Oakland cop cleared in teenager’s shooting, trees dying of sudden oak death skyrocket, Marin County’s controversial new housing chief, more.
- Prosecutors have determined that the Oakland police officer who shot and killed teenager Alan Blueford during a foot chase acted in self-defense and will face no criminal charges. Chronicle
- Lewis Jordan, who stepped down as head of the Chicago Housing Authority amid furor over credit card spending, takes over as Marin County’s new housing chief next week. Marin IJ
- The number of trees in California that have fallen victim to sudden oak death has grown tenfold in a year, with the disease spreading to several new parts of the Bay Area, biologists say. Chronicle
- A veteran UC Berkeley police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg while getting ready for work in the department’s locker room. Oakland Tribune
- A lawyer for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong called the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency case against him a publicity stunt. California Watch