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Morning Wrap: 8/21/13

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Serial killer Joseph Naso is convicted in Marin County, environmental groups attack Plan Bay Area, now it’s Santa Clara trying to land WrestleMania, more.

Top of the news

A Marin County jury found accused serial killer and former San Francisco resident Joseph Naso guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of four Northern California women in the 1970s and 1990s. Chronicle

Bay Area fire crews remain on high alert with more potential lightning storms possible today. Contra Costa Times 

Politics and government

First-term U. S. Senator and conservative phenom Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released his birth certificate that shows him to have been born in Canada, but says he’ll renounce his Canadian citizenship. AP

Plan Bay Area, the plan promoting high-density housing near public transit, was sued by the Sierra Club and two other environmental groups trying to stop it. SF Business Times

Other news and items of interest

The federal trial of former Danville cop Stephen Tanabe, accused of crimes linked to “Mommy PI” detective and now imprisoned former private investigator Christopher Butler, got underway in San Francisco. Chronicle

Santa Clara is a reported finalist for the 2015 WrestleMania, which would be held at the 49ers new stadium. Mercury News

A wildfire forced the evacuation of about 200 senior citizens staying at San Francisco’s Camp Mather near Yosemite National Park Tuesday. Chronicle

Swimming at Stinson Beach has been declared off-limits until Saturday due to shark sightings. Chronicle

The wife of Silicon Valley real estate mogul Clyde Berg took the stand briefly Tuesday in the San Jose trial in which he is accused, among other things, of chaining her at gunpoint to a bed and sexually assaulting her with a golf putter. Mercury News

City attorney Dennis Herrera has joined other California officials in demanding that Nevada reimburse California cities and counties for treatment of about 500 indigent psychiatric patients allegedly given one-way bus tickets and “dumped” in the state. Chronicle

San Francisco Business Times updates the competition between prominent builders to take on the redevelopment of decaying Pier 38.

Silver lining in the death of that whale at Stinson Beach: officials at Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Institute say they were able to collect rare samples that could help in research. Chronicle

The Pac 12 Conference announced it will move its headquarters from Walnut Creek to San Francisco to consolidate with the conference’s new studio facilities here. SF Business Times

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