» What We Know: The Palo Alto home was burglarized on July 17, though most major outlets did not report the news until this morning, and follows a drastic increase in Bay Area burglaries. Police have a suspect in custody, 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin, currently being held on $500,000 bail and scheduled to appear in court August 20 to enter a plea. He faces a maximum sentence of seven years and eight months in prison. Authorities have not disclosed whether the stolen items belonged to Jobs or a relative, and all questions regarding the case are being referred to the district attorney’s office.
» One of California’s top 10 emitters of toxic chemicals: The Richmond, Calif. Chevron plant where the massive fire took place is a bit of an environmental problem child even when it isn’t having massive fires that force people to stay inside their homes. The plant, which suffered that fire on Monday evening, is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the state, and the fire will singlehandedly make gas prices rise on the West Coast.
Well, that has to suck: Sure, it’s fun when it’s moving quickly, but what happens when a 150-foot-tall roller coaster gets stuck? Twelve unlucky riders at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif. found out the hard way, when a Superman-themed ride just, uh, stopped on Sunday. Fortunately, it was more an annoyance than a dangerous situation, with the riders getting stuck for an hour and a half, but eventually getting down.
I watched as my son took his last breath. I watched as his heart stopped beating for the last time. Please, please, please stop the violence. It’s not going to bring my son back, and this is the worst thing any mother could go through.Genevieve Huizar, the mother of Anaheim shooting victim Manuel Diaz • Offering a pained plea for people in the city to stop the violence. Diaz’s shooting by police on Saturday has led to violent protests in the city, leading to shattered windows and numerous arrests. The violence is partly due to a changing demographic — Anaheim, once a mostly white city, is now more than 50 percent Hispanic, and the shooting has become a bit of a spark for those feeing disenfranchised. Diaz’s family has sued the city over the shooting, seeking $50 million in damages.
» And they have company, too: San Bernardino, population 202,000, is not a small city. Nor is Stockton, population 291,000, which announced its intention to declare bankruptcy last month. Both fell on hard times after a boom-and-bust period. The much-smaller Mammoth Lakes also filed for bankruptcy protection recently, but unlike the recession-related reasons for the other two cities, their reason was lawsuit-related. (That city owes $43 million in a breach-of-contract lawsuit to a developer, which is far more than their yearly operating budget.) Anyone want to take bets on which California city falls prey to bankruptcy protection next, if any? (Edit: Spelling)