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Morning Wrap: 8/27/13

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The coming weekend traffic nightmare, Rim Fire approaches Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Apple backs away from messing with beloved Union Square fountain, more.

Top of the news

The Rim Fire in and near Yosemite closed to within a mile of Hetchy Hetchy Reservoir, the chief source of San Francisco’s drinking water, but fire officials expressed confidence that it wouldn’t reach the reservoir and that the water supply wouldn’t be compromised. Chronicle

The Mercury News offers an early look at the coming traffic nightmare along with the Bay Bridge closure over the long Labor Day weekend.

Politics and government

Under proposed legislation that gained state Senate approval Monday, state law would go easier on people busted for carrying illegal drugs intended for their personal use. Capitol Alert

 Other news and items of interest

After taking major flak for wanting to demolish or move it, Apple presented new plans to preserve the late Ruth Asawa’s fountain near Union Square beside its proposed new store. Chronicle

Victims of once-prominent child psychiatrist William Ayers blasted him as a monster at his sentencing hearing in Redwood City for sexually abusing numerous children. Chronicle

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter, who grew up in Antioch before moving to Spokane, Wash., was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at the White House for heroism in Afghanistan. Chronicle

ESPN’s sports journalists are feeling the pain from the corporate decision by the cable behemoth to stop collaborating with a PBS Frontline documentary on concussion injuries in the NFL, a move widely believed—whether true or not—to be the result of NFL pressure. Sports Illustrated

Nothing seems to be moving the needle for CNN’s “New Day,” its early morning program—not even a week of major interviews capped with Chris Cuomo’s exclusive sit-down with President Obama. TV Newser

A Marin nanny is accused of driving drunk while picking up two young children on the first day of school. Marin IJ

UCSF continued the trend of partnering with Bay Area medical facilities, agreeing to form a pediatric partnership with Marin General Hospital. SF Business Times

The Brazilian government opened an office in San Francisco aimed at helping its technology startups tap into the U. S. market. SF Business Times

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