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Morning Wrap: 5/26/11

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Baker Beach makes most polluted list, BofA raises banking fees, missing teenager feared to have jumped from Golden Gate Bridge, plus a bizarre drowning in Antioch related to predictions of the rapture, and more inside.

  • UC Berkeley law professor Goodwyn Liu, unable to get an up or down vote in the Senate, formally withdrew his federal court nomination in a letter to President Obama. AP
  • The U. S. Transportation Department declined to change the Sept. 12, 2012 deadline to start construction of California’s high speed rail project and said it saw no need to move the first stretch of track out of the Central Valley. AP
  • A Florida man who couldn’t swim drowned in an Antioch reservoir last Friday determined to swim to the other side in the belief that God would save him as one “chosen” and may have been stressed out over a prediction that the world would end the following day, authorities said. Contra Costa Times
  • The state PUC is to rule today on PG&E’s proposal to charge consumers—including its most energy-efficient and lowest income customers—with additional fees to in part make up for revenue lost to energy conservation. The Bay Citizen 
  • Chevron officials came under blistering attack for the oil giant’s environmental record during an acrimonious shareholders meeting at its San Ramon headquarters. Contra Costa Times
  • Bank of America enacted another round of fee hikes on checking accounts. AP
  • The attorney for Giovanni Ramirez, accused in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, says police have the wrong man and that his client is willing to take a polygraph exam. AP 
  • San Francisco’s Baker Beach made the list of the state’s 10 most polluted beaches released by the Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay environmental group. AP
  • The University of California and Cal State systems dropped their opposition to state Sen. Leland Yee’s (D-San Francisco) bill that would require the state’s colleges to comply with the California Public Records Act. Capitol Alert 
  • A missing Danville teenager who was last seen Monday was believed to have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, authorities said Tuesday. Chronicle
  • A Marin judge is considering whether to unseal documents related to accused serial killer Joseph Naso’s alleged involvement in four women’s murders. Contra Costa Times
  • Less than two months after they cut $440 million in subsidized child care, the Assembly voted to restore the funds, saying it was more important than the governor’s goal to reduce internal borrowing. Chronicle
  • Two armed men robbed an armored car guard outside a bank at Richmond’s Hilltop Mall. Contra Costa Times
  • Muni reached a labor agreement with a second employee union Wednesday but has yet to strike a deal with the union representing its roughly 2000 transit operators. Examiner
  • San Jose State announced new scholarships in the name of the two students shot to death three weeks ago in a university parking garage. Mercury News

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