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Morning Wrap: 10/31/11

Monday, October 31, 2011

Oakland accedes to protesters’ demands after they threaten to occupy Mayor Jean Quan’s office, a warning on Bay Area job growth, more creeping commercialization at PBS, Stanford goes to No. 4 in BCS rankings, plus more after the jump.

Top of the morning’s news
  • Oakland officials said Sunday night they would return medical supplies taken from Occupy Oakland protestors during a police raid last week, after protesters threatened to occupy Mayor Jean Quan’s office today if the supplies weren’t returned. Bay City News Service
  • Injured Occupy Oakland protester Scott Olsen, 24, should make a full recovery, his roommate said Sunday. Oakland Tribune
  • The makers of “America in Primetime,” a four-week documentary series airing on PBS that began Sunday, also produced the underwriting, aka ad spots, for Unilever’s Dove brand that are helping sponsor the program. Media Decoder
  • PaidContent has a colorful court history of litigation involving Arianna Huffington over the years.
  • Newsweek and The Daily Beast have lost a combined $30 million since their much-ballyhooed merger last year under Tina Brown’s editorship. AdWeek
  • California’s chief budget officer, Anna Matasantos, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Chronicle
  • GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain first refused to comment on, then denied that he had been accused of sexual harassment when he was head of the National Restaurant Association, as reported Sunday night by Politico. LA Times
Notable Quote

"Who ends up taking control of this Occupy idea? Will it be the anarchists who created it, or will it be all these people who flocked to it? That's the drama."
-- James Miller, professor of politics at the New School for Social Research, on the future of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Other news
  • The 49ers organization continues to make noises as if financing is lining up for a new Santa Clara Stadium, without yet having anything concrete to suggest that it’s real. Chronicle
  • High-tech job growth has helped cushion the Bay Area from the recession, but experts warn that the region’s economy could stall unless other industries start to hire. Contra Costa Times 
  • Two environmental groups opposed to Oakland Zoo’s expansion have broken off potential settlement talks in court and have pledged to go forward with their legal efforts. Oakland Tribune
  • More damaging testimony about alleged fear by intimidation tactics among officials at Fremont’s Washington Hospital, this time from the chief of the hospital’s medical staff. Oakland Tribune
  • A shark attacked a surfer off Marina State Beach near Monterey on Saturday but his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Look who’s 6-1. The 49ers outlast Cleveland 20-10. And in the process, Frank Gore moves into second place on the 49ers’ all-time rushing list.
  • Tale of two college football teams: Stanford celebrates a three-overtime victory over USC and moves to 4th in the BCS rankings, while Cal continues to get worse in a loss at UCLA.
  • The Giants re-signed left-handed reliever Javier Lopez and also picked up fellow bullpen lefty Jeremy Affeldt’s option. AP

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