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Morning Wrap: 7/6/11

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Newsom weighs in on the mayor’s race, porn impresario and accused murderer James Mitchell testifies, Harold Camping moves to a nursing home, big claims for Oakland Zoo expansion, plus the Casey Anthony media circus, and more after the jump.

Top of the morning’s news
  • More than 500 state employees made more than $240,000 before taxes in 2010, compensation data newly released by state Controller John Chiang shows. Chronicle
  • Pornographer James Mitchell testified at his Marin murder trial Tuesday that he didn’t kill his girlfriend, contending that he fought off two attackers at her house in 2009 without ever seeing her bloodied body in the grass nearby. Chronicle; Marin IJ
  • Lawyers for Casey Anthony lashed out at cable news coverage that cast her acquittal verdict as shocking. AP; plus how social media fed the Anthony trial media circus. LA Times
  • Despite Mayor Ed Lee’s repeated declarations that he doesn’t intend to seek election in November, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he “should let people know sooner rather than later . . . out of respect to all the candidates out there.” Chronicle
  • Nancy Reagan may have turned 90 on Tuesday, but she’s still busy protecting her husband’s legacy. The Daily Beast
  • Newt Gingrich’s floundering presidential campaign closed June $1 million in debt. Politico 

  • A glowing Environmental Impact Report says the new Oakland Zoo expansion will pump roughly $111 million into the local economy. Oakland Tribune
  • A new Stanford study predicts that in 30 years Napa and other wine-growing regions will be two degrees warmer and have more hot days, threatening California’s high-value vineyards. LA Times
  • Les Yee, 65, a retired former Chronicle transportation manager, thus far is the sole confirmed death from the fishing boat tragedy in the Gulf of California over the weekend. Chronicle
  • BART officials say a surveillance camera provides a “partial view” of a knife-wielding man being shot by a BART officer at Civic Center Station but doesn’t show the man’s actions at the moment the shots were fired. Chronicle
  • Doomsday radio preacher Harold Camping, who suffered a stroke June 9, has been moved from a hospital to a nursing home to undergo more rehabilitation. KTVU 2
  • All but one Cal State campus is on a new U. S. Department of Education list of colleges with the fastest-growing tuition and fees. California Watch
  • Caltrain’s ridership numbers continue an upswing, with passenger increases 11 of the last 12 months. San Mateo Daily Journal
  • A former professional cyclist missing since going for a bike ride in the Berkeley hills Saturday may have had diminished physical strength and impaired judgment as the result of fasting, police say. Oakland Tribune
  • Inmates in at least a third of California’s prisons are refusing meals in solidarity with hunger strikers at Pelican Bay State Prison who contend conditions there are cruel and inhumane. LA Times 
  • Another top-level departure from San Jose city government—this time it’s environmental services director John Stufflebean, who’s taking a similar job in Sunnyvale. Mercury News

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