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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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NEWS
May 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
A kiss can last forever, at least on San Diego's waterfront. "Unconditional Surrender," the 25-foot sculpture of a sailor and a nurse kissing to mark the end of World War II , is scheduled to be taken down Wednesday from Tuna Harbor Park in front of the U.S.S. Midway Museum and shipped to New Jersey for restoration, according to a Unified Port of San Diego statement. But that's not where the Big Kiss ends. The Midway Museum announced Saturday that it has raised $1 million in a "Save the Kiss" campaign and will underwrite a permanent bronze copy of the J. Seward Johnson sculpture.
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.
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.
TRAVEL
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Tony Perry
  The San Diego school board has declined to overturn the two-day suspensions meted out to 31 high-school students for being part of a "twerking video" shot on campus. After hearing complaints from parents that the suspensions were too harsh and could hurt their children's chances of being admitted to college, the San Diego Unified School District governing board met in closed session Tuesday night. Board members emerged to announce that the state Education Code bars them from overturning the suspensions given out by administrators to students at Scripps Ranch High School.
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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.
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