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Morning Wrap: 8/5/11

Friday, August 5, 2011

Oakland to rehire 32 cops, mom accused of teen sex convicted of misdemeanor, Chevron pays up for air pollution in Richmond, trouble at Ballet San Jose, Raiders’ McFadden injured, plus more after the jump.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Congressional leaders and the White House reached a comprise to end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, putting 74,000 workers back to work, including those involved in construction of Oakland airport’s new control tower. Oakland Tribune
  • A ray of unexpected good news nationally: the economy added 117,000 new jobs in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent. LA Times 
  • It may be free and it may only circulate once a month, but still the Cotati Independent, the braindchild of a local gadfly and former city councilman, begins distribution this week. Press Democrat
  • Comcast sued DirecTV, calling the company a “serial false advertiser” for its claim that its popular NFL Sunday Ticket is available at “no extra charge.” PaidContent
  • So much for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “Green the Capitol Initiative,” dating back to her days as Majority Leader when she began seeking to bring greater energy efficiency to the nation’s capitol. Facing budget cuts, Congress has officially chunked it. Roll Call
Other news

  • For the first time in decades, the financially-strapped Ballet San Jose is unlikely to stage a ballet this fall and will instead probably begin its season near the holidays with traditional performances of “The Nutcracker.” Mercury News
  • Oakland’s personnel-thin Police Department is hiring back 32 officers it laid off last year, although that’s barely a dent in the 200 beat cops and inspectors it has lost over the last three years. Chronicle
  • Sara Cole, the South Bay mother accused of having unlawful sex with her son’s 16-year-old friend, was convicted of molesting or annoying a child, a misdemeanor, while a jury rejected two felony counts against her and hung 11-1 on a third felony count. Mercury News
  • San Ramon-based Chevron agreed to pay $170,000 to air quality regulators for underreporting air pollution from its Richmond refinery. Contra Costa Times
  • Two window washers were saved by the safety harnesses after their scaffolding collapsed on the 16th floor of a Mission Bay high rise. Chroncle
  • PG&E’s profits climbed 9 percent in the second quarter, to $362 million. AP
  • Two men illegally stripped searched in public by Oakland police will each receive at least $100,000 in damages, a federal judge ruled. Chronicle
  • Newly-acquired wide receiver Braylon Edwards suited up for his first practice with the 49ers. BANG
  • Marin Supervisor Hal Brown, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last December, says that he will consider resigning if he is unable to return ot work within three more months. Marin IJ 
  • The Raiders’ Darren McFadden will miss a couple of weeks of practice after breaking an orbital bone in his face. AP

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