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Morning Wrap: 10/13/11

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Anthony Batts’ resignation backstory, California inmates riot in Oklahoma prison, what the LA-to-SF bullet train could really cost, a gigantic ground beef recall, plus more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • The alleged gunman who killed eight people and wounded another person at an Orange County hair salon where his former wife worked was apparently enraged over a custody dispute. LA Times
  • More than 370,000 pounds of commercial ground beef from a Los Angeles area company distributed to restaurants throughout California and Nevada, including the Bay Area, was tainted with E. coli, and has been recalled. Chronicle
  • CNN engaged in some self-righteousness for not airing a gratuitous autopsy photo of the late Michael Jackson—and then succumbed and aired it anyway yesterday. TV Newser
  • Current TV signed former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm to host a new primetime hour to be called “The War Room,” starting in January. Media DeCoder
  • A bi-partisan bill co-authored by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) could enable California and other states to move ahead with making online retailers such as Amazon collect and remit sales taxes even if the companies don’t have physical presences in those states. Oakland Tribune
Notable Quote
“We hope to send a strong message to Wells Fargo that we are demanding that they stop predatory lending, that they modify loans so that they're affordable, and respect our basic human right to housing."
-- Nell Myhand, 55, of Oakland, among 200 Occupy SF protestors outside Wells Fargo Bank’s corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco yesterday.

Other news
  • Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts’ resignation announcement came after receiving a critical report from a court-appointed monitor tracking reforms the police department was ordered to make—but has yet to accomplish—more than a decade ago. Chronicle
  • Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Howard Jordan was expected to be named interim chief after Batts departs in the next few weeks. Oakland Tribune
  • California inmates housed in an Oklahoma prison because of overcrowded lockups back home rioted Tuesday, and 46 were injured. Chronicle
  • A growing online movement is pushing Friday as Steve Jobs Day, encouraging supporters the world over to dress in black turtlenecks and blue jeans. Mercury News 
  • Chronicle columnist C. W. Nevius says security improvements at 49ers games at Candlestick Park are palpable since the fan violence that marked the Aug. 20 exhibition game with the Raiders.
  • Cal hosts USC tonight at AT&T Park hoping to break a six-game losing streak in the series. BANG
  • A new report suggests California’s high-speed rail project could cost state taxpayers more than triple the official $43 billion projected. Examiner 
  • A former CitiGroup employee from Fremont pleaded guilty to six counts of mail fraud in which she was accused of stealing $800,000 from more than 20 clients. Oakland Tribune
  • Environmentalists say the Delta smelt, a tiny fish thought to be near extinction, has rebounded. Contra Costa Times
  • A judge set bail at $20.5 million for a man accused of killing a childhood friend in Pinole after hearing testimony that he threatened to kill other friends and relatives whom he believed were sleeping with his wife. Contra Costa Times 

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