San Diego schools have their own police department, which focuses on schools and their unique needs.

But there’s a big budget crunch, and the district is thinking about getting rid of its police. We take a look at the value of campus cops and what the regular city cops can and (can’t) provide to schools.

In Other News:

Big news for hotels, costume stores and pedicab drivers: Comic-Con, the massive comics-and-lots-of-other-stuff convention, is sticking around. As the U-T reports, its organizers have committed to being here for the next five years.

Was there ever a real chance that the convention would put on a cape and fly away, as threatened? Probably not, an LAT writer says: “This was about getting a better deal, not planning a divorce.”

• Two weeks ago, a spokesman told us that it would be a couple weeks before the city figured out how many public-art projects would be halted because the mayor wants to kill them to save money. We checked in with the city and got a non-update update: there’s no word yet on what’s in danger and how much money will be saved. But there might be a lot of projects about to get the brush off.

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• A Ugandan senior at Scripps Ranch High School has already been through the ringer in his young life: he spent three years in a Kenyan refugee camp. Then he came to the U.S. and began preparing for college. So far, so good. But red tape may postpone his dream. He can’t find college certification for two of the three languages he speaks.

Local home prices are up but just by a smidge, says our real-estate columnist.

Would it have cost the Chargers $220,000 to buy up unused tickets and prevent the television blackout of a home game last month? We’ve run a Fact Check and have reached a verdict.

We’re working on another Chargers-related story: It looks like Sunday’s home game will also be blacked out. Will you find a way to watch the game anyway by going somewhere else (or online)? We want to know. Drop me a line today.


• Tony Curtis, the last surviving star of Some Like It Hot, has died at the age of 85. The 1959 comedy, the funniest movie ever made (in my not-so-humble opinion), was filmed at the Hotel Del Coronado.

In a clip from the film, Curtis tries to impress Marilyn “Sugar” Monroe on the beach in front of the hotel by turning himself into a (fake) rich guy. Curtis came to town commemorate the movie’s 50th and 25th anniversaries, and you can see interviews in these 2009 and 1984 video clips.

• San Diego Zoo panda Bai Yun, a lovely creature, deals with the issue of weaning her cub, Yun Zi. Reader comments there read like a mommy blog, except for two: a strange imaginary conversation written in panda voices, including that of supposedly German-speaking Fu Long, and a short story about Yun Zi’s scary trick.

• You won’t need a shock absorber to deal with this unsurprising news: San Diego’s roads are the eighth worst in the country, according to a new report. We pay an estimated $654 extra a year in costs for our vehicles because the roads stink.

The report says the nation’s worst roads are in San Jose, Los Angeles and Honolulu. Only one snowy city — Concord, N.H. — makes the top six. Maybe we should start salting our roads like they do back East? Start with the shakers on our tables, and we’ll lower our blood pressure too.

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