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Morning Wrap 8/22/11

Monday, August 22, 2011

Anticipated BART demonstrations today, MTA’s about-face on relocating to San Francisco, killing bears in Nevada, plus a parolee is arrested for trying to sneak back into prison, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • BART warned of another day of inconvenience for commuters, with anticipated protest demonstrations likely to result in several stations being closed. BANG
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s plan to use $180 million in bridge toll money to uproot from Oakland and move to new digs in San Francisco looks like it’s dead—after a political backlash. Chronicle
  • It’s ballot designation time, and among San Francisco mayoral hopefuls that means, among other gems, the ballot is to include a "Small Businesswoman/Mother” and an “Entreprenuer/Educator.” Chronicle
  • Dan Rather, who turns 80 next month, is celebrating five years at Mark Cuban’s HDNet. TV Newser 
Other news
  • Relatives of the two former UC Berkeley students sentenced to 8 years on espionage charges in Iran expressed hope that they may be released sooner. AP; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was “deeply disappointed” by the sentence. AP
  • A couple was arrested at a South San Francisco Hotel over the weekend accused of forcing three teenage girls into prostitution. AP
  • Marin General Hospital is offering a 25 percent discount to customers with health insurance who pay their hospital bills promptly. Marin IJ
  • Two female bears were killed on the opening weekend of Nevada’s first-ever bear hunting season. AP
  • A member of a school bond committee says officials of the Mount Diablo Unified School District stonewalled her requests for information and now want to charge her $150 for public documents related to the district’s bond financing. Contra Costa Times
  • Two months after a new police radio system was unveiled, some Oakland cops say the system is as unreliable as the old one. Chronicle
  • PG&E knew in 2008 that the San Bruno gas pipeline was deficient but chose to spike the system’s pressure so it could avoid the possibility of a costly inspection, a company memo turned over to federal investigators shows. Chronicle
  • The Contra Costa Times details a list of Bay Area transportation projects on the chopping block as the result of federal budget cuts.
  • Good news for the Raiders: Quarterback Jason Campbell’s injury in the 17-3 loss to the 49ers doesn’t appear serious. Oakland Tribune
  • Good news for the 49ers: Coach Jim Harbaugh dismisses talk that holdout Frank Gore is upset enough with his contract status to seek a trade. BANG
  • The Giants’ Brian Wilson was placed on the disabled list. Mercury News
  • A parolee was arrested after authorities caught him trying to sneak back into Folsom Prison, two years after his release. KTLA Los Angeles

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