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Morning Wrap: 6/16/11

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dems in Legislature approve budget, Nathaniel Ford steps off the Muni train, MediaNews backs away from acquiring the OC Register, Lynn Woolsey’s peace rally, plus strange allegations surround Shaquille O’Neal, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • The Legislature approved a state budget that critics say contains accounting gimmicks by a simple majority vote Wednesday, meeting the constitutional deadline for just the second time in 25 years. Chronicle; LAT
  • MediaNews Group’s talks with Freedom Communications to acquire the Orange County Register have broken off, at least for now. WSJ
  • PaidContent’s Robert Andrews’ ideas for how Oakland-based music streamer Pandora should spend its newfound IPO millions.  
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner is telling friends he will resign from Congress. NYT
  • Saying that “a decade of war is bankrupting our country,” Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) will host a peace rally at the San Rafael City Plaza Saturday. Marin IJ
  • Now that the Legislature has given him the kind of budget he said he didn’t want, what does Gov. Jerry Brown do next? Capitol Weekly
  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was released from the hospital to continue her rehabilitation at home. The Hill
  • Muni chief Nathaniel Ford’s negotiated departure as of June 30, announced Wednesday, will net the city’s highest paid public employee a $384,000 severance package. Chronicle; The Bay Citizen
  • LA County Sheriff’s Department investigated allegations that Shaquille O’Neal was connected to a beating, robbery and kidnapping by gang members of a man claiming to have a sex tape of the basketball star, something O’Neal denied, the LA Times reports.
  • Officials say a notorious smell emanating from Oakland’s Lake Merritt should dissipate once a large concrete aqueduct along the lake’s south shoreline is demolished. The Bay Citizen
  • Police in Oakland arrested a parolee on suspicion of raping a woman who managed to shoot video of him using her cell phone. Chronicle
  • A University of New Mexico football player and San Francisco native in town for the funeral of ex-high school teammate David Henderson was arrested at SFO after refusing to pull up his sagging pants as he boarded a flight for Albuquerque. Chronicle
  • Bay Area foreclosures slowed again in May, down 13 percent from April and 20 percent from a year ago, says. Contra Costa Times
  • A 14-year-old Marin City girl was arrested for stealing her aunt’s Cadillac and crashing into another car during the getaway. Marin IJ
  • Devaughndre Broussard, the confessed triggerman in the 2007 murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey, will be sentenced Aug. 12, a judge said Wednesday. Chauncey Bailey Project
  • Lawyers for Barry Bonds asked a federal judge to set aside the home run king’s obstruction of justice conviction. Mercury News
  • Opponents of a Target store planned for San Rafael submitted 3,000 signatures to city officials for a referendum vote in November. Marin IJ
  • The Boston Bruins shut out Vancouver to claim the Stanley Cup and angry Canucks fans rioted in the streets. AP

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