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October 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A San Diego police officer was shot Thursday afternoon during what appears to have been a freeway chase with a wanted suspect, authorities said. Police Chief Bill Lansdowne went to the hospital where the officer was taken. He told reporters that the officer was conscious and talking. A suspect in the shooting is in custody, authorities said. The circumstances behind the car chase through the mid-city area are unclear. ALSO:  Caltech names physicist as new president Bell's Spaccia was set to make an extra $8 million, expert testifies Lawyer: Woman spotted in stairwell five days before body was found Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
TRAVEL
June 3, 2012
WHERE TO STAY Hotel Solamar, 435 6th Ave., San Diego; (610) 819-9500, http://www.hotelsolamar.com . A block from Petco Park, neighbored by the lively Gaslamp District. 235 rooms, pool on fourth-floor terrace. Rooms for two usually $175-$300. La Pensione, 606 W. Date St., San Diego; (619) 232-4683, http://www.lapensionehotel.com . 68 rooms in Little Italy. Pedestrian-friendly. No pool. Rooms for two usually $109-$179. Little Italy Inn, 505 W. Grape St., San Diego; (619)
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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
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.
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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
September 27, 2013 | By Tony Perry
  SAN DIEGO -- The city attorney is suing to force a medical marijuana dispensary to close, a sign of a changed policy since the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner. Soon after taking office, Filner had called for the city attorney to stop taking medical dispensaries to court to force their closure. The act was the beginning of a rift between Filner and City Atty. Jan Goldsmith. Just days after Filner's Aug. 30 resignation, Acting Mayor Todd Gloria reversed Filner's hands-off policy toward marijuana dispensaries.
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.
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