On the multi-session bug. I found a slight variation...

As you have seen in previous screenshots if you exit emulation while in the driving game play you get this all black except for sliver on left side.

Just found that if you quit from game play portion of the attract/demo you get a different black bar. By attract I mean, start game and wait until it goes into the driving demo with Mario. This is with svn5839, clean build.

Not sure if that 2nd behavior helps track down the issue.