Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Mon, May 10, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Stories that you shouldn’t miss:

1. Two young men were killed following a hip-hop event in West Oakland, the Chron reports. The two victims, one from Oakland and the other from Modesto, were shot and killed inside The Ware House, an unlicensed venue near the California Hotel after a CD-release party for Oakland artist Zulu the King. Four women also were injured by the gunfire.

2. Passers-by mistook a dying UC Berkeley grad for a homeless person at the San Francisco Civic Center BART station. According to the Chron, Konstantin Tomashevsky, 22, later died at San Francisco General Hospital. Police are treating the incident as a possible homicide, although the exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

3. The new head of the California High-Speed Rail Authority will make $412,500 annually for his first two years on the job, the Chron reports. The salary makes Roelof van Ark the highest paid transit chief in the state, and his pay likely will cause blowback for the struggling authority. However, backers say the authority needs someone with van Ark’s experience to get the state’s bullet train launched.

4. Federal officials are looking at Apple for possible anti-trust violations in a sure sign that the company is no longer a renegade upstart but now a major force in global commerce. The feds are examining Apple’s requirement that iPhone and iPod developers use its tools for building applications, the Chron reports.

5. One of the first provisions of healthcare-reform is taking effect soon as parents and college grads realize that the new law allows young people to stay on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26.

6. Is it “smart growth” if you build a huge development on former San Francisco Bay salt ponds? The New York Times goes there.

7. Corporations are paying a smaller share of state property taxes as the percentage paid by homeowners has risen steadily in California because of Prop. 13, according to the Mercury News, citing a new report.

8. Tea partiers are capitalizing on the national attention focused on a Morgan Hill school principal who disciplined four students who wore American-flag attire on Cinco de Mayo, the Mercury News reports. The incident has become a flashpoint for Arizona’s new anti-immigration law.

9. The Sac Bee had an excellent investigative report on how California’s prison guards allegedly tortured prisoners at some of the state’s high-security penitentiaries.

10. President Obama has picked US Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court. Kagan will become the third woman on the high court.

11. And Oakland A’s pitcher Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game yesterday, the second in franchise history and only the 19th in the history of Major League Baseball.

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