April 9: the workday in the Bay closes with breaking news on Phone Outage ’09; a foiled plan to distribute fake meth; and the wakening of the Conficker worm.


Cut fiber optic cable, which lead to wide-spread phone outages in Bay Area, is tentatively attributed to vandals. Authorities at a loss as to who would do such a thing to cell phones, which never did anything to hurt anyone. ABC7, CBS5, CBS5, KRON4, Ex

Car crashes into cable car on Powell Street. No injuries reported as both vehicles were traveling at very low speeds: the car because it was pulling out of a parking space the cable car because that’s just what it does. CBS5

35-year-old Richmond man shot and killed Wednesday night has been identified as Alejandro Garcia. No arrests have been made. Chron


Protester douses BART GM in red paint. Speculated that protester thought he was pulling out his taser. Chron

Investigators drowning in wacky tips in case of murdered Tracy girl. Thankfully half of the Bay Area was unable to use cell phones today or it may have been much worse. Chron


Conficker worm raises its ugly head. With talk of ‘keystroke loggers’ and ‘rootkits’ researchers confirm what many knew all along: this is the Matrix. CBS5

Angels postpone tonight’s game against A’s following death of pitcher. CBS5


Attempt at selling fake methamphetamine to undercover special agents lands two San Mateo men in custody. A ‘field test’ of the substance was used to determine that it was not in fact meth, but finely ground instant oatmeal. Thirty people in East Bay were fooled. KRON4

The recession wins another round as 700 non-union workers in Sonoma County are informed that all raises, perks, and happy things are being cut. KRON4

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