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Morning Wrap: 8/31/11

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Giants’ former payroll manager accused of embezzlement, Archbishop Niederauer’s emergency surgery, public unions gang up on Adachi and Avalos, M-13 gang convictions, plus a former Cal football player is arrested for pimping, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer was recovering following emergency heart surgery after experiencing chest pains while vacationing in Southern California. Chronicle
  • Former Giants payroll manager Robin O’Connor was arrested and accused of embezzling more than $1.5 million from the team over the past year. Examiner
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor Larry Price resigned rather than lay off half of his Dayton Daily News photo staff. Poynter
  • President Obama has scheduled another fundraising dash to California for late September—with stops in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Chronicle Politics blog
  • San Francisco’s police and fire unions set up an independent fundraising operation explicitly to oppose mayoral candidates Jeff Adachi and John Avalos. Examiner
Notable Quote


“We’re in conversations but nobody’s going to save the day. I don’t expect us to do anything.”

-- GM Brian Sabean, on the Giants prospects for completing any deals before today’s deadline for traded players to be eligible for postseason rosters.

Other news
  • A jury convicted six men of racketeering and conspiracy as members of MS-13, a crime organization whose war against rivals and defectors in San Francisco’s Mission District was responsible for at least three murders in 2008. Chronicle
  • A federal judge set Dec. 16 as the date for Barry Bonds to be sentenced for his felony obstruction of justice conviction. Chronicle
  • BART directors today were expected to name Grace Crunican, Seattle’s former transportation chief, to replace the ousted Dorothy Dugger as general manager. Contra Costa Times
  • For the second day in a row an Oakland school was locked down to shield students from nearby police activity—on Tuesday it being Horace Mann Elementary, while police searched for suspects in a string of home invasion robberies. The Bay Citizen
  • A vacationing San Jose dentist was killed at Lake Tahoe after falling into a boat’s running propeller while it was being docked. Mercury News
  • James Gosling, the so-called “father of Java” at the former Sun Microsystems, left Google to join Sunnyvale startup Liquid Robotics. Mercury News
  • Former Cal football player Tracy Slocum Jr., 23, was arrested in his hometown of Fresno and charged with domestic violence, sexual assault and pimping. Mercury News
  • The so-called Motor Fire near Yosemite was 80 percent contained Tuesday. Chronicle
  • The 49ers’ Frank Gore agreed to a three-year, $21-million contract extension. Chronicle
  • A baby giraffe born at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo was named Belt in honor of Giants rookie Brandon Belt. ABC 7

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