Weekly Buzz (Dec. 5-9)


Here are a few of the buzziest stories out of San Diego this week:

Otay Mesa prison inmates perform and post Mannequin Challenge video

Many of us are familiar with the now-viral pop culture phenomenon known as the Mannequin Challenge that showcases people in their homes, workplaces, dorms and, really anywhere, standing still as someone films the scene. This week, we got an unexpected dose of the challenge from inmates at a San Diego prison in the YouTube video below:

The prison shown in the video has been confirmed by officials as the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, in Otay Mesa. Cell phones are not allowed in prison, and officials say they are investigating just who shot the footage.

Dunkin’ Donuts opens a 24-hour drive-thru in National City

As reported last week, Dunkin’ Donuts has officially launched its expansion into San Diego. The doughnut chain just opened up its new shop in National City on Tuesday, where it offers a 24-hour drive-thru. On opening day, business was brisk: A line of cars blocked traffic on the street and the entrance to the doughnut shop’s parking lot. The next location will open its doors in El Cajon, according to the Burton Restaurants group. What do you guys think? Would you wait in an hourlong line to get your hands on some decadent doughnuts?

Two 3-week-old cheetah cubs get care from San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The cheetah sisters, temporarily named Yellow and Purple, are being taken care of at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Their mother had stopped caring for the baby cheetahs, so the Animal Care Center at the park has been nurturing the cubs with a formula made especially for the animals. The cheetahs can be seen at the nursery at the Nairobi Station from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Zumwalt, a massive Navy ship, makes its return to San Diego

Whoa, captain! That is one big ship. Onlookers gathered at San Diego Bay on Thursday to witness the USS Zumwalt sail into its new home at the San Diego Naval Base. The ship, which was built in 2010, is returning to have some work done in the dock. It is said to be the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced ship. The destroyer looked impossibly sleek, stealth and futuristic as the 147-member crew unloaded onto shore. The Zumwalt had its share of issues en route to Southern California. The ship broke down twice, once off the coast of Virginia, and once in the Panama Canal. This required weeks of repairs in between.

“We thought we had the root cause of that problem figured out and corrected it. But we found another issue we had to address. We fixed that in Panama and safely transited the ship here to San Diego,” said the Zumwalt’s commander, Capt. James A. Kirk, 49. “It’s not unusual for ships every now and then to have a breakdown. We had one. We addressed it and now we’re here ...”

Welcome to America’s Finest City, Zumwalt crew!