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Morning Wrap: 8/2/11

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Oakland murder rate spikes, Google dives into politics, Peninsula mailroom clerk makes off with medical records, PG&E falls behind on inspections, plus union accord at San Francisco Opera, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • PG&E warned that it might miss its own year-end timetable for completing hydro-testing on 152 miles of pipelines similar to one that blew up in San Bruno last September. Chronicle
  • The FCC approved new rules aimed at giving cable viewers more choice and loosen up the industry’s stranglehold on what channels get carried, a move opposed by Comcast, among others. AP
  • About 100 people gathered outside City Hall Monday as part of the “Run, Ed, Run” campaign on behalf of Mayor Ed Lee and the group claimed to have collected 51,000 signatures. KTVU 2
  • Google continues to ramp up politically, pulling in $570,000 for its political action committee so far this year. Politico
Other news
  • Oakland’s homicide rate climbed to 71 for the year, compared to 52 at this time a year ago, and personnel-depleted Oakland police are scrambling to put more officers on the street. Bay City News Service
  • The Chronicle gets a jailhouse interview with the woman accused of breaking into game show host Alex Trebec’s San Francisco hotel room, and who under the state’s three strikes law could face 25 years to life.
  • A 26-year-old San Ramon woman who slipped and fell 600 feet to her death while descending Half Dome in the rain became the 14th fatality in Yosemite National Park this year. AP
  • San Francisco Opera and the union representing the Opera Orchestra reached agreement on a new three-year contract. Chornicle 
  • Bryan Stow tried to escape his accused attackers once outside Dodger Stadium before being pursued and viciously attacked a second time, prosecutors in the case allege. LA Times 
  • Contra Costa County and its 800 unionized managers are at an impasse over millions of dollars in asked-for pay and benefit cuts. Contra Costa Times
  • Officials at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame say a mailroom employee stole medical documents of about 1,500 patients. AP
  • Nadya Suleman, the California woman famous for giving birth to octuplets and whom the tabloids christened Octomom, has been signed by a boxing promoter to climb into the ring near Boston. AP
  • The Giants’ Barry Zito went back on the disabled list. AP
  • An Amber Alert was issued for a 16-year-old Antioch boy who was reportedly abducted and forced to drive the getaway car after a barbershop robbery. Chronicle
  • Sgt. William GrossPaniagua, 28, of Daly City, was killed in Afghanistan after enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an explosive device, the Army announced. Chronicle

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