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  • Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    SacBee -- Latest News
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. In this April 16, 2014 image from video Dr. Naheed Khan, right, works with Roger Pontz, left, on an exercise to test how well he sees shapes on a computer screen at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, April 16, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Pontz suffers from a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa and is the second patient in the U.S. to surgically receive a “bionic eye” since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed off on its use last year. In this April 16, 2014 image from video Dr.
  • Sacramento mountaineer’s priority to climb Mt. Everest shifts to home, family

    SacBee -- Top Stories
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The expedition to climb Mt. Everest that included Sacramento area resident Jim Geiger was cancelled Wednesday due to conditions resulting from the icefall avalanche that killed 16 people. Jim Geiger
  • Sacramento area ‘Bachelorette’ contestant dies in paragliding accident

    SacBee -- Our Region
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Eric Hill, a former resident of Citrus Heights and a contestant on an upcoming edition of the television series The Bachelorette, has died from injuries suffered in a paragliding accident in Utah.
  • Editorial: Boston and nation show strength along 26.2 miles

    SacBee -- Editorials
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    A year after tragedy, runners take to the marathon course – and an American wins. Fans cheer Boston Marathon competitors Monday near the finish line where bombs exploded last year.
  • Maureen Dowd: A saint, he ain’t

    SacBee -- Opinion
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Pope John Paul may be a revolutionary figure in the history of the church, but a man who looked away in a moral crisis cannot be described as a saint.
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    SacBee -- Latest News

  • Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. In this April 16, 2014 image from video Dr. Naheed Khan, right, works with Roger Pontz, left, on an exercise to test how well he sees shapes on a computer screen at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, April 16, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Pontz suffers from a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa and is the second patient in the U.S. to surgically receive a “bionic eye” since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed off on its use last year. In this April 16, 2014 image from video Dr.
  • Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer. FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, a group of Japanese lawmakers, seen silhouetted in the middle of the photo, offer prayers at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo during an annual spring festival. Justin Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine the week of April 20, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14…
  • Lupita Nyong'o named People's 'Most Beautiful'

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    People magazine has named Lupita Nyong'o as the "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. This image provided by People magazine shows the cover of its special "World's Most Beautiful" issue, featuring Lupita Nyong'o. The 31-year-old actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "12 Years a Slave," tops the magazine's list, announced Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. CORRECTS FIRST NAME IN FIRST SENTENCE TO CHELSEA INSTEAD OF BRADLEY - FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. A northeast Kansas judge will make a final determination Wednesday, April 23, 2014, on Manning’s request to change her name from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
  • Sacramento Kings recruiting low-income workers for arena construction

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Sacramento Kings officials held a training and outreach session this morning with community and faith-based groups to begin recruiting workers from “high-need backgrounds and neighborhoods” for the construction of the new arena. The proposed design for the Kings’ downtown arena includes five glass aircraft hangar doors that can fold upward to create a 40-foot tall opening to an outdoor plaza on the north side of the building.
 
 
 
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    SacBee -- Back-seat Driver

  • Back-seat Driver: Caltrans’ Fix 50 project won’t add new lanes

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    After $46 million worth of work, and two months of disruptive lane closures during its Fix50 project, Caltrans will deliver a bigger, better freeway to get commuters through downtown easier than before, right? Sorry, highway officials say. The big Fix50 project, which kicks into high gear next week, is a bridge rehab project, not a freeway expansion. A construction worker assembles a scaffolding between the eastbound and westbound lanes of the W-X freeway Thursday. Work on eastbound lanes will begin Tuesday, with a new surface planned, as well as wider shoulders and medians so distressed…
  • Back-seat Driver: Highway crews will blast ‘stubborn’ boulder

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    Highway 50 in El Dorado County will close for two hours Sunday as crews blow up a stubborn slab of volcanic rock underneath the freeway median at Silva Valley Parkway.
  • Back-seat Driver: Local road forecast for April - congestion

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Back-seat Driver addresses reader questions: Why is I-80 work taking so long? Are California disabled placards usable in other states? Where are traffic officers when signal lights go blank?
  • Back-seat Driver: Light rail’s chance to shine?

    28 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacramento Regional Transit’s light rail has suffered bad publicity lately. Two on-board shootings, one by police, have reinforced the notion that late-night trains can be a scary. Now, it appears, light rail will be handed a chance to prove its worth to skeptics.
  • Back-seat Driver: Sacramento motorists run into surprise roadside smog checks

    20 Mar 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Travelers have rules-of-the-road questions for our Back-seat Driver. He has answers – with help from friends.
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    SacBee -- Bee State News

  • Plumas ranger wins accolades from forest homeowners

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    An association of national forest homeowners has presented its annual recreation advocate award to Mike Donald, a Plumas National Forest district ranger.
  • FedEx driver in fatal bus crash had clean driving record

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    The FedEx tractor-trailer driver in Thursday’s fatal collision on Interstate 5 near Orland had a clean driving record with no history of violations, and officials are still investigating what may have caused him to veer into oncoming traffic. A California Highway Patrol officer walks past the charred remains of a tour bus at a CalTrans maintenance station in Willows, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash on Thursday, April 10, between a FedEx truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California…
  • No evidence of fire before I-5 crash; investigators look at cargo, drivers’ cellphone records

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    With no apparent evidence of a fire before the crash, investigators said Sunday they are looking at cargo, drivers’ cellphone records and other areas of possible interest in Thursday’s collision of a truck and bus on Interstate 5 near Orland that killed 10 people. Candles and flowers are seen at a make-shift memorial, Friday, April 11, 2014, for the victims of a multi-vehicle accident that included a tour bus and a FedEX truck crashed on Interstate 5 in Orland, Calif. Ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash, Thursday, between the truck and a bus seen in…
  • Hearts broken, flags at half staff in Humboldt after crash

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    ARCATA - The headline of the local newspaper here said everything in two words: Dreams Shattered.
  • Friends, family mourn victims of I-5 bus crash

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Investigators for the California Highway Patrol and other agencies cautioned today that discovering the cause of Thursday’s horrific bus crash will be a lengthy process, possibly taking between three to six months. Bit by bit, the names and backgrounds of the 10 people killed in the crash began leaking out Friday. El Monte High School students hang a banner for senior Adrian Castro, outside El Monte High School in El Monte, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. Castro was killed when the Humboldt State University-bound bus he was on crashed in Orland on Thursday, an El Monte school…
 
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    SacBee -- Education

  • Californians support state-funded preschool for 4-year-olds, survey shows

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Educating 4-year-olds is important to California voters – important enough that 57 percent say it’s worth spending $1.4 billion a year for the state to provide all of them with preschool.
  • Completion rates dip at Sacramento-area community colleges

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Less than half the students who enrolled in five Sacramento-area community colleges during the depth of the recession had completed their coursework as of last year, new state data show.
  • Admission rates fall at UC campuses as international presence grows

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Even as the University of California accepted a record number of freshman for fall 2014, admission rates at its most selective campuses reached new lows. Huge increases in the number of applicants, changing admissions processes and a growing emphasis on out-of-state and international students are driving them down. Construction workers are making progress at UC Merced’s Science and Engineering 2 building. University officials on Monday said the $88 million structure is scheduled to open in August, just in time for the fall semester.
  • Kashkari proposes to shake up California school system

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    Neel Kashkari, a Republican candidate for governor, will release an education plan Tuesday that would send more money to individual public schools instead of districts, give campuses flexibility like their charter counterparts and provide free college tuition to some students in exchange for a piece of their future earnings. Neel Kashkari, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, used an expletive in a KFBK radio interview. He was chided by a station producer and apologized.
  • California public colleges collaborate on fix to broken transfer process

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:13 pm
    The community college and California State University systems have embraced a new associate degree as an opportunity to fix the broken transfer process. But despite progress in implementing the degree program over the past few years, many challenges remain - most notably, actually getting students to participate. Joshua Miller expects to complete his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Sacramento State this semester. He said the new Associate Degree for Transfer initiative helped him graduate in two years after transferring from Sierra College. Joshua Miller, 23, of Carmichael prepares…
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    SacBee -- Environment

  • East Bay to tap Sacramento River water

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    To cope with drought, the East Bay Municipal Utility District will begin diverting water from the Sacramento River at Freeport this month for the first time ever.
  • Keystone pipeline decision delayed, likely till after elections

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Obama administration is indefinitely delaying a decision on approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, likely putting off any action until after the November midterm elections. John McCullough holds up his sign protesting the plan to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, called the Keystone XL pipeline, in San Francisco, California, April 3, 2013.
  • Trucking of hatchery salmon resumes

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has resumed trucking salmon from its hatchery near Red Bluff to San Pablo Bay near Vallejo, after a brief hiatus triggered by storm runoff.
  • American River flow to rise for salmon

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    American River flows are set to increase Monday night, and for three days thereafter, to help salmon and steelhead migrate. In this January 2014 file photo, gravel is visible on the American River about half a mile upstream from the Fair Oaks Bridge in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Sage grouse, wild horses focus of conservation meeting

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Sage grouse and wild horses will be among the items under discussion when the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Committee meets Thursday at the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Office in Cedarville
 
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    SacBee -- Bee Nation/World News

  • Boston race makes room for those affected by bombs

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings, pleading for an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. For months the calls and emails continued, runners begging for an opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street and convinced it would ease at least some of their grief. ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014 - In this Thursday, April 17, 2014, photo, University of Massachusetts nursing student Sarah Gasse speaks with a reporter in Boston. Gasse was working as a volunteer on the medical sweep team at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded on Boylston…
  • SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014, searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first…
  • Washington mudslide death toll rises by 2 to 41

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington community of Oso has risen to 41 — and just two names remain on the list of people still missing.
  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China. FILE - This April 17, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. During his upcoming trip to Asia, the president and the region's leaders will be keeping close watch on the Russian troops amassed on Ukraine's border and the status of a tenuous diplomatic deal aimed at keeping those forces at bay. In Asia, the U.S. response to the…
  • Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:29 am
    A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers. South Korean rescue team members on a boat sail to rescue missing passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more…
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    SacBee -- Religion News

  • In Sacramento area, you can celebrate Easter at the lake, the river – even the mall

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    For those who don’t want to sit in a pew to attend Easter Sunday services, there are options along the American River, at Folsom Lake and in the parking lot at the Roseville Galleria. Bonnie Grotheer prays after a Bible study session Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in midtown, where a group has set out to read the entire Bible in 90 days at a pace of 12 pages a day.
  • Gifts at Easter are latest bridge between Sacramento-area Muslims and Christians

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    To honor their Christian friends at Easter – a celebration of renewal – Muslim leaders in Sacramento will deliver 300 gifts at noon today to the First Covenant Church in Rancho Cordova. Irfan Haq, reading from the Quran at the Salam Islamic Center, says that the giving of gifts from Muslims to members of the First Covenant Church is “a gesture of goodwill and a show of love and respect for our Christian brothers and sisters.”
  • Bible-reading programs in vogue, but fewer Americans overall reading Scripture

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    For a growing number of Protestant churches around the country, programs that encourage congregants to embark on Bible-reading curricula have become a steady trend. Bonnie Grotheer prays after a Bible study session Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in midtown, where a group has set out to read the entire Bible in 90 days at a pace of 12 pages a day. Carol Rauen listens to a discussion during bible study. Associate Pastor Leslie Welton of St. John’s Lutheran Church leads the Bible study group Friday. The study group was timed to coincide with Lent and the Easter season. The…
  • Hospital’s patients are in good hands

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Chaplain Hai Tran, above right, blesses the hands of nurse Hachelle Natano in the chapel at the Alex G. Spanos Heart & Vascular Center to mark the center’s opening on Tuesday in Sacramento. Chaplain Hai Tran, right, blesses the hands of Hachelle Natano, a registered nurse, in the chapel at the Alex G. Spanos Heart & Vascular Center to to mark the center’s opening. Mercy General Hospital staff members participate in a washing of the hands ceremony in the chapel at the Alex G. Spanos Heart & Vascular Center to mark the center’s opening Tuesday.
  • Folsom Chabad dedicates new Torah on Sunday

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The public is invited Sunday to the dedication of a new Torah scroll at the Chabad Jewish Community Center of Folsom.
 
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    SacBee -- Transportation / Fix50

  • Workers at Fix50 site injured by lumber hit by passing truck

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Two workers at the Fix50 construction are reported to have been injured this morning when a lumber truck dropped a part of its load at the site, according to initial reports from the scene. Commuters move along Highway 50 during the first day of the Fix50project. Officials urge drivers to be aware of the changed conditions while the work on Highway 50 progresses.
  • Neighbors irate over Fix50 copter noise: It’s like ‘Apocalypse Now!’

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Residents near the Fix50 project site are complaining they feel like they are living in a war zone, but it’s not swarming car traffic that’s bothering them. It’s news helicopters. Commuters move along Highway 50 during the first day of the Fix50project. Officials urge drivers to be aware of the changed conditions while the work on Highway 50 progresses.
  • Second day of Fix50 closures sees traffic problems ease

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    The morning commute into Sacramento from Yolo County was light on Wednesday, with no serious back-ups reported, other than a congested area on Highway 50 just before that freeway's downtown lane closures. Back-up traffic is seen in this aerial view looking west above Highway 50 on Tuesday morning. Construction workers take a break during the first day of lane closures on the Fix50 project along a key stretch of Highway 50 in Sacramento. Joe Small, an employee at Sacramento State, turned to his bicycle instead of a motor vehicle on the first day of lane closures on Highway 50 as part of the…
  • Morning commute experiencing fewer Fix50 problems

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    The morning commute into Sacramento is lighter today than on the first day of Fix50 lane closures.
  • Noise from traffic helicopters awakens, angers some residents

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Some residents near the Fix50 project are complaining about news helicopters once again waking them up this morning while hovering overhead near their homes.
 
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    SacBee -- Letters to the Editor

  • Carpools could fix 50

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Re "Fix50 poses some serious questions; here are some answers" (April 20): Fix50 is Sacramento's wake up call to prepare for more than just gridlock. Is there a way we can cut the projected 250,000 cars down to 200,000 in a month?
  • McClintock hornswoggles his donors

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Re "Warning of 'liberal takeover' McClintock raising cash against GOP opponent" (March 11): After Republican Art Moore filed to run in District 4, Congressman Tom McClintock sent out an email pleading for money and claiming a well-funded conspiracy. His story is ridiculous. McClintock has over half a million dollars in campaign funds as of the March 31 filing, 17 times more than his challenger.
  • A surprise from the funnies

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Re "Wee Pals" (Comics, April 20): Sometimes treasured things turn up in odd places. Sunday's "Wee Pals" paid tribute to Mom Chung. I was jolted back to my childhood watching my father, who was a Navy pilot in the Pacific during World War II.
  • It's public-worker, risk-free investing

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Re "Workers should pay more" (Letters, April 20) Even well-meaning public employees don't get it or are ignoring it, Joe. You stated you wouldn't want your retirement plan at the mercy of the stock market. Your pension manager's (CalPERS or STRS) investments are actually at the mercy of the stock market, the real-estate market and the rest of the marketplace.
  • When will California protect Herbalife victims?

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Re Herbalife discloses investigation in Illinois (Business, April 17): News that the New York and Illinois Attorney Generals are both launching separate investigations into Herbalife is encouraging, especially now that the FBI, Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are too. As a victim of Herbalife's get-rich-quick promises, I've wondered who is going to protect people from the company. Like 80 percent of distributors, I didn't make a dime. In fact, I ended up losing thousands that I invested into products, but product sales can't even get you to the top of Herbalife's pyramid.
 
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    SacBee -- Homeless

  • Plan to relocate Loaves & Fishes homeless park stirs concerns in Sacramento

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Loaves & Fishes is floating a plan to relocate and expand Friendship Park, where hundreds of homeless people receive meals and other services each day, on its property north of downtown Sacramento. Plan rendering of enlarged Friendship Park at Loaves & Fishes complex. The Loaves & Fishes dining room feeds people – like Frankie Griffin, center, and Olivia Carter, right – who go to the charity for services. Loaves & Fishes is staffed largely by volunteers, such as Juanita Albert, left. A dog named Mindy Mae sits on her owner’s bike trailer near Sacramento’s…
  • Report: Shelter, housing are top social service priorities in Sacramento County

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Shelter and housing for vulnerable seniors, domestic abuse victims and homeless people are Sacramento County’s most pressing social service needs, according to a new county report.
  • Auburn sees a rise in homeless campers

    7 Mar 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Authorities in Placer County have in recent months stepped up enforcement against what they describe as a growing population of homeless campers in Auburn. Zerbo, 50, asks for money in a shopping center parking lot off Bell Road in Auburn. Placer County’s population of chronically homeless people has more than tripled since 2007. City and county officials have asked residents not to give homeless people money but to point them to local services. Three homeless men – from left, Daniel Meyer, Robert Borden and Richard Zerbo – hang out behind a vacant bank in Auburn. The…
  • Study: At least 500 homeless people died in Sacramento County in past 10 years

    19 Dec 2013 | 10:56 pm
    Many of them took their final breaths alone and anonymously, in narrow alleys, empty fields or cold riverbeds. Gerald Hargrove eats a cup of soup Thursday on a bench in front of a wall near Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento with names of homeless people who have died in the area. “I knew people that are on all three walls and others that are not on the wall,” says Hargrove, who is homeless. Brenda Mazzuca said that she was recently beaten by a group of men while sleeping at a park. “They took out a whole bridge out and I was beaten with a stick,” said Mazzuca wearing…
  • Sacramento’s homeless men and women brace for frigid nights

    5 Dec 2013 | 1:21 pm
    Social service agencies are gathering blankets, collecting coats and scrambling to find warm havens for hundreds of homeless people in the Sacramento area who face the prospect of sleeping outdoors in frigid temperatures this week. University of Nevada student Katrina Avila tastes first snow fall of the season while walking between classes on the UNR campus on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Reno, Nev. University of Nevada student Sion Gutnetag works on building a snowman on the university campus during the first snowstorm of the season Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/ Reno…
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    SacBee -- Agriculture

  • Beekeepers search for answers as colonies show up damaged after almond farm pollination

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    As many as 80,000 bee colonies have died or been damaged this year after pollinating almond trees in the San Joaquin Valley, and some beekeepers are pointing to pesticides used on almond orchards as a possible cause. Bees pollinate almond trees blooming in the Modesto area in February. Tens of thousands of bee colonies died or showed damage this year after pollination. Beekeepers want warnings added to pesticide labels about the chemicals’ possible effects on colonies during almond bloom.
  • Bill would have FDA decide on labeling genetically modified food

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is pushing a bill in Congress that would shift responsibility for any labeling of genetically modified foods to the hands of the federal government, potentially stopping the efforts underway in many states to mandate labels on such foods. Corn on the cob
  • Judge spares one defendant, punishes another in SK Foods corruption case

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:08 pm
    One defendant was sent home to care for his ailing wife, despite prosecutors insisting he deserved prison; the other was sentenced to a three-year prison term over the objections of the same prosecutors, who said he deserved less. SK Foods President F. Scott Salyer, right, was sentenced to six years for racketeering in manipulation of the tomato market. Alan Scott Huey, the former vice president, and sales broker Randall Lee Rahal were sentenced Tuesday.
  • Rains bring relief to Sacramento Valley rice farmer, but will it be enough?

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Water is the lifeblood of a rice farm, and Sacramento Valley’s recent rains have given grower Tom McClellan a bit of hope that 2014 will not be a wasted year. Water fills the central main drainage canal in rice farmer Tom McClellan’s rice field on Friday in Sutter County. Recent rainfall may have helped local rice farmers. Rice farmer Tom McClellan says he won’t know for sure how the drought has affected him until he plants his crop in June. Sacramento Valley rice farmer Tom McClellan says recent rains have him feeling more optimistic than in January, when he expected not…
 
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    SacBee -- Business

  • Foreclosures in Sacramento fall far below historic norms

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Foreclosures in the first three months of this year were 36 percent below last year’s levels and well below long-term averages.
  • Tesla bringing plant to Central Valley, but it’s not the big one

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Tesla Motors Inc. is opening a factory in the San Joaquin Valley, but it’s almost certainly not the 6,500-job battery plant that’s being coveted by governors and community leaders in California and other states. A worker cleans a Tesla Model S sedan before a event to deliver the first set of cars to customers in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Tesla Motors delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.
  • State energy grants include $1.1 million to UCD for sustainable transportation center

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    The California Energy Commission’s latest round of funding grants approved this week includes $1.1 million to the University of California, Davis, to establish a National Center for Sustainable Transportation.
  • VSP Global CEO Lynch named group's Humanitarian of the Year

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    Rob Lynch, president and CEO of VSP Global in Rancho Cordova, has been named “Humanitarian of the Year” by UCP of Sacramento and Northern California.
  • KCRA wins four regional Murrow awards

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Sacramento television station Channel 3 (KCRA) has won four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, given by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
 
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    SacBee -- Small Business

  • Cathie Anderson: Courtyard Marriott near UC Davis Medical Center undergoing multimillion-dollar renovation

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The staff at the Courtyard Marriott near the UC Davis Medical Center hope to put the finishing touches on a multimillion-dollar renovation of its rooms and public spaces by June. … T-shirt designer Matt Brickley sold hundreds of thousands of garments at various e-tail sites, but they didn’t allow him access to his customer information. He’s taken control with Print Aura. …Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services invites you to learn how to grow your own food and become more self-sufficient at Garden Day.
  • Cathie Anderson: California Pizza Kitchen’s new menu makes debut in Sacramento

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    California Pizza Kitchen chose its restaurant near Sacramento’s Arden Fair as the first location to roll out a menu that includes the Sunny Side Up Bacon and Potato Pizza. The executive team at California Pizza Kitchen chose the restaurant near Sacramento’s Arden Fair to debut the company’s new menu, and it includes seasonal surprises such as the Sunny Side Up Bacon and Potato Pizza and the Harvest Kale Salad.
  • Cathie Anderson: On the worst day of your life, you just might see a Sacramento firefighter

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Chad Augustin sees people on the worst days of their lives, and he wouldn't have it any other way. ... Drexel University ensures that junior Kelsey Katsura will be put through her paces, not just in the classroom but also at work with the Sacramento Republic FC. ... Sutter Davis CEO Janet Wagner picked up the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award at an awards ceremony Sunday night.
  • Cathie Anderson: Chando’s Tacos plans to open its third location in Roseville in May

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Restaurateurs Lisandro and Karla Madrigal will open a third Chando’s Tacos location, this one in a shopping center at 943 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville. An opening date hasn’t been set, but it will be sometime in May. Lezlie Sterling Bee file, 2011 Chando's Tacos at 863 Arden Way in Sacramento offers "the meal of your dreams – for all of $6," says Blair Anthony Robertson.
  • Cathie Anderson: Cookie sales drive home business lessons for Girl Scouts

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Entrepreneurs will tell you that they learn more from failure than they ever do from their successes. That might be cold comfort for some local Girl Scouts struggling to meet their goals on cookie sales, however.
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    SacBee -- Taxes

  • 5 Things to Know about Tax Day

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears. FILE -This April 13, 2014 file photo shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington. Tuesday, April 15, is the federal tax filing deadline for most Americans.
  • No late-night tax return mailing in Sacramento this year

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    Don’t wait until midnight to mail state and federal tax returns because there will be nobody at Sacramento post offices to receive the documents this year. This photo taken April 13, 2014 shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington at daybreak. Tuesday, April 15, is the federal tax filing deadline for most Americans. A 1040 income tax return.
  • April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret. FILE -This April 13, 2014 file photo shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington. Tuesday, April 15, is the federal tax filing deadline for most Americans. This photo taken April 13, 2014 shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington at daybreak. Tuesday, April 15, is the federal tax filing deadline for most Americans.
  • Last call for tax help as April 15 state/federal tax deadlines approach

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    With Tuesday’s deadline for filing state/federal income taxes, United Way and others are offering last-minute online and one-on-one help.
  • Personal Finance: Countdown to April 15 tax-filing deadline: Are you ready?

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    For state and federal taxes, the April 15 deadline is just days away. Some last-minute filing tips for those who’ve procrastinated – and what to do if you can’t pay what you owe. 300 dpi David Miller illustration of couple panicking about income taxes. (The Seattle Times/MCT) Claudia Buck
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    SacBee -- Technology

  • AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2009 file photo, the AT&T logo is on display at a RadioShack store in Gloucester, Mass. AT&T on Monday, April 21, 2014 said that it plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas.
  • Texas search group sues FAA over drone use

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work.
  • Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming such as its popular political drama "House of Cards." FILE - This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Clair Underwood in a scene from "House of Cards." Netflix reports quarterly earnings on Monday, April 21, 2014.
  • Folsom kids to flex robotics skill in national competition

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:21 pm
    A team of Folsom youths will travel to St. Louis next week to compete in a national competition testing its skill in robotics, engineering and teamwork. Phoenix Fury LEGO Robotics Team members Akshay Srinivasan (right) and Jeremy Szeto line up their motorized LEGO robot. The team will represent the region in the First LEGO League World Festival in St. Louis later this month. Phoenix Fury Lego Robotics Team members Jeremy Szeto, left, and Akshay Srinivasan examine a motorized robot as the team prepares for the First Lego League’s World Festival next week in St. Louis.
  • Ultra-high definition TV featured at World Cup

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    The World Cup will showcase the latest in TV technology that industry leaders hope will usher in a new era in sports broadcasting.
 
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    SacBee -- NewsGate Test Section 1

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    2 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
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  • Sacto 411: Today’s quick guide to the news

    10 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy Thursday Sacramento, Liliana Salvador, 5, of Woodland second from left, walks on a stream of rain water as she is followed by her newlywed parents Rafael Salvador and Josefina Mendoza, pushing her three-year-old brother Rafael Jr. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Rain continues to fall but the drought is far from over.
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    4 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
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  • Sacramento ties high temperature records for Dec. 24

    25 Dec 2013 | 12:00 am
    If you can’t have a white Christmas, the next best thing is a bright one.
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    11 Dec 2013 | 8:44 am
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    SacBee -- Views on Food

  • Views on Food: Outsmarting the drought

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Despite no rainfall the first four months of Shahar Caspi’s second season of raising food for his neighbors, water usage dropped 30 percent and yields increased. So, how does he do it? Shahar Caspi and his dog Maggie walk through a cherry orchard in Oregon House last week. To plant the trees, Caspi filled holes with water just once and allowed them to drain. He then added his mulch mix and then the tree. “They won’t need water for many, many months,” the Israeli-born farmer said. Caspi also tends the gardens of about 50 neighbors. Shahar Caspi This greenhouse full…
  • Nicholas D. Kristof: The unhealthy meat market

    13 Mar 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Our industrial food system is unhealthy, and it can be ghastly for the animals and humans it touches. Nicholas D. Kristof
  • Views on Food: Tending the concept of urban agriculture

    9 Mar 2014 | 12:30 am
    Here in the “Farm to Fork” capital, everyone would like to see fewer vacant lots and more urban vegetable gardens. Ron Rutherford started a community garden in January 2013 with his own money on a lot at Sixth Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Sacramento. He hopes to make food available to Oak Park residents and teach youths skills to be self-sufficient. Rutherford shows off his snow peas. Ron Rutherford’s community garden includes purple cabbage, foreground, among its 12 varieties of vegetables. Sacramento, the “Farm to Fork” capital, has at least a…
  • Views on food: A sorry state of dominance for boneless, skinless chicken breasts

    5 Jan 2014 | 12:00 am
    Why would anyone eat boneless, skinless chicken breasts when they could have had a leg? 300 dpi Eric Chapman color illustration of a brood of fearless roosters and hens outdoors on a large-scale farm. Bradenton Herald 2007 chicken chickens illustration meat food farm farming organic free range factory rooster hen health fear fearless blue eyes egg cage free animals dinasaur habitat farmed agriculture krtbusiness business, krtenvironment environment, krtnational national, krtnature nature, krtworld world, krtfeatures features, krtfood food, krt, mctillustration, pollo agricultura comida carne…
  • Will school lunchrooms be the next rock star venue for chefs?

    15 Dec 2013 | 12:00 am
    Young food service directors at our schools are changing the way students think about food. Esparto Unified School District food service supervisor Stacie Velazquez watches over students as they choose their lunch at Esparto Middle School in Yolo County. Esparto Unified School District food service supervisor Stacie Velazquez shows off some of her fresh produce inside the Esparto Middle School kitchen earlier this month. At 23 years old, Velazquez is arguably the youngest school food service director in the state of California. “Right now, I’m buying from Produce Express, a…
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    SacBee -- Ask Emily

  • Ask Emily: As enforcer of Obamacare, the IRS faces limits

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Americans love their tax refunds. So why is conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh advising his listeners to avoid them? In a word, Obamacare. 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: More time to avoid the Obamacare tax penalty

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    In my last column, I warned you that March 31 was your last chance to sign up for a health plan from Covered California or the private market if you wanted to get health coverage this year. So much for that. 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: Last chance: The Obamacare deadline is here

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. 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: Covered California’s ‘reset’ problem

    25 Feb 2014 | 9:29 pm
    There’s only one month left in Obamacare’s inaugural open-enrollment period, which ends March 31, and Californians are still struggling with the website, including some of its basic functions. Emily Bazar writes “Ask Emily,” a biweekly column for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Managing your money under Obamacare

    11 Feb 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Emily Bazar answers questions about Flexible Spending Accounts, Medi-Cal and tax credits. Emily Bazar writes “Ask Emily,” a biweekly column 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

  • State prosecutor: El Dorado County supervisor has ‘trouble following laws’

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    A state prosecutor today opened the trial of El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting by blasting him as a dishonest figure with “trouble following laws” routinely honored by other public officials. El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting on the first day of his trial at the El Dorado County courthouse in Placerville on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Nutting, a four-term supervisor faces prosecution for alleged misconduct related to state grants he took for clearing brush on his family ranch in Somerset. Deputy Attorney General Pete Williams present opening remarks to members of the jury…
  • Coloma forum to feature El Dorado County supervisor candidates

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The eight candidates for El Dorado County’s District 4 supervisor seat will be featured in a forum April 30 at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma.
  • Supervisor’s trial has El Dorado political world seething

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    In the courtroom, Ray Nutting, a four-term county supervisor, faces prosecution for alleged misconduct related to state grants he took for clearing brush on his family ranch. But it is the spectacle surrounding his case that envelops this county east of Sacramento. Supervisor Ray Nutting, on his family ranch in May 2011, faces felony malfeasance charges over state grants he took for clearing brush on the property. El Dorado Supervisor Ray Nutting, whose trial starts Tuesday, cuts trees on his land in May 2011.
  • Nimbus Hatchery offering presentation on drought, salmon

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Nimbus Hatchery on the American River will offer a public presentation May 3 on how salmon are affected by the drought.
  • Foresthill Bridge renovation celebrated

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    The Foresthill Bridge has received a face-lift, including a fresh coat of green paint, 220,000 bolts and more than 2.3 million pounds of new steel, part of a seismic retrofit that began in 2011. The Foresthill Bridge, post-renovation, looks like a million bucks – actually $74 million, which is what the three-year project cost, using mostly federal funds. The work is expected to last for another 40 years. Visitors take a tour Wednesday along the catwalk beneath the roadway on the spruced-up Foresthill Bridge. Placer County officials celebrated the “renewal” of the landmark…
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    SacBee -- Elk Grove News

  • Film crew aims to help solve Elk Grove killings

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    On the afternoon of March 4, 2011, Sikh grandfathers Surinder Singh and his friend Gurmej Atwal were taking a break from their daily walk along East Stockton Boulevard when they were shot. Singh, 67, died at the scene, while Atwal, 78, succumbed to his wounds six weeks later. Elk Grove police Detective Kevin Papineau, center, advises the film crew re-enacting the 2011 shooting of two Sikh men in Elk Grove. The film is intended to help solve the crime. Rusty Prevatt, the director, guides Jagjit Singh and Joginder Singh, left. After rehearsing, a deputy fired blanks for the scene. A family…
  • Elk Grove police seek to identify armed robbery suspect

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Elk Grove police are asking the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect who reportedly posed as a Sacramento Municipal Utility District worker to gain entry to a residence. Elk Grove armed robbery suspect
  • FedEx driver in Orland crash was Elk Grove man; truck may have been in flames before crash

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    The driver of the FedEx truck that veered into a bus carrying high schoolers near Orland Thursday was a family man, sports fan and “a kind soul,” a family member said. Meanwhile, the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash said the FedEx truck was on fire before the collision. El Monte High School students sign a poster Friday in memory of Adrian Castro, a senior the school said was among 10 people killed in the bus crash Thursday in Orland. The students were going north for a spring preview of Humboldt State University. The demolished remains of a FedEx truck is towed into…
  • Wheels back on for derby days

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Soap box derby competitor Alejandro Noche, 9, above, of Lincoln concentrates before a race Sunday in Elk Grove. At right, David Stagnaro checks on Jeremy Johnston, 11, as he and Wyatt Coffing, 10, square off for their race. Below right, Miranda Ricks, 12, in front, competes with Amanda McVey, 11. Community organizers brought the All American Soap Box Derby competition back to to Elk Grove over the weekend, prompting closures of Elk Grove Boulevard. The two-day, family-oriented event featured amateur racing heats with soap box racers ages 7 to 18 and their parent “pit crews.” The…
  • It’s official: Elk Grove Promenade to become outlet mall

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Howard Hughes Corp. will convert the former Promenade site into The Outlet Collection at Elk Grove. Almost a year after first raising the idea with Elk Grove officials, the Dallas developer filed formal development plans with the city Friday to resume construction at the site off Highway 99. The unfinished shell of the Promenade Mall in Elk Grove has been fenced off since construction stopped in late 2008 as the national recession took hold. The latest plan is to make the mall an outlet-store center. The parking lot of the unfinished shell of the Promenade Mall in Elk Grove photographed on…
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    SacBee -- Nevada Patient Busing

  • Sacramento Bee series on Nevada patient dumping named Pulitzer finalist

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese were honored Monday as Pulitzer Prize finalists in the investigative reporting category. Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese celebrate on Monday, April 14, 2014 the announcement that they are finalists for Investigative reporting for their probe of a Las Vegas mental hospital that used commercial buses to "dump'' more than 1,500 psychiatric patients in 48 states over five years, reporting that brought an end to the practice and the firing of hospital employees.
  • Civil rights commission looks at Nevada hospital’s busing of patients

    14 Mar 2014 | 10:48 pm
    James Flavy Coy Brown, a homeless and mentally ill man allegedly “dumped” by Nevada’s primary psychiatric hospital via Greyhound bus into Sacramento last year, on Friday became the national face of a problem that experts said is widespread and should be curtailed by federal authorities. James Flavy Coy Brown, 48, is addicted to smoking his pipe and consistently asks over and over for more tobacco as he waits for his morning medicine to be delivered. He now lives at the Home Sweet Home boarding house in Sacramento after a harrowing journey from a mental hospital in Las Vegas to…
  • Federal judge dismisses Nevada ‘patient dumping’ lawsuit

    23 Feb 2014 | 11:05 am
    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a civil lawsuit brought on behalf of a patient who was bused to Sacramento from a Nevada state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas. James Flavy Coy Brown is the chief plaintiff in a lawsuit over Nevada's treatment of mentally ill patients.
  • Nevada faces civil rights lawsuit in patient busing controversy

    4 Feb 2014 | 4:44 pm
    The American Civil Liberties Union and a Sacramento attorney plan to file a lawsuit later today alleging that Nevada's largest psychiatric hospital violated the civil rights of patients by busing them outside of the state with no plan for care. A 15-hour bus ride from Las Vegas to Sacramento, where he knew no one, also put James Flavy Coy Brown on the road to legal action, testing the rights of mentally ill people. Brown has been reunited with his daughter in North Carolina. A view of Los Angeles' Skid Row, near where the Rawson-Neal facility in Las Vegas has bused about 150 patients.
  • Families question safety of Nevada's busing of mental patients

    4 Feb 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Following a series of Bee reports, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas revised its policy and no longer discharges people to buses without an escort. But questions still loom about the fate of the hundreds of mentally ill patients sent off alone over the past five years. Pat Caroleo keeps trophies, awards and other memorabilia of son Nicholas' early life. In a phone call a few weeks ago, Nicholas ranted at his father and demanded money, she says. The next day, Robert Caroleo suffered a heart attack. LA PLATA, MD. June 2013: Pat Caroleo, 69, holds a photo of her son Nicholas as a…
 
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    SacBee -- Sacramento City News

  • Sacramento mountaineer’s priority to climb Mt. Everest shifts to home, family

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The expedition to climb Mt. Everest that included Sacramento area resident Jim Geiger was cancelled Wednesday due to conditions resulting from the icefall avalanche that killed 16 people. Jim Geiger
  • Sacramento Kings recruiting low-income workers for arena construction

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Sacramento Kings officials held a training and outreach session this morning with community and faith-based groups to begin recruiting workers from “high-need backgrounds and neighborhoods” for the construction of the new arena.
  • Sacramento man abandons Everest climb in wake of avalanche that killed Sherpa guides

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Jim Geiger, a Sacramento climber who sought to become the oldest American to summit Mount Everest, announced today that he is abandoning the effort in the wake of an avalanche Friday that killed 16 Sherpa guides. Jim Geiger
  • Sacramento County supervisors vote to ban outdoor marijuana gardens

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Sacramento County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to ban outdoor marijuana crops, joining a growing number of California cities and counties that have prohibited cultivation in response to safety and nuisance complaints. FILE - This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows a medical marijuana plant at a dispensary in Seattle. Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation’s largest swing-state see the prospect of legal medical marijuana as a rare source of hope and high voter turnout in this year’s midterm elections.
  • McKinley plan draws two crowds

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Foes and fans of McKinley Village gathered at dueling meetings Monday intended to firm up support for their sides and perhaps sway a few votes on the Sacramento City Council, which is scheduled to vote on the plan next week. Opponents and supporters of the proposed McKinley Village project gear up a week ahead of the City Council vote. Residents listen as Sacramento City Council Member Steve Cohn hosts a town hall forum on the proposed McKinley Village development Monday evening in McKinley Park. Cohn opposes the housing project. Cohn discusses the McKinley Village plan, which calls for 336…
 
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    SacBee -- State Politics

  • Field Poll: Calif. voters deeply skeptical of Congress

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    California voters remain intensely disapproving of the work conducted on their behalf on Capitol Hill, but they continue to offer a more upbeat assessment of the efforts of their own representatives, according to the latest Field Poll.
  • Steinberg says California cap-and-trade money should be spent on housing, transit, high-speed rail

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Abandoning a controversial effort to add a gasoline tax to California’s fledgling program to reduce greenhouse gases, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, on Monday shifted his focus to how to spend billions of dollars on affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, left, Gov. Jerry Brown, center, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, right, celebrate a budget deal with a formal announcement at the California Capitol on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
  • Judge finds treatment of California’s mentally ill inmates ‘horrific’

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Following weeks of graphic court testimony and chilling videos of inmates writhing in pain as they were blasted with pepper spray, a federal judge has found that the use of force against mentally ill inmates in California prisons is unconstitutionally harsh. Steven Duran holds pictures of Joseph Duran as he and ex-wife Elaine Duran talk about the death of their son at Mule Creek State Prison. They were not told of their son’s death until after his body had been cremated. Steven and Elaine Duran, parents of deceased inmate Joseph Duran, head to federal court in January for a hearing to…
  • ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow’s lawyers say FBI tried, failed to get him to commit crimes

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Previewing their defense of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, attorneys for the accused on Thursday portrayed their client as an innocent man whom undercover law enforcement officers tried and failed to lure into illegal acts. Curtis Briggs, center, and Tony Serra, both attorneys for Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, pictured at left, speak Thursday in San Francisco. Chow is the leader of a Chinatown organization that the FBI says is a front for organized crime. Supporters of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow wear “Free Shrimp Boy” shirts while listening to…
  • Field Poll: Leland Yee scandal blunted increasing approval of Legislature

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    A state senator’s arrest in a sweeping criminal investigation reversed what had been increasing public confidence in the California Legislature, according to a new Field Poll.
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    SacBee -- Capitol and California

  • Capitol Alert: California car data bill stalls in first committee

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Legislation requiring car manufacturers to open access to the data streaming out of computerized cars stalled in committee on Tuesday.
  • Dan Walters: SpaceX tax break reveals lack of consistency

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    A looming tax break for SpaceX reveals favoritism in corporate tax breaks.
  • California bill reignites affirmative action fight

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina. right, talks with Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Hernandez proposed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to again allow public colleges to use race and ethnicity when considering college…
  • Supreme Court weighs truth in labeling in fruit juice case

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Dual marketing disputes have ripened for the California-based makers of Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice, with Supreme Court justices sounding sympathetic Monday to some company claims. Pom Wonderful is made with pomegranates
  • Dan Walters Daily: Ethical issues abound with money in politics

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    As the state Senate prepares for a "day of reflection" on ethics, legislators should consider not just how they fund their campaigns, but the policy decisions they make, Dan says. Dan Walters
 
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    SacBee -- The Buzz

  • The Buzz: Green Party secretary of state candidate to crash Sacramento debate

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    David Curtis, the Green Party candidate for secretary of state, said he will show up at today’s Sacramento Press Club debate featuring four of his rivals for the state’s top elections post – even though he wasn’t invited.
  • The Buzz: Antonio Villaraigosa endorses Torlakson rival in state schools’ chief race

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    In an unusual move, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has broken with the California Democratic Party to endorse a rival over incumbent Tom Torlakson in the race for state superintendent of public instruction. Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, shown last year in Sacramento, has endorsed Marshall Tuck for state schools chief over his own party’s incumbent, Tom Torlakson. Willie Brown photo supplied for his new book Basic Brown My Life and Our Times Courtesy Simon & Schuster.
  • The Buzz: Democratic super PAC reserves TV airtime in California

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    A Democratic super PAC announced Friday that it has reserved more than $800,000 in television time for the home stretch of the November general election in California. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, can expect some help in the weeks before the November election. House Majority PAC will spend nearly $200,000 on television time in his district.
  • The Buzz: FPPC delays decision on Berryhill money-laundering case

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Another state senator accused of violating political ethics rules will have to wait longer to learn his fate after the California Fair Political Practices Commission adjourned Thursday without acting on the case. State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, is accused of wrongfully shifting donations to his brother’s political campaign in 2008.
  • The Buzz: Leland Yee shuts down ballot-measure committee

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    State Sen. Leland Yee has closed his ballot-measure committee, only days after authorities indicted him on corruption and gun-running conspiracy charges. An FBI affidavit says Sen. Leland Yee suggested to an undercover agent that he could funnel money via a ballot measure committee. Yee has now ended the committee.
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    SacBee -- Real Estate

  • Foreclosures in Sacramento fall far below historic norms

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Foreclosures in the first three months of this year were 36 percent below last year’s levels and well below long-term averages.
  • McKinley plan draws two crowds

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Foes and fans of McKinley Village gathered at dueling meetings Monday intended to firm up support for their sides and perhaps sway a few votes on the Sacramento City Council, which is scheduled to vote on the plan next week. Opponents and supporters of the proposed McKinley Village project gear up a week ahead of the City Council vote. Residents listen as Sacramento City Council Member Steve Cohn hosts a town hall forum on the proposed McKinley Village development Monday evening in McKinley Park. Cohn opposes the housing project. Cohn discusses the McKinley Village plan, which calls for 336…
  • Sellers’ market has few homes

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Home sales in the Sacramento region were stuck in an odd rut in March, traditionally the start of the spring homebuying season. Even though prices rebounded to healthy levels not seen since before last decade’s housing boom and bust, the supply of homes on the market remained anemic. Houses like this model home in Rocklin, shown in August, have become a hot commodity as the prices in the Sacramento region have returned to 2003-04 levels but the inventory of homes in March was the lowest since 2008.
  • Sacramento County home sales drop for March as price rises

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    The number of homes sold in Sacramento County in March dropped to the lowest level for the month in six years, DataQuick reported Wednesday.
  • Zero energy green houses far from a silver bullet in combating carbon emissions

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Zero net energy homes designed to send energy back to the electric grid may not be widespread but their adoption is destined to grow rapidly - and so are the many problems that come with them. That growth is quickly outpacing what the electric grid can handle. Looking down into the living room of the Honda Smart Home, built in partnership with UC Davis, Honda unveiled one of the most advanced net zero energy (for home and transportation) smart homes. It can produce more electricity than it uses. A geothermal heat pump eliminates the need for power-gobbling air conditioning. Besides a…
 
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    SacBee -- Fishing/Hunting

  • American River flow to rise for salmon

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    American River flows are set to increase Monday night, and for three days thereafter, to help salmon and steelhead migrate. In this January 2014 file photo, gravel is visible on the American River about half a mile upstream from the Fair Oaks Bridge in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Lassen campgrounds reopen as fishing season nears

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The start of fishing season April 26 will coincide with the opening of select Lassen National Forest campgrounds near prime fishing waters.
 
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    SacBee -- Art

  • Art review: 'Intimate Impressionism' a must-see exhibit in S.F.

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nearly 70 intimately scaled impressionist and post-impressionist works from the National Gallery are on view at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor. “Madame Monet and Her Son,” an oil on canvas painting by French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir from 1874, is among the works on display in “Intimate Impressionism From the National Gallery of Art,” through Aug. 3 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
  • Best of Second Saturday: Paintings, photographs and porcelain

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five exhibits to see on the Second Saturday art walk. Porcelain and paintings by Shimo are featured at Shimo Center for the Arts. Works by Marcy Friedman are at Alex Bult Gallery. Works by Merton D. Simpson is featured at Evolve the Gallery. Works by Carlos Villa are at b. sakata garo.
  • Crocker Art Museum receives national award for exhibition

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum has received a Best Show award for excellence from the International Association of Art Critics-USA for an exhibition that spotlights the interplay of poetry and art in the mid-century Bay Area cultural scene.
  • The wrecking ball looms: Saving Sacramento’s Downtown Plaza art

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    For years, Downtown Plaza shoppers have strolled past works from noted local artists. When the mall gets knocked down for an arena, where will the art go? This ceramic harlequin is one of a pair of sculptures in Yoshio Taylor’s “Spherical Discourse,” which is at the east entrance of Downtown Plaza. Taylor, a Cosumnes River College art instructor, said he hopes to find a new site for his pair of sculptures, possibly near Community Center Theater or Crocker Art Museum. “Balancing Act,” a bronze sculpture by Tony Natsoulas, is one of the works in Downtown Plaza…
  • Art review: Michael Sarich’s visual diaries at JayJay

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    JayJay exhibit shows drawing is the lynchpin of Michael Sarich’s art. “Good-Bye,” a 2012 acrylic on canvas that is part of the “Michael Sarich: Butting Heads” exhibit at JayJay, includes a Pinocchio figure with stigmata and a rudimentary Catholic church. “My Cup Runneth Over” is a 2006 ceramic included in “Michael Sarich: Butting Heads” at JayJay.
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    SacBee -- Restaurants

  • Dining review: Capital Dime struggles to make sense

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    When Capital Dime opened last July, pushing the idea that it would serve high-caliber farm-to-fork fare at eye-popping prices, the concept got a lot of attention, and the name of this potentially high-profile eatery made a lot of sense. Crab cakes with avocado mousse at Capital Dime. The mac ’n’ cheese is among the $10 dishes at Capital Dime. “Damn good cheeseburger” comes with a side of french fries. The crab Louie with shrimp.
  • First Impressions: Wrap N’ Roll blends sushi, burritos

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    It’s eye-catching, but is a sushi burrito actually worth eating? Burritos and sushi explore a partnership at Wrap N’ Roll.
  • Dining review: Blackbird 2.0 shows some admirable creativity

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Blackbird 2.0, six months removed from a mini scandal after it shut down suddenly and then broke the news to unsuspecting employees via email, has three new business partners, a new craft beer emphasis, a more tightly focused menu and a revamped floor plan that adds seating to the main level of this very attractive restaurant and bar. The new Blackbird focuses heavily on beer. Shown here are two tasting flights. Gone are the $1 oysters from the original Blackbird. The excellent oysters are now six for $18. The chowder is remains one of Chef Carina Lampkin’s signaure dishes. A raw dish,…
  • Patrick Mulvaney cooks at New York’s prestigious James Beard House

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    For a single night, Sacramento took center stage at one of the world’s most heralded culinary centers. “Delta asparagus, the bright pride of the Delta. There’ve been times when we said, ‘This is California asparagus,’ when we’d have to mumble under our breath ‘Baja,’ because that’s part of California. Truth is, because of the weather and the rain holding out for us, this actually comes from the Delta. By this point, the asparagus had probably been going for about a week.” “(Line cook) Casey Shideler is probably still…
  • Counter Culture: Good taste at Crepetown European Cafe

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    CrepeTown 2.0 in Shingle Springs is larger, brighter and more welcoming than the original. It also has a bigger kitchen, with an expanded menu and staff. A German-style pork schnitzel, left, and a breakfast crepe fill the plates at CrepeTown European Cafe & Grill. Hearty breakfast specials at Wren’s Cafe in Vacaville include sausages, eggs and a pile of crunchy sliced russet potatoes. Skewered fried shrimp at Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar are stuck into a wedge of grilled pineapple.
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  • Financial issues close The Eatery in West Sacramento

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The Eatery in West Sacramento went dark Sunday, becoming another unfortunate example of a popular restaurant leveled by a combination of dire financial circumstances, including back taxes and late rent. The Eatery’s Facebook page announces the West Sacramento restaurant’s closure. Former Eatery co-owner Monda Korich help prep her restaurant’s entry at the annual Burger Battle at Raley Field.
  • ‘Indulgences’ live up to name

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    New treat from Breyers combines sauce and toppings into gelato. New product: Breyers Gelato Indulgences combine gelato, sauce and toppings all in one frozen dessert.
  • UC Davis researchers help find birthplace of chili pepper

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    The world’s most widely grown spice crop likely was first domesticated in central-east Mexico. Chili peppers likely became a cultivated crop in central-east Mexico, according to a new study by an international team including UC Davis plant scientists. (And, yes, that’s a tomatillo — not a pepper — propping up the jalapeño.)
  • Blue Bottle Coffee meets Clover Farms in a New Orleans-style drink

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    What’s better than a glass of icy cold milk or a glass of strong iced coffee? That would be a blend of the two in one place, now available in a new product. Blue Bottle Coffee and Clover Farms have gone partners in a New Orleans-style iced coffee drink.
  • Win a pair of tickets worth $100 to Stanford Youth Solutions food/wine event

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    How would you like to win a night out for two that includes local food and wine, plus live music to work those boogie shoes? Two tickets are up for grabs for the Stanford Youth Solutions “Vintage 2014” event at North Ridge Country Club on May 1, a $100 a head benefiting the organization formerly known as Stanford Home for Children. Those tickets normally cost $100 each, and this year will include eats from Cafeteria 15L, Dad’s Kitchen, de Vere’s Irish Pub and more local restaurants. You can wash those bites down from such local wineries as Twisted Rivers and Sean…
 
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    SacBee -- Movies

  • Joss Whedon releasing film for digital download

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution. FILE - This Jan. 21, 2014 file photo shows American film producer and director Joss Whedon at the screening of "Much Ado About Nothing" in Paris. Whedon will release a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution. In a video announcement Sunday following the premiere of the supernatural romance “In Your Eyes” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon said that the film will immediately be released…
  • 'Capt. America' tops box office for third week

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp's new movie. This image released by Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from the film, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
  • Movie review: Faith, skepticism in ‘Heaven Is for Real’

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Greg Kinnear, an actor perpetually on the verge of tears, is the perfect choice to play Todd Burpo, a preacher whose son tells him he’s been to heaven. And “Heaven Is for Real,” based on a book by a Nebraska pastor about his then-4-year-old son’s near-death experience and account of a visit to heaven, is a sometimes touching and comforting account of this family’s story. Connor Corum 3. "Heaven is for Real," $21.5 million. "Heaven Is for Real," debuted in third place over Easter weekend earning $21.5 million. Faith-based films are performing well this year…
  • Movies: Kate Mara, killed on ‘House of Cards,’ lives on in ‘Transcendence’

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kate Mara’s “House of Cards” character, Zoe Barnes, may be shockingly, suddenly dead, but the actress herself is alive and well in “Transcendence” – a movie about life beyond mortality. Kate Mara stars as ruthless ideologue and terrorist group leader Bree in the sci-fi thriller “Transcendence,” opening in theaters today.
  • Movie review: 'Transcendence' not boring, but not plausible, either

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp is full of narrative flaws. Johnny Depp stars as a scientist whose mind is uploaded onto a computer in “Transcendence.”
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    SacBee -- Theater

  • Theater: ‘Sactown Tonight!’ this week at B Street

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    B Street Theatre actor Dave Pierini has put together a late-night talk show-formatted evening, which “airs” live this week at the theater’s Mainstage. Dave Pierini is host of “Sactown Tonight!” this week at B Street Theatre.
  • City votes for task force to study building new Sacramento performing arts venue

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    City decides to examine plans for a new performing arts venue to replace the aging Community Center Theater The Sacramento Ballet's "The Nutcracker" performance at the Community Center Theater in 2011.
  • Capital Stage announces choices for 2014-15 season

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    The six-play schedule opens in September with Nina Raines’ highly acclaimed “Tribes.” Jonathan Williams, producing artistic director of Capital Stage, selected the theater’s 2014-15 lineup. “You can never get everything to fit exactly right, but you do the best that you can,” he said.
  • Sacramento Live: Familiar actors on other stages

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    B Street’s Michael Stevenson stars in ‘Wittenberg’ in Berkeley. Big Idea Theatre’s “Inventing Van Gogh” stars, from left, Brian Watson, Ed Gyles, Brennan Villados, Kristine David and Kevin Toole.
  • Theater review: ‘Sister Act’ a musical caper with sass

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Something remarkable happened Tuesday night at the Community Center Theater early in the national touring production of “Sister Act.” On the way to the average, uninspired, hit movie-based Broadway musical, a witty, irreverent and completely fun entertainment emerged. “Sister Act” is presented by Broadway Sacramento at the Community Center Theater. Hollis Resnik is Mother Superior and Ta’Rea Campbell is Deloris in “Sister Act.”
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    SacBee -- Allen Pierleoni

  • Counter Culture: Good taste at Crepetown European Cafe

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    CrepeTown 2.0 in Shingle Springs is larger, brighter and more welcoming than the original. It also has a bigger kitchen, with an expanded menu and staff. A German-style pork schnitzel, left, and a breakfast crepe fill the plates at CrepeTown European Cafe & Grill. Hearty breakfast specials at Wren’s Cafe in Vacaville include sausages, eggs and a pile of crunchy sliced russet potatoes. Skewered fried shrimp at Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar are stuck into a wedge of grilled pineapple.
  • Davis startup RezKu has no reservations about challenging OpenTable

    6 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    While RezKu's ability to challenge OpenTable's dominance is far from being determined, it's clear that the tech world loves nothing more than the disruption of established power structures. RezKu founder Paul Katsch, center, and RezKu chief engineer Senica Gonzalez, right, explain their online restaurant reservations system to Crawdad’s River Cantina owner Trevor Shults last month. RezKu’s chief engineer, Senica Gonzalez, sets up the interface of the online restaurant reservations and table management system at Crawdad’s River Cantina in March. RezKu is a Davis-based…
  • First Impressions: Barbecue at Fahrenheit 250

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Fahrenheit 250 could be the new candidate for BBQ greatness. Fried green tomatoes topped with piccalilli relish. Smoked brisket, pork ribs and hot links join collard greens and beans and rice at the new barbecue restaurant Fahrenheit 250. Shrimp, sausage coins on grits cakes in sauce The menu also features prawns wrapped in house-cured bacon.
  • Counter Culture: Broasted chicken, breakfast at Roseville’s Country Gables

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:52 pm
    At the Roseville cafe, the Broaster is ready — an iconic dish rarely seen hereabouts. Broaster chicken – which employs a distinctive pressure-fried approach – is served at Country Gables Cafe in Roseville. A chicken-mushroom lettuce wrap with green onion, ginger and garlic is on the SkinnyLicious menu at the Cheesecake Factory.
  • Counter Culture: ‘Homemade’ is key at El Mariachi in Rocklin

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    ‘Homemade’ is the key at two Mexican restaurants A section of the menu is painted on the wall at El Mariachi Taqueria That’s a chile relleno in the foreground, two enchiladas in the background, at El Mariachi. A trio of chicharrón (fried pork skin) tacos with tomato, jalepeño, cilantro and onion is served at El Mariachi Taqueria in Rocklin.
 
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    SacBee -- Chris Macias

  • The Nosh Pit: Lime shortage puts squeeze on Sacramento bars and restaurants

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cinco de Mayo’s less than two weeks away, but the thought of serving a small ocean of margaritas leaves bar and restaurant owners feeling especially sour this year. A lime shortage has quadrupled the price of this key citrus fruit, leaving business owners scrambling for backup plans and other ways to make do with less. Green Persian limes are preferred by bartenders for juice or garnish, but the Mexican crop has been devastated by disease and weather.
  • The Nosh Pit: How to protect yourself from seafood fraud

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you’ve ever sampled sushi in the Sacramento area, chances are the seafood industry’s caught you in some bait and switch. Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, talks Monday at Taylor’s Market regarding his SB 1138, which would criminalize the mislabeling of seafood. Behind him are, from left, chef Cody Wilson, Geoffrey Shester of Oceana and Taylor’s Market owner Danny Johnson.
  • The Nosh Pit: Silver lining for winemakers in state’s drought

    30 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Despite recent rains, the great parching of California continues, with much of Folsom Lake still resembling Burning Man’s craggy Black Rock Desert and Central Valley farmers preparing for a dust-bowl spring and summer. Chris Macias With a drier-than-usual spring and summer expected, a farm crew installs drip irrigation line in a orchard of young trees near Mendota.
  • Wine Buzz: Northern California wineries basking in buds

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Across Northern California, tiny buds are growing on grape vines and showing that spring has definitely sprung. Budbreak has arrived, signaling the yearly kickoff of a wine grape’s growing cycle.
  • Wine Buzz: Napa Valley tunes up its musical offerings

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Napa wine country will soon get a mighty pour of music, with the return of the BottleRock festival and the retooling of a historic venue. Chris Macias
 
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    SacBee -- Books and Media

  • Books: ‘The Bohemians’ looks Mark Twain’s literary development in California

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Author Ben Tarnoff links Twain’s greatness to his hobnobbing with the likes of Bret Harte and Ina Coolbrith. Poet Ina Coolbrith was part of the circle of writing talent. “The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature” by Ben Tarnoff. “Twain was the first modern American writer,” said author Ben Tarnoff, pictured in San Francisco. Mark Twain in 1867, after his San Francisco experiences.
  • Between the Lines: Fair Oaks teen talks about her self-published book

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Self-published authors are legion, but not many of them are as young as Sara DuToit of Fair Oaks. The 16-year-old El Sereno High School independent-studies student, singer and fan-fiction writer devoted two years to writing and editing “Hoodview,” available at www.lulu.com and www.amazon.com ($13.91 to $14.37). Sara DuToit, 16, of Fair Oaks, is the author of “Hoodview.”
  • Paper produced by San Quentin inmates looking to grow

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:41 pm
    From a small trailer near an exercise yard full of honking geese, the men of the San Quentin News put out a paper they hope will reach beyond the gates of the prison where many of them are serving life sentences. San Quentin News staff member JulianGlenn Padgett works Thursday on a story for the upcoming issue in the newspaper’s small newsroom overlooking the prison exercise yard. “We are, without a doubt, journalists,” Padgett says. Staffers work on the San Quentin News. San Quentin State Prison inmate-journalist Phoeun You works on the layout for the upcoming issue of…
  • Between the Lines: April 22 special edition of Bee Book Club

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The public telling of young Ben Underwood’s inspirational life and untimely death began with a series of stories by Sacramento Bee reporter Cynthia Hubert, published between May 2006 and January 2009. His story now continues in “Echoes of an Angel: The Miraculous True Story of a Boy Who Lost His Eyes But Could Still See,” written by his mother, Aquanetta Gordon, and co-writer Chris Macias, The Bee’s food and wine writer. In a photo from 2006, Ben Underwood takes a call from a friend while joking around with his mother, Aquanetta Gordon, outside their home. Gordon,…
  • Super agent Leigh Steinberg of ‘Jerry Maquire’ fame urges students to find the ‘kwan’

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Arguably the most famous line from “Jerry Maguire” – the movie that took super agent Leigh Steinberg from sports-famous to dinner table-famous – is “Show me the money!” But in his meandering one-hour talk to UC Davis law students Wednesday, Steinberg spoke more about finding the “kwan,” a concept from the movie meaning love, respect, community – and dollars. Agent Leigh Steinberg, the inspiration for Tom Cruise’s role in “Jerry Maguire,” speaks to UC Davis law students Wednesday.
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    SacBee -- Fishing Line

  • Fishing Line: Week of April 21, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Trout and striped bass fishing look to continue their success in this week’s top picks. Trout was plentiful at the annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Herald, Calif.
  • Fishing Line: Week of April 14, 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Trout and striped bass fishing looks to continue its success in this week’s top picks. Oakley resident Danny James casts out into the Sacramento River at Brannan Island State Park near Rio Vista as he fishes for striped bass.
  • Fishing Line: Week of April 7, 2014

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Striped bass fishing and water conditions improve in Delta. Here’s the latest look at which rivers are clearing up and noteworthy hot spots for fishing in the region.
  • Fishing Line: Week of March 24, 2014

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Although a little slow this week, there are still a few hot spots in our top picks for fishing in the Sacramento region.
  • Fishing Line: Week of March 17, 2014

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Sturgeon and trout highlight this week’s top picks.
 
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    SacBee -- History

  • Books: ‘The Bohemians’ looks Mark Twain’s literary development in California

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Author Ben Tarnoff links Twain’s greatness to his hobnobbing with the likes of Bret Harte and Ina Coolbrith. Poet Ina Coolbrith was part of the circle of writing talent. “The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature” by Ben Tarnoff. “Twain was the first modern American writer,” said author Ben Tarnoff, pictured in San Francisco. Mark Twain in 1867, after his San Francisco experiences.
  • An American Cartoonist: History degrees and academic struggle, 1978-1999

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    I noted with interest the other day the awarding of a second Pulitzer Prize for History to former UC Davis Professor Alan Taylor, now at the University of Virginia. It’s hard to win a Pulitzer. I was a finalist once, and I can assure you that winning one in editorial cartooning is a far different pursuit than winning one in history.
  • Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, visitors walk through a hall filled with yellow bulbs symbolizing massacre victims at Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province. The Tokyo shrine and the memorial hall in Nanjing, as Nanking is now called, are physical embodiments of divergent views of history that still strain China-Japan relations, 70 years after the war. They complicate America's objective of maintaining…
  • Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    It was one of the dark hours in U.S. history. Two hundred years ago this summer, British soldiers overwhelmed American battalions, took the nation’s capital and burned the White House. An engraving of "The Taking of the City of Washington... by the British Forces Under Major General Ross on August 24, 1814." (National Archives)
  • Obituary: Sacramento photographer Tom Myers, 88, captured vivid images of the West

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Tom Myers, a Sacramento photographer whose vivid images of animals, places and people in California and the West have appeared in national magazines, books and on greeting cards, died April 7 of cancer, his family said. He was 88. Tom Myers
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    SacBee -- Life

  • Tower Bridge Battalion ready for supporting role at Republic FC's home opener

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    It’s about 30 minutes into last month’s inaugural Sacramento Republic FC soccer game against L.A. Galaxy II at the StubHub Center Track Stadium, and a group of vocal Republic supporters is itching to witness a history-making moment. Arturo Colmenares, 24, from Sacramento, a member of the Tower Bridge Battalion, the supporter group for the Sacramento Republic FC, wears a special scarf in support of the team during the season opener in Carson. By paying $15 to join the supporter group, which boasts 370 members so far, fans get a scarf with the soccer team’s colors. Casey…
  • Financial issues close The Eatery in West Sacramento

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The Eatery in West Sacramento went dark Sunday, becoming another unfortunate example of a popular restaurant leveled by a combination of dire financial circumstances, including back taxes and late rent. The Eatery’s Facebook page announces the West Sacramento restaurant’s closure. Former Eatery co-owner Monda Korich help prep her restaurant’s entry at the annual Burger Battle at Raley Field.
  • ‘Indulgences’ live up to name

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    New treat from Breyers combines sauce and toppings into gelato. New product: Breyers Gelato Indulgences combine gelato, sauce and toppings all in one frozen dessert.
  • What’s Cooking: Pasta plus vegetables equals quick weekday meal

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A long-simmered pasta sauce is a beautiful thing, but for a lot of cooks, that’s a project for a weekend day, if ever. Lemon zest brightens the flavor while a little cream adds richness to this dish of pasta shells with artichokes. Fettuccine primavera is the quintessential spring pasta dish. Need a speedy meal? Try pasta with leeks and greens.
  • Recipes: Engineering a muffuletta

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    My robot is old school: Wind him up and he lurches across the desk, orange tin arms swinging, red tin boots shuffling, black tin eyes deep in concentration. And though he makes excellent company, I’m glad I didn’t invite him to the robotics competition. Frankly, things have changed. Olive salad and a little patience (while the concoction contracts) are key ingredients of the muffuletta.
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    SacBee -- Recipes

  • Recipes: A classic quiche is a snap to prepare

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Quiche, that culinary darling of the 1970s, suddenly seems to be appearing on menus everywhere. Pastry chef Amy Kelsch of Minneapolis prepares several varieties of quiche, such as this one made with feta, leeks and lemon.
  • Recipes: Traveling the culinary world with ‘The Chew’ co-host Carla Hall

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Carla Hall wants people to travel the globe in their kitchens – and creative use of seasonings is the ticket. Carla Hall of “The Chew” has a new book that emphasizes the creative use of spices as a way to explore the world via kitchens. Chicken with sour cream and paprika is from Carla Hall's cookbook “Carla's Comfort Foods.”
  • The Mailbox: Recipes lost and found

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sandy Moran of Carmichael (see letter at left) was looking for a lemon chicken recipe like the one served at Asian restaurants such as the Orient. This recipe from CDKitchen sounds like a match for Moran.
  • What’s Cooking: Pasta plus vegetables equals quick weekday meal

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A long-simmered pasta sauce is a beautiful thing, but for a lot of cooks, that’s a project for a weekend day, if ever. Lemon zest brightens the flavor while a little cream adds richness to this dish of pasta shells with artichokes. Fettuccine primavera is the quintessential spring pasta dish. Need a speedy meal? Try pasta with leeks and greens.
  • Recipes: Ricotta belongs in more than lasagna

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Most of the ricotta in this country is probably baked into lasagna. And that’s delicious. Sugar snap pea salad features ricotta cheese, mint and lemon.
 
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    SacBee -- Boomers

  • CHP class promotes safety for senior drivers

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    A class promoting safety for older drivers as they adapt to changes that come with age will be held April 29 in Yuba City.
  • Sacramento faces lawsuit for approving senior housing project

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:04 pm
    The owner of a million-dollar home overlooking McKinley Park hired a former assemblyman, traffic and parking expert, environmental planner, engineer and onetime state fire marshal to stop a senior housing complex from going up behind him.
  • Aging brings challenges – and the resilience to deal with them

    10 Mar 2014 | 10:48 am
    Although growing older increases the likelihood that people will deal with physical limitations, chronic illness and grieving the loss of loved ones – life events that could reasonably be expected to cause lingering sadness – research shows that aging generally also increases people’s likelihood of optimism. Alyssa Rose, background center, is one of the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute recreational therapists who does recreational therapy with elderly patients to help them gain strength and flexibility in a fun way. On Friday, a patient checks her hand as the group plays…
  • America’s over-100 crowd is booming

    25 Feb 2014 | 9:53 am
    California leads the way with the oldest of the old: In 2010, according to the census, the state was home to 5,921 centenarians, or more than one-tenth of the nation's total population 100 years old and older. The four-county Sacramento region is home to about 320 residents in that age group. Centenarian Louis Weintraub works out at Fitness Connection in Sacramento on Friday, February 21, 2014. Lou Weintraub turned 100 in January. With the number of centenarians booming, California has 1/10th of the nation's population 100 and older. Weintraub is still very engaged with life (even though his…
  • Placer nonprofit loses senior meal-delivery contract to Meals on Wheels

    15 Jan 2014 | 12:00 am
    Seniors First, the nonprofit agency that administers Placer County’s federally funded seniors programs, lost its contract late last week to deliver meals to more than 100 homebound seniors.
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    SacBee -- Beer

  • The Beer Run: Take break, try these not-IPA brews

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    A tasting turned up terrific sours and barrel-aged beers. Ouede Gueuze (6% ABV) by Hanssens Artisanal of Belgium. Cantillon Kriek (5% ABV) by Cantillon of Belgium. Audition Barrel-aged Ruthless Rye IPA (8.9% ABV), by Sierra Nevada.
  • Sacramento-area IPAs are plentiful, eclectic and speak to our region’s personality

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:11 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.
  • The Beer Run: Not all taps are created equal

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:11 pm
    All those tap handles? It’s what you can’t see that matters. Pangaea owner Rob Archie says the cafe takes tap maintenance seriously. Knee Deep Brewing, at its new site in Auburn, offers a growler deal that’s available any time. The taproom’s list of beers. Knee Deep brewmaster mingling at the party.
  • The Beer Run: Amazing Sacramento Beer Week exceeded expectations

    14 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Beer Week helps express part of Sacramento’s new personality. Beers of all types were quaffed during Sacramento Beer Week.
  • The Beer Run: Shedding a stigma

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:20 pm
    No longer considered cheap, cans are the big thing in craft beer.
 
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    SacBee -- Mike Dunne

  • Dunne on Wine: California vintners see future in Mexico

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    For some California vintners, Mexico, not China, is the future. About 100 members of the Los Cabos hospitality trade sampled Napa Valley wines at a recent event near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Amelia Moran Ceja of Ceja Vineyards recently joined several other Napa Valley vintners on a trade mission to Cabo San Lucas to market their wares among some key players in Mexico’s wine scene.
  • Dunne on Wine: When a winemaker’s life turns sour (in a good way)

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    No winemaker wants to hear that he makes great vinegar, unless he’s Bradley Alderson. Alderson’s Traditional Method Red Wine Vinegar has labels with art inspired by WPA frescoes in San Francisco’s Coit Tower. Bradley Alderson, who began making vinegar in 1977, tends a few barrels in his Woodbridge backyard in addition to 80 in a warehouse. “It’s a matter of benign neglect,” he said of the process. A bung caps a barrel of aging vinegar that’s part of Alderson’s newly commercial enterprise.
  • Dunne on Wine: Spring wines

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Here are several suggestions to sip in garden or on deck through the real spring. Glasses of riesling against scoring chart at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Judges at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine competition are, from left, Eric Degerman, Jim Trezise, winemaker Pat Henderson, Dr. Barry Gump and Mike Dunne. Mike Dunne and his wife, Marti, at his right, recently judged wines together during the sweepstakes round of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in January. Bogle Sauvignon Blanc
  • Dunne on Wine: Domaine Drouhin Oregon

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Pinot noirs from the Willamette Valley winery are at home in Sacramento. Domaine Drouhin Oregon consists of 124 acres, mostly planted in pinot noir. The Drouhins find it easier to make wines in Oregon than in Burgundy, according to winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss.
  • Dunne on Wine: Geyserville fares well in taste test

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:56 pm
    For cabernet sauvignon, Alexander Valley shines, but wines from Washington’s from Horse Heaven Hills also stand out. At a recent blind tasting of 12 cabernet sauvignons by five wine writers, including The Bee’s Mike Dunne, Jordan Winery and Jordan Vineyards had a winner. Jordan Winery and Jordan Vineyards, founded in 1976, is on Alexander Valley Road in Healdsburg.
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    SacBee -- Food & Drink

  • Financial issues close The Eatery in West Sacramento

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The Eatery in West Sacramento went dark Sunday, becoming another unfortunate example of a popular restaurant leveled by a combination of dire financial circumstances, including back taxes and late rent. The Eatery’s Facebook page announces the West Sacramento restaurant’s closure. Former Eatery co-owner Monda Korich help prep her restaurant’s entry at the annual Burger Battle at Raley Field.
  • ‘Indulgences’ live up to name

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    New treat from Breyers combines sauce and toppings into gelato. New product: Breyers Gelato Indulgences combine gelato, sauce and toppings all in one frozen dessert.
  • Two lesser-known Italian wine regions to explore

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Years ago, preparing to go abroad, I bought a 300-page book on Italian wine and painstakingly wrote down the name of every wine in it.
  • The Mailbox: Recipes lost and found

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sandy Moran of Carmichael (see letter at left) was looking for a lemon chicken recipe like the one served at Asian restaurants such as the Orient. This recipe from CDKitchen sounds like a match for Moran.
  • What’s Cooking: Pasta plus vegetables equals quick weekday meal

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A long-simmered pasta sauce is a beautiful thing, but for a lot of cooks, that’s a project for a weekend day, if ever. Lemon zest brightens the flavor while a little cream adds richness to this dish of pasta shells with artichokes. Fettuccine primavera is the quintessential spring pasta dish. Need a speedy meal? Try pasta with leeks and greens.
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    SacBee -- Sports

  • Melvin: No changes imminent to A's closer situation

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    OAKLAND -- The A’s are 5-for-11 in save opportunities on the season after losing a one-run lead in the ninth Tuesday night against the Rangers. But manager Bob Melvin said this morning there are no plans right now to alter the current closer-by-committee system.
  • Tower Bridge Battalion ready for supporting role at Republic FC's home opener

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s about 30 minutes into last month’s inaugural Sacramento Republic FC soccer game against L.A. Galaxy II at the StubHub Center Track Stadium, and a group of vocal Republic supporters is itching to witness a history-making moment. Casey Barcomb of Woodland wears the mascot outfit as he joins other Battalion members on the walk to StubHub Center Track Stadium in Carson for the March 29 game against L.A. Galaxy II. By paying $15 to join the supporter group, which boasts 370 members so far, fans get a scarf with the soccer team’s colors. Arturo Colmenares, 24, from Sacramento,…
  • Sacramento Kings recruiting low-income workers for arena construction

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Sacramento Kings officials held a training and outreach session this morning with community and faith-based groups to begin recruiting workers from “high-need backgrounds and neighborhoods” for the construction of the new arena.
  • A's reject 10-year Coliseum lease offer

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    The Oakland A's have rejected a deal to play at its ballpark for the foreseeable future, saying the 10-year lease extension offer doesn't meet all their requirements.
  • Most Sacramento City Council members praise arena financing plan

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    The Sacramento City Council provided mostly glowing reviews Tuesday night of the city’s plan to help finance a new downtown sports arena for the Kings. The proposed design for the Kings’ downtown arena includes five glass aircraft hangar doors that can fold upward to create a 40-foot tall opening to an outdoor plaza on the north side of the building.
 
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    SacBee -- Golf

  • Golf: Holes in one

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Holes in one must be faxed on the golf course’s stationery to The Bee at (916) 326-5503.
  • Golf: Course Report

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The Bee posse’s weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.
  • Golf Plus: Sacramento region’s golf landscape began decades ago with a piece of land and a vision

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    It was 1950, and golf in Sacramento was in a strained holding pattern. World War II was five years in the rearview mirror, but Arnold Palmer was five years from winning his first pro tournament and really ramping things up. A picture of a scorecard from Diamond Oaks Golf Course in 1964, the year the course opened. Diamond Oaks was among the first courses created by Ted Robinson, who also designed Rancho Murieta South. A player takes a swing in front of El Macero’s clubhouse in 1960, when the course opened. Bob Baldock golf course architect The 10th fairway at North Ridge Country Club…
  • Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker. Ben Martin watches his birdie putt go in on the second hole during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 20, 2014. Carol Fabish watches the action on the sixth green while wearing bunny ears for Easter during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 20, 2014. Luke Donald, of England, reacts after his drive off the third tee during the final round…
  • Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Luke Donald believes he's got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage. John Huh waves to the crowd after making a par putt on the seventh green during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Saturday, April 19, 2014. Luke Donald, of England, chips onto the seventh green during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Saturday, April 19, 2014. Matt Kuchar reacts after missing a birdie putt on the fifth green during the third round of the RBC…
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    SacBee -- Kings/NBA

  • Sacramento Kings recruiting low-income workers for arena construction

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Sacramento Kings officials held a training and outreach session this morning with community and faith-based groups to begin recruiting workers from “high-need backgrounds and neighborhoods” for the construction of the new arena.
  • Most Sacramento City Council members praise arena financing plan

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    The Sacramento City Council provided mostly glowing reviews Tuesday night of the city’s plan to help finance a new downtown sports arena for the Kings. The proposed design for the Kings’ downtown arena includes five glass aircraft hangar doors that can fold upward to create a 40-foot tall opening to an outdoor plaza on the north side of the building.
  • Ailene Voisin: Kings GM D’Alessandro faces test in offseason

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Finding and acquiring top players will be a challenge Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro listens to owner Vivek Ranadive, right, describe the hiring process during a news conference with coach Mike Malone, left, at Sleep Train Arena on June 17, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Leading Off: Adelman deserves banner night by Kings

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Rick Adelman deserved a better exit. After winning 50 or more games for five consecutive seasons – including a 61-21 record in the 2001-02 season that ended agonizingly close to an NBA championship – Adelman was fired after the Kings went 44-38 in 2005-06. Tuesday, December 11, 2001, Sacramento, Calif. -- Rick Adelman, head coach for the Sacramento Kings is mobbed by his players after the coaches 500 carreer victory at Arco arena against the Magic 112 to 100
  • City to release update on Sacramento arena negotiations

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    With a climactic City Council vote just weeks away, Sacramento officials plan to release an update Monday on the city’s negotiations with the Kings over the planned $448 million arena at Downtown Plaza.
 
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    SacBee -- Motor Sports

  • Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    What seemed to be a Ryan Hunter-Reay runaway took a strange and sudden turn on the streets of Long Beach, where tempers flared long after Mike Conway took a surprising win. Winner Mike Conway, left, of England sprays Clarissa Burquez, Miss Grand Prix of Long Beach runner-up, with sparkling wine on the podium after the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. Winner Mike Conway, center, of England, holds up his country's flag on the victory lap with second-place Will Power, left, of Australia, and third-place Carlos Munoz, right, of Colombia,…
  • Harvick survives shootout for 1st Darlington win

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory. Kevin Harvick poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., Saturday, April 12, 2014. Kevin Harvick, left, gets a kiss from his wife, Delana Harvick, in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., Saturday, April 12, 2014. Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C.,…
  • Local motor sports notes: All American Speedway dropping Late Model division this season

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Roseville’s All American Speedway opens the season Saturday, but the 2014 calendar won’t include the track’s closest link to NASCAR.
  • Listing of Northern California racetracks

    19 Apr 2008 | 4:34 pm
    A listing of 15 racetracks in Northern California, all within about a three-hour drive of Sacramento.
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    SacBee -- 49ers

  • On 49ers: Aldon Smith should get tough love instead of contract extension

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Ask any NFL agent or salary cap guru and he’ll tell you that picking up the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith’s contract is the prudent, no-brainer move for the 49ers. The 49ers are leaning against picking up a contract option on Aldon Smith, despite his ample talent, because it would send a mixed message. Sacramento Bee employee sports writer and blogger Matt Barrows photographed in The Bee studio on Thursday, May 28, 2009. Aldon Smith faces a court date April 29. Four days later is the 49ers’ deadline to trigger the fifth-year option in his contract.
  • 49ers’ Aldon Smith arrested after incident at LAX

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    A 49ers team already entangled in several police blotter items added another embarrassing incident to the list Sunday when troubled linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly saying he had a bomb. Outside linebacker Aldon Smith of the 49ers has a nearly 7-foot wingspan, one of the longest of any player in the 2011 draft class. The average arm length of the 109 college players at last month’s Senior Bowl was a little more than 31 inches.
  • Police confirm Lockette made 911 calls to have woman removed from hotel bed

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Ricardo Lockette made two 911 calls in Miami shortly after midnight April 2 to report a naked woman was on his friend’s bed and refused to leave, according to the Miami Police Department. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) makes a 58 yard run in the second quarter during the NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) calls a play during the NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks…
  • Extra Points: Smith's act should be wearing thin on 49ers

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    A person's actions will generally tell you everything you need to know about them, but some young men need a wake-up call to mature and head down the right path in life. FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2013, file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith warms up for the 49ers' NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in San Francisco. Smith has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb. LAPD Sgt. Michael Fox said Smith was booked Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2014. AP…
  • On 49ers: Leaders unable to control troublemakers

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    In the past several years, the 49ers have felt their locker room – led by hardworking players such as Justin Smith and Patrick Willis – could handle talented players with so-called character concerns. That notion, we can now say with certainty, was wishful thinking. Chris Culliver Daniel Kilgore Aldon Smith is the poster child for an immature group of 49ers that has committed a rash of transgressions recently. Smith, shown in 2013, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly making a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport.
 
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    SacBee -- City Beat

  • Sacramento Kings recruiting low-income workers for arena construction

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Sacramento Kings officials held a training and outreach session this morning with community and faith-based groups to begin recruiting workers from “high-need backgrounds and neighborhoods” for the construction of the new arena.
  • Most Sacramento City Council members praise arena financing plan

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    The Sacramento City Council provided mostly glowing reviews Tuesday night of the city’s plan to help finance a new downtown sports arena for the Kings. The proposed design for the Kings’ downtown arena includes five glass aircraft hangar doors that can fold upward to create a 40-foot tall opening to an outdoor plaza on the north side of the building.
  • Sacramento Community Center Theater facelift recommended

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    The city of Sacramento is considering another hefty investment in a downtown destination. A view of a proposed $36.5 million renovation of the Community Center Theater from L Street in downtown Sacramento.
  • City Beat: Union points a ‘Grim’ finger at Sacramento’s Co-op

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    The Grim Reaper has a message for you: The people who peddle vegan hot dogs and flaxseed inside the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op are destroying our city. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op has planned a new store along R Street that will be much larger than the current facility. Ryan Lillis
  • Report: Sacramento ranks high on transparency

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The city of Sacramento is the second most “open” city in the country, according to a report judging public access to government data. City business, such as that undertaken by the City Council (pictured) is not a secret to Sacramento citizens, who live in one of the most “open” municipalities in the country, a new report indicates.
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    SacBee -- Giants/A's

  • Melvin: No changes imminent to A's closer situation

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    OAKLAND -- The A’s are 5-for-11 in save opportunities on the season after losing a one-run lead in the ninth Tuesday night against the Rangers. But manager Bob Melvin said this morning there are no plans right now to alter the current closer-by-committee system.
  • A's reject 10-year Coliseum lease offer

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    The Oakland A's have rejected a deal to play at its ballpark for the foreseeable future, saying the 10-year lease extension offer doesn't meet all their requirements.
  • To raise or to raze? It’s a hairy decision

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Following the A’s 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday night, newly clean-shaven starting pitcher Dan Straily was asked how it felt working without a beard. A’s reliever Sean Doolittle’s beard survived a rough stretch last summer.“I’m superstitious but not to a point where I’m going to cut it if something happens,” Doolittle said. “… I’ve fallen down this weird beard rabbit hole … .” Derek Norris was pleased to see the A’s had no policies regarding hair or beards.
  • A’s find final out elusive, lose 5-4 to Rangers

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    OAKLAND -- The A’s don’t have long to ruminate on Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss with a day game Wednesday, which is good, because of the number of games in which they’ve lost a late lead already this season, this one might have been the most frustrating.
  • River Cats glance: Another rainout ends series in Tacoma

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:59 pm
    The River Cats’ game against the host Tacoma Rainiers on Tuesday night was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader July 26 at Cheney Stadium. This was the second game in the series to be postponed because of rain.
 
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    SacBee -- Sharks/NHL

  • Sharks beat Kings 4-3 in OT, take 3-0 series lead

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    After Patrick Marleau's fourth career playoff overtime goal silenced Staples Center for maybe the next-to-last time this season, the veteran San Jose Sharks forward attributed his knack for postseason heroics to one simple trait. San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, center, celebrates his game-winning goal with defenseman Scott Hannan, second from right, as Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, looks on and center Logan Couture skates in during the overtime period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Sharks won 4-3.
  • Sharks take 2-0 series lead with 7-2 win vs. Kings

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    The San Jose Sharks got a spark from an unusual place and turned a close game into another laugher against Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8), scores a goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 20, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture, right, scores a goal against Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 20, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. San…
  • Antti Niemi is Sharks' go-to guy

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Antti Niemi needed only 18 seconds to show that he was on his game. Jeff Chiu Associated Press Sharks goalie Antti Niemi eyes the puck in the second period against Detroit. Niemi made 33 saves in a losing effort. San Jose Sharks' Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, makes a save on a shot as Phoenix Coyotes' Martin Erat, right, of the Czech Republic, watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The Sharks defeated the Coyotes 3-2. Tony Ding The Associated Press Goalie Antti Niemi and Joe Thornton celebrate after the Sharks won in a shootout to…
  • Kings-Sharks rivalry resumes in 1st round

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The rivalry between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks has grown so intense in recent years that even newcomers take little time to acclimate themselves to the animosity. San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, right, of the Czech Republic, is defended by Colorado Avalanche's Marc-Andre Cliche (24) as goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, left, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, April 11, 2014, in San Jose, Calif.
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