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Morning Splash: Group Hacks BART Site, Calls for Protest Today; Oakland Violence

| August 15, 2011
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  • BART website hacked, customer info leaked (SF Chronicle)

    The amorphous hacker group known as Anonymous made good Sunday on its threat to strike BART, breaching an agency website and releasing customers’ personal information in retaliation for BART’s decision to cut cellular phone service to prevent an antipolice protest in San Francisco. The hack attack sent BART scrambling to protect its websites, and it infuriated some riders whose information was leaked. It came as the hackers also called for a 5 p.m. protest today at BART’s Civic Center Station, where a police officer fatally shot a knife-wielding man on July 3.

  • BART: 1st Amendment issues mount over cell shutdown (SF Chronicle)

    …BART says it might pull the plug on phone service again this afternoon to counter plans for a 5 p.m. demonstration at Civic Center Station in San Francisco, where a transit police officer fatally shot a knife-wielding man July 3. The legality of such a decision may soon arrive in court. “This is new territory in the United States,” said Gene Pilicinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Although courts haven’t addressed a government cell phone shut-off, he said, “historically we have kept our hands off free expression. … The government has a very high ladder to climb.”

  • Two killed, at least four wounded in Oakland shootings (Oakland Tribune)

    Two men were shot to death in different parts of East Oakland on Friday night and early Saturday, police said…The two killings brought to 75 the number of homicides so far this year in Oakland. Last year at this time there were 52 homicides. Two other nonfatal shootings happened early Saturday not far from Lake Merritt.

  • Oakland police say officer shot man who attacked her after urinating on wall (Oakland Tribune)

    A man who fought with two Oakland police officers Friday night was shot by one of them after he began swinging a metal bar at them, investigators said Saturday. The officer who fired had been punched in the head by the man, investigators said. The Oakland man, whose name was not released and who might be homeless, was in critical condition Saturday at a hospital but is expected to survive. The officer who shot the man was treated and released at a hospital for injuries suffered in the confrontation.

  • New plan would allow Santa Clara to protect 49ers stadium funds from state (San Jose Mercury News)

    After months of trying to keep the state’s hands off the millions of tax dollars needed to fund a new 49ers stadium, Santa Clara has finally found the answer — albeit one with a hefty price tag. The new plan, expected to be approved Tuesday, would allow the city to keep its redevelopment agency after paying the state $11.2 million this year and $2.7 million each year after that. That should solidify what had been a squishy part of the plan to fund the stadium, but because the state will be taking its cut of the redevelopment agency’s proceeds, the city may need more time to pay the 49ers its share of the project.

  • As schools open, possibility of shorter academic year has teachers, parents on edge (San Jose Mercury News)

    If the state’s wallet doesn’t fatten with enough tax revenues by December, automatic budget cuts could force some K-12 school districts to shorten the school year by one or two weeks — or more. And that would come on top of a teaching year already truncated in some districts.

  • S.F. mayor’s race to test new public financing law (SF Chronicle)

    San Francisco voters are about to get inundated with candidates’ mailers, robocalls and TV ads – some of which they indirectly paid for themselves in millions of tax dollars. The city is seeing its first mayor’s race with public financing in play, and Mayor Ed Lee threw a major curveball by entering the race after he promised he wouldn’t and then declared he won’t accept public financing, unlike nine other serious contenders.

  • Google Agrees To Buy Motorola Mobility For $12.5B (Dow Jones)

    Google Inc. agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for about $12.5 billion, a deal that spells the end of independence for a venerable American company and reshapes the booming market for smartphones as computing shifts from the desktop to mobile devices. The deal gives Google–which has spurred widespread adoption of its Android mobile operating system by licensing it freely to mobile phone makers–its own in-house hardware operation, potentially enabling it to challenge rival Apple Inc. on better terms but also raising questions for partners like Samsung Electronics Co., HTC Corp. and LG Electronics Inc.

  • Feds Cut $1.5 Million from Local Food Banks (Bay Citizen)

    (T)this summer, local social service agencies got a nasty surprise. In late July, the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program announced that the Bay Area would lose $1.5 million in financing. The region has been allocated $1.9 million, down from last year’s $3.4 million. Three of the seven Bay Area counties — San Francisco, Marin and Napa — will receive no money at all. Marin and Napa had not initially qualified in 2010 but later received nearly $70,000 from a pool of money that program officials set aside for counties that did not meet standards for the regular allocation.

  • Pit bull mauling of pregnant Pacifica woman remains a mystery (Bay Area News Group)

    A day after the family’s pit bull fatally attacked his pregnant wife, Greg Napora said Friday he doesn’t blame the dog. He even plans to bury his spouse, Darla, with their pet’s cremated remains in her casket…Greg Napora said he does not know why Gunner, who the couple had raised from a puppy, attacked his wife. Investigators also have no idea what may have led to the attack but hope an autopsy of Darla Napora and a necropsy of the dog will give them clues.

  • California departments fought Jerry Brown’s bid to cut cellphones (Sacramento Bee)

    When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 50 percent reduction in state-issued cellphones to save money, his office said it would consider exempting employees who needed phones for public safety or other “critical state operations.” From the California Highway Patrol to the California Commission on the Status of Women, dozens of state agencies and departments thought that meant them. They requested thousands of exemptions, peppering their appeals with such watchwords as “urgent” and “mission critical.”

  • Armed with a lawyer instead of a battle-ax, San Jose biker club takes on cops (San Jose Mercury News)

    (The) Henchmen, an outlaw San Jose motorcycle club…are proud to settle just about any dispute the biker way, (but) they’re going ultraconventional for this fight. They’ve hired a lawyer and filed an official complaint with the city’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor. They contend the police are illegally profiling them for DWB, Driving While Biker, and the city’s code enforcement unit is digging up zoning beefs to run them out of town.

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