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Morning Wrap: 4/16/13

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Feds say lax state regulations contributed to Chevron’s Richmond refinery fire, high-priced prostitution in Silicon Valley, Warriors beat San Antonio to move closer to 6th seed in playoffs, more.

  • Federal investigators say the state is partly to blame for Chevron’s Richmond refinery fire last August because of weak regulations that allowed the company to merely monitor rather fix potential problems. Chronicle
  • Bay Area rents jumped 6 to 8 percent during the first quarter of the year, as compared to a year ago. Mercury News
  • An apparent error by San Jose airport officials in the city’s bid requirements for an elite corporate jet center to be built largely for Google executives may have thrown the entire project in jeopardy. Mercury News
  • In a portent of what could come on a larger scale, East Bay Regional Park system will begin shuttle service this spring to transport hikers to the top of Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. Contra Costa Times
  • Golden Gate Transit officials pulled the plug on Wi-Fi on 120 of its buses last week, saying the technology didn’t work well in Marin’s hilly terrain. Marin IJ
  • Notorious murderer Justin Helzer, 41, one of two brothers sentenced to death in 2005 for killing five people Contra Costa County in a bizarre murder-extortion plot, hanged himself at San Quentin. Chronicle
  • Business Insider writes about how the newly-rich in Silicon Valley are fueling a proliferation of high-priced prostitutes.
  • Stocks suffered their worst day of the year yesterday, with Apple nearing a 52-week low. Mercury News 
  • Stephen Curry pulled to within one basket of tying Ray Allen’s record for most 3-pointers in a season and the Warriors beat San Antonio 116-110. Chronicle 

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