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Morning Wrap: 11/15/11

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Caltrans does damage control over fired Bay Bridge inspector, cyclist charged with manslaughter, grade hacking at Santa Clara U., ex-Giants payroll manager pleads guilty to embezzlement, no bullet train tunnel beneath San Jose, plus more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • About 1,000 Occupy Oakland protesters returned to Frank Ogawa Plaza last night, but there was no encampment there, and the protesters were debating their next move following Monday’s removal of their camp for the second time in three weeks. Chronicle
  • Santa Clara University’s computerized academic record system was hacked and at least 60 students’ grades were changed for the better, university officials disclosed Monday. Mercury News
  • Journalists reported being roughed up by police while attempting to cover the anti-Wall Street protest in New York. HuffPost
  • Mayor Jean Quan’s top aide, co-deputy mayor Sharon Cornu, resigned quietly on Monday, although unlike the mayor’s top legal advisor, Dan Siegel, who also quit, she praised Quan’s handling of the Occupy Oakland action, even while being oblique about her reasons for leaving. Chronicle Politics Blog
  • President Obama golfed on Monday with his long-time friend Robert Titcomb, who in May pleaded no contest to soliciting a prostitute. The Hill
Notable Quote
"I am innocent of those charges . . . I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them, and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."
-- Former Penn State assistant coach and accused child sex offender Jerry Sandusky, in an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas.

Other news
  • Caltrans sought to limit the damage from the firing of a key Bay Bridge quality control inspector whom the Sacramento Bee identified as having falsified records on three construction projects elsewhere. Contra Costa Times
  • Oakland says it has spent $2.4 million in its effort to contain the Occupy Oakland protests. AP 
  • Cal State trustees will decide tomorrow on whether to hike next fall’s undergraduate tuition by 9 percent, which, if it happens, would quadruple the cost of attending Cal State in little more than a decade. Mercury News
  • The cause of death of Diaspora social networking site co-founder Ilya Zhitomirsky, 22, who was found dead in San Francisco Monday, was still under investigation, the medical examiner’s office said. The Tech Chronicles
  • A lawyer is seeking sanctions against Oakland police for violating a federal consent degree when an officer was captured on videotape at a recent Occupy Oakland protest with the name on his uniform covered in black tape. Chronicle
  • The two-year-old formerly conjoined twins who were separated during a 10-hour surgery at Stanford two weeks ago are recovering well and are to leave the hospital later this week. Chronicle
  • A cyclist who crashed into an elderly woman at Embarcadero at Mission Street will be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. The Bay Citizen
  • Former Giants payroll manager Robin O’Connor, 42, of American Canyon, pleaded guilty to embezzling $2.2 million from the baseball club and is to be sentenced in March. Mercury News
  • A report released by California’s high-speed rail authority concludes there is no viable tunnel option to accommodate bullet trains beneath San Jose’s Diridon Station. Mercury News
  • A state appeals court upheld the murder conviction of a Hercules man who battered his wife to death with an exercise dumbbell. Chronicle

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