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Morning Wrap: 6/8/11

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Police have “person of interest” in Michelle Le case, Oakland ponies up $175,000 for ex-ABC 7 cameraman, Gavin and Jennifer Newsom’s Marin move, ex-priest spirited onto plane at SFO to face sex charges in Ireland, plus more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Police investigating the disappearance and presumed murder of nursing student Michelle Le have twice searched the home of a woman described as a “person of interest”  in the case. Oakland Tribune
  • Oakland will pay former ABC 7 photographer Douglas Laughlin $175,000 to settle a civil claim stemming from a run-in with police at Highland Hospital the day four officers were killed in 2009. Oakland Tribune
  • The Marin IJ signed a lease for office space across Highway 101 from Northgate Mall for its planned move this summer from Novato to San Rafael.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown said budget negotiations have hit a new snag over extending current sales and vehicle tax rates until voters have a chance to decide on them later this year. PolitiCal
  • By an 11-0 vote, the Board of Supervisors approved the massive Treasure Island redevelopment plan that was some 15 years in the making. Chronicle
  • Early returns appear to favor the recall of Hercules Mayor Joanne Ward and Councilman Donald Kuehne. Chronicle
  • Both senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer oppose legislation to end a San Joaquin River restoration program. Capitol Alert
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner gets unsolicited advice, via Twitter, from NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. The Hill
  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom are moving, at least temporarily, into her parents’ five-bedroom, five-bath home in the Marin County community of Ross. Chronicle
  • Ouch. It’ll cost $6 to ride a cable car in San Francisco starting July 1. It was $3 just six years ago. AP
  • Alameda’s mayor called for an independent review of the circumstances surrounding the drowning of a suicidal man off Crown Point State Beach as the city’s fire and police personnel stood by without attempting to save him. Oakland Tribune
  • The Board of Supervisors gave final approval to the controversial Parkmerced redevelopment near San Francisco State. KTVU 2 
  • Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski, one of the most prominent couples in California’s same-sex marriage struggle, have separated after 15 years and are divorcing. Bay Area Reporter
  • Ex-Roman Catholic priest and child predator Patrick McCabe, 75, who had been living in Alameda, was handed over to Irish officials at SFO and flown to Ireland to stand trial for assaulting six boys there between 1973 and 1981. Chronicle
  • Blue Shield of California, under fire for huge rate increases and its CEO’s multi-million salary, pledged to refund $167 million to policyholders. The Bay Citizen
  • The Mercury News says that PG&E’s board of directors has taken a bigger behind the scenes role trying to restore the utility’s damaged credibility.
  • Dirk Nowitski shines as Dallas evens the NBA championship series with the Heat at two apiece. AP 

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