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POSTED July 2, 2013 8:49 p.m.

SF FIREFIGHTER COULD FACE DUI, HIT-AND-RUN CHARGES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say a San Francisco firefighter who allegedly drove a ladder truck into a motorcyclist while drunk and left the scene could face drunken driving and hit-and-run charges.

The San Francisco Chronicle says 43-year-old Michael Quinn was arrested about two hours after the crash late Saturday.

The newspaper says Quinn was driving a truck with lights flashing and the siren blaring, responding to what turned out to be a false alarm.

Sources tell the Chronicle Quinn's blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.13 percent, above the legal driving limit.

The motorcyclist was hospitalized in serious condition but was expected to survive.

Prosecutors say they expect police to present a case to them Tuesday for possible charges.

A department spokeswoman says Quinn, who has been a firefighter for more than 20 years, has been suspended without pay.

STANFORD RECEIVES $151 MILLION DONATION: PALO ALTO  (AP) — Stanford University says a $151 million donation is the largest gift the school has ever received from a single living person.

The university announced the donation from Silicon Valley real estate developer John Arrillaga Sr. on Monday.

The Oakland Tribune says (http://bit.ly/19Sps1U) it's not the first philanthropic record made by Arrillaga. The 1960 graduate gave the university $100 million in 2006 — then the largest donation of its kind. His name graces buildings across campus and his family's endowed scholarships support 50 students a year.

Officials say the newest donation was not designated for a single purpose but will be used for "a variety of university projects."

2 WORKERS SHOT, KILLED AT OAKLAND RESTAURANT: OAKLAND  (AP) — Oakland police say they have arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths of two workers at a Wingstop chicken wings restaurant.

The Oakland Tribune identified the slain workers as 26-year-old Jose Santa Maria and 22-year-old Kenneth Bradley, who both are from Richmond.

The Tribune says that police have revised their initial statement that the slayings in the city's Grand Lake District late Monday occurred during a robbery, but are not revealing a motive. Nothing was taken from the restaurant.

The person arrested on Tuesday has not been named. Police are reviewing surveillance tapes and looking for a second suspect.

There were four employees and four or five customers inside the restaurant at the time of the shootings. No one else was injured.

JUDGE: BRIDGE WORK BLAMED FOR DEAD BIRDS CAN GO ON: PETALUMA  (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block work on a freeway bridge in Sonoma County to assuage the concerns of wildlife advocates who are worried that more birds will die after becoming trapped in netting designed to keep them off the project.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports that U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that environmental groups did not provide enough proof that continuing the construction was likely to harm a colony of cliff swallows that nests on the underside of the Highway 101 bridge over the Petaluma River.

Since December, dozens of swallows have gotten caught and died in the netting that's designed to create a 50-foot buffer between them and construction workers.

State transportation officials say they have reconfigured the meshwork and that no birds have died there in three months.

TRUCK GETS STUCK IN GOLDEN GATE TOLL PLAZA: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several lanes of the freeway that carries traffic south into San Francisco had to be closed after a tractor-trailer got stuck while trying to pass through the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza.

Bridge spokeswoman Mary Currie says the front of the truck became wedged between a pair of toll booths Monday morning when the driver attempted to drive through a narrow lane meant for cars. The cab suffered a broken axle due to the tight fit.

CHP Officer Andrew Barclay says the driver told authorities he had tried to merge into one of the wide lanes designed for trucks but couldn't because of traffic.

Barclay says a tow truck freed the truck after about 2 ½ hours.

Currie says the mishap caused some minor damage to the bridge's electronic toll-taking equipment.

 

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