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Morning Wrap: 9/3/13

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cooler holiday weekend helps with Rim Fire, remembering the old Sacramento Northern railway, state PUC’s cushy new digs, more.

Top of the news

Cooler weekend weather gave firefighters a leg up in fighting the Rim Fire, which is now more than 60 percent contained. Chronicle

Politics and government

All the talk about low morale notwithstanding, staffers at the California Public Utilities commission are getting new workstations, at $18,000 a pop, the Chronicle says.

Other news and items of interest

The Chronicle writes about the long-gone but not forgotten Sacramento Northern railroad linking San Francisco with the state capital, which launched 100 years ago.

Business Insider profiles the fast times and fiery crash of once-promising San Francisco adtech startup Velti.

Here’s what you need to know about the iffy upcoming season of the Oakland Raiders: Terrelle Pryor, who was unimpressive in his last pre-season start, will be the starting quarterback for Sunday’s season opener. Chronicle

The Mercury News looks at the dozens of class-action lawsuits in front of federal judges in Northern California targeting the food industry for misleading lableing on everything from yogurt to potato chips.

Former UCSF physician in chief Thomas McAfee, who was about to become CEOK of the newly formed Keck Medicine of USC Medical Foundation, died while vacationing in Tanzania. He was 58. AP

The Chronicle looks at the trend of fancy architectural wraparounds for portable toilets in pricy neighborhoods where folks don’t want the typical portable toilet at construction sites.

The red hot A’s beat the Texas Rangers 4-2, putting the two teams even atop the AL West. Mercury News

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