lighting ceremony is one of the first events of San Diego Pride.

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Alpine Center Assisting Fire Victims

July 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

San Diego County opened a one-stop center in the Alpine Library to start fire victims on the road to recovery.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: A Funny Guy, A 'Funny Girl' And John Adams

July 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a musical about John Adams, comedy by Kevin Hart and a festival that showcases films celebrating anniversaries, including "Funny Girl" and "The Red Shoes."

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Brings 'Queens' To La Jolla Playhouse

July 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new production at the La Jolla Playhouse takes audiences into the immigrant experience through the lives of two generations of women who found their first new home in America in a basement apartment in New York City.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: David, Dua And Fireworks

June 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s the weekend before 4th of July, which means it’s the start of the Bayside Summer Nights season. Plus we get a visit from a high-profile actor and British pop star.

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Report Points To Economic Impact Of San Diego County's Housing Crisis

June 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The region is not meeting the housing goals needed to meet demand and not building the types of housing that will satisfy the needs of San Diegans through the middle of the century, according to a report commissioned by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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New Birch Aquarium Exhibit Highlights Sea Creatures With 'Super Powers'

June 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The comics-inspired exhibit “Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections” features marine animals that have developed special adaptations to survive. The exhibit opens June 29.

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López Obrador: President Of Mexico At Last?

June 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been running for President of Mexico since 2006. He may succeed on Sunday.

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Federal Government: Court-Imposed Process Will Slow Family Reunification

June 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The federal government asked a San Diego federal judge Tuesday for time to implement President Trump's executive order to end family separations and to reject a motion from the American Civil Liberties Union to reunite immigrant families within 30 days.

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San Diego Food Writer Calls On Gals To Get Their Grill On

June 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Caron Golden of the food blog, San Diego Food Stuff, and chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins share some of their favorite summer grilling recipes.

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San Diego And Carlsbad: Two Different Approaches To Homelessness

June 7
By Alison St John, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council recently approved $2.5 million to keep three industrial tents sheltering hundreds of homeless people open, while Carlsbad is deploying two social workers to address a rising number of people living on the streets.

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Midday Edition 2018 Primary Election Special

June 6
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Who won, who lost and who's moving on to the general election in November? Wednesday's KPBS Midday Edition has a primary election roundup. Some results were predictable, while some were surprising.

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Talk To Focus On The Ethics Of Creating Inheritable Genetic Modifications

June 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Genetic researchers say they may be able to produce desired gene modifications in rodents that can be inherited. Those alterations would help researchers have better access to lab animals that mimic complex human diseases.

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San Diego Politics 101: You Cast Your Vote, Now What?

June 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a wrap-up segment of our series, San Diego Politics 101, political science professor Carl Luna joins Midday Edition to answer questions about the process of voting and vote counting.

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San Diego Chamber: Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Will Impact San Diego Businesses

June 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The tariffs on imported metals from Mexico, Canada and the European Union are expected to affect several key industries including the local shipbuilding and construction industries.

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San Diego Film Critics Give Summer Movie Recommendations

June 4
By Beth Accomando, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

From blockbuster action movies to indie horror films, the summer movie season has something for everyone.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Everything Outdoors

June 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Summer doesn’t officially begin until later this month, but in San Diego we mark the start of summer with the San Diego County Fair and other outdoor favorites.

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California Senate Passes Net Neutrality Bill

May 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Senate bill 822 would restore net neutrality regulations repealed by the Federal Communications Commission under President Trump. The bill now moves to the assembly.

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Councilman Ward Proposes Banning Styrofoam In San Diego

May 31
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego may become the fourth city in the county to ban Styrofoam food and beverage containers.

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San Diego Vocalist Lorena Isabell On The Making Of Her Debut Album ‘Hoy’

May 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Lorena Isabell's new album "Hoy" is a compilation of romantic boleros. She'll perform music off the new album at The Music Box in Little Italy on Sunday, June 10.

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How US Gun Laws Impact Mexico

May 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

While Mexico’s only gun store sells an average of 38 guns a day, an estimated 580 guns flow daily to Mexico from the U.S. Gun control advocates are taking notice.

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Author Judy Batalion To Speak About Hoarding Disorder's Impact On Three Generations

May 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Judy Batalion will share stories from her book, “WHITE WALLS: A Memoir about Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between,” during Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s annual luncheon on Wednesday.

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'Adrift' Tells True Woman Versus Nature Story

May 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Tami Oldham Ashcraft originally wrote about her ordeal at sea in a memoir called "Red Sky in Mourning." The memoir has been adapted into a movie starring Shailene Woodley. The movie, "ADRIFT," will be in theaters Friday.

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Ticket Holders To Bring Treasures To 'Antiques Roadshow' Filming At Hotel Del Coronado

May 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The public-television phenomenon "Antiques Roadshow" visits San Diego on Tuesday. The sold-out ticket-only event will take place at the historic Hotel Del Coronado.

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An Explainer On The Five Statewide Propositions On The June Ballot

May 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

It’s not only candidates voters have to choose next week in the June 5 primary. There are also five statewide propositions on the ballot.

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Del Mar Fairgrounds Board Now Aware Of Gun Show President's Felony Conviction

May 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows' president Bob Templeton's background has come to light as a result of the heightened scrutiny being given to local gun shows by anti-gun show advocates.

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Audra McDonald Brings The American Songbook To San Diego

May 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Theater fans should be in for a treat Thursday night as McDonald performs with members of the San Diego Symphony.

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How A Climate Scientist Became An Ecovangelist For His Children's Future

May 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Peter Kalmus, a NASA climate scientist, set out to reduce his own personal carbon footprint. He reduced his use of fossil fuels over a four-year period and wrote a book about what normal people can do to lessen their impact on the planet.

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District 5 Candidate Jim Desmond Says County's Reserves 'Are Fine Where They Are'

May 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Jim Desmond has been the mayor of San Marcos for the last 12 years. He’s also a representative on San Diego Association of Governments and a board member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Desmond is a Republican.

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District 5 Candidate Michelle Gomez Wants To Use County Reserves For New Hires

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Michelle Gomez is a governmental affairs legislative analyst. She is a Democrat.

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New Book Chronicles The Beginnings Of the San Diego Lifeguard Service

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The development of the lifeguard service in San Diego began slowly in fits and starts since the late 1800s. It took a tragedy off the coast of Ocean Beach to really mark the start of the modern-day San Diego lifeguard service.

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Local Politics 101: What's The Case For The Ballot Measure System?

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In this episode of San Diego Politics 101, we look at ballot measures. Why do we see so many ballot measures and how can voters educate themselves about the issues they address?

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District 5 Candidate Jerry Kern Says He Would Work To Allow Recreational Marijuana In County

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jerry Kern has been an Oceanside city councilman for 12 years. He also serves on the community engagement panel for the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Kern is a Republican.

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San Diego Author Explores The ‘Lives’ Of Gay Rights Icon Harvey Milk

May 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new biography, “Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death,” comes out on Harvey Milk Day, May 22, which would have also marked his 88th birthday.

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Does The Public Have The Right To Know About School Employees' Sexual Misconduct?

May 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Voice of San Diego is pushing to make school sexual misconduct records public. The fight over those records reveals the tools school districts and individual teachers have to keep them hidden.

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San Diego City Council Considers Banning Motorized Scooters Along Mission Beach Boardwalk

May 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Councilwoman Lori Zapf says she is proposing the ban after a series of collisions between pedestrians and people on scooters. If approved, motorized scooters would be banned on the boardwalk in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach.

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District 5 Candidate Jacqueline Arsivaud Says Sticking To General Plan, County Will Reach Housing Goal

May 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Jacqueline Arsivaud is a member of the San Dieguito Planning Group and the chairperson of the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council. She’s a Democrat.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Jazz, Electro-Punk And Historic Houses

May 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings jazz and ballet, some electro-punk and a tour of South Park's historic houses.

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Bonnie Dumanis Says Making District 4 Supervisor's Race Partisan Is A Political Tactic

May 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is one of five candidates, and the only Republican, in the District 4 race.

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Here's What You Should See, Taste And Drink In San Diego This Summer

May 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From summer concerts to outdoor movie venues and the best places to snap a selfie, we review San Diego CityBeat's 2018 Summer Guide.

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San Diego County Voter Registration Hits Record High

May 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

There’s a record 1.6 million registered voters in San Diego County. The county’s latest voter registration data also shows independent voters, or voters who don’t belong to a political party may soon outnumber registered Republicans.

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Seismologist Says California Is Waiting For Its Next 'Big One'

May 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Great Flood of 1862 was the last major natural disaster in Calfornia, according to seismologist Lucy Jones. The flood killed one percent of the state’s population and destroyed one-third of its taxable land.

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District 4 Candidate Nathan Fletcher Wants To Drive Board Of Supervisors In New Direction

May 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former California Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is one of five candidates in the race to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He’s a Marine combat veteran and teaches political science courses at UC San Diego. He is a Democrat.

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District 4 Candidate Omar Passons Wants To Invest In Youth, Support Seniors

May 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Attorney Omar Passons is running to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He has worked on community issues of public health and land use. He's a Democrat. The supervisors positions are officially non-partisan, but right now all five supervisors on the board are Republican.

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El Vez Brings Mr. Bob's "Unhappy Hour" To The Casbah Monday Night

May 14
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego’s own Robert Lopez has lived an exciting life performing around the world, but not really as himself. He's better known, either on national television shows or opening for rock stars in a gold lamé Mariachi suit, as the Mexican Elvis, El Vez.

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‘The Madres’ Pays Tribute To Argentina’s Mothers Of The Plaza De Mayo

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

"The Madres" chronicles a mother's quest to find her pregnant daughter amid Argentina's dictatorship in the late 1970's when thousands of citizens disappeared. The play runs Mother's Day through June 1 at San Diego's Moxie Theatre.

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San Diego Researchers Playing Leading Role In Landmark 'All Of Us' Project

May 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

An ambitious effort to speed up medical research by collecting health data from one million participants has just gotten underway. UC San Diego researchers are running part of the landmark research project called "All of Us."

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Video Showing Force Used By Vista Sheriff's Deputies Prompts Investigation

May 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego County Sheriff's department said it is launching an internal review after a video posted to Facebook appears to show sheriff's deputies hitting one restrained suspect repeatedly in the head and slamming a second handcuffed suspect’s head into a fence.

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Shamus Sayed Says 50th District Needs An 'Outsider'

May 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Republican Bill Shamus Sayed is running to represent the 50th District in the House of Representatives. Sayed is a businessman who owns San Diego-based Interpreters Unlimited.

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Politics 101: How Do You Know Your Mail-In-Ballot Was Counted?

May 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The California gubernatorial primary this year is June 5, but that’s not the only date that’s important. There are other deadlines to keep in mind that could determine whether you get to vote, or if your vote will count.