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Morning Splash: Giants, Clinton in San Jose, Tea Party Rally, Prosecutor Misconduct

| October 18, 2010
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  • In Philadelphia, the Giants split their first two games with the Phillies. After taking the series opener 4-3 in a matchup between pitching aces Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum, the Phillies returned the favor behind No. 2 man Roy Oswalt, notching a 6-1 victory. The series moves to San Francisco Tuesday afternoon.
  • Bill Clinton appeared at a Sunday rally in San Jose with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom, who is running for lieutenant governor. Clinton also spoke about the Republican tsunami predicted to wash away Democratic advantages in the House and Senate. From the San Jose Mercury News: “There’s a reason people think that the Democrats are going to lose these houses,” Clinton said. The reason is you.”
  • And on the day before, the Pleasanton-NorCal Tea Party held a rally at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The group’s founder and President Bridget Melson, quoted in the Contra Costa Times: “Conservatives here don’t take (Republican gains) for granted. They’re in the middle of the belly of the liberal beast, truly.”
  • The California State Bar Association is reviewing 130 prosecutors who have committed misconduct ranging from, according to the Mercury News, “small technical mistakes to unfair and deceptive tactics to win cases, such as hiding evidence.” The review is a response to a report from the Northern California Innocence Project.
  • The closed San Mateo Bridge lane that slowed traffic last week was re-opened yesterday.
  • AP picks up on the story of 20-year-old Yasir Afifi, a community college student and computer salesman who after taking his car in for an oil change was told by a mechanic that an unidentifiable wire was hanging from the undercarriage. After he posted a photo online, the FBI showed up at his door, requesting their GPS device back and asking Afifi, who is a half-Egyptian, half-American Muslim, if he had ever been to Yemen for “any type of training.” A KGO-TV report from Oct. 8:

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