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Morning Wrap: 6/1/11

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bay Area home prices slide some more, KTVU 2’s GM says adios, 53 guns in home where boy shot sister, the battle over the Farallon Islands mice, plus lots more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Home prices nationally hit an ominous new low. LAT; Bay Area is no exception. The Bay Citizen
  • The family of vanished nursing student Michelle Hoang Thi Le, 26, offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to her return.  Oakland Tribune
  • KTVU 2 vice president and general manager Tim McVay is shoving off to take the same position at WSB in Atlanta, Cox Broadcasting’s flagship station. Cox news release
  • AOL’s Patch, which is burning through $40 million a quarter, has doubled its traffic so far this year. Forbes
  • Keith Olbermann’s new “Countdown” show for San Francisco-based Current TV will be helmed by David Sarosi, the producer responsible for his “Worst Person in the World” segment on his old Countdown show. TV Newser
  • Former GOP chairman and MSNBC’s new token Republican Michael Steele says he doesn’t expect to be treated like a “conservative punching bag.” TV Newser 
  • Gov. Jerry Brown trims 400 jobs from the state prison system’s management staff. Political Blotter
  • The Assembly approved a bill to tax Amazon and other online retailers. It now goes to the Senate. AP
  • Lots of soul-searching among green donors now that climate legislation and a new international global warming treaty are on the scrap pile. Politico
  • Rep. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) makes a trip to Afghanistan over the Memorial Day weekend and renews his call for rapid troop withdrawal. Contra Costa Times 
  • Alameda fire officials say they’ll make policy changes after fire and police personnel watched an apparently suicidal man drown in the bay. Examiner 
  • Muni management announced a tentative labor agreement with transit operators. Chronicle
  • The battle rages over whether to poison mice on the Farallon Islands. Bay Nature
  • The city’s cable cars are out of service for maintenance for five days starting today. Examiner
  • Scott Dyleski, the Lafayette teenager serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of the wife of criminal defense lawyer Daniel Horowitz, is filing new papers proclaiming his innocence. Contra Costa Times
  • SFPD is warning people about buying items on Craigslist after a rash of gunpoint robberies in used car transactions. ABC 7
  • That missing baby girl whose mother left her in the backseat with the keys in the ignition at a church parking lot was found unharmed in Salinas—car theft. Chronicle 
  • A new survey shows many UC Berkeley students have forsaken the area near campus, particularly Telegraph Avenue, because it’s too scruffy and they don’t feel safe. Berkeleyside
  • An international panel of experts says that cell phones are possible carcinogens on a par with DDT and engine exhaust. AP
  • Fifty-three guns were found in the Fresno home where a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his sister. AP 
Looking ahead
  • Bay Area News Group Cal beat writer Jonathan Okanes moderates a live chat with athletics director Sandy Barbour Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m. 

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