Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday Must Read: Next First Friday to be Smaller; Judge Says Alameda First Responders Didn’t Have to Save Drowning Man

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The next First Friday in Oakland will be smaller, with fewer streets blocked off, and it will end earlier, the Trib reports. City officials decided to downsize the next First Friday in response to a fatal shooting at the popular event earlier this month. However, the city has yet to decide whether the changes will be permanent and is still working with event organizers and local businesses.

Crown Beach
  • Crown Beach
2. Alameda firefighters and police officers were not legally required to save a suicidal man who drowned at Crown Beach in 2011, a judge ruled, according to the Trib. Alameda first responders came under heavy criticism after they stood on the shore and did not help Raymond Zack as he drowned. The judge’s decision threw out a lawsuit filed against the city by Zack’s family.

3. The City of Oakland was forced to return $644,000 in job training funds to the federal government because it failed to fulfill the requirements attached to the grants, the Trib reports. It’s unclear as to whether the city ever had the ability to meet the grants’ requirement that job trainees actually receive jobs when they finished training. The city applied for and received the grants during the Dellums administration.

4. There’s a possibility that the US Supreme Court could decide to issue a narrow ruling on Prop 8 that would only apply to the two couples who sued to overturn it, the Chron reports, citing the opinion of some legal scholars. If that were to happen, then gay marriage would remain illegal in California. The high court has scheduled a hearing for the case on March 26.

5. And the former Navy Seal who shot and killed Osama Bin Laden has spoken out for the first time in an interview with the Center for Investigative Reporting. The shooter says that after sixteen years in the Navy, he was discharged without any pension, health care, or protections for his family.

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