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Morning Wrap: 6/24/13

Monday, June 24, 2013

Snowden in Russia, Pelosi booed in San Jose, Congress considers a California trail to honor the Buffalo Soldiers,  more.

Top of the news

Former NSA contractor and fugitive leaker Edward Snowden spent the night in Moscow and was expected to be aboard a flight to Cuba en route to Ecuador this morning, but . . . NYT

Politics and government

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was roundly booed at a political conference in San Jose over the weekend while defending the Obama administration’s electronic surveillance practices. Mercury News

More documents, newly-released, show quality control problems with hundreds of steel rods and bolts installed on the Bay Bridge eastern span, including one batch improperly treated with brake cleaner. Chronicle

There’s apparently a compromise brewing among Oakland council members over Mayor Jean Quan’s budget proposal. Oakland Tribune


Other news and items of interest

A new 280-mile California trail is being proposed to honor the Buffalo Soldiers, the black Army regiments that guarded Yosemite and Sequoia national parks from poaching and timber theft in the post-Civil War era (shown in 1899 photo from the Yosemite Research Library). AP

Wet today and tomorrow—that’s the Bay Area forecast. Chronicle

Good news on the local job creation front: the Bay Area created more jobs in May than during the first four months of the year combined. Oakland Tribune

Police were called after a brawl broke out at a semi-pro football game on a high school campus in Rohnert Park Saturday. Bay City News Service

Here’s something you don’t hear often: not one, but two new independent bookstores are set to open soon in San Rafael and Larkspur. Marin IJ

Still more press about prospects for Chez Panisse, Alice Waters’ Berkeley restaurant, reopening following the fire that closed it in March, this time in the Mercury News’ East Bay editions, the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times.

AP is ending opera, dance and off-Broadway reviews because not enough member outlets use them anymore. Poynter

Digital First Media, the parent organization to which the Mercury News and its Bay Area newspaper editions answers, announced a new partnership with content provider NewsCred. PaidContent

Soledad O’Brien, formerly of CNN, makes her debut tomorrow night as a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” TV Newser 

Larry Ellison has added a second regional airline to his shopping basket, fueling yet more speculation that he may develop Lanai, the Hawaiian Island he bought all but a small part of last year. Pacific Business News 

A computer outage caused usually reliable Southwest Airlines to experience widespread flight delays Saturday, with much of the disruption centered at airports on the West Coast. NPR

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