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Morning Wrap: 7/31/13

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Court clears way for re-examining Oscar Grant III’s death, Giants pass and Brian Wilson signs with Dodgers, about that $232.9 billion state budget, more.

Top of the news

Bradley Manning was found not guilty of aiding the enemy, but he still faces espionage charges that could keep him in prison for decades. NPR

A ruling by the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals clears the way for a federal jury to re-examine the fatal 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant III and the arrests of his friends, something that former BART officer Johannes Mehserle and others sought to avoid by claiming police immunity. Mercury News

Politics and government

Assuming the recently enacted state budget is precisely followed, how much will California spend during the 2013-14 fiscal year? Answer: $232.9 billion. Capitol Alert

The Obama administration’s decision to delay for a year the so-called employer mandate required by the Affordable Care Act will cost taxpayers $12 billion, the Congressional Budget Office says. Chronicle

Other news and items of interest

For whatever reason, the Giants expressed no interest in bringing back the Beard. Former ace reliever Brian Wilson, coming off surgery, signed a pro-rated one-year deal with the Dodgers. The Splash

More than 200 mourners were present Tuesday for Alaysha Carradine, 8, the Oakland girl shot and killed during a sleepover at a friend’s house during a drive-by shooting. Chronicle

Former 49ers star Joe Montana is calling time out—for the second time—on his and his partners’ plans for a huge transit village development at the South Hayward BART station, a project that’s been in a holding pattern for four years. SF Business Times

Richmond is poised to become the first city in the country to invoke eminent domain to condemn mortgages and seize them as part of a plan to help underwater homeowners refinance under better terms than lenders are willing to allow. Chronicle 

Don’t look now but Facebook shares have crept back almost to the $38 IPO price people paid for them a year ago. SF Business Times

A bedbug scare forced Goodwill Industries to shut down a warehouse in San Francisco and another in Burlingame and the organization to throw away most of the goods stored in them. Chronicle

San Francisco-based Twitter is hiring for its new Silicon Valley outpost in Sunnyvale, an office sized to accommodate 40 to 50 employees. Mercury News

Alameda County real estate broker Judy T. Gong was arrested after being accused of bilking a Lafayette couple out of $270,000 in a real estate scam. Contra Costa Times

Walnut Creek city attorney Bryan Wenter announced he’s resigning after two years on the job, citing a difficult and unproductive work environment in the aftermath of the scandal involving the city’s handling of an alleged sex abuse case at the Lesher Center for the
Arts. Contra Costa Times

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