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Morning Wrap: 8/6/13

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

UC to open its research to the public for free, AC Transit strike looms, Santa Clara DA catches a break from Kamala Harris, more.

Top of the news


AC Transit workers gave notice of plans to strike Wednesday barring a last minute settlement, threatening to leave hundreds of thousands of East Bay bus riders in the lurch even as the threat of a BART strike lingers. Chronicle

The 10-campus UC System will in a few months make its research available online for free, no subscription required, a move that will make it the world’s largest university to open its publications to the public. Oakland Tribune

Politics and government


State attorney general Kamala Harris has concluded that Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen didn’t break the law when he gave his top deputies extra paid time off in lieu of raises, in a case that has tainted Rosen’s reputation. Mercury News

Fitch Ratings upgraded California’s general obligation bonds from A- to A and its rating outlook from ”stable” to “positive.” Political Blotter

Other news and items of interest


The naked man who terrorized the 16th Street BART station in May was bound over to stand trial on two felony counts of false imprisonment and four misdemeanors. Chronicle

A big rig carrying rice, sushi and other foodstuff that caught fire coming off the Bay Bridge kept three lanes of westbound traffic on the Interstate 80 skyway leading into downtown San Francisco snarled for hours Monday. Chronicle

Nevada wildlife officials destroyed a black bear Monday after deciding it posed a threat to the public at Lake Tahoe, but a bear advocate called the killing “despicable.” AP

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos takes the journalism world by surprise, agreeing to buy the Washington Post for $250 million in cash. NPR

Meanwhile, further up the eastern seaboard, the owner of the Boston Red Sox agreed to buy the Boston Globe for $70 million. Poynter

A new state economic study estimates that Gov. Brown’s multi-billion-dollar plan to build two massive tunnels to move water from Northern California to Southern California would create a net benefit of roughly $5 billion. Contra Costa Times

Cal football practice opened Monday under new head coach Sonny Dykes. Mercury News

California Pacific Medical Center named physician Vernon Giang as its new chief medical executive. SF Business Times

A massage therapist faces sexual battery charges after allegedly groping a woman and forcing her to perform a sex act on him during a massage session at Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City. Mercury News

A San Jose importer of Vietnamese ginger candies issued a recall after tests revealed excessive levels of lead. Mercury News


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