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Mon March 26, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, March 26, 2012

San Francisco's District 5 Supervisor, Christina Olague, has requested a hearing to examine neighborhood recycling scavenging. Since 2010 Recology and the city have looked into how to stop the activity, which costs up to $5 million in revenue annually. The hearing should take place in April before the board’s City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee...

City College of San Francisco will accept 40% fewer students this summer and shorten its term in an effort to save $500,000. California State University students attempting to take summer courses in order to graduate on time will be the most impacted. This change comes in addition to four furlough days and a retroactive pay cut for faculty...

Robin O'Connor, the former San Francisco Giants payroll manager who plead guilty to wire fraud, may qualify for probation instead of federal prison, according to her attorney. Prosecutors have asked for a sentence of 33 months in prison for O'Connor, who embezzled $2.2 million from the team from June 2010 to June 2011. Sentencing is scheduled for this afternoon. In requesting five years of probation, O'Connor's attorney argued in court that she was under physical and emotional stress at the time...

General Motors is recalling roughly 6,000  2012 model year big vans and sport-utility vehicles because of a faulty gear shaft. Letters to owners will be sent April 4. Porsche is recalling more than 1,000 2012 model year coupes that have a faulty coolant and fuel line...

A Japanese nuclear reactor was taken off line today, leaving only one of 54 in the nation operational. Japanese reactors are usually taken offline every 13 months for regular checks, then restarted. Since the rise in nuclear safety concerns, none of the reactors that has been taken offline have been restarted. The last reactor is located in Hokkaido and will be shut down in May...

8,000 participated in the third annual Oakland Marathon yesterday. Runners included a man with a broken leg, a homeless Iraq War veteran, and an 11-year-old girl. The women's winner, Anna Bretan, a delivery nurse from Berkeley, who had a baby six weeks ago, finished the race in just under three hours.

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