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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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