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Morning Wrap: 7/22/11

Friday, July 22, 2011

LAPD may clear Giovanni Ramirez in the Bryan Stow case after arresting two others, SFPD now says Kenneth Harding shot himself, the Ed Lee endorsement play, plus the Bay Area’s biggest office deal in years, and more after the jump.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Los Angeles police now say Bryan Stow beating suspect Giovanni Ramirez appears not to have been responsible for the attack and announced the arrest of two new suspects in the case. LA Times
Media / Media People
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist and one-time Chronicle intern who revealed last month that he is an illegal immigrant, had his driver’s license revoked by Washington state. Seattle Times
  • The NAACP and others are criticizing MSNBC’s anticipated hiring of the Rev. Al Sharpton to fill its 6 p.m. cable slot as “just another non-journalist media celebrity receiving a TV show based upon their name recognition.” Maynard Institute
Politics / Politicos

  • Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger indicates in court filings that he doesn’t want to pay Maria Shriver spousal support or her attorney’s fees in their divorce case. [TMZ]
  • Business and development interests are pushing members of the Board of Supervisors to publicly endorse Mayor Ed Lee’s potential run for a full term in November as a way to provide political cover for him to go back on his pledge to be only an interim mayor. Chronicle
Other news
  • Two men were charged with special circumstances murder that could make them eligible for the death penalty in the death of a young woman whose body was found burning on a street in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. Chronicle
  • Pentagon officials are expected to announce today that the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military can be lifted without harming military readiness, likely bringing to an end the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy by September. LA Times
  • Bank of America confirmed that it has sold its giant complex in Concord for $80 million, believed to be the Bay Area’s biggest office deal in years. Contra Costa Times
  • Draconian cutbacks at San Francisco Superior Court figure to be a boon to the for-profit dispute resolution industry. The Bay Citizen
  • Police said that ballistics evidence suggests that Kenneth Harding, the 19-year-old man who died after a confrontation with police Saturday in the Bayview, actually shot himself. Chronicle
  • National Transportation Safety Board documents reveal new details about PG&E’s flawed pipe welds in San Bruno prior to last year’s fatal explosion, including a sharp critique by a retired engineer about how the flawed segment was put together. BANG
  • Meanwhile, a former PG&E record-keeping manager tells investigators that a top company official recently acknowledged that the utility had likely tossed some of its missing pipeline records. Chronicle
  • After announcing the end to the hunger strike at Pelican Bay State Prison, state corrections officials acknowledged that more than 500 inmates continue to refuse meals at three other state prisons. PolitiCal
  • BART released video footage that partially captured a transit officer’s July 3 killing of Charles Blair Hill near Civic Center Station. Chronicle
  • Yosemite National Park officials say they have no plans to add new warning signs to the area where a USF student and two other young people were swept to their deaths over 317-foot Vernal Falls. AP 
  • AT&T agreed to pay more than $40,000 to settle a lawsuit over 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel that flowed into the Guadalupe River last year, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office announced. Chronicle
  • Nancy Ho, 25, the bicyclist struck by a truck near Fremont and Mission streets, died at San Francisco General Hospital. Chronicle

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