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Morning Wrap: 9/6/13

Friday, September 6, 2013

PG&E tries to turn the page on San Bruno disaster, Nancy Pelosi’s colleagues hesitate to follow on Syria, Michael Mina’s latest culinary outpost, more.

Top of the news

Oakland’s federally appointed top cop, Thomas Frazier, outlined new plans to stem attrition and bolster the ranks of Oakland police as the city struggles to get a grip on violent crime. Oakland Tribune

PG&E opened a new supposedly state-of-the-art  control center in San Ramon, amid new information about how the utility has botched record-keeping in communities similar to errors that led to the deadly San Bruno explosion and fire. Contra Costa Times

Politics and government

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may be backing military intervention in Syria, but a good number of Bay Area and other California congressional Democrats are showing little enthusiasm for following her lead. Chronicle 

Published reports say that the National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly unraveled the encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their confidential electronic data from prying eyes. AP

Other news and items of interest

A woman was killed when a Recreation and Parks maintenance vehicle ran over her as she was lying on the ground with an infant at a park in Bernal Heights Thursday afternoon. Chronicle

Construction milestone for the Transbay Terminal, with workers Thursday making the ceremonial “first pour,” signaling the structure is going up, after having spent months digging down. SF Business Times

The former general manager of the Ross Valley Sanitary District, facing corruption charges in Marin County, wants the sanitary district to pay for his legal defense in a related civil lawsuit. Marin IJ

Chobani says it’s recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups affected by mold, after news reports of illnesses by some customers. AP

Chef Michael Mina will open a new restaurant in long vacant space at 101 California Street in the spring. SF Business Times

The Mercury News writes about a day at California Highway Patrol boot camp, where 2 percent of those who start eventually get to wear a badge.

A tough week for George Zimmerman, the acquitted killer of Trayvon Martin: he got a speeding ticket and now his wife is filing for divorce. AP

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