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Morning Wrap: 8/13/13

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New law affecting transgender students in California schools, Elon Musk posts his out-there hyperloop transportation idea to the Internet, glimmer of hope for Berkeley’s historic post office building, more.

Top of the news

Under a new policy signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, beginning next year transgender students in California schools will be able to compete on sports teams and use facilities, including restrooms, based on their gender identity, not their sex. LA Times

Responding to the first lawsuit stemming from the Flight 214 crash, Asiana Airlines denied responsibility and said passengers contributed to their own injuries even as it quietly began offering each one $10,000 each. Mercury News 

Politics and government

The U. S. Postal Regulatory Commission has postponed for at least six months its plan to sell Berkeley’s main post office building, saying it would first hear an appeal by Mayor Tom Bates. Chronicle

No apparent likelihood that the Bay Bridge eastern span will open Labor Day weekend as once hoped, but CHP doesn’t want to get caught off guard just in case, signing up personnel to work overtime shifts that weekend. Contra Costa Times

 Other news and items of interest

Whitey Bulger, the one-time mob boss, fugitive and Alcatraz inmate, was convicted of 11 of the 19 murder charges leveled against him in his Boston trial. AP

A Bay Area man directing vacationers to a swimming hole slipped on mossy rocks and fell over a 100-foot waterfall to his death in Sierra National Forest Saturday. Chronicle

Rising home prices, especially in the Bay Area and along the Central Coast, is making buying a home increasingly unaffordable for Californians, new data published by the California Association of Realtors shows. LA Times

A butcher’s right forearm was amputated while he was working at an Andronico’s market in San Anselmo Monday. Marin IJ

Cal safety Avery Sebastian was said to have movement in all his extremities and is recuperating in an Oakland hospital after a scary hit during a scrimmage Monday in which he was motionless for several minutes. Golden Bears blog

Authorities are expected today to release the identity of a body found near a Vacaville park last week during a search for Sandra Coke, the missing federal investigator from Oakland. Oakland Tribune

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