• PG&E executives will appear at a hearing Friday afternoon in SF to answer questions from state regulators about last weeks blackouts. In a statement Thursday, CEO Bill Johnson called the scope of the event "untenable" and says such blackouts "cannot become the status quo." [NYT]
  • A wildfire that grew to 25 acres Thursday night near Highway 29 in Lake County prompted an evacuation order that has since been lifted. The fire was threatening the Hidden Valley area around 9 p.m. [KRON 4 / Chronicle]
  • As the fire broke out at the NuStar refinery in Crockett on Tuesday, employees fled the scene without activating a fire-suppression system. Also arriving firefighters found the property gates locked. [NBC Bay Area]
  • Yet another Bay Area resident, Manuel Henriquez, has agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal. [ABC 7]
  • The Republican National Committee is being called out for sending fraudulent mailers meant to look like census questionnaires to voters in Montana. [NBC Bay Area]
  • Facebook just donated $25 million to Santa Clara County to construct affordable housing for teachers. [CBS SF]
  • Look for sunny and partly sunny skies today with a breezy, cool afternoon — and Sunday will be the warmest day of the weekend. [ABC 7]
  • Famed rock keyboardist and organist Rick Wakeman is playing a rare show at the Castro Theatre Saturday night. [CBS SF]

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