The airport is putting its foot down, possibly right through the First Amendment.

Last Friday, yet another irate traveler made a stink while going through a security checkpoint at Lindbergh Field. Instead of complaining about his junk like the last guy, he decided to take off his clothes and give everybody a glimpse of a pair of revealing shorts.

His non-bon voyage ended with him being cited for violating several rules, including one banning recording in the airport. But wait, didn’t we just tell you that state law seems to allow taping in the airport? Yes, but the airport’s own rule, which a free-speech specialist says may be illegal, doesn’t permit it without permission.

In Other News:

• You know how it is: $50 million here, $50 million there, and pretty soon you’re talking about … a real difference of opinion. How large will the city’s budget deficit be in the next fiscal year? Is it $73 million, as the city says, or about $120 million as some business leaders say? San Diego Fact Check doesn’t take a stand on which figure is the best one to use, but says the higher number does check out.

• A big storm blew through over the weekend but didn’t create the dangerous quicksand-like mess on a San Diego Bay beach like the rains did a couple years back. Still, something is wrong with the city’s plumbing.

• The Photos of the Day are action-packed images from last night’s Chargers victory during Monday Night Football.

• Yesterday, we alerted you to the 60 Minutes story about J. Craig Venter, the prominent local geneticist. Now we’ve posted a summary of the piece with background about on the debate over the idea of a manmade cell.

Do you think his scientists tell each other “Make a life” instead of “Get a life”?

• The latest edition of Fact Check TV looks at what it would take for the Chargers to skip town (a big check, among other things), how much local wages have dropped in recent years (by a bundle) and how much energy is created using waste (a lot).

• In the latest edition of Behind the Scene TV, we hang out with makeup artist Pam Stompoly-Ericson at the Birch North Park Theatre. (This is the TV version of our Friday post.)


• The Escondido man accused of creating a “bomb factory” at his home allegedly made 13 grenades and had the largest supply of an explosive material ever found in the country, authorities said. The man, accused of a variety of crimes including bank robbery, is being held on $5 million bail.

Join thousands of San Diegans who get the day’s news in their inboxes every morning. Get the Morning Report now.

The stash was only discovered after a gardener triggered an explosion while working in the man’s backyard. (NCT)

• “A federal judge approved an agreement that will allow police, under certain conditions, to resume ticketing of homeless people who are illegally sleeping on downtown San Diego streets,” City News Service reported (via 10News).

The solution: homeless people can be ticketed between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., but only if they refuse to go to a shelter with an available bed.

• The Sacramento Bee picked up our stories about soon-to-be-ex Councilman Ben Hueso’s last-minute hiring of people associated with his campaign or his brother’s and his hidden raise request for staffers, which he’s since retracted.

• A man who grew up in San Diego but was born out of wedlock to an American father in Mexico is at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case about when people in some situations may become American citizens.

The LA Times editorializes that “existing law blatantly discriminates against men.”

• Platinum Equity, which bought the U-T last year, touts “eight key initiatives” at the paper, including “reducing expenses.” As far as I can tell there’s no mention of the several dozen employees who lost their jobs under the new ownership.

• Finally, the New Yorker magazine discovers some interesting verbiage on the web site of California Literacy Inc.: “Instead of decreasing, the numbers of literacy has steadily increased over the years. This raises a lot of questions about our education system, how it is ran, and why there is such a problem with illiterate people in our country.”

I couldn’t had said it better myself.

Correction: This article originally said a judge came up with a solution to ticketing the homeless. However, as explained in the comments by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, the solution was devised by attorneys involved in the case.

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