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The basic facts are these: A sheriff’s deputy shot his wife. She passed away an hour later.

Was she destined to die? The woman’s family accuses the sheriff’s department of a “shocking series of blunders and delays,” as our story puts it.

An attorney for the county rejects the family’s side of the story and says deputies tried to save the woman’s life.

In another development, we report that the county hired the deputy even though he “had been rejected many times before.

In today’s other big story, a a long-awaited audit of the Centre City Development Corp finds that when Nancy Graham was in charge, staff “misrepresented the nature of contracts to its board, poorly documented vital aspects of key projects and gamed the agency’s procurement system to avoid board oversight.”

In other City Hall news, the U-T reports that an adulterous relationship between two parks & rec employees has resulted in a $450,000 city-paid settlement. “We are buying our peace,” said a deputy city attorney in a rather frank comment.

In this weekend’s Q&A feature, we talk to longtime Principal Wendell Bass, who’s retiring after nearly three decades on the job at some of San Diego’s most challenging schools.

Bass says the basics haven’t changed during his career. “There are very specific things I think that work well — and it doesn’t matter the era”: Establish rules, set expectations, demand respect and include the students.

Also in education, we take a quick look at the unusual — but not unheard of — plan to spend school-bond money to build a charter school. It turns out that a local district did the very same thing a few years ago.

We also have an update on the court case involving the county schools employee “who alleges that he was fired for blowing the whistle on conflicts of interest.”

The Coffee Collection (If you missed these good reads this week, check them out over a cup of java).

One Mega Mess: Metabasis Therapeutics didn’t go gently into that good night.

“Even employees who have spent decades in the rough-and-tumble world of biotech described the last week in May 2009 as the most traumatizing of their careers,” says our story explaining how the meltdown happened and what it means for the struggling biotech world.

Tear-Stained Desks Not Included: How bad have things gotten at the Union-Tribune? This bad: the paper has put three of the five floors at its Mission Valley headquarters up for lease because many of workers are gone.

But finding a renter may be as tough as boosting subscriber numbers.

Quote of the week: “Fyi — Darren lays the lumber to Rob ‘the Eiminator’ Davis.” — excerpt from an internal city email referring to mayoral spokesman Darren Pudgil and one of our reporters, who hasn’t “eiminated” anything, as far as we know. Although we wouldn’t put it past him.

The email, typo included, was one of 374 that the city coughed up this week after we threatened to sue over being denied access to public records. The city is withholding more emails, and we may still go to court.

By the way, we have a new update with more information about innocuous emails that ended up in the no-see zone.

RANDY DOTINGA

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