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Morning Wrap: 4/29/11

Friday, April 29, 2011

UC Berkeley doctor charged with sex assaults, Greg Suhr takes a pay cut, lots of amnesia at Yusuf Bey IV’s murder trial, Stanford votes to invite ROTC, Garridos plead guilty, PG&E’s erasable ink, plus the 49ers’ draft shocker, and more inside.

  • There’s warmer weather ahead, with highs in the 70s in San Francisco and into the 80s inland during the weekend, and with the trend expected to continue well into next week, forecasters say. Chronicle
  • A state appeals court in San Jose rejected a lawsuit by the Great America theme park that sought to block the land deal between Santa Clara and the 49ers over a future stadium. Mercury News
  • The Chronicle reports that California regulators questioned PG&E’s record-keeping as early as 2007 when they found that vital documents were apparently being written in erasable ink.
  • Phillip and Nancy Garrido each pleaded guilty Thursday in the kidnapping and 18-year sexual enslavement of Jaycee Dugard in the backyard of their home near Antioch, thus avoiding a trial and maybe trimming some prison time for her. Chronicle
  • The 23-campus Cal State system has received a record number of undergraduate applications for the fall: 621,000. AP
  • A doctor who worked at UC Berkeley’s health center for two decades was charged with sexually assaulting at least six male patients and officials believe that more alleged victims may come forward. Oakland Tribune
  • On his first full day as SFPD’s new chief, Greg Suhr told police commissioners he plans to give back his cost of living raise, which would have pushed his $285,000 salary as chief past $300,000. The Bay Citizen 
  • The Red Lion Hotel in Concord abruptly shut down Thursday, dismissed its employees and left guests without a place to stay. Contra Costa Times
  • Tech entrepreneur and Burning Man veteran Wayne de Geere has bought the historic brick firehouse in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood for $1.3 million and wants to rezone it and possibly open a restaurant on the ground floor. SF Business Times
  • At the trial of accused murderer Yusuf Bey IV and an associate, several uncooperative witnesses took the stand Thursday, unable to recall much of anything about criminal activities in which the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery is alleged to have participated. Chauncey Bailey Project
  • Federal investigators opened a probe into the sustained cyber attacks against, the San Francisco-based Internet startup announced. The Bay Citizen
  • After an absence of 40 years, Stanford’s Faculty Senate voted to invite ROTC back to campus. AP
  • VF Outdoor, the company whose brands include Jansport and Northface, announced it is moving its headquarters and about 450 jobs from San Leandro to Alameda. Oakland Tribune
  • San Jose’s City Council approved a preliminary plan to develop the area near downtown’s Diridon Station which backers say could transform it into “the Grand Central Station” of the West. Mercury News
  • A federal investigation faulted a Muni operator for failing to follow protocols when his rail car rear-ended another train inside the West Portal Tunnel two years ago. Chronicle
  • A Dublin police officer shot and killed a homeless man at a car dealership early Thursday after he hit her in the head. Chronicle
  • In what had long been expected, Oakland city attorney John Russo formally accepted the job as Alameda city manager effective June 1. Oakland Tribune
  • In an NFL draft stunner, the 49ers chose Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith with their first pick, the 7th overall selection of the first round. AP

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