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Morning Wrap: 6/14/11

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Skepticism over tossing Prop 8 ruling, Yusuf Bey IV’s half-brother walks, Oracle Racing catamaran capsizes, the drumbeat for an Ed Lee candidacy, plus the Chronicle’s hardball set piece for today’s Michelle Obama visit, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • A federal judge in San Francisco seemed skeptical of arguments that former Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling upholding same-sex marriage should be overturned. Chronicle
  • Deep dish or thin crust? Thoughts on CNN’s handling of last night’s Republican debate. TV Newser
  • The Anthony Weiner scandal accounted for 17% of the newshole last week as measured by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, making it the fourth most-covered scandal involving an elected official since Pew began tracking them in 2007. 
  • Media Decoder says CBS introduced Scott Pelley as the new anchor of its evening news with no fanfare and the result was no new fans.
  • Oops: Miami Herald readers opened their newspapers Monday to see a full page ad from Macy’s congratulating the Heat on the NBA championship—that Dallas won. Miami News Times
  • imageThe drumbeat from those trying to convince interim Mayor Ed Lee to run in November shows no signs of letting up. City Insider
  • Carla Marinucci of the Chronicle, who was excluded from the press pool for the First Lady’s visit to the Bay Area today, has a piece that focuses on GOP criticism that the fundraising mission is an abuse of taxpayer money. Chronicle
  • President Obama added his voice to the chorus asking that Anthony Weiner resign from Congress. NYT
  • Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.) announced during last night’s Republican debate in New Hampshire that she’s running for president. The Hill
  • Stanford announced a major donation of 121 works of postwar American painting and sculpture, including Jackson Pollock’s “Lucifer,” from a family of Peninsula art collectors. Chronicle
  • 49ers great Joe Montana suffered cuts to his forehead in an all-terrain vehicle accident on his ranch near Calistoga over the weekend and had to cancel an appearance tonight before Santa Clara’s city council where he was scheduled to pitch a luxury hotel development deal. Mercury News
  • A special education teacher at a Vallejo elementary school was arrested on suspicion of raping a developmentally disabled student aide. Bay City News
  • A 45-foot catamaran owned by Oracle Racing capsized during an America’s Cup practice race in San Francisco Bay Monday afternoon. Examiner
  • Caltrans warns of lengthy nighttime delays in both directions on Interstate 680 in Danville this week for repaving. Contra Costa Times
  • New Alameda city manager John Russo appointed Mike Noonan as the new police chief. Oakland Tribune
  • Crews are busy assembling a massive high-tech digging machine transported from Japan that will be used to bore a first-ever 5-mile-long tunnel under San Francisco Bay to improve bringing Hetch Hetchy Reservoir water to San Francisco and the Peninsula. Mercury News
  • Joshua Bey, 23, was released from jail over the weekend after fulfilling a condition of a plea bargain—to testify against his half-brother, Yusuf Bey IV, convicted of killing journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other people. Chauncey Bailey Project
  • Cal will play Virginia Sunday in the first round of the College Baseball World Series in Omaha. BANG
  • Service Employees International Union members approved a 3-year contract at nine Tenet Healthcare hospitals, including the Bay Area’s San Ramon Regional Medical Center. SF Business Times
  • Good news for A’s fans: left-hander Brett Anderson doesn’t need surgery on his left elbow even though he’ll have to do rehab for six weeks. The Drumbeat

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