• In Philadelphia, the Giants split their first two games with the Phillies. After taking the series opener 4-3 in a matchup between pitching aces Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum, the Phillies returned the favor behind No. 2 man Roy Oswalt, notching a 6-1 victory. The series moves to San Francisco Tuesday afternoon.
  • Bill Clinton appeared at a Sunday rally in San Jose with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom, who is running for lieutenant governor. Clinton also spoke about the Republican tsunami predicted to wash away Democratic advantages in the House and Senate. From the San Jose Mercury News: “There’s a reason people think that the Democrats are going to lose these houses,” Clinton said. The reason is you.”
  • And on the day before, the Pleasanton-NorCal Tea Party held a rally at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The group’s founder and President Bridget Melson, quoted in the Contra Costa Times: “Conservatives here don’t take (Republican gains) for granted. They’re in the middle of the belly of the liberal beast, truly.”
  • The California State Bar Association is reviewing 130 prosecutors who have committed misconduct ranging from, according to the Mercury News, “small technical mistakes to unfair and deceptive tactics to win cases, such as hiding evidence.” The review is a response to a report from the Northern California Innocence Project.
  • The closed San Mateo Bridge lane that slowed traffic last week was re-opened yesterday.
  • AP picks up on the story of 20-year-old Yasir Afifi, a community college student and computer salesman who after taking his car in for an oil change was told by a mechanic that an unidentifiable wire was hanging from the undercarriage. After he posted a photo online, the FBI showed up at his door, requesting their GPS device back and asking Afifi, who is a half-Egyptian, half-American Muslim, if he had ever been to Yemen for “any type of training.” A KGO-TV report from Oct. 8:

Morning Splash: Giants, Clinton in San Jose, Tea Party Rally, Prosecutor Misconduct 18 October,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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