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Morning Wrap: 6/18/13

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wildfire burns at Yosemite’s door, testimony from Richmond High gang rape victim, A’s Lew Wolff disses the Coliseum (again) after plumbing problem, more.

Top of the news


Former security contractor Edward Snowden says Facebook and Google have been misleading in their denials of cooperation with NSA intelligence gathering. Mercury News

More than 700 firefighters were trying to contain a wildfire close to Highway 140 near one of Yosemite’s three main entrances. Chronicle

Dramatic testimony from the victim in the Richmond High gang rape trial. Contra Costa Times

Politics and government


Marin County’s supervisors slipped in language giving themselves a 10 percent pay hike next year under the guise of “freezing” their salaries in the current budget. Marin IJ

How “less liberal” has become the new conservative in Sacramento politics. LA Times

Headliners and other news of interest


Why some MLB experts say Tim Lincecum is likely to wind up as a bullpen pitcher. Mercury News

The 49ers and Yahoo signed a technology agreement to, among other things, allow fans to upload photos to Yahoo-owned Flickr during games at the new Levi’s Stadium, plus provide for a Yahoo Fantasy Football League Lounge inside the stadium’s suite tower. Mercury News 

A’s owner Lew Wolff, not one to miss a chance to diss the stadium in the town he’d like to leave behind, says Sunday’s plumbing leak at the Coliseum may have been the worst, but was not the first such incident. Mercury News

The death of serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the Night Stalker, June 7 after years on Death Row was due to complications from lymphoma, the coroner’s office says. Marin IJ

The city is ordering the parklet in front of Martin Macks bar on Haight Street near Clayton to be removed for lack of cleanliness. ABC 7

Digg says it will have a beta of its RSS reader up and running by June 26, a few days before Google Reader goes away. PaidContent

Former Napa Valley wine executive Martin Christopher “Chris” Edwards is wanted as a fugitive on suspicion that he stole $900,000 from the company where he worked. Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Defending himself at the start of his murder trial, accused serial killer Joseph Naso, 79, told a Marin County jury that the prosecution’s case against him is “character assassination.” Marin IJ

The naked acrobat involved in that bizarre caper at the 16th Street BART station last month was re-arrested Monday and charged with several felony and misdemeanor counts. Chronicle

A South San Francisco man was poised to enter a plea in court at Redwood City after being accused of pimping out women from the East Coast on a circuit of illicit Bay Area brothels. San Mateo County Times


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