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Poetry, parade to mark opening of new Bay Bridge today

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will take over ceremonial responsibilities for Gov. Jerry Brown at Monday's ceremonies to mark the opening for the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Brown, who has defended the bridge's construction amid questions about its safety, is in Michigan with his wife, Anne, for her family reunion. The ceremonies have been scaled down somewhat in light of the controversy surrounding the new span, but it will include a ceremonial chain cutting, a parade of antique cars and an offering from the state's poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Bridges are rich targets for poets, a literal manifestation of the kinds of connections that...

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