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Sunday Notes: 5/1/11

Sunday, May 1, 2011

imageimageHard to believe the hullaballoo from the White House over Carla Marinucci’s innocuous camera phone video for the Chronicle—of a few attention-seekers with money to burn singing poorly.
  • What does San Ramon-based Chevron do after announcing quarterly profits of $6.2 billion for a 36% increase? Ramp up an ad campaign to tell people the profit isn’t related to what they pay at the pump, what else?
  • Sign of the times: Katie Couric broke the news of her impending departure from the CBS Evening News in People magazine.
  • Feel good story in the Oakland Tribune: A rooster named “Jerry Seinfeld” entertains residents at an Alameda nursing home every Thursday.
  • That Giants fan with his two kids at AT&T Park on the other end of a vulgar spew from Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell tried to give the story to ESPN before ending up telling it through media gadfly Gloria Allred.
  • Here’s a switch: San Ramon Valley schools Superintendent Steven Enoch declined a $12,000 raise approved for him by the school board.
  • Twitter co-founder Biz Stone doesn’t appear to be much into his product, considering his average of 1.5 tweets per day during April.
  • As a reminder that local talk radio’s far right is never satisfied, KSFO’s Brian Sussman took to the air to suggest that President Obama’s newly released birth certificate may be fake.
  • Unusual crime story: A Mountain View woman turned herself in to police about 45 minutes after trying to steal two cans of malt liquor from a convenience store, saying she felt guilty about it.
  • The Island, the online news site of local journalist Michele Elison covering Alameda, bit the dust Friday after three years.
  • Another tome for the bargain bin: Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s offspring, has a book deal from Simon & Schuster for “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs.”
  • Sirhan Sirhan, who was recently turned down for parole for the 1968 murder of Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, now says he was under the hypnotic influence of a woman in a polka dot dress.
  • Bay Area News Group’s Q&A with state Democratic Party chair John Burton keeps intact a string of pieces about him across all media in which the first thing observed is his foul mouth.
  • Cost of Doing Business Department: The Star supermarket tabloid published an apology to actress Katie Holmes for reporting that she was a drug addict.
  • Dan Rather on the royal wedding and Donald Trump: “The next time you hear about another round of layoffs at a TV news division, the closing of a bureau, the decision not to cover a foreign story with full force, remember this week of silliness in April.”
Images: Chevron sign, Carla Marinucci
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