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Morning Wrap: 9/23/11

Friday, September 23, 2011

UC Berkeley tuition protest, Jaycee Dugard sues the feds, Giants face elimination, Solyndra’s checkered CFO, Raiders sell out, plus Oakland’s Jean Quan responds to being called the “Queen of Residential Blight,” and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Two people were arrested after as many as 75 protestors upset over tuition hikes occupied Tolman Hall at UC Berkeley for several hours Thursday afternoon. Contra Costa Times 
  • A candlelight vigil is planned for tonight for slain Vietnamese radio talk show host Cindy Nguyen, killed last Friday during a carjacking at a shopping center. Mercury News
  • Similar to what he has done in the past, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $1 million for dirt on GOP presidential contender Rick Perry. HuffPo 
Notable Quote

"I think a lot of people like to take hits at me. I would say that my garden may not be the most beautiful garden."
-- Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, in response to a resident’s publically calling out her unkempt property in the Oakland hills and referring to her as the “Queen of Residential Blight.”

Other news
  • Sexual enslavement victim Jaycee Dugard sued the federal government, saying probation officers’ lax supervision of abductor Phillip Garrido led to her 18 years of captivity. Chronicle
  • Even before he became Solyndra’s chief financial officer, Wilbur G. Stover was at the center of one of the largest price-fixing scandals in U. S. history as CFO of Micron Technologies. The Bay Citizen
  • On her first day as Hewlett-Packard’s new CEO Meg Whitman vowed to get the company “back on track” but said it won’t happen overnight. Mercury News
  • A judge set July 2012 as the date a group of lawsuits against PG&E over the San Bruno pipeline disaster will go to trial. Chronicle
  • BART says it will begin replacing grimy cloth seats in its train cars with easy-to-clean seats within the next six to nine months, sooner than anticipated. The Bay Citizen
  • A man was arrested in a Novato hotel room on suspicion of ripping off part of his girlfriend’s ear. Marin IJ
  • After losing two of three games to the Dodgers the Giants face NL West title elimination as they head into a three-game series at Arizona, trailing the Diamondbacks by six games with six games to play. Mercury News
  • Good news for Raiders fans: Sunday’s home opener against the New York Jets sold out before Thursday’s deadline, allowing the game to be televised locally by CBS 5 at 1:05 p.m. BANG
  • A judge gave Oakland until January to institute much-delayed police department reforms required to settle a police corruption lawsuit but stopped short of following through on a threat to put the department under federal control. Oakland Tribune
  • Alecia DeCoudreaux, the former top attorney for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co., becomes Mills College’s first new president in 20 years today. BANG
  • Nearly 17 years after he murdered a 17-year-old girl who disappeared from the South Bay community of Campbell, felon Wilbur Atcherley pleaded guilty to strangling her. Mercury News
  • Inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison vowed to renew their hunger strike. California Watch 

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