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Morning Wrap: 3/20/13

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Barry Zito says he was tricked into a bad $3 million investment, a suspected stealth move in the Legislature to overturn foie gras ban, dog bites cop and ends up dead in Golden Gate Park, more.
  • The Giants’ Barry Zito sued a friend in Ventura County claiming he was tricked into investing $3 million in a fitness-software venture that went nowhere. Chronicle
  • Dog bites man; man shoots and kills dog. The man was an SFPD officer and the incident happened Monday while the officer was talking to a transient in Golden Gate Park. Chronicle
  • The 49ers signed Phil Dawson, 38, the Cleveland Browns’ kicker for the last 14 years, to replace the released David Akers. Mercury News
  • Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng called on Apple and other Silicon Valley tech giants to advocate for human rights in China. Mercury News 
  • An alleged bank robber released from Contra Costa County jail in Martinez three weeks ago after authorities failed to file charges against him within 72 hours and who became a fugitive was re-arrested in Vallejo. Contra Costa Times
  • Police say a car fire at the Raiders’ training facility in Alameda early yesterday appeared to be arson. Contra Costa Times
  • A state appeals court rejected a neighborhood group’s challenge to the minor league San Rafael Pacifics’ continued use of their baseball field adjacent to a residential neighborhood. Chronicle
  • Why state Senator Lois Wolk, a Democrat from Davis, is suspected of laying tracks in the Legislature to try and overturn the state’s ban on foie gras. Chronicle 
  • Blackhawk Network Holdings, a unit of Pleasanton-based Safeway that provides gift and pre-paid cards, announced it intends to raise $200 million through an IPO. Contra Costa Times 
  • Those optional toll lanes on part of Intersate 880 and Highway 237 which opened a year ago are proving to be more popular than even Caltrans expected, with revenue running 50 percent above projections. Mercury News 

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