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Morning Wrap: 7/14/11

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mark Lugo’s other theft charge, CoCo Times editorial skewers Fabian Nunez, sex offender who issued threats jailed and ordered to stay away from Boxer and Feinstein, plus the brouhaha over “glass cages” for juveniles in Marin court, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Registered sex offender Tras Gustav Karlsson Berg, 35, was sentenced to four months in federal prison and ordered to stay away from California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer after sending an email in which he threatened to kill at least one of them. Chronicle
  • Key members of the Brancroft family which once controlled the Wall Street Journal say they would have never sold the newspaper to Rupert Murdoch if they knew what they know now in the aftermath of the News Corp. phone hacking scandal. ProPublica

  • Former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, an arms control undersecretary at the State Department who announced last year she is battling cancer of the esophagus, will be the guest speaker at the July 28 meeting of the Commonwealth Club at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Political Blotter
  • The Contra Costa Times editorial board says it’s “appalled” by former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez’s claim that politics led to his son’s manslaughter conviction after he started a brawl that left a college student dead and another stabbed.
Other news
  • Police barricades went up last night in advance of today’s UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco at which the regents are expected to impose yet more fee hikes. KTVU 2
  • A 17-year-old youth being tried as an adult for the shooting death of a baby in East Palo Alto in a case of mistaken identity pleaded not guilty. Chronicle
  • A plan to require juvenile criminal suspects in Marin County to sit inside “glass cages” during court proceedings has defense attorneys in an uproar. The Bay Citizen
  • The Alameda County Grand Jury issued a scathing review of Oakland’s handling of violations for blight and illegal construction and Mayor Jean Quan says an overhaul will be a top priority of incoming new city administrator Deanna Santana. Oakland Tribune 
  • Accused Picasso thief Mark Lugo is also wanted in New Jersey on a charge that he stole 3 bottles of wine worth a total of $6,000 there. Inside Scoop SF
  • Dueling plans for a dog park at Oakland’s Lake Merritt have dog owners and neighbors snapping at each other. Chronicle
  • The Chilean government boosted a reward to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the killer of Chilean citizen Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo, gunned down while walking with his fiance in Berkeley last September. Bay City News Service
  • The backlash against Netflix and its new pricing plan raising rates as much as 60 percent appears to be snowballing a day after the plan was announced. Mercury News 
  • Joe Stiglich takes stock of the A’s at the mid-season point and doesn’t find much to celebrate. Oakland Tribune
  • Walmart is rumored to be preparing to open stand-alone groceries in vacant store buildings in Pleasanton and Hayward under its Walmart  Neighborhood Market enterprise, the Contra Costa Times says.
  • Joe Montana’s son, Nate Montana, a quarterback at the University of Montana, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving stemming from a traffic stop in which he refused a breathalyzer test. AP
  • A San Jose spa owner who pleaded guilty to practicing law without a license is now facing allegations that he practiced medicine without a license. AP

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