Wednesday, January 8
MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California hang glider who ended up dangling from a eucalyptus tree is back on earth thanks to a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew who performed a delicate rescue operation. The Mercury News says an officer was lowered down and cut the man free of his airframe from the tree in Milpitas. Then both were then gently lowered to the ground. The pilot was not hurt.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento City Council has voted to file an eminent domain lawsuit against the owners of a former Macy's department store downtown. The Sacramento Bee reports the vote comes as the city tries to gain control of a vital parcel for the development of a new sports arena. The ownership group is made up of the California Public Employees' Retirement System and a Texas firm negotiating for U.S. Bank, which holds a ground lease on the property.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Claiming top prosecutors bad-mouth homicide defendants in an effort to sway future trial jurors, the San Francisco public defender's office is asking for a gag order on the district attorney's office. The Chronicle reports that the DA's office called the unusual request unconstitutional, saying it has merely passed on information already in the public record.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has increased by $50 million the amount that paint makers will have to pay into a fund to remove lead paint from homes across the state. A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge yesterday issued a final verdict ordering Sherwin Williams, National Lead and ConAgra to pay $1.15 billion after finding that the companies knew the paint was harmful to children.