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Morning Wrap: 10/7/11

Friday, October 7, 2011

SFPD cracks down on Occupy SF protestors, feds crack down on pot dispensaries, Oracle shells out $200 million to settle fraud case, mumps outbreak at UC Berkeley, Sacramento airport opens a new billion-dollar terminal, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • About 80 SFPD officers wearing riot gear moved in early yesterday to prevent Occupy SF protesters from camping overnight and burning small fires in front of the Federal Reserve Bank downtown, but participants vowed to keep up the protest. Chronicle
  • There’s a new federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in California and so far the Justice Department has ordered landlords to evict at least four Bay Area dispensaries or face criminal charges. The Bay Citizen
  • Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, often cited as the world’s richest man, increased his stake in the New York Times Co. and now owns 8.1 percent of its Class A stock. Bloomberg
  • AOL’s Huffington Post has added several new aggregation sites for major cities lately, including San Francisco, and apparently is throttling back on opening new Patch hyperlocal community news sites, which now number nearly 900. Forbes
  • Employees of a San Francisco shuttle company say they were pressured to donate $500 each to Mayor Ed Lee’s election campaign by a manager who promised to reimburse them, presumably to avoid campaign finance law violations. The Bay Citizen
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill making it a crime for prisoners to be caught with cell phones. PolitiCal
  • The California Assembly underreports spending on personal staff in a way that clouds how the lower house spends its $146.7 million budget, a computer analysis by a Stanford-based nonprofit group says. Capitol Alert

Notable Quote

"Like I told the team, we all share responsibility in this."
-- Cal coach Jeff Tedford following last night’s televised 43-15 loss at Oregon. 

Other news
  • Oracle agreed to pay nearly $200 million plus interest to the federal government to settle claims that it attempted to defraud the government in connection with a General Services Administration contract. AP
  • An outbreak of the mumps at UC Berkeley has seen seven confirmed cases thus far and 13 more suspected. Chronicle
  • Sacramento International Airport’s new $1 billion terminal opened after 2 1/2 years of construction. AP
  • The California Public Utilities Commission voted to prohibit rail transit operators from using cell phones on the job and is requiring that cameras be installed to enforce the rule. Bay City News Service
  • A woman was sexually assaulted in a San Francisco State dormitory last weekend, campus police said. Bay City News Service
  • Sixteen of 22 defendants—all of them employees of a Costco store and a Kaiser Permanente Hosptal in Richmond or their families—were indicted as part of an auto insurance fraud ring. Contra Costa Times
  • A veteran guard at San Quentin was arrested on allegations of selling drugs and accepting bribes at the prison. Marin IJ

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