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A.M. Splash: SJ Police Officer Kills Armed Suspect; Occupy San Jose; Jerry Brown Signs Bill Restricting Rifles, ‘Open Carry’

| October 10, 2011
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  • San Jose police officer shoots and kills armed suspect (SJ Mercury News)

    A San Jose police officer shot and killed an armed man who “made a motion that the officer perceived to be a threat,” police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. A handgun was recovered near the man. Police did not immediately release the officer’s name. “The pistol was visible to the officer,” Dwyer said. Dwyer said about 5:30 a.m. police responded to reports of gunshots being heard near Hillsdale Avenue.

  • The Occupy Wall Street movement unfolds in downtown San Jose (SJ Mercury News)

    The small but persistent encampment that began as a single protest on Wall Street last month has spawned numerous such gatherings nationwide as divergent groups rally against what they see as corporate greed and social inequity. The amorphous and steadily growing Occupy Wall Street movement in the past week now includes Occupy San Jose. On Sunday, it was defined by five pitched tents, a steady flow of donated food and scores of protesters who gathered at City Hall, bolstered by the enthusiasm of local college students.

  • Muni to put cameras in cabs to enforce phone ban (SF Chronicle)

    Muni will be installing video cameras aimed at operators on the Metro rail lines to comply with a new order by the California Public Utilities Commission. The cameras will be used to enforce a regulation adopted unanimously by the CPUC last week that prohibits rail transit operators in California from using personal cell phones and other electronic communications devices while on the job.

  • Jerry Brown signs bills restricting rifles, ‘open carry’ of guns (Sacramento Bee)

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation criminalizing openly carrying an unloaded handgun in public and requiring the state to keep records of rifle sales, as it currently does for handguns, Brown announced this morning. The open-carry ban, Assembly Bill 144, by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada-Flintridge, pitted law enforcement groups against gun rights advocates. The legislation targeted the “open carry” movement, in which people displayed firearms in public places to protest gun-control laws.

  • SF schools rely on a fraying patchwork of grants, programs and donations for funding (SF Examiner)

    …(The) patchwork funding of arts education troubles advocates, who believe visual and performing arts should be on par with math and reading. Voters tried to address this issue with 2004’s Public Education Enrichment Fund. This year’s fund was $46 million because the mayor deferred $15 million in contributions. Of that, $15 million is dedicated to preschool; $15 million to expenses such as custodians, nurses and translators; and $15 million to sports, P.E., libraries, art, and music. That might sound like a lot of money, but it is spread thin in a district with 56,000 students.

  • Man dies after San Leandro police use Taser (Oakland Tribune)

    A man who resisted arrest with four officers outside a downtown fast-food restaurant died Sunday night after police used a Taser to subdue him, police said. About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, two officers responded to a call reporting that a man in his early 30s was acting strange, scaring customers and refused to leave after being asked several times at Nation’s Giant Hamburgers, 1335 Washington Ave., Sgt. Doug Calcagno said Police found the man outside and, after he disregarded officers’ orders, a struggle ensued, Calcagno said.

  • Pilfered pelican perplexes police in Novato (Marin Independent Journal)

    Novato police are offering a $1,000 reward for information that will help them identify the thief — or thieves — who stole a 700-pound bronze statue of a pelican from a city park near Scottsdale Pond. The statue, “Omay” — the Miwok word for “pelican” — was commissioned for the Scottsdale Pond park by the Novato City Council in 2007 at a cost of $27,500.

  • Santa Rosa man throws hot dog at Tiger Woods (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

    A 31-year-old Santa Rosa man among spectators at a South Bay golf tournament featuring Tiger Woods disrupted play briefly Sunday when he threw a hot dog at the professional golfer. Or did the hot dog accidentally fly out of his hand? Santa Clara County sheriff’s officials said they may never know.

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