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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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San Francisco Pride Parade on Market Street.

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news:

3 Arrested For Making, Selling Fentanyl in San Francisco // KCBS

“The feds’ bust of an alleged “pill mill” in San Francisco’s Sunset District may provide a clue into a recent string of overdoses.  Authorities arrested three people in San Francisco accused of manufacturing and selling illegal fentanyl, a highly potent opiate.  The three suspects appeared in federal court Monday."

"Although we don’t know that it’s directly related, back in April, 14 people in Sacramento overdosed and died after taking fake prescription painkillers. Soon after, seven people were treated for overdoses in San Francisco.  They all survived, but in each case, the pills they took were tainted with fentanyl.”

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PG&E to face criminal charges in trial linked to San Bruno blast // San Jose Mercury News

“In a federal trial that could bring closure to San Bruno residents devastated by the 2010 pipeline disaster, PG&E faces an array of criminal charges linked to the explosion that killed eight people and demolished a Peninsula neighborhood."

"Jury selection for the trial, in which PG&E faces 13 criminal counts, is scheduled to begin Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The charges include one count of obstruction of a federal probe into the blast and 12 counts that it violated pipeline safety regulations. If convicted on all 13 charges, the utility giant could be fined up to $562 million.”

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Increased security coming to SF Pride after Orlando rampage // SFGate

“The FBI reached out to San Francisco police after this weekend’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando to offer added security for the upcoming Pride celebrations, while San Francisco’s police chief expressed concern about the prospect of a “copycat” shooting."

"“Anytime you have something like this happen, you worry about a copycat,” said interim Police Chief Toney Chaplin on Monday, shortly before department officials met with Pride organizers to discuss enhancing security measures for events that include a downtown parade on June 26. “So I’d rather err on the side of caution and put more security out there and make sure that we have a high presence.”"

"San Francisco Pride is one of the biggest events of its kind in the country, with an expected draw of around 1 million people. On Monday, several people in the Castro neighborhood said they still plan to attend the events, in part because they don’t want to be cowed by fear.”

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Apple opens up Siri, Maps and iMessage to developers //East Bay Times

 “Opening up and doing more.  Those were the themes behind Apple's announcements here Monday at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference when it comes to the next versions of Apple's software for products such as the iPhone, the Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Company executives announced that Siri, Maps and iMessage will be open to software developers. They also showed how users will be able to do more within each app."

"The coming update of iOS 10, the software that powers the iPhone, is "enormous," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "It's the mother of all releases." For example, from inside Apple's Maps app on the iPhone, a user will be able to book a restaurant reservation using OpenTable, order a car with Uber and pay for it using Apple Pay, all without having to leave Maps.”

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Pittsburg Juneteenth celebration beefs up men's health component  // East Bay Times

"This city's seventh annual Juneteenth event promises the rich cultural, artistic and culinary elements that typify celebrations of the delayed delivery (to Texas) of the news of the official end of slavery in the United States."

"New at Pittsburg's event this year will be a more direct tie to preventive health, with the direct involvement of the Contra Costa County Health Services' Men's Health & Wellness Program.  "Communities of color are at the lower end of the health care spectrum, and men in particular aren't good about being proactive about their health," said Gregory Osorio of the Pittsburg-based Souljahs, who said better health outreach is one key to the nonprofit's mission of social service and social justice. In fact, the Pittsburg event is billed also as the inaugural East County Men's Health Fair.”

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Microsoft – LinkedIn Deal Could Fuel Twitter Acquisition // San Jose Mercury News

“Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion might make Twitter a more likely takeover target, some analysts said Monday.  Speculation that Twitter could be acquired by another company ignited after Microsoft and LinkedIn's announcement, sending the struggling company's stock up more than 8 percent at one point."

"Microsoft and LinkedIn's deal, some analysts said, highlighted the importance of tech firms that attract a large following and gather a substantial amount of data about people's daily behaviors.  San Francisco-based Twitter "has stagnant growth, but they also have more than 300 million users and a plethora of information of real-time activity around the world," said James Cakmak, an analyst for Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co.”

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Supervisors Vote on Housing Density Proposal // SF Examiner

"San Francisco voters may have resolved a debate last week over increasing affordable housing requirements for developers with the passage of Proposition C, but already The City is engaged in another hotly contested housing issue, a density bonus program."

"The issue is possibly even more politically charged than Prop. C, the Affordable Housing Requirements measure placed on the ballot by Supervisors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin. Voters widely passed that measure on June 7."

"About two years ago, Mayor Ed Lee proposed with the support of supervisor Katy Tang the Affordable Housing Bonus Program, or AHBP. The legislation that would enact the program underwent its first hearing Monday before the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee."