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Morning Wrap: 7/28/11

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Giants land Beltran, Goodwin Liu’s confirmation hearing set, stolen Willie McCovey memorabilia recovered in Walnut Creek, plus a high-tech way to keep sex offenders out of the state fair, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • The Giants will announce today that Mets slugger Carlos Beltran has accepted a trade to San Francisco and will be in the lineup tonight in Philadelphia for the series finale against the Phillies. AP

  • Former CNN mid-day anchor Rick Sanchez has landed another job in broadcasting: as the color analyst for Florida International University football games, starting in the fall. HuffPo
  • California will have more political districts dominated by Democratic voters over the next decade, judging from the latest version of the state’s redrawn political map to be released today. Chronicle
  • The confirmation hearing for UC Berkeley professor Goodwin Liu as a member of the California Supreme Court was set for Aug. 31. Oakland Tribune
  • San Francisco’s much-ridiculed circumcision ban could be struck from the ballot as early as today if a judge’s tentative ruling on the matter is finalized. Examiner
Other news
  • A parolee wanted in connection with a killing in San Francisco and two others in Vallejo was arrested in Oregon. Chronicle
  • The Contra Costa Times editorializes that it’s time to rein in California’s three strikes law.
  • Federal prosecutors haven’t yet said whether they intend to retry Barry Bonds on three perjury charges on which a jury deadlocked in April, but Wednesday they urged a judge to uphold the ex-slugger’s conviction for obstruction of justice for lying to a grand jury. Chronicle 
  • A Fairfax neighborhood was evacuated after a resident found a hand grenade in his yard. Marin IJ
  • Two men were arrested at Miami’s airport after allegedly attacking an American Airlines pilot who kicked them off a flight bound for San Francisco. AP
  • Meanwhile, in Oakland, two sisters were put off a Southwest Airlines flight for Dallas—unjustly, they claim—after one of them asked the flight attendant for wine and the attendant thought she had drank too much. ABC 7
  • A long freight train derailed in the High Desert north of Los Angeles, although no injuries were immediately reported. AP
  • Police in Walnut Creek late last night arrested a man who allegedly stole a car with memorabilia related to ex-Giants star Willie McCovey from a fast-food restaurant’s parking lot, recovering most, but not all, of the valuables. Contra Costa Times
  • Officials are using GPS tracking technology to keep sex offenders out of the California State Fair in Sacramento. Sac Bee 
  • The Board of Supervisors approved a controversial $112 million contract to send San Francisco’s refuse to the rural Yuba County community of Wheatland, 132 miles away. Chronicle 

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