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April 26, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego and Tijuana will soon name a "top-notch" committee to pursue a binational effort to win the right to host the 2024 Olympic Games. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said Friday that he and Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante are "working together to make this happen. " The U.S. Olympic Committee is already aware that San Diego and Tijuana plan to make a bid. "Imagine the message we could send to the world in the true spirit of what the Olympics is all about, bringing together people and countries," Filner said.
May 16, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of possessing child pornography, which could bring a prison sentence between 35 years and life. Timothy James Hensley, 39, a science teacher at Bell Middle School, pleaded guilty to receiving images of a 10-year-old girl and other minors "in sexually explicit conduct. " No evidence suggests the images were those of his students, according to court documents. Hensley is set to be sentenced Aug. 12 in San Diego federal court.
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.
July 18, 2013 | By David Horsey
Let's take a break from politics today and dip into the fantastical world of the San Diego Comic-Con. The image above is a slice taken from my latest Horsey On Hollywood cartoon. You can jump to the full image by clicking here . This is a reminder that, in addition to my Top of the Ticket cartoons, I am now doing a weekly cartoon lampooning the wonderful, wacky world of entertainment. Starting next week, those cartoons will appear on Wednesdays in the Company Town blog . You can also see them in print on page 3 of the Sunday L.A. Times Calendar section.
March 5, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Harrah's casino and resort near San Diego is changing its name and look. The renamed Harrah's Resort Southern California in Valley Center adds a tower with 430 new rooms and suites as part of a $160-million upgrade and expansion slated to be done in April, the company announced Tuesday. The former Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort opened in 2002 on land owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians. Renovations began in October 2012 and has been rolling out in phases. Last July the resort opened three pools that feature a swim-up bar and lazy river.
November 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Two high school football coaches and a teacher are each being suspended for two days without pay after posting pictures on Facebook showing themselves wearing blackface and costumes meant to mimic the famed Jamaican bobsled team, school officials announced Friday. Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, announced the suspensions flanked by officials from the local chapter of the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League. Marten said the three have "expressed a deep sense of remorse" and added that they have said they will not contest the suspensions.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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