News You Can Snooze Through

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While everyone is preoccupied with Eritrean and Russian immigrants who allegedly murder their relatives, we defiantly ply you with boring stories you oughtta know about. Let's go through the rundown. According to the Oakland Tribune, the Port of Oakland has signed a new contract with its janitors' union, curtailing its reported practice of hiring people on a part-time basis to avoid paying health benefits. The CoCo Times reports that managers of San Pablo's beleaguered Doctors Medical Center will no longer be allowed to bill the hospital for booze they drink at conferences. And ooh, ooh! The Trib says that someone pretending to be a Berkeley firefighter is scamming residents for contributions to the "firefighters' association!" Okay, that last one wasn't so boring.

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