The bear called Meatball might stay in California after all: The San Diego County sanctuary hosting the black bear in a quarantine cage is preparing to build a habitat where he could live permanently. Meanwhile, a Colorado sanctuary still wants him.
“He’s doing OK,” said Bobbi Brink, director of the Lions, Tigers & Bears sanctuary, where Meatball was taken by wildlife officials Aug. 29. “He’s eating a lot of grapes. He’s just randomly picking through what he wants. He loves avocados. Avocados and grapes. He probably wishes for a glass of wine.”
Photo: The bear known as Meatball and Glen Bearian cools off in a tub of water at his temporary home at the Lions, Tigers & Bears sanctuary in Alpine, Calif. Credit: Lions, Tigers & Bears
Fight club reawakens and channels veterans’ warrior spirit: In a sweaty, loud San Diego gym, veterans train in mixed martial arts, fighting each other and the demons they brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Photo: Veterans join hands in a half-circle after their workout and shout, “Brotherhood!” Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
‘Fallen Star’ makes home not so comfortable: Do Ho Suh’s installation at UC San Diego provides the familiar comforts of home in an unsettling setting to explore themes of displacement.
Photo: The 15-by-18-foot house has a floor slope of just five degrees, according to artist Do Ho Suh. Credit: Philipp Scholz Rittermann
Unsolved killing is the talk of Iraqis’ English class: Cuyamaca College students are discussing the beating death of Shaima Alawadi. Although speculation is high, they are placing their faith in the police, who say a hate crime is only one possibility.
Predictably, the unsolved killing of 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi has led to heightened concern among some women about their safety.
But in this working-class suburb east of San Diego, the nation’s second-most-populous community of Iraqi immigrants, the fear does not seem to spring from a belief that the killing was a hate crime committed by a predator stalking Iraqis.
While hardly crime-free, El Cajon has no history of hate crimes or of overt hostility toward immigrants from Iraq or other Middle Eastern countries, according to crime statistics. There is no graffiti or gang activity linked to anti-immigrant animosity, police and Iraqi community leaders say.
Photo: Sahar Hussein, left, Ban Mohammed, Mumina Al Naqishbandi and Aatemadah Jajjul attend an English language class at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
This sea lion was found shot in the flipper, but is now thankfully recuperating at SeaWorld San Diego.
Photo: Wounded sea lion. Credit: Mike Aguilera / SeaWorld San Diego
Daughter searches Downey for father missing since 2007: The retired San Diego County deputy was released by local authorities after turning up at a local restaurant. He vanished from Florida when he stopped taking medication for schizophrenia.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Det. Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368.
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80 cats seized at San Diego home in possible animal cruelty case:
Eighty cats, many malnourished and sickly, have been seized at a home in San Diego’s Mira Mesa neighborhood as evidence in a possible animal cruelty case against the home’s owner, officials said Wednesday.
Good news for the rescued cats: The Department of Animal Services hopes to offer them up for adoption.
Photo: One of the 80 cats seized at a home in San Diego’s Mira Mesa neighborhood. Credit: San Diego County Department of Animal Services
Photo: The Occupy San Diego movement behind City Hall. Credit: Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times
Red tide spawns blue light show at night on San Diego coastline: Algae blooming since late August have turned the waters brownish red in the daytime. At night, waves trigger flashes of blue light. Bioluminescence occurs when the algae cells are jostled in the waves. The light show has been dazzling visitors this week, but experts don’t know how long it’ll last.
Aaaand, more fun with science:
One family at Tamarack Beach in Carlsbad was collecting the seawater in bottles to generate a similar effect described in the North County Times. “If you dump the bottles in the toilet and turn off the lights, it will light up the whole bowl,” Duane Collings of Oceanside told the newspaper. “It’s a trip.”
Photo: An observer in Oceanside on Thursday watches flashes of neon blue in the crashing waves. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
Just after midnight, stars shine above a San Diego Trolley that’s dead in its tracks above a darkened Friars Road in San Diego. A guard was posted on the electric light rail unit all night until power was restored later in the morning
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Photo credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times