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Spat over seals awaits judge’s ruling
SAN DIEGO — A squabble over a Southern California cove has people fighting in the name of two unlikely, but equally adorable, causes.
On one side are residents trying to return the La Jolla beach known as Children’s Pool to the days when it was a swimming hole for youngsters. On the other side are advocates for the plump seals that go there to sunbathe with their young pups.
Now a judge is expected to decide whether the cove where a sea wall was built in the 1930s to calm the Pacific waters so children could play there needs to be cordoned off year round to protect harbor seals.
Friday’s hearing comes a year after it appeared that the city had ironed out its long dispute with seal advocates.
The City Council voted last May for a year-round rope barrier to keep back the thousands of visitors who come to see the federally protected seal colony, which can number as many as 200 at certain times.
The city also hired a part-time park ranger to diffuse the situation but to no avail.
Shuttle leaves space station to begin final trip home
As the spacecraft sailed 215 miles above Bolivia, pilot Greg Johnson gently pulsed Endeavour’s steering jets at 11:55 p.m. ET Sunday to back away from the docking port that has anchored the shuttle since its arrival May 18.
Endeavour delivered the station’s premier science experiment — the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle detector — and a pallet of spare parts intended to tide over the orbital outpost after the shuttle program ends.
Endeavour maneuvered to within about 950 feet of the station to test a new automated rendezvous system being developed for NASA’s next spaceship, the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, intended to fly astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually to Mars.
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