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January 8, 2013 | 8:40 am

A.M. Splash: SF Sunday Parkers Get Grace Period; Brown Seeks End of Court Prison Control; Magistrate Refuses to Close Pot Dispensaries

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S.F. Sunday parkers get grace period (SF Chronicle) Despite the ominous news reports and the high-pitched whining, nobody got a ticket for failing to pay a parking meter on Sunday. About 4,000 cars were issued warnings – in multiple languages – that parking meters will be enforced beginning Jan. 27. Although Sunday had been promoted, […]

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January 7, 2013 | 9:00 am

A.M. Splash: Oakland Police Union Resists Sheriffs’ Aid; Google Settlement Changes Patent Wars; Netflix Signs Warner Bros. Deal

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Oakland police union slams plan to help (SF Chronicle) Oakland’s plan to bring in Alameda County sheriff’s deputies to help patrol crime-ridden streets is being resisted by the city’s police union – the very group that has long been crying for help. “I wouldn’t say I’m that surprised, but it is disappointing,” Mayor Jean Quan […]

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January 4, 2013 | 8:04 am

A.M. Splash: Climate Change Threatens Tahoe Clarity; Firefighters May Have Gouged Chevron Pipe; Court Summons Romo in Altercation

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Climate change threatens Tahoe’s snow levels, lake clarity (Santa Cruz Sentinel) Lake Tahoe is “the fairest picture the whole earth affords,” Mark Twain once wrote. Its crystal blue waters, surrounded by stunning snowy mountains, define one of California’s crown jewels as an American landmark. It attracts 3 million skiers, boaters, campers, hikers and other visitors […]

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January 3, 2013 | 8:30 am

A.M. Splash: Governor Plans School Funding Reform; River Otter Surfaces in SF; Thieves Hit Recycling Bins; Retirees Can Sue Livermore Lab

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Gov. Jerry Brown to revisit sweeping plan to alter school funding (Bay Area News Group) In what promises to be one of his most significant policy moves this year, Gov. Jerry Brown will pursue a sweeping overhaul of the way California schools are funded, changing the way money has been allocated for four decades. Although […]

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January 2, 2013 | 8:38 am

A.M. Splash: Oakland Plans ID’s for Undocumented Immigrants; Android Dominates Mobile; Primary Care Doctor Shortage Looms

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Oakland Plans ID cards for illegal workers (SF Chronicle) Starting next year, [Oakland] will begin issuing municipal identification cards to help residents without legal immigration status. Such cards are critical for tasks that range from the urgent, like an interaction with police, to the everyday, like cashing a check. “For a city that is mostly […]

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December 31, 2012 | 8:36 am

A.M. Splash: U.S. Approaches Fiscal Cliff; Free New Year’s Eve Transportation; 49ers Win Bye

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2 Sides in Talks Inch Closer but No Fiscal Deal on Final Day (NY Times) A frantic round of late-night negotiations on Sunday between Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, moved the Senate close to a deal to stave off hundreds of billions of dollars in […]

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December 28, 2012 | 8:38 am

A.M. Splash: The Fiscal Cliff and You; 3 More Oakland Murders; Calif. High Court Rules Unions Can Picket in Store Parking Lots, Sidewalks

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Fiscal cliff likely to trigger filing delays for taxpayers (SJ Mercury News) The upcoming tax season is going to be even more unpleasant than usual. And more complicated. And maybe more costly for millions of Americans. Most of the negotiations in Washington over the so-called fiscal cliff will affect tax rates for 2013. But as […]

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December 27, 2012 | 8:30 am

A.M. Splash: Wells Fargo Fee Judgment Set Aside; More Rain Coming; E. Oakland Block Hit by Vandals; 25 Years Later, VTA Rail Still Disappoints

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Wells Fargo fee judgment set aside (SF Chronicle) States can’t prevent national banks from stacking their overcharge fees to maximize profits, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in setting aside a judge’s order requiring Wells Fargo to repay $203 million in fees to debit card customers in California. But the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of […]

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December 26, 2012 | 8:34 am

A.M. Splash: Oakland Suffers Most Homicides Since 2007; Skiers, Hikers Warned After Avalanche Deaths; Google Biz Apps Challenging Microsoft

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Man shot Christmas Day pushes homicide tally to 127 (Oakland Tribune) A man shot in West Oakland on Christmas Day has pushed the homicide rate to the highest in four years. Ronald Lewis, 32, of Oakland was shot multiple times at 24th and Chestnut streets about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday . His death is the 127th […]

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December 24, 2012 | 7:48 am

A.M. Splash: After Flooding, More Rain on Way; PG&E’s San Bruno Settlement Offer Rejected; Richmond Homicides Plummet

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Heavy downpours flood Bay Area roads, soak shoppers, delay flights at SFO (SJ Mercury News) Torrential rains that drenched the Bay Area on Sunday, causing flooding and mayhem on the roads and soaking hordes of last-minute shoppers at the malls, should be easing by Christmas Eve, but another storm is expected to follow late Christmas […]

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