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Morning Wrap: 7/29/13

Monday, July 29, 2013

Online survey shows public evenly split over KTVU firings, an analysis of just how good BART workers have it, now it’s a miniseries about Hillary Clinton, more.

Top of the news


A Mercury News analysis shows that BART workers, who are threatening to strike again, are paid better than their peers, and even better still when considering they pay comparatively little for health insurance.

Politics and government


Anthony Weiner is trudging on in his quest to be New York’s mayor, but his campaign manager has quit following the disgraced former congressman’s latest sexting scandal. NPR

Other news and items of interest


A Mercury News online survey shows the public is about evenly split over whether those three KTVU producers deserved to be fired over the station’s Asiana Flight 214 coverage blunder.

More information continues to dribble out over the tragedy involving the 16-year-old student killed after an SFFD fire truck ran over her outside the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214, including this: that two firefighters pointed her out as she lay outside the plane in a dangerous spot but that a supervisor mistakenly concluded she was dead. Chronicle

More blowback on the 49ers Tarrell Brown unintentionally forfeiting $2 million of his base salary when he didn’t participate in the team’s voluntary spring workouts—a reason he fired his agent. 49ers blog

Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne explains why he took out a blistering ad in the Wall Street Journal mocking SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen, whose firm is being accused of organized swindling. Business Insider

NBC’s Entertainment division is planning a four-episode miniseries devoted to the life of Hillary Clinton. TV Newser

Select scenes from the Planet of the Apes sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” were being shot around San Francisco over the weekend. Chronicle

That traffic meltdown around the Bay Area Friday night—might want to expect something similar if a second BART strike becomes reality. Chronicle

Among the VIP America’s Cup tourists over the weekend—actor Tom Cruise and his 19-year-old son Connor, who took turns at the helm of the Emirates Team New Zealand boat after Sunday’s race. Mercury News

A Concord sting operation scooped up 15 people for contracting without a license. Contra Costa Times

An employee assigned to curb shoplifting at a Hayward Home Depot store was shot by a man caught trying to steal boots Sunday afternoon. Mercury News


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