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Morning Wrap: 11/21/12

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gorgeous weather for Thanksgiving day, laughing toll plaza murderer gets the death penalty, striking workers at Oakland’s airport and port return to the bargaining table, more.

  • Bay Area Weather forecast for Thanksgiving day: sunny, highs mostly in the 60s and beautiful. Chronicle
  • George Shirakawa Jr., the Santa Clara County supervisor from San Jose who has taken heat for his allegedly lavish spending, pushed back, calling reports of financial improprieties a “political lynching.” Mercury News
  • In the midst of a two-day strike, the union representing maintenance workers at Oakland Airport and the Port of Oakland agreed to restart contract talks at the behest of Mayor Jean Quan. SF Business Times
  • The Municipal Transportation Agency’s board approved a plan to give 200 of the nearly 1,500 drivers on a waiting list the chance to buy taxi operating permits at $150,000 a pop, with the rest of the drivers having to wait until the so-called medallions are put up for sale and pay $300,000. Chronicle
  • A jury gave toll plaza double murderer Nathan Burris, who laughed about killing his ex-girlfriend and a male companion and taunted their families during his trial, the death penalty. Contra Costa Times
  • Volunteers say the historic beacon atop Mount Diablo will beam on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, continuing a tradition, despite restoration work that won’t be complete for a while longer. Contra Costa Times
  • The Board of Supervisors voted to allow construction of hundreds of 220-square-foot micro-apartments as one answer to the city’s chronic housing problem. Chronicle

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