Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Jun 4, 2015

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California death penalty: New execution method will be proposed // San Jose Mercury 

"California's death penalty system, dormant for nine years, might soon move slowly toward resuming executions.

As part of a court settlement reached on Tuesday, the state's corrections department agreed to unveil a new execution method by the fall that will be tied to the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected sometime this month in a challenge to Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol."

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Mission market-rate housing moratorium fails // SF Examiner 

"Fearing displacement and the loss of the historic working-class Latino culture, hundreds turned out at City Hall Tuesday to call for the temporarily halting of market-rate housing development in the Mission.

But after a nearly nine-hour long meeting, the Board of Supervisors shot down the proposal.

The Board of Supervisors voted 7 to 4 to adopt the moratorium, but the vote required nine votes for approval. Supervisors Katy Tang, Scott Wiener, Mark Farrell and Julie Christensen voted in opposition. Supervisors Malia Cohen, London Breed, David Campos, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Norman Yee and John Avalos supported it."

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Artists, step right up and get pieces of Bay Bridge steel // SF Gate 

"If you’ve ever wanted to call a piece of the Bay Bridge your own — and give it an artistic twist — here’s your chance.

Just don’t plan to put it in your backyard. Or count on someone else footing the bill.

The opportunity is being provided by the Oakland Museum of California, which is in charge of distributing 450 tons of steel that formed part of the eastern span of the bridge between Oakland and San Francisco. This includes beams of varying size, “knuckles” where several pieces of steel come together and 1,000 rivets."

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UC Berkeley researcher leads study linking poor sleep to Alzheimer’s disease // The Daily Cal 

"A team of scientists led by a UC Berkeley researcher has linked persistent poor sleep to the buildup of a toxic protein that can inhibit the ability to form long-term memory and eventually lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

A study published Monday by a group led by Bryce Mander, a postdoctoral fellow in the UC Berkeley psychology department, describes how low-quality, disturbed sleep leads to the buildup of the toxic protein beta-amyloid. The study was published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience."

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4 Star Theater property for sale at $2.8 million, targeting developers // The Richmond District Blog

"In another sign of the ever-present housing crisis and land grab, the property which has been home to the 4-Star Theater since 1913 is now up for sale for $2.8 million.

The listing on Loopnet is trying to attract developers, not buyers who might be interested in running a movie theater.

“This corner lot has enormous potential to develop as a mixed-use construction project,” it reads. The listing suggests “potential mixed use with condos”.