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Morning Wrap: 9/13/11

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

GOP debate challengers pile on Rick Perry, cheer squad caught up in high school’s miniskirt ban, Brian Stow’s medical bills could top $50 million, Raiders win opener in Denver, fake SF doctor sentenced to six years, plus more inside.
Top of the morning’s news
  • The ongoing protests against BART included only about two dozen people Monday who meandered through downtown, occasionally descending into underground stations, but there were no arrests and no service disruptions. Chronicle
  • ABC’s Diane Sawyer lands the first interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since she was critically shot in Arizona, to air Nov. 14 on the eve of the release of Giffords’ and husband Mark Kelley’s memoir. Media DeCoder
  • NBC’s new primetime news magazine in development will be called, “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” TV Newser

  • Last night’s GOP debate was a chance for the rest of the field to gang up on frontrunner Rick Perry, and they mostly did. Politico
Notable Quote

“I don’t think my community has a hint of the tidal wave that’s coming.”

-- Richmond police chief Chris Magnus, on the effect of a new law that will transfer non-violent offenders from state to local responsibility starting Oct. 1.

Other news
  • AC Transit agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle a lawsuit by a woman who was severely injured after being hit by a bus in North Oakland in 2008. Chronicle
  • San Jose’s Piedmont High School has outlawed miniskirts, and the principal has decided that the cheer squad will have to cover up their new uniforms with sweats during school. Mercury News
  • A lawyer for Brian Stow says medical care for the comatose Giants fan badly beaten at Dodger Stadium on opening night is expected to exceed $50 million. AP
  • Oakland police say that the man and woman found dead inside a burning Fruitvale district apartment Sunday morning had been stabbed multiple times. Oakland Tribune
  • Timothy “Dr. Syed” Andersson of San Francisco was sentenced to six years in prison for masquerading as a medical doctor and bilking dozens of victims out of more than $150,000. Examiner
  • Environmentalists expressed alarm at the record number of fish being caught in the pumping system designed to move water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. AP
  • An 18-year-old Saint Mary’s College student was arrested on suspicion of raping a female student in a dorm. Contra Costa Times
  • The San Francisco district attorney’s office has decided not to file charges against a Gaelic football player arrested on Treasure Island for an on-field incident that left a fellow player in a coma. Bay City News Service
  • The new president of San Jose’s Tech Museum is Tim Richie, who helped attendance and revenue spiral upward as director of the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Ala. Mercury News
  • Today is the first day on the job for PG&E’s new CEO Anthony Early. San Mateo County Times
  • The latest poster child for boorish behavior at Candlestick Park: the man police arrested at Sunday’s 49ers-Seahawks game for trying to urinate on people in a restroom. Examiner 
  • Darren McFadden’s feet and Sebastian Janikowski’s toe led the Raiders to a 23-20 season-opening win over the Broncos in Denver last night. Mercury News

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