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Morning Wrap: 5/10/11

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

One in four Bay Area homes underwater, UC system weighs “flex tuition,” bullet train gets Central Valley start funds, plus Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver separate, and more inside.

  • The man arrested last week for allegedly slipping a shoe camera under women’s skirts at the Fairfax Farmers Market is suspected of similar crimes in San Rafael, police say. Marin IJ
  • More than 25 percent of homes in the nine-county Bay Area are underwater—meaning their value has sunk below the value of their mortgage—according to new data from Oakland Tribune
  • The San Ramon police officer accused of selling drugs as part of a wider scandal involving ‘Mommy P.I.’ detective Chris Butler posted $500,000 bail and is to return to court Friday to enter a plea. Contra Costa Times
  • Google executive Wael Ghonim, credited with helping inspire the Egyptian uprising, has landed a seven-figure book deal with Houghton Mifflin. AP
  • Mayor Ed Lee directed that San Francisco provide free charges for electric vehicles at 19 city-owned garages and at SFO. Examiner
  • Venture capitalist Michael Moritz, Prop B’s largest financial backer last year, is on board so far with more than $250,000 contributed to Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s new (and as yet unnamed) pension reform effort aimed at the November ballot. The Bay Citizen
  • The espionage trial of those two UC Berkeley grads held in Iran for nearly two years is scheduled to start Wednesday. AP
  • California’s high speed rail authority received a $300 million check from the federal government to start construction of the first 100-mile segment in the Central Valley. Mercury News
  • Registered nurses are scheduled to return to work today at Children’s Hospital Oakland after a five-day strike to register their dissatisfaction over proposed changes to their health benefits. Chronicle
  • Accused North Beach Ponzi scheme operator Giuseppe Viola was sentenced to 36 years in prison in Arizona for a fraud carried out there. The Bay Citizen
  • After 25 years of marriage, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their separation. AP 
  • Thieves used a stolen truck to smash through a Costco store’s doors in Danville and steal an ATM in the early morning hours Sunday. Contra Costa Times
  • A fan at Friday night’s Giants game honoring Willie Mays on his 80th birthday had his giveaway statuette of Mays stolen at knifepoint. Chronicle
  • UC officials are weighing the possibility of flex tuition at the system’s 10 campuses, letting demand in essence help dictate cost. L. A Times
  • An outcry over a proposed Sufi religious center in unincorporated Walnut Creek has led county planners to extend the deadline for comments concerning the planned 66,000-square-foot facility. Contra Costa Times
  • Police say evidence suggests suicide in the case of a 28-year-old woman whose car plunged over a cliff into the ocean near Bodega Bay Sunday. AP

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