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“I figured I’d start at the bottom, like all sportswriters, covering high schools or colleges. Imagine my shock when Bob came by my desk and told me that management had approved my transfer to sports and that I would be replacing Peters as the Giants writer. I was flabbergasted. So was the rest of the staff. Other sportswriters were angry — I couldn’t blame them — because this was a plum assignment and some were passed over. One higher editor called it a “poor decision.””—San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman
on former Oakland Tribune sports editor Bob Valli, who died Wednesday
“Got kicked out of and A's game for passing out #BayM1GS flyers. Did a banner drop, too. Since when was a stadium private, not public, property?" a person tweeted at 2:16 p.m. using the name Leon Ghesu. He identified himself later as Leo Ritz-Barr. He said they were given the choice to leave or relinquish all 1,000 of their fliers. "Four security guards escorted us out. The fliers cost more than the $2 ticket," he wrote on Thursday. "Too bad we left right when the game got good.”—My favorite missive from the #newsdesert as of late. Really working that May Day beat!
China hacks Oakland Tribune, finds nothing valuable
BREAKING: Oakland Unseen reports that Chinese hackers have compromised several Oakland Tribune journalists’ email accounts at bayareanewsgroup.com. However, their server logs show that no data was copied, and the hackers quickly left after realizing there was no valuable information in any of their emails containing story leads, which consisted mostly of day-old AP and Reuters articles.
The FBI, however, is looking into the breach of several New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post journalists’ email accounts as being a threat to national security, and is promising to take decisive action against these Chinese cyberattacks.