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Morning Wrap: 10/21/11

Friday, October 21, 2011

California adopts greenhouse gas limits, double quakes out of Berkeley, Michele Bachman’s San Francisco stopover, Cupertino massacre 911 tapes released, Occupy Oakland protestors get an eviction notice, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • California became the first state to adopt firm limits on greenhouse gases emitted by refineries, power plants and major manufacturers after the state Air Resources Board unanimously approved a so-called cap-and-trade program Thursday. LA Times
  • A second 3.9 earthquake at 8:16 last night was centered near the UC Berkeley campus where a nearly identical quake occurred in the afternoon. Examiner
  • The National Writers Union says it’s withdrawing from the Huffington Post boycott launched in March with the Newspaper Guild. Romenesko
  • An attorney filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik illegally wiretapped him, a claim the newspaper dismissed as baseless. Courthouse News Service
  • A new vacancy on the federal bench is opening in San Francisco, after U. S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he will transfer to senior status with a limited caseload by the end of the year. Chronicle
  • Michele Bachman’s appearance in San Francisco drew no protesters Thursday, only a polite, standing-room-only crowd of about 250 at the Commonwealth Club. Chronicle Politics blog
Notable Quote
"Please help! We need the police. Somebody shot everybody."
-- Voice of a survivor of the Cupertino rock quarry massacre, the 911 tapes of which were released by authorities.
Listen at Mercury News

Other news
  • Oakland officials put anti-Wall Street protesters outside City Hall on notice that their encampment there can no longer continue. Oakland Tribune
  • PG&E denied state regulators’ suggestion that it installed “junked” pipe in its gas transmission system in the 1940s and ‘50s. Chronicle
  • The state Attorney General’s office said it is still pondering whether to re-file rape charges against Contra Costa prosecutor Michael Gressett, after local prosecutors dropped charges that he raped a former colleague during a 2008 lunch break. Contra Costa Times
  • A criminal suspect paused to eat at the same restaurant in Danville’s Black Hawk Plaza where he allegedly robbed a man in the parking lot, and still managed to get away after police showed up and recognized him. Contra Costa Times
  • An elderly couple was found shot to death in Oakland’s Laurel district Thursday afternoon and police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide. Oakland Tribune
  • A new 5.3-mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail will open Saturday in the hills east of San Jose. Mercury News

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