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Morning Wrap: 9/9/13

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mount Diablo fire spreads, the poor track record among Bay Area for-profit colleges, heat wave to break by tomorrow, more.

Top of the news

A fire on the east side of Mount Diablo doubled in size to more than 1,500 acres, forcing the evacuation of at least 75 homes and was only 10 percent contained late last night as firefighters struggled against hot, dry conditions and rugged terrain.  Contra Costa Times; Chronicle 

The heat over much of the Bay Area should moderate by tomorrow. Mercury News

Politics and government

Amid intense lobbying, the city is poised to drop a requirement that skyscrapers have refill stations so firefighters can recharge their air tanks during a blaze. Chronicle

The average retirement payout for new retirees in CalPERS, the state retirement system, doubled between 1999 and 2012, the Sacramento Bee says.

Other news and items of interest

A former Caltrans engineer pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy for trying to smuggle high tech defense chips onto a ship owned by the Chinese company that fabricated the Bay Bridge eastern span. Chronicle

The Mercury News takes a look at the poor track record of for-profit colleges in the Bay Area which, like others elsewhere, soak up tax dollars while charging students hefty sums on top of scholarships despite poor records for helping students land jobs.

A man who witnesses said appeared to be intoxicated died at Candlestick Park Sunday before the 49ers game after falling from a pedestrian walkway. Chronicle

A bloody weekend in San Jose saw three homicides, pushing the city’s total this year to 37. Mercury News

The 49ers best off-season move: maybe acquiring Anquan Boldin, judging from Sunday’s win over the Packers. Chronicle

After a narrower-than-expected 21-17 loss to the Colts, is Terrelle Pryor a reason for the Raiders to hope? This Mercury News columnist thinks so.

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