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Morning Wrap:11/7/11

Monday, November 7, 2011

Chinatown’s political clout, motorists abandoning Bay Bridge carpool lanes, Occupy Oakland’s devastating effect on downtown businesses, drug shortages at Bay Area hospitals, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • The Occupy Oakland protest has played havoc with downtown businesses already left vulnerable by the recession, with more than a few on the verge of going under. Chronicle
  • CBS’ “60 Minutes” played Andy Rooney’s retiring words of a few weeks ago one more time last night, two days after the broadcast legend died at age 92. Media Decoder
  • The Bay Citizen looks at the state of Chinatown politics as San Francisco prepares to choose a new mayor Tuesday.
  • Some news from last week that may have slipped under the radar: Gov. Jerry Brown fired the state’s top oil industry regulators as the industry continues to spar with state regulators over delays in permitting new drilling projects. Bakersfield Californian
Other news
  • Faculty at Cal State campuses plan to echo the Occupy movement by staging brief walkouts from classes today and tomorrow. Chronicle
  • Bay Area hospitals, like others around the country, are struggling with shortages of medications needed to treat cancer and perform surgeries. The Bay Citizen
  • Four days after an embarrassing miscalculation, surf legend Kelly Slater was officially declared the winner of the Rip Curl Pro Search competition at Ocean Beach Sunday. Mercury News
  • Charging a discounted carpool lane toll of $2.50 has caused a 26 percent decline of motorists using the lanes on the Bay Bridge, a new UC Berkeley transportation study shows. Chronicle
  • Chinese students are now the largest group of foreign students at UC Davis. Sac Bee
  • A PG&E pipeline exploded Sunday, sending mud and debris across Interstate 280 west of Palo Alto. Examiner 
  • Tim Kawakami says the 49ers are looking like a playoff team. Mercury News
  • Mark Purdy says Carson Palmer’s worth to the Raiders still isn’t clear after his first start Sunday in a disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos. Mercury News

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