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Morning Wrap: 8/23/13

Friday, August 23, 2013

A third of House Republicans prefer government shutdown to funding Obamacare, Dennis Herrera jumps into the City College fray, Bay Bridge bike lane nowhere near complete, more.

Top of the news


More than a third of House Republicans—80 in all—signed a letter to Speaker John Boehner expressing their preference to trigger a government shutdown, if necessary, rather than fund the new health care law that has come to be known as Obamacare. AP 

Politics and government


San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against the accrediting commission that’s set to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation next year, accusing the commission of singling out CCSF because its students and faculty had opposed efforts to downsize colleges during the economic downturn. Chronicle

Just when it appeared a deal had been worked out clearing the way for scandal-plagued San Diego mayor Bob Filner to step down, a snag develops involving the attorney suing the mayor over sexual harassment allegations. AP

 Other news and items of interest


Lost in the shuffle amid all the engineering problems surrounding the Bay Bridge eastern span—the bridge’s bike path is nowhere near completion. Chronicle

A San Francisco police officer, who was not yet identified, was arrested after being accused of sexually molesting a 15-year-old boy in Concord, ABC 7 reported.

That wildfire outside Yosemite National Park quadrupled in size Thursday, threatening the communities of Groveland and Pine Mountain Lake, and Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. AP

How bad a day was it Thursday for Hewlett-Packard and CEO Meg Whitman? The stock dove more than 12 percent, losing more than $6 billion. CBS MarketWatch

ESPN has pulled its cooperation with PBS on a documentary project examining the issue of concussions in the National Football League, just months before the “Frontline” film “League of Denial” is set to air. TV Newser

Construction will start next spring on a new $70 million luxury hotel in Napa that is expected to open in mid-2016. SF Business Times

Trading on the Nasdaq was halted for three hours Thursday as the result of a mysterious glitch. AP

“The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” the century-old painting by Maxfield Parrish, was returned to the Pied Piper Bar and Grill inside the Palace Hotel yesterday, after restoration and cleaning, and with the hotel no longer intending to sell it at auction. Chronicle

The probe into Santa Cruz surf instructor Dylan Greiner’s alleged lewd acts with some of its students widened as police tried to identify children in more than 500,000 photos and videos on his seized computers. Santa Cruz Sentinel


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