Thursday Must Read: Mehserle to be Released Monday; Delta Pumps Slaughter Millions of Baby Fish

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle is scheduled to be released from custody on Monday after serving a short prison stint for fatally shooting unarmed train-rider Oscar Grant, the Trib reports. Grant’s family, who remains unhappy about Mehserle’s relatively light sentence, is planning a series of events over the weekend in Los Angeles. Mehserle was convicted last year of involuntary manslaughter, but the judge in the case threw out a gun-enhancement conviction that would have resulted in a much longer prison sentence.

Splittail

  • Splittail

2. Delta pumps that send freshwater to the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California slaughtered six million young splittail fish last month, generating protests from environmental groups, the Chron reports. The pumps also have shredded tens of thousands of imperiled Chinook salmon since last October. But some regulators say the massive fish kills may be good news because they might be an indicator that there are more fish than previously thought.

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