Tuesday Must Reads: 30,000 Prisoners Refuse Meals as Hunger Strike Begins; Bridge Opening Delayed Until At Least December

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. At least 30,000 inmates in California prisons refused meals yesterday as a statewide hunger strike got underway to protest the practice of locking up prisoners in long-term solitary confinement, the LA Times$ reports. The number of prisoners who refused to eat was much higher than during hunger strikes in 2011 over the same issue. In addition, 2,300 inmates refused to work yesterday or attend prison classes. Prisoners and human rights activists contend that long-term solitary confinement is inhumane.

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2. The opening of the troubled new eastern span of the Bay Bridge has been delayed until at least December to give Caltrans more time to implement a fix for 32 giant steel rods that snapped earlier this year. A panel of experts also released a report yesterday, spreading blame for the steel rod scandal among Caltrans, bridge consulting engineers at T.Y. Lin and Moffatt & Nichol, and bridge contractor American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises.

3. NTSB officials are trying to figure out why the pilots of Asiana Flight 214 allowed the Boeing 777 jetliner to slow to a dangerously unsafe speed before it crash landed on Saturday at SFO, resulting in the deaths of two teens. The airplane was flying at least 30 knots slower than it should have, and yet the pilots did not seem to realize it. The lead pilot had never landed that type of aircraft before in San Francisco.

4. A judge tentatively ruled that the scandal-plagued American Indian charter schools in Oakland can remain open while they appeal their license revocation to the state Board of Education — a process that could take up to a year, the Trib reports. The Oakland school board revoked the schools' license to operate earlier this year after a financial scandal. The county Board of Education then refused to overturn that decision.

5. And state officials took control of the City College of San Francisco, stripping the elected board of trustees of its power, in an attempt to save the college from losing its accreditation and closing down next year, SFGate reports.

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