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A.M. Splash: America’s Cup Racers Drop Out; One Third of Monterey Fish Mislabled; Silicon Valley University CEO Indicted

| August 3, 2012
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  • America’s Cup prospects fading in S.F. (SF Chronicle)

    Only five teams will likely compete in San Francisco for the America’s Cup next year, organizers announced Thursday, and critics say it’s the latest sign that the event’s economic impact will be substantially less than projections. Two years ago, the city predicted that hosting the competition would generate $1.4 billion in revenue, 9,000 jobs and 15 sailing teams.

  • Report: More than third of Monterey seafood mislabeled (SJ Mercury News)

    A recent round of testing at local seafood stores and restaurants shows 36 percent of fish are mislabeled, the latest effort by a local environmental group to highlight seafood fraud. The Monterey County Weekly published the results Thursday, after a round of testing done in conjunction with Monterey-based Oceana, a conservation group that has launched seafood tests in cities across the U.S.

  • Chick-fil-A: Same-sex kiss-in on Friday (SJ Mercury News)

    Supporters of same-sex marriage are planning a “Kiss In” at Chick-fil-A restaurants to protest the fast-food chain owners’ opposition to same-sex unions. The protests Friday come two days after hundreds of thousands of customers showed their support for the restaurant during an “Appreciation Day.” Chick-fil-A says it set a one-day sales record on Wednesday.

  • Silicon Valley university CEO indicted on charges of visa fraud (Oakland Tribune)

    Striking a blow at a Silicon Valley school that attracted foreigners with student visas, federal agents on Thursday raided Sunnyvale’s Herguan University and charged its CEO with visa fraud. The indictment marks the second time federal officials have ensnared a Bay Area university in a growing effort to catch up with schools that allegedly rake in millions of dollars as so-called visa mills.

  • Feds oppose undocumented immigrant’s right to get California law license (Oakland Tribune)
  • The Obama administration on Thursday said giving an undocumented immigrant a California law license would violate a 1996 federal immigration law. In a brief filed with the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Justice Department opposed Chico-area law school grad Sergio Garcia’s right to become a lawyer as long as he remains an illegal immigrant. The state Supreme Court, which took up the case earlier this year, had asked the federal government for its legal opinion.

  • San Francisco Giants, other MLB team Facebook pages hacked (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
  • The Facebook pages of the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and several other Major League Baseball clubs have been restored after briefly being hacked. On the Yankees official news feed Thursday, there was a false item about Derek Jeter undergoing a sex change. The Cubs’ page contained an expletive directed at longtime Cubs fan and actor Bill Murray. The posts were removed shortly after appearing. MLB released a statement saying “for a brief moment today, a few MLB Club Facebook accounts were hacked and inappropriate material was briefly on display.” The league also said it is working with Facebook and legal authorities to determine what happened.

  • Livermore lab loses two key leaders (Oakland Tribune)

    With its leadership team in disarray after the sudden death of one high-ranking official and the unannounced departure of a second, Lawrence Livermore Lab appears to be in some turmoil at a critical point for one of the federal government’s top research labs. The lab made no public announcement, but notified workers Thursday that one of its leading managers, Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, the deputy director of Science and Technology, was leaving.

  • Nurses’ union gives $1 million to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure (Oakland Tribune)

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday collected the California Nurses Association’s endorsement, a $1 million contribution and a pledge of boots on the street to support his tax-hike measure on November’s ballot. Flanked by the leadership of the CNA and National Nurses United’s leadership and a phalanx of red-shirted nurses, Brown called it “a generous contribution and one sorely needed to present the choice to the people of California.”

  • Apple cranks up heat on Samsung, lawyer (SJ Mercury News)
    Apple has cranked up the heat on rival Samsung and its lawyers over a disputed news release that Apple now claims warrants ending the patent lawsuit with a judgment in its favor. Apple on Thursday asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to impose a “severe penalty” on Samsung for allegedly trying to taint the jury by deliberately sending out material excluded from the trial that Samsung considers important to its claim that it did not infringe Apple patents. Considered a long shot by legal experts, Apple’s legal maneuver is aimed squarely at prominent lawyer John Quinn, lead partner in the law firm defending Samsung.

  • Berkeley Unified reveals spending on sexual harassment case

    The Berkeley Unified School District spent $172,697.15 on a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a high school student against her guidance counselor, according to records provided by district officials more than a year after they were first requested by California Watch. All but $46,281.25 of the cost of investigating, defending and settling the case involving Berkeley High School counselor Anthony Smith was paid by the district’s insurance carrier, Deputy Superintendent Javetta Cleveland said in a telephone interview.

  • Alameda County prosecutor gets job back after violating defendant’s rights (Oakland Tribune)

    An Alameda County prosecutor placed on administrative leave in May after she admitted illegally recording a privileged conversation between a murder defendant and a defense-hired expert has been given her job back. Deputy district attorney Danielle London, a 10-year-veteran of the office, is now working in the district attorney’s charging office where she reviews criminal cases and decides what, if any, charges should be filed against people arrested by law enforcement.

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