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Morning Wrap: 5/16/13

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bay Area median home prices top $500,000 for first time in five years, cremation gone wrong damages historic Colma cemetery chapel, after eight months squatters evicted from church in the Ocean View, more.

  • The U. S. Postal Service released data that ranks San Francisco fifth among cities for having the most letter-carrier dog bites. Chronicle
  • After wooing the 49ers, Santa Clara is now courting the International Swimming Hall of Fame to make its home near the new football stadium. Mercury News
  • San Francisco police evicted about 30 squatters from a church in the Ocean View neighborhood where they had been living for the last eight months. Chronicle
  • A new report shows that the median home price in the 9-county Bay Area rose above $500,000 for the first time in five years. Mercury News
  • Sutter Health will transfer control of financially-crippled 93-bed San Leandro Hospital plus $22 million to the Alameda Health System to rid itself of a facility long considered an albatross. Mercury News
  • A fire that broke out during the cremation of two bodies damaged an historic chapel and gutted a crematory at Colma’s Cypress Lawn Cemetery. Mercury News
  • In one of the biggest water rate increases in recent memory, the East Bay Municipal Utility District is proposing a whopping 19 percent hike for its customers over the next two years. Contra Costa Times
  • Google announced its long-anticipated music streaming service that industry observers say is meant to rival Oakland-based Pandora. Mercury News
  • An A-list of Silicon Valley big wigs are on board for tomorrow’s fundraiser in San Francisco for former Obama administration official Ro Khanna, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Mike Honda in the South Bay’s 17th congressional district. Political Blotter
  • The cafĂ© at the new Exploratorium on San Francisco’s waterfront gets some love in the Mercury News.
  • A woman found dead in a room at a Holiday Inn Express has been declared San Jose’s 15th homicide so far this year. Mercury News

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