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POSTED July 15, 2013 9:13 p.m.

DOG THAT ATE POISONED MEATBALL IN SF DIES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog that ate one of numerous poisoned meatballs found in San Francisco neighborhoods has died.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/17gmnUd) that the 7-year-old dachshund named Oskar died on Thursday, eight days after eating the meatball.

The meatball was among hundreds laced with strychnine that were scattered in the city's Twin Peaks and Diamond Heights neighborhoods earlier this month. Strychnine is a common rat poison.

San Francisco Police Lt. Miriam Pengel tells the Chronicle that the meatballs had enough poison to kill a human.

Oskar is believed to be the only dog that ate any of them. He was expected to recover.

Police are still investigating the incident and do not know whether dogs were the intended targets.

MAN HELD IN SF KILLINGS HAD ANTIOCH ARREST IN '09: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say the 23-year-old man charged with the murders of two women inside a crowded San Francisco jewelry mart is facing charges in a separate case in which he allegedly drove at a police officer.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1bD5pmp) that Barry White has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the 2009 incident. Authorities say he was trying to flee from police after he and his friends couldn't get into a party in Antioch, and one of them threatened the bouncer with a shotgun.

White allegedly drove at an officer, who got out of the way and fired at the vehicle. White was later found with gunshot wounds.

White's attorney, Jivaka Candappa, has said his client had his hands in the air and his back to police when he was shot.

PANEL URGES MORE OVERSIGHT OF CALIF. REFINERIES: RICHMOND  (AP) — The state panel created after a fire destroyed part of Chevron's Richmond refinery is recommending the creation of a new refinery task force with powers to penalize violations at oil refineries and strengthen air quality monitoring.

The Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety said the myriad state agencies currently charged with refinery oversight should be brought together to streamline efforts.

The panel says this new "Interagency Refinery Task Force" should be created within Cal-EPA by Sept. 1.

A federal investigation found that the Aug. 6 blaze was caused by a corroded pipe that should have been replaced, and faulted state oversight as one reason for the accident.

SMALL EARTHQUAKE HITS NEAR SAN JOSE: SAN JOSE  (AP) — Officials say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.4 was measured in Northern California.

The U.S. Geological Survey on Monday said the temblor struck about 9 miles northeast of San Jose.

The earthquake struck on the Calaveras fault at a shallow depth of 5.3 miles, according to the USGS.

San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said there have been no reports of damage or injury.

 

Investigators said more needs to be done to ensure safety at the state's 14 other refineries.

JUDGE SAYS SF PERMIT 'EXPEDITER' CAN GO TO TRIAL : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco prosecutors say an unlicensed civil engineer facing more than 200 felony charges can go to trial for allegedly creating fake documentation for dozens of construction projects.

District Attorney George Gascon announced Monday that a judge ruled on Friday there's enough sufficient evidence for a trial in the fraud case against notorious San Francisco permit "expediter" Jimmy Jen.

The 59-year-old Jen is accused of using the names of licensed engineers for more than 100 projects submitted for approval since 1990.

Jen was a former plan checker for the city of San Francisco well known in construction circles for his ability to push permits through building inspectors.

Jen and former employee, Jian Min Fong, who faces more than 80 felonies on similar charges, are both scheduled for arraignment on July 30.

ASIANA TO SUE SAN FRANCISCO TV STATION OVER NAMES: SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asiana announced Monday that it will sue a San Francisco TV station that it said damaged the airline's reputation by using bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on a plane that crashed earlier this month in San Francisco.

An anchor for KTVU-TV read the names on the air Friday and then apologized after a break. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned-out plane that had crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, killing three and injuring dozens.

Video of the report has spread widely across the Internet since it was broadcast.

The National Transportation Safety Board has also apologized, saying a summer intern erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

Asiana has decided to sue KTVU-TV to "strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report" that disparaged Asians, Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said. She said the airline will likely file suit in U.S. courts.

 

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