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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Jeff Chiu
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

 

Pee on these S.F. walls? Be prepared for them to pee back // SF Gate

 

“Beware, public urinators, some of San Francisco’s walls now pee back.

 

“Public Works crews have finished painting nine city walls with pee-repellant paint and more are in the works. The painted surfaces make urine spray right back onto the shoes and pants of unsuspecting relief-seekers. It’s the city’s latest attempt to clean up urine-soaked alleyways and walls.

 

"'We are piloting it to see if we can discourage people from peeing at many of our hot spots,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru said. “Nobody wants to smell urine. We are trying different things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful.'"

 

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Teen Arrested After Body Thought To Be Missing Santa Cruz Girl Found In Dumpster // CBS Local

“A teenage suspect has been taken into custody after the body of a young female was found in a dumpster following a night of searching for an 8-year-old girl who went missing Sunday evening.

 

“The body was found around 7:55 p.m. in a dumpster behind the Tannery Arts Center at 1030 River St., according to Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel, who called the discovery horrible and heartbreaking.

 

"'At 7:55 p.m., detectives discovered the body of a young female in a dumpster. We believe that she is probably Madyson Middleton,' Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said during a press conference.”

 

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The (Alleged) Bicycle Thief: Man Snared Three Times by ‘Bait Bikes’ // KQED

"A 35-year-old Sacramento man named John Kirkman made news in April when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a decoy bicycle.

 

“The news wasn’t so much that he’d been busted for bicycle theft. It was that the police said it was the second time he’d been caught trying to abscond with a 'bait bike' — a two-wheeler parked as an inviting target for would-be thieves.

 

"Now, Sacramento police say Kirkman is a three-time loser, alleging they caught him again trying to boost a bait bike. Things being relatively quiet in the state capital over the weekend — it’s been nearly a month since anyone in the Legislature has pleaded guilty to anything — Kirkman’s latest encounter with the law has gotten both TV and newspaper coverage."

 

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UCSF gives conditional support for new Warriors arena // ABC 7 News

"A key player is giving conditional support for a new Golden State Warriors stadium in San Francisco. The team wants to build it across the street from UCSF's new medical center in the city's Mission Bay District.

 

"UCSF unveiled a campaign Monday called Win-Win SF, officials saying they are encouraged by what the city and the Warriors have in mind to ease traffic congestion near the hospital.

"But their support is contingent on the city signing a binding agreement to oversee scheduling if necessary when games at nearby AT&T Park overlap with more than 200 events planned for the arena."

 

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Federal appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban // SF Gate

 

“Federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.

 

"The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It also does not significantly interfere with interstate commerce, the court found.

 

"The 2-1 ruling upheld a lower court decision tossing the lawsuit brought by the Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement, a political action committee. The groups argued the ban — passed in 2011 — unfairly targeted the Chinese community, which considers shark fin soup a delicacy. Shark finning is the practice of removing the fins from a living shark, leaving the animal to die."