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A.M. Splash: Suspect on Revenge Rampage; Oakland Charter School May Close; George Lucas’ Marin Development

| April 3, 2012
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The suspect in a shooting rampage at an East Oakland private university told investigators he was angry at school administrators and students, saying they teased him and “were not treating him respectfully,” Police Chief Howard Jordan said Tuesday. The suspect, One Goh, admitted his involvement in the Monday shooting and told investigators that one female administrator in particular at Oikos University was the object of his fury, police said.

George Lucas, whose “Star Wars” trilogy revolutionized moviemaking, is now provoking theatrics among his neighbors, many of whom aren’t particularly happy with the film giant’s latest inspiration. The billionaire movie mogul plans to plop a new wing of his entertainment empire on a quiet, 52-acre, wooded meadow at the bottom of a breathtaking canyon off Lucas Valley Road in Marin County.

A controversial Oakland charter school with a history of rigid rules, harsh discipline and the second highest test scores in the state faces closure after an investigation found evidence of fraud and multiple violations of state laws. Oakland school district staff has recommended the Board of Education deny the renewal application of American Indian Charter School II based on preliminary findings of a state audit. If denied, the public school would close after this academic year.

Federal agents on Monday morning raided several properties owned by Richard Lee, the leader of the marijuana legalization movement in California, sources told The Bay Citizen. Agents also detained Lee at his home. Internal Revenue Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided Oaksterdam University, which describes itself as “America’s first cannabis college.” It was also the center of the 2010 campaign to legalize marijuana in California.

Forty-eight hours after a rogue wave hit their boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, two injured sailors competing in an around-the-world race are back on dry land. The Coast Guard successfully rescued two of four crew members injured Saturday roughly 400 nautical miles off the coast of San Francisco. The other two remain on the 68-foot yacht that is making its way back to shore. Eleven total crew members are onboard.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is once again criticizing the scientific analysis in a preliminary environmental impact statement report that evaluates the impact of commercial shellfish operations in Drakes Estero in the Point Reyes National Seashore. But those who want to see the end of commercial oyster operations in the national park say she is being fed misinformation by those who support Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in an effort to have its lease renewed.

Today , the Google Art Project unveiled a major expansion — offering 30,000 images from 151 partners in 40 countries. They include some as far off the beaten track as the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.

Tonight, Tuesday, April 3, the Oakland City Council will consider raising the pay of the third party investigators hired to examine police actions around Occupy Oakland. City Administrator Deanna Santana said she wants to see an increase for the Frazier Group that will more than double the pay, by bumping it up to $250,000. Initially, the third-party investigation into OPD’s handling of Occupy Oakland was slated to cost $100,000.

Work could start this summer on a $433 million Indian casino and resort project planned for the outskirts of Rohnert Park. That delights labor leaders, who say the tribe has committed to using union workers. And it increases pressure on casino opponents, who are mounting last-ditch efforts to stall it.

Oakland-based Solar Millennium, Solar Trust of America and a group of affiliates filed for bankruptcy on Monday to reorganize their finances, in another meltdown of a Bay Area solar company. Solar Millennium is building one of the largest solar projects in the world, a 7,000-acre complex near the Riverside County community of Blythe.

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