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Morning Wrap: 6/30/11

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New clues in Michele Le case, the new budget austerity, Meg Whitman re-emerges, San Jose councilman’s drunken driving plea, plus Mark Purdy cries foul over Major League Baseball’s handling of the A’s situation, and more after the jump.

Top of the morning’s news
  • A TV station in Michele Le’s hometown of San Diego reports that several calls were made from the missing nursing student’s cell phone after she disappeared during a class break at Kaiser hospital in Hayward last month. 
  • With Glenn Beck’s saying goodbye to Fox News tomorrow, The Daily Beast collects video of some of the theatrical conservative talker’s “most outrageous moments.”

  • Meg Whitman, who practically dropped from sight after spending $180 million to lose the governor’s race, emerged to criticize the budget deal worked out between Gov. Brown and Democratic lawmakers. Chronicle Politics Blog
  • The non-profit headed by Gordon Chin, one of four co-chairs of the “Run Ed Run” campaign to draft interim Mayor Ed Lee to seek election received more than $1.1 million through the office of the mayor this year, says Larry Bush at CitiReport
  • The ink is barely dry on bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that effectively eliminate the state’s 398 redevelopment agencies but already opponents are planning to file lawsuits that could keep the outcome tied up in court for months. The Bay Citizen
  • San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra pleaded guilty to drunken driving and reports next week for the first of five days of community service work. Mercury News 
  • A rundown of the changes wrought by the new state budget. Chronicle
  • Plus a double whammy starting Friday for poor Californians who depend on Medi-Cal. Chronicle
  • A variety of Bay Area bridge tolls and transit fares will go up starting tomorrow. Chronicle
  • Oakland’s city council makes a last ditch stab to approve a budget tonight, hours before the new fiscal year begins. Bay City News Service
  • Alameda’s mayor has appointed a retired state fire marshal to review the incident last month in which rescue personnel stood idly by while a mentally disturbed man committed suicide by drowning. Oakland Tribune
  • Just how much is Justin Timberlake invested as one of the new owners of MySpace? Enough to have his own office at MySpace’s Beverly Hills headquarters with a staff of six. AP
  • Oakland animal officials confiscated 21 malnourished and deformed rabbits from a backyard where they were being raised for food. Chronicle 
  • SFPD has identified a person of interest in the case of a young Irishman who suffered major head trauma during a Gaelic football match on Treasure Island Saturday. Examiner
  • The Mercury News’ Mark Purdy calls foul on Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig for leaving the A’s situation unresolved for two years and counting.
  • A Contra Costa prosecutor wants a Martinez grandfather to stand trial for murder in the fatal pit bull mauling of his 2-year-old grandson. AP

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