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Morning Wrap: 6/4/13

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

More doubts about Zynga’s survival, thief steals flag from outside City Hall in Redwood City, Swedish team mulls pulling out of America’s Cup, more.

Politics and Government

Raiders punter Chris Kluwe turns down a White House invitation so as not to miss a day of training camp. Mercury News

Vice President Joe Biden will drop in at the Sea Cliff home of BinWise CEO Doug Dickey and his attorney wife Dawn Ross for a June 17 DNC breakfast fundraiser. Political Blotter

Supervisor David Campos says an audit of San Francisco’s housing authority reveals things “to be a lot worse than I expected them to be.” Examiner

After five homicides in a week an assemblywoman calls for the California Highway Patrol to help supplement local crime-fighting efforts in San Jose. Mercury News

The Chronicle publishes data showing crime on the rise across the Bay Area, but with twin hotspots: Oakland for violent crime; San Francisco for property crime. 

Political Blotter posts a collection of videos of soon-to-retire state treasurer Bill Lockyer, including one from a 2008 campaign victory party in which an awkward-appearing Nadia Lockyer appears with him on stage.

Media, Arts, Books

CNN says it’s closing its Baghdad bureau. Poynter

Latest foray for Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting: a one-act drama based on a documentary film by CIR correspondent Mimi Chakarova, at the Tides Theater near Union Square. KQED

Too much information? CNN’s Zoraida Sambolin shares before and after photos of her double mastectomy on Facebook. TV Newser

News and notes

Doubts about Zynga’s survival mount after the floundering San Francisco-based Internet game company announces it’s laying off nearly a fifth of its workforce. Mercury News

Critical decision by the Swedish team Thursday will determine whether America’s Cup, already small, gets smaller. SF Business Times

PG&E failed to spend $50 million it collected from ratepayers ostensibly for gas line safety improvements during the decade leading up to the San Bruno disaster. Chronicle

Inside The Jungle, San Jose’s biggest homeless encampment. Mercury News

Cops raid a Burlingame boutique selling fake Gucci, Chanel and other fake glam stuff. Mercury News

From the Redwood City police blotter: Someone steals a flag from outside City Hall. Mercury News

Ultra marathoner Rene Brunet, 63, of San Francisco, dies while competing in the Mount Diablo Trail Run. Contra Costa Times

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