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Morning Wrap: 10/10/11

Monday, October 10, 2011

Oakland shuts services but not because it’s Columbus Day, why the bullet train’s environmental claims are murky, Netflix reverses course, plus Raiders win one for Al, 49ers win another one with Alex, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Gov. Jerry Brown over the weekend signed the so-called California Dream Act, giving illegal immigrants access to financial aid at public universities and community colleges. LA Times
  • Netflix reversed thrusters this morning, calling off plans to split its movie-streaming business and DVD-by-mail service into separate websites after wide-scale customer defections. Wall Street Journal
  • Politico says that by selecting someone (Gary Knell) with virtually no newsroom experience but a long history of defending federal funding of public media, NPR has signaled that the battle ahead will not be about journalism, but about survival.
  • Just in time for it get relatively little notice before the weekend, City Attorney and mayoral challenger Dennis Herrera called Friday for a criminal investigation into a shuttle company whose employees said they were pressured to contribute more than $8,000 to Mayor Ed Lee’s campaign. The Bay Citizen
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi waded into Massachusetts politics, slamming Sen. Scott Brown for his comments about Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren after Warren criticized Brown for a nude photo shoot he participated in decades ago. The Hill 
Notable Quote

"I can't tell you the conversations I've had with him on so many different topics, his vision for this football team. I know what this team means to him. I know what this coaching staff, this organization means to him, and I finally had an opportunity to let it out."
-- Raiders coach Hue Jackson on his breaking down in tears on the sidelines immediately after the Raiders’ dramatic 25-20 victory in Houston against the Texans.

Other news
  • For the record, Oakland is shutting down most city services today not in observance of Columbus Day, but as a move to help reduce the city’s $58 million budget deficit. AP
  • Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he had signed a bill making California the first state to make it illegal for teenagers under 18 to use tanning beds. AP
  • As if things haven’t been bad enough for Tiger Woods, someone threw a hot dog at him during the final round of yesterday’s Open in the South Bay. On Golf 
  • For the second time within four days, vandals cut net lines and set loose 40,000 juvenile Chinook salmon into the bay from the Tiburon Salmon Institute. Marin IJ
  • California Watch explains why environmental benefits promised by the state’s high-speed rail network remain murky.
  • What’s this? The 49ers’ best start since 2002 after a 48-3 rout of Tampa Bay behind Alex Smith. Chronicle 
  • An instructor at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo was arrested Saturday and accused of performing a sex act on a drugged student. KTVU 2
  • As they approach a deadline for starting the season on time, there is still no deal between the NBA’s owners and players. AP

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