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  • Giants put emphatic finish on sweep with 15-5 win over Brewers

    SacBee -- Latest News
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    While they were stumbling through June and July, the Giants kept thanking their torrid start to the season for keeping them in contention, and repeating that they still had time enough to turn things around. Now, as the calendar flips to September, we may be seeing why. San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval celebrates as he rounds the bases following his two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth…
  • Ailene Voisin: UFC bantamweight champion Dillashaw’s obsession still unquenched

    SacBee -- Top Stories
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    On paper, it was hardly a legacy fight, the type of matchup UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw had anticipated for days, weeks, months. He wanted a rematch with No.1 challenger Renan Barao so badly, right here in his back yard, that during his recent honeymoon in Mexico, he slipped out of bed in the wee hours and resumed training on a treadmill. UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw of Sacramento, left, beat Joe Soto of Porterville at Sleep Train Arena on Satruday.
  • Young donation gives music therapy a boost at Sutter Children’s Center

    SacBee -- Our Region
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Elizabeth Feytser’s tiny pink toes tap ever so slightly to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” playing at her cribside in the Sutter Children’s Center ICU. The soothing timbre of music therapist Kathleen Humphries’ voice rolls over the hum of heart monitors and oxygen pulsers as the 6-month-old’s lips curve into a curious smile. Kathleen Humphries, 26, a neurologic music therapist with McConnell Music Therapy Services, plays guitar and sings for Elizabeth “Alli“ Feytsera, 6 months, who is recovering from open heart surgery at Sutter Medical Center.
  • Endorsement: Proposition 46 is no cure-all

    SacBee -- Editorials
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Proposition 46 raises important issues about drug-using doctors and patients who are addicts, but is not a good solution.
  • E.J. Dionne Jr.: A Market Basket of dignity

    SacBee -- Opinion
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Grocery workers save their pro-employee CEO’s job, a fascinating twist for Labor Day.
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  • Giants put emphatic finish on sweep with 15-5 win over Brewers

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    While they were stumbling through June and July, the Giants kept thanking their torrid start to the season for keeping them in contention, and repeating that they still had time enough to turn things around. Now, as the calendar flips to September, we may be seeing why. San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval celebrates as he rounds the bases following his two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth…
  • Giants power past Brewers 15-5 for 3-game sweep

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    After an extended slump they would rather forget, the San Francisco Giants are gaining ground and back in the thick of the playoff chase as September begins. Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first…
  • Angels trounce A's 8-1 to complete 4-game sweep

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    While the Los Angeles Angels buzzed around their clubhouse preparing for their fantasy football draft, the Oakland Athletics had their own doors locked for a grim team meeting. Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton, left, and Mike Trout celebrate after the defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-1 in a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, left, congratulates Chris Iannetta, right, along with other teammates after he hit a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 8-1. Oakland…
  • Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most. Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) looks over the damage to his car after he hit the wall during a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Hampton, Ga.. Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart waves to the crowd before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Hampton, Ga. Stewart was racing for the first time since being involved in a fatal…
  • Young donation gives music therapy a boost at Sutter Children’s Center

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Elizabeth Feytser’s tiny pink toes tap ever so slightly to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” playing at her cribside in the Sutter Children’s Center ICU. The soothing timbre of music therapist Kathleen Humphries’ voice rolls over the hum of heart monitors and oxygen pulsers as the 6-month-old’s lips curve into a curious smile. Kathleen Humphries, 26, a neurologic music therapist with McConnell Music Therapy Services, plays guitar and sings for Elizabeth “Alli“ Feytsera, 6 months, who is recovering from open heart surgery at Sutter Medical Center.
 
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  • Ailene Voisin: UFC bantamweight champion Dillashaw’s obsession still unquenched

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    On paper, it was hardly a legacy fight, the type of matchup UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw had anticipated for days, weeks, months. He wanted a rematch with No.1 challenger Renan Barao so badly, right here in his back yard, that during his recent honeymoon in Mexico, he slipped out of bed in the wee hours and resumed training on a treadmill. UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw of Sacramento, left, beat Joe Soto of Porterville at Sleep Train Arena on Satruday.
  • Young donation gives music therapy a boost at Sutter Children’s Center

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Elizabeth Feytser’s tiny pink toes tap ever so slightly to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” playing at her cribside in the Sutter Children’s Center ICU. The soothing timbre of music therapist Kathleen Humphries’ voice rolls over the hum of heart monitors and oxygen pulsers as the 6-month-old’s lips curve into a curious smile. Kathleen Humphries, 26, a neurologic music therapist with McConnell Music Therapy Services, plays guitar and sings for Elizabeth “Alli“ Feytsera, 6 months, who is recovering from open heart surgery at Sutter Medical Center.
  • Ad Watch: Karl Rove’s PAC hits Bera with generic TV ad

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-affiliated outside group, has added a second TV ad into the rotation that takes on Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove. The ad, nearly identical to a spot running in San Diego against fellow freshman Rep. Scott Peters, faults the congressman for presiding over a spiraling national debt and for refusing to back a GOP-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A frame grab from Crossroads GPS’ television advertisement accusing Rep. Ami Bera of doing nothing to stop deficit spending in Washington, D.C.
  • 49ers’ Ray McDonald arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse Sunday morning in San Jose, bringing more scrutiny to a 49ers team that spent the offseason tangled in legal matters. San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith (94) and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald (91) sacks Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) in the first quarter in a game at Candlestick Park on Sunday September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco 49er defensive end Ray McDonald is seen in an undated photo provided by the San Jose Police Department. McDonald, 29, was…
  • Matt Barrows: Kaepernick has many more toys to play with in 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Listening to Colin Kaepernick talk about his current group of wide receivers is a bit like sitting down with a kid as he shows off his favorite action figures. Anquan Boldin is great because he’ll smash through anything to make a catch. Michael Crabtree’s hands are so quick and strong he can snatch passes even in heavy traffic. Colin Kaepernick won’t be forced to focus on just one target when he drops back to pass for the 49ers this season. warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Baltimore. New 49ers receiver…
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    SacBee -- Our Region

  • Young donation gives music therapy a boost at Sutter Children’s Center

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Elizabeth Feytser’s tiny pink toes tap ever so slightly to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” playing at her cribside in the Sutter Children’s Center ICU. The soothing timbre of music therapist Kathleen Humphries’ voice rolls over the hum of heart monitors and oxygen pulsers as the 6-month-old’s lips curve into a curious smile. Kathleen Humphries, 26, a neurologic music therapist with McConnell Music Therapy Services, plays guitar and sings for Elizabeth “Alli“ Feytsera, 6 months, who is recovering from open heart surgery at Sutter Medical Center.
  • Labor Day holiday closings

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:47 pm
    See what offices are closed for the Labor Day holiday.
  • This Week: Get ready for the ‘Big One’ at the California Day of Preparedness

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Sleep through the Napa earthquake? Not to worry. You can still experience a 6.0-magnitude shaker – or one even larger – at the California Day of Preparedness in Old Sacramento on Saturday.
  • Former Yolo court official tops 2013 judicial pay list

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Yolo Superior Court’s former executive officer was paid $275,221 in 2013, more than any of California’s other 20,500 Superior Court employees, according to new data from the state controller’s office. The Public Eye
  • 3.2 earthquake shakes Napa area early Sunday

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    A magnitude-3.2 earthquake shook the Napa region early Sunday, the latest and largest in a string of aftershocks that followed the 6.0 temblor that rocked the region on Aug. 24.
 
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    SacBee -- Opinion

  • E.J. Dionne Jr.: A Market Basket of dignity

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Grocery workers save their pro-employee CEO’s job, a fascinating twist for Labor Day.
  • Dan Morain: A McDavid and Goliath story

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    Sometimes, little people decide to take a stand. Dan Morain
  • Viewpoints: Prop. 13 loophole must be closed

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    It must be a cold day in hell. The cow jumped over the moon. And pigs are flying somewhere. No, the Legislature hasn’t resorted to catchy slogans to address problems facing our state. This is what one Republican lawmaker said after Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and I announced a bipartisan deal supported by business, labor and progressive groups to close an egregious loophole in Proposition 13 earlier this year.
  • Tradition of family farms making raisins gradually disappearing

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I love stories of family farms and raisins. In the past, it was a crop full of uncertainty and perfect for struggling immigrants who were willing to take risks and dream of profits. Illustration by SW PARRA. For a David Mas Masumoto essay on the 'Art of Growing Raisins' Illustration by SW PARRA. For a David Mas Masumoto essay on the 'Art of Growing Raisins'
  • Welcome to Studio 54, but I’m locking the door

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    When you reach your 50s, your perspective on life – and death – changes dramatically.
 
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    SacBee -- Bee State News

  • Corvette crashes after hitting deer in Sutter County; driver dies

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    A Corvette crashed and caught fire after hitting a deer in rural Sutter County on Thursday. The driver, a man from Meridian in Sutter County, died. The California Highway Patrol said that a 47-year-old Meridian, Sutter County, man was driving westbound on Pass Road, east of Kellogg Road, in rural Sutter County at about 9:15 p.m. Thursday when the 1986 Chevrolet Corvette hit a deer in the roadway.
  • Missing Truckee man found dead

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Skeletal remains found near Donner Lake by hikers last month have been identified as Duane Colin, 60, of Truckee, who was reported missing in March.
  • Lodi-area terror suspect says he would not have acted against his own country

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    In his first public comments on his case, Nicholas Teausant said he is not dangerous but the victim, in part, of his own words and boasts to an informant and an undercover FBI agent. Terror suspect Nicholas Teausant, 20, speaks to Sacramento Bee reporter Sam Stanton at the Sacramento County jail on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Teausant is from Lodi and is accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join ISIS.
  • Lodi-area man is one of several U.S. citizens accused of backing ISIS

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Nicholas Michael Teausant, an Acampo man arrested in March as he tried to cross into Canada aboard an Amtrak bus, made a brief appearance Tuesday in federal court in Sacramento, where prosecutors said the case involved classified information. Teausant was ordered to return to court in October after undergoing more mental testing. Nicholas Michael Teausant, second from right, is shown in a sketch in federal court in Sacramento in April. The Acampo man is one of a few U.S. citizens accused in recent months of planning to go overseas and join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. A photo from the…
  • Use of Napa County Hall of Justice, jail restricted due to earthquake damage

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    The Office of the State Fire Marshal restricted use of the Napa County Hall of Justice and Jail Annex after a safety inspection Tuesday morning found that the exterior and interior walls of the building had sustained minor damage in Sunday’s earthquake, county officials reported. An upper corner of the Napa County Courthouse displays structural damage after an earthquake on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. Officials say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has been reported in California's northern San Francisco Bay area. A carport is seen collapsed onto vehicles…
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    SacBee -- Courts/Legal News

  • Defense attorney scores a rare not-guilty verdict in Sacramento murder trial

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Mike Wise’s life changed a little bit last week, when a Sacramento Superior Court jury found his client innocent of all charges in a high-profile murder case. Defendant Larry Jones, with his attorney, Michael Wise, during the first day of the barbershop murder trial at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, June 19, 2014.
  • California pensions, consumers get $800 million from Bank of America case

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    California will get an $800 million share of the record-breaking $16.65 billion Bank of America Corp. is paying to settle claims over the packaging and sale of toxic mortgage securities. California homeowners and pension funds will receive $800 million from Bank of America Corp., the state’s share of a record-breaking $16.65 billion settlement over toxic mortgages issued and packaged as investment securities during the housing bubble.
  • Labor Department: Sacramento landscaping firm agrees to pay back wages

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    A Sacramento-based landscaping firm has agreed to pay $185,270 in back wages and damages to 164 employees in connection with multiple labor violations.
  • Sacramento Superior Court judge issues final order on O’Brien estate

    8 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    A judge today finalized his ruling in which he invalidated the death-bed will filed in the Joseph Herb O’Brien probate case. Attorney Kenneth L. Rosenfeld said he wrote down the final wishes of his friend J. Herb O'Brien on this legal sheet, transferring the bulk of the dying man's estate to veterinarian Ken Pawlowski. Joseph Herb O'Brien
  • Border cases jump to the head of the line in San Francisco immigration court

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    The flood of new immigration cases is straining a court that was already overtaxed before tens of thousands of children started crossing illegally into the United States. Immigration Judge Dana Leigh Marks, seen in a 2010 photograph, is one of two judges assigned in the San Francisco court to hear border children’s cases. She suggests that one way to resolve the cases of the border children fairly and quickly would be to reunite the kids with their parents, then move the parents to the front of the line to have their cases adjudicated.
 
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    SacBee -- Education

  • Tom Torlakson will appeal California teacher tenure ruling

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:59 pm
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will appeal the June court ruling that California’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, he decided Friday. State schools chief Tom Torlakson meets with parents in Sacramento to talk about Common Core Standards on January 8, 2014.
  • Sac State offers roommate matching service to ease transition

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Sacramento State freshmen Ashley Sanchez and Destinee Malde-Sanchez got to know each other for six months before moving into their residence hall Friday, thanks to an online roommate matching service offered by their school’s department of housing and residential life. Jorge Gil, Sr., left, accompanies his son Jorge Gil, Jr. 18 of San Diego into his dorm room on the second floor of Desmond Hall during 'Move-in Day' at Sac State in Sacramento on Friday, August 29, 2014. Today residence hall students, their parents and other family members move clothes, school supplies, computers,…
  • Sacramento State’s Gonzalez to retire as president at end of school year

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the academic year, ending a leadership run marked by noteworthy campus improvements and recurrent friction with faculty members.
  • 36 test positive for latent tuberculosis in latest Grant High testing

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The Sacramento County Department of Health on Thursday released results from the latest of four tuberculosis screenings since the diagnosis in February of a Grant Union High School student with active tuberculosis. A total of 345 students and staff were tested. Tuberculosis lab work is conducted in this video frame grab. Grant Union High School is in the midst of a TB outbreak, Sacramento County health officials said Tuesday. Tuberculosis is spread through the air when infected people cough, laugh, sneeze or sing. It cannot be spread through hand-shaking or touching objects such as doorknobs…
  • Astronauts chat from space station with Elk Grove schoolkids

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A collective gasp filled the air of the Elliott Ranch Elementary School multipurpose room Wednesday morning as the countdown to a live downlink with the International Space Station began. Student Spairo As-Salaam 8, left, reacts to seeing the astronauts for the first time in a live video feed from the International Space Station on Wednesday. Principal Brian MacNeill, center, listens with students as an International Space Station astronaut answers a question asked by student Maanasa Vasam, right, at Elliot Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove on Wednesday. Mila Hessburg, 6, left, accompanies…
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    SacBee -- Environment

  • Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. This undated photo provided by the National Park Service shows rocks that have moved across a dry lake bed in Death Valley National Park in California's Mojave Desert. For years scientists have theorized about how the large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa leaving long trails etched in the earth. Now two researchers at the Scripps…
  • Conservation conundrum: Water use varies greatly across California

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown has asked all Californians to cut their water use 20 percent during the drought. But residents consume vastly different quantities of water, which means conservation will be easier for some than for others. Experts say water consumption comes down to three main factors: local climate, household size and income level. Dale Creasy of Fair Oaks, has reduced his water use by 40 percent and still manages to produce and donate hundreds of pounds of zucchini, rhubarb, and stone fruit. Creasy manages to reduce his water use by consolidating his garden to one area and only waters his…
  • Water agencies: Delta farmers may be taking water meant for other regions

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    A battle is brewing over water supplies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. State and federal agencies that operate major California dams have asked for an investigation into whether Delta property owners are diverting too much water for their crops, effectively taking water that doesn’t belong to them. The size of the water bond might be relatively easy to settle. Perhaps more complicated would be how to spend whatever money is earmarked to aid the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. Delta farmers say that if it weren’t for them managing drainage on the islands with pumps,…
  • EPA says California’s Delta water tunnel project could violate federal law

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has warned that the Delta water tunnel project could violate the Clean Water Act and may increase harm to endangered fish, according to a formal comment letter released by the agency Thursday. A great blue heron perches on a bridge in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where the state plans to build two huge water diversion tunnels, a project that might violate federal law, according to the EPA.
  • California allocates vastly more water than supplies allow, study shows

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    A study by UC researchers has found that California has allocated at least five times more water rights than nature can deliver. The rivers under the most strain, the research indicates, are virtually all that drain into the Central Valley, including the Sacramento, Feather, Yuba, American, Mokelumne and San Joaquin rivers. A new study shows that the state has promised more water to individual customers than can be found in California in a given year.
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    SacBee -- Health and Medicine

  • Young donation gives music therapy a boost at Sutter Children’s Center

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Elizabeth Feytser’s tiny pink toes tap ever so slightly to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” playing at her cribside in the Sutter Children’s Center ICU. The soothing timbre of music therapist Kathleen Humphries’ voice rolls over the hum of heart monitors and oxygen pulsers as the 6-month-old’s lips curve into a curious smile. Kathleen Humphries, 26, a neurologic music therapist with McConnell Music Therapy Services, plays guitar and sings for Elizabeth “Alli“ Feytsera, 6 months, who is recovering from open heart surgery at Sutter Medical Center.
  • Jordana Steinberg: ‘A story of overcoming’

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    It was about noon on a weekday, and Jordana Steinberg, 20, sat at a round-topped kitchen table in her Rocklin apartment, her therapist by her side. A faint aroma of tomato sauce on toasted crust lingered from the previous night’s pizza. Jordana Steinberg, a second-year student at Sierra College, battled a severe childhood mood disorder and says she now wants to be an activist. “I want to be the person who helps other people,” said Jordana, daughter of state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who has been a prominent advocate for expansion of mental health services.
  • 36 test positive for latent tuberculosis in latest Grant High testing

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    The Sacramento County Department of Health on Thursday released results from the latest of four tuberculosis screenings since the diagnosis in February of a Grant Union High School student with active tuberculosis. A total of 345 students and staff were tested. Tuberculosis lab work is conducted in this video frame grab. Grant Union High School is in the midst of a TB outbreak, Sacramento County health officials said Tuesday. Tuberculosis is spread through the air when infected people cough, laugh, sneeze or sing. It cannot be spread through hand-shaking or touching objects such as doorknobs…
  • Healing burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    The work of Dr. David Greenhalgh in wound care, skin grafts, reconstruction and burn prevention has made an impact on the lives of hundreds of families as well as on the nation. Abigail Fisk, 14, a patient of Greenhalgh’s for six years, is examined last week at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. “I don’t even remember what my feet looked like before they were burned,” she said. “It was weird accepting that I was different and would never have normal feet again and never look the same.” Greenhalgh heads to an exam room through the…
  • Placer County supervisors implement Laura’s Law

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Placer County supervisors this week voted to implement Laura’s Law, a state statute that allows for court-ordered treatment for those with severe mental illness.
 
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    SacBee -- Obituaries

  • Obituary: Margaret Relles, 97, raised family, helped found prominent florist business

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Margaret Relles, a former teacher who raised five children with a florist and helped start one of Sacramento’s most prominent family-owned businesses, died Aug. 23 at 97. Margaret Relles, matriarch of the Relles Florist family Margaret Relles, matriarch of the Relles Florist family
  • Obituary: School nurse Elva Reichenberger, 75, cared for needy children

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Elva Reichenberger, a school nurse who was instrumental in screening thousands of disadvantaged children for medical conditions, died Aug. 23 of pancreatic cancer, her family said. She was 75. Elva Reichenberger, who treated many children as a nurse in local schools for more than 30 years. Elva Reichenberger, who treated many children as a nurse in local schools for more than 30 years. Elva Reichenberger, who treated many children as a nurse in local schools for more than 30 years. Elva Reichenberger, who treated many children as a nurse in local schools for more than 30 years.
  • Obituary: Electronics expert William ‘Herb’ Hartman, 91, was visionary broadcast engineer

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Hartman was an influential engineer at KCRA AM, FM radio and television stations in Sacramento, later with Grass Valley Group. William “Herb” Hartman, was a pioneering broadcasting engineer at KCRA Channel 3. He died Aug. 20 at age 91.
  • Obituary: William ‘Bill’ Underwood, 79, led Sacramento United Way for 23 years

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    William “Bill” Underwood, a widely respected civic leader and fundraiser in the volunteer community who served 23 years as executive director of United Way in Sacramento, died Aug. 15 of cancer, his family said. He was 79. William “Bill” Underwood, former executive director of the United Way in Sacramento.
  • Obituary: Korean War veteran Burl Waits, 83, was Marine, lawyer, civic activist

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Burl Waits, a high school dropout who became a decorated Marine, lawyer and civic activist, died Aug. 21 with Alzheimer’s disease and other health complications, his family said. He was 83. Burl Waits was a Korean War veteran and former labor organizer who became a Sacramento lawyer and community activist.
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    SacBee -- Religion News

  • Sacramento church seeks donations of food, medical supplies for Ebola-stricken West Africa

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    An Ebola donation drive seeks medical supplies, non-perishable food and drinks, as well as cash to help West Africans and aid workers trying to stamp out the deadly virus. Men, right, working for a humanitarian group, give water in small bags to West Point residents behind a gate at a holding area, as they wait for a second consignment of food from the Liberian Government to be handed out, at the West Point area, near the central city area of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of…
  • Police: Carbon monoxide caused missionary deaths

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Police in Taiwan suspect carbon monoxide poisoning caused the deaths of two Mormon missionaries.
  • Pastor pleads no contest in sex sting

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    A Carmichael pastor caught in a prostitution sting has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor soliciting for prostitution, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. John Oselsky
  • Bible-based recovery center seeks to cure addiction among Sacramento’s Slavic youths

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Behind a locked gate on E Street in rural North Highlands, about a dozen young men pray to God to deliver them from addiction – part of the God Will Provide treatment regimen. Michael Kumansky, 20, at center, listens as one of the counselors leads Bible study as part of his substance-abuse rehabilitation at the God Will Provide center in North Highlands on March 24. Residents range in age from 18 to 29. They stay for six to nine months, often followed by a mission trip. Michael Kumansky, 20, takes his free time to read the Bible in his room as he continues drug rehabilitation at a God…
  • Congressman spreads gospel on Capitol Hill

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi has found a way to inject new meaning into constituent service – by obliging a request to distribute Bibles to his colleagues in Congress, all 534 of them. Rep. Steve Palazzo of Mississippi
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    SacBee -- Transportation

  • More Californians hitting the road for Labor Day weekend

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Despite a summer replete with natural disasters – fires, drought, earthquake – Labor Day weekend will bring out the crowds. Signs and caution tape block the street in front of the earthquake-damaged Vintner's Collective multi-winery tasting room Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The building dates from the late 1800s.
  • Crashes are up in I-80 construction zone

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    Traffic crashes have tripled on Interstate 80 in North Sacramento since Caltrans made lane changes last month for major construction, according to California Highway Patrol data reviewed by The Sacramento Bee. This aerial view of construction on Interstate 80 in the Natomas area shows a section of the highway looking west with the Interstate 5 interchange at the top.
  • Back-seat Driver: Caltrans studying I-80 construction zone crashes

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    Crash woes at Caltrans’ construction zone on Interstate 80 in north Sacramento continued with eight incidents in eight days through Tuesday, with six minor injuries.
  • Deals emerge on California film tax credit, ridesharing regulations

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers on Wednesday touted deals on tax credits for films produced in California and new restrictions on ride-sharing companies, compromising on two prominent remaining issues as the legislative session hurtled to a close. Opponents to AB-2293 hold signs during a rally at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
  • Sacramento leaders question Benicia’s crude oil rail project

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacramento leaders will send a letter to Benicia today formally challenging the Bay Area city to do a better job of studying trian derailment risks before it approves an oil company’s plans to ship crude oil on daily trains through Sacramento-area downtowns to a Benicia refinery. Tracks lead to Benicia’s Valero refinery. Sacramento area leaders have drafted a letter saying a Benicia report doesn’t take major oil train risks into account.
 
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    SacBee -- Weather Report

  • Sacramento-area warm-up continues into Labor Day before cooling returns

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    High temperatures and a light breeze are in store for Sacramentans enjoying outdoor activities around town Sunday and Monday’s Labor Day holiday. This NOAA satellite image shows an area of high pressure keeping skies clear over Northern California and much of the rest of the state. The system will help push temperatures higher through Monday before a cooling trend settles in.
  • Sunny skies in Sacramento for Labor Day weekend

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Get ready for a sunny Labor Day weekend. Sue Lutz with "Fast At Fifty" Women's 50+ team comes out of the American River to cross the finish line during the 41st Annual Eppie's Great Race, Saturday, July 19, 2014, at River Bend Park.
  • Not a shocker: Warm and dry for Labor Day weekend

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The forecast for Labor Day weekend is for warm and dry conditions over Northern California. Lifeguards check on two surfers as waves pound the Hueneme beach pier in Port Hueneme, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.
  • A hot but not searing August in Sacramento

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    It appears that Sacramento may sneak out of August with just one 100-degree day.
  • Slight spike in temperatures before weekend cooling

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Strong high pressure is building into the Sacramento region. A paddle boarder glides down the American River near Sacramento State on Monday, August 11, 2014.
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    SacBee -- California Forum

  • Markos Kounalakis: Time is now for cooler negotiations between Obama and Putin

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Volcanoes and glaciers, fire and ice, are dominant features of this moonscape-pocked island nation. How fitting that over a generation ago the leaders of the United States and Soviet Union came to talk disarmament in the heat of the Cold War.
  • Viewpoints: Prop. 13 loophole must be closed

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    It must be a cold day in hell. The cow jumped over the moon. And pigs are flying somewhere. No, the Legislature hasn’t resorted to catchy slogans to address problems facing our state. This is what one Republican lawmaker said after Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and I announced a bipartisan deal supported by business, labor and progressive groups to close an egregious loophole in Proposition 13 earlier this year.
  • The Conversation

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Should records be kept on officer-involved shootings? How would the public benefit from that data?
  • How billionaire activist is pushing for action on environment

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tom Steyer, billionaire former hedge fund executive and progressive environmental activist, sat down with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board last week to talk issues important to him and his NextGen Climate super PAC. Steyer has spent tens of millions of dollars on environmental issues and to sway elections across America in favor of candidates with a focus on climate change and the environment. Here’s an edited version of his comments: Hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer
  • Viewpoints: An environmentalist’s case for high-speed rail

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    High-speed rail, by shifting travel away from dirtier transportation modes such as planes and cars, would do wonders in reducing the transportation sector’s impact on our carbon footprint. An artist’s rendering shows a proposed California high-speed train pulling into a station. The rail system will run on renewably generated electricity.
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    SacBee -- Letters to the Editor

  • Safer roadways will make safer sidewalks

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Re "An improved biking network is essential for Sacramento" (Editorial, Aug. 24): I have been following the sidewalk riding discussion eagerly. Thank you for calling attention to the need for streets redesigned so that bicyclists of any age and skill level would feel safe and comfortable enough to leave pedestrians alone on the sidewalks.
  • Cap-and-trade recession

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Re "Consumers can't afford cap-and-trade delay" (Forum, Aug. 24): The Little Ice Age in the 16th and 17th centuries caused great upheaval in Europe. Droughts, famine, plagues, wars were among the problems that occurred. Thankfully, the planet has warmed up and stabilized. To think that puny man can control nature is beyond comprehension. Now to the theology of climate change.
  • Are the cyclists to blame?

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Re "An improved biking network is essential for Sacramento" (Editorial, Aug. 24): In my neighborhood of East Sacramento, numerous accommodations have been made for cyclists. No matter how much is done to accommodate riders, if cyclists continue to disregard laws, they will continue to alienate and be counterproductive to changing our transportation lifestyles.
  • Pedestrians in street

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Re "An improved biking network is essential for Sacramento" (Editorial, Aug. 24): I agree that getting bicycles off sidewalks is a good idea. However, I would also like to see pedestrians get off the street, especially the joggers and walkers who seem to think that the bike lanes were made for them to run or walk in.
  • Not here in Elk Grove?

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Re "Can't Pay Me to Move Back" (Forum, Aug. 24): I was amused by the letter saying there were no people riding bikes on sidewalks here in Elk Grove.
 
 
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    SacBee -- Agriculture

  • Grape crush kicks off early at UC Davis

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    The annual grape crush at UC Davis’ campus winery kicked off early Thursday, weeks before most winemaking students will return for classes, because this summer’s drought moved up the harvest season. Graduate student Joseph Belsky and viticulture major Katie Wayman shovel newly harvested grapes onto a conveyer belt Thursday at UC Davis. The belt carried them into a machine that broke their skins and removed their stems. Katie Wayman, who is entering her fourth year of UC Davis’ undergraduate viticulture and enology program, helps move grapes from a hopper to be crushed for…
  • Record drought saps California honey production

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014 photo, a bee works on a honeycomb the Gene Brandi Apiary in Los Banos, Calif. The state is traditionally one of the country's biggest honey producers, with abundant crops and wildflowers that provide nectar that bees turn into honey. But a three-year drought has left hillsides barren and forced farmers to tear out orchards and leave fields fallow. In this Tuesday, July 22, 2014 photo, an assortment of flavored honey straws are shown…
  • Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill. Migrant peach farmers rush to their assigned bus to make the approximately fifty-hour trip home to Nayarit, Mexico. Five buses took hundreds of workers back to their homes all across Mexico after they worked the peach season at Titan Farms in Ridge Spring,…
  • Latinos move up, from picking in fields to running the farm

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    When he was 15, an immigration raid at a Japanese flower nursery turned Arturo Flores’ life around. Sergio Silva, left, and Adrian Espinoza, who are business partners at Rancho Espinoza in Salinas, examine a bouquet of flowers from their farm. Farming businesses in the United States are still dominated by whites, but a growing number of Latinos own or operate farms. Arturo Flores, left, a flower distributor, chats with Isaias Lopez, a grower, in Watsonville as they check flowers for the next day’s cut.
  • Long-standing marriage goes sour for UC Davis, strawberry industry

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The imminent departure of UC Davis’ two strawberry breeders, who are forming their own company, has prompted a lawsuit over the future of strawberry research at the university. Mary Delany, a UC Davis associate agriculture dean, and Garry Pearson, a superintendent, examine one of the 1,500 strawberry mother plants from as far back as the 1930s. The school makes millions in royalties from its plant patents. The UC Davis strawberry breeding program has three copies of its hundreds of varieties, which are used to make new ones. UC Davis, which has been the heart of the strawberry industry…
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  • Claudia Buck: Covered for a quake? Napa's temblor has homeowners wondering if they need insurance

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    As Napa Valley residents and business owners clean up and tally damages from last Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake, many are coming to grips with their earthquake insurance coverage – or lack thereof. Nick Patrino surveys the damage after last Sunday’s earthquake knocked his home off its foundation and moved it a few feet on G Street in Napa. The cars are pinned in from the house sliding off the foundation. Scott Whitlock, center, watches as his friend Phil Tessier and his daughter Naomi help his parents move out of their damaged Napa home after last Sunday’s earthquake.
  • On second try, California plastic bag ban passes Assembly

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    With a prominent grocery workers’ union back in support, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Then-Assemblywoman Julia Brownley on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 near a photo of a turtle that was displayed to illustrate the dangers of plastic bags, part of a recurring annual effort to ban the items.
  • California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year. In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, plastic single-use bags are carried past the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Anderson: Bears linebacker, childhood pal to open barbecue joint Monday in Elk Grove

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Elk Grove’s Double Nickel Smokehouse gets its name from the number on Chicago Bear linebacker Lance Briggs’ jersey, but it is Briggs’ childhood friend Cameron Lee who owns the majority stake in the restaurant and who calls the plays there. The name of the Double Nickel Smokehouse, which will open in Elk Grove, refers to the number Lance Briggs wears as an NFL linebacker.
  • Anderson: Roseville’s ASR Restaurant gives new worth to Crush 29, Suede Blue gift cards

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Roseville’s ASR Restaurant offers a deal to diners holding gift cards from now-shuttered Crush 29 and Suede Blue.
 
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    SacBee -- Small Business

  • Anderson: Crest operators hit impasse on lease at historic Sacramento theater

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    The operators of the Crest Theatre, including Sid Garcia-Heberger, have reached a negotiations impasse with their landlord and will end their management of K Street Mall landmark on Oct. 31, Garcia-Heberger said Monday. The operators of Sacramento's Crest Theatre said Monday that they have reached a negotiations impasse with their landlord and will end their management of the landmark building at 1013 K St. on Oct. 31.
  • Anderson: 2 designing women market artful linens to hotels, event planners, consumers

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Artist Maren Conrad and merchandising expert Elizabeth Wood are finding success with their “off-the-wall” idea, taking images from Conrad’s paintings and putting them on table linens and pillow covers. Elizabeth Wood and Maren Conrad say they want to add work from other artists, but they’ll keep the same color palette initially. That way, they say, hostesses can mix and match works from different artists and maybe spark some conversation. Elizabeth Wood and Maren Conrad launched Prosper Design Studio as a way to generate additional income and visibility for…
  • Anderson: Flywheel incubator dishing up creative stew for Sacramento

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    In just its second year, the Flywheel, a business incubator for artists, is becoming a force for creative collaboration in the Sacramento region.
  • Cathie Anderson: El Dorado Hills’ MDSTAT acquires Fair Oaks urgent-care practice

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:36 pm
    The fast-growing MDSTAT Urgent Care, based in El Dorado Hills, snaps up The Doctors Center in Fair Oaks.
  • Cathie Anderson: Rocklin firm releases design of prized multiprocessor chip to world

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Rocklin’s Parallax surprised the open-source community by releasing its source code for the powerful Propeller 1 processor. No one registers by name at DEFCON. Instead, attendees pay in cash and receive badges that wirelessly communicate more information about the Goons (security), Humans (conference attendee), Press (media) or Ubers (the top hackers who win the badge crypto challenge) wearing them. This year’s badges were powered by the Propeller multicore processor from Rocklin-based Parallax. At this year’s DEFCON, the world’s largest continually running hacker…
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    SacBee -- Technology

  • Jerry Brown signs ‘kill switch’ smartphone bill

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring disabling “kill switches” on new smartphones, his office announced Monday. The switch, which could render a stolen phone inoperable, was promoted by law enforcement groups as a deterrent to theft, while manufacturers argued disabling software is already widely available. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed Senate Bill 962, legislation requiring disabling “kill switches” on new smartphones.
  • Bill mandating smart phone ‘kill switches’ passes California Assembly

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Moving to quash an increasingly common source of crime, the California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation requiring new smartphones to have disabling “kill switches.” In this 2013 photo, a woman poses using her smart phone in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Amazon confirms it will buy Twitch for $970 million

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Sorry, YouTube. Amazon.com is the winning bidder for Twitch, the hugely popular online platform for video gamers.
  • McClatchy invests in Davis digital company

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The McClatchy Co. said Tuesday it has invested in a Davis tech company developing a mobile app for shoppers.
 
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    SacBee -- Ask Emily

  • Ask Emily: Does Covered California really have you covered?

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    A worrisome trend is emerging among some Californians who thought they were safe and secure under Covered California: Their plans are being canceled without consent and sometimes without notice. 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: Change and no change at Covered California health insurance exchange

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I’m sure you’ve heard that premiums for plans sold through our health insurance exchange, Covered California, will go up an average of 4.2 percent next year. Just remember, “average” means just that. Your premium increase (or decrease in some cases) will depend on a variety of factors. 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: 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.
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    SacBee -- Folsom/El Dorado News

  • El Dorado vote will proceed as state Supreme Court won’t hear Nutting’s appeal

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The state Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by ousted supervisor Ray Nutting, allowing a Sept. 9 special El Dorado County election to replace him to proceed. Jennifer Nutting, left, speaks briefly with her husband Ray Nutting on the first day of trial for the then-El Dorado County supervisor on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
  • UC Berkeley closes access to popular University Falls

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    The university shut down access to the site, blocking part of the trail with tree limbs and erecting no-trespassing signs. The reason: visitors who ignored rules on trash and camping, and bans on dogs, alcohol and firearms. Rob York surveys an area where he and his staff cut down small trees to help prevent erosion and to cut back on easy foot traffic. The nearly 6-mile round-trip hike – some of it through fairly steep terrain – did little to dissuade an estimated 600 people each weekend in summer months from visiting the area, which has now been closed. Rob York picks up…
  • Hometown Report: Automatic bid to State Open Bowl title game good news for NorCal school

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:13 am
    The CIF announced Monday the top team in Northern California and the best from Southern California will receive automatic bids to the CIF State Open Division championship game in Carson without having to play in regional title games. This is especially welcomed news in the Sac-Joaquin Section and for programs such as The Bee’s top-ranked Folsom, suddenly with an extra bounce in its step. Folsom’s Will Koch (68) had his hands full blocking De La Salle’s Sumner Houston (54) in the 2013 CIF NorCal Open Division Football State Championship.
  • UPDATE: Folsom wildfire contained

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Three fire agencies have contained a wildfire near the intersection of Green Valley Road and Sophia Parkway in Folsom, according to Cal Fire
  • Identities of couple found dead in Placerville released

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office on Thursday released the names of the couple found dead earlier this week in a Placerville area home.
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    SacBee -- Elk Grove News

  • Elk Grove volunteers put community into garden

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this garden continues to grow strong with its local support. Judy Ludlow walks through the herb garden at Elk Grove Community Garden. The garden celebrates its 10th anniversary next week with a public event. Volunteer Scott McNeir paints a mural on the fence at Elk Grove Community Garden. The parcel includes an orchard, a vineyard, a children’s garden and picnic benches.
  • Elk Grove car and apartment arsons being investigated

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Two arson fires set close to each other are being investigated in Elk Grove. Cosumnes Fire Department investigators have determined that an arsonist set fire to a car and adjacent apartment building in the 8900 block of El Mirador Drive.
  • Major League Soccer confirms it will visit Elk Grove next month

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Sacramento’s strong bid for a Major League Soccer franchise could get competition from its own backyard.
  • Elk Grove approves 100-acre land purchase, seeks pro soccer team

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Elk Grove is buying a 100-acre parcel south of the city with an eye toward building a long-sought complex that would draw Major League Soccer to the city.
  • Astronauts chat from space station with Elk Grove schoolkids

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    A collective gasp filled the air of the Elliott Ranch Elementary School multipurpose room Wednesday morning as the countdown to a live downlink with the International Space Station began. Student Spairo As-Salaam 8, left, reacts to seeing the astronauts for the first time in a live video feed from the International Space Station on Wednesday. Principal Brian MacNeill, center, listens with students as an International Space Station astronaut answers a question asked by student Maanasa Vasam, right, at Elliot Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove on Wednesday. Mila Hessburg, 6, left, accompanies…
 
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    SacBee -- State Pensions

  • CalPERS seeks safer path but can’t eliminate investment risk

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The nation’s largest public pension fund has reduced its holdings in hedge funds in recent months and is examining whether it should pare back its investments in commodities and possibly other asset classes.
  • CalPERS’ pension rules would OK 99 types of extra pay to count toward pensions

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking, the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent. A courtyard at CalPERS’ Sacramento headquarters
  • New charges filed against Villalobos in CalPERS corruption case

    7 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos was indicted Thursday on bribery and other charges as the federal government broadened its case against the businessman at the center of the biggest scandal in memory at the giant pension fund. Alfred Villalobos, above, and former CalPERS CEO Fred Buenrostro, next photo, are the targets of a lawsuit filed by federal securities regulators.
  • CalPERS, CalSTRS report 18 percent profit on investments

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    Continuing to claw their way back from the 2008 market crash, California’s two giant public pension funds said Monday they each earned more than 18 percent on their investments in the just-ended fiscal year. Rob Feckner
  • Ex-CalPERS chief admits receiving $200,000 in bribes in paper bag, shoebox

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Fred Buenrostro, who ran the nation’s largest public pension fund from 2002 to 2008, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud. He has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors as they pursue charges against his longtime friend, Nevada businessman Alfred Villalobos, a former CalPERS board member. Fred Buenrostro Al Villalobos
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    SacBee -- Sacramento City News

  • Young donation gives music therapy a boost at Sutter Children’s Center

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Elizabeth Feytser’s tiny pink toes tap ever so slightly to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” playing at her cribside in the Sutter Children’s Center ICU. The soothing timbre of music therapist Kathleen Humphries’ voice rolls over the hum of heart monitors and oxygen pulsers as the 6-month-old’s lips curve into a curious smile. Kathleen Humphries, 26, a neurologic music therapist with McConnell Music Therapy Services, plays guitar and sings for Elizabeth “Alli“ Feytsera, 6 months, who is recovering from open heart surgery at Sutter Medical Center.
  • Americana event off to a slow start Saturday in Old Sacramento

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau came up with the idea after canceling the long-running Gold Rush Days on June 28 because of the drought Volunteer, Abigail Fitzpatrick, 15, left, teaches Jacob Quesada, 7, of Stockton how to pan for gold as his mother, Amy Ham, center, watches at the "Americana" event in Old Sacramento Saturday August 30, 2014. The four day event featuring live music, activities and a car show replaces the annual Gold Rush Days, which was cancelled due to the drought. Traffic is thick at Americana in Old Sacramento Albert Di Paolo, the Chief Mechanical Officer for…
  • New SPCA program targets Sacramento’s ‘ground zero’ for stray pets

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    Sacramento animal agencies are knocking on doors in some of the area’s toughest neighborhoods, offering free or low-cost veterinary services to people in an effort to reduce the number of dogs and cats that end up in shelters.
  • Labor leader Bill Camp now on administrative leave

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Days after firing its longtime executive secretary Bill Camp, the Sacramento Central Labor Council board rescinded the termination, according to an internal letter. Bill Camp, executive secretary of the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, shown in 2010.
  • Man sentenced to prison for fatally shooting Sacramento motorist who refused him money

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    A man convicted of the shooting death of a Sacramento motorist who refused to give him money has been sentenced to 52 years in state prison.
 
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    SacBee -- Yolo County News

  • Former Yolo court official tops 2013 judicial pay list

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Yolo Superior Court’s former executive officer was paid $275,221 in 2013, more than any of California’s other 20,500 Superior Court employees, according to new data from the state controller’s office. The Public Eye
  • Biotech firm opens headquarters, laboratories in Davis

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    BioConsortia Inc., an agricultural biotechnology startup, has opened its new company headquarters and research/development laboratories in Davis.
  • Davis City Council calls for alternatives to military armored vehicle

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The Davis City Council voted Tuesday night to direct staff members to return within 60 days with options for the military surplus armored rescue vehicle the Police Department recently added to its fleet and to review guidelines for acquisition of such items. Davis Police Department’s new armored vehicle is stashed on a side of the city yard, out of the public’s view. The Davis Police Department recently acquired a $689,000 Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle at no cost from the military, part of a years-old federal program that lets the Defense Department dole out excess…
  • Davis City Council seeks alternatives to military armored vehicle

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    After hours of discussion, the Davis City Council on Tuesday night voted to ask staff to return within 60 days with options for the military surplus armored rescue vehicle the police department recently added to their fleet. The Davis Police Department recently acquired a $689,000 Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle at no cost from the military, part of a years-old federal program that lets the Defense Department dole out excess military equipment to law enforcement agencies. Davis Police Department’s new armored vehicle is stashed on a side of the city yard, out of the…
  • Davis acquires mine-resistant war vehicle while some complain of militarization of police

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Davis police have acquired a hulking tank-like vehicle from the military, the same type of surplus equipment that has drawn criticism from civil libertarians and others for possibly increasing tensions between officers and citizens. The Davis Police Department recently acquired a $689,000 Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle at no cost from the military, part of a years-old federal program that lets the Defense Department dole out excess military equipment to law enforcement agencies.
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    SacBee -- State Politics

  • California plastic bag ban stalls in Assembly

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    A proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags stalled in the California Assembly on Monday, a crucial stumble for one of the of most heavily lobbied fights of the current legislative session. Margo Rasteiro, of El Dorado Hills, with the Clean Seas Coalition takes a break from educating the public about the waste plastic bags and other products produce on Thursday, May 21, 2009.
  • Tax perk bills abound in Legislature’s final week

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    With California’s finances firmly on the mend, the state’s film industry, historic structure preservationists and others are pushing for hundreds of millions of dollars in new and extended tax breaks during the final days of the legislative session. Orange County Film Commissioner Janice Arrington speaks to a crowd about the importance of creating tax incentives for California’s film industry on Wednesday in Sacramento. AB 1839 is a proposed bill that would approve $400 million in tax incentives to keep film industry jobs in the state. Actor Carl Weathers, backed by a…
  • CalPERS board member likely facing stiffer fine from FPPC

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    CalPERS board member Priya Mathur is likely facing a stiffer penalty than previously expected from the state’s political watchdog agency for failing to file her campaign finance statements on time.
  • CalPERS’ pension rules would OK 99 types of extra pay to count toward pensions

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking, the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent. A courtyard at CalPERS’ Sacramento headquarters
  • Water bond leads agenda as California lawmakers return for final month

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Legislators return from summer recess today to a mountain of unfinished business. They have until the end of the month to decide whether to pass bills and send them to Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego speaks after she was sworn in as speaker on Monday, May 12, 2014 in Sacramento, with former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (left) and Gov. Jerry Brown.
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    SacBee -- Elections

  • Ad Watch: Karl Rove’s PAC hits Bera with generic TV ad

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-affiliated outside group, has added a second TV ad into the rotation that takes on Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove. The ad, nearly identical to a spot running in San Diego against fellow freshman Rep. Scott Peters, faults the congressman for presiding over a spiraling national debt and for refusing to back a GOP-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A frame grab from Crossroads GPS’ television advertisement accusing Rep. Ami Bera of doing nothing to stop deficit spending in Washington, D.C.
  • Controversial bills test Jerry Brown in election year

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    As the Legislature closed down in the predawn hours Saturday, it left on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a thicket of bills – including a sweeping ban on plastic bags and measures concerning gun control and bilingual education – with potential election-year effects for the governor and fellow Democrats. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, talks with Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens who sponsored her bill to provide workers with three paid sick days on the senate floor on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Gonzalez' bill which drew criticism from both parties passed to move on to…
  • Ad Watch: Spots targeting malpractice awards cap mislead

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The coalition opposing a fall initiative to mandate random drug and alcohol testing of doctors and quadruple the state’s decades-old $250,000 cap on medical malpractice awards is out with its first television and radio ads of the campaign.
  • California automatic recount bill stalls in Senate

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Weeks after the tight finish in the June controller’s race highlighted major weaknesess in California’s recount law, legislation to create taxpayer-funded recounts in close contests has bogged down in partisan fighting and is dead for the year. A Kern County elections worker marks off another vote during the recount in the race for California controller in Bakersfield, Calif. on July 11, 2014. It is the first recount in a statewide candidate election in modern California history. (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Felix Adamo)
  • Ad Watch: Ami Bera omits some facts in first campaign ad

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, facing a tough challenge from former GOP Rep. Doug Ose, has released a TV ad that reintroduces him to voters and seeks to make the case that he’s delivered on his campaign promises. The 30-second ad, “People Come First,” which is running in the suburban Sacramento district, touches on the congressman donating his pay to charity during the partial federal government shutdown. Frame grab from Ami Bera “People Come First” Bera For Congress Ad Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDbEErDXuwY&feature=youtu.be
 
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    SacBee -- Capitol and California

  • Ad Watch: Karl Rove’s PAC hits Bera with generic TV ad

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-affiliated outside group, has added a second TV ad into the rotation that takes on Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove. The ad, nearly identical to a spot running in San Diego against fellow freshman Rep. Scott Peters, faults the congressman for presiding over a spiraling national debt and for refusing to back a GOP-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A frame grab from Crossroads GPS’ television advertisement accusing Rep. Ami Bera of doing nothing to stop deficit spending in Washington, D.C.
  • The Buzz: California artist chosen to paint Hillary Clinton portrait

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    During his first campaign for president, Barack Obama sparked a lucrative cottage industry of artists who depicted the first black commander in chief in various forms, none more recognizable than Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster. Adrienne Lewis painted this portrait of Hillary Clinton for HillaryPAC, which is urging Clinton to run for president again in 2016.
  • Jordana Steinberg: ‘A story of overcoming’

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    It was about noon on a weekday, and Jordana Steinberg, 20, sat at a round-topped kitchen table in her Rocklin apartment, her therapist by her side. A faint aroma of tomato sauce on toasted crust lingered from the previous night’s pizza. Jordana Steinberg, a second-year student at Sierra College, battled a severe childhood mood disorder and says she now wants to be an activist. “I want to be the person who helps other people,” said Jordana, daughter of state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who has been a prominent advocate for expansion of mental health services.
  • Controversial bills test Jerry Brown in election year

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    As the Legislature closed down in the predawn hours Saturday, it left on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a thicket of bills – including a sweeping ban on plastic bags and measures concerning gun control and bilingual education – with potential election-year effects for the governor and fellow Democrats. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, talks with Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens who sponsored her bill to provide workers with three paid sick days on the senate floor on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Gonzalez' bill which drew criticism from both parties passed to move on to…
  • Dan Walters: An era ends with lots of action but uncertain results

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    As the Legislature adjourns, an activist Capitol era ends, but its long-term effect remains uncertain.
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    SacBee -- The Buzz

  • The Buzz: California artist chosen to paint Hillary Clinton portrait

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    During his first campaign for president, Barack Obama sparked a lucrative cottage industry of artists who depicted the first black commander in chief in various forms, none more recognizable than Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster. Adrienne Lewis painted this portrait of Hillary Clinton for HillaryPAC, which is urging Clinton to run for president again in 2016.
  • The Buzz: Feds return to the Capitol – for ‘till tap’

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    For people who work at the state Capitol, the idea that federal agents are in “the building” raiding offices has become uncomfortably common in recent months. So it was with some despair Friday that they received word of another visit from the dreaded G-men.
  • The Buzz: Home brewers toast new law

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
    It took the people who make beer at home a few days to get around to this, but the American Homebrewers Association issued a statement Wednesday praising the enactment of a California law that will let them gather in San Diego next year, after all.
  • The Buzz: Schwarzenegger will be back to unveil Capitol portrait Sept. 8

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Nearly four years after leaving office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to Sacramento in 10 days to unveil his official portrait. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have his official portrait, done by Gottfried Helnwein, unveiled for display at the Capitol during a Sept. 8 ceremony.
  • The Buzz: National Republicans wading into California legislative targets

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    A Washington-based Republican group working to elect candidates for state office has added two California legislative contenders to its latest list of top races to watch this fall. Republicans aim to advance their goals as three Democratic state senators deal with scandal, including Ron Calderon. Two GOP candidates in his district have national support.
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    SacBee -- Real Estate

  • Napa’s 6.0 rumbler brings up another queasy topic: Earthquake insurance

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    In earthquake-prone California, a surprising number of homeowners and businesses don’t carry any earthquake insurance. In the aftermath of Napa’s 6.0 rumbler, the cost of cleanup, rebuilding and business interruption – with or without insurance – is becoming uncomfortably clear for many. Onlooker take photographs of a collapsed parking structure trapping many cars at the Charter Oaks Apartments after a 6.0 earthquake Sunday August 24, 2014 in Napa. Dave Falk cleans up his mother's, Raye Falk, mobile home after a 6.0 earthquake at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park,…
  • Sacramento federal court jury acquits 4 in local mortgage fraud case

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    In an unprecedented trial, four persons charged with mortgage fraud were acquitted Friday by a jury in Sacramento federal court after defense attorneys argued the real culprits are the so-called “victim lenders.”
  • California pensions, consumers get $800 million from Bank of America case

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    California will get an $800 million share of the record-breaking $16.65 billion Bank of America Corp. is paying to settle claims over the packaging and sale of toxic mortgage securities. California homeowners and pension funds will receive $800 million from Bank of America Corp., the state’s share of a record-breaking $16.65 billion settlement over toxic mortgages issued and packaged as investment securities during the housing bubble.
  • Sports Basement to buy downtown Sacramento building, open store next summer

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The city of Sacramento has reached a deal to buy a vacant building at 730 I St. for $5.4 million and then immediately sell the property to Bay Area-based retailer Sports Basement for the same price, officials announced Thursday. The City Council is expected to approve the deal on Tuesday.
  • Whole city block across from planned downtown arena changes hands

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    A group of Sacramento-area buyers has aquired 555 Capitol Mall, including two office towers and a parking garage across L Street from the city’s planned sports and entertainment complex. This composite image shows 555 Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday. The property has been purchased by a group of local investors who plan to renovate the half-empty office towers and fill them with tenants.
 
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    SacBee -- Cycling

  • Jerry Brown gets bill to OK local fees for bicycle facilities

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Californians could vote to tax themselves to build bike paths, bike parking and other bicycle facilities under a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. A bicyclist rides in a bike lane on Wednesday July 09, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • 116-mile Tahoe-area bike trail wins award

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    A Reno-based group helping to build a 116-mile bike trail in Nevada and California will be honored todaywith a federal Green Transportation Award.
  • Cyclist seeks place to crash, in a good way, via free lodging network

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Commonalities in the cycling world bring people together in the Warm Showers hospitality exchange network. Late-afternoon shadows are cast by writer Juniper Rose and her road bike as she rides by vineyards along Lower Sacramento Road outside of Lodi. Jerry Neuburger of Lodi, a member of an international cycling network through which cyclists exchange accommodations, drinks coffee with guest Juniper Rose on the backyard patio. Jerry and Jeanette Neuburger offer up their Lodi backyard as a free refuge for bicyclists – on this night, writer Juniper Rose – as part of the Warm…
  • Bicyclists headed to Davis can get free train tickets back to Sacramento

    9 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    John Swann used to commute regularly by bike from Davis to his job in Sacramento – but he’d often get a ride home. The Yolo Causeway, shown in 2008, is a route to work for many who ride their bikes from Davis to Sacramento. These commuters now can ride an Amtrak train home.
  • Cyclists take to Sacramento streets in Lunar Lunacy ride

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The nighttime fun ride benefits youth programs of the Society for the Blind and other charities. Bicyclists can ride through the moonlit streets of Sacramento on Saturday in the inaugural fundraising event Lunar Lunacy Ride.
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    SacBee -- Outdoors

  • Burning Man gains more educated, affluent following

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    For most of its 28-year existence, Burning Man brought to mind a “dirty hippie” image of those attending the annual counterculture arts and music festival now playing out in the Nevada desert north of Reno.
  • Sacramento County limits smoking and barbecue grills at parks

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sacramento County supervisors imposed emergency restrictions Tuesday on smoking along the American River Parkway and barbecuing in all county parks, citing increased fire risks from the ongoing drought. Two men who relax on the shore of the American River watch as a fire on the American River Parkway, south of Cal Expo burns through thick, dry grass and trees during one of the biggest holiday's of the year on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Firefighters work to protect a structure near a fast-moving grass fire that erupted Aug. 2 on the American River Parkway near Cal Expo.
  • Fishing Line: Week of August 25, 2014

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Bass fishing is plentiful throughout this week’s top picks.
  • Night at Haggin Oaks driving range: A shot in the dark

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    While it's not unusual for driving ranges to operate after dark, staying open around the clock is more of a rarity. Daniel Awe, who works as a golf instructor at Cold Springs Golf Club in Placerville, says he practices a few times a week at the Haggin Oaks golf complex because it is the only location in the Sacramento area where he can work on his form during late hours. Groundskeeper Erin Hill says he incorporates golf swinging practice into his work by hitting balls to a certain part of the range, where he will later pick them up with his cart. Haggin Oaks groundskeeper Erin Hill, 38,…
  • 116-mile Tahoe-area bike trail wins award

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    A Reno-based group helping to build a 116-mile bike trail in Nevada and California will be honored todaywith a federal Green Transportation Award.
 
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    SacBee -- Art

  • Alex Bult Gallery showcases sculpture collected by Sacramento artists

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    The Alex Bult Gallery departs from its schedule of one-person shows with an exhibit of sculptures from three collections. “Falstaff’ by Robert Mallary, from the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation collection, is on exhibit at the Alex Bult Gallery. “Untitled” by Mark Di Suvero, circa 2003, is from the collection of the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation. It is part of the sculpture exhibit at the Alex Bult Gallery through Sept. 6.
  • Anderson: Mural project gets closer to goal of brightening underbelly of Sacramento’s W-X freeway

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Tre Borden, Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel are nearly two-thirds of the way toward funding their $150,000 Bright Underbelly project, a mural project that will put a 70,000-square-foot image on the underbelly of the W-X freeway. Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel created this computer image spruce up the drab underside of the W-X freeway.
  • Sacramento artists transform utility boxes into works of art

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Artist Melissa Uroff’s newest piece is not on a canvas or in a frame – it’s on a utility box on the corner of 16th and J Streets in midtown Sacramento. A pedestrian dances next to Jim Piskoti’s colorful design in front of Firestone Public House. Artist Melissa Uroff’s design mixes photographs of friends with splashes of paint. A prankster drew a small mustache on Jim Piskoti’s design for the utility box at the corner of 16th and L streets. Artist Sam Seller’s design is a photo collage of architectural details from Sacramento’s midtown.
  • Art review: 9th Axis National Juried Exhibition

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This year’s show at the new site of the Axis Gallery includes 58 pieces. “Sherlocks,” a watercolor on wallpaper by Madelyn Covey of Emeryville, is part of the 9th Axis National Juried Exhibition. “Bleach Bottle” by Ryan Fontaine is one of the compelling works in the Axis show. “Vent and Dining Room Floor” by Brett Eberhardt “Gateless Gate, Part 9” by Michael Miner
  • Best of Sacramento's Second Saturday art walk

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five exhibits to see on the Second Saturday art walk. “View of The I Street Bridge” by Ray Franklin at Gallery 21Ten Tony Berlant, “Untitled” at Alex Bult Gallery “Fort Bragg Cypress” by Kurt Edward Fishback at Archival Gallery At Axis Gallery, Madelyn Covey’s "Sherlocks"
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    SacBee -- Restaurants

  • Dining review: West Sacramento's Pooja excels at Indian cuisine

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    There’s a reason Indian restaurants are so popular in the Western world. The spices, the sauces, the robust cooking and the beautiful complexity of flavors are at once exotic, mysterious, welcoming and accessible. Chicken tikka masala at Pooja Indian Grill in West Sacramento can be ordered a la carte or, in this case, as an entree that includes naan (bread), daal (lentils), raita (yogurt and cucumber) and a dessert (in this case, a rice pudding called kheer). Chicken korma is known for its creamy, if not decadent, mouthfeel and mild flavor (unless you order it hot). The samosas with…
  • Counter culture: Keep your cool at this al fresco trio

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    While you wait for Sacramento temperatures to drop, here are tips of where to dine al fresco. Turkey pot pie is a solid hit at MoMo’s, across from AT&T Park. A Belgian waffle topped with fresh berries is among the menu’s enticements at the Village Corner Bistro in Carmel. Seabass sandwich with slaw is served at at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City.
  • Dining review: Woodland’s Burger Saloon delivers good value

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    The Burger Saloon is a large, casual and family-friendly restaurant where the food is solid and the burgers – 19 of them on the menu – are mostly $6.99 to $7.99. Even “The Heartstopper” is only $13.99, and it features three full-sized patties, two fried eggs, three kinds of cheese, thick strips of bacon, and pastrami. Rodney Blackwell runs the Burger Junkies website and has tasted and reviewed over 100 burgers. The peanut butter milkshake at the Burger Saloon is first rate. The Burger Saloon is a large restaurant that was once the historic Capitol Hotel. The…
  • Sacramento food consultant does guest-chef gig at Zuni CafĂ©

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kathi Riley Smith draws on her experience in highly regarded Bay Area restaurants and her familiarity with the late chef Judy Rodgers. Local chef and restaurant consultant Kathi Riley Smith worked in the 1980s at the acclaimed Zuni Cafe in San Francisco but had been away for years when she got a call to fill in. Kathi Riley Smith is at far left, next to Judy Rodgers and James Beard, in the Zuni Cafe kitchen, in the 1980s.
  • First Impressions: Goldfield Trading Post

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Sacramento has a new country music club and eatery. The Goldfield Trading Post menu includes the French dip-style “cowpoke steak sandwich.” Goldfield Trading Post is a country music club and eatery in Sacramento.
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    SacBee -- Appetizers Blog

  • Trails restaurant to close, but prospective buyer on board

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The end of the trail is coming up for Trails restaurant after a multi-decade run. Owner Gin Wong is retiring from running this signature Land Park eatery, which will shut down in the coming weeks.
  • Place orders now for Jewish Food Faire favorites

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Specialty items such as pastrami and pumpernickel tend to sell out fast. Pastrami, anyone? The 37th annual Jewish Food Faire in Carmichael offers many traditional favorites — and pre-orders so you won’t miss out.
  • Patrick Mulvaney’s menu for Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Chef feeds 300 guests from “the bounty of the Sacramento Valley” today at Stanford Mansion. Patrick Mulvaney, owner and chef Mulvaney’s B&L, will prepare lunch for Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, Gov. Jerry Brown and 300 other guests today at Stanford Mansion.
  • Best in the West Rib Cook-Off gets smokin’ on Wednesday

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    If you want a smokin’ good time over Labor Day weekend, get your hunger on for the 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. A mountain of pork ribs will be sold by 23 professional cookers at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, beginning Wednesday and running through Labor Day.
  • First Impressions: Goldfield Trading Post

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Sacramento has a new country music club and eatery. The Goldfield Trading Post menu includes the French dip-style “cowpoke steak sandwich.” Goldfield Trading Post is a country music club and eatery in Sacramento.
 
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    SacBee -- Movies

  • 'Guardians' wins weekend box office again, becomes No. 1 movie of year

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Perhaps as a sign this summer couldn't be over soon enough for Hollywood, the top three positions at the box office for the weekend were exactly the same as last week: "Guardians of the Galaxy" continued its surprising run with an estimated three-day draw of $16.3 million, and with a cumulative total of $274.6 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, the film became the top box-office draw not only of the summer but of the year so far, passing "Captain America: The Winter Solider."
  • Star Wars production resumes after Harrison Ford’s injury

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    The force is with Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford, left, as Han Solo in the original trilogy.
  • Dowdle brothers overcome challenges ‘As Above, So Below'

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you had to guess which movie director was recently the first to be granted access to the nonpublic areas of the catacombs six stories beneath the streets of Paris, you might say, Luc Besson, Leos Carax or another of France’s most prominent names. Perdita Weeks traverses catacombs beneath the streets of Paris in “As Above, So Below.”
  • In ‘November Man' Pierce Brosnan gets tougher with age

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    On his 60th birthday in May 2013, Pierce Brosnan woke up in Belgrade, Serbia. In three days he was to start shooting a new action-thriller called “The November Man,” playing a world-weary but still lethal ex-CIA agent – the sort of role that would involve a whole lot of running, jumping, pistol-whipping and fireball-dodging. Pierce Brosnan, 12 years removed from being the face of the James Bond franchise, is back as a spy in “The November Man.”
  • 'Creep' director brings Hollywood heat home to Nevada County

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Grass Valley native Brice to show his psychological thriller, a hit at South by Southwest, at Nevada City Film Festival Mark Duplass stars in “Creep,” directed and co-written by Grass Valley native Patrick Brice, who also appears in the film.
 
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    SacBee -- Allen Pierleoni

  • Counter culture: Keep your cool at this al fresco trio

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    While you wait for Sacramento temperatures to drop, here are tips of where to dine al fresco. Turkey pot pie is a solid hit at MoMo’s, across from AT&T Park. A Belgian waffle topped with fresh berries is among the menu’s enticements at the Village Corner Bistro in Carmel. Seabass sandwich with slaw is served at at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City.
  • Counter Culture: Field House is a find among sports bars

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    The refurbished space offers plenty of sports memorabilia to peruse over your beer or cocktail. The Baconater Sliders, served with onion rings, are a hit at Field House American Sports Pub. Field House’s chicken-pepperoni-cheese-peppers sandwich is another good choice.
  • First Impressions: Wahoo's Fish Taco in midtown

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wahoo’s Fish Taco draws a crowd in midtown The wall art at Wahoo’s Fish Taco restaurant reflects the surfing/skateboarding vibe. If you try the specialty-of-the-house fish tacos at Wahoo’s Fish Taco restaurant, go for the one with citrus slaw.
  • Counter culture: Third Strike Cafe so far’s a solid hit

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Now and then, we come across a small restaurant operated by sincere, passionate people whose family heritage and recipes are the foundation of their business. So it is with Third Strike Cafe in West Sacramento. Pork ribs are marinated, hand-rubbed with spices and smoked for hours. A caprese panini at Third Strike Cafe is stuffed with tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil pesto.
  • 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.
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    SacBee -- Chris Macias

  • The Nosh Pit: Bacon and Butter opens soon in Tahoe Park

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Billy Zoellin is banking on Tahoe Park for the new location of his Bacon and Butter. Is Tahoe Park the new 21st Street? Billy Zoellin moved his Bacon and Butter from midtown to Tahoe Park partly because he was priced out of the central city, and expects other restaurant owners will follow suit.
  • The Nosh Pit: What if no one posted food pics?

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Sommelier Jeremy Reed is sharing his sentiment that some food is so good that he wants to eat it rather than photograph it for social media. Food photos are an ubiquitous part of the social media landscape, but are we missing the full enjoyment of a meal by trying to capture the perfect shot? Jeremy Reed is a sommelier at The Kitchen in Sacramento.
  • The Nosh Pit: Speed back in the mix behind the bar

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Bartenders are challenged to balance craftiness and good service to the waiting customer. A classic Manhattan is served at the The Shady Lady, which has worked to reduce wait times.
  • The Nosh Pit: Amador winemakers hope fire’s impact is minimal

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Amador winemakers wonder what effects the Sand fire will leave on the upcoming harvest. A large cloud of smoke lifts into the air as the Sand fire burns on July 26.
  • The Nosh Pit: Sacramento chefs take it on the chin from Yelpers

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:54 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
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    SacBee -- Gardening

  • Transition garden from summer to fall

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Plant autumn vegetables such as cabbage and lettuce while harvesting more tomatoes and sqaush. California poppies line a path at a front yard in Novato.
  • Elk Grove volunteers put community into garden

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this garden continues to grow strong with its local support. Judy Ludlow walks through the herb garden at Elk Grove Community Garden. The garden celebrates its 10th anniversary next week with a public event. Volunteer Scott McNeir paints a mural on the fence at Elk Grove Community Garden. The parcel includes an orchard, a vineyard, a children’s garden and picnic benches.
  • Bees aren’t the only pollinators you can attract

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators. But you can somewhat offset their loss by attracting alternative pollinators, such as beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, feral bees, wasps and flower flies.
  • Lawn painters bring the green in California drought

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Thanks to California’s chronic drought and watering restrictions, there’s no shortage of dry, dusty-brown lawns. And that’s led to a growth in business for a specialty remedy: lawn painting. Dustin Shaw of Xtreme Green Grass mixes lawn paint during a job in Folsom. The drought has brought a surge in business. David Bartlett paints a client's lawn in Folsom last month. Bartlett runs Xtreme Green Grass, which has seen a surge in business thanks to the drought.
  • New Front Yard: Butterflies love Point St. George asters

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Little lavender flowers attract birds, too. Point St. George aster (Aster chilensis) is a favorite of butterflies.
 
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    SacBee -- Home Improvement

  • Cover pool, save water

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Evaporation a major drain on pools and spas. Michelle Thomas, left, and her daughter, Kelly, cover their swimming pool in their backyard. Making sure the pool is covered during the day saves money because they don’t have to pay to heat it, and it slows water evaporation, too.
  • Pop art’s zingy retro vibe adds panache to modern homes

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:24 am
    Midcentury modern style is now firmly planted in the home décor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Mollaspace makes coasters printed with blank text bubbles, a la comic art. Personalize them with creative thoughts and the use of erasable markers. Trina Turk’s ’70s-style print linen pillow, right, hits the pop art mark and makes a great accent piece. Baugust’s whimsical chairs include a lamb, buffalo, dog and pony. Upholstered in black fabric and perched on curvy legs, they’re at once clever seating and…
  • Make the most of dorm rooms

    9 Aug 2014 | 12:16 am
    Deciding where everything will find its year-long home in an average dorm room’s 10-by-15-foot space can be harder than you expect. This ottoman triples as a seat, foot rest and storage unit. Bed Bath and Beyond’s Studio 3B six-shelf sweater organizer taps into the vertical approach. These bed lifts from Bed Bath and Beyond have power outlets.
  • Funky chandelier inspires bright colors in new home

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Margie Garland had the MacKenzie-Childs Thistle chandelier on her computer wish list for years. Multicolored and funky with glass-beaded fringe on its shades, it would never have worked in the ancient farmhouses she had previously lived in. Margie Garland, of Ligionier, Pa., poses in her dining room with the MacKenzie-Childs chandelier that inspired her to paint the walls of her home to match the colors of the chandelier.
  • Water-wise tip: Stop leaky toilet and save money

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A small leak can add up to 30 to 50 gallons of wasted water a day.
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    SacBee -- Hints from Heloise

  • HINTS FROM HELOISE

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have a new kitten? Litter-box training is simple. And baking soda will help get that sour milk smell out of the car’s trunk.
  • Hints From Heloise: Don’t forget to tip hotel housekeeper

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR READERS: I have written about this travel hint before, but it’s time to mention it again. When staying in a hotel (especially for several nights) and using daily housekeeping service, it is nice to leave a tip. Be sure to leave a note with the tip so it goes to the right person.
  • Hints from Heloise: Dental floss, believe it or not, could be just the ticket when you are drying flowers

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    The easy Heloise way is to hang them upside down somewhere that has air circulation, but is not hot or in sunlight.
  • Hints From Heloise: Broccoli stems needn’t be tossed

    9 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR READERS: Here’s how I use the stems of broccoli (why toss edible food out?), and it’s tasty too. I use a vegetable peeler to strip off the thick skin, then cut up the now-softer stems into small slivers. I add them to salads, soup or other veggies that I’m cooking. You even can add them to tuna salad, etc., for a little crunch.
  • Hints From Heloise: Car-washing tips

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR READERS: Most folks want to keep their cars looking nice, but it can get a little pricey to take to the car to the car wash all the time. Here are some Heloise hints to help take care of your car at home and save some big bucks over the long run:
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    SacBee -- Books and Media

  • Book on Sacramento serial killer Dorothea Puente reissued

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The 20th anniversary re-issue of “The Bone Garden,” a book by former Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney William P. Wood, details what may be the most macabre murders in Sacramento’s history. Willilam P. Wood
  • Anthony Marra's 'A Constellation of Vital Phenomena' focus of Sacramento's Stories on Stage

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Actor Ruby Sketchley will read from the award-winning novel.
  • Between the Lines: ‘Death Row All Stars’ debuts at Raley Field event

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Grass Valley nonfiction Western writer Chris Enss and co-author Howard Kazanjian tell a remarkable, little-known and scandalous story in “Death Row All Stars: A Story of Baseball, Corruption, and Murder.” The two will be at Raley Field for a meet ’n’ greet and book-signing from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, before the Sacramento River Cats take on the Reno Aces at 7:05 p.m. Nonfiction writer Chris Enss is shown at her home in Grass Valley in 2013. “The Death Row All Stars” by Chris Enss
  • Between the Lines: 'Kingdom of Ice' explores an arctic expedition gone wrong

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the 1870s, in the midst of the Gilded Age, America’s sense of Manifest Destiny still prevailed. So it was predictable that the nation would turn its collective imagination to one of the last uncharted regions on the planet, the North Pole. Hampton Sides’ book “In the Kingdom of Ice” is the September pick for the Bee Book Club.
  • Between the Lines: Hit the road with an entertaining travel companion

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Audio Publishers Association reports that the audiobook segment of the $27 billion books industry continues to grow. Further, it cites the results of a survey about why people like them: “I can listen in my car,” “They’re portable” and “They help me multitask.” Toward the bottom of the list is, “I like being read to.”
 
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    SacBee -- Fishing Line

  • Fishing Line: Week of August 25, 2014

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Bass fishing is plentiful throughout this week’s top picks.
  • Fishing Line: Week of Aug. 18, 2014

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Salmon fishing is plentiful throughout all of this week’s top picks. Robert Chang, 23, of Sacramento, uses two types of rods to fish for trout in the 160-acre lake during the annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area Sunday March 30, 2014 in Herald, Calif.
  • Fishing Line: Week of August 11, 2014

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Striped bass fishing looks to continue its success in the Delta Region. Larry Smith of Pleasant Valley shows off the 8-pound steelhead he caught along the south bank of the American River below Nimbus Dam Thursday, February 9, 2006.
  • Fishing Line: Week of August 4, 2014

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Salmon fishing looks to continue its hot streakin the Sacramento River after a second opener last week. Steven Wood of Folsom fishes for salmon in the American River just below Nimbus Dam on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
  • 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.
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    SacBee -- History

  • The Nazis tried to silence Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Now a researcher aims to bring that to light

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Nazi crimes against visual art are easy to grasp. We can see images of paintings they stole. We can read about court battles Holocaust victims and their heirs sometimes have fought to get them back.
  • Auction of Houdini memorabilia conjures a crowd

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    There were one-of-a-kind stage props, scrapbooks, photos, an unpublished manuscript and other Houdini-related treasures. But it was a simple postcard that made Harry Lowe one very happy 8-year-old boy.
  • Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    A century and a half after his valiant death in the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs. This undated photo provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society shows First Lt. Alonzo Cushing. A Civil War soldier is to be honored with the nation's highest military decoration 151 years after his death.The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama will give the Medal of Honor to Alonzo H. Cushing. His descendants and Civil War buffs have been…
  • Anderson: Crest operators hit impasse on lease at historic Sacramento theater

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    The operators of the Crest Theatre, including Sid Garcia-Heberger, have reached a negotiations impasse with their landlord and will end their management of K Street Mall landmark on Oct. 31, Garcia-Heberger said Monday. The operators of Sacramento's Crest Theatre said Monday that they have reached a negotiations impasse with their landlord and will end their management of the landmark building at 1013 K St. on Oct. 31.
  • California launches controversial effort to add more names to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Under a new state law, more names can be added to California’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial – the names of long-deceased service members such as Navy Lt. j.g. Gregory Hodson, a pilot from West Sacramento killed in 1964 when his plane dropped into the waters of the South China Sea; but also, and more controversially, the names of service people who died of Agent Orange-related diseases decades after they returned home. Under a new state law, more names will be added to the California Vietnam Memorial at Capitol Park. Andrew Aguilar, 7, of Elk Grove looks around the California Vietnam…
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    SacBee -- Life

  • The Nosh Pit: Bacon and Butter opens soon in Tahoe Park

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Billy Zoellin is banking on Tahoe Park for the new location of his Bacon and Butter. Is Tahoe Park the new 21st Street? Billy Zoellin moved his Bacon and Butter from midtown to Tahoe Park partly because he was priced out of the central city, and expects other restaurant owners will follow suit.
  • Partnering farm, restaurant a big deal at Loomis' High Hand

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Farm-to-fork experiment means kitchen has to ‘stay on its toes’ and work according to nature’s clock. A summer staple at High Hand Conservatory is this heirloom tomato and roasted eggplant salad with onions, basil, parmesan and lemon balsamic vinaigrette. All the vegetables and herbs were grown at High Hand’s sister farm at Maple Rock Gardens. High Hand Conservatory’s post-Melon Mania menu features this heirloom melon salad. The melons were grown at Maple Rock Gardens.
  • Travel Troubleshooter: Collision in rental car spurs dispute

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am in desperate need of your help. I recently rented a car from Europcar in Brussels. I declined the collision damage waiver (CDW) provided by Europcar in favor of the CDW on my Capital One World MasterCard.
  • Discoveries: Tilting reality in Oregon

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    We engage in a “scientific” experiment: Which has the most magnetic appeal: Santa Cruz’s Mystery House or the Oregon Vortex? Oregon Vortex tour guide Lindy Brown stands straight but looks as if she’s leaning forward as she explains about magnetic fields outside the slanted house at the site. Oregon Vortex tour guide Lindy Brown is standing straight but looks as if she’s leaning forward as she explains about magnetic fields outside the slanted house at the site. Oregon Vortex tour guide Lindy Brown explains about magnetic fields outside the slanted house at…
  • Living history at Empire Mine State Park

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Get a glimpse into how the turn-of-the-century swells lived in a swanky “cottage” at Empire Mine State Park’s living history days. Siri Fenson goes into character as Libby Starr earlier this month at the Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley. Her husband, Max Fenson, inhabits the role of Starr’s spouse. Visitors approach Bourn Cottage at Empire Mine State Park, whose living history program runs through September.
 
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    SacBee -- Recipes

  • The Mailbox: Readers’ recipe requests

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’m looking for the recipe for the pie crust made by the All American Pie Company that’s used for the chocolate cream pie. Thank you.
  • What’s Cooking: On the side for Labor Day

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    What’s on your Labor Day cookout menu? We’re willing to bet that there will be some burgers, and maybe hot dogs or sausages. Or the smoker aficionados among you might be aiming for ribs or brisket. Classic choices for a holiday that traditionally marks the end of summer. Butternut squash and apple Waldorf salad can complement a grilled main course for a Labor Day cookout. Chocolate cheesecake bars make a tasty way to feed a crowd. North Carolina Piedmont slaw is a great side with barbecue.
  • Japanese rice updates the stuffed pepper

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here’s the thing about baked stuffed peppers: Plenty of people hate them. And when you consider the classic approach to this dish, it’s hard to argue. Tasteless ground beef mixed with white rice and some sort of tomato product? Not particularly exciting. Japonica rice, shiitake mushrooms and chopped chicken replace the more traditional ingredients in stuffed peppers. Using red bell peppers instead of green adds some color to the plate, too.
  • Moist blueberry muffins always in season

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ripe, plentiful blueberries are such a highlight of summer that some of us are prone to getting the blueberry blues during the rest of the year. These blueberry banana muffins employ oat in addition to wheat flour. Thanks also to the mashed bananas, they are quite moist. See recipe on Page D5.
  • The New England lobster roll is migrating west

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    You can find the East Coast specialty in Northern California or the components to make your own. Lobster rolls can be served as a chilled salad on a hot-dog bun or served hot with lobster chunks drenched in butter.
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    SacBee -- Boomers

  • Two men plead guilty to June robberies targeting senior citizens

    6 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Two men have pleaded guilty to robbing two senior citizens in June.
  • Rally over senior care

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Supporters of six-bed residential care facilities for the elderly rally Tuesday at the Capitol to protect the option for seniors to live in the small care settings. Supporters of six-bed residential care facilities for the elderly rally Tuesday at the Capitol to protect the option for seniors to live in the small care settings. Supporters of six-bed residential care facilities for the elderly rally Tuesday at the Capitol to protect the option for seniors to live in the small care settings. Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, speaks in support of the group.
  • Can mom live alone? One family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s

    2 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Meredith Cuffe is 87, a strong-willed widow with Alzheimer's, and up until June 3, she lived alone on five acres in Placerville. It took planning and patience for her children to get her into the residential care she needs – and it took them shaking off their denial and guilt. Rich Cuffe shows his mother, Meredith Cuffe, 87, how to get to the patio from her room as she transitions to life in a residential care facility. Meredith is a strong-willed widow with Alzheimer’s disease. She had lived alone on 5 acres outside Placerville until June, when it became necessary for her to…
  • 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…
 
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    SacBee -- Beer

  • The Beer Run: She knows food, he knows beer

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    A Sacramento couple teaches the art of beer and food pairings. Darin Michaels and Emily Baime Michaels are quite the team.
  • Sacramento-area IPAs are plentiful, eclectic and speak to our region’s personality

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    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.
  • Beer Run: Finding the sweet in sour

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    For the past several years, there has been something of an IPA arms race within the craft beer industry. Bigger, bolder, more bitter. Double IPAs. Triples. IBUs in some cases well into the 100s. Capitol Beer and Taproom has introduced 5-ounce pours, which are ideal for those who want to try several different beers without over-imbibing.
  • Local breweries spill the secrets behind their logo designs

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A bear on a bike. A dog that is a bike. A landmark bridge. A smiling sun. An old-timey boxer. A kid-looking character chomping a cigar.
  • Feast Q&A: Henry de Vere White and Davis Beer Week 2.0

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Henry de Vere White, 35, knows the social power of suds. Henry de Vere White
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    SacBee -- Mike Dunne

  • Dunne on Wine: Tablas Creek Vineyard

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Winemakers chose the Paso Robles area to show the way for Rhone-Style wines. Tablas Creek Vineyard general manager Jason Haas and founder Robert Haas Tablas Creek Vineyard “Guard donkeys” Fiona, left, and Dottie, shown with Tablas Creek viticulurist Levi Glenn, discourage predators such as mountain lions from disturbing the vineyard’s sheep and alpacas. Tablas Creek Vineyard’s core personnel include, clockwise from left, founder Robert Haas, Neil Collins, Cesar Perrin, Francois Perrin and Jason Haas.
  • Dunne on Wine: Marco Cappelli and angelica, a wine from early California history

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    To the Miraflores winemaker, the most original California wine is angelica. Marco Cappelli pours samples of various vintages of mission wine, including his own completed angelica. At the Rinaldi Vineyard, mission grapes nestle against the wood of a vine is believed to be more than a century old. The label on a bottle of the Cappelli Family Wines Angelica carries what Marco Cappelli calls his “defacto family crest.”
  • Dunne on Wine: Barbera best on its own or blended?

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Is barbera best on its own or when blended with another variety? The 2014 Barbera Festival was held under the trees at the Cooper Ranch in Shenandoah Valley. Barbera is one of the specialties of Jeff Runquist Wines in the Shenandoah Valley. Margie and Jeff Runquist, above, are outside the tasting room. Dick Cooper’s ranch hosts the annual Barbera Festival, held in June in Amador County. Dawn Martella, winemaker at Karmere, created Primabera from primitivo and barbera.
  • Dunne on Wine: Niven Family Wine Estates

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Just south of Paso Robles, the Edna Valley is home to California’s most obscure white wine. Niven Family Wine Estates in the Edna Valley experimented with grüner veltliner after enjoying success with another cool-climate green grape, riesling. Zocker grüner veltliner Niven Family Wine Estates Old Schoolhouse tasting room Niven Family Wine Estates Old Schoolhouse tasting room
  • 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.
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    SacBee -- Food & Drink

  • Consume: Our favorite food stuff this week

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Greek Festival Veri sodas are organic, low-cal (60) and flavored with natural ingredients. Traditional Greek baklava are served during the Sacramento Greek Festival.
  • Feast Q&A: Family farm specializes in lamb-to-table

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kim Arburua and her husband, Frank, know something about farm to fork. Ewes and lambs graze at Frank’s Basque Family Farm.
  • Partnering farm, restaurant a big deal at Loomis' High Hand

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Farm-to-fork experiment means kitchen has to ‘stay on its toes’ and work according to nature’s clock. A summer staple at High Hand Conservatory is this heirloom tomato and roasted eggplant salad with onions, basil, parmesan and lemon balsamic vinaigrette. All the vegetables and herbs were grown at High Hand’s sister farm at Maple Rock Gardens. High Hand Conservatory’s post-Melon Mania menu features this heirloom melon salad. The melons were grown at Maple Rock Gardens.
  • The Nosh Pit: Bacon and Butter opens soon in Tahoe Park

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Billy Zoellin is banking on Tahoe Park for the new location of his Bacon and Butter. Is Tahoe Park the new 21st Street? Billy Zoellin moved his Bacon and Butter from midtown to Tahoe Park partly because he was priced out of the central city, and expects other restaurant owners will follow suit.
  • Sept. 28 Tower Bridge meal a big job for chef duo

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    The guests include the region’s movers-and-shakers in politics, agribusiness, restaurants and other industries. And at $175 a head, “good enough” won’t do. This dinner has to dazzle and be remembered as a showstopper long after dessert is consumed. Chefs Jason Poole (center rear, standing) and Brian Mizner, far right, meet with other local chefs at the Hook & Ladder restaurant last week. The two are in charge of the Tower Bridge dinner.
 
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    SacBee -- Sports

  • Angels trounce A's 8-1 to complete 4-game sweep

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    While the Los Angeles Angels buzzed around their clubhouse preparing for their fantasy football draft, the Oakland Athletics had their own doors locked for a grim team meeting. Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton, left, and Mike Trout celebrate after the defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-1 in a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, left, congratulates Chris Iannetta, right, along with other teammates after he hit a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 8-1. Oakland…
  • Giants power past Brewers 15-5 for 3-game sweep

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    After an extended slump they would rather forget, the San Francisco Giants are gaining ground and back in the thick of the playoff chase as September begins. Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first…
  • Giants put emphatic finish on sweep with 15-5 win over Brewers

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    While they were stumbling through June and July, the Giants kept thanking their torrid start to the season for keeping them in contention, and repeating that they still had time enough to turn things around. Now, as the calendar flips to September, we may be seeing why. San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval celebrates as he rounds the bases following his two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth…
  • Henley takes a 1-shot lead at Deutsche Bank

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Russell Henley doesn't get into contention as much as he'd like, though he is tough to beat when he's anywhere near the lead. Billy Horschel reads the green on the second hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Russell Henley tees off on the third hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Jason Day tees off on the first hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.
  • Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, in US Open quarters

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon. Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, reacts after her upset victory over Jelena Jankovic, of Serbia, in the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. Bencic won 7-6 (6), 6-3. Roger Federer, of Switzerland, bends for a volley against Marcel Granollers, of Spain, in the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. Tennis fans exit the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as a heavy rain falls…
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    SacBee -- College Sports

  • UC Davis is no match for No. 11 Stanford

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    There is plenty of buzz when a school like UC Davis or Sacramento State upsets a big school, as the Aggies did in 2005 in their one-for-the-ages, last-second comeback win against Stanford or when the Hornets beat Oregon State in overtime in 2011 and Colorado on a late field goal in 2012. UC Davis quarterback London Lacy throws against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Stanford , Calif. Stanford 's Ty Montgomery, left, returns a punt for a touchdown against UC Davis during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday,…
  • Hornets win a blowout as QB Safron throws five TDs

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Sacramento State has eagerly awaited its opener since watching what could have been a magical season ruined by several close losses last year. The Hornets showed their enthusiasm by scoring the most points in a season opener in 12 years, rolling to a 49-13 victory over Incarnate Word at Benson Stadium on Saturday. Hornets quarterback Garrett Safron (12) scrambles with the ball during a game between the Sacramento State Hornets and the Montana Grizzlies at Sacramento State in Sacramento on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Assistant coach James Montgomery watches over drills on the first day of…
  • Regional digest: Republic FC gets draw; USL Pro unbeaten streak grows

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Republic FC extended its USL Pro unbeaten streak to nine matches Saturday night with a 0-0 draw against host Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads FC, the team reported.
  • USC beats Fresno St 52-13 behind Kessler's 4 TDs

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    A week that began with turmoil off the field ended with a record night on it for No. 15 Southern California. Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler, top, celebrates his touchdown with center Max Tuerk during they first half of an NCAA college football game against Fresno State, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. Southern California wide receiver Nelson Agholor, second from left, celebrates with quarterback Cody Kessler as center Max Tuerk, left, looks on after scoring a touchdown during they first half of an NCAA college football game against Fresno State, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014,…
  • San Diego State beats Northern Arizona 38-7

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Donnel Pumphrey ran for 111 yards on 19 carries and scored twice in San Diego State's 38-7 victory over Northern Arizona on Saturday night.
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    SacBee -- Golf

  • Henley takes a 1-shot lead at Deutsche Bank

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Russell Henley doesn't get into contention as much as he'd like, though he is tough to beat when he's anywhere near the lead. Billy Horschel reads the green on the second hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Russell Henley tees off on the third hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Jason Day tees off on the first hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.
  • With heavy heart, Kuchar hovers around the lead

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am
    With an orange ribbon on his hat and nine birdies on his card, Matt Kuchar pulled within a shot of the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not that he needed a reminder, but a message posted on the scoring table spoke to the emotions involved in this tournament. Jason Day, of Australia, watches his tee shot on the third hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Jason Day, from Australia, tees off on the first hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton,…
  • Golf: Holes in one

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Holes in one must be faxed on golf course stationery to The Bee at (916) 326-5503.
  • Tiger Woods splits with swing coach

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Tiger Woods announced Monday that he is ending his four-year relationship with swing coach Sean Foley. FILE - In this July 16, 2014, file photo, Tiger Woods is watched by coach Sean Foley on the practice green ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club in, Hoylake, England. Woods is leaving swing coach Sean Foley after four years and no majors. Woods said on his website Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, he will no longer work with Foley.
  • A timely win for Mahan at The Barclays

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Hunter Mahan knew he was on the verge of something special, even with a record that looked ordinary by his standards. Hunter Mahan poses with his wife, Kandi and daughter Zoe and the trophy after winning the The Barclays golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. Mahan won the tournament with a 14 under-par 270. Cameron Tringale reacts to missing a putt on the 18th hole green during the final round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. Jim Furyk watches his putt go in for a birdie on the third hole during the final round of play at The…
 
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    SacBee -- Kings/NBA

  • Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier. United States's Rudy Gay, center, protest to referee during the Group C Basketball World Cup match against Turkey, in Bilbao northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition takes place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through Sept. 14. United States's James Harden, tries to controls the ball in front Turkey's Omer Asik, left, Cenk Akyol, and Sinan Guler, center back, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain,…
  • Report: Kings to send guard Terry to Rockets

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    The Kings reportedly have reached an agreement to trade veteran guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets. In the deal, reported first Sunday by Yahoo Sports, the Rockets would send a package of players with non-guaranteed contracts, including small forward Alonzo Gee, to the Kings, who would waive the players to gain salary gap space. Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Alonzo Gee (33) fouls Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) in the final seconds of the Kings 124-118 victory of Monday nights game on January 14, 2013 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
  • US dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland's players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation. Finland's Sasu Salin, tries to controls the ball between United States's Klay Thompson, and Derrick Rose, left, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match between United States and Finland, in Bilbao northern Spain, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. United States's Anthony Davis, right, duels for the ball beside Finland's Antero Lehto, during the Group C…
  • US opens basketball worlds vs Finns and their fans

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans — not to mention some Angry Birds — whose free-spending boosters are such believers they've already started lining up transportation to the second round.
  • Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, Ukraine coach Mike Fratello, right, shouts to his player Maxym Korniyenko during a EuroBasket European Basketball Championship quarterfinal match against Croatia in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Fratello won 667 games as an NBA coach, though none since the 2006-07 season with Memphis. He's best known now for his work as a TV analyst, and the Hackensack, N.J., native's only work on…
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    SacBee -- Motor Sports

  • Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most. Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) looks over the damage to his car after he hit the wall during a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Hampton, Ga.. Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart waves to the crowd before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Hampton, Ga. Stewart was racing for the first time since being involved in a fatal…
  • NASCAR moves Sonoma race from Father's Day to last Sunday in June

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:10 pm
    NASCAR’s annual visit to Northern California is being pushed back one week next year. Instead of running the third weekend of June, Sonoma Raceway’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be held June 28.
  • Logano edges Keselowski for first win at Bristol

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Joey Logano is looking more and more like a Sprint Cup title contender. Driver Joey Logano (22) leads Matt Kenseth (20) and Brad Keselowski (2) during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Bristol, Tenn. Joey Logano celebrates his win in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Bristol, Tenn. Driver Joey Logano peeks out his window as he pulls into victory lane after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Bristol, Tenn.
  • Will Power wins another IndyCar pole in Sonoma

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Will Power won the IndyCar pole at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, putting the overall points leader in prime position for his championship chase. Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, walks through the pit area to his car before practice for the IndyCar auto race Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. Will Power, of Australia, sits in his car and is readied for the start of practice for the IndyCar auto race Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. Will Power, of Australia, puts on his helmet before the start of practice for the IndyCar auto race Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif.
  • Local motor sports notes: Budding pro driver Alex Keyes drops back in school

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Many young race car drivers working to become professionals have opted for home school or online courses to earn a high school diploma. The academic freedom allows them to be on the track rather than in the classroom.
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    SacBee -- Sacramento River Cats

  • River Cats manager Scarsone takes calm approach

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    With the River Cats needing a victory Monday against Reno in the final game of the regular season to advance to the Pacific Coast League playoffs against the Las Vegas 51s after losing to the Aces 7-3 Sunday at Raley Field, Scarsone approaches his occupation with a similar minimalist efficiency. River Cats manager Steve Scarsone’s supportive approach stems in part from playing as a reserve in his eight-year major league career.
  • River Cats glance: One-run victory puts River Cats a win away from PCL Division crown

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Alden Carrithers’ bases-loaded groundout in the eighth inning scored the go-ahead run, and closer Jeremy McBryde got the final three outs as the River Cats edged the Reno Aces 5-4 on Saturday night at Raley Field. The River Cats are one win away from the Pacific Northern Division title.
  • Area Baseball Beat: Despite stature, Elk Grove High’s Nick Madrigal looks like top prospect

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Elk Grove High School senior Nick Madrigal can play in the majors now, according to former big-league shortstop David Eckstein. That’s a bold statement about someone who is 17 years old and just 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds. Eckstein understands what it takes to make misconception about size in baseball disappear. Eckstein, just 5-6, was the 2006 World Series MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • River Cats glance: River Cats fall out of first place

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Mike Jacobs hit two home runs and Garrett Weber added another as the Reno Aces downed the River Cats 7-5 on Friday night at Raley Field. The River Cats now trail the Aces by a game in the Pacific Northern Division.
  • River Cats glance: Cats surge in eighth to defeat Sounds

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    The River Cats batted around in a six-run eighth inning to beat the host Nashville Sounds 8-5 Wednesday night.
 
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    SacBee -- 49ers

  • 49ers notes: Boone expected to end holdout after reaching deal with 49ers

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:56 pm
    The missing pieces to the 49ers’ offensive line are beginning to reappear. Alex Boone is expected to end his months-long contract holdout Monday after he and the team compromised on the remaining years of the right guard’s deal.
  • 49ers’ Ray McDonald arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse Sunday morning in San Jose, bringing more scrutiny to a 49ers team that spent the offseason tangled in legal matters. San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith (94) and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald (91) sacks Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) in the first quarter in a game at Candlestick Park on Sunday September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco 49er defensive end Ray McDonald is seen in an undated photo provided by the San Jose Police Department. McDonald, 29, was…
  • Matt Barrows: Kaepernick has many more toys to play with in 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Listening to Colin Kaepernick talk about his current group of wide receivers is a bit like sitting down with a kid as he shows off his favorite action figures. Anquan Boldin is great because he’ll smash through anything to make a catch. Michael Crabtree’s hands are so quick and strong he can snatch passes even in heavy traffic. Colin Kaepernick won’t be forced to focus on just one target when he drops back to pass for the 49ers this season. warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Baltimore. New 49ers receiver…
  • 49ers tracker: Darryl Morris, others snagged by other teams

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The 49ers already have lost several players via waivers they were hoping to put on their practice squad. Here is the running list: Cornerback Darryl Morris, who was claimed by the Texans, played in 16 games as a rookie last season, mostly on special teams.
  • Holdout over: Alex Boone to report to 49ers Monday

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Guard Alex Boone, who missed the 49ers’ entire offseason while seeking a new contract, will report to the team Monday with a restructured two-year deal, a league source confirmed. News of the agreement first was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Guard Alex Boone is expected to join the 49ers Monday following a holdout that spanned two and a half months.
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    SacBee -- High School Sports

  • Prep football notes: Resurgent Nevada Union celebrates win over Placer

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    A storied powerhouse program in the Sac-Joaquin Section for decades, the Miners crashed to 0-10 last season, but all was grand again Friday when Nevada Union stunned Bee No. 14 Placer 41-20 in renewing a rivalry after an 18-year hiatus. The Elk Grove Thundering Herd gather on the field before the game to face the Damonte Ranch Mustangs during their game at the Honor Bowl at Del Oro High School, Friday August 29, 2014. Brian Baer/Special to the Bee
  • Prep soccer: Christian Brothers won’t rest on 2013 success

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    This season will have a much different feel for the Christian Brothers boys soccer team. Last year, the Falcons were simply trying to improve on an underwhelming 2012 season. Now, they begin their first season in the Capital Athletic League as the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champions. The Falcons defeated Central Valley of Ceres 3-2 in the final last November for their seventh section title overall and first since 2002. Christian Brothers soccer player Kristian Heptner, right, in a scrimmage against Franklin High at the Christian Brothers High School Tuesday August 26, 2014 in…
  • Saturday’s High School Scoreboard (08/30/14)

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    High school sports results from around the region.
  • High school football roundup: No. 5 Grant impresses in topping No. 13 Burbank 20-0

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Grant, once the most feared area football program, fell a little off the radar the past three seasons.
  • No. 2 Elk Grove rolls to win; No. 3 Del Oro falls bit short

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Real life blended in beautifully with fun and games Friday night in Placer County.
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    SacBee -- City Beat

  • City Beat: Plan raises hope along Del Paso Boulevard

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:27 am
    A developer’s plan to put up lofts and shops along on a vacant stretch of Del Paso Boulevard lifts the spirits of business owners there. Ryan Lillis
  • Governor passes Mayor Johnson’s ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to his dog

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    At least one of the three people Mayor Kevin Johnson dared to take the Ice Bucket Challenge has declined. Sort of. Sutter Brown, the California governor’s Welsh corgi, was designated as stand-in to have a bucket of ice water dumped on his head.
  • Mayor Kevin Johnson wins labor support for making Sacramento a strong mayor city

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Two more groups with ties to organized labor have endorsed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s November ballot measure seeking to increase the powers of his office. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson reminds everyone that the council is still in session following the celebration after the passing of the arena during Tuesday evenings arena vote at the Sacramento City Council meeting at city hall on May 20, 2014.
  • Sports Basement to buy downtown Sacramento building, open store next summer

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The city of Sacramento has reached a deal to buy a vacant building at 730 I St. for $5.4 million and then immediately sell the property to Bay Area-based retailer Sports Basement for the same price, officials announced Thursday. The City Council is expected to approve the deal on Tuesday.
  • Branch removed from iconic Sacramento tree

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    The hugging tree has lost its arm. This 50-foot branch on a giant elm tree in Sacramento's Elmhurst neighborhood was removed on Wednesday. The branch, which resembled a giant arm, led neighborhood residents to call the tree "the hugging tree" and "the elbow tree."
 
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    SacBee -- Giants/A's

  • Giants put emphatic finish on sweep with 15-5 win over Brewers

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    While they were stumbling through June and July, the Giants kept thanking their torrid start to the season for keeping them in contention, and repeating that they still had time enough to turn things around. Now, as the calendar flips to September, we may be seeing why. San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval celebrates as he rounds the bases following his two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth…
  • River Cats manager Scarsone takes calm approach

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    With the River Cats needing a victory Monday against Reno in the final game of the regular season to advance to the Pacific Coast League playoffs against the Las Vegas 51s after losing to the Aces 7-3 Sunday at Raley Field, Scarsone approaches his occupation with a similar minimalist efficiency. River Cats manager Steve Scarsone’s supportive approach stems in part from playing as a reserve in his eight-year major league career.
  • Giants rout Brewers for series sweep

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Needing only a double to hit for the cycle in the seventh inning on Sunday, Pablo Sandoval worked a full count against Brewers reliever Alfredo Figaro – and took a pitch in the dirt for ball four. The show of restraint was less than exciting, but in the spirit of the weekend for the Giants’ offense, it kept the line moving. Pablo Sandoval celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning on Sunday. Sandoval also had a triple and single and just missed hitting for the cycle as he lead an offense that rapped out 16 total hits. Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run…
  • Posey off as Giants go for sweep of Brewers

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Buster Posey took a couple of shots on foul balls last night, including one off the right arm catching in the first inning, and so gets a day off in Sunday’s Giants series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers. Giants catcher Buster Posey, connecting for a two-run triple against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, is getting a day off after being pounded by foul balls during Saturday’s game.
  • Peavy flirts with no-hitter as Giants beat Brewers, 3-1

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Before leaving the mound with two outs in the eighth inning on Saturday night, Jake Peavy had some words for the Giants infielders as they gathered around him on the AT&T Park mound. San Francisco Giants' Jake Peavy removes his cap for fans during a standing ovation after leaving the baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth inning Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco Giants' Jake Peavy works against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco Giants' Jake Peavy…
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