Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. The Barry Bonds federal perjury trial turned tawdry yesterday during testimony by his former mistress, Kimberly Bell. California Watch reports that Bell told jurors that after Bonds blamed a 1999 elbow injury on his steroid use he grew increasingly angry and controlling. He also became far more muscular, and "developed acne on his upper shoulders and back," she said. "His hair was falling out quickly, and he ended up shaving it all off." Bell also told jurors that Bonds underwent "changes sexually and in his testicles." And Bell said that "more than once," he threatened to "cut my head off and leave me in a ditch," she said. Baseball’s homerun king, she said, also threatened to "cut out my breast implants because he paid for them. ... He was very controlling."
2. Gasoline prices could easily hit $5 a gallon this summer in California, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Wall Street commodities traders who are worried about political unrest in the Middle East, particularly in Libya, have sent gas prices over $4 a gallon. AAA said that the average price for regular unleaded gas in the state is $4.03. In addition, California refiners must switch this summer to a pricier blend of cleaner burning fuel.
3. Yusuf Bey IV not only wanted to kill Chauncey Bailey to stop him from writing stories about Your Black Muslim Bakery, but he also blamed the Oakland journalist for his father’s death, according to testimony yesterday by confessed hitman Devaughndre Broussard, the CoCo Times reports. Bey IV said "that's (the expletive) who killed my dad” when watching a video of Bailey, Broussard testified. Bailey wrote newspaper stories about child rape charges filed against the elder Yusuf Bey, who died of cancer before he went on trial. Broussard also laughed during his testimony when describing how he murdered another man whom he said Bey IV ordered him to kill.
4. Prosecutors for the National Labor Relations Board have filed charges against Piedmont Gardens nursing home in Oakland, alleging that it illegally fired 38 striking workers last year and replaced them with non-union employees, the Trib reports. The owners of the nursing home say they did nothing wrong, but NLRB prosecutors said the workers had a right to strike and that Piedmont Gardens must rehire them and pay them back wages. The case will now go to an administrative law judge.
5. And Governor Jerry Brown is expected to declare an end to California’s three-year drought on Wednesday when the next snow survey is conducted, the LA Times reports. The drought actually ended last year but water managers held off on declaring it to be over until state reservoirs refilled. As of last Friday, the Sierra snowpack was 159 percent of normal for the year.