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POSTED November 12, 2012 8:53 p.m.

Man discovered in garbage bin dies

UNION CITY, Calif. (AP) — Police in Union City are looking into the grisly discovery of a man who died shortly after he was found unconscious in a garbage bin.

Investigators say a woman found 21-year-old Joseph Perez of Union City while taking out her trash Sunday morning. Perez was taken to a local hospital where he later died from undisclosed injuries.

Police say Perez had alcohol in his system at the time of his discovery.

Police are ruling Perez's death as suspicious after determining that the garbage bin did not belong to the home where he was found.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

Only 20 votes separate SF supervisor candidates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest vote tally shows only 20 votes separate a pair of San Francisco supervisor candidates.

The close District 7 race showed on Sunday that school board president Norman Yee was slightly ahead of labor leader F.X. Crowley.

The San Francisco Chronicle says about 3,000 ballots are uncounted in the race to replace termed-out Supervisor Sean Elsbernd.

District 7 stretches from the Twin Peaks area to the San Francisco Zoo.

Election officials are now hand-inspecting provisional ballots.

Final results could be announced on Tuesday.

160K hats sculpture restoration raises eyebrows

SALINAS  (AP) — The outgoing mayor of a California central coast agriculture town wants the city to spend $160,000 to restore the three cowboy hats sculpture at the Salinas rodeo arena.

The "Hat in Three Stages of Landing" sculpture was a big deal when unveiled 30 years ago.

Bands played, Boy Scouts led a salute to the flag and the mayor presented world renowned sculptor Claes Oldenburg with a commemorative salad bowl.

But the Los Angeles Times says the huge yellow hats have faded in the sun and they are pierced with dozens of holes.

Mayor Dennis Donohue says fixing the hats is a way resolve years of city neglect and put Salinas on the cultural map.

He's convinced the investment will pay for itself by making Salinas a tourist destination.

 

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