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Morning Wrap: 4/18/13

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Open calls for change of leadership at California Public Utilities Commission, starving California sea lions washing up at alarming rate, why Wall Street’s love affair with Apple appears over, more.
  • Some state lawmakers openly called for a change of leadership at the California Public Utilities Commission after an internal report suggesting that the agency is beholden to the utilities it regulates. Chronicle
  • Is Wall Street’s love affair with Apple over? The stock has now plummeted 40 percent from its record high last September. Mercury News
  • Starving California sea lions are washing up on Southern California beaches five times higher than usual. AP
  • Police say a video camera helped catch the man accused of posing as a repairman and molesting a 7-year-old girl in Oakland’s Chinatown after her mother left the room. Oakland Tribune
  • Author and national real estate expert Ken Beasley says he’s innocent of felony charges brought against him in Contra Costa County of embezzling more than $1 million from a former investment client. Contra Costa Times 
  • Courtroom weirdness: A San Jose defense lawyer who complained to a judge that his client had physically abused him is now representing same client and insisting that what happened was no big deal. Mercury News
  • Stung by the Audrie Pott case, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District officials are pushing back against criticism that they didn’t do enough to prevent bullying prior to the 15-year-old student’s suicide. Mercury News
  • Facing widening budget deficits, Richmond’s city council is putting the brakes on spending. Contra Costa Times
  • After a dismal gamble to crack the U. S.  market, British grocer Fresh & Easy is shutting down its 200 stores across the country, including 19 in the Bay Area. LA Times 

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