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Morning Wrap: 12/2/11

Friday, December 2, 2011

Ex-SFPD crime lab technician indicted, Occupy SF riven over whether to stay or go, record fine for PG&E, Mono Lake removed from parks closure list, plus a Christmas day home opener for the Warriors, and more inside.

Top of the morning’s news
  • An Occupy encampment went up at San Francisco State last night, after students held  an extraordinary hour-long discussion with university president Robert Corrigan on the steps of the Administration Building. Chronicle
Media and Media People
  • NPR’s new chief executive, Gary Knell, says he will vigorously defend continued public funding for NPR. [Listen]
Politics and Pols
  • Only a third of voters in San Francisco’s ranked-choice election filled out all three choices in all races, according to a University of San Francisco analysis. The Bay Citizen
  • Supporters of Mayor Jean Quan held a press conference at an East Oakland church Thursday to publicly fight a recall effort against the mayor for her handling of the Occupy Oakland protest. Chronicle Politics Blog
Other news
  • Former SFPD crime lab technician Deborah Madden was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that she skimmed cocaine from the lab. Chronicle
  • Most Occupy SF protesters appeared Thursday to want to accept the city’s offer to move to a campsite in the Mission district, but others continued to refuse to vacate Justin Herman Plaza. Chronicle
  • The state Public Utilities Commission approved a record $38 million fine against PG&E for a Christmas Eve 2008 explosion near Sacramento that killed a homeowner. Chronicle
  • A man arrested last week in Kentucky, where he had fled, was charged with fatally shooting a man near the Occupy Oakland encampment Nov. 10 moments after the victim was severely beaten by others. Oakland Tribune
  • Mono Lake was removed from the state parks closure list after a nonprofit group agreed to collect the fees necessary to keep it open. Chronicle
  • Five members of the MS-13 gang in the Mission district were sentenced to life in prison for a violent spree that included three 2008 murders. Chronicle
  • A film crew shooting a robbery scene without a permit in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood caused a stir Wednesday after police responded, believing the robbery was real. Bay City News Service
  • As the NBA swings back into action, the Warriors will reportedly begin their season Christmas day at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. LA Times

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