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Sunday Notes: 6/19/11

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Least likely San Francisco politician to vacation in Arizona: mayoral candidate and former supervisor Bevan Dufty, who went on a tirade in which he referred to the Grand Canyon State as “xenophobic, homophobic and ignorant.”

  • That must have been some commencement address Harvard professor Atul Gawande delivered to Stanford med school grads last year. Philip Baker, the dean of medicine at the University of Alberta in Canada, is accused of plagiarizing it.
  • Now that Anthony Weiner has resigned from Congress speculation has begun over which cable news outfit he’ll sign with.
  • imageA day after roiling Sacramento with his budget veto, Gov. Jerry Brown went to the desert town of Blythe to dedicate a solar power plant and encountered protests from Native Americans concerned that the plant will destroy nearby geoglyphs.
  • Sunday read: The New York Times Magazine profiles one-time gay journalist Michael Glatze, who wrote for the now-defunct XY magazine in the Castro and who now proclaims himself straight and is attending Bible college in Wyoming.
  • Examiner headline says it all: “Drunken truck driver collides with drunken bicyclist near Redwood City.”
  • “Passed budget could still fail”: headline of a story posted at NBC Bay Area’s website Thursday—about two hours after Jerry Brown had already vetoed the budget.
  • Above average snowpack is still causing delays in services at Yosemite, and it may be a few more days before cables are in place to enable hikers to access the top of Half Dome.
  • It looks like Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will have to give up his seat on the San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee now that he has officially taken up residence in Marin County.
  • About those four chickens let loose on the Berkeley High campus: they turned out to have been stolen from King Middle School’s Edible Schoolyard.
  • All in all, a rough week at Berkeley High. Final exams were disrupted Tuesday by fire drills.
  • image“Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky is on board to direct “Hobgoblin,” the HBO pilot in development to be written by Berkeley husband-wife author duo Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.
  • San Francisco comes in No. 12 on Travel & Leisure Magazine’s list of America’s Dirtiest Cities.
  • Labor intensive green tech: a $1.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be used to turn human waste from sewage into biodiesel and methane that can be used as fuel.
  • A man accused of bank robbery in Mountain View was arrested a half-hour later down the street having coffee at Starbucks.

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