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June 3, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
San Diego could be improved. If the county had 75 miles of beaches instead of 70. If the Padres won a World Series or the Chargers won a Super Bowl. Or if the municipal sloganeers dropped "America's finest city" in favor of "You stay classy, San Diego. " But this is nit-picking. Besides its most obvious tourist attractions - the beaches, the zoo and Old Town - San Diego's downtown has interesting edges, several old neighborhoods are showing new vigor, and everybody seems to be brewing artisan beer.
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NEWS
January 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Hilda the hippo's brief taste of freedom ended in tragedy today. The three-ton hippopotamus escaped from her trailer onto a busy four-lane English highway but died after being shot with a tranquilizer dart while being recaptured. "It didn't survive the drug that was used and the stress and trauma of the recapture," said Roger Cawley of Longleat Safari Park, Hilda's owners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The Porsche that Paul Walker was riding in when it crashed and burst into flames, killing the "Fast & Furious" actor and his friend behind the wheel, was on tires that were more than twice the recommended age for the high-performance car, investigators found. At least two of the tires were more than nine years old; Porsche recommends that tires be replaced after four years. As a result, CHP investigators wrote that "the driveability and handling characteristics" of the car "may have been compromised.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego -- Two ailing and aged elephants at the San Diego Zoo had to be euthanized this week, zoo officials announced Friday. The two Asian elephants were suffering and their chances for recovery were virtually nil, officials said. Cha Cha, estimated to be 43 years old, was euthanized Wednesday. To allow other elephants to see her a final time, her lifeless body was lifted on a forklift and taken to where other elephants in the Elephant Odyssey exhibit are kept.
NEWS
December 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A South African judge ruled that 30 young elephants had been treated cruelly and awarded temporary custody of them to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The elephants' plight had drawn international concern, igniting protests in Washington and London. The elephants' owner, animal exporter Riccardo Ghiazza, had planned to sell them to zoos in Europe and a safari park in China.
NEWS
February 24, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Robert the Talking Zebra from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will speak to you at the L.A. Times Travel Show on Sunday but if you want to see some real animals, you can see them at the booth every 45 minutes starting about 11 a.m. Animal guests include a python, a cockatoo and a cerval. The show closes at 5 p.m. (Robert talks with L.A. TImes Travel Editor Catharine Hamm in the above clip.)  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1991 | From Associated Press
Sea World Inc. has filed for a permit to import a killer whale from a British marine park. The application, required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, was filed with the National Marine Fisheries Service, said Dan LeBlanc, a Sea World spokesman in San Diego. Sea World has 13 killer whales at four parks: in San Diego; Orlando, Fla.; San Antonio, Tex., and outside Cleveland, Ohio. The company hopes to acquire a 15-year-old female killer whale now housed at Windsor Safari Park near London.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A San Pedro man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison after prosecutors say he was caught on camera climbing a backyard fence and sexually assaulting a neighboring family's dog. Christopher Caceres, 22, pleaded guilty to one count each of cruelty to an animal and first-degree burglary, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. In a statement, prosecutors said that from August to November 2013, a family reported their dog would continuously yelp at night.
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