- Lennar gives Bayview-Hunters Point $7.3 million (SF Chronicle)
After decades of promises, the Bayview-Hunters Point community finally saw some cash Thursday as the builder of the mammoth shipyard redevelopment project handed over a $7.3 million check for local job training and housing assistance.
- Petaluma raid part of Bay Area-wide gang sweep (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
The raid and gunfight Thursday in Petaluma that wounded three federal agents marked what authorities called a turning point in an 18-month, triple-homicide investigation that began on gang-riddled streets in South San Francisco. Victor Flores, a 20-year-old known as “Little Creeper” and who was living in Petaluma, was among 13 suspects arrested Thursday during 11 federal raids in three Bay Area cities in an effort to take down a South San Francisco street gang.
- Plans vetoed for Oakland dog park (Oakland Tribune)
Oakland Planning Commissioners on Wednesday vetoed plans for a dog park near Lake Merritt on a grassy corner of Astro Park bordered by MacArthur Boulevard to the north and Lakeshore Avenue to the southeast. A tot lot faces the far side. Three of the four commissioners present at Wednesday’s crowded and pitched meeting voted against the proposed 20,778-square-foot fenced dog park. Jocelyn Whales abstained.
- Yahoo confirms CEO’s education misstated, will launch probe (SJ Mercury News)
In the latest blow to Yahoo, the company was forced to admit its new chief executive claimed a computer science degree he does not have, and said late Thursday that its board is launching a review of the embarrassing disclosure and will report the findings to shareholders…Yahoo…hunkered down for much of the day behind a brief statement blaming the falsehood about Scott Thompson, which has been repeated on multiple occasions, including in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, on an as yet unexplained “inadvertent error. But it did not explain what the inadvertent error was, nor how it escaped the search committee that recommended hiring Thompson, nor whether Thompson had ever told Yahoo that he had a computer science degree.
- California Assembly OKs measure to ban carrying unloaded rifles in public (Sacramento Bee)
Carrying unloaded rifles in public would be prohibited under hotly contested legislation that passed the Assembly on Thursday. Assembly Bill 1527 cleared the lower house, 44-28, with no Republican support.
- Apple, Foxconn open up about China factories (SJ Mercury News)
…Recently, a reporter and photographer for this newspaper were invited by Apple and Foxconn to visit a factory campus in Shenzhen, a coastal city in southern China, to spotlight efforts to change the work environment for hundreds of thousands of workers across the manufacturer’s vast empire in China. The daylong visit included unhindered access to parts of the nearly 1-square-mile complex, and interviews with five employees chosen by Foxconn who have participated in a college program sponsored by the two companies that offers classes ranging from English to engineering, and awards two-year associate degrees. The journalists, though, were not allowed inside a factory.
- Small Investors May Get to Own a Bit of Facebook (NY Times)
…Facebook’s executives and underwriters have discussed raising the number of shares that will go to retail investors, say people briefed on the matter who were not authorized to speak on the record. It is not known how much will eventually go to these mom-and-pop investors, but Wall Street executives estimate that the retail share could be as much as 20 to 25 percent of the offering. Some of that increase is likely to go to brokerage firms like TD Ameritrade or E*Trade, which cater to small investors.
- Lab worker killed by rare bacteria was UC Berkeley grad who wanted to combat disease with science (Bay Area News Group)
A lab researcher apparently killed by the bacteria he was studying at the San Francisco VA Medical Center had dedicated himself to combating fatal diseases after a relative’s death, said those who knew him. Richard Din, 25, died on Saturday less than a day after he fell ill from a fast-moving bloodstream infection caused by a rare strain of bacteria, the same one he was studying as a meningitis research associate at the VA hospital. Health investigators suspect he contracted the deadly bacterial strain in the laboratory.