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March 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A small plane landed next to a toll road Friday in southern San Diego County, sparking 911 calls from frightened witnesses to the California Highway Patrol. The plane landed about 11 a.m. next to the California 125 toll road, said CHP spokesman Jake Sanchez. It was unclear if anyone was hurt, but the plane landed intact and there were no fires or explosions, he said. The plane touched down not far from Brown Field Municipal Airport, just north of the Mexican border. Authorities are still on scene investigating, Sanchez said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A San Diego elementary school principal has been put on leave after being arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs, authorities said Wednesday. Rachel Escobedo, 45, principal of Lee Elementary School in the Paradise Hills neighborhood, was arrested Saturday while sitting in a car with a male companion. Police found a small amount of marijuana and also a white substance that is being tested, officials said. The case is under review by the district attorney's office, which has not yet filed charges.
NEWS
January 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Take to the seas for Valentine’s Day during a special sailing on a special ship. The Californian, the state 's official tall ship, will dock at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and offer a three-hour " Sweetheart Sail " on Feb. 13. Passengers aboard the Californian will have an opportunity to haul a line or staff the helm during the sailing, which will end with a cannon salute. The schooner, a replica of a Gold Rush-era vessel, was built in 1984. The Sweetheart Sail will start at 12:30 p.m. It includes a keepsake picture (taken between 10:30 a.m. and noon before the sailing)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The guided-missile cruiser struck by an aerial-target drone during a training exercise off Ventura County returned to San Diego on Sunday for assessment and repair, officials said. The Chancellorsville was struck on its port side by an BQM-74 series drone. Two sailors suffered burns. The ship returned to San Diego under its own power. It had set sail Tuesday and was scheduled to be at sea another seven days, officials said. Navy specialists are examining the extent of damage to the ship.
TRAVEL
September 6, 2009 | Jen Leo
Budget travelers, if you avoid looking for hotels on the beach because you think you can't afford them, think again. Hotwire Travel-Ticker has the skinny on a San Diego beachfront deal that's hard to pass up -- especially if you have kids. The deal: The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, right on Mission Bay and only 3 1/2 miles from Sea World, has rooms starting at $129 a night. This special is good every day of the week for the rest of the year. A spa and water sports rental facility are on site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A 26-year-old woman from San Diego was among those wounded in the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Elaine Dang, a graduate of Torrey Pines High School and UC Berkeley, was with co-workers when gunfire broke out at the Westgate Mall. Two of her co-workers were apparently killed. Dang is working in Kenya for a restaurant guide, "Eat Out Kenya," her father, Steven Dang, told KGTV-Channel 10. She suffered wounds to her chest, arm and leg, he said. PHOTOS: Kenya mall attack Dang was meeting co-workers at Nairobi's upscale Westgate Mall for lunch when gunfire broke out Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2013 | By Tony Perry
With his constituents, many from the city's lower-income neighborhoods, he is patient, respectful and determined to help them battle what he sees as an entrenched establishment. In conflict with other politicians, or with big-business interests, he's combative, given to rudeness, and often uncompromising .  “I'm passionate,” explains Bob Filner, San Diego's new Democratic mayor. The change from Filner's predecessor, Jerry Sanders, a moderate Republican and former police chief and United Way executive, has been startling.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Doh! Imagine Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal's surprise when she received one of her own campaign mailers only to discover the photo on it was not her longtime home of Long Beach, where she wants to be mayor, but a picture of San Diego. The giveaway was the skyline, which was obviously different, and the giant Navy vessel docked in the harbor. Lowenthal told Times reporter Christine Mai-Duc that she had approved a nighttime photo of the Long Beach skyline for the brochure and was "shocked" when she received the piece in the mail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Four baggage handlers at Lindbergh Field have been indicted on charges of smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine aboard planes set for destinations across the country. Federal officials said it is believed to be the first drug prosecution of employees at Lindbergh Field, the region's international airport. The four, current or former employees of Delta Global Services, worked in tandem with seven drug couriers who were also indicted, officials said. The baggage handlers would take backpacks of drugs from the couriers and then, using their security badges, place a backpack aboard a plane, which the courier would then pick up when the plane reached New York City, Nashville, Detroit, Baltimore, Hawaii and other locations, according to the federal indictment.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
After Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) turned to YouTube to announce her retirement from Congress, I wrote a post about politicians using new technology to evade public scrutiny. Though these tools have made it easier for politicians to more effectively control their messages, I argued it will always remain important for elected officials to face the public and the media. Former Democratic congressman and now San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who recently came under fire for alleged sexual harassment, is the newest case in point.
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