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Morning Wrap: 9/26/11

Monday, September 26, 2011

Obama’s popularity hits a new low, UC Berkeley hikers talk about Iran ordeal, Raiders and 49ers win, Bay Area’s litter hotspots, Oakland’s million-dollar firings, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Former UC Berkeley students Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer castigated their Iranian captors during a New York news conference upon arriving on U. S. soil and said they could hear the screams of other prisoners during their two-year incarceration. LA Times
  • A patient at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center died Saturday due to what hospital officials said was a “medical error” while she was under the care of a replacement nurse hired during a labor dispute. Chronicle
  • Thomas Peele blows the whistle on Alameda County Presiding Judge Jon Rolefson for throwing up roadblocks to accessing court documents that by law are supposed to be public. Contra Costa Times

  • Oakland has spent almost $1 million thus far on outside lawyers to defend the city’s decision to fire former City Administrator Deborah Edgerly and her top assistant, Cheryl Thompson. Chronicle
  • A new poll finds President Obama’s approval rating at an all-time low—at only 36%. The Hill
  • The President is estimated to have raked in up to $5.5 million at private political fundraisers last night in Woodside and Atherton. Oakland Tribune
Notable Quote

"I'm just a tourist. We don't have anything like this in Eugene, Ore."

-- Lynn Johnson, 60, a visitor at yesterday’s Folsom Street Fair, celebrating kinky sex.

Other news

  • Don’t look now but the Raiders—fresh from yesterday’s 34-24 home win over the Jets—look relevant again. BANG
  • The 49ers win ugly in Cincinnati, 13-8. Mercury News
  • The Bay Citizen’s Katharine Mieszkowski writes about a 1/10th-mile segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail, set to open in Oakland, that cost $1.6 million.
  • The Mercury News looks behind California’s strategy to offload so-called low level offenders onto the streets as part of its court-ordered effort to relieve prison over-crowding.
  • Where do you find the most roadside litter in the Bay Area? The answer is subjective, but the 880 Freeway between Oakland and Hayward may have the worst rep. Mercury News
  • UC Berkeley student senators voted Sunday to condemn a Republican student group’s satirical plans for an “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” that’s to include pastries labeled according to race and gender. Chronicle
  • Sunday’s rainfall may have been nice for some, but not for Sonoma Valley vintners who’d counted on continued warm days to help push through a later-than-normal harvest. Press-Democrat
  • The head of the Hell’s Angels’ San Jose chapter was gunned down in a shootout at a Sparks, Nevada, casino, outside Reno. Mercury News
  • Police in Santa Clara were looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a man in a wheelchair and dragged him the length of a football field. Bay City News

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