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Diablo's Week in Review May 9-16, 2009

Danville's Chris Mullin out as top Warriors executive, BB sniper targets I-680 motorists near Sunol, Contra Costa Times might charge for online content, and 97-year-old woman found slain in her Oakland highrise.



Danville's Chris Mullin is parting ways with the Golden State Warriors after it was announced that his contract won't be renewed.

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Warriors shake-up: The Golden State Warriors officially cut ties with Chris Mullin, its top executive (and one-time All-Star forward) by announcing that it won't renew his contract as executive vice presiden. He will be replaced by new general manager Larry Riley. News reports say Mullin, of Danville, had effectively been benched a few months ago and had fallen out of favor with team President Robert Rowell this summer over several high-profile issues, including allowing star player Baron Davis to leave for the Los Angeles Clippers.

BB sniper tied to at least 45 I-680 shootings near Sunol: In its latest estimates, the California Highway Patrol says that 45 people have reported that their cars have been struck by BB pellets while driving along a stretch of the freeway near the Sunol-Fremont border. The latest spate of attacks occurred late at night between Mission and Washington Boulevards last weekend. Reports from motorists hearing shots or having their windows shattered in earlier attacks subsequently began pouring in. So far, no one has been badly hurt.

Contra Costa Times may start charging for online news: MediaNews Group owner Dean Singleton, who owns the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, Valley Times, and Tri-Valley Herald, told employees that his company is looking for ways to charge readers to access certain "premium content." In a memo, he said "our websites attract a significant audience and drive considerable page views," but that giving away content for free does an "injustice" to our print subscribers, creates "perceptions that our content has no value" and "devalues the core of our business--the great local journalism we (and only we) produce on a daily basis."

Oakland woman, 97, found beaten to death in her highrise apartment:  Fear swept through seniors and residents in the relatively safe streets around Lake Merritt after Ivarene Lett was found slain in her sixth-floor apartment. Lett was Oakland's oldest homicide victim.  Up to the time of her death, Lett was still active and alert, taking weekly dance classes and still driving.  Police said there appears to be no signs of forced entry or of anything taken from the apartment. 

Mt. Diablo Schools sends final lay-off notices to more than 400 teachers and staff: The Mt. Diablo Unified school district board voted to send notices to 413 teachers and librarians, 10 vice principals, and two psychologists.  Although the district is expected to receive $20 million in federal stimulus money, it could lose close to that amount due to declining enrollment and state budget cuts. The district sent out more than 600 preliminary notices in March.

Former Dublin doctor pleads no contest to molesting male patients, friends: Tony Shiu pleaded no contest to all 10 counts of sexual battery, lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, poisoning, and administering controlled substance.  The victims included two men who met him at his Dublin home to go to a bachlor party. The men said Shiu assaulted them after slipping them something to make them unconcious. Several male patients, included a 13-year-old also made sexual assault claims against Shiu.