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  • ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

    SacBee -- Latest News
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack. FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, Stephen A. Smith arrives at Spike TV's Video Game Awards in Los Angeles. ESPN says it has suspended sportscaster Stephen A. Smith, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 for a week because of comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure they don't provoke attacks.
  • UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

    SacBee -- Top Stories
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. Water floods the street after a 30-inch water main burst on Sunset Boulevard near UCLA in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The 30-inch (75-centimeter) 93-year-old pipe that broke made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons (liters) of water across the school's athletic…
  • A trio of 101-degree days this week in Sacramento

    SacBee -- Our Region
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    A trifecta of 101-degree days is underway for Sacramento.
  • Editorial: One week, four California governors and (please) no mischief

    SacBee -- Editorials
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    None of the acting governors this week can really do anything dramatic, unless, of course, they do. Acting Gov. Mike Curb with tax crusader Paul Gann on February 26, 1979.
  • Another View: Copper paint rules are reasonable

    SacBee -- Opinion
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Marina del Rey and other California harbors needs protection from toxics.
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    SacBee -- Latest News

  • ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack. FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, Stephen A. Smith arrives at Spike TV's Video Game Awards in Los Angeles. ESPN says it has suspended sportscaster Stephen A. Smith, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 for a week because of comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure they don't provoke attacks.
  • Sam factor prepares Rams for sensitivity session

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    To guard against another bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp. St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam runs as part of a special teams drill during training camp at the NFL football team's practice facility on Friday, July 25, 2014, in St. Louis. St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam straps on his helmet during training camp at the NFL football team's practice facility Saturday, July 26, 2014, in St. Louis.
  • A trio of 101-degree days this week in Sacramento

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    A trifecta of 101-degree days is underway for Sacramento.
  • UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. Water floods the street after a 30-inch water main burst on Sunset Boulevard near UCLA in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The 30-inch (75-centimeter) 93-year-old pipe that broke made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons (liters) of water across the school's athletic…
  • Progress reported on 2 California wildfires

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Fire crews have gained ground on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento. This image released by the Madera County Sheriff's Department shows a bear running through smoke in the Sierra foothills in Sierra National Forest, Calif, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the…
 
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  • UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. Water floods the street after a 30-inch water main burst on Sunset Boulevard near UCLA in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The 30-inch (75-centimeter) 93-year-old pipe that broke made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons (liters) of water across the school's athletic…
  • Sacramento mom could earn $1 million for potato chip idea

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Her Wavy Mango Salsa chips could earn big bucks in online Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest. Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz shows off a new bag of her Wavy Mango Salsa potato chips, a finalist in Lay’s $1 million flavor search. Her chips are in stores now while consumers can vote online. The final four for $1 million in Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest. Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz came up with the Wavy Mango Salsa idea.
  • Dan Walters: Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy becomes House majority leader

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy becomes the No. 2 leader in the House and could become speaker. Dan Walters
  • Bulls bar and restaurant sold to new owner

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bulls rides into the sunset, closing its doors after four-year ride. Bulls Bar and Grill, known in Sacramento for its mechanical bull ride, has closed.
  • Man suspected of killing NBA star’s aunt in Meadowview taken into police custody

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    As the search for Michael Williams continued, Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes took to social media to ask for the public’s help in finding the man accused of killing his aunt. Michael Williams Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes sent a tweet expressing his gratitude after Tuesday’s arrest.
 
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    SacBee -- Editorials

  • Editorial: One week, four California governors and (please) no mischief

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    None of the acting governors this week can really do anything dramatic, unless, of course, they do. Acting Gov. Mike Curb with tax crusader Paul Gann on February 26, 1979.
  • Editorial: NFL punishment for Ray Rice does not fit the crime

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    NFL to fans – hitting your girlfriend is not as bad as smoking pot. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice joins the team for training camp practice on Thursday in Owings Mills, Md.
  • Editorial: VA health care deal is a big chance for Congress

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Our do-nothing Congress has a chance to get something vital accomplished before going on yet another vacation. At long last, a bipartisan deal emerged Monday to start fixing the scandalous health care system for veterans. Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, and Rep. Jeff Miller announced a bipartisan deal Monday to fix the vast VA health care system.
  • Editorial: From the ashes of the Sand fire, volunteers rise to help out neighbors

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Amid the tragedy and fear of the wildfire in El Dorado and Amador counties, which has so far scorched about 4,000 acres and displaced more than 1,200 people, Californians of all ages and stripes demonstrated what’s right with this country. Needing no formal organization, neighbors reached out to neighbors, as we do time and time again in moments of crisis.
  • Opinion Extra: A (smart) call for California-style top-two primaries in all U.S. states.

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    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.
 
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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…
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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 -- Environment

  • Birds in peril as Sacramento’s wildlife rescue group faces closure

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:52 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…
  • Gov. Brown agrees to Mexico pact on climate change; environment activists wary of business ties

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown, calling for “heroic efforts” to combat climate change, agreed with Mexican officials Monday to work together on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña answer questions in Mexico City, Monday. Brown agreed to work with Mexican officials on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown listens over translation headphones as Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs speaks during a joint press…
  • The Public Eye: Voluntary water conservation not effective, data show

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    California water agencies with mandatory water conservation rules in place were far more likely to reduce water conservation, according to data gathered by the state. The numers also show that Northern California cities have done a better job conserving water so far this year than their neighbors in the south. The Public Eye
  • Wolf OR7 and mate have at least three pups, new photos confirm

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    New photos from a remote camera confirm that a wolf known as OR7 has three pups, not just two. OR7 is the wolf who spent a year roaming California before returning just over the Oregon border to start a family with mysterious female wolf, whose origin is unknown. A remote camera in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest captured one of OR7’s pups. The most recent photos of the wolf family, taken July 12 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, confirm OR7 has at least three pups. A remote camera in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest captured OR7’s mate. The most recent photos of the…
  • U.S. is urged to prepare better for catastrophic nuclear accidents

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    America’s nuclear power industry needs to do a better job of planning for rare but catastrophic events such as the Fukushima disaster in Japan, according to a panel of scientists whom Congress ask to make recommendations for nuclear safety.
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    SacBee -- Health and Medicine

  • Survey: In California, more than 3 million newly insured in health coverage

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:41 pm
    About 3.4 million previously uninsured adults have obtained health insurance coverage in California in the past year, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • Obamacare at center of debate over California health insurance initiative

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter. Commissioner Dave Jones wants officials to have regulatory authority over health insurance rates.
  • Survey: Remaining uninsured harder to reach

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    About 2.5 million California adults remain uninsured after the first open enrollment period for the new federal health law, and the state will face even bigger challenges in reaching those people, particularly Latinos, according to a survey released Tuesday by a national health policy nonprofit.
  • Ask Emily: Big bills lurk in specialty drug category

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:40 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.
  • Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia. In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia. This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials…
 
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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.
  • 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 -- Obituaries

  • Obituary: UC Davis scientist Chris Iwahashi, 58, was elite runner

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ms. Iwahashi, who died July 16, ran in more than 160 official marathons and finished more than 60 in under three hours. She was inducted into the inaugural class of the Sacramento Running Association Hall of Fame in 2013. Chris Iwahashi, a UC Davis biochemist and elite Northern California runner who participated in more than 160 marathons.
  • Obituary: CSUS art professor Daniel J. Frye, 58, was noted metal artist

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Dr. Frye, who died July 19, joined the faculty in 2000. Besides teaching art education, he reinvigorated the metals and jewelry program and forged connections between students and the community. Dan Frye, noted metal artist and professor of art at California State University, Sacramento
  • Obituary: Galt dairyman Arnold Kessler, 89, showed champion bulls at California State Fair

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Mr. Kessler, who died July 14, raised Guernsey dairy bulls that sired many offspring and won more State Fair championships that any other herd. He was born to farmers in Switzerland and immigrated to California in 1952. W. Arnold Kessler, a longtime Galt dairyman who showed his champion Guernsey cows for many years at the California State Fair. W. Arnold Kessler, a longtime Galt dairyman who showed his champion Guernsey cows for many years at the California State Fair.
  • Obituary: Michael Edward Staley, 59, was state disaster preparation expert

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mr. Staley, who died July 1, led efforts to organize and prepare local volunteers to respond to emergencies. He was a volunteer firefighter and served as treasurer of the Florin Japanese American Citizens League. Michael Edward Staley
  • Obituary: Bishop Stanley E. Olson, 87, was early supporter of lesbians and gays in Lutheran church

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Bishop Olson, who died July 2, served nine years as head of the Pacific Southwest Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, which covered Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. Stanley E. Olson, former Lutheran bishop of five western states
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    SacBee -- Religion News

  • Sacramento Congo connection forms lasting roots

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    As Jamie, 6, and Jordan, 5, made their way down a church camp chow line recently, the choices were abundant – hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, taco salad, potato salad, garden salad, watermelon and cookies for days. Josie and Gabe Wilmarth hold their children during evening service this month at Scotts Flat campground in Nevada County. Area families have adopted children through an African orphanage supported by Sacramento-area churches. Mateus Layton relaxes at Scotts Flat Lake. Mateus was adopted by Phil and Jaime Layton three years ago from an orphanage on the outskirts of Lubumbashi,…
  • Friends celebrate Sacramento’s longest serving Roman Catholic priest, an Irishman ‘from central casting’

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:26 pm
    He’s been toasted in pubs throughout Kilkenny County, Ireland, for his hurling prowess and called the “Irish Godfather,” “the spiritual father of south Sacramento,” a singer and a saint during his 66 years ministering to needy Sacramentans across faiths and races. Monsignor Edward “Ned” Kavanagh is his name, and serving underdogs is his game. Kavanagh leads a 1989 Mass. He is recovering from ailments at a care site. Monsignor Edward Kavanagh, pictured in 1989 at St. Rose’s church, has been called “the spiritual father of south…
  • 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.
 
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    SacBee -- Foon Rhee

  • 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

  • UC Davis launches website to compare driving costs of electric vehicles

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    A new, UC Davis-developed website, Electric Vehicle Explorer, enables car buyers to weigh the potential costs of operating a plug-in electric vehicle.
  • Sacramento-area gasoline prices continue to tumble

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    National price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys more than 700 regional gas outlets daily, said the average retail price of gas in the area fell another 4.3 cents to $3.90 a gallon over the past week. Over the past three weeks, the average price has fallen more than 12 cents, after hovering above the $4-a-gallon threshold through the Indepedence Day holiday.
  • State offers Tower Bridge to Sacramento, West Sacramento

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Caltrans relinquished the highway on both sides of the bridge to Sacramento and West Sacramento a decade ago, cutting the bridge off from the rest of the state highway system. Its 737-foot span over the Sacramento River is the shortest highway in the state. Caltrans now says it wants to give the vintage 1935 bridge to the two cities. The Sacramento River flows under the Tower Bridge on April 22. West Sacramento is on the left; Sacramento on the right. The I Street Bridge is further upstream.
  • State senator calls for criminal probe of Bay Bridge construction problems

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and said the release this week of a Senate investigative report will show how the California Department of Transportation knowingly accepted substandard work at taxpayer expense. A Capitol hearing on Aug. 5 will look into reports about managerial and manufacturing breakdowns, and lowered standards on the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span. Senator Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord
  • Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank cars

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    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…
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    SacBee -- Weather Report

  • A trio of 101-degree days this week in Sacramento

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    A trifecta of 101-degree days is underway for Sacramento.
  • 100-degree days bring tips from Sac Metro fire district

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    The National Weather Service is forecasting 100 degrees on Tuesday and 101 on Wednesday for Sacramento.
  • Sacramento temperatures to remain hot, hot, hot

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    A slight Delta breeze evident early Monday morning may drop temperatures a degree or two but it is still expected to be hot in Sacramento. Milton Johnson of Houston, Texas sprays himself down with a mister to cool off at the California State Fair on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Sacramento.
  • Chance of cooler temperatures, smoke in valley

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Sacramento residents can expect cooler temperatures to start off the week with a chance of smoky air because of the Sand Fire in El Dorado and Amador counties, according to the National Weather Service. A large cloud of smoke lifts into the air as the San Fire burns on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
  • Triple-digit temperatures forecast for Sacramento

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Temperatures in the Sacramento region are expected to remain in the triple-digits for the next few days. High temperatures and dry conditions are expected to continue, providing no help in the battle to contain the Sand Fire in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento.
 
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    SacBee -- Letters to the Editor

  • Top two is bottom two in Placer County

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Re "Can open primaries save the world?" (Editorial, July 28): Sen. Chuck Schumer is wrong to suggest the top two election process is a good idea. For who? If one lives in a civilized community and has a chance to vote for either Assemblyman Roger Dickinson or Assemblyman Richard Pan, that is a good choice.
  • Deadly disease warrants caution

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Re "Families urge resumption of adoptions from Congo" (Nation/World, July 25): The Ebola virus demands that extreme care be exercised when bringing children from Africa to homes in the United States. It is nice to be well-intended about the plight of innocent children, but to potentially unleash the Ebola virus on our country would be catastrophic for our country.
  • Solutions to inequality in America

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Re "An idiot's guide to inequality" (Viewpoints, July 24) Since inequality in America is destabilizing, who will act? Currently, Congress is not working well as witnessed by the passing of a child tax cut for the rich, without extending the tax cut for the poor.
  • Breton the basher

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Re "Mexico is a partner with state" (Our Region, July 27): If it's Sunday, it must be Bashing by Breton. What would the weekend be without Chief Apologist Marcos Breton trashing the United States? This week's episode? How wonderful it is to have Mexico as a trade partner and how U.S. immigration policies need to be reformed.
  • Immigration reform vital for cleaning industry employers

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    As the founder and principal of Janico Building Services, I understand how undocumented immigrants affect the cleaning industry.
 
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    SacBee -- Carolyn Hax

  • Carolyn Hax: She’s misbehaved but wants him back

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR CAROLYN: I’m 26, he’s 27. Dated for about a year, fell hard and fast, moved in together after about six months and were beginning to talk about getting engaged. I thought I had found the one.
  • Mother-in-law, daughter-in-law engage in spirited spat over nicknames

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR CAROLYN: When my son’s eldest started to talk, I encouraged her to call me “G-ma” because I didn’t care for “Grandma.” She never could learn G-ma, but instead called me Mamaji. I thought this was adorable and very special since it was her own idea. I became Mamaji. It is my email, user ID, I even had a T-shirt made! Not a word was said against it.
  • 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.
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    SacBee -- Homeless

  • Two bodies, both likely homeless, draw attention to summer health risks for the homeless

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    One study found that the number of homeless deaths remains consistent throughout the year. The elements continue to take a toll regardless of the season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
 
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    SacBee -- Agriculture

  • Yuba County reports another record year for ag products

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The gross value of Yuba County’s agricultural production for 2013 set another record at nearly $235 million, a gain of almost 9 percent over the previous year, according to a new report released by Louie Mendoza, the county’s agricultural commissioner.
  • 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
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    SacBee -- Business

  • Bulls bar and restaurant sold to new owner

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bulls rides into the sunset, closing its doors after four-year ride. Bulls Bar and Grill, known in Sacramento for its mechanical bull ride, has closed.
  • 5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.
  • Bay Area consumer loan company hit with $92 million penalty for predatory loans to military members

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
    In a final federal slapdown, a Bay Area company accused of thousands of fraudulent consumer loans – primarily against military service members – was ordered Tuesday to provide $92 million in debt relief to 17,000 consumers nationwide, including more than 1,100 in California. The enforcement action was a joint effort by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C., and 13 state attorneys general.
  • Victims of pricey lending targeting military win settlement

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    At first glance, the loans advertised by Rome Finance looked like a good deal for service members who wanted to buy new video game consoles, laptops or flat-screen TVs but didn’t have the cash. Army recruits from Fort Benning, October 25, 2003.
  • Argentina scrambles to avoid default as Wednesday midnight deadline looms

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Argentina officials met Tuesday with a mediator in New York in a last-ditch move to resolve a dispute with American creditors that has the South American nation on the brink of default, a development that would have dire consequences for the already struggling Argentine economy. A man walks by a sign that reads in Spanish "Yesterday Braden or Peron, today Griesa or Cristina", in reference to an unresolved debt dispute between the Argentine administration of President Cristina Fernandez and the NML Capital hedge fund, ordered to round-the-clock negotiations by a U.S. District Court presided by…
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    SacBee -- On the Move

  • On the Move: New jobs and promotions

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacramento-area businesses announce job moves.
  • 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.
 
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    SacBee -- Technology

  • FCC's dull plans for Internet get viral, angry response

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This summer the dull-sounding technology term “network neutrality” prompted street protests and viral web campaigns, crashing the Federal Communications Commission’s website with a record-breaking flood of over a million comments from the public.
  • Protest delays FBI’s huge sole-source deal with Motorola

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    A protest by a small two-way radio manufacturer has stalled an FBI plan to hand a sole-source contract worth up to $500 million to emergency communications giant Motorola Solutions Inc., mainly to upgrade the bureau’s 30-year-old network. Some of the different radio systems available to public safety agencies on November 30, 2013. At left is the Motorola APX 6000.
  • Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-Con

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:04 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.
  • 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…
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    SacBee -- Ask Emily

  • Ask Emily: Big bills lurk in specialty drug category

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:40 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: 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.
 
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    SacBee -- Folsom/El Dorado News

  • 1,200 people evacuated as Sand fire grows past 4,000 acres

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    Gold Country residents got a firsthand look Saturday at the extreme fire danger California faces as the Sand fire blazed through forests and homes in El Dorado and Amador counties and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes with only minutes of warning. A DC-10 drops retardant Saturday on the Sand fire, near the middle fork of the Cosumnes River, as firefighters guard a home. One observer watched the DC-10 drop four loads of retardant in a four-hour span. Firefighters also used helicopters and smaller planes. Smoke from the fire in El Dorado and Amador counties tended to blow west,…
  • Update: More evacuations ordered Saturday as Sand fire intensity increases

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    Mandatory evacuations were announced this afternoon for River Pines Estates, a community of 200 homes in Amador County, as the Sand fire intensity increase, according to Cal Fire. A wild land fire burns near the Story winery in Plymouth, CA on Friday, July 25, 2014. Cal Fire and several local fire departments responded. Residents watch as a wild land fire burns near the Story winery in Plymouth, CA on Friday, July 25, 2014. Cal Fire and several local fire departments responded. A wildfire burns near the Story Winery in Plymouth on Friday as an air tanker drops retardant. Flames came as close…
  • Cal Fire: 10 homes, seven outbuildings destroyed by Sand fire

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    The fire that forced more than 1,200 residents to evacuate their homes in El Dorado and Amador counties has destroyed 10 homes and seven outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. The 3,800-acre blaze is 35 percent contained this afternoon from 20 percent on Saturday. Bill Cleek, left, hugs his good friend, Terry Cromwell outside a structure which housed one of 13 antique cars destroyed by fire at Rancho Cicada Retreat on Friday, July 27, 2014 in Plymouth, Calif. Cromwell, of Pine Grove has been restoring the antique cars for more than 10 years. The fire that forced more than 1,200 residents to…
  • Sand fire claims more buildings, but containment grows to 50%

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    Fire crews massed manpower and materiel against a stubborn Sierra Nevada wildfire Sunday as volunteers unleashed a major effort to save stranded animals. A City of Folsom firefighter moves through burned trees and ash not far from the origin of the Sand Fire near the Cosumnes River in Amador County on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Plymouth, Calif. The 3,800-acre blaze is 35 percent contained this morning from 20 percent on Saturday. An antique car, one of 13 destroyed on the Rancho Cicada Retreat property is surrounded by burned trees on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Plymouth, Calif. The fire that…
  • Cathie Anderson: Folsom’s e.Republic seeds venture funds, makes investment worth $1 million

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    E.Republic founder Dennis McKenna seeds a venture fund to encourage civic technology; his first investment is ArchiveSocial, a company that archives social media accounts for governments.
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    SacBee -- Elk Grove News

  • Elk Grove mayor pours cups for a cause

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Ten percent of this coffee house’s profits go to Courage Worldwide, a Rocklin-based organization that provides shelter and aid to victims of sex trafficking and child prostitution. The shop’s slogan: “Drink great coffee. Change the world.” Grace Coffee Roasters owner Gary Davis works inside his store Thursday. Store manager Cami Neal of West Sacramento wipes down the counter at Grace Coffee Roasters on Tuesday. The business’s owner, Gary Davis, has received praise for donating 10 percent of store profits to help end sex trafficking. Gary Davis, left, Elk…
  • Elk Grove animator thrives as ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s partner in ‘Word Crimes’

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Jarrett Heather, a software developer at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, produced the visuals for “Word Crimes,” a music video from Weird Al Yankovic. Weird Al Yankovic poses with Elk Grove animator Jarrett Heather at a cafe in Hollywood. A screen grab from Weird Al Yankovic’s music video “Word Crimes” shows the work of Elk Grove illustrator Jarrett Heather.
  • UPDATE: Six people injured, one critically, in crash at Elk Grove car wash

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Cosumnes Fire Department personnel and Elk Grove police responded to a vehicle accident at a car wash that sent five people to the hospital, one in critical condition.
  • 'Sweetheart Swindler' from Elk Grove caught up in statewide sting

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Fourteen undercover stings conducted around the state this week resulted in 94 people facing misdemeanor charges for contracting without a license, including one Elk Grove woman known as the “Sweetheart Swindler.”
  • Elk Grove police offer Smart911 network to improve emergency response

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The city of Elk Grove announced that it has become the first Northern California city to implement the national safety database Smart911 in an effort to improve emergency services for residents.
 
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    SacBee -- Roseville/Placer County News

  • Roseville's SPI Solar aims to raise $25 million in private stock offering

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    SPI Solar, a Roseville-based solar-energy developer, said Tuesday that it has entered an agreement for the a $25 million sale of common stock in a private placement. The company said it intends to use the net proceeds for expansion of international activities, ramp up its solar program geared to residential/small business customers, for working capital purposes and to pay down debt.
  • Auburn man’s bromeliads are out of this world

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Collector of rarities loves bromeliads for their rainbow colors; see them this weekend at Sacramento show and sale. Chet Blackburn with examines a Vriesea hybrid bromeliad. He has an amazing collection at his Auburn home including hundreds that he's preparing for the Sacramento Bromeliad and Carnivorous Plant Show. A crane fly carcass remains in a Venus flytrap, a carnivorous plant that Chet Blackburn tends to in his collection. Blackburn points to an American pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava) at his home in Auburn earlier this month. Light glistens on the sticky nectar on tentacles of a Cape…
  • Placer supervisors ask conservative voters for pay hike

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Supervisors in fiscally conservative Placer County took the unusual step this week of asking voters to more than double their salaries and provide access to county health and retirement benefits.
  • First Sacramento-area Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurant to open Thursday in Auburn

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Atlanta-based Moe’s Southwest Grill, which announced in January that it had signed an agreement to bring more than a dozen new restaurants to the Sacramento area over the next seven years, will open its first local restaurant Thursday in Auburn.
  • 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.
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    SacBee -- Sacramento City News

  • Business money and arena fight shape two Sacramento Assembly races

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Both Sacramento City Councilman Cohn and Elk Grove City Councilman Cooper are Democrats. They are vying with fellow Democrats, Sacramento City Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong, to claim two Assembly seats currently held by Democrats, Assemblymen Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson, who are seeking an open state Senate post.
  • Community donations save Sacramento’s wildlife rescue group

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Sacramento’s Wildlife Care Association, which had run out of money and faced the possibility of shutting down in August, has been saved for now by donations from the community and wildlife advocates. Five-day-old house finches are fed with a syringe. Triage assistant Rae Porter-Blackwell examines a black-crowned night- heron brought to the Wildlife Care Association earlier this month. The Wildlife Care Association thanks some contributors with signs on a fence at its facility.
  • League of Women Voters opposing Sacramento leader’s ‘strong mayor’ plan

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    It’s more than three months until the November election. But clearly, the looming political campaign over whether Sacramento should transform its style of governance is on the minds of some groups. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s latest proposal for a strong-mayor system of government has met with opposition from the League of Women Voters.
  • Update: More time needed to fix Arden Arcade outage

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Power was cut to 92 Sacramento Municipal Utility District customers Tuesday morning after a vehicle smashed into a utility pole in Arden Arcade.
  • Drought prompts city to cancel Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days, hosted over the Labor Day weekend since 2000, have been canceled because of the drought, city tourism officials announced Monday. A high-noon shootout features Curly Bob being shot down by lawmen at the 2007 Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento. Members of the 2nd California Cavalry Company F Sacramento Rangers ride in Old Sacramento on Friday, August 30, 2013 during Gold Rush Days. Alexzandria Miller, 9, left, and her sisters Kaylah Miller, 7, and Giovanna Miller, 2, all from Chico, watch horse-drawn wagons from the balcony along Second Street during the…
 
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    SacBee -- State Politics

  • Obamacare at center of debate over California health insurance initiative

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter. Commissioner Dave Jones wants officials to have regulatory authority over health insurance rates.
  • Gov. Brown agrees to Mexico pact on climate change; environment activists wary of business ties

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown, calling for “heroic efforts” to combat climate change, agreed with Mexican officials Monday to work together on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña answer questions in Mexico City, Monday. Brown agreed to work with Mexican officials on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown listens over translation headphones as Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs speaks during a joint press…
  • 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…
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    SacBee -- Elections

  • Business money and arena fight shape two Sacramento Assembly races

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Both Sacramento City Councilman Cohn and Elk Grove City Councilman Cooper are Democrats. They are vying with fellow Democrats, Sacramento City Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong, to claim two Assembly seats currently held by Democrats, Assemblymen Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson, who are seeking an open state Senate post.
  • Jones: Fearful of voters, insurers will temper health rate hikes

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is pushing a ballot measure to give him the power to regulate health insurance rates, released an analysis Tuesday showing that health insurance costs for individuals increased dramatically over the last year. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones speaks at a forum in Sacramento during his first run for office.
  • Special election to replace ousted county supervisor Ray Nutting stirs up El Dorado County

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The bitterness, dysfunction and strangeness of a supervisorial special election roil El Dorado County these days. After a politically charged prosecution, four-term Supervisor Ray Nutting was ousted from office over misdemeanor convictions. His wife, is now running for his seat, even as Nutting tries to halt the Sept. 9 special election. Devera Koch wishes El Dorado County supervisor candidate Jennifer Nutting well at a fundraiser Wednesday in Fair Play. A judge kicked Nutting’s husband, Ray, off the board. Eileen Atherton, left, passes out hors d’oeuvres Wednesday evening…
  • Pérez campaign led the way in Sacramento-area ad buys

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 pm
    The Sacramento TV market’s largest broadcast stations netted more than $623,000 in ad revenue from federal, state and local campaign committees in the weeks before last month’s primary election, public filings show. Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari holds a media availability to respond to Gov. Jerry Brown's address to the American Federation of Teachers AFT, at the Los Angeles Convention Center last month. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
  • Jerry Brown adds to campaign war chest

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown continues to expand his massive financial advantage over Republican Neel Kashkari in his bid for re-election, reporting Thursday that he had $22.4 million on hand as of June 30. Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by first lady Anne Gust Brown, speaks outside the governor's mansion in Sacramento on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
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    SacBee -- Capitol and California

  • AM Alert: Jerry Brown closes out trip to Mexico with trade pact

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown wraps up his trip to Mexico today with a focus on economic issues. Miniature national flags representing Mexico and the United States stand side by side as Gov. Jerry Brown, right background, and Mexico's Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell talk after signing a memorandum of understanding in Mexico City on July 29, 2014.
  • PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010. Eight people died and dozens were injured when a PG&E gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno on Sept. 9, 2010.
  • Dan Walters Daily: Rainy-day fund good for state, but not school districts

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Building a reserve fund has boosted California’s financial outlook, Dan says. So why won’t lawmakers let local school districts have them? Gov. Jerry Brown promotes his plan to create a rainy-day fund before an Assembly committee.
  • Broken water main floods UCLA; 5 people rescued

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:42 am
    A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, trapping people in underground parking garages and covering some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school's famed basketball arena. In this photo taken from video provided by nbc4la.com, water reaches into the air after a water main burst on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles near UCLA Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/nbc4la.com) MANDATORY CREDIT At least an inch of water covers the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main…
  • Dan Walters: Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy becomes House majority leader

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy becomes the No. 2 leader in the House and could become speaker. Dan Walters
 
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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…
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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: California sticks with tougher stance on employee transfers

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Despite heavy lobbying from departments and unions, California’s personnel panel has stood its ground: If you’re applying for a state job, you have to meet the minimum qualifications – even if you’re already a state worker. To work at the Capitol, applicants must pass a test demonstrating that they meet the job qualifications – even if they already work for the state.
  • The Buzz: Sen. Wright spent $129,000 on legal bills through June, filing shows

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The legal defense fund of state Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted earlier this year of felony voter fraud and perjury, spent $129,000 on attorneys and related costs from January through June, according to a new filing. Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood attends the California Senate session on the first day after Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento announced that he was removing him from a leadership position after he was found guilty of eight felonies related to living outside the district he represents on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Willie Brown photo supplied for his new book…
  • The Buzz: Pérez campaign led the way in Sacramento-area ad buys

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    The Sacramento TV market’s largest broadcast stations netted more than $623,000 in ad revenue from federal, state and local campaign committees in the weeks before last month’s primary election, public filings show. Assembly Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles, right, listens during the last day of the legislative session on Thursday September 12, 2013 in Sacramento. Stephen Colbert, winner of the best writing for a variety series and the variety series award for ‘The Colbert Report’ poses backstage at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept.
  • The Buzz: Next week, four governors in four days

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    With Gov. Jerry Brown heading to Mexico on Sunday and other officeholders preparing for out-of-state trips of their own, it might help to consult the state constitution – or one very detailed memorandum from the Governor’s Office – to know exactly who is in charge of the state next week and when.
  • The Buzz: Betty Yee’s margin fueled by green bud brigade?

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Of the various postmortems on Board of Equalization member Betty Yee’s hair-thin second-place finish in the California state controller’s race, an East Bay Express headline was particularly eye-catching: An East Bay Express headline asks, “Did 500 Stoners Swing Betty Yee’s Race for Controller?” Some say Yee has the marijuana industry and its supporters to thank for her win.
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    SacBee -- Real Estate

  • Mutual Housing to launch 120-apt. complex with rooftop farm in south Sacramento

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Mutual Housing California, the Sacramento-based nonprofit developer of affordable housing communities, is using a $40,000 grant to start the design and development process for a 120-apartment community that also will feature a rooftop farm. The proposed seven-acre development south Sacramento site is at 7351 Stockton Blvd., just south of Florin Road.
  • City Beat: Fight over midtown Sacramento house appears headed to City Council

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    The battles in Sacramento aren’t always about arenas or condo towers. Sometimes, they’re over something as simple as a house in an alley. Ryan Lillis
  • Elverta residents concerned about proposed housing development

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    Along the rural border between Sacramento and Placer counties, Elverta residents are increasingly concerned about how thousands of new homes may lead to traffic, drainage and water supply problems.
  • Shipping containers go from hobo to hip

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Shipping containers, embraced as restaurants and shops in other cities, are gaining acceptance in Sacramento with the planned opening of the Federalist bar and restaurant in midtown. Marvin Maldonado’s new midtown restaurant the Federalist is constructed entirely out of seven shipping containers. “It’s a modern look and a simple expression of materials,” he says. “When we’re all done, we’ll have a 2,200-square-foot restaurant, with ground-up design and construction, built for $150 a square foot.” Marvin Maldonado's new midtown restaurant…
  • Personal Finance: Beware, mortgage scammers on the rise again

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    For years, it was “the Wild West” of real estate scams.
 
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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 7

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    After salmon fishing opened last week, the Sacramento River leads this week’s top picks.
  • 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

  • Fishing Line: Week of July 30

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Smallmouth bass continued to be excellent in the upper stretch of the Delta near Isleton and Walnut Grove in this week’s top picks.
  • Lassen park teams with NASA for weekend’s Dark Sky Festival

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Lassen Volcanic National Park teams with NASA scientists to present 2014 Dark Sky Festival this weekend
  • Revamp your camp: State Fair entries show how

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    An effort is underway to show younger would-be campers that pitched tents and log cabins are not the only way to camp. Alaze Benson, 9, has her photograph taken by her mom, Michelle Rogers, outside the student-designed cabin as dad Richard Benson watches. Matt Weegman, center, and Megan Harris, right, look in the Cal Poly student-designed cabins to encourage not-so-outdoorsy people to go camping at the State Fair on Sunday.
  • 17 and solo, she set out to hike the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Laina Rose stands just over 5 feet tall and carries a 30-pound backpack. Since starting her journey April 1, she has bushwhacked, post-holed and climbed more than 1,200 miles. Rose takes a snack break after hiking 3 1/2 miles near Sierra City before continuing another 5 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail on June 18. Her journey’s constant companion: a 30-pound backpack. During her initial days on the trail, Rose kept pepper spray in her hand. But anxiety about dangers she might encounter eased to the point where she kept the spray in her pocket. She said she’d become more…
  • Poll: Is 17-year-old’s long, solo wilderness trek a good idea?

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Laina Rose, a 17-year-old young woman from Redding, has hiked - alone - a good portion of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail and says she wants to complete the trek. It’s a big challenge even for people with more experience and hikers who set out with companions, let alone a person not yet in college. What do you think, is such an adventure a good idea? Laina Rose of Redding airs out her socks and shoes along the Pacific Crest Trail near Sierra City. The 17-year-old started hiking the trail from Mexico in April, with the Canadian border her goal.
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    SacBee -- Art

  • Wilton-born magician takes stage on ‘America’s Got Talent’

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Twenty years before he touched Howie Mandel’s scalp on national television – mysteriously taking away the talent-show judge’s ability to read – Leeman Parker fell in love with magic at the California State Fair at a booth that taught card-and-coin tricks. Born and raised in Wilton, Parker performed his first illusions for a talent show at Dillard Elementary School soon after. Leeman Parker, left, and David Blatter appear on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Channel 3.
  • 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,…
  • 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

  • Restaurant economies shift with minimum-wage increase

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    When California’s minimum wage jumped from $8 to $9 on July 1, owners of restaurants, coffee shops and bars braced for the fallout. Sean Kohmescher is the owner of Temple Fine Coffee and Tea. Left to right at Mother on K Street: Lisa Thiemann, owner; chef Michael Thiemann, owner; Matt Masera, executive chef, and Ryan Donahue, owner.
  • Shipping containers go from hobo to hip

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Shipping containers, embraced as restaurants and shops in other cities, are gaining acceptance in Sacramento with the planned opening of the Federalist bar and restaurant in midtown. Marvin Maldonado’s new midtown restaurant the Federalist is constructed entirely out of seven shipping containers. “It’s a modern look and a simple expression of materials,” he says. “When we’re all done, we’ll have a 2,200-square-foot restaurant, with ground-up design and construction, built for $150 a square foot.” Marvin Maldonado's new midtown restaurant…
  • Dining review: At Pho Saigon Bay, discover the flavors of Ho Chi Minh City

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Little Saigon is so replete with restaurants that it’s not uncommon to find three, four or even five eateries in a single strip mall, with each having a specific appeal and distinctive style. Cha gio at the Pho Saigon Bay Tuesday July 22, 2014 in Sacramento, Cailf. The front dining room at the Pho Saigon Bay. Bun tom, thit nuong, cha gio (grilled shrimp, grilled pork and spring rolls over rice noodles) is served at the Pho Saigon Bay in south Sacramento. Pho tai at Pho Saigon Bay restaurant is made with medium rare steak.
  • Counter Culture: Anatolian Table Turkish Bistro

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:12 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.
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    SacBee -- Appetizers Blog

  • Sacramento mom could earn $1 million for potato chip idea

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Her Wavy Mango Salsa chips could earn big bucks in online Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest. Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz shows off a new bag of her Wavy Mango Salsa potato chips, a finalist in Lay’s $1 million flavor search. Her chips are in stores now while consumers can vote online. The final four for $1 million in Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest. Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz came up with the Wavy Mango Salsa idea.
  • Bulls bar and restaurant sold to new owner

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bulls rides into the sunset, closing its doors after four-year ride. Bulls Bar and Grill, known in Sacramento for its mechanical bull ride, has closed.
  • Wine tasting of the week: Pink Party at Enotria

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Let’s raise a glass and think pink. The sweltering days of summer have arrived, but it’s the opportune time to sample rosé. While these colorful wines may have once been sniffed at by certain circles of wine snobs, rosé has enjoyed a renaissance due to their food friendliness and refreshing character, especially when sipping on a warm day.
  • Feast and play at 29th annual Festa Italiana

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Sure, there’s plenty of good pizza in restaurants around town, but lovers of Italian cuisine can go beyond that staple and into more interesting fare at Festa Italiana. Heap your plates with Italian sausage and meatballs, pasta, chicken Parmesan, calamari, cannoli, gelato and much more. One of the featured dance groups at last year’s Festa Italiana was from Naples, Italy.
  • Limited-edition muffins and bagels are full of apple and cinnamon

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Last April, Thomas’ bakery introduced limited-edition offerings of maple french toast-flavored bagels and cinnamon-vanilla English muffins, which were available until earlier this month. They were especially tasty when toasted, of course, filling the kitchen with the scents of maple and vanilla. Thomas’ bakery offers another limited-edition line of bagels and English muffins, this time in Apple Pie flavor.
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    SacBee -- Movies

  • A 12-year movie shoot became ‘Boyhood’

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is a coming-of-age story in which the lead actor (Ellar Coltrane), as well as his character, literally come of age before viewers’ eyes. Linklater began filming in 2002, reconvening his cast for three- or four-day shoots for the next 11 years to tell the fictional story of a Texas boy named Mason. This image released by IFC Films shows Ellar Coltrane at age six in a scene from the film, “Boyhood.” Ethan Hawke, center, plays the father of siblings, played by Lorelei Linklater and Ellar Coltrane, in “Boyhood’ Patricia…
  • 'Lucy' tops 'Hercules' with $44M at box office

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson as Hercules in a scene from "Hercules." TOP 10 MOVIES AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. Universal's president of domestic distribution, Nikki Rocco, said audiences were attracted to "Lucy" because of the original story about the main character gaining…
  • Family Watch: New ‘Planes’ is great for kids

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers 5. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," $9.3 million. Disney's animated "Planes: Fire & Rescue," also in its second week in release, pulled in $9.3 million to round out this week's top 5 movies.
  • Movie review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is a sequel that rises above

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:57 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.”
  • Movie review: Philip Seymour Hoffman powerful in ‘Wanted Man,’ one of his final films

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The smart spy thriller, based on a John le Carré novel, stars the late actor as an anti-terror specialist. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the head of a German anti-terror unit in “A Most Wanted Man,” based on John Le Carré’s novel.
 
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    SacBee -- Night Life

  • Comedy: Michael Yo finds the funny in stories

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Celebrities expert Michael Yo headlines four shows at Punch Line Sacramento. Michael Yo has a two-night appearance at Sacramento’s Punchline Comedy.
  • Comedian Tig Notaro cancels Sacramento show

    9 May 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Stand-up comic kept going as life piled on the pain Tig Notaro had a really bad summer two years ago, including a cancer diagnosis, but has turned those struggles into a positive.
  • Illness postpones Zepparella show at Harlow’s

    1 Mar 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Zepparella, the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band profiled in Friday's Ticket section of The Sacramento Bee, has postponed a show scheduled for tonight at Harlow's nightclub in Sacramento, citing illness.
  • Small club Comedy Spot landing big talent

    16 Jan 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Todd Barry to perform at midtown club. “I’ve heard good things about the Comedy Spot,” said Todd Barry, who’ll perform there Friday and Saturday.
  • Five distinctive ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sacramento

    30 Dec 2013 | 2:53 pm
    We all know the stereotypical New Year’s Eve partygoer: sparking-wine glass in one hand, noisemaker in mouth, cruising quickly toward a Jan. 1 hangover. Fireworks explode over Old Sacramento two years ago for a New Year’s Eve celebration that will be repeated this Tuesday with 15-minute shows.
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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

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:12 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: Pricey farm-to-fork dining vs feeding the wider community

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Our region certainly grows some of the best bounty anywhere, but there’s no reason to get pretentious about a peach. Guests mingle on the roadway before sitting down for a meal during the Tower Bridge dinner in Sacramento last September.
  • 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.
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    SacBee -- Gardening

  • Auburn man’s bromeliads are out of this world

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Collector of rarities loves bromeliads for their rainbow colors; see them this weekend at Sacramento show and sale. Chet Blackburn with examines a Vriesea hybrid bromeliad. He has an amazing collection at his Auburn home including hundreds that he's preparing for the Sacramento Bromeliad and Carnivorous Plant Show. A crane fly carcass remains in a Venus flytrap, a carnivorous plant that Chet Blackburn tends to in his collection. Blackburn points to an American pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava) at his home in Auburn earlier this month. Light glistens on the sticky nectar on tentacles of a Cape…
  • In heat of summer, think of fall

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Start planning – and planting – autumn vegetable garden. It’s a good time to cut dead flowers off summer bloomers, such as roses, which can then be fed to spur more blooms.
  • New Front Yard: Monarchs love this pretty milkweed

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Butterflies can’t resist this easy-care Baja California native. A Monarch caterpillar enjoys munching on a milkweed plant.
  • New Front Yard: Dwarf coyote bush makes sea of green

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Deer won’t eat this bee-friendly native ground cover. New Front Yard: Dwarf coyote brush ( Baccharis pilularis) makes a sea of green in a low-water garden.
  • New Front Yard: California buckwheat a butterfly favorite

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Popular native perennial is a food source for winged visitors. A butterfly sits on a California buckwheat, a favorite of winged garden visitors.
 
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    SacBee -- Books and Media

  • Between the Lines: Four mystery writers converge Thursday for Bee Book Club

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    The Sacramento Bee Book Club has been around the literary block and back. Since 1997, its agenda has been to bring A-list authors to Sacramento and invite the public to attend their presentations and book signings. Terry Shames Catriona McPherson Cara Black of San Francisco, shown here in 2008, now has 14 titles in her “Aimee Leduc” series, set in Paris. Rhys Bowen
  • The Rise Guys return to Sacramento radio on ESPN 1320

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:46 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.
  • Man donates 13,000 books to Sacramento library group

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    A Sacramento man has donated 13,000 books to the Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library, the largest donation the organization has ever received and one that includes works spanning topics from the Civil War to women’s studies. Frank Rose, of Sacramento, sits in his apartment as his collection of 13,000 books is loaded to a moving truck as a donation to the Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library. Rose had hoped to read some of the books when he retired but never did. Kenneth Anderson, of Sacramento, with All Pro Moving, stacks boxes filled with the more 13,000 books from a collection donated…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    SacBee -- Fishing Line

  • Fishing Line: Week of July 30

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Smallmouth bass continued to be excellent in the upper stretch of the Delta near Isleton and Walnut Grove in this week’s top picks.
  • Fishing Line: Week of July 7

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    After salmon fishing opened last week, the Sacramento River leads this week’s top picks.
  • 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.
 
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    SacBee -- History

  • Drought prompts city to cancel Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days, hosted over the Labor Day weekend since 2000, have been canceled because of the drought, city tourism officials announced Monday. A high-noon shootout features Curly Bob being shot down by lawmen at the 2007 Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento. Members of the 2nd California Cavalry Company F Sacramento Rangers ride in Old Sacramento on Friday, August 30, 2013 during Gold Rush Days. Alexzandria Miller, 9, left, and her sisters Kaylah Miller, 7, and Giovanna Miller, 2, all from Chico, watch horse-drawn wagons from the balcony along Second Street during the…
  • Quiz: Do you know your Sacramento history?

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Nearly 175 years ago, on Aug. 12, 1839, John Augustus Sutter arrived to establish his "New Helvetia" colony -- present-day Sacramento. Test your knowledge and discover the history of California's capital. The Tower Bridge and Old Sacramento are in the foreground of the downtown Sacramento skyline.
  • 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…
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    SacBee -- Life

  • Sacramento mom could earn $1 million for potato chip idea

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Her Wavy Mango Salsa chips could earn big bucks in online Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest. Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz shows off a new bag of her Wavy Mango Salsa potato chips, a finalist in Lay’s $1 million flavor search. Her chips are in stores now while consumers can vote online. The final four for $1 million in Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest. Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz came up with the Wavy Mango Salsa idea.
  • Fishing Line: Week of July 30

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Smallmouth bass continued to be excellent in the upper stretch of the Delta near Isleton and Walnut Grove in this week’s top picks.
  • Bulls bar and restaurant sold to new owner

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bulls rides into the sunset, closing its doors after four-year ride. Bulls Bar and Grill, known in Sacramento for its mechanical bull ride, has closed.
  • Super-sweet Amaize corn comes to Sacramento markets

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    New non-GMO variety is acclaimed for its flavor and crispy crunch. Amaize super-sweet white corn is grown in Dixon. It’s is a new breed of non-GMO white corn with a unique crunch.
  • Potluck: Food and wine events around Sacramento

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Get your hands dirty at Soil Born Farm.
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    SacBee -- Recipes

  • Chicken salad many ways

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    What color is your chicken salad? The option-happy dish enjoys year-round rotation but seems to come into its own in warm weather. With the right combination of ingredients – starting, say, with a rotisserie bird – you can skip cooking altogether. Put some kick in that salad. This potato and chicken salad is dressed with salsa verde. Chicken salad for the ladies incorporates chutney and mango. Serve with mango or peach slices. Grilled chicken curry salad avoids the grittiness often found in curried salads. Saffron chicken, lemon and green bean salad is a refreshing alternative…
  • The Mailbox: Reader requests for muffins, salad dressing

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kathi Gibler of Vancouver, Wash., enjoyed Mexican sweet buns at a birthday party recently and was hoping for a recipe.
  • For a party, tap into tapas

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The idea of tapas, skewered pintxos (pronounced peen-chos) and the oh-so-appealing practice of late night sips and small plates on the patio is tailor-made for relaxed entertaining. Tapas and small bites make a refreshing, relaxing summer meal, such as the above “pintxos,” or skewered bites with a mix of ingredients such as olives, cheeses and meats. Jamón ibérico, chorizo and olives, top right, padrón peppers, front, and marcona almonds, top left, are staples of a Spanish tapas spread.
  • Awash in zucchini? Try 10 fun ways to use it up

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Zucchini bread is fine and all, but when you’re staring down a mountain of summer abundance, how much of it can you really eat? Zucchini salsa is a fun, less common way to consume the ubiquitous squash of summer.
  • 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.
 
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    SacBee -- Boomers

  • Sacramento County to revive team to examine financial elder abuse

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacramento County will reopen a financial fraud unit in January after reports of scams against the elderly have gone up dramatically since Adult Protective Services eliminated the unit several years ago.
  • 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…
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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

  • Mike Dunne on Wine: Americans need to revisit Greek wines

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:42 pm
    They may be unfamiliar to American palates, but Greek vintages are the rising alpha in the wine constellation. Nemea, 70 miles west of Athens, is the one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Like Greece, California has a warm and dry Mediterranean climate, and California winemakers are beginning to experiment with Greek grape varieties. Sofia Perpera, enologist and director of the Greek Wine Bureau, spoke at the UC Davis seminar, “The New Wines of Greece.” New Clairvaux winemaker Aimee Sunseri said she is eager to experiment with Greek grapes.
  • 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…
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    SacBee -- Food & Drink

  • Sacramento mom could earn $1 million for potato chip idea

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Her Wavy Mango Salsa chips could earn big bucks in online Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest. Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz shows off a new bag of her Wavy Mango Salsa potato chips, a finalist in Lay’s $1 million flavor search. Her chips are in stores now while consumers can vote online. The final four for $1 million in Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest. Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz came up with the Wavy Mango Salsa idea.
  • Bulls bar and restaurant sold to new owner

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bulls rides into the sunset, closing its doors after four-year ride. Bulls Bar and Grill, known in Sacramento for its mechanical bull ride, has closed.
  • Potluck: Food and wine events around Sacramento

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Get your hands dirty at Soil Born Farm.
  • Coming on a slump, syrah is worth revisiting

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Speaking of a St. Louis restaurant years ago, baseball guru Yogi Berra famously said: “Nobody goes there any more; it’s too crowded.”
  • Awash in zucchini? Try 10 fun ways to use it up

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Zucchini bread is fine and all, but when you’re staring down a mountain of summer abundance, how much of it can you really eat? Zucchini salsa is a fun, less common way to consume the ubiquitous squash of summer.
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    SacBee -- Sports

  • Athletics rally for 6 runs in 9th, beat Astros 7-4

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Brandon Moss was having a frustrating night before the ninth inning. Oakland Athletics' Brandon Moss, left, and Yoenis Cespedes celebrate after scoring on Josh Donaldson's double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Houston. The Athletics beat the Astros 7-4. Oakland Athletics' John Jaso, right, slides across home plate to score the tying run as Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro (15) handles the throw during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Houston. Houston Astros relief pitcher Chad Qualls reacts as…
  • Giants’ offensive woes continue in 3-1 loss to Liriano, Pirates

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO -- At this point, after six consecutive losses in which they’ve scored a total of six runs, Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged the offensive struggles may have worked their way into his hitters’ heads.
  • Golf Plus: For Alice Cooper, it’s drives, putts and rock ‘n’ roll

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    “Do you want to play golf with Alice Cooper?” Cooper, getting a pointer from Peach Tree Country Club assistant superintendent Evan Larson, credits golf for helping to keep him sober. Cooper once was a scratch golfer; now he’s a 4 handicapper. Rock star Alice Cooper takes time out from his tour with Mötley Crüe to shoot a round of golf at Peach Tree Country Club in Marysville. Cooper, above, and his bandmates tow a black Dodge Challenger behind their bus on tour. “We have to get to the golf course,” said guitarist Ryan Roxie, a Sacramento native.
  • Liriano fans 11 in Pirates' 3-1 win over Giants

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night. San Francisco Giants' Tim Hudson works against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in San Francisco. Pittsburgh Pirates' Francisco Liriano works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in San Francisco. Pittsburgh Pirates' Francisco Liriano works against the San Francisco Giants in the first…
  • River Cats glance: High-powered Isotopes overwhelm Cats 7-4

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Joc Pederson and Brock Peterson homered in the first inning to jump-start the Albuquerque Isotopes to a 7-4 victory over the River Cats on Tuesday night at Raley Field.
 
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    SacBee -- College Sports

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough. Attorney Steve Berman speaks at a news conference Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Chicago after the NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. Adrian…
  • NIU, San Diego State set games in 2016, '17

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Northern Illinois has added a pair of games against San Diego State to its schedule starting in 2016.
  • Hometown Report: Big things expected from Washington’s Thompson and Stanford’s Richards

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Four years ago, they led their high school teams to regional prominence as big-time players with a penchant for big-time plays. Now, Shaq Thompson, the former Grant star, and Jordan Richards of Folsom are headliner talents in the Pacific-12 Conference at Washington and Stanford, respectively. And at this time next year, they very well could be on NFL rosters as first-round draft selections. Jordan Richards, right, a Stanford senior, said he has to become a more vocal leader for the Cardinal this season.
  • At Stanford, summer work goes beyond football

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    For most major college football programs, summer is a time for players to load up on classes and concentrate on conditioning for the upcoming season. ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS JULY 26-27 - FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, Stanford head coach David Shaw, center, runs onto the field with his team before an NCAA football game against San Jose State in Stanford, Calif. At a time when the NCAA collegiate model is being questioned, critiqued and reconstructed, Stanford players are cashing in on a one-of-a-kind resource provided by the football office as about 50 to 70 work as paid…
  • Stanford not slighted by 2nd-place Pac-12 pick

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Stanford has played in four straight major bowl games and the past two Rose Bowls, building a resilient football power at an improbable place. Colorado defensive tackle Juda Parker poses for a photo at the Pac-12 NCAA college football media days at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Arizona State head coach Todd Graham takes questions at the 2014 Pac-12 NCAA college football media days at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles Thursday, July 24, 2014. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan, left, and defensive back Jordan Richard pose for photos at the 2014 Pac-12 NCAA college…
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    SacBee -- Golf

  • Golf Plus: For Alice Cooper, it’s drives, putts and rock ‘n’ roll

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    “Do you want to play golf with Alice Cooper?” Cooper, getting a pointer from Peach Tree Country Club assistant superintendent Evan Larson, credits golf for helping to keep him sober. Cooper once was a scratch golfer; now he’s a 4 handicapper. Rock star Alice Cooper takes time out from his tour with Mötley Crüe to shoot a round of golf at Peach Tree Country Club in Marysville. Cooper, above, and his bandmates tow a black Dodge Challenger behind their bus on tour. “We have to get to the golf course,” said guitarist Ryan Roxie, a Sacramento native.
  • Tim Clark rallies to win Canadian Open

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Tim Clark, of South Africa, holds the trophy after winning the Canadian Open golf tournament in Montreal on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Jim Furyk of the United States looks over a putt on the 17th hole during final round play at the Canadian Open golf championship, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Montreal. Tim Clark, from South Africa, reacts after winning the Canadian Open Championship after final round play at the Canadian Open golf championship Sunday, July 27, 2014.
  • Spain sweeps to victory in International Crown

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    Their bond goes far beyond their designation as teammates, and as a whole they are far more than merely a quartet of players thrown together to represent Spain. Belen Mozo, center, and Beatriz Recari, right, run to celebrate with Azahara Munoz, left, all of Spain, after winning the International Crown golf tournament Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. Carlotta Ciganda, of Spain, reacts after getting a birdie on the fourth hole during the final round of the International Crown golf tournament Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. Belen Mozo, of Spain, reacts after making a…
  • 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…
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    SacBee -- Kings/NBA

  • Kings close to deal with summer standout Eric Moreland

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    The Kings are close to finalizing a contract with forward Eric Moreland.
  • NBA players union elects new executive director

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. It was an easy choice growing up in a home with one TV and two older brothers.
  • Ailene Voisin: Cousins has opportunity to show the world he’s ready for this challenge

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Is DeMarcus Cousins ready to take his show on the road - to accompany the 2014 U.S. men's national team to the FIBA World Cup next month in Spain - or will he let this gold medal opportunity slip through his undeniably capable fingers? Center DeMarcus Cousins, reacting after scoring against Oklahoma City in April, will try out for Team USA this week. DeMarcus Cousins has twice before participated in Team USA training camp but this year is playing for a roster spot.
  • Ailene Voisin: Cousins can learn a lot from Barkley

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Charles Barkley serves as a powerful teaching lesson for DeMarcus Cousins for a number of reasons, namely because he also had to convince skeptical American basketball officials that he would curb his behavior and represent his country honorably and without incident in the first Olympic Games featuring NBA superstars. Center DeMarcus Cousins, reacting after scoring against Oklahoma City in April, will try out for Team USA this week. Charles Barkley, left, of the USA Dream Team argues with a referee after being assessed a technical foul during a preliminary-round game against Croatia in the…
  • Team USA basketball notes: Former Kings coach Paul Westphal happy for Sacramento

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Former Kings coach Paul Westphal, recently named an assistant on Lionel Hollins’ staff in Brooklyn, attended the opening practice Monday for Team USA. He watched the session from the upper section with Hollins and fellow Nets assistant Joe Wolf. The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose speaks with the media after a USA Basketball minicamp practice Monday, July 28, 2014, in Las Vegas.
 
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    SacBee -- Motor Sports

  • It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at Indy for record 5th time

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Jeff Gordon, left, high fives his son Leo after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Jeff Gordon celebrates after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 27, 2014. At left is team owner Rick Hendrick. At right are Gordon's wife, Ingrid Vandebosch, and their children, Ella Sofia and Leo Benjamin.
  • Smith wins record fourth consecutive Sacramento Mile

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Bryan Smith was chasing history. Saturday night at the Cal Expo track, the Flushing, Mich., resident caught it. AMA pro racer Jared Mees (9) looks to capture his first victory in the Sacramento Mile after winning two out of three of his AMA Pro Grand National Series races leading up to this weekend's event at Cal Expo on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Smith became the first rider to win four straight Sacramento Miles. His previous two wins this season came in mile races. Jared Mees (9) finished third in the Sacramento Mile on Saturday night at Cal Expo and surrendered the season points lead to…
  • Local motor notes: Carr relishes head-to-head challenge against Springsteen

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Although it’s billed as an exhibition race against his friend and flat-track legend Jay Springsteen, Chris Carr said each will try to win the prelude to Saturday’s annual Sacramento Mile.
  • 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.
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    SacBee -- 49ers

  • 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd returns to give defensive backs coverage lessons

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    During his first stint with the 49ers, Brandon Lloyd wanted to be a rap star. Now in his second go-around with the team, he wants to be a teacher, something for which – unlike his rap career – he is receiving positive reviews.
  • Veteran savvy: Quarterbacks, cornerbacks alike impressed with Brandon Lloyd

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    During his first stint with the 49ers, Brandon Lloyd wanted to be a rap star. On his second go-around with the team, he wants to be a teacher, something for which – unlike his rap career – he is receiving positive reviews. Receiver Brandon Lloyd said he wants to end his career with the team with which he began his career.
  • Ready for some futbol? Mexico to take on Chile at Levi’s Stadium

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Levi’s Stadium, which will get broken in Saturday when the MLS San Jose Earthquakes host the Seattle Sounders, will be the sight of an even bigger soccer match later this year. The 49ers announced today that the Mexican National Team, which has a huge following in Northern California, will play against Chile on Sept. 6. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Mexico will play its first post-World Cup match at Levi’s Stadium.
  • Training camp Day 5: Cook has interception, Kap passes accuracy test

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Chris Cook had an interception in today's practice. That normally wouldn't be momentous enough news to lead off a notebook, except for the fact that interceptions have been Cook's nemesis thus far in his career. Chris Cook, who has never had an interception in an NFL practice, snagged one in Tuesday’s practice
  • 49ers to sign ex-Cardinals RB Alfonso Smith

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    The 49ers received a reinforcement to their dwindling running backs corps in the form of Alfonso Smith, who spent the last four seasons with the division rival Arizona Cardinals, typically entering games on third downs. The 49ers will sign ex-Arizona runner Alfonso Smith to help bolster their depleted running-backs corps.
 
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    SacBee -- City Beat

  • League of Women Voters opposing Sacramento leader’s ‘strong mayor’ plan

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    It’s more than three months until the November election. But clearly, the looming political campaign over whether Sacramento should transform its style of governance is on the minds of some groups. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s latest proposal for a strong-mayor system of government has met with opposition from the League of Women Voters.
  • City Beat: Fight over midtown Sacramento house appears headed to City Council

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    The battles in Sacramento aren’t always about arenas or condo towers. Sometimes, they’re over something as simple as a house in an alley. Ryan Lillis
  • 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…
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  • Giants’ offensive woes continue in 3-1 loss to Liriano, Pirates

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO -- At this point, after six consecutive losses in which they’ve scored a total of six runs, Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged the offensive struggles may have worked their way into his hitters’ heads.
  • River Cats glance: High-powered Isotopes overwhelm Cats 7-4

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Joc Pederson and Brock Peterson homered in the first inning to jump-start the Albuquerque Isotopes to a 7-4 victory over the River Cats on Tuesday night at Raley Field.
  • Pirates’ Worley back in NorCal and back on his game

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Vance Worley was back in Northern California on Monday night, pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park in front of a group of family and friends he estimated at 30 to 40, judging by the number of text messages on his phone afterward.
  • Giants’ Cain to see Dr. James Andrews for opinion on elbow

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Matt Cain is on his way to Florida to meet with elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews, manager Bruce Bochy said today.
  • Leading Off: Why do Giants keep issuing jersey No. 22?

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Most longtime Giants fans associate jersey No. 22 with Will Clark, the sweet-swinging, left-handed slugger from the “Humm Baby” days the late 1980s and early 1990s. From the way he wore thick patches of eye black on his scowling face to his swagger on the diamond, Clark was admired as much as – if not more than – any other player in the San Francisco era. Dan Uggla, whom the Giants signed to a minor league contract Monday, started at second base against the Dodgers. Uggla was 0 for 2 in his first game.
 
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