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A.M. Splash: SF Cops Shoot and Kill Man; Audit Shows Cost of Oakland’s Fox Theater Revamp Quadrupled; UCB Physics Prof Wins Nobel

| October 4, 2011
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  • S.F. police kill man suspected of stabbing parents (SF Chronicle)

    San Francisco police shot and killed a knife-wielding man in the Richmond District on Monday after he stabbed his mother to death and wounded his father, officers said.

  • Apple set to unveil new iPhone (SF Chronicle)

    Rumor will give way to reality Tuesday as Apple unveils the latest version of its best-selling iPhone during an event in Cupertino.

  • Audit: Oakland investment in Fox Theater quadrupled without strategy (Oakland Tribune)

    A leadership vacuum at City Hall led Oakland to spend four times as much as originally planned to revive the Fox Theater, according to an audit released Tuesday. The City Council agreed in 2004 to contribute $13 million in city money to the project that turned the broken-down ruins of the Fox into the landmark theater that exists as the touchstone of Uptown Oakland. At the time the project was estimated to run $33 million total. When it reopened in 2009, the Fox had cost the city $52 million and the total project had ballooned to $91 million.

  • UC Berkeley physics prof wins Nobel Prize (SF Chronicle)

    Saul Perlmutter, a UC Berkeley physics professor who is seeking to understand why the universe is expanding ever so rapidly, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, which will be shared with members of a rival research team.

  • Report: Bay Area cost of living up 18 percent since 2008 (Contra Costa Times)

    By one measure, the cost of living for Bay Area families soared 18 percent since the onset of the recession in 2008. As wages remained stagnant and more residents lost their jobs, the price of rental housing, transportation, child care and other basic needs kept rising, according to an Oakland-based national research group that wants California to overhaul how it measures the economic well-being of its residents.

  • Report reveals doubts over wisdom of Solyndra loan (SF Chronicle)

    Long before Solyndra plunged into bankruptcy, high-ranking presidential advisers and administration officials questioned whether a $528 million federal loan to the Fremont solar-panel company represented a political risk to the Obama administration.

  • Oakland Unified takes a lenient approach to enforcing whooping cough shot law (Oakland Tribune)

    The Oakland school district is testing the limits of a new state law requiring students in grades 7 to 12 to be immunized against whooping cough within 30 days of the start of school. As the deadline hit on Monday, with as many as 1,300 students still out of compliance, the district administration instructed principals not to send anyone home, shots or no shots.

  • Cell phone trade group to sue over radiation signs (SF Chronicle)

    Another San Francisco first-of-its-kind law, another industry lawsuit. This time, it’s the rule that cell phone retailers later this month must start displaying posters notifying customers of the potential dangers of cell phone radiation and how to avoid it, provide fact sheets on the subject to anybody who asks for them, and include similar information with any cell phone displays. CTIA, a trade group representing cell phone companies, will file a lawsuit today in federal court challenging the law on the basis that it’s pre-empted by federal law and violates cell phone companies’ First Amendment rights. Basically, the cell phone industry is saying it’s being forced to say something it doesn’t want to say.

  • Environmental groups, state regulators win major smog case over home developers (SJ Mercury News)

    In an environmental case that is expected to have implications across the Bay Area and California, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a lawsuit from the National Association of Home Builders that challenged whether air pollution officials in California can charge developers fees to offset the smog that is caused from new subdivisions and other housing developments.

  • IRS: Oakland’s Largest Pot Dispensary Owes Millions (Bay Citizen)

    Oakland’s Harborside Health Center — the largest medical marijuana dispensary on the West Coast — lost the first round in a high-stakes battle with the Internal Revenue Service that could spell trouble for the booming pot industry.

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