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Under a deal that a developer struck with the city, a remodeled Super 8 motel in Little Italy is supposed to have both hotel rooms and affordable apartments.

Good luck finding the latter.

An investigation finds no evidence that the apartments exist. In fact, all the rooms at the Porto Vista Hotel and Suites appear to be available by the night, not the month.

A representative for the property’s developer isn’t talking.

Hello, Federal Express? How much do you charge to send a seal across country?

Thanks to an alert reader, we now know that sea-mammal-shipping is one way to rid a West Coast city of pesky pinnipeds.

Seattle turned to this approach after “firecrackers, nets, sounds of predators and foul-tasting fish” failed to convince sea lions to scram.

But there was a problem: To some sea lions, there’s no place like home. So … hello, Florida!

Supporters of the downtown library project are sticking to their guns and refusing to cough up the names of donors who have pledged to give money. That is, for now.

Continuing his exploration of the library project’s “baffling ironies,” columnist Scott Lewis wonders why a giant building is the best way to provide fast internet access to those who don’t have it.

Also at City Hall, a labor union and the city attorney both declared victory in a court hearing over the employee DROP program.

The sides do agree on one thing: they’ll have to sit down at a negotiating table and have a chat-chat.

At an elementary school in City Heights, small class sizes seem to be boosting literacy scores to unheard-of levels. Other schools are on board too. But the program might be done for unless the district does some fancy financial footwork.

Speaking of money, there are indications — tiny, possibly meaningless indications — that the local economy is flattening out instead of collapsing. That counts for good news these days.

Normally, a suicidal leap from the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge doesn’t make the news. Unlike a few decades ago, journalists fear they’ll encourage suicide by publicizing it.

But Thursday, a jump attracted news coverage because of its unusual circumstances. The woman who jumped survived her fall, which came after she led cops on a freeway chase.

In a follow-up to yesterday’s sad case, we look at those who beat the odds and survived their falls. Over 40 years, only about a dozen out of more than 250 jumpers managed to live.

Last year, we explored the bridge’s deadly history and the apathy about a possible solution in two parts — “Suicide Magnet” and “No Barrier to Despair.”

Elsewhere, the U-T reports that the Chargers have given up on convincing Chula Vista to serve as home to a new football stadium.

And finally, our cartoonist heads to the beach and finds romance in the sand. Check out the gams on the happy couple and see if you’re not inspired to hit those leg machines at the gym.

— RANDY DOTINGA

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