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Morning Wrap: 3/22/11

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bayview-Hunters Point group alleges environmental cover-up, San Francisco priest placed on leave after sex abuse allegation, Anthem Blue Cross trims rate hikes, SFO-bound airliner allowed to fly despite needing repair, plus more inside.


  • All roads into Yosemite National Park were temporarily closed after a major storm dumped snow and caused mudslides and downed trees and power lines. AP
  • A United Airlines plane with 112 people aboard was allowed to take off and fly from New York to San Francisco without repairs despite indications during two previous flights that the cockpit window was overheating. AP
  • Bayview-Hunters Point activists say that documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that officials with San Francisco’s Health Department colluded with developer Lennar to conceal health threats from asbestos-laden dust during construction there. ABC 7
  • A longtime Roman Catholic priest in San Francisco has been placed on leave after an allegation of sexual abuse surfaced involving a then-17-year-old girl at an Excelsior district parish in the 1970s. Chronicle
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was honored at the State Capitol Monday as Woman of the Year in the 16th Assembly district. Oakland Tribune
  • Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo remained closed for the fourth day in a row Monday because of a persistent power outage that has displaced 11,000 students, faculty and staff. Chronicle
  • Prosecutors said they would prove that former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV ordered the killing of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others, as part of opening arguments in the triple murder trial. Chronicle
  • An eight woman, four man jury was seated in the Barry Bonds perjury trial Monday. Opening arguments were to begin this morning. Mercury News
  • More than 10 percent of California school districts, with nearly 2 million students, are in financial trouble, according to a new report released by state schools chief Tom Torlakson. Contra Costa Times
  • Caltrans announced plans to reopen a section of Highway 1 north of Big Sur washed out in last week’s landslide by April 16 after awarding a $2.5 million contract to an Oakland firm to stabilize what’s left of the roadway. AP
  • Mary B. Marcy, provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts, was named to succeed Joseph Fink as president of Dominican University in San Rafael, effective July 1. Marin IJ
  • Anthem Blue Cross says it will reduce a planned 16.4 percent rate hike for individual policy holders to 9.1 percent and delay it from April 1 to July 1. SF Business Times
  • Former San Jose State football player Ellis T. Jones III was convicted on 10 felonies for a string of incidents in which he used Craigslist to lure robbery victims and Tase them while taking their cash and other valuables. Mercury News
  • Santa Clara County has taken possession of San Jose’s abandoned 1950s era former City Hall to settle a debt payment, but it isn’t clear what the county will do with the asbestos-plagued building. Mercury News
  • Stanford’s No. 1 seeded women’s team trounced St. John’s 75-49 to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. Chronicle
  • You know the Warriors’ season is turning dismal when the lede is Tim Duncan spraining his ankle. And, oh yeah, San Antonio beat Golden State 111-96. AP 

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