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Morning Wrap: 10/18/11

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pac 12 TV network eyes San Francisco, Harbaugh won’t apologize, Wells Fargo profits soar, Richmond city employees stonewall their own cops, Senate passes pipeline safety after Rand Paul relents, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • The Senate unanimously passed a pipeline safety bill late Monday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) lifted a hold that had blocked the legislation for weeks. Chronicle
  • Hearst, whose numerous properties include the Chronicle, plans to open an office in Beijing to tap into China’s magazine market. SF Business Times
  • The Pac 12 conference, headquartered in Walnut Creek, is in talks to move its new television and marketing division, Pacific-12 Enterprises—to San Francisco. SF Business Times
  • Gannett Co., which publishes USA Today and is the nation’s largest newspaper chain, reported a severe decline in quarterly ad revenue. Chicago Tribune
  • Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is crafting a San Francisco law to be introduced today that would give employers a tax break for hiring convicted felons. Chronicle 
  • Some Bay Area House members are having trouble raising reelection money. Oakland Tribune
  • At least 65 Palo Alto residents were sent vote-by-mail ballots for San Jose by mistake. Mercury News
  • The founder and director of the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana has joined a Libertarian Party-backed effort to place a November 2012 initiative on the ballot that would enable marijuana to be regulated like wine. Marin IJ
  • President Obama nominated former federal prosecutor Paul Watford, 44, of Pasadena, a Cal alumnus, to serve on the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Oakland Tribune
Notable Quote
“No, I think there’s no reason for an apology. Apologies always seem to me like excuses.”
-- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, on Monday, when asked about “the handshake” that almost triggered a melee after the team’s win at Detroit Sunday.
  • Scott Ostler says, “Politeness is poisoning sport. Jim Harbaugh is the antidote.” Chronicle
Other news
  • The three former UC Berkeley hikers held captive in Iran made an appearance before anti-Wall Street protesters in Oakland. Chronicle
  • Three days after a gang brawl left blood all over a Richmond city office, police can’t identify the suspects because their city co-workers won’t cooperate with the investigation. Contra Costa Times
  • Wells Fargo & Co. reported a 21 percent increase in third-quarter earnings, with net income of $4.1 billion. SF Business Times
  • Once again, California ranks near the bottom—at 46th—on per capita K-12 education spending among states. California Watch
  • Three alleged marijuana growers were arrested in the shooting death of a man in Healdsburg. Chronicle
  • Tri Delta Transit, a public bus company in East Contra Costa County, sent eight of its 11 board members plus three staffers to New Orleans for a conference and billed $21,250 to taxpayers. One board member paid her own way. Contra Costa Times
  • More than 1.7 million passengers rode the Capitol Corridor inter-city trains in the last year, shattering ridership and revenue records. Sac Bee

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