Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday Must Read: Illness Sidelines Fiorina's Campaign; Whitman Booed By Women

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 6:58 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Republican gubernatorial candidate Carly Fiorina spent last night in the hospital because of a severe infection related to surgery she had for breast cancer. The LA Times reports that Fiorina hopes that she can resume campaigning later this week. The illness is a setback for the ex-Hewlett Packard CEO, because polls show that she needs to make up ground on Barbara Boxer before Election Day. The hospitalization also reminds voters that Fiorina is campaigning to overturn Obama’s health-care reform law, even though it will provide coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

2. Meg Whitman had a bad day Tuesday as well, when an audience at a women’s conference in Long Beach loudly booed her after she refused to pull negative ads directed at Jerry Brown. At the women’s forum sponsored by Maria Shriver, NBC’s Matt Lauer pressed Whitman and Brown to suspend negative ads, the LA Times reports. Sensing the mood of the crowd, Brown said he would if Whitman did, too. But Whitman refused, sparking a loud round of boos from the audience of about 14,000.

3. Climate change will wreak havoc on many of California’s most treasured national parks, including Yosemite, Muir Woods, and Point Reyes, the Chron reports, citing a new study by the National Resources Defense Council.

4. The number of foreclosure notices in the Bay Area plummeted 32.5 percent last quarter compared to a year ago, raising hopes that the housing crisis may be waning, the Chron reports. However, the number of such notices was up slightly compared to the previous quarter.

5. Prosecutors in the Johannes Mehserle are requesting an unspecified amount of prison time for the ex-BART cop who killed passenger Oscar Grant, the Trib and Chron report. But Mehserle’s lawyers say he deserves to be released on probation. Mehserle could get anywhere from probation to fourteen years in prison when sentenced.

6. And PG&E quickly repaired 38 leaking natural gas lines after the deadly San Bruno explosion, raising serious questions about the condition of the utility’s lines before the blast, the Chron reported.

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