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POSTED March 7, 2012 7:53 p.m.

3 arrested in San Jose dog stomping death

SAN JOSE  (AP) — Three teenaged boys are facing charges in an attack in San Jose on a 32-year-old man and his miniature Yorkshire terrier, which was stomped to death.

Police announced the arrests of the boys — two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old — on Tuesday. Prosecutors have charged them with assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, both with gang enhancements, in the Feb. 11 attack.

Police say the boys approached the man on a city street, believing he was part of a rival gang.

They are accused of attacking him and kicking and hitting his dog. The 6-year-old dog, named 'Shadow,' died on the way to a veterinary hospital.

SF Sheriff trial dismisses 209 potential jurors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of potential jurors have been dismissed so far from serving on San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's domestic violence trial.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/yDHeU3) that of the 297 potential jurors called for the case last week, only 88 remain. The dismissals have been for a hardship or questions about the potential juror's ability to judge the case fairly.

Another 150 people are expected to be added to the jury pool on Wednesday.

Mirkarimi's attorneys have asked to move the case to another county, saying they don't think he can get a fair trial in San Francisco because of negative media coverage.

Mirkarimi is accused of bruising his wife's arm during an argument on New Year's Eve. He has pleaded not guilty.

 

New falcon protects peregrine family at City Hall

SAN JOSE  (AP) — A new male falcon has taken over protection duties of a San Jose City Hall peregrine falcon family.

Volunteer watchers say the new male appeared during the weekend and chased off the biological father of four unhatched eggs waiting to crack open next month.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/A33DAc) says the falcon named Esteban Colbert is the now spurned mate of the 7-year-old female falcon, Clara.

He was last seen on Sunday in aerial combat with the new male, who has been named Fernando the Rocket, or El Cohete.

Fernando is now circling the family nest on the City Hall ledge.

Former city prosecutor Evet Lowwen says the first part of Fernando's name reflects that he has been seen flying over San Fernando Street. El Cohete highlights his speed.

Oakland takes over control of teen center

OAKLAND  (AP) — A teen center in Oakland that came under fire for being run by a councilwoman and her staff is now under city control.

The Oakland City Council voted on Tuesday night to transfer control of the Digital Arts and Culinary Academy to the Office of Parks and Recreation. It also approved $67,000 to keep it running through the end of June.

The center was set up with city funds but run by Councilwoman Desley Brooks. Critics said the arrangement was a conflict of interest because Brooks was also responsible for overseeing the center as a City Council member.

 

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