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Morning Wrap: 5/20/11

Friday, May 20, 2011

Oakland student tries to poison her teacher, shilling for drug companies at Stanford, new ethics woes for Dennis Herrera, CHP mum on what security detail knew about Arnold, Yusuf Bey IV’s lawyer claims he was set up, and more inside.

  • Officials say a student at Oakland’s International High School tried to poison her teacher by spiking a coffee cup when the teacher’s back was turned in class. KTVU 2
  • A bomb threat at the Martinez Amtrak station shut down the Capitol Corridor in both directions for more than an hour Thursday afternoon. Contra Costa Times
  • The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office proclaimed Gov. Brown’s revised budget reduction plan as reasonable and said it gives the state a “golden opportunity” to diminish its chronic deficits. Chronicle
  • Five members of the faculty at Stanford’s School of Medicine were disciplined for giving promotional speeches for drug companies in violation of university policy. Mercury News
  • CHP, which provides security to sitting governors, declined to comment on what, if anything, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s security detail may have known about his fathering a child with his housekeeper. AP
  • Lawyers for Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey told jurors that the star witness in the trial linking them to the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others set them up. Chauncey Bailey Project
  • An openly gay Los Angeles police sergeant who said he was subjected to derogatory remarks in the workplace was awarded $1.1 million by a jury. AP
  • SFUSD voted to change the name of an elementary school in the Bayview named for California’s first governor, renaming it after the city’s first female African American principal. Chronicle
  • The northernmost stretch of Interstate 280 could be demolished and turned into an Octavia Boulevard-like parkway under an option being considered for the route of the state’s bullet train. Examiner
  • A judge granted permission for a San Ramon police officer accused in a Contra Costa narcotics corruption case to leave the county for specialized medical treatment and thus postpone his plea in the case for a month. Contra Costa Times
  • The Bay Citizen reports new ethics questions swirling around City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s use of a political consulting firm that allegedly lobbied him at the same time it represented him during his 2009 re-election campaign.
  • The state’s top social services official, former Santa Clara County social services director Will Lightbourne, is on the hot seat along with the Brown administration after the L. A. Times flagged his $216,000 salary as making him the state’s highest paid bureaucrat. Mercury News
  • Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital were guardedly hopeful after reducing Giants fan Bryan Stow’s anti-seizure medicine to no ill-effect, although he remains in critical condition with severe brain trauma. Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Another ex-teammate of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong tells “60 Minutes” that Armstrong routinely doped himself with contraband substances. AP 
  • A Gilroy man charged with killing his wife’s Chihuahua puppy he gave her for Mother’s Day could, if convicted, spend the rest of his life in prison under California’s three strikes law. AP
  • LinkedIn’s successful IPO is good news for Silicon Valley and it could also be good for California, with more social networking companies expected to go public, providing the state with a potential capital gains tax windfall. Chronicle
  • A proposal to bring a minor league baseball team to San Rafael cleared a first hurdle last night, with the city’s Park and Recreation Department unanimously recommending it. Marin IJ

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