Early look at Wild Animal Park, troubled elephants come to the zoo, China’s panda hunter and pandas end up in San Diego, the morality of SeaWorld’s dolphins
Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
UT San Diego Acquires MAD (10/31/12)
This morning, the Union Tribune San Diego proudly announced its latest corporate acquisition, MAD Magazine Publishing. MAD, the New York based satirical icon recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. The ever-expanding UT publishing empire purchased the company for a reported $300 million following the recent addition of the North County Times. UT owner Doug Manchester hosted a wild celebration at thier Mission Valley headquarters that included UT editors and staff who warmly welcomed MAD ubercelebrity Alfred E. Newman along with a number of famous MAD writers and artists. When approached by the San Diego Reader for comment, Newman provided his standard quip, “What, me worry?”
PETCO Snow Bird RV Park Opens (10/31/12)
PETCO Park, in downtown San Diego, opened its gates for its first year of operation as Snow Bird RV Park. Normally a major league Baseball Park, with the city council’s unanimous blessing the park owners decided instead of leaving the multi-million dollar facility idle during the long off-season, they would open an RV park on the playing field. The park manager estimates there will be space for at least 300 Class-A units. “It will be like a year-round tailgate party”, he said. Existing food courts, souvenir stands and rest rooms will remain open. Portable laundry rooms and showers were brought on site. The city council agreed based on the intention of reducing RV parking on city streets. Rental space is $200-300 per month, which includes full hook-ups: sewer, electricity, water and cable. .