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  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

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    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. Arizona Republic justice reporter Michael Kiefer describes what he saw as a witness to the execution of…
  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    SacBee -- Top Stories
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. Arizona Republic justice reporter Michael Kiefer describes what he saw as a witness to the execution of…
  • Cal Expo police step up parking lot surveillance following catalytic converter thefts

    SacBee -- Our Region
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The Cal Expo Police Department has stepped up its surveillance of the venue’s parking lots following reports of several catalytic converter thefts during this year’s California State Fair.
  • Editorial: Judge chastises California perpetuating dysfunctional death penalty system

    SacBee -- Editorials
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Death penalty opponents might be heartened by a federal judge’s decision declaring California’s capital punishment unconstitutional. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney last week is less a victory for abolitionists than it is a condemnation of California officials’ mishandling of capital punishment. Ernest Dewayne Jones brought the lawsuit on which a judge ruled the state’s execution system is unconstitutional. Linda Avalos, holds a sign as she protests the death penalty outside San Quentin Prison before the execution of Clarence Ray Allen on…
  • Editorial: Judge chastises California perpetuating dysfunctional death penalty system

    SacBee -- Opinion
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Death penalty opponents might be heartened by a federal judge’s decision declaring California’s capital punishment unconstitutional. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney last week is less a victory for abolitionists than it is a condemnation of California officials’ mishandling of capital punishment. Ernest Dewayne Jones brought the lawsuit on which a judge ruled the state’s execution system is unconstitutional. Linda Avalos, holds a sign as she protests the death penalty outside San Quentin Prison before the execution of Clarence Ray Allen on…
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  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. Arizona Republic justice reporter Michael Kiefer describes what he saw as a witness to the execution of…
  • As airliner dead are honored, Germany chides Russia for inaction

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    As about 1,000 relatives of the dead from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 gathered Wednesday to meet the first bodies returned to the Netherlands, European anger at Russia’s involvement in the months-long conflict in eastern Ukraine appeared to grow and the pro-Russian separatists in the region reportedly shot down two more military jets. People release white balloons after attending a silent march of remembrance in Amsterdam, July 23, 2014. The first bodies of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 arrived in the Netherlands from Ukraine Wednesday. (AP…
  • Obama raises money at ‘Scandal’ creator’s home

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    LOS ANGELES - President Barack Obama raised money from a Hollywood crowd here Wednesday night, joking about seeing pictures of Scandal star Kerry Washington’s new baby -- and jokingly accusing singer Janelle Monae of harboring a secret video of the president trying to outdance Usher.
  • Cal Expo police step up parking lot surveillance following catalytic converter thefts

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The Cal Expo Police Department has stepped up its surveillance of the venue’s parking lots following reports of several catalytic converter thefts during this year’s California State Fair.
  • Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people. A International Red Cross employee runs for cover after an Israeli strike during a two-hour temporary ceasefire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reported progress in efforts to broker a truce in a war that has so far…
 
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  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. Arizona Republic justice reporter Michael Kiefer describes what he saw as a witness to the execution of…
  • Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank cars

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed a two-year phase-out of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Officials in California and Sacramento applauded the move by the federal transportation agency. But some local leaders say they want the federal government to be do more. On Sunday, July 20, 2014, more than month after a train derailment in Buhl, Ala., several tank cars that were carrying fuel oil remain on their sides near people's homes. The U.S. Department of Transportation…
  • Brown praises judicial nominee’s credentials, background

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Explaining his nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown emphasized Cuéllar’s academic credentials and noted that he was “not unaware” of California’s diversity as he decided whom to appoint.
  • Sacramento judge rejects dying man’s last-minute will

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    A Sacramento Superior Court judge refused Tuesday to validate a hotly contested will that a prominent lawyer claimed to be the last wishes of a dying friend. The will would have given all but a small portion of Joseph Herb O’Brien’s estate to a mutual friend. Attorney Kenneth L. Rosenfeld said he wrote down the final wishes of his friend J. Herb O'Brien on this legal sheet, transferring the bulk of the dying man's estate to veterinarian Ken Pawlowski. Joseph Herb O'Brien Christopher Heard Kenneth L. Rosenfeld
  • Congress goes to the dogs, pushing support for retired military K9s

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
    You want to get something done in Congress, bring a dog. Yep, that's what congressional hearings usually bring: Yawns. Cila, a retired military working dog, listens as officials from the American Humane Association and members of Congress talk about transferring military dogs to civilian life, in a Capitol Hill event Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Carlos, the American Humane Association's "military hero dog of the year," stands in front of the group's president and chief executive, Robin Ganzert, in a Capitol Hill event Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Cila, a retired military working dog, and others…
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    SacBee -- Our Region

  • Cal Expo police step up parking lot surveillance following catalytic converter thefts

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The Cal Expo Police Department has stepped up its surveillance of the venue’s parking lots following reports of several catalytic converter thefts during this year’s California State Fair.
  • Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank cars

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed a two-year phase-out of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Officials in California and Sacramento applauded the move by the federal transportation agency. But some local leaders say they want the federal government to be do more. On Sunday, July 20, 2014, more than month after a train derailment in Buhl, Ala., several tank cars that were carrying fuel oil remain on their sides near people's homes. The U.S. Department of Transportation…
  • UC Davis to work with Chinese on food safety

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Scientists at UC Davis have signed a five-year agreement to collaborate with China on food safety.
  • Roseville Cyclery doubles sales projected for its first year

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The number of specialty bicycle retailers continues to decline, so the owners of Roseville Cyclery were tickled pink to tell me that not only had they survived their first year in business but had doubled their gross revenue.
  • Sacramento man convicted of possessing rock cocaine for sale

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    A federal jury has convicted a Sacramento man of possessing cocaine for sale.
 
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    SacBee -- Editorials

  • Editorial: Judge chastises California perpetuating dysfunctional death penalty system

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Death penalty opponents might be heartened by a federal judge’s decision declaring California’s capital punishment unconstitutional. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney last week is less a victory for abolitionists than it is a condemnation of California officials’ mishandling of capital punishment. Ernest Dewayne Jones brought the lawsuit on which a judge ruled the state’s execution system is unconstitutional. Linda Avalos, holds a sign as she protests the death penalty outside San Quentin Prison before the execution of Clarence Ray Allen on…
  • Editorial: Jerry Brown’s judicial nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar seems solid

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Jerry Brown shapes the California Supreme Court with the nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
  • Opinion Extra: A (smart) call for California-style top-two primaries in all U.S. states.

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    In an op-ed piece in the New York Times today, Sen. Charles Schumer suggests that California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right. But for open primaries, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, might have advanced to the general election to face Gov. Jerry Brown in November.
  • Editorial: In aborted recount in state controller’s race, voters win

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Assemblyman John A. Pérez deserves a thank-you from Californians for having the good sense to call off a recount Friday of the votes cast for state controller in the June primary. If it had gone on much longer, the spectacle could have had an impact on the outcome of the November election for controller. Assemblyman John A. Pérez
  • Editorial: Overwatering is a crime – except for state’s biggest water user

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    New rules make overwatering a crime – for everyone but the agriculture industry. That’s not fair. Lawns at the state Capitol are being allowed to die to show residents the seriousness of the drought and to set an example of thrifty water use.
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    SacBee -- Opinion

  • Editorial: Judge chastises California perpetuating dysfunctional death penalty system

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Death penalty opponents might be heartened by a federal judge’s decision declaring California’s capital punishment unconstitutional. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney last week is less a victory for abolitionists than it is a condemnation of California officials’ mishandling of capital punishment. Ernest Dewayne Jones brought the lawsuit on which a judge ruled the state’s execution system is unconstitutional. Linda Avalos, holds a sign as she protests the death penalty outside San Quentin Prison before the execution of Clarence Ray Allen on…
  • Viewpoints: Don’t believe industry-paid ‘experts’ on soda and diabetes

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Independent science overwhelmingly shows the health risks of soft drinks. Robert Lustig Michael Goran
  • Jack Ohman: Giant leaps

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Giant leaps
  • Another View: Prop. 49 lets citizens have a voice

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Money is running amok in politics because of the Citizens United decision by the Supeme Court. People protest during oral arguments in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission at the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 2013. The cases tests constitutional limits of campaign finance laws involving contributions to candidates and political parties and follows the 2010 controversial Citizens United decision. Michele Sutter Derek Cressman
  • Viewpoints: The bonds between California and Mexico will only grow stronger

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Initiatives are underway to increase economic and cultural ties. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, greets Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade during a May visit. José Antonio Meade
 
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    SacBee -- Bee State News

  • Marysville Peach Festival to draw thousands to Yuba County

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Marysville expects 30,000 people to come into town Friday and Saturday for its 15th annual Peach Festival.
  • Warring factions in Corning casino tribe agree to election to settle dispute

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Tribal factions agree to a binding general election to settle the question of who controls a $100 million-a-year casino in Corning, averting a long legal fight. Priscilla Delara, center, was one of a busload from the Paskenta band of Nomlaki Indians protesting the Bureau of Indian Affairs in front of the Federal building on July 12.
  • San Francisco works to improve pedestrian safety

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    It’s been almost a year since Jikaiah Stevens stepped off the sidewalk near her home for what she assumed was a routine walk to her job downtown. Jikaiah Stevens walks at the intersection of Bush and Taylor streets near her home in San Francisco, where nine months ago she was hit while crossing in the crosswalk and suffered a life-threatening head injury. Jikaiah Stevens, 31, of San Francisco at the intersection of Bush and Taylor Street near her home where nine-months ago she was hit while crossing the crosswalk and suffered a life-threatening head injury. Photographed in San Francisco…
  • Yosemite’s anniversary: For Indians, there’s little to celebrate

    29 Jun 2014 | 12:44 am
    For many American Indians, the inspiration for Yosemite National Park did not start with flowery prose from John Muir or a romantic vision of Galen Clark in the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias as its “first guardian.” It began with murder and destruction. Tribal elder Les James, right, who is Miwuk-Chukchansi, has worked to return Indian cultural activities to Yosemite. Elder Bill Tucker, background, inspects a village site in Yosemite Valley. In 1851, Indians in the Yosemite area were hunted and killed. In ensuing decades tribes were controlled or driven away. Bill Tucker, a…
  • Human skull, doll fragments found by dog in Yuba City backyard

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Human and animal skeletal remains were found in the backyard of a Yuba City home after the digging of a persistent dog.
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    SacBee -- Courts/Legal News

  • Final wishes of a ‘good man’ or deathbed fraud? Judge to rule in probate case

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This much is clear from the court records on file in Judge Christopher E. Krueger’s Sacramento courtroom: Kenneth Pawlowski, a prominent Sacramento-area veterinarian, was having dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with his friend, attorney Kenneth L. Rosenfeld, and their wives on the evening of March 12, 2011. Pawlowski’s cellphone buzzed, and on the other end was a nurse from the Eskaton Care Center skilled nursing facility in Greenhaven. She told Pawlowski that a third friend of the pair, Joseph Herb O’Brien, 74, appeared to be nearing the end. Attorney Kenneth L.
  • ACLU challenges Sacramento airport over ad ban

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    The ads by health nonprofit California Endowment have appeared in the rotunda of the state Capitol, on bus stops across Sacramento and as a 90-by-140-foot mural on a historic Los Angeles hotel. But not in the Sacramento International Airport, where officials deemed them too controversial. One ad shows several people with the statement, “1.4 million undocumented tax-paying Californians lack health coverage.” Airport officials say the ads, such as this one, violate a policy that prohibits advertising “that would involve the county or the airport in controversial, social,…
  • Homeless activists sue Sacramento County to block panhandling ban

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a new Sacramento County panhandling ordinance as unconstitutional.
  • Hole-in-one contest ends in dispute, threat of lawsuit

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    It was any golfer’s dream – a hole in one rewarded with a new luxury car prize. The Granite Bay Golf Club in Granite Bay
 
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    SacBee -- Education

  • Brown keeps mostly mum on teacher tenure ruling

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    In his first public comments on the controversial Vergara v. California ruling that struck down teacher tenure laws in June, Governor Jerry Brown said only that attorney general Kamala Harris had on Monday filed a request for additional information from the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Gov. Jerry Brown talks about revisions to his budget on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Sacramento Public Library offers scholarships toward online high school diplomas

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    The library will provide between 50 and 75 scholarships to qualified adults who intend to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers.
  • Davis, Mira Loma outperform Sacramento-area high schools on 2012-13 SAT

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Davis Senior High students -- by a wide margin -- outperformed their peers at every other Sacramento-area high school on the SAT during the 2012-2013 school year, according to new figures from the California Department of Education.
  • Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests.
  • Fear festers following outbreak of tuberculosis at Grant

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    In the shadows of Grant Union High School, The 3 B’s barbershop hosts Little League sign-ups, fundraising carwashes and community association meetings. These days, the red stucco shop is where people come to talk about tuberculosis. Joe Haggins gives a haircut to 6-year-old Tairre Warren at The 3 B’s barbershop across the street from Grant High School in Del Paso Heights, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. 120 students and employees at Grant High School were diagnosed with latent TB and parents drop into the barbershop next door to the school daily to talk about their concerns about the…
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    SacBee -- Environment

  • State, feds unveil Central Valley salmon restoration plans

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    State and federal agencies on Tuesday released separate recovery plans for endangered Central Valley salmon and steelhead, aiming to restore habitat and water flows to prevent extinction of the species. A Chinook salmon smolt flips as it’s released into the Sacramento River in March.
  • Birds in peril as Sacramento’s wildlife rescue group faces closure

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    If the Sacramento Wildlife Care Association’s worst fears come it pass, it will shut down in August. The group raises the possibility that the 1,000 birds it cares for at McClellan Park may have to be euthanized. Five-day-old house finches are fed with a syringe. Three black-crowned night heron chicks take up residence at the Wildlife Care Association in McClellan Park on Monday. The group says it is running out of money and may have to close in August; if it does, there’s a slight possibility some of the animals in its care may have to be euthanized. Triage assistant Rae…
  • Q&A: City of Sacramento watching for water run-off, watering violations

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    With California in a severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board ruled last week that some cases of water waste could be treated as criminal infractions. Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. In an effort to force the public to conserve water, the State Water Resources Control Board voted 4-0 to approve a proposal that includes fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
  • California’s new water-waste penalty also applies to government, but who will enforce it?

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    The new criminal water waste rule adopted by California this week also applies to government agencies, but no one is sure how the penalty will be enforced. Lawns at the state Capitol are being allowed to die to show residents the seriousness of the drought and to set an example of thrifty water use.
  • Sacramento agencies: Our water waste rules are tough enough

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    A new state regulation that allows municipal agencies to cite a criminal infraction and levy $500 penalties for water waste probably won’t be deployed in the Sacramento region, where water agencies say their existing rules are working well enough. Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. In an effort to force the public to conserve water, the State Water Resources Control Board voted 4-0 to approve a proposal that includes fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. Water…
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    SacBee -- Health and Medicine

  • Furor over West Nile spraying in Natomas spurs changes on alerts

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Furor over an unscheduled Saturday aerial pesticide spraying for West Nile virus in North Natomas has prompted the local mosquito control district to change its alert process when spraying agricultural fields near residential neighborhoods.
  • China detains employees of suspect meat seller

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier. In this July 20, 2014 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, workers gather while they have nothing to do at the workshop of Shanghai Husi Food Co., a meat supplier for McDonald's and KFC owned by OSI Group, a privately-held company that’s based in Aurora, Ill. OSI was thrust into the spotlight this weekend when a Chinese TV station reported the…
  • Courts issue conflicting rulings on health care tax subsidies

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Two appeals courts on Tuesday reached radically different conclusions about whether millions of consumers in 36 states can use tax credits to help buy health coverage on the federal health insurance marketplace. Callers make educational calls regarding the Affordable Care Act in San Jose, Calif., Oct. 23, 2013.
  • Seniors take steps toward better health with mall walking clubs

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Walking with a mall club is especially beneficial for older adults because it establishes social circles wherein friends hold each other accountable for staying active. Glenn Roth, 100, of Foothill Farms takes his regular fitness walk through Sunrise Mall on Tuesday in Citrus Heights. He’s part of a mall-walking group that meets at the shopping center. The level ground, security and indoor climate make it an attractive “track” for seniors. 100-year-old Glenn Roth of Foothill Farms is all smiles after his walking buddies organized a surprise birthday celebration Tuesday…
  • Programs for healthy living benefit from 55 grants by Kaiser Permanente

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Kaiser Permanante spreads the wealth in the four-county region by giving $1.4 million as part of its community benefits grants
 
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    SacBee -- Bee Nation/World News

  • Deadliest day yet as Israel expands into Gaza

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Israeli forces expanded their offensive against Islamist militants deeper into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, triggering clashes in which 13 soldiers died and more than 60 people were killed in the shelling of a densely populated neighborhood of Gaza City, the army and local health officials said. Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of the three siblings of the Abu Musallam family, during their funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014. Ismail Abu Musallam, the father of the children said that Ahmed, 11, Walaa, 14 and Mohammed,16, were sleeping when the shell struck the…
  • Official says Jamaica's drought is intensifying

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the Caribbean country's environment minister said Sunday night.
  • USGS: 7 small earthquakes shake central Oklahoma

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours.
  • How 2 shadowy ISIS commanders designed their Iraq campaign

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    The attack in Mosul wasn’t particularly surprising, according to Wameed, an Iraqi soldier who’d been assigned to the city’s main highway that night. It began June 9 with suicide bombers in cars and machine gun fire directed at checkpoints leading to the main thoroughfares of Iraq’s second largest city. This undated image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) marching in Raqqa, Syria.
  • 480 U.S. troops now in Baghdad as officials move to secure access to airport

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The United States has deployed 300 more troops to Baghdad in the last two days, with some of them assigned to secure Baghdad’s international airport, the Obama administration announced Monday.
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    SacBee -- Religion News

  • Student: Expelled from college after gay marriage

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A woman said Monday that she was expelled from a private, Christian college in suburban Oklahoma City because she married her same-sex partner.
  • Q&A: Sacramento pastor builds bridges across religions

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    For Ramadan, Pastor Rick J. Cole of Capital Christian Center – one of the region’s oldest and largest fundamentalist churches – gave a sermon to about 500 Muslims and their friends at the Sunrise Event Center in Rancho Cordova on Friday. Cole, whose 98-year-old Assemblies of God church was long considered the most conservative in the region, has been reaching out to gays, Jews and now Muslims to break down barriers and biases. During a sermon at Capital Christian Church, Pastor Rick Cole apologizes to two people who were wronged by the church years ago. He apologized to Ben…
  • Sacramento relatives of slain Palestinian teen say he didn’t deserve to be targeted in Palestinian-Israeli conflict

    6 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Muhammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen who was kidnapped and burned to death Wednesday in Jerusalem, was a sweet, peaceful boy, his relatives in Sacramento said Thursday. Aisha Abu Khdair, in the white shawl, and daughter Shams Abu Khdair, center right, receive condolences for the loss of cousin Mohammed Abu Khdeir at Sacramento’s SALAM center on Thursday. Belal Abu Khdeir holds his cousin Muhammed in his arms during a visit to the village of Shufat, Palestine last year. Muhammed Abu Khdeir posted a selfie on his Facebook page.
  • Sacramento faith groups respond to Israeli teens' murder

    6 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Local faith groups are finding ways to participate in the international dialogue surrounding the high profile murder of three Israeli teenagers and subsequent Israeli military response in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eulogizes three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the West Bank during their joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modiin, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners converged Tuesday in central Israel for the funeral service for three teenagers found dead in the West Bank after a two week search and crackdown on the Hamas…
  • Davis priest pleads guilty to statutory rape of teen parishioner

    27 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Calling his behavior “a crime and a sin,” local Catholic Church officials will ask the Vatican to defrock a disgraced Davis priest after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape of a teenage parishioner. Hector Coria Gonzalez, who had been a priest at St. James’ Parish in Davis since July 2012, pleaded guilty Friday of statutory rape of a teenage parishioner. Gonzalez will also be placed on formal probation for three years and barred by Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson from having contact with the girl until she turns 18.
 
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  • Editorial notebook: Obama’s response to crises is par for the course

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    President doesn’t let Ukraine plane shoot-down or Gaza death toll interrupt his regular schedule. President Barack Obama walks into the Charcoal Pit restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, keeping his public schedule even after the shoot-down of a passenger jet over Ukraine.
  • Editorial notebook: The other World Cup competition

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:55 am
    Can the dramatic success of U.S. team in Brazil win the hearts of fans at home? Fans in Hermosa Beach react as they watch the telecast of Thursday’s World Cup match between the United States and Germany. Fans in Hermosa Beach react as they watch the telecast of Thursday’s World Cup match between the United States and Germany.
  • Foon Rhee: Retraining may not be the secret to restore American Dream

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Programs have widespread political support and substantial funding, but have limited success helping laid-off workers find jobs. Adrian White, a former Campbell’s Soup worker, trained at the Institute of Technology in Citrus Heights to be a pharmacy technician but has yet to find a job. He says he can’t afford to hold out much longer for work in his new field. Glenn Spencer, a former Campbell’s Soup employee, received guidance from Diana Nash at Sacramento Works Career Center. He took classes in air conditioning, but ended up back in food production, at the Nestlé…
  • Editorial notebook: Even guitar legends get too old to perform

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Old bands need to know when to stop touring. Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band during the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival on Sunday in Dallas.
  • Editorial notebook: Our attention can’t wane on mental health needs of veterans and soldiers

    5 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The real issue goes far beyond one tragic shooting in Texas. Air Force veteran Linda Stanley of San Diego helped plant 1,892 flags representing veterans who have committed suicide this year.
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    SacBee -- Transportation

  • Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank cars

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed a two-year phase-out of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Officials in California and Sacramento applauded the move by the federal transportation agency. But some local leaders say they want the federal government to be do more. On Sunday, July 20, 2014, more than month after a train derailment in Buhl, Ala., several tank cars that were carrying fuel oil remain on their sides near people's homes. The U.S. Department of Transportation…
  • Interstate 80 commuters in Sacramento run into congestion, but discover new ‘express’ lanes

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Weeks after downtown’s Fix50 freeway lane closures came to a merciful end, Sacramento commuters find themselves dealing with another freeway reconstruction headache – this one on Interstate 80 through Natomas.
  • Delays expected due to US 50 ramp closures

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    The on and off ramps on Highway 50 northbound to La Riviera Drive and Watt Avenue will be closed on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for paving, according to a press release from the Sacramento County Department of Transportation. Delays of 10 to 15 minutes are expected.
  • BART police enforce stretching ban at stations

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Bay Area Rapid Transit police have started enforcing a ban on sleeping, lying or sitting with legs stretched out at a busy downtown San Francisco station.
  • ‘Express lanes’ advised for motoring through Sacramento I-80 project

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The first Monday commute through an area of lane closures on Interstate 80 in Natomas resulted in slowed traffic in the eastbound direction as motorists learned the best way to get around a freeway paving project.
 
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    SacBee -- California Forum

  • David Cay Johnston: State’s job growth defies predictions after tax increases

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    These results may surprise those who have heard that tax increases are job killers. David Cay Johnston, a California native who won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of tax policy, teaches the tax, property and regulatory law of the ancient world at Syracuse University College of Law.
  • Jack Ohman: Missing from family vacations? Magic Fingers

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Last weekend, while pausing at Starbucks to let the molten aluminum cool in my car engine, I saw a familiar sight: a sweaty dad and mom in their McDonald’s food-splattered minivan, complete with three uncomfortable, dyspeptic children. It’s high vacation season, and watching the poor couple try to get from Point A to Point B brought back many fond family vacation memories of my own.
  • The Conversation: Dissecting a ‘no party preference’ campaign in California

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    Two seasoned California campaign strategists, one a Republican and one a Democrat, who advised a “no party prefence” candidate running for secretary of state, discuss the campaign. Dan Schnur took leave from his position as the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California to run as an independent for secretary of state in June. He finished fourth in a field of eight, with just over 9 percent of the vote. Well-known to political insiders, he started the race unknown to California voters. Darry Sragow Rob Stutzman
  • Editorial: Is California up for a grizzly homecoming? That’s a reality that bites

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    California might no longer be suitable for the brown bear; it’s just not the same state as it was 100 years ago.
  • Four steps California should take to hedge against financial risks

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The popular belief that California was “too big to fail” was shredded as the nation’s largest state was teetering on the brink of insolvency. John Chiang serves as the state controller of California.
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    SacBee -- Letters to the Editor

  • Bad decisions on Hamas and Kings coverage

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Re "Desolation of Gaza" (Page A1, July 22): The Sacramento Bee has outdone itself. Following the lead of the New York Times by giving cowardly Hamas a free photo-op on its front page is dumb. Describing the Kings' victory as "Summer crown means very little" is also not good.
  • Gaza: Photos draw sympathy for Palestinians

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Re "Desolation in Gaza" (Page A1, July 22) and "Israel entitled to defend itself" (Letters, July 22): The caption on these photos, as does nearly all of the coverage related to the conflict between Gaza and Israel, leans toward eliciting sympathy for the Palestinians and their psychotic loss of life and infrastructure. All unnecessary loss is to be decried. However, the declared aim of a Palestinian attack is to annihilate Israel.
  • New express lanes: What about accidents?

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Re "New 'express' lanes on I-80" (Our Region, July 22): On Monday morning, I drove through the chute on Interstate 80 heading north. Traffic was light and moving fast. I couldn't help but worry about an accident.
  • Alternative to water fines

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    "City on the lookout for wasted water" (Our Region, July 22): When we lived in San Jose during the drought years in the 1980s I remember the city had a way of getting the attention of flagrant water wasters. The violators would find a flow restrictor installed on their water line. A few weeks of very low water flow really got the attention of those allowing water sprinklers to run into the gutter, or other wasteful practices.
  • News bias and manipulation relating to Israel

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Re "Holocaust Museum gets war crime records" (Page A12, July 18): I find juxtaposition of a story relating to the Holocaust placed directly above the article relating to the onslaught in Gaza very telling. I believe it exemplifies the myriad ways U.S. media insinuates propaganda and misinformation of facts into the consciousness of the public.
 
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    SacBee -- Carolyn Hax

  • Carolyn Hax: Why do they expect her to walk their dogs?

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    My sister has a darling golden retriever and we share a house with a large yard. I mostly work from home, and I like to decompress by going for fast-paced walks. Sis often asks if I’ll take him along. I love the dog, but he’s a sniffer, doesn’t like a fast-paced walk, and frankly, the walk is for me, not him.
  • Carolyn Hax: Must she play ball with the in-laws?

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR CAROLYN: My husband’s family likes to play games, like table tennis, bean-bag toss or cards. I am not a real fan of games, and I am not very good at most of them. Several of his family members are very competitive and the pressure to play well doesn’t help.
  • Mother of two grown sons unsure how to handle girlfriend-related rift

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR CAROLYN: I have two grown sons, 34 and 31, both responsible, hardworking guys. The older is married with a 31/2-year-old. The younger has never married but has a 2-year-old and a 6 month-old. They all live nearby and I have a good relationship with both sons, and I adore all of my grandkids. I host most of the family functions and have a pool they all like to use.
  • Carolyn Hax: His temper has her questioning their future together

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    My boyfriend and I have been together for five years. We are in our mid-to-late 20s, and have been living together for a year. We generally have a great relationship, and we have talked about getting engaged soon. However, I’m not sure if staying with him is the best decision for me.
  • Carolyn Hax: Good friend’s young son is unbearable

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR CAROLYN: I have two very close girlfriends who live in the same town, “Emily” and “Jane.” Both have children the same age as mine, both mean a great deal to me. Every summer I visit both, trying to split equal time between the two.
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    SacBee -- Homeless

  • Sacramento County supervisors vote to ban aggressive panhandling

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Sacramento County supervisors this week voted to ban aggressive panhandling in response to complaints from suburban business leaders and residents. A panhandler identifying himself as "Mark" receives a contribution from a passing motorist near downtown Los Angeles Saturday, June 27, 1997. Mark, 52, knows aggressive panhandling is more lucrative than sitting in one spot in dirty clothes and a smile, but he also knows its not worth the risk of being caught. The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday may pass a new panhandling ordinance prohibiting more aggressive panhandling. (AP Photo/E.J.
  • Homeless activists sue Sacramento County to block panhandling ban

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a new Sacramento County panhandling ordinance as unconstitutional.
  • Suit drive aims to help homeless Sacramentans

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The month-long National Suit Drive begins today with the goal of procuring professional clothing for homeless men and women in the Sacramento area. An outfit at The Men's Wearhouse in Loehmann's Plaza is pondered over in 1998.
  • Sacramento homeless get a taste of ‘mobile food movement’ at Loaves & Fishes

    28 May 2014 | 11:21 am
    For the second straight year, mobile cuisine came to hundreds who typically receive their meals at shelters or from charitable organizations. Janessa Armenta, 3, licks her fingers after having a cheeseburger from one of the mobile food trucks that offered free food to about 800 Sacramento homeless at Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Aaron Faulkner of Smokers Wild BBQ hands out free barbecue chicken from one of the five mobile food trucks that offered free food to about 800 Sacramento homeless at Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
  • Sacramento homeless gather this weekend to promote ‘SafeGround,’ civil rights

    2 May 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Homeless people and their advocates gather in downtown Sacramento to advocate for better services. Ian Adams, 21, joins other homeless people Friday at their weekend campout in Alkali Flat. The second annual Homeward Stake Down is meant to dramatize their need for more and better services. Claire White, right, a law student at UC Davis, advises the homeless on their rights in dealing with police: “Don’t talk back. Demand an attorney.” Robert “Crash” Hartley, a SafeGround volunteer, rolls a cigarette Friday as homeless people and their advocates camp in…
 
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    SacBee -- Agriculture

  • Influx of young women changes the face of California farming

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    On most mornings, Katie Fyhrie, 25 and Emma Torbert, 35 meet at dawn at their Davis fruit farm. Katie Fyhrie, 25, begins her day recently by harvesting nectarines with Cloverleaf farm owner Emma Torbert, left, on a stone fruit orchard at the Collins Farm in Davis. The two women are among a wave of young people who are breaking into agriculture, an industry typically viewed as male-dominated. “I’ve always enjoyed jobs that kept me outside most of the time,” said Katie Fyhrie, shown sorting fruit. She has a degree in biology from UC Berkeley. Katie Fyhrie, right, begins her…
  • Cap-and-trade could aid preservation of California farmland

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Abandoning the farm that he had worked for three decades, and that his wife’s family had owned for over a century, was never an option for Dan Port. The state aims to save agricultural land, like this rice field near Dunnigan, by paying farmers fees from cap-and-trade money.
  • Elk Grove students grateful for continued ag funds

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
    As the State Fair began last week, 18 Elk Grove High School students showed off sheep and other animals they spent the past year raising in one of the area’s largest agriculture education programs.
  • EPA sets out to explain water rule that’s riled U.S. farm interests

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    A proposal that federal officials said was intended to simplify federal water laws has instead been interpreted to do the opposite – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to defend itself to agriculture and other industries. Watering crops with overhead sprinklers
  • California rice farmers could get pollution credit

    6 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    A proposal to the California Air Resources Board, up for approval in September, would allow Sacramento Valley rice farmers to sell carbon emission offsets as part of the state’s effort to combat climate change. Rice farmers would flood their fields for shorter periods to reduce the decomposition process that emits methane – a potent greenhouse gas. Harvesting a field of rice on a farm near Marysville.
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    SacBee -- On the Move

  • On the Move: New jobs and promotions

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacramento-area businesses announce job moves. Richard McCann has rejoined the Davis consulting firm of M.Cubed as a partner. Theresa Matista has been promoted to vice chancellor, finance and administration, for the Los Rios Community College District. Dr. Ramona Swenson has been hired as aquatic ecologist with Environmental Science Associates. Mutual Housing Management has hired Vincent Johnson as a portfolio supervisor.
  • On the Move: New jobs and promotions

    6 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacramento-area businesses announce job moves.
  • On the Move: New jobs and promotions

    29 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacramento-area businesses announce job moves.
 
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    SacBee -- Technology

  • Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-Con

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport. This photo provided by courtesy of Mattel, Inc. shows the "Hot Wheels Life-Sized Darth Vader Car." When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off…
  • Rocklin computer game company lands $3 million investment

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    A Rocklin computer game developer said Wednesday it expects to receive $3 million in funding from two Sacramento area investment firms.
  • Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. This undated photo provided by American Academy of Pediatrics shows a rash on an unidentified 11-year old boy from a nickel allergy. Case reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from personal electronic devices, including laptops and cell phones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in this 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Pediatrics. Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening…
  • The Public Eye: State health exchange says some board member emails are private

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    California’s health insurance exchange, the agency responsible for administering the federal health care law, does not provide official email addresses to members of its governing board. So it became an issue last month when a consumer group requested from the exchange a long list of public records, including any communications between agency officials and health insurance companies. Covered California, which runs the state’s health insurance exchange, says its board members do not have email accounts with the agency. That complicates watchdog groups’ review efforts. The…
  • Rocklin woman arrested; FBI seizes adult website myredbook.com

    3 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    A Rocklin woman has been arrested in connection with the closure by federal authorities of an adult website known as myredbook.com. Federal agents seized myredbook.com after alleging the so-called adult-escort website facilitated prostitution. Annemarie “Maddie” Lanoce of Rocklin and Eric “Red” Omuro of Mountain View were indicted earlier this week.
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    SacBee -- Ask Emily

  • Ask Emily: Medi-cal renewals: Another backlog on horizon?

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Let’s start with some good news (because everything is relative): The backlog of Medi-Cal applications that I called “monumental” last month is now merely “massive.” Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Help! Out-of-network emergency woes

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: How to fight an unexpected bill under Obamacare

    17 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do your homework. That’s the advice that health insurance companies have long given. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Months after applying, legions are stuck waiting for Medi-Cal

    3 Jun 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Network nightmares: When your doctor and hospital don’t mix

    20 May 2014 | 11:30 pm
    What good is it to have a health plan if you can’t find doctors and hospitals to accept it? Emily Bazar
 
 
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    SacBee -- Roseville/Placer County News

  • Roseville Cyclery doubles sales projected for its first year

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The number of specialty bicycle retailers continues to decline, so the owners of Roseville Cyclery were tickled pink to tell me that not only had they survived their first year in business but had doubled their gross revenue.
  • Man sought in early morning attack on woman at north Auburn home

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Placer County sheriff’s detectives are looking for a man who attacked a woman at her north Auburn home early Tuesday.
  • Placer reviews plans for widening Hwy. 65, vital link to Roseville Westfield Galleria

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency is hosting open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln City Hall, 600 6th St., to review plans and hear resident concerns for a widening of State Route 65 from Stanford Ranch Road to Lincoln Boulevard.
  • Roseville residents can help name two new parks

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Roseville is accepting residents’ suggestions for the names of two new parks until 5 p.m. July 29. One of the parks is a three-acre site on Stone Point Drive in the city’s Stoneridge area. The second Park is eight acres and is located next to Fiddyment Farm Elementary School, 4001 Brick Mason Circle. One of the parks is a three-acre site on Stone Point Drive in the city’s Stoneridge area. The second Park is eight acres and is located next to Fiddyment Farm Elementary School, 4001 Brick Mason Circle.
  • Third suspect arrested in Tillamook mini van theft

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    A third man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing three custom Tillamook vehicles that were being used on a cheese tour, according to the Manteca Police Department. In this undated photo provided by the Manteca Police Department are three Tillamook Cheese vans that were stolen Saturday July 12, 2014. Police in Central California are searching for three bright orange Tillamook cheese vans that were stolen over the weekend. Manteca police say the restored Volkswagen minibuses, worth $100,000 each, vanished early Saturday from a hotel parking lot. They were secured in a trailer pulled…
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    SacBee -- Sacramento City News

  • Sacramento judge rejects dying man’s last-minute will

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    A Sacramento Superior Court judge refused Tuesday to validate a hotly contested will that a prominent lawyer claimed to be the last wishes of a dying friend. The will would have given all but a small portion of Joseph Herb O’Brien’s estate to a mutual friend. Attorney Kenneth L. Rosenfeld said he wrote down the final wishes of his friend J. Herb O'Brien on this legal sheet, transferring the bulk of the dying man's estate to veterinarian Ken Pawlowski. Joseph Herb O'Brien Christopher Heard Kenneth L. Rosenfeld
  • Utility boxes to get artistic look in downtown Sacramento

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    An art project that beautifies street-side utility boxes downtown will be unveiled to the public early next month. Utility box after transformation Utility box after artistic touch
  • Sacramento in talks to buy planned Sports Basement site

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Bay Area retailer Sports Basement has revived its interest in opening a downtown Sacramento store just as city officials are attempting to buy a building the company eyed as recently as last year.
  • Sacramento Zoo raising funds for wildlife rescue group

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    The Sacramento Zoo is offering to help a wildlife rescue group facing financial difficulty raise funds during a Thursday night music and car show at the zoo. Five day-old house finches are feed with a syringe at the Wildlife Care Association Monday July 14, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The Wildlife Care Association says it is running out of money, may have to close operations in August. Read the story.
  • The Rise Guys return next week to Sacramento radio on ESPN 1320

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    The Rise Guys, a longtime fixture on Sacramento radio, are returning to the local airwaves on ESPN 1320 beginning July 28. Kevin “Whitey” Gleason and Mark Kreidler will still be the Rise Guys in their afternoon show. “I think our show for having been in San Francisco is a better show than it was,” Gleason said. Mark Kreidler, left, and Kevin “Whitey” Gleason – the Rise Guys – bring their sports talk show to Sacramento’s ESPN 1320 starting at 2 p.m. Monday.
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    SacBee -- Yolo County News

  • Woodland police arrest suspect in string of recent robberies

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Woodland police announced the arrest of a suspect in a series of robberies that have occurred in the city since July 7.
  • Davis teen dies of injuries suffered in fall from car

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    A Davis teen has died of injuries suffered in a fall from the back of a car. Christopher Argumedo, 18, was injured July 11. A police spokesman said charges against the car’s driver are unlikely.
  • One person killed in single-vehicle crash in Yolo County

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    One person died Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash west of Woodland.
  • Influx of young women changes the face of California farming

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    On most mornings, Katie Fyhrie, 25 and Emma Torbert, 35 meet at dawn at their Davis fruit farm. Katie Fyhrie, 25, begins her day recently by harvesting nectarines with Cloverleaf farm owner Emma Torbert, left, on a stone fruit orchard at the Collins Farm in Davis. The two women are among a wave of young people who are breaking into agriculture, an industry typically viewed as male-dominated. “I’ve always enjoyed jobs that kept me outside most of the time,” said Katie Fyhrie, shown sorting fruit. She has a degree in biology from UC Berkeley. Katie Fyhrie, right, begins her…
  • ‘Haunted house on steroids’ bothers West Sac neighbors

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    An overnight scare-your-pants-off event is set for Friday night, but some West Sacramento residents are not screaming with excitement. Great Horror Campout in LA 2014.
 
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    SacBee -- State Politics

  • Legislature puts California acupuncture board on notice

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    Amid criticism that the California Acupuncture Board’s priorities give short shrift to consumer protection, state lawmakers are moving for an overhaul and lobbing a pointed message at its executive officer to get in line.
  • Obama back to California for Democratic campaigns

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    President Barack Obama is flying into California on Tuesday for a pair of Democratic fundraisers in Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles area.
  • Hour after hour after hour, Neel Kashkari is on the air

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Neel Kashkari, the Republican long-shot challenger to Gov. Jerry Brown, has repeatedly served as a guest host on talk radio stations to get his name – and his views – out to the public. Neel Kashkari, above, discusses his campaign for governor Thursday while guest hosting on radio station KFBK in Sacramento. At left, Kashkari, right, talks with Aaron McLear, his senior campaign adviser, during a break in the program. Aaron McLear, senior advisor for Neel Kashkari’s campaign talk during a break from taking calls on Thusrday, June 10, 2014 in Sacramento's KFBK News Radio…
  • Pet insurance complaints prompt California legislation

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Insurance for dogs, cats, even hedgehogs, falls into the category of property insurance, and providers have leeway to place coverage limits and can carve out exclusions for preexisting conditions or hereditary diseases. With complaints to the Department of Insurance on the rise, Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D-Sherman Oaks, is reviving an effort vetoed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to set guidelines for the largely unregulated industry. Dr. Kelly Byam of Abel Pet Clinic in Elk Grove meets with John and Arlene Senna and their 9-year-old poodle, Mariah, on Friday. Byam said pet insurance…
  • Recount in California controller’s race raises questions, anxiety for registrars

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Election officials across California on Monday began preparing for a historically large hand recount in the state controller’s race amid uncertainty about how to coordinate an effort involving thousands of precincts in 15 counties. John A. Pérez and Betty Yee
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    SacBee -- Elections

  • Lawsuit: Citizens United measure should be tossed off ballot

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Opponents filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove from the fall ballot a nonbinding question asking whether Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision. People protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington over a case that tests the Constitutional limits of campaign finance laws involving contributions to candidates and political parties and follows the 2010 Citizens United decision.
  • Pérez calls off recount in California controller’s race

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Assemblyman John A. Pérez abandoned his recount in the California controller’s race Friday, ending an effort to overcome a narrow third-place finish after picking up only a handful of votes amid increasing impatience from Democratic activists and others worried about its impact on the fall election. Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, on the first day of session in December 2012.
  • Pérez recount prompts frustration, November fears from some Democrats

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    An email to Democratic donors Thursday urged people to help Betty Yee, the Democrat who narrowly claimed second place in last month’s primary for state controller, but who now “is losing valuable fundraising time” because of “an arduous recount.” Former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, finished 481 votes behind Board of Equalization member Betty Yee in the June 3 primary for state controller.
  • Jerry Brown puts advisory question on ballot without his signature

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown will allow the placement of an advisory question on the November ballot asking whether Congress should amend the Constitution to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, but he did so only grudgingly. Gov, Jerry Brown speaks at an American Federation of Teachers conference in Los Angeles on Friday, July 11, 2014.
  • GOP: Make this election about Obama

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Republicans plan to make the 2014 campaign for control of Congress a referendum on President Barack Obama, hoping discontent will help them win control of the Senate and hold their majority in the House of Representatives. The Capitol in Washington, D.C. April 5, 2014
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    SacBee -- Capitol and California

  • GOP border report advises ‘compassionate but tough’ response

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, who heads a Republican House of Representatives working group on the southern border crisis, offered recommendations Wednesday that she called “common-sense, compassionate but tough solutions” to deal with the surge of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the country. Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, joined at right by incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., talks with reporters in Washington, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, following a Republican strategy session. (AP…
  • Obama raises money at ‘Scandal’ creator’s home

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    LOS ANGELES - President Barack Obama raised money from a Hollywood crowd here Wednesday night, joking about seeing pictures of Scandal star Kerry Washington’s new baby -- and jokingly accusing singer Janelle Monae of harboring a secret video of the president trying to outdance Usher.
  • Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank cars

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed a two-year phase-out of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Officials in California and Sacramento applauded the move by the federal transportation agency. But some local leaders say they want the federal government to be do more. On Sunday, July 20, 2014, more than month after a train derailment in Buhl, Ala., several tank cars that were carrying fuel oil remain on their sides near people's homes. The U.S. Department of Transportation…
  • Brown praises judicial nominee’s credentials, background

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Explaining his nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown emphasized Cuéllar’s academic credentials and noted that he was “not unaware” of California’s diversity as he decided whom to appoint.
  • The Buzz: Brown keeps mostly mum on teacher tenure ruling

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    In his first public comments on the controversial Vergara v. California ruling that struck down teacher tenure laws in June, Gov. Jerry Brown offered little insight into his thinking on the ruling.
 
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    SacBee -- State Budget

  • State lawmakers approve tax credit for Boeing and Lockheed Martin

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Despite late lobbying from an aerospace industry rival, lawmakers approved expedited legislation Thursday designed to give the state the upper hand in landing subcontracts for a new strategic bomber project.
  • State budget includes money to restore Bridgeport Covered Bridge

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    A three-year fight for funding, launched by members of a grass-roots campaign committee known as Save Our Bridge, ended June 20 when Gov. Jerry Brown approved $1.3 million for the bridge’s restoration in the state’s final budget. Matt Green, California State Parks Superintendent of Sierra District, talks with Doug Moon, right, during a tour of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge in Penn Valley on Monday, June 23, 2014. The Department of Parks and Recreation will begin restoration on the Bridgeport Covered Bridge after it was granted $1.3 million by the state. The Department of Parks…
  • Gov. Brown signs on-time budget, giving his re-election campaign a boost

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:35 pm
    The state budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday came as one of the earliest and rancor-free in recent history. Gov. Jerry Brown walks toward the podium after signing the state budget Friday in San Diego. Looking on, from left, are Sen. Ben Hueso, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. Brown said the budget’s passage shows “your government is working.”
  • California lawmakers, governor get raises as state finances improve

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown, California lawmakers and other elected officials will be getting a 2 percent raise this year. Scott Somers, left, Nancy Miller, center, and Thomas Dalzell are among the members of the California Citizens Compensation Commission who voted Friday for a 2 percent pay raise for elected officials. California legislators’ salaries rank No. 1 in the country. Anthony Barkett, right, was the sole dissenting vote on raising pay for legislators and state election officials. He said the state’s improved budget is a result of tax increases, not moves meriting higher pay.
  • Lawmakers approve California budget with midnight deadline looming

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:16 am
    California lawmakers approved a $156.4 billion state budget Sunday, rushing to pass legislation less than six hours before the constitutional deadline. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, right, celebrates the passage of the state budget with his successor, Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Sen. William Monning, D-Carmel. Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Mark Leno D-San Francisco talks before the California Legislature approves the budget bill at the State Capitol Sunday June 15, 2014 in Sacramento.
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    SacBee -- The Buzz

  • The Buzz: Brown keeps mostly mum on teacher tenure ruling

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    In his first public comments on the controversial Vergara v. California ruling that struck down teacher tenure laws in June, Gov. Jerry Brown offered little insight into his thinking on the ruling.
  • The Buzz: Nadia Lockyer lashes out at Kamala Harris on Facebook

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nadia Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, is lashing out at Attorney General Kamala Harris for not pursuing charges against a former boyfriend she said assaulted her. Attorney General Kamala Harris is taking flak from the wife of the state treasurer. Nadia Lockyer says Harris should be prosecuting a man Lockyer says assaulted her.
  • The Buzz: CalVet relaunches campaign to restore El Soldado memorial

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Now 63 years old, El Soldado is looking a little worse for wear: The barrel of his weapon is broken, the strap of his helmet is missing, and he has cracks and mold on his back. The El Soldado statue across from the state Capitol is in disrepair. It was originally constructed in 1951 honoring Mexican-Americans from California who died in the armed services.
  • The Buzz: Utilities already regulated under cap-and-trade urge Brown to hold fast

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Oil industry groups and some utilities are on opposite sides in the intensifying debate over expanding California’s cap-and-trade program to vehicle fuels in 2015. The state’s cap-and-trade law will apply to oil refiners, such as Chevron’s Richmond plant, and gas pump prices will go up.
  • The Buzz: National GOP eyes Democratic scandals in California

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    In their pursuit of relevance at the statehouse, California Republicans have largely avoided invoking the trio of scandals involving Democratic lawmakers. Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, is one of three Democrats in the upper chamber embroiled in scandal. State Republicans have been hesitant to make that a big issue, so far.
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    SacBee -- Real Estate

  • Homes sales improve but stress remains

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Sales of existing homes improved for the third consecutive month in June, the National Association of Realtors reported Tuesday in one of several new data points that suggest a steadily better economy. Construction is under way at Roanoke's new housing development, Fairway Ranch, as seen, Jan. 10, 2014 in Roanoke, Texas.
  • Yuba jury awards homeowner $16 million in mortgage case

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    It started out as a simple loan modification for a troubled homeowner. It turned into a $16.2 million jury verdict against a nationwide loan-servicing company. PHH Mortgage Services, headquartered in Mount Laurel, N.J., was ordered to pay $16.2 million to a Yuba County homeowner who nearly lost his home because of the mortgage company's mistakes.
  • Foreclosures continue to plunge in California

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Foreclosures have fallen to their lowest levels in California and Sacramento County since late 2005, market researcher DataQuick said Thursday.
  • Home prices still climbing, but at slower pace

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Home prices are still climbing in the Sacramento area, but at a much more moderate pace than a year ago, DataQuick reported Wednesday.
  • Nationwide settlement over Citigroup mortgages includes $200 million for California

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Banking giant Citigroup Inc. is paying $7 billion to settle claims that it snookered investors on toxic mortgage-backed securities marketed during the housing bubble, with nearly $200 million of the settlement ticketed for California. Attorney General Eric Holder announces at the Justice Department in Washington Monday, July 14, 2014, that Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the financial crisis. The agreement comes weeks after talks between the sides broke down, prompting the government to warn that it would sue…
 
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    SacBee -- Cycling

  • Sacramento bike safety a factor in ridership

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:48 am
    Mark Reddick won’t ride his bike on Stockton Boulevard, parts of Broadway or on I Street. Still, he said he has been hit by cars while riding when drivers pulled too quickly out of alleyways. A cyclist and cars navigate traffic as they pass a “ghost bike” – a memorial to a bike-related fatality – on J Street and Carlson Drive. A cyclist navigates traffic as he turns from Carson Drive onto J Street near California State University, Sacramento, on Tuesday. Carol Corda rides down M Street, which is a major bike route in Sacramento. The Legislature may beef up…
  • Time trial comes to Folsom: People-watching, stargazing and geeking out on pricy bikes

    27 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Hours before the time trial started in historic downtown Folsom, and well before the pros came and began warming up on bikes locked into stationary trainers, the crowds had already assembled at the Amgen Tour of California. Stage one winner Mark Cavendish gets kissed on the podium after his victory during the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The peloton sweeps around the corner from P Street onto 19th Street during Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California cycling event in Sacramento on Sunday. The peloton rides up Lincoln Way during the Amgen Tour of…
  • Wiggins wins time trial, takes Tour of California lead

    27 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain powered to a dominating individual time trial win todayand moved into the race lead of Amgen Tour of California. Jeremy Kelley of Walnut Creek and his wife Sarah Kelley, hold large pictures of face of Peter Sagan as they cheer him on with Kourtney Brown center during the start of the Amgen Tour of California on Sun., May 11, 2014 in Sacramento. Juan Jose Haedo of Argentina and Matthew Goss of Australia chat before the start of the Amgen Tour of California in front of State Capitol in Sacramento on Sun., May 11, 2014. Fans cheer during the start of the Amgen…
  • Britain’s Wiggins dominates time trial to take Tour of California lead

    27 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist capitalizes on his specialty Stage one winner Mark Cavendish gets kissed on the podium after his victory during the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The peloton sweeps around the corner from P Street onto 19th Street during Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California cycling event in Sacramento on Sunday. The peloton rides up Lincoln Way during the Amgen Tour of California in Auburn on Sunday. The eight-day event boosts tourism and will showcase the state to other parts of the world. Spectators cheer…
  • Tour of California: Rolling postcard has a picture-perfect start

    27 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Shortly before the start of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday morning, Mark Cavendish rolled casually through the crowd on his way to the start line, the greatest sprinter of his generation turning heads, inspiring cheers and, more than anything, prompting dozens of onlookers to raise their cellphones in unison and start taking pictures. Stage one winner Mark Cavendish gets kissed on the podium after his victory during the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. Top racers of the Amgen Tour of California are introduced on Sun., May 11, 2014 in front of the…
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    SacBee -- Fishing/Hunting

  • State, feds unveil Central Valley salmon restoration plans

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    State and federal agencies on Tuesday released separate recovery plans for endangered Central Valley salmon and steelhead, aiming to restore habitat and water flows to prevent extinction of the species. A Chinook salmon smolt flips as it’s released into the Sacramento River in March.
  • Fishing Line: Week of July 14

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Salmon fishing season officially opens in this week’s top picks.
  • Experts discuss climate change at Nimbus fish hatchery

    12 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a third presentation on the effects of climate change on salmon and steelhead trout in the American River. Scientific Aid Justin Mather corals thousands of chinook salmon smolts into a holding tank at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova in 2013. A discussion of climate change on salmon and steelhead in the American River will be the topic of a discussion scheduled for Thursday.
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    SacBee -- Outdoors

  • Roseville residents can help name two new parks

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Roseville is accepting residents’ suggestions for the names of two new parks until 5 p.m. July 29. One of the parks is a three-acre site on Stone Point Drive in the city’s Stoneridge area. The second Park is eight acres and is located next to Fiddyment Farm Elementary School, 4001 Brick Mason Circle. One of the parks is a three-acre site on Stone Point Drive in the city’s Stoneridge area. The second Park is eight acres and is located next to Fiddyment Farm Elementary School, 4001 Brick Mason Circle.
  • Beyond hot dogs: Gourmet open-fire cooking

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Authors says it’s time to rethink what you eat around the campfire. Twine roast is a simple technique for cooking meat, such as this lamb leg, over an open fire. Among the recipes Marcoux shares in her new book is Campfire Baklava. In making the dish, you’ll need bricks or rocks to balance the griddle. Paula Marcoux, author of “Cooking With Fire,” says working for a living history museum turned her on to open-flame cooking.
  • Bikes rides and wine tasting: What’s not to like?

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    We’ve put together five rides – all within a few hours’ drive from Sacramento – that offer something for everyone. Sammy Borlovan of North Natomas grinds up Iowa Hill Road in 2010. This ride starts in Auburn, heads to Colfax and then takes switchbacks down to the north fork of the American River. If you prefer mostly flat bike trails and a more leisurely pace, the bike trail along the American River Parkway may be for you. Sammy Borlovan makes it to the summit of Iowa Hill Road. The 66-mile ride up brutal hills and down narrow switchbacks offers a local taste of…
  • Fishing Line: Week of July 14

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Salmon fishing season officially opens in this week’s top picks.
  • Poll: Would you go to Yosemite if there were grizzly bears?

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Not too long ago, grizzly bears ruled much of California from the coastal mountains in the south to the Cascade Range in the north. No other creature in the land could outfight Ursus arctos horribilis. Not until humans nearly drove this majestic creature into oblivion. It’s the official state animal of California, even though it doesn’t live here anymore. Now, 92 years after the last California grizzly bear was killed in Tulare County, there’s an effort to return them to their ancestral homelands. The timber industry is concerned that the return of the grizzly bear will…
 
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    SacBee -- Art

  • 2014 California State Fair art show a genteel one

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    This year’s conservative show is genteel, not challenging. “Myrtle and Joe,” by Ed Chaney of Citrus Heights, was awarded the juror’s prize for paintings at this year’s State Fair art show. “Emily ‘Tumbleweed’ ” by Annie Murphy-Robinson took the Best of Show award at the fair.
  • Sacramento gallery celebrates return with Kahlo exhibition, contest

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Bridgett Rangel-Rexford and Lauren Rangel stepped into La Raza Galeria Posada on Saturday afternoon with their hair braided and pinned up, lips painted red and handmade costumes in tow. The sisters were preparing to compete in the first Frida Kahlo look-alike contest in Sacramento. Frida Kahlo look-alikes Bridgett Rangel-Rexford, left, and Lauren Rangel won the contest at La Raza Galeria Posada in Sacramento on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The contest accompanied the gallery’s art exhibition, Bound By Love: Homenaje a Frida Kahlo. Sisters Amanda Jimenez, 19, left, and Monica Jimenez, 17,…
  • Artist creates 'empowering' wearable sculptures

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Linda Stein wants people to armor themselves in her art. In this July 10, 2014 photo, artist-activist Linda Stein, left, helps Felicia Kobylanski don a heroic "bulleyproof" vest at Stein's gallery and studio space in New York. Stein creates wearable artwork designed to protect and empower the wearer. The project grew out of Stein's sense of vulnerability in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, which occurred just blocks from her gallery and living space. In this July 10, 2014 photo, Felicia Kobylanski strikes a pose after donning one of Linda Stein's sculptural avatars, a wearable piece…
  • Art: Best of Second Saturday

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five exhibits to see. “Bound By Love,” Martha Rodriguez, acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" 2013 Shimo Gallery Garry Knox Bennett, “Krusty” lamp Micah Crandall-Bear, “Sunset Tide,” acrylic & modified oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Elliott Fouts Gallery
  • Sacramento’s Hot Italian restaurant exhibits soccer ball art during World Cup

    5 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    The popular pizzeria is hosting an art exhibit featuring six unique soccer balls created by local artists. “Hot Sox“ by Sid Wellman “Dogs in Space” from artist Gary Dinnen. Eric Dahlin’s soccer rabbit “Ups, Downs, Scores” by Donnie Wellman
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    SacBee -- Restaurants

  • Counter Culture: Anatolian Table Turkish Bistro

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Turkish cuisine isn’t that unfamiliar after all. At Anatolian Table Turkish Bistro, a salad of tomato, cucumber, onion and bell peppers is topped with feta cheese and Kalamata olives. A dish of creamy hummus is in the background.
  • Dining review: Giusti’s a no-pretense, durable Delta delight

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    About one in four restaurants go out of business within a year of opening. This happens for all kinds of reasons. The concept is wrong. The food or service is substandard. The location is bad. The inexperienced owners thought it would be a fun way to get rich and didn’t realize all the hard work involved. This rustic bar has plenty of charm and history. It’s impossible to miss the 1,200 hats affixed to the ceiling. Pizza is a regular feature on Tuesdays. The rickety but charming dining room is no-nonsense and, when crowded, has a fun, casual vibe. Fried chicken.
  • Counter Culture: On the road to discover fine fare

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    A vacation affords the chance to hit spots all over Northern California. Rotisseried chicken with basmati rice and Greek salad is among the offerings at Mediterranean Delite in San Carlos. Blueberry pancakes and bacon at the Crow’s Nest, Santa Cruz.
  • Bruich lands chef role with high-profile Bay Area restaurant group

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    After Enotria closed, Pajo Bruich pushed to find the right job and keep a good attitude. Pajo Bruich is the new executive chef at Union Square’s Bourbon Steak, where he says he’s been given creative freedom.
  • Dining review: 33rd Street Bistro remains solid but staid

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The 33rd Street Bistro has been around since 1995, when it exploded onto the local restaurant scene and established itself as a neighborhood hot spot with some cool ideas, pleasant surroundings and food that won raves. The large open kitchen at 33rd Street Bistro. The bistro has a full bar. Frech toast made with challah and topped with honey butter. Oregon bleu cheese salad includes spicy buffalo chicken. In the background is a seasonal gazpacho.
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    SacBee -- Appetizers Blog

  • More tips on preserving tomatoes

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Check your recipes and your timer; more pointers from master food preservers. Before and after the hot-water bath: The jar on the left contains raw, peeled tomatoes before going into the hot-water bath for processing. The jar on the right has been processed for 85 minutes in boiling water. That cooking process presses juice down to the bottom of the jar.
  • Pear Fair celebrates crop with fun

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Courtland’s favorite fruit takes center stage Sunday. A patron sorts through a bin of pears at the annual Courtland Pear Fair in Courtland. The celebration of locally grown Bartletts and other pears will be held July 27.
  • Preservation & Co. retail shop opens officially on Thursday

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Jason Poole received the go-ahead to open Preservation & Co.’s retail shop starting Thursday. Pickled cucumbers and carrots, hot sauces and other specialty goods will be on sale at Preservation & Co.’s retail shop starting Thursday
  • Farm to Fork’s $175-Tower-Bridge-dinner tickets sell out in five minutes

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Anyone who procrastinated more than a few minutes to buy tickets for the Sept. 28 gala dinner on the Tower Bridge is out of luck. All tickets for the $175-per-head dinner were gobbled up once they went on sale at 10 a.m. today.
  • Tower Bridge dinner and Mulvaney’s pig roast set for 2014 Farm-to-Fork event

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    The Tower Bridge will once again serve as the setting for a $175 dinner to cap Sacramento’s 2014 farm-to-fork celebration, an event designed to showcase the region’s restaurants and agricultural heritage.
 
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    SacBee -- Movies

  • 'Apes' outmuscles 'The Purge' at box office

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated "Sex Tape" failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" maintained its rule. This image released by Sony Pictures shows Cameron Diaz, right, and Jason Segel in a scene from "Sex Tape." This photo released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation shows Andy Serkis as Caesar in a scene from the film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." This image released by Universal Pictures shows a scene from the film, "The Purge: Anarchy."
  • Family Watch: New ‘Planes’ is great for kids

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers 3. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," $18 million ($9 million international). "Planes: Fire & Rescue" came in at No. 3 after it pulled in $18 million. The Disney family film, which cost about $50 million to make, follows firefighting aircraft who team up to battle a wildfire. Its 2013 predecessor, "Planes," tallied more than $90 million during its domestic run.
  • Movie review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is a sequel that rises above

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” a superior sequel to the already good 2011 film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” subtly condemns prejudices born of fear, along with blind loyalty to one’s supposed tribe. Malcolm (Jason Clarke) tries to make peace with ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis), Koba (Toby Kebbell) and Maurice (Karin Konoval) in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
  • Sacramento Japanese Film Festival marks 10 years of consistent growth

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Attendance keeps climbing as festival refines its mix of recent Japanese films and classics “Irodori (It’s a Beautiful Life)” stars, front row from left, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Mie Nakao and Sumiko Fuji. The male in back is Yûta Hiraoka. The film, about senior women in a mountain village who become entrepreneurs, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. “Colorful,” about a displaced soul, screens Saturday afternoon. The documentary “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings,” about the acclaimed ukelele player, closes out the Japanese Film Festival on…
  • Jumbled ‘Persecuted’ doesn’t cut it as thriller

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The unholy bond between religion and politics is the background for “Persecuted,” a confused and confusing thriller about a TV preacher ruined by a sinister government plot.
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    SacBee -- Theater

  • Theater review: Passions of ‘South Pacific’ still resonate at Music Circus

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    A tinge of high and lonesome twang comes naturally to Beth Malone. It’s a perfect attribute for an actress playing Ensign Nellie Forbush, the naive Midwestern nurse of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” Beth Malone plays Ensign Nellie Forbush and John Cudia is Emile de Becque in “South Pacific” at Music Circus. Briahna Yee is Liat and Eric Kunze is Lt. Joseph Cable in “South Pacific,” at Music Circus through Sunday.
  • Music Circus' 'South Pacific' about more than just war-time romance

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    For many Americans, World War II was a crusade for democracy and freedom as well as a fight against injustice. But the war also highlighted the harsh realities of racial prejudice and stereotypes both at home and abroad. Eric Kunze plays Lt. Joseph Cable and Briahna Yee is his love interest, Liat, in the Music Circus production of “South Pacific,” at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Tuesday through Sunday. Beth Malone portrays Ensign Nellie Forbush and John Cudia is Emile de Becque in Music Circus’ “South Pacific.”
  • Theater review: A ‘practically perfect’ Music Circus production of ‘Mary Poppins’

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The Music Circus production about an inscrutable nanny will appeal to children and adults as well. Robert Creighton (Bert) and the Sweeps perform “Step In Time” in “Mary Poppins.” From left are Robert Creighton, Noa Solorio, Ben Ainley-Zoll, Kelly McCormick and Joël René in “Mary Poppins.”
  • Theater: 'Mary Poppins' lands at Music Circus

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    California Musical Theatre artistic director Glenn Casale would probably be a great mathematician or an excellent puzzle maker. He enjoys creating problems to solve and dislikes doing the same thing twice. "Mary Poppins" at Music Circus stars Kelly McCormick, center, in the title role, with Noa Solorio, left, as Jane Banks and Ben Ainley-Zoll as Michael Banks.
  • Stages busy with summer productions

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Theater festivals rev up across the region. Brent Hinkley, left, plays Harpo Marx and Mark Bedard is brother Groucho in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “The Cocoanuts.” Sacramento Shakespeare Festival’s “Much Ado About Nothing” stars, from left, Tim Brown, Brittany King and James Roberts. The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Lisa Hori-Garcia (Jeanine Adenauer), Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Sunny Nguyen) and Velina Brown (Deborah Johnson) appear in “Ripple Effect.” Julie Anchor plays Dorine and Jim Lane is Orgon in the Main Street…
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    SacBee -- Allen Pierleoni

  • Counter Culture: Anatolian Table Turkish Bistro

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Turkish cuisine isn’t that unfamiliar after all. At Anatolian Table Turkish Bistro, a salad of tomato, cucumber, onion and bell peppers is topped with feta cheese and Kalamata olives. A dish of creamy hummus is in the background.
  • Counter Culture: On the road to discover fine fare

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    A vacation affords the chance to hit spots all over Northern California. Rotisseried chicken with basmati rice and Greek salad is among the offerings at Mediterranean Delite in San Carlos. Blueberry pancakes and bacon at the Crow’s Nest, Santa Cruz.
  • Counter Culture: Giovanni’s pizza is the real deal

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Let’s celebrate this most American of holidays – the Fourth of July – with a classic American dish – pizza. A Thai chicken pizza is ready to slide into the wood-fired pizza oven at High Hand Cafe. Five slices of New York-style pizza with five different toppings dominated lunch at Giovanni’s.
  • Counter Culture: A tasting trip to the Mideast, China and Japan

    19 Jun 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Babylon City Market is one of this town’s mom-and-pop ethnic restaurants. The Mandarin’s “triple delight” chow mein is chicken, prawn and scallops with mixed vegetables in lobster sauce, served over crisp Hong Kong-style noodles. The beef kebab plate at Babylon City Market, on Watt Avenue just north of Arden Way, comes with rice, hummus and salad.
  • Counter Culture: 10 places to feed a Dad-size hunger

    11 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Father’s Day is Sunday, but many dads like to treat it as a weekend-long celebration, beginning tonight right after work. Rightfully so, but their significant others may disagree, and that’s where gender differences can stop by for a visit. After all, some would claim it’s as simple as women loving shopping and men loving explosions, but not us. The meatloaf in the sandwich at Roxie Deli spends hours in the oakwood-fired smoker. Fried chicken and side dishes at Tori’s Place.
 
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    SacBee -- Chris Macias

  • The Nosh Pit: Launching Preservation takes perseverance

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Jason Poole awaits the kitchen where he’ll make his award-winning Bloody Mary mix. Preservation & Co. near the corner of 19th and Q streets was originally intended to open in the summer of 2013. Will the doors finally open soon on this specialty foods shop and commercial kitchen, or hit yet another hurdle?
  • The Nosh Pit: Region has big appetite for food-specific weeks

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Just about every month on Sacramento’s calendar features some kind of food week. Event participants sample drinks during the first day of Sacramento’s A Taste of Midtown Cocktail Week in August 2012. This year, the seventh annual event runs for six days starting Aug. 19.
  • The Nosh Pit: Sacramento chefs take it on the chin from Yelpers

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Sacramento-area chefs have learned to read their Yelp reviews, both good and biting. Andrew Blaskovich of Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen recites a one-star review of his food truck for “Sacramento Chefs Read Their Meanest Yelp Reviews,” a video produced by The Bee featuring prominent local chefs and food personalities. Andrew Blaskovich of Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen. Ravin Patel, executive chef at Ella Dining Room and Bar in Sacramento Patrick Mulvaney, owner and chef at Mulvaney’s B&L
  • The Nosh Pit: Chefs renew foie gras battle with upcoming event

    29 Jun 2014 | 12:17 am
    Foie gras was meant to be forbidden following a ban that went into effect two years ago. But as many foodies know, this bit of fatty duck or goose liver can still be scored at restaurants if you’re in the know. In 2012, before foie gras was banned in California, “Freedom Foie” was served at Mulvaney’s B&L restaurant in Sacramento.
  • The Nosh Pit: Enotria’s latest reincarnation

    22 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    A much different business plan now shapes the Del Paso Boulevard restaurant. Enotria, as pictured on June 11 at its grand re-opening, is now focusing on hosting events with limited wine bar hours.
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    SacBee -- Gardening

  • Retired barber stays fit tending backyard Japanese garden

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    For 53 years, Ruben Rincon cut hair at his barbershop. To relax after his job, he took out a different set of clippers and went to work on his bonsai. Ruben Rincon’s zen garden in Sacramento. Ruben Rincon and his wife, Leonor, have lived in this Tahoe Park house since it was built in 1961. He has turned the yard into a zen garden, with a 14-fish koi pond. A Japanese maple tree leaf soaks in the sun in Ruben Rincon's zen garden in Sacramento. Rincon spent the past 35 years transforming his lawn and backyard into a zen garden. Rincon was inspired by his time spent deployed in Japan with…
  • New Front Yard: California buckwheat a butterfly favorite

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Popular native perennial is a food source for winged visitors. A butterfly sits on a California buckwheat, a favorite of winged garden visitors.
  • Garden checklist: Keep plants cool and hydrated

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mulch is an easy way to insulate roots from extreme heat while maintainig soil moisture.
  • Midsummer garden fatigue can reduce vegetable harvest

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    There’s something primal in every one of us that responds to spring. Since the dawn of agriculture, humans feel the urge to plant flowers and food crops after a long, cold winter. But as the weeks pass into midsummer, rising heat and fair weather activities can diminish that early drive to get out into the garden. Just when the plants need you most you’ll be off to the beach or a dozen other summer activities. Just as the garden goes into production mode, we want to go on vacation. Follow some simple tips to help your garden live longer and produce more.
  • The New Front Yard: California fuchsia is a sun-loving favorite

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Popular for its flowers, this shrub can take the summer heat. Hummingbirds love it, too. New Front Yard: California fuchsia ( Epilobium canon) is a popular native perennial that flowers throughout the summer into fall. Hummingbirds can’t resist its bright blooms.
 
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    SacBee -- Books and Media

  • Between the lines: Summer reading sampler, part 2

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    My annual sampling of summertime reading appeared in this space June 24, with this introduction: “Summer means travel, relaxation and the companionship of a can’t-put-it-down book or two, or more likely several.” The key word here is several, as my inventory of worthwhile page-turners – both fiction and nonfiction – continues to grow. Look at this as Part 2 and counting. “Murder at Cape Three Points” by Kwei Quartey “Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation’s Glory Years” by William Stadiem…
  • The Rise Guys return next week to Sacramento radio on ESPN 1320

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    The Rise Guys, a longtime fixture on Sacramento radio, are returning to the local airwaves on ESPN 1320 beginning July 28. Kevin “Whitey” Gleason and Mark Kreidler will still be the Rise Guys in their afternoon show. “I think our show for having been in San Francisco is a better show than it was,” Gleason said. Mark Kreidler, left, and Kevin “Whitey” Gleason – the Rise Guys – bring their sports talk show to Sacramento’s ESPN 1320 starting at 2 p.m. Monday.
  • Between the Lines: William T. Vollmann on ‘Last Stories’

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    William T. Vollmann is most relaxed when he’s in residence at his writing studio, a former Mexican restaurant in Sacramento’s Alkali Flat neighborhood. The walls are plastered with his paintings and wood block prints, and with dramatic pictures he’s shot during decades of global research for his eclectic, multi-award-winning body of nonfiction and fiction. William T. Vollmann is a National Book Award-winning author who lives in Sacramento. “Last Stories and Other Stories” by William T. Vollmann “When I die I’m guessing my consciousness will…
  • VIDEO: William T. Vollmann's new book 'Last Stories' about love, regret - and ghosts

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    William T. Vollmann, the National Book Award-winning novelist-journalist-essayist-moralist who lives in Sacramento, has just published his first fiction in nine years, following a half-dozen nonfiction titles.
  • Between the Lines: Bee Book Club to host mystery authors

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Four Northern California mystery writers will appear onstage in conversation with each other. It will be a “panel discussion,” of sorts, in which the authors will collectively answer questions about how they do what they do, talk about their main character and explain why the mystery-thriller genres are so enduringly popular. Cara Black of San Francisco has written a series of thrillers set in Paris, France.
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    SacBee -- Fishing Line

  • Fishing Line: Week of July 14

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Salmon fishing season officially opens in this week’s top picks.
  • Fishing Line: Week of July 7

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Anglers are producing good numbers of trout and catfish in the Sacramento River in this week’s top picks.
  • Fishing Line: Week of June 9

    23 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    CAPLES LAKE – The lake is full and was stocked this past week by the DFW with 15,000 pounds of rainbows. Nearby Kirkwood Lake was stocked also. Caples Lake Resort reported that shore fishing and the dam and Wood’s Creek inlet were excellent. Trollers were also doing very well using flasher/worms for limits of rainbows and the occasional brown. A 10-pound mack hit a Kwikfish trolled 40 feet deep off Wood’s Creek inlet on Sunday.
  • Fishing Line: Week of June 16

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Shad fishing in the American River leads this week’s top picks.
  • Fishing Line: Week of June 9

    9 Jun 2014 | 1:08 pm
    See which areas are scheduled for trout plants, and which lake is dropping fast because of higher flows down the American River causing stripers moving out to deeper water, in this week’s Top Pick.
 
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    SacBee -- History

  • California man who co-authored Manson book dies

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.
  • Celebrate 45 years since man's first steps on moon

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Now's the time to get moonstruck. FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin carries scientific experiments to a deployment site south of the lunar module Eagle during the Apollo 11 mission. One experiment involved the inner composition of the moon, and another tried to determine the exact distance from Earth. Aldrin, 84, is asking everyone to remember where they were when he and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to walk on the moon and to share their memories online. FILE - This July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows Apollo 11 astronaut Neil…
  • Grant brings nation’s teachers to Northern California Gold Rush sites

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Each year, flocks of fourth-grade students from throughout California visit landmarks of the Gold Rush, but last week it was the teachers’ turn to take a field trip. Corinne Trumbell, a fourth-grade teacher from Saratoga, New York checks out the Indian grinding rock at Indian Grinding Rock State Park on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Pine Grove, Calif. The Center of Sacramento History and Sacramento State received a grant to bring teachers from across the country to the Sacramento area to learn about the California gold rush and bring it back to their students. A group of teachers tour…
  • Criminal history on Pennsylvania Capitol portraits

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    The portraits of three former Pennsylvania House speakers and one former top state senator hanging in the Capitol's marble corridors each have new information to tell visitors: their criminal histories. The plaque hanging in the Pennsylvania Capitol below the official portrait of former House Speaker John Perzel and three other former top state lawmakers in Harrisburg, Pa., now includes information about their criminal histories. Plaques that add those details to the dates the four men served were hung Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The plaque hanging in the Pennsylvania Capitol below the official…
  • Museum to be built where slaves set foot in US

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Organizers say a $75 million International African American Museum will be built beside the Charleston harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States. Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., center, announces that a $75 million International African American Museum will be built at the site of a wharf in Charleston, during a July 15, 2014 news conference in Charleston, S.C. The site is where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States. Behind the mayor are Wilbur Johnson, left, the chairman of the board of the museum, and artist Jonathan Green, whose…
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    SacBee -- Life

  • Tomato time challenge: How to preserve the harvest

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    What to do with all those tomatoes? Can, freeze, roast, pickle, dry – and enjoy. Roasting tomatoes concentrates their flavors. Use roasted tomatoes on pizza, or purée them for a rich sauce over pasta. Oven-dried cherry tomatoes in olive oil can be served as snacks, in salads or tossed with pasta. Tomatoes can be dried by placing them in a dehydrator for about 2 hours. Pasta sauce can be easily whipped together from home-canned tomatoes or sauce.
  • Tomato processing tips

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    There are basics to remember about processing tomatoes Homemade tomato sauce.
  • More tips on preserving tomatoes

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Check your recipes and your timer; more pointers from master food preservers. Before and after the hot-water bath: The jar on the left contains raw, peeled tomatoes before going into the hot-water bath for processing. The jar on the right has been processed for 85 minutes in boiling water. That cooking process presses juice down to the bottom of the jar.
  • Pear Fair celebrates crop with fun

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Courtland’s favorite fruit takes center stage Sunday. A patron sorts through a bin of pears at the annual Courtland Pear Fair in Courtland. The celebration of locally grown Bartletts and other pears will be held July 27.
  • Between the lines: Summer reading sampler, part 2

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    My annual sampling of summertime reading appeared in this space June 24, with this introduction: “Summer means travel, relaxation and the companionship of a can’t-put-it-down book or two, or more likely several.” The key word here is several, as my inventory of worthwhile page-turners – both fiction and nonfiction – continues to grow. Look at this as Part 2 and counting. “Murder at Cape Three Points” by Kwei Quartey “Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation’s Glory Years” by William Stadiem…
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    SacBee -- Recipes

  • Tomato time challenge: How to preserve the harvest

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    What to do with all those tomatoes? Can, freeze, roast, pickle, dry – and enjoy. Roasting tomatoes concentrates their flavors. Use roasted tomatoes on pizza, or purée them for a rich sauce over pasta. Oven-dried cherry tomatoes in olive oil can be served as snacks, in salads or tossed with pasta. Tomatoes can be dried by placing them in a dehydrator for about 2 hours. Pasta sauce can be easily whipped together from home-canned tomatoes or sauce.
  • Bulk up the BLT by adding fish, not fat

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In terms of flavor and texture, it’s hard to beat a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, reportedly one of the nation’s most popular sandwiches. Trouble is, it’s not exactly filling. A “fried” fish BLT pita pocket uses one slice of bacon.
  • What’s Cooking: Jam, the secret ingredient

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    It was probably 15 years ago that I discovered the magic that is a nearly empty jar of jam. Fig and chili-glazed pork tenderloin, a memorable low-fat entree, has a spicy glaze that also works well with chicken thighs. Mother’s Mountain strawberry rhubarb jam is one variety that could be used in vinaigrette. A grilled cheese becomes a special sandwich with the addition of fig preserves.
  • The Mailbox: Readers’ recipe requests

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Does anyone have the recipe for the reddish-brown enchilada sauce served at Theresa’s Mexican Restaurant? It was delicious. Her family-run restaurant was very popular with the media and the old Kings players. Her restaurant was first located on Northgate Boulevard in Natomas. She then moved to an old Chinese restaurant in North Sacramento on El Camino.
  • Guys, cooking isn’t just grilling

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cooking may not be a gender-specific activity, but there are some characteristics that follow stereotypes more often than not (read on before you start to object). At least that’s what Steven Raichlen says – and we tend to agree. He’s the guy who has brought us more grilling books than one would think possible (most of the 30 books he’s written, including “Planet Barbecue!” and “Barbecue! Bible”). Grilling king Steven Raichen teaches men to cook in “Man Made Meals,” which includes fire-eater chicken wings.
 
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    SacBee -- Boomers

  • Seniors on edge as South Sacramento mobile home park opens to all

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Barbara Garnier and her neighbors at the Capital Estates manufactured housing community in South Sacramento thought they’d found the perfect place to grow old. That was before the owners opened the mobile home community to residents of all ages. Barbara Woolen, front left, runs Chat & Sew, a women’s coffee klatch at the Capital Estates Clubhouse, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. It’s one of the many seniors-oriented programs offered at Capital Estates and residents are fearful that once younger families move in, their programs will have to change. Barbara Garnier walks her dog…
  • The latest in online trends for the elderly? Social media coaches

    23 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Jim Patterson, 92, lost his wife of almost 70 years late last year, and now he has a social media caregiver to help him stay in touch with the grandkids on Facebook. Jim Patterson, left, gets assistance with his Facebook page by social caregiver Blair Gregorvich at Patterson's home in Placerville on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Jim Patterson, 92, lost his wife of almost 70 years late last year -- and now he has a social media caregiver to help him stay in touch with the grandkids on Facebook. After teaching the elderly about the Internet, the social media caregiver is, it seems, the next step.
  • Aging in California: Who will support our seniors?

    23 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    Adults in their prime have traditionally supported the nation’s seniors. So what happens when the ratio of working-age adults to older adults plummets? California is about to find out.
  • Seniors return to new digs at Washington Plaza apartments

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:46 am
    Low-income seniors returned to their homes at the Washington Plaza apartments for the first time Tuesday since the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency completed extensive renovation work on some of the 76 housing units. Paul Maryland fixes his bed at the Washington Plaza housing development on Tuesday. Maryland and other low-income seniors returned to their homes for the first time since the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency completed extensive renovation work on some of the 76 housing units. Virginia Coffman rides her wheelchair into a common area at the Washington Plaza…
  • Artsy senior project proposed to replace Clarion

    14 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    A San Diego company plans to turn Sacramento’s vacant, ivy-covered Clarion Hotel into an artsy housing development for seniors. Pacifica Companies proposed a senior housing project that will take the place of the Clarion Hotel Mansion Inn at 16 and H streets. The four-story building will feature 165 apartments and retail businesses.
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    SacBee -- Beer

  • Sacramento-area IPAs are plentiful, eclectic and speak to our region’s personality

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    By now, the story of Sacramento’s beer legacy has become a familiar one. Before Prohibition, the region was a brewing force and Sacramento was known as the epicenter of hop growing. Bike Dog Brewery is open a mere two days a week in West Sac. Jeremy Warren is the brewmaster at Knee Deep Brewing Co., a rising star in the craft beer world. Berryessa Brewing’s taproom is a beer lover’s destination. Rubicon Brewing Co. makes its beer on location in its brewpub at 20th Street and Capitol Avenue.
  • Feast Q&A: Troy Paski on his Hoppy Brewing Co. turning 20

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In a town full of burgeoning breweries, Sacramento’s Hoppy Brewing Co. is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Hoppy Brewing’s Scott Patterson (left) and Troy Paski (right) with Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive (center).
  • Grog Tag helps label you as a serious home brewer

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you’re into home brewing or love someone who is, you should know about a product that can give your small-batch bottling effort the style points you might be looking for. Dogs are frequently pictured on labels made via Grog Tag. Ruhstaller is canning three of its beers – and has a nickname for the containers. Grog Tag photos from a wedding courtesy of David and Christie Posey of www.lexigraphics.com. The wedding is for Kevin and Katie Torok.
  • 2014 California State Fair beer winners

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Use this database to see all the 2014 California State Fair beer winners. Sort by type, brewery or city to see how your favorites scored or find a new beer to try. Beers of all types were quaffed during Sacramento Beer Week.
  • Award-winning UC Davis ale to be released

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    A German ale takes top honors in a student competition. Joe Williams, left, and Mario Vargas, third from left, raise mugs of their Kölsch with Sudwerk lead brewer Mike Hutson, second from left, and UC Davis brewing professor Charlie Bamforth.
 
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    SacBee -- Mike Dunne

  • Dunne on Wine: Bland? Often, but pinot grigio (or gris) can entice

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Pinot grigio, also known as pinot gris, is rare among wines in that it can draw upon the traditions and romance of two wine countries to sell itself – Italy and France. Pinot Gris growing next to the barn at Hendry Ranch. Hendry’s Hendry Ranch Napa Valley Pinot Gris
  • Dunne on Wine: India a young market for wine

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    India is a country with 1 billion people and very little wine. A Geyserville man and his partner aim to change that ration. Sula, which makes 600,000 cases a year, accounts for 80 percent of all wine sales in India. In the early 1990s Rajeev Samant, a computer engineer out of Stanford University, quit Silicon Valley to return to his family’s 30-acre farm at Nashik, where he founded Sula Vineyards. Kerry Damskey, a consultant winemaker, helped Samant launch the Indian winery. The vineyard’s climate, at 2,000 feet, is such that Sula’s vines never go dormant, but by being…
  • Mike Dunne on Wine: Shake Ridge Ranch in Amador County

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Winemakers with one grower in common explore the reach of the vineyard and their thoughts on ‘terroir.’ A block of vines rise up a hill at Shake Ridge Ranch, which encompasses 46 acres. Tempranillo, viognier, zinfandel, mourvedre and other varieties are grown there. Flanked by a slope of vines at Shake Ridge Ranch, winemaker Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery in Calistoga talks wine with guests at Shake Ridge Ranch. Daughter and father, Ann and Dan Kraemer, stand before by their Shake Ridge Ranch vineyard just east of Sutter Creek. She recently brought 14 winemakers to…
  • Mike Dunne on Wine: Four Winds Cellars is a breezy alternative to Murphys

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In creating 20 tasting rooms along and about the main drag through the old gold camp of Murphys, Calaveras County’s vintners have made wine exploration fun, convenient and relatively safe. Four Winds Cellars’ tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a $5 tasting fee. John Gibson, left, and David Webster, who with their wives are co-owners of Four Winds Cellars (formerly Laraine Winery), stand before a circa-1880 farmhouse that is the winery’s tasting room. Gibson is a longtime Laraine winemaker, and Webster was once its general manager. This is the Four…
  • Mike Dunne on Wine: Tempranillo has a summer allure, too

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Surprisingly, tempranillo is now being turned out in more than one style and is more versatile than ever. Judges and other wine enthusiasts mingle, above, in April at the annual gathering of the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) in San Francisco. At right are judges, from left, Dorothy Schuler of Bodegas Paso Robles, Louisa Sawyer-Lindquist of Verdad Wine Cellars, Jeff Stai of Twisted Oak Winery, Earl Jones of Abacela and Stuart Spencer of St. Amant Winery. Judges at the April TAPAS event in San Francisco included, from left, Dorothy Schuler of Bodegas Paso Robles,…
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    SacBee -- Food & Drink

  • Tomato time challenge: How to preserve the harvest

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    What to do with all those tomatoes? Can, freeze, roast, pickle, dry – and enjoy. Roasting tomatoes concentrates their flavors. Use roasted tomatoes on pizza, or purée them for a rich sauce over pasta. Oven-dried cherry tomatoes in olive oil can be served as snacks, in salads or tossed with pasta. Tomatoes can be dried by placing them in a dehydrator for about 2 hours. Pasta sauce can be easily whipped together from home-canned tomatoes or sauce.
  • More tips on preserving tomatoes

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Check your recipes and your timer; more pointers from master food preservers. Before and after the hot-water bath: The jar on the left contains raw, peeled tomatoes before going into the hot-water bath for processing. The jar on the right has been processed for 85 minutes in boiling water. That cooking process presses juice down to the bottom of the jar.
  • Tomato processing tips

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    There are basics to remember about processing tomatoes Homemade tomato sauce.
  • Pear Fair celebrates crop with fun

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Courtland’s favorite fruit takes center stage Sunday. A patron sorts through a bin of pears at the annual Courtland Pear Fair in Courtland. The celebration of locally grown Bartletts and other pears will be held July 27.
  • Best of Sacramento Connect food & wine blogs

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region.
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    SacBee -- Sports

  • Leading Off: Why you can’t watch Thursday’s A’s game

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Reading time, two minutes ...
  • AP NewsBreak: Cities to meet with USOC about 2024

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Leaders from the four U.S. cities in the running to bid for the 2024 Summer Games will meet with U.S. Olympic Committee leadership Friday in the first gathering to include representatives from all the major interested parties.
  • Testimony ends in trial over $2B Clippers sale

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. FILE - In this June 15, 2009, file photo, Richard Parsons, then Chairman of Citigroup, speaks at Time Warner's headquarters in New York. Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is is expected to be called as a witness Tuesday, July 22, 2014, to support Shelly Sterling's bid to sell the NBA basketball team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. FILE - In this Dec. 19,…
  • Reddick returns to A’s starting lineup against Astros

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick, reinstated from the disabled list yesterday, makes his first start for the A’s since June 28 tonight against Houston Astros right-hander Brad Peacock. Reddick entered Tuesday night’s extra-innings game as a late replacement and was hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout.
  • 49ers’ top position battles entering training camp

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The 49ers kick off training camp with another stacked and established roster, and as usual few starting spots are in doubt. But there is at least some intrigue. Injuries and right guard Alex Boone’s holdout make the summer competition a bit spicier than in recent years. The first practice is at 2:30 p.m. today. Here are the top battles:
 
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    SacBee -- Golf

  • Mark Rypien wins American Century title

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Mark Rypien beat out Jeremy Roenick and Annika Sorenstam to win the weather-delayed American Century Celebrity Golf Championship on Sunday. Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien hits the ball out of the bunker during the American Century Championship golf tournament Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nev.
  • Rory McIlroy builds a 4-shot lead at British Open

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open. Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates on the 18th green after finishing his round on the second day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Friday July 18, 2014. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot out of a bunker on the 16th hole during the second day of the British Open Golf championship…
  • Iraq veteran Pfeifer on mission to win at Lake Tahoe golf tournament

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    Iraq War veteran Chad Pfeifer was invited as a feel-good story, but after an impressive first day at the American Century Championship golf tournament Friday, it was apparent he had another mission – to win. Chad Pfeifer reveals his prosthetic leg before dancing on the 17th green Friday at the American Century Championship. Pfeifer, who lost his leg in Iraq and is now working toward playing on the PGA Tour, played Friday with former tennis pro Mardy Fish and actor Alfonso Ribeiro, whose character on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” inspired Pfeifer’s dance. “I…
  • Golfer gets luxury car he desired all along for hole-in-one at Granite Bay charity event

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Allan Ross will get the expensive car he thought he deserved all along for making a hole-in-one at a charity golf tournament last May. Granite Bay Golf Club
  • Hole-in-one contest ends in dispute, threat of lawsuit

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    It was any golfer’s dream – a hole in one rewarded with a new luxury car prize. The Granite Bay Golf Club in Granite Bay
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    SacBee -- Kings/NBA

  • Ailene Voisin: New Orleans waives former Kings forward Casspi

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Sacramento may still be interested in reacquiring forward Omri Casspi. Omri Casspi pumps his fist during a 2011 Kings game. The forward on Wednesday was cut by the New Orleans Pelicans, opening the door to a possible return to Sacramento.
  • Ailene Voisin: Former King Omri Casspi tries to make sense of Gaza conflict

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Omri Casspi arrived in Sacramento with his ego bursting, his prospects for a long-term career with the Kings promising, and his tiny country of Israel riding on his shoulders, along for the ride. Five years later, he barely recognizes his life. Former King Omri Casspi says incoming rockets have residents on edge near his boyhood home in a Tel Aviv suburb.
  • Live chat replay: With summer league done, what's next for Kings?

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    See what The Bee's Jason Jones had to say during a live chat focusing on the Kings and what their next move might be after a good summer league showing. Sacramento Kings' Ray McCallum, center, celebrates after he was named the game MVP for the NBA summer league championship basketball game against the Houston Rockets Monday, July 21, 2014, in Las Vegas. McCallum scored 29 points and made nine rebounds in the game. (AP Photo/ John Locher)
  • Leading Off: Kings fans rule here, but look who’s second

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    It’s no surprise the Kings are the most popular NBA team in the Sacramento region. Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is greeted by young fans wearing his jersey as he comes onto the floor before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th.
  • McCallum named MVP as Kings beat Rockets in final

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    Ray McCallum hadn’t been a big-time scorer through six summer league games. Guard Ray McCallum put on a show Monday, scoring 29 points to lead the Kings to a 77-68 win over the Rockets to win the summer league title. Guard Ben McLemore of the Kings grabs a rebound in Monday’s victory over the Rockets. McLemore had nine points and four rebounds.
 
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    SacBee -- Motor Sports

  • Elliott holds off Bayne for Nationwide win

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Chase Elliott is proving to be a quick study. A few questions for his teammates and a couple practice laps, and he was ready to roll in his first race at Chicagoland Speedway. Chase Elliott crosses the finish line as he wins the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Saturday, July 19, 2014. Chase Elliott (9) celebrates with teammates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Saturday, July 19, 2014. Ty Dillon drives during the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in…
  • Local motor notes: Consistency fuels Roseville driver Becker’s success

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Roseville sprint car driver Sean Becker has been “Mr. Consistency” in this season’s Civil War Sprint Car and King of the West series.
  • Billy Janniro takes high road to top of Fast Fridays at Auburn’s Gold Country Fairgrounds

    26 Jun 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Racing down low in what’s called “blue dirt” – where it’s slick – is where most speedway motorcycle riders like to compete. The low line also is the shortest on the eighth-mile Fast Fridays track at Auburn’s Gold Country Fairgrounds.
  • Listing of Northern California racetracks

    19 Apr 2008 | 4:34 pm
    A listing of 15 racetracks in Northern California, all within about a three-hour drive of Sacramento.
 
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    SacBee -- City Beat

  • Sacramento in talks to buy planned Sports Basement site

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Bay Area retailer Sports Basement has revived its interest in opening a downtown Sacramento store just as city officials are attempting to buy a building the company eyed as recently as last year.
  • City Beat: Can Meadowview’s 24th Street reverse its grim history?

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    David Williams is a grown man now. But when he was just a kid, he’d run up and down 24th Street in Meadowview with his friends all the time, unafraid of what the street could do to him. Ryan Lillis
  • Sacramento cracking down in illegal dumping

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Hercules Johnson has watched the same cycle over and over again for the 26 years he’s lived in North Sacramento. Dave Kelley of Sacramento removes a shopping cart away from an illegal dump before removing the waste on Lindley Drive in Sacramento. Bev Howell, a Sacramento code enforcer, puts a reward poster on a fence on Lindley Drive, where trash was dumped. Tips that result in convictions can earn up to $1,000. A city Claw machine operated by Jamie Cooper removes a couch that was dumped illegally with other waste along a city street. Phone calls to 311 reporting dumping could lead to…
  • Mayor Johnson appoints ‘strong mayor’ committee

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Mayor Kevin Johnson on Tuesday appointed a committee of Sacramento City Council members to explore what changes would need to be made to the city government should voters pass a “strong mayor” ballot measure in November. Kevin Johnson
  • Mercury Cleaners saved, will move across 16th Street

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    The family-owned shop with the recognizable sign on 16th Street was going to have to close after state officials found contaminated soil and groundwater at the site. But a group of lawyers and environmental consultants helped Helen and Tom Kang, the couple who has owned the store for 20 years, negotiate a lease in a new shop across the street. Mercury Cleaners, the family-owned dry cleaner on 16th Street in Sacramento, will move into a new location across the street. Lawyers worked for free to negotiate a new lease for the shop after the state ordered the current store to be closed due to…
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    SacBee -- Giants/A's

  • Reddick returns to A’s starting lineup against Astros

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick, reinstated from the disabled list yesterday, makes his first start for the A’s since June 28 tonight against Houston Astros right-hander Brad Peacock. Reddick entered Tuesday night’s extra-innings game as a late replacement and was hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout.
  • Giants beat Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    If the Philadelphia Phillies are planning to ship closer Jonathan Papelbon off at the trade deadline, now might not be the best time to do it. Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins celebrates after he hits a two run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game with teammate Ben Revere against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse catches a fly ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins in the third inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Phillies' Ben Revere gets a…
  • A's agree to 10-year lease to stay in Oakland

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday. Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson (20) is welcomed after hitting the game-winning three-run home run off Baltimore Orioles' Zach Britton in the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 18, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland won 5-4. Former Oakland Athletic and Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson kisses a rose before laying it on the pitchers mound during a pre-game ceremony honoring the reunion of players from the 1989 world championship team prior to the baseball game…
  • River Cats glance: Cats put the bite on Chihuahuas in 13

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    With two outs and the bases loaded in the13th inning, Shane Peterson reached on a run-scoring infield single, and the River Cats went on to a 3-2 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas on Tuesday night.
  • Hoes homer in 12th inning lifts Astros past A's

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    The Oakland Athletics hit balls hard all night that stayed inside the fences, so imagine their surprise when Houston connected when it counted. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, right, turns a double play over Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson on a ground ball from Derek Norris during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir throws to the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Houston Astros right fielder Enrique Hernandez crashes…
 
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