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Morning Wrap: 8/26/11

Friday, August 26, 2011

Yankees make history against A’s, UC Berkeley chancellor says reserves ease budget pain, beat poet Scott Wannberg dies, Anonymous says it didn’t hack to get controversial photos of BART spokesman, plus lots more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • The Yankees made baseball history at Oakland’s expense Thursday in New York, becoming the first team ever to hit three grand slams in a game, pounding the A’s 22-9. Chronicle
Media People
  • The body of online newspaper journalist Humberto Millan Salazar, 53, was found a day after he was kidnapped in the Mexican city of Culiacan, the 71st journalist to be killed in the country since 2000. HuffPo
  • Beat poet Scott Wannberg, who grew up in Los Angeles and studied at San Francisco State, died at his home in Florence, Oregon, at age 58. AP
  • Mayor Ed Lee has named Randy Riddle, a lawyer with ties to Chinatown power broker Rose Pak, as his campaign attorney. Examiner
  • Public defender Jeff Adachi cannot use his name or photo on election materials that support his pension reform measure on the November ballot, the city’s Ethics Commission ruled Thursday. Examiner
  • A push by state lawmakers to outlaw shark fins, the main ingredient in the eponymous Chinese soup, cleared a key hurdle when it was approved by a state Senate committee. BANG
Notable quote

  • Televangelist Pat Robertson on the quake damage to the Washington Monument:
“Now there's a crack in it, there's a crack in it and it's closed up. Is that a sign from the Lord? Is that something that has significance or is it just [the] result of an earthquake? You judge, but I just want to bring that to your attention.”
Other news
  • Anonymous tells SF Weekly it didn’t hack into any websites to lift a partially nude photo of BART spokesman Linton Johnson but that the photo and others were publicly available on Johnson’s own website.
  • A day after Steve Jobs resignation as Apple’s CEO speculation intensified about the state of his health and the possible prospect of his dealing with pancreatic cancer going forward. Mercury News
  • Caltrans began demolishing the Wasteland Skatepark under the MacArthur Maze in Oakland and was also to destroy the nearby Bordertown Skatepark beneath an elevated section of Interstate 580, saying that the city had abandoned a lease for the properties. KTVU 2 
  • Fans at 49ers games frequently abuse the stadium’s Badfan text system for reporting unruly behavior, and of 40 messages received during last Saturday’s violence-marred game with the Raiders, half were pranks. The Bay Citizen
  • The alleged getaway driver in Wednesday’s botched robbery of an armored car outside a Wells Fargo branch in Pinole in which a suspect was killed and three other people were wounded was arrested. Chronicle
  • After stepping up pressure on Silicon Valley firms to help out with the university’s budget woes, UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced the campus has enough money in reserve to fill its budget gap for the next two years. Chronicle
  • Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor reportedly signed a four-year contract with the Raiders and was expected to be on hand for the team’s final practice at its Napa training camp today. Mercury News
  • Joe Kennedy, CEO of Oakland-based Pandora, says the online music streaming service will gradually increase audio advertising in its growing list of music channels. PaidContent
  • Former East Bay state drug task force leader Norman Wielsch, who faces a possible life sentence if convicted of corruption charges, will remain free on bond after a psychological assessment determined he is not suicidal. Contra Costa Times
  • Amy Wu, 15, of Pleasanton, became the youngest winner ever in the National Flute Association’s annual Young Artist Flute Soloist Competition in Charlotte, North Carolina. Oakland Tribune

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