Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday Must Read

By Robert Gammon
Tue, May 18, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Jerry Brown called Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner “the apostles of darkness and ignorance” during a rare campaign event yesterday, the Chron reports. Brown, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for governor, also said that all the mudslinging by the GOP gubernatorial rivals has been “intellectually embarrassing.” Yesterday, Poizner unveiled an ad accusing Whitman of peddling porn as CEO of eBay. For her part, Whitman may have received the kiss of death when ex-Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed her. Plus, her claim that there’s $7.5 billion in annual fraud in state services for the poor seems bogus.

2. Governor Schwarzenegger is telling Democrats that forcing public employee unions to finance more of their own pensions and reducing their pay will free up enough money to fund programs for the poor, the Merc reports.

3. The Berkeley City Council is poised to join the growing boycott of Arizona over its draconian new anti-illegal-immigration law, the Berkeley Voice reports.

4. A 92-year-old Oakland woman who was being raped in a West Oakland park on Sunday afternoon somehow convinced her attacker to let her go, the Trib reports.

5. Former Your Black Muslim Bakery CEO Yusuf Bey IV likely will attempt to get his trial moved out of the Bay Area, the CoCo Times reports. Bey IV is charged with ordering the assassination of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey.

6. Oakland attorney John Burris, who represents the family of Oscar Grant, alleges that the lawyer for ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle put him on the witness list in order to silence him, the Chron reports. Witnesses in Mehserle’s murder trial are forbidden from talking publicly about the case by a judge’s gag order.

7. The mothers of three UC Berkeley grads are traveling to Iran in an attempt to visit their children in jail there, the Trib reports. Iranian officials accuse the grads of being spies.

8. Apple CEO Steve Jobs, known for being a recluse, got into an extensive, late-night e-mail exchange with a Gawker reporter.

9. And the Harry Potter game Quidditch has made its debut at Cal.

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