Monday, Oct. 13
Speaking at an Encanto playground, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne asked an outraged community to chill while his department investigates the officer-involved shooting death of 26-year-old Billy Venable. Venable, an ex-con, was killed Sunday when he allegedly reached for a police officer's gun during a routine traffic stop. A witness, however, says it appeared to him that Venable was pinned to the ground by an officer when he was shot.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
In what some might call poetic justice, a pressure surge of apparently unknown origin caused 10,000 gallons of sewage to burst from an underground hatch next to the Mission Bay home of radio commentator and former San Diego mayor Roger Hedgecock. In 2001, Hedgecock was lambasted for criticizing the city's wastewater department for employing too many people of Middle Eastern descent. He later apologized for the remark.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
Attorneys for a Carlsbad teenager who's wishing she chose anything but the salad from Pat & Oscar's menu filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court. The suit goes after the source of the E. Coli-tainted lettuce that's left 16-year-old Kayce Galindo very ill. An Orange County lettuce distributor and Ventura County lettuce packager-and not the restaurant chain-are targets of the suit.
Thursday, Oct. 16
While the three major grocery store chains embroiled in an ongoing workers' strike said they're doing fine, as far as finances are concerned, close to 500 United Food and Commercial Workers union members and local members of 25 other unions gathered at a Vons in Mission Valley to show solidarity and promise each other quid pro quo should future strikes occur.
Friday, Oct. 17
On his way out the door, Gov. Gray Davis announced that state parks officials have decided that Old Town's Bazaar del Mundo shopping and dining area could be better run by a New York concessions company. The San Diego fixture that's been there for more than 30 years and whose contract was up for bid, was bested by a company called Delaware North that had, during the past five years, spent close to $300,000 for the services of high-powered Sacramento lobbyist and former Gray Davis fundraiser Darius Anderson. A parks official said politics had nothing to do with the decision.
Saturday, Oct. 18
A diamond dealer in University City learned the hard way that he shouldn't be walking around with $1 million worth of the sparkly jewels. The man, returning from a diamond show in Orange County, was ambushed in an apartment complex by two armed men who grabbed the stash and ran.
Sunday, Oct. 19
Believing they had lost that lovin' feeling forever, San Diego Chargers fans rejoiced and celebrated that elusive first win of the season. In Cleveland, the Chargers beat the Browns 26-20 and are now 1-5 on the year. After six games, opponents 169, Chargers 115.