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Morning Wrap: 6/20/11

Monday, June 20, 2011

Astronomical cost of capital punishment, Santa Clara pols use 49ers stadium money to give themselves a raise, great white shark spotted off Stinson Beach, A’s sweep Giants, plus more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment in California since it was reinstated in 1978, or about $308 million for each of the 13 executions that have taken place since then, the LA Times reports.
  • How a small cadre of insiders got rich off the LinkedIn IPO. NYT
  • Al Jazeera finds a home, and quite an audience on KCET Los Angeles, the former public television powerhouse that has struggled since leaving PBS. Media Decoder
  • Santa Clara’s city council is using some of the money starting to flow into the 49ers stadium project to give themselves a 10 percent pay raise. Mercury News
  • Venture capitalist and San Francisco mayoral hopeful Joanna Rees missed 24 of 37 elections since 1992, according to an Examiner analysis of the candidates’ voting records.
  • The Contra Costa Times runs down the potentially dramatic shifts afoot in the East Bay as the result of redistricting.
  • Mitt Romney will spend three days campaigning in California this week and a new Field Poll shows him to be the frontrunner among state Republicans, with 25 percent support. Chronicle 
  • The Daily Beast writes about the crumbling esteem with which John Edwards is held in his hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

  • A three-day search for missing and feared dead nursing student Michelle Le ended Sunday in Hayward but her father said the family would persist in efforts to find her. KTVU 2
  • A great white shark sighting off Stinson Beach prompted the National Park Service to restrict water access through Thursday. Marin IJ
  • Muni’s board is expected to approve Nathaniel Ford’s $384,000 severance package when it meets tomorrow. Examiner
  • Those three peregrine falcon chicks that hatched beneath the Dumbarton Bridge perished in a storm. Chronicle
  • Police arrested a man suspected in a Fairfield car bombing last month after an 8-hour standoff. Chronicle
  • Three boaters were rescued off the Alameda shoreline by the Coast Guard but this time at least Alameda Fire Department sent rescuers into the water. Contra Costa Times
  • Cal lost its College World Series opener 4-1 to Virginia. BANG
  • The AP profiles the troubled Central Valley oil field town of Maricopa, which a county grand jury is seeking to dismantle even as it approaches its 100th birthday.
  • The A’s beat the Giants 2-1 to sweep the three-game Bay Bridge series in Oakland. Mercury News 

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