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Morning Wrap: 10/5/11

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Michele Bachmann books a San Francisco speech, Jerry Brown vetoes a high-priority pro-union bill, San Rafael approves minor league baseball, the Amanda Knox media feeding frenzy, plus a woman who cooked her husband’s body parts after killing him seeks parole, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • The Republican-controlled House voted to fund the government and replenish disaster aid through Nov. 18, when a new standoff over spending cuts is likely. LA Times
  • Members of the media outnumbered onlookers 3 to 1 when Amanda Knox arrived at Seattle-Tacoma airport yesterday, and the paparazzi-type coverage included Anderson Cooper’s CNN show, which aired footage of her jetliner taxiing to a halt. Poynter
  • Michele Bachmann is booked for a speech at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco later this month. Political Blotter
  • Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) on Tuesday made her ninth speech on the House floor about rape and sexual assault in the U. S. military. Watch video
  • Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have unionized up to 100,000 child-care workers, giving service employee unions a major defeat over one of their top legislative priorities. PolitiCal
  • Singer Hank Williams Jr. apologized, in his own way, for comparing President Obama to Hitler. HuffPo Entertainment
Notable Quote

"I'm really overwhelmed right now. I was looking down from the airplane. It seemed like everything wasn't real."
-- Amanda Knox, facing a media scrum upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma Airport following her release from prison in Italy.

Other news
  • A Los Angeles judge ruled that the children of Giants fan Brian Stow can’t join their father in a lawsuit against the Dodgers over his near-fatal beating at Dodger Stadium, but that he may seek punitive damages against the team and owner Frank McCourt for allegedly enabling the assault by reducing security. Chronicle
  • San Rafael gave final approval to bring minor league baseball to Albert Park, clearing the way for a North American League team to play a 45-game schedule next year. The Bay Citizen
  • Pittsburg High School’s well-traveled marching band will perform at the Gator Bowl football game in Jacksonville, Florida, Jan. 2, followed by a performance at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando the next day. Contra Costa Times
  • A Southern California woman who killed her newlywed husband and later cooked his body parts over Thanksgiving weekend 1991 is seeking parole from a women’s prison in Chowchilla. AP
  • A former San Ramon police officer linked to a Contra Costa police corruption case may soon face “more serious” charges than the single gun count that has kept him under the eye of federal prosecutors, his attorney says. Contra Costa Times
  • Comerica Bank’s chief economist, Robert Dye, says California’s economy is “on the bubble” and says there’s a nearly 50 percent chance of a U. S. recession by the end of next year. SF Business Times
  • More than 40,000 young chinook salmon were set loose into the bay from Tiburon when vandals cut lines supporting the pens in which they were held. Marin IJ 
  • Efforts to shape an NBA labor agreement around a 50-50 revenue split collapsed Tuesday, and the league said the season will be delayed if there is no breakthrough in talks by Monday. San Antonio Express-News

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