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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)
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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.
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)
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.
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