Most talked about U-T San Diego stories

New poll conducted Friday through Monday shows Peters, DeMaio remain in virtual tie — Rep. Scott Peters remains essentially deadlocked with challenger Carl DeMaio in San Diego's 52nd Congressional District with two weeks until Election Day, according to a new poll. Republican DeMaio had 46 percent to first-term Democrat Peters' 45 percent, making the acrimonious race a dead heat, similar to what it has been in previous U-T/10News polls conducted in the waning stages of the campaign.

NFL surveys L.A. residents' interest — A survey e-mailed to Los Angeles area residents on Tuesday on behalf of the NFL seems most interested in gauging recipients' interest in season tickets and luxury suites in a potential stadium in that market.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @UTKevinAcee: NFL wants to know whether people would buy tickets (and luxury suite) in a new L.A. stadium:…

Oct 21, 2014

NFL wants to know whether people would buy tickets (and luxury suite) in a new L.A. stadium:…

San Diego council cracks down on political action committees — Aiming to bring greater transparency to campaign donations and how political action committees behave, San Diego City Council members unanimously adopted a series of new regulations on Tuesday. The rules would force political action committees to disclose their largest contributors earlier in a campaign so voters could weigh such information before casting ballots.

SeaWorld refutes alleged animal welfare abuses — SeaWorld on Tuesday went on the offensive, challenging allegations made this week by animal rights activists that the San Diego park is exposing its marine mammals to conditions that have led to lesions, scarring and physical stress that has resulted in abnormal behavior among its dolphins, orcas, whales and walruses.
Oct 21, 2014

Latest effort by SeaWorld to fight off accusations by PETA that it's harming its marine mamals:

Oct 21, 2014

SeaWorld refutes latest alleged animal welfare abuses > #Blackfish #PETA (via @utsandiego)

Carl DeMaio email about female staffer questioned — An email supposedly sent by congressional candidate Carl DeMaio demeaning a female staffer of his opponent's campaign has made national news, featured Tuesday on Time magazine's website. DeMaio said the email was fabricated by Todd Bosnich, a former staffer who has accused the candidate of sexual misconduct.

Ohio girl cuts hair for charity, gets bullied, gets Facebook famous — The Internet has rallied around a 10-year-old Ohio girl who cut off her hair for charity and was bullied at school due to her new, short hairdo. Jetta Fosberg, of Dayton, decided to cut 14 inches off her locks so she could donate it to Wigs for Kids.

'Stairway to Heaven' — A Pennsylvania judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging Led Zeppelin stole one of the most famous riffs in "Stairway to Heaven," one of the most famous rock and roll songs ever recorded, from Spirit, a band it toured with in the 1960s.

U-T San Diego Letters to the editor for Oct. 22, 2014 — Saturday's 3 a.m. stabbing at a Mission Beach bonfire (" Mission Beach bonfire fight injures two," Oct. 19) attended by 50 people emphasizes that the time has come to remove fire rings from Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. Our understaffed police force cannot enforce existing laws to prevent illegal activities at the fire rings.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @UTsandiego: A reader says San Diego should remove its beach fire rings after a stabbing at one: Should it?

Judge uphold's Ché Café eviction — A judge on Tuesday upheld UC San Diego's effort to evict the student-run Ché Café from the ramshackle building it's occupied for mor than three decades. But it remains to be seen if the legal ruling spells the end for the collective. The verdict came after a two-day trial held last week in San Diego Superior Court.

Fisher: SDSU starting five could be fluid — San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher was asked Tuesday if, three weeks before the season opener, he has a starting lineup. "If we played today I know who I'd start," Fisher said, speaking at the Mountain West Digital Tip-off news conference, "but I'd just as soon keep that to myself."
Oct 21, 2014

Who will start for SDSU? Fisher says the 5 who start the opener probably won't be the same throughout the season.…

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies — Washington Post reports Ben Bradlee, former Post editor who led Watergate coverage, has died.
Oct 21, 2014

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies, led Watergate reporting.…

3 fined by state political panel — A former El Cajon City Council candidate, the ousted superintendent of San Ysidro schools and an Arizona lobbyist racked up $16,000 in fines last week for violating state campaign finance laws. The fines, approved by California's Fair Political Practices Commission, were agreed to by the recipients, investigators said.

DeMaio pension report excludes McCain — Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio is taking on members of Congress who receive a public pension and a federal paycheck at the same time, unless that pension is for military service. That approach to his report, disclosed in a footnote, has one beneficiary - Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
Oct 21, 2014

Also, we still don't really know who omitted John McCain from the double dipper pension report, do we?…

Sister Cristina, Italy's singing nun, has recorded Madonna's "Like a Virgin." — Madonna, meet Sister Cristina! In March, you may recall, we told you about Sister Cristina Scuccia, the 26-year-old Italian nun who caused a sensation when she performed the Alicia Keys' hit "No One" on Italian TV's "The Voice of Italy." Sister Cristina, as she is known to the pop music world, went on to win "The Voice of Italy."

NOT IN A PICKLE OVER THIS GAME — Pickleball, a racket sport with roots in badminton and played with a paddle and whiffle-like ball, will soon be getting dedicated courts at Big Rock Park in Santee. After holding a meeting in September to gauge interest in the sport, the city will re-stripe one of its two tennis courts at Big Rock to accommodate four pickleball courts, which can be spread over a single tennis court.