Morning Splash: 2 Suspects Arrested in East Oakland Drive-by; Bike Sharing to Peninsula; Banned Chemical Levels High in Pregnant Women; Perseid Meteor Shower

Just before 5 p.m., police tracked the shooting suspect in the death of a 3-year-old boy to Pittsburg. Carlos “Carlito” Nava Jr. was hit and killed by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting in the 6400 block of International Boulevard on Monday. Police may have caught his killer.

Oakland police have made an arrest. Two men were taken into custody in Pittsburg. Police believe they have the shooter in custody as well as another man who was in the car at the time of the shooting. Police are also looking for a third suspect. The Oakland police say the community played a key role in leading to the arrests.

Sleep apnea, a fairly common, treatable disorder that causes people to stop breathing momentarily while they sleep, may lead to cognitive impairment and even dementia, according to a new study of elderly women.

Women in the study with sleep apnea or other sleep disorders that affected their breathing were much more likely than those with normal sleep habits to develop cognition problems within five years, said researchers at UCSF and California Pacific Medical Center, who published the results in the Journal of the American Medical Association today.

Tiffany Renee has made it official. She’s making a bid for Congress. A Petaluma city councilwoman since 2008, Renee formally announced Tuesday that she will seek election in the 2nd Congressional District in November 2012, a seat that will be vacated by the retirement of longtime Rep. Lynn Woolsey.

Renee, 39, a Democrat, becomes the fourth candidate — the first one from Sonoma County — to announce a bid for the seat.

Many homeowners are struggling to hang on to their properties in these challenging economic times, but there are an increasing number of people trying to taking advantage of them. Now Alameda County is cracking down on the growing incidence of real estate fraud, including scams involving loan modifications.

Oakland ranks 13th nationally in foreclosures and the district attorney in Alameda County says with that has come a tremendous spike in the number of scams that target those desperate to keep their homes.

As San Mateo County encourages people to move away from their old-fashioned commuting habits, local residents will be offered a variety of opportunities to get to work in a different way.

Under an approval Tuesday by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, more than $5.75 million in grant funding will be used to implement the Regional Bicycle Share Pilot Program and the Last Mile Connection Pilot Program.

If you brushed your teeth, took a shower and flushed the toilet this morning, you may not have thought much about what happened after the wastewater went down the drain. But a coalition of Bay Area agencies has been working for years to find innovative methods to convert that waste into something of value.

Bay Area Biosolids to Energy, which comprises 16 cities and water districts—including the City of Richmond and the West County Water District—is coordinating an uncommon, multiyear project to find a more sustainable way to deal with the Bay Area’s human waste.

Pregnant women participating in a pilot study at San Francisco General Hospital had the highest levels of banned chemicals used in flame retardants in their bodies compared with other expectant mothers in other studies conducted worldwide.

UCSF researchers say the results, published online today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, are probably attributed to California’s flammability standards, which led to the introduction of many new chemicals to meet the standards.

Although it’s not raining spacemen, the Perseid Meteor Shower has been raining space dust on us earthlings since mid-July.

But the best time to see this annual meteor shower is this week, when the number of particles hitting our atmosphere peaks.

Chris Mullin waited nervously at the scorer’s table, surveying the home crowd, unsure what reaction he would get from Warriors fans.

Seconds later, those fears were washed away in a sea of cheers. On that January night in 1988, as he returned to basketball from alcohol rehab, his new course officially was validated.

“That response made me realize that I was making the right changes,” Mullin said. “That’s when I understood I had the chance to do something good.”

When Mullin is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, he can reflect on a career that saw him play in five All-Star Games and two Olympiads and stake a claim as one of the greatest shooters ever.

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Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

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