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  • HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts

    SacBee -- Latest News
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    No cable? No problem. FILE - This file publicity image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from "Game of Thrones." HBO plans to offer a stand-alone version of its popular video-streaming service, CEO Richard Plepler said at an investor meeting at parent Time Warner Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
  • Sacramento showers drop about a tenth of an inch

    SacBee -- Top Stories
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    The first of three weak rain systems worked its way through the Sacramento region on Wednesday. A student is escorted across the street as they arrive to school under a first rain of the season downpour at Caleb Greenwood Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. More rain has arrived this week.
  • CalPERS board member stripped of leadership posts for campaign finance infractions

    SacBee -- Our Region
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    CalPERS board member Priya Mathur was removed from board leadership positions today because of her latest campaign-finance disclosure infractions.
  • Editorial: Neel Kashari’s drowning-child ad makes clear his campaign is flailing

    SacBee -- Editorials
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Neel Kashkari is flailing as he attempts to unseat Jerry Brown, as his revolting drowning-child ad shows. Republican candidate for California governor Neel Kashkari
  • Thomas L. Friedman: A gas pump war?

    SacBee -- Opinion
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The geopolitics of oil prices is in play as the U.S. and Saudi Arabia confront Russia and Iran in Syria.
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    SacBee -- Latest News

  • HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    No cable? No problem. FILE - This file publicity image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from "Game of Thrones." HBO plans to offer a stand-alone version of its popular video-streaming service, CEO Richard Plepler said at an investor meeting at parent Time Warner Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
  • 2nd Texas health worker with Ebola was on flight

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    A top federal health official say a Texas health worker should not have been flying aboard a commercial airline after being exposed to Ebola. A Frontier Airlines employee wears gloves as she checks in passengers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Cleveland. Ohio health officials aren't sure how many people came into contact with a Texas nurse as she visited family in the Akron area days before being diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas. The Ohio Department of Health says she visited family from Oct. 8-13 and flew Monday from Cleveland to Dallas. A security guard…
  • DeMarcus Cousins sits out preseason game in China

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Kings starting center misses preseason game with heel soreness; Kings lose to Brooklyn.
  • Teletovic leads Nets to 129-117 OT win over Kings

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Mirza Teletovic scored 22 points to lead the Nets to a 129-117 overtime preseason victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, as Brooklyn swept a pair of exhibition games in China between the teams. Brooklyn Nets' Cory Jefferson, left, passes Sacramento Kings' Ben McLemore during a pre-season match held in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Brooklyn Nets won 129-117. Sacramento Kings' Derrick Williams slam dunks during a pre-season match held in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Brooklyn Nets won 129-117. Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams, right, tries to pass Sacramento Kings'…
  • CalPERS board member stripped of leadership posts for campaign finance infractions

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    CalPERS board member Priya Mathur was removed from board leadership positions today because of her latest campaign-finance disclosure infractions.
 
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    SacBee -- Top Stories

  • Sacramento showers drop about a tenth of an inch

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    The first of three weak rain systems worked its way through the Sacramento region on Wednesday. A student is escorted across the street as they arrive to school under a first rain of the season downpour at Caleb Greenwood Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. More rain has arrived this week.
  • The Bee debuts a redesigned, faster website

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The new Sacbee.com provides clean design, clear navigation and faster loading, and it will tailor itself to the screen size of your favorite device. Joyce Terhaar, Sacramento Bee executive editor A screen shot of the new Bee website.
  • Report: 49ers linebacker Willis likely to miss game against Denver

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, injured in Monday’s victory over the Rams, likely will miss Sunday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver, according to a report. San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (52) jubilates to fans after the 49ers 26-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in a game at Levi's Stadium Sunday September 28, 2014 in Santa Clara.
  • Opinion: Bochy walks fine line between goat and hero

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants avoid disaster in extra-inning win in Game 3. Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, greets Cardinals boss Mike Matheny before Game 3 in San Franciso on Tuesday. Giants manager Bruce Bochy, shown walking back to the dugout after removing pitcher Tim Hudson in the seventh inning, may have left Hudson in a batter too many, though he said later his starter was still “throwing the ball well.”
  • Kashkari hits Jerry Brown for union ties, but motive unproven

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
    Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, is running a TV ad that depicts him saving a drowning child and claims Gov. Jerry Brown “betrayed our kids to protect his donors.”
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    SacBee -- Our Region

  • CalPERS board member stripped of leadership posts for campaign finance infractions

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    CalPERS board member Priya Mathur was removed from board leadership positions today because of her latest campaign-finance disclosure infractions.
  • Elk Grove pedestrian dies when hit by tow truck

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    A pedestrian died when hit by a tow truck Tuesday night in Elk Grove.
  • Sacramento showers drop about a tenth of an inch

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    The first of three weak rain systems worked its way through the Sacramento region on Wednesday. A student is escorted across the street as they arrive to school under a first rain of the season downpour at Caleb Greenwood Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. More rain has arrived this week.
  • Bank of Sacramento to be acquired by larger bank

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    AmericanWest Bank announced Wednesday it is to acquire Bank of Sacramento. William J. Martin
  • Amazon pop-up kisok headed to Sacramento

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Amazon has confirmed that Sacramento is one of two locations for pop-up retail stores. Diana Brooks, left, president and CEO of Sotheby's, and Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Inc., pose for photos after a news conference at Sotheby's in New York, Wednesday June 16, 1999. Sacramento is one of two locations chosen for pop-up kiosks by online retailer Amazon, according to reports.
 
 
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    SacBee -- Back-seat Driver

  • Late-night crowds prompt traffic-light changes in downtown Sacramento

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    In this week’s Back-seat Driver column: Sacramento puts an end to midnight “flashers” downtown. Marysville boasts the toughest downtown streets anywhere. And the mystery of the orange silos on local levees is answered. The city last month reconfigured traffic signals at 66 intersections.
  • Back-seat Driver: Signs along the road to fixing 50

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    The first week of the Fix50 project is over, and many commuters are breathing a sigh of relief. After a massive morning backup on Highway 50 in West Sacramento on Day One last week, all has calmed. Traffic on other freeways was often light as well. Officials say thousands of commuters responded to warnings by changing routes, commute times and travel modes.
  • City to Sacramentans: Help us improve the downtown grid

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    The city of Sacramento is asking residents to offer ideas on how to make the central city an easier, safer and more enjoyable place for workers and visitors to get around. The program, announced this week, is called Sacramento Grid 2.0. Officials say, they are not looking for people to suggest how to make room for more cars downtown. “We have a fairly complete grid that already functions well for cars,” said city planner Fedolia “Sparky” Harris. “We are on a mission to have a more balanced transportation system.”
  • Sacramento goal: Pedestrian power

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Sacramento officials are writing up a guide this fall that they and neighborhood residents can use to determine what strategies are best to make the city safer for walking. That includes pedestrian islands, tighter car lanes, flashing crosswalk lights and a fancy new device that just swooped into town called a HAWK.
  • Back-seat Driver: Expect backups on Highway 50 all weekend

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Construction crews will be closing several eastbound lanes this weekend on the Pioneer Bridge, which carries Highway 50 over the Sacramento River between West Sacramento and downtown Sacramento. Expect delays, Caltrans says. Similar work last weekend caused hourlong backups. Construction work on the W-X freeway causes a huge backup along the eastbound Highway 50 corridor as vehicles head toward the Pioneer Bridge near Jefferson Boulevard on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in West Sacramento, Calif.
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    SacBee -- Bee State News

  • King Fire affects hydroelectric facilities, recreation areas

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The King Fire has damaged a number of power generation systems connected to Sierra reservoirs, but utility officials still don't know how bad it is. Treasured public recreation areas at Stumpy Meadows Reservoir and the Rubicon River canyon also may have been affected. Cal Fire strike crews battle the King fire in El Dorado County near Fresh Pond on Wednesday.
  • Suspect arraigned in King fire; at least four houses burn

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    As fire officials began to confirm the first loss of homes and structures Friday in the King fire, the man accused of setting the massive blaze appeared in court for the first time and entered a not-guilty plea. Wayne Allen Huntsman, the suspect in the arson that set off the King fire, is arraigned in El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville on Friday alongside his attorney, William Dittman. A bus burned in the King fire along with four houses on White Meadows Road in Pollock Pines. The homes were the first confirmed to have been destroyed. A backyard grill is one of the few recognizable items…
  • Man accused of arson in King fire has criminal history

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Weary firefighters and relieved El Dorado County residents expressed elation Thursday at word that an arson suspect had been arrested and charged with starting the massive King fire, which has charred roughly 76,000 acres of forest in El Dorado and Placer counties since Saturday and threatens 12,000 homes. The setting sun appears orange Thursday through the billowing smoke of the King fire, which threatens 12,000 homes in El Dorado and Placer counties. Wayne A. Huntsman Forest Service firefighters from Plumas County clean up along Wentworth Springs Road near Uncle Tom’s Cabin in El…
  • Firefighters dig in for the long haul against El Dorado’s King fire

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    A ravenous wildfire in El Dorado County devoured swaths of forested terrain for a fifth day Wednesday, leaving nearly 2,200 residents displaced as fire crews battled to protect homes, lives and a major thoroughfare. Cal Fire strike crews battle the King fire in El Dorado County near Fresh Pond on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. A Cal Fire crew battles the King fire Wednesday in El Dorado County near Fresh Pond. The blaze, which began Saturday, grew to almost 28,000 acres. With swirling winds driving the huge King fire, crews Wednesday were attempting to keep flames from shooting up canyons beneath…
  • King Fire has now claimed more than 27,900 acres of timberland

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    “We are faced with a large and dangerous fire and the fire has grown significantly,” said Laurence Crabtree, a U.S. Forest Service supervisor for the Eldorado National Forest. Cal Fire strike crews battle the King fire in El Dorado County near Fresh Pond on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. People in a Pollock Pines gas station parking lot watch as a large smoke plume billows from the King fire in El Dorado County as it continues to spread and burn through dry conditions on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
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    SacBee -- Courts/Legal News

  • Jerry Brown vetoes childhood sex-abuse lawsuit bill

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    For the second year, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Tuesday to give victims more time to seek civil damages against third parties in childhood sex abuse cases – typically private or public employers of the alleged perpetrators. State Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, the author of SB 924 and SB 926, during session in March 2013.
  • Sacramento air quality officials sued over crude oil trains

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    A Bay Area environmental group has filed a lawsuit against Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District for failing to require an environmental review of a crude oil transfer station at McClellan Business Park.
 
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    SacBee -- Education

  • Popular Grant drum line prepares for prized D.C. appearance

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    The booming sound of drums punctuated every touchdown, completed pass and first down during New San Juan High’s homecoming football game earlier this month. But the school doesn’t have a band. The roaring beat was courtesy of the Grant Union High School Drum Line. Drumsticks show the beating they take during the Grant High School drumline. Teacher James Van Buren, otherwise known as Mr. V, leads the drumline in practice at Grant High School.
  • Feather River College student found dead after party

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    A Feather River College student was found dead Sunday in a cabin near Lake Almanor, where at least 50 students had been attending a party.
  • Hillary Clinton: Don't saddle students with debt

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Las Vegas crowd Monday night that more needs to be done to ensure young people can achieve their dreams and free students from onerous college debt "that can feel like an anchor tied to their feet dragging them down." Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the UNLV Foundation annual dinner Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, reacts as she is given shoes by Las Vegas Sun CEO, Publisher and Editor Brian Greenspun during the UNLV Foundation annual…
  • Sacramento teachers union flips on support for Cuneo, Woo

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Sacramento City Teachers Association threw its support behind Jeff Cuneo and Darrel Woo in 2010. Now the union is working to oust them in next month’s Sacramento City Unified School District elections.
  • Exposures: I Care: Students put Aggie pride on display

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:11 pm
    A pajama-clad parade of UC Davis students arrives at the Davis Amtrak station for Pajamarino, a 102-year tradition of welcoming returning alumni the night before the big homecoming game. UC Davis senior Tara Storm, right, of the student-run program We Are Aggie Pride tells Victoria Liew about financial assistance available for students during Pajamarino on Friday.
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    SacBee -- Environment

  • Foes of California plastic bag ban press ahead on referendum

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Opponents of California’s newly-signed ban on single-use plastic bags have been cleared to begin collecting signatures for a referendum, state elections officials said Friday. In this file photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, plastic single-use bags are carried past the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Environmentalists sue to stop Kern County crude oil project

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    A coalition of residents and environmental groups has filed a lawsuit against Kern County, challenging its approval last month of what would be the largest crude-by-rail project in the state.
  • Conservation groups snapped up large swaths of Sierra Nevada during recession

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:09 pm
    The collapse of real estate prices from 2007-2012 allowed conservation groups to buy thousands of acres in prime Sierra locations at cut-rate prices. The once-private areas are meant to be open for public recreation. A contractor loads a log truck to be moved out of Royal Gorge on Friday in Soda Springs. The forest, recently bought by the Truckee Donner Land Trust, is being thinned and restored after years of mismanagement and overgrowth. Truckee Donner Land Trust Executive Director Perry Norris visits Van Norden Meadows in Soda Springs on Friday. Truckee Donner Land Trust has taken ownership…
  • Bay Area water agency may start Sacramento River diversions

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    A Bay Area water agency may use its water contracts on the Sacramento River for the first time to help its customers survive the ongoing drought. The Sacramento River flows in the Courtland area.
  • Salmon fishing outlook good for 2014

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    California should see strong offshore salmon fishing seasons this year, despite the drought, and regulators will meet in Sacramento next week to begin planning the commercial and recreational catch rules. Dave Johnson of West Sacramento, accompanied by Karen Laudenschlager, holds his salmon which he caught in the Sacramento River on 2012 opening day of fishing season. Experts on Thursday said the projected salmon run this year should be enough to produce a good fishing season.
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    SacBee -- Health and Medicine

  • Nurses warn they aren’t prepared to treat Ebola

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Hours after a nurse in Dallas was diagnosed with the Ebola virus, nurses’ unions in Sacramento and around the country began warning that the government guidelines on caring for Ebola patients are inadequate, and hospitals aren’t giving their members adequate training and protective equipment. Police tape and a "No Trespassing" notice are posted Oct. 13, 2014 in Dallas, Tex. at the apartment of a healthcare worker who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan and tested positive for the disease. (Brandon Wade/AP Photo) A resident peeks out the window at an apartment next door to…
  • Dance medicine workshop at Davis conference engages younger crowds

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Dozens cycled in and out of a UC Davis classroom this weekend to hear the story of Isha Lloyd, a seven-year cast member of the Sacramento Ballet who was forced to leave the stage earlier this year because of a ganglion cyst in her right foot. Dr. Sonia Bell, teaches a dance medicine workshop with retired ballerina Isha Lloyd at the UC Davis Pre-health student conference on Sunday in Davis. Dr. Sonia Bell, right, teaches a dance medicine workshop with retired ballerina Isha Lloyd, at the UC Davis Pre-health student conference on Sunday in Davis. Lloyd danced for seven years with the Sacramento…
  • WellSpace Health opens newest clinic in Citrus Heights

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    WellSpace Health, formerly known as The Effort, will mark the opening of its eighth community clinic in Citrus Heights this month as it continues its efforts to provide health care for Sacramento’s low-income and uninsured population.
  • New case of Ebola in Dallas brings attention to risk healthcare workers face

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    A breach in safety protocol at a Dallas Hospital has caused a female health care worker to become infected with Ebola after having extensive contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. An entrance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, is illuminated by lights Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. A patient at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, in Braintree, Mass., who has visited Liberia, was brought to the medical center in Boston by ambulance Sunday. The medical center in Braintree said the patient complained of a headache and muscle aches. A statement from Ben Kruskal, chief of…
  • Former Sacramento Observer reporter describes Ebola’s effect on his native Liberia

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    When the first Ebola case on U.S. soil proved to be a Liberian who had landed in Texas, Gabriel Williams said he was crestfallen. He knew both the fight against the deadly virus and his job – to demystify and destigmatize Liberia – just got tougher. Gabriel Williams, counselor for press and public affairs in the Liberian Embassy in Washington, sits on the left in this picture. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is on the right. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Daniel Varga answers questions about a health care worker who provided hospital care…
 
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    SacBee -- Bee Nation/World News

  • Dallas health officials scramble to identify staff who treated Ebola patient

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Health officials on Monday were scrambling to identify and monitor a large number of health care workers at a Dallas hospital who could be at risk of contracting Ebola after they cared for Thomas Eric Duncan in the hospital’s isolation ward. Police tape and a "No Trespassing" notice are posted Oct. 13, 2014 in Dallas, Tex. at the apartment of a healthcare worker who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan and tested positive for the disease. (Brandon Wade/AP Photo) Protect Environmental workers move disposal barrels to a staging area outside the apartment of a healthcare worker who…
  • In Hong Kong’s Mong Kok neighborhood, protests have a local feel

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    It’s dense with people, thick with tension. For a week and a half, the Hong Kong district of Mong Kok has been home to the city’s scrappiest pro-democracy protests, and it remains a flashpoint for further clashes among protesters, police and gangs. Prices are posted in Hong Kong Dollars inside the work apartment of sex worker "Miss F," in Sham Shui Po, on the edge of Mong Kok in Hong Kong, China on Oct. 8, 2014. (Chris Stowers/McClatchy) Indonesian housemaids, on their day off, check their smartphones in this typically multi-cultural and busy street scene in Mong Kok District in…
  • Underwater search for Malaysian airliner resumes

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed Monday in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, more than six months after the jet vanished. FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, a member of Kechara Buddhist organization offers prayers for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, more than six months after the jet vanished.
  • Obama: U.S. underestimated the rise of Islamic State

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    President Barack Obama said the United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State and overestimated the Iraqi military’s ability to fight off the terrorist group in an interview Sunday night on 60 Minutes. President Barack Obama is committing the United States to a broad military campaign to root out militants in two volatile Middle East nations, authorizing airstrikes in both Syria and Iraq that could last well after his presidency, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)
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    SacBee -- Obituaries

  • Obituary: Don Coan, 87, was philanthropist, human rights activist

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Don Coan, a longtime Sacramento resident who was an international philanthropist and human rights activist, died Oct. 2 of prostate cancer, his wife said. He was 87. Don Coan was a philanthropist and human rights activist who promoted solar cooking as a solution to hunger and deforestation in developing communities.
  • Obituary: Dynamic retiree Valerie Bass, 96, led West Sacramento Girls Scouts troop

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Valerie Bass, a young-at-heart retiree who opened doors for underprivileged youngsters as a Girl Scouts leader, died Sept. 28 at 96, her family said. Valerie Bass was a retiree who worked as a Girl Scouts organizer in her 70s and was a troop leader in West Sacramento.
  • Veteran budget and tax analyst Peter Schaafsma dies

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Peter Schaafsma, an analyst of governmental finances for the Legislature, the state treasurer’s office and private clients for nearly 40 years, died Monday night of esophageal cancer, his family said. He was 62. Pete Schaafsma, an analyst of government finances, was a fixture in the state Capitol.
  • Former CalPERS board member Chuck Valdes, caught in ethical tangles, dies

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Charles P. “Chuck” Valdes was one of the most powerful figures at America’s largest public pension fund. But he led a troubled private life, dogged by bankruptcies and assorted ethical problems, and he’d been linked to a massive bribery scandal when he retired from public service four years ago. Charles P. Valdes
  • Former California legislator Richard ‘Dick’ Dickerson dead at 77

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Former Assemblyman Richard “Dick” Dickerson, a former Redding mayor, died Tuesday, the Redding Record Searchlight reported. Dick Dickerson serves lunch to city employees in Redding, Calif. on Friday Sept. 30, 2005. Dickerson, a Redding assemblyman in 2001, angered Republican Party leadership by breaking ranks and voting to end a bitter budget impasse after Democrats promised millions for his Redding district.
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    SacBee -- Religion News

  • Living on the street, a pastor connects with Sacramento’s homeless, raises money and learns about himself

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Megachurch pastor Rick Cole lives as a homeless person to draw attention to the issue and raise $100,000 for winter shelter. Rev. Rick Cole squeezes through a tight opening after a night's sleep in an alleyway where he had sought shelter for a couple of nights. Cole is drawing attention to the cause for Sacramento’s homeless population by living on the streets until $300,000 is raised for winter shelters this coming season. Rev. Rick Cole, pastor of the giant Capital Christian Center, walks to 24-Hour Fitness for a shower on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 in downtown Sacramento, Calif. Cole…
  • ‘Homeless’ pastor Rick Cole goes home to Capital Christian church

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    The Rev. Rick Cole returned to the 4,000-member Capital Christian Center stage Saturday after spending two weeks living as a homeless man on the streets of Sacramento and helping to raise more than $144,000 for the area’s Winter Sanctuary program. The Rev. Rick Cole of Capital Christian Center ends his two-week-long journey to bring awareness to homelessness in Sacramento on Saturday. Cole’s website showed that his effort had raised more than $144,000 toward the $300,000 needed to fund a winter shelter program. The Rev. Rick Cole speaks at a Saturday night service at Capital…
  • Former Bradshaw Christian School aide convicted of molestation charge

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    An instructional aide at a Christian School in south Sacramento County has been found guilty in a child molestation case.
  • Sacramento’s Bethany Presbyterian celebrates 100 years of survival and service

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Now, 100 years after founding, Bethany Presbyterian Church is counting its blessings and looking ahead. Steeple without bottom bell tower is lifted for placement on community hall at new site. The bell tower was placed upon the moved church. Crane removes steeple from Bethany Church at 2nd Avenue and 30th Street in Oak Park in 1955 for move to new site about 2.5 miles away at 24th Street and Fruitridge Road. Church moves slowly down the road to new site, minus steeple.
  • Supervisors delay decision on homeless shelters

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    As local church leaders raise funds to house homeless people this winter, Sacramento County supervisors backed off from a proposal Tuesday that would have restricted shelters operated by religious organizations. Reverend Rick Cole beds down for the night and pitches a tent at a location that he had sought shelter at for a couple of nights. Cole is posing as one of Sacramento's homeless individuals to help draw attention to homelessness in the region and raise $300,000 for winter shelters this coming season. The reverend will seek shelter in the streets, discover alternative ways to earn…
 
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    SacBee -- Foon Rhee

  • Foon Rhee: Sacramento finally gets serious about conserving water

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    After decades of denial and delay, city can learn some lessons from Los Angeles.
  • Editorial notebook: Our attention can’t wane on mental health needs of veterans and soldiers

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    The real issue goes far beyond one tragic shooting in Texas. Air Force veteran Linda Stanley of San Diego helped plant 1,892 flags representing veterans who have committed suicide this year.
  • Foon Rhee: Retraining may not be the secret to restore American Dream

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Programs have widespread political support and substantial funding, but have limited success helping laid-off workers find jobs. Adrian White, a former Campbell’s Soup worker, trained at the Institute of Technology in Citrus Heights to be a pharmacy technician but has yet to find a job. He says he can’t afford to hold out much longer for work in his new field. Glenn Spencer, a former Campbell’s Soup employee, received guidance from Diana Nash at Sacramento Works Career Center. He took classes in air conditioning, but ended up back in food production, at the Nestlé…
  • Foon Rhee: Military tries to win war against suicides

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    A recent decline gives hope that awareness and prevention programs are taking hold. 300 dpi Hector Casanova color illustration of a soldier sitting on the edge of his bed with a gun, looking depressed and thinking of all the horrible sights of war. The Kansas City Star 2010<p> 16000000; krtcampus campus; krtnational national; krtwar war; krtworld world; WAR; krt; mctillustration; 16010000; 14005001; 14023000; death dying; krtsocialissue social issue; SOI; suicide; casanova; gun rifle; kc contributed; soldier; 2010; krt2010
  • Editorial notebook: Obama’s response to crises is par for the course

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

  • Sacramento tries to keep $6.9 million, may suspend bridge bids

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday will consider suspending the competitive bidding process for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge linking the Curtis Park Village neighborhood with Sacramento City College and a Regional Transit light-rail station, a move city staff members say is necessary to meet the deadline for awarding a contract and to avoid losing federal construction funds for the project. The Public Eye
  • Watt Avenue lane closures begin Monday

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Watt Avenue will be subject to daytime lane closures for road work from Monday, Oct. 13 through Oct. 31, Sacramento County Department of Transportation officials said.
  • Sacramento underestimating downtown arena traffic, lawyers say

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Lawyers challenging Sacramento’s handling of its downtown arena project argued in court Friday that the city is grossly underestimating the number of people who might show up for an event and the resulting traffic congestion. They contend as many as 31,000 might attend a major event, if the Kings allow standing-room-only admissions inside the arena and if the plaza outside is packed with people as well. Rob Rothblatt, Design Director for AECOM, makes a presentation to the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board outlining the design plans for the construction of the downtown arena on January 27,…
  • Late-night crowds prompt traffic-light changes in downtown Sacramento

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    In this week’s Back-seat Driver column: Sacramento puts an end to midnight “flashers” downtown. Marysville boasts the toughest downtown streets anywhere. And the mystery of the orange silos on local levees is answered. The city last month reconfigured traffic signals at 66 intersections.
  • Open houses examine roads in Tahoe National Forest

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tahoe National Forest officials will host two public open houses this month, in Sierraville and Nevada City, to discuss the forest’s road system.
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    SacBee -- Weather Report

  • Sacramento showers drop about a tenth of an inch

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    The first of three weak rain systems worked its way through the Sacramento region on Wednesday. A student is escorted across the street as they arrive to school under a first rain of the season downpour at Caleb Greenwood Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. More rain has arrived this week.
  • Three chances for a little rain in Sacramento

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Sacramento’s weather seems to be settling into a series of light rain events. The Earth's shadow begins to fall over the moon during a total lunar eclipse, behind a weathervane shaped like a Spanish galleon on the Freedom Tower in Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
  • Sacramento sprinkles? Maybe Tuesday night

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    One last day of heat is predicted for the Sacramento region before a stretch of cooler fall weather. Raindrops glitter on a pedestrian’s dark umbrella near Capitol Mall in Sacramento. On Oct. 8, the sun looked ready for Halloween, like a jack-o-lantern.
  • Update: Applegate fire 80 percent contained

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Firefighters make progress on Applegate blaze, mindful of gusty winds that could complicate containment. Efforts such as this aerial assault on Friday continue on the Applegate fire, which is being contained while firefighters contend with higher wins and temperatures on Sunday.
  • Sacramento temperatures remain above average; winds pick up Sunday

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Summer-like temperatures are lingering in Sacramento, despite the start of fall almost three weeks ago.
 
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    SacBee -- Letters to the Editor

  • Opponents of Proposition 2 are misinformed

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Re "Will Prop. 2 shore up state finances?" (Viewpoints, Oct. 10): The opponents of Proposition 2 are misinformed. K-12 schools will continue to be the state's first priority. Schools have more protection than any other public service and still this guarantee is not enough to protect school funding if the Legislature cannot manage the booms and busts of our economy.
  • McCarty on the wrong side of history with Arena

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Re "Assembly hopeful McCarty talks arena, taxes" (Capitol & California, Sept. 18): Let's clarify what Kevin McCarty calls the subsidy in the downtown arena project. We are not giving millions to billionaires, as we often hear. No, we will own the arena for about half price and eventually for free, since payments far exceed interest costs after just a few years.
  • Access to health care: statewide rural issue

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Re "Lack of doctors in Humboldt reflects rural issue" (Viewpoints, Oct. 5): Access to health care has long been a problem for rural California residents. Remote areas with rugged geography, inclement weather and an aging medical provider population limit both availability and access. While the Affordable Care Act extends health care benefits to a wider population pool, the resulting changes have increased the pressure on an already faltering rural health care system.
  • Maybe rethink women as priests issue also

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Re "Vatican shifts message on gay couples" (Page A1, Oct. 14): It's interesting to note Catholic bishops have signaled a seismic shift in church attitudes toward gays by saying gays have positive gifts to offer the church. Too bad the bishops didn't also recognize the real value of Catholic women to the church by allowing them to be ordained as priests.
  • Guns more deadly than hands

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Re "More deadly weapons need look" (Letters, Oct. 10): Letter writer John Dodson lists a slew of implements -- knives, golf clubs, hammers, fists, etc. -- that he considers as deadly as firearms. He wonders why there are no editorials or movements to restrict the use of things like that, but there are constant efforts to regulate his gun.
 
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    SacBee -- Homeless

  • ‘Homeless’ pastor Rick Cole goes home to Capital Christian church

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    The Rev. Rick Cole returned to the 4,000-member Capital Christian Center stage Saturday after spending two weeks living as a homeless man on the streets of Sacramento and helping to raise more than $144,000 for the area’s Winter Sanctuary program. The Rev. Rick Cole of Capital Christian Center ends his two-week-long journey to bring awareness to homelessness in Sacramento on Saturday. Cole’s website showed that his effort had raised more than $144,000 toward the $300,000 needed to fund a winter shelter program. The Rev. Rick Cole speaks at a Saturday night service at Capital…
  • Supervisors delay decision on homeless shelters

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    As local church leaders raise funds to house homeless people this winter, Sacramento County supervisors backed off from a proposal Tuesday that would have restricted shelters operated by religious organizations. Reverend Rick Cole beds down for the night and pitches a tent at a location that he had sought shelter at for a couple of nights. Cole is posing as one of Sacramento's homeless individuals to help draw attention to homelessness in the region and raise $300,000 for winter shelters this coming season. The reverend will seek shelter in the streets, discover alternative ways to earn…
  • ‘Homeless’ pastor raises $100,000 but will live on the streets another week

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The Rev. Rick Cole of the 4,000-member Capital Christian Center has been living the life of a homeless man for the past week. He met his goal of raising $100,000 for a winter shelter program but plans to camp out another week to better understand the homeless. The Rev. Rick Cole of Capital Christian Center and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson camped out together Sunday night.
  • Megachurch pastor plans to live on the streets of Sacramento to raise money for homeless

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    The Rev. Rick Cole of the 4,000-member Capital Christian Center in Rosemont plans to spend up to two weeks living like a homeless person in downtown Sacramento to help raise $100,000 for a winter shelter program. The Rev. Rick Cole is taking light rail downtown and will camp out Sunday night as he seeks funds for a cold-weather shelter.
  • Roseville moves homeless charity after beating death

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Shane Brand, a homeless veteran, knew the late Joseph “Joey” Graven as Googly Eyes. It was a nickname bestowed for Graven’s gentle spirit and good humor, even as he anxiously kept a knife close for protection. Christina Mendoza, 51, gets doughnuts from Tom Battaglia, a volunteer with the nonprofit group What Would Jesus Do?, during their morning feeding program at Roseville’s Saugstad Park on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The city of Roseville is considering moving the program to another location. For years, the organization’s food truck has been feeding homeless people…
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    SacBee -- Agriculture

  • City Beat: Sacramento must take the tomato back

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    How has Sacramento let a city one-thirteenth its size get away with staking claim to our most beloved – wait, is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Doesn’t matter. Sacramento should own this. A beloved local has emerged at the star of Sacramento’s 2014 celebration as “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” – the heirloom tomato. The local tomato season kicks in when the weather is at its most sweltering, typically late July and throughout August. Ryan Lillis
  • IRS extends deadline for farmers forced to sell livestock due to drought

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Farmers and ranchers forced to sell livestock due to the drought have an extended period of time to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the sales, the Internal Revenue Service ).
  • Jerry Brown vetoes farm labor bill

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Sunday that would have changed procedures in farm labor disputes to make it harder for California farmers to stall new contracts. Gov. Jerry Brown meets with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board for an endorsement interview on Thursday May 15, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
  • California harvest much smaller than normal across crops

    28 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s harvest time in much of California, and the signs of drought are almost as abundant as the fruits and nuts and vegetables. Mike Daddow stands above a rice box, which would normally control the flow of water through his family’s rice field, if he hadn’t fallowed the 150-acre parcel due to lack of water. “We’d all rather be farming, as would everybody who depends on us – the truck drivers, the parts stores, the mills,” said Daddow, a fourth-generation rice grower in the Nicolaus area of southern Sutter County.
  • Tomato growers’ lawsuit against feds fails to bear fruit

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    A federal court has rejected the potentially far-reaching claims of Florida tomato growers who say they lost business because of Food and Drug Administration warnings.
 
 
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    SacBee -- Technology

  • Review site Yelp battles extortion claims

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones. Chef Michele Massimo prepares a salad in the kitchen of his restaurant Botto Bistro Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Richmond, Calif. For years, many small businesses have complained that Yelp is extorting them by raising or dropping ratings depending on whether they advertise with the Web’s most popular review site. Yelp still faces several legal challenges and other forms of protests. One San Francisco Bay…
  • Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing." FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in…
  • Samsung expects lowest profit in over 3 years

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The world's biggest smartphone maker is suffering a stunning financial decline in the face of intense competition from Apple Inc. and upstart Chinese brands.
  • Apple devotees line up at Arden Fair for the iPhone 6

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Long lines of several hundred people - and a few protestors - greeted the dawn Friday and the birth of a new cellphone at Arden Fair Mall. Apple employees, in blue shirts, fire up the masses waiting in line for the latest iPhone release at Arden Fair mall on Friday in Sacramento.
  • FCC commissioners hear testimony on net neutrality in Sacramento

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    For months, the issue of “net neutrality” has been debated in the halls of Washington, D.C., but on Wednesday, the issue came home to Sacramento at a state Capitol forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui.
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    SacBee -- Ask Emily

  • Ask Emily: New California laws that will – or won’t – make health coverage easier

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all of her columns at sacbee.com/askemily. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Translations key to keeping health care coverage

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all of her columns at sacbee.com/askemily. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Changes ahead for dental coverage under Obamacare

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Covered California will be offering optional, stand-alone dental plans for adults and families next year, though they won’t be available when open enrollment begins on Nov. 15. Look for them in early 2015, before open enrollment ends, a spokesman says. 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: Does Covered California really have you covered?

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    A worrisome trend is emerging among some Californians who thought they were safe and secure under Covered California: Their plans are being canceled without consent and sometimes without notice. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Change and no change at Covered California health insurance exchange

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I’m sure you’ve heard that premiums for plans sold through our health insurance exchange, Covered California, will go up an average of 4.2 percent next year. Just remember, “average” means just that. Your premium increase (or decrease in some cases) will depend on a variety of factors. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
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    SacBee -- Folsom/El Dorado News

  • New El Dorado County animal shelter to open in Diamond Springs

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    A new El Dorado County animal shelter – designed to house, cats, dogs and livestock – will open Thursday in Diamond Springs.
  • MontBleu casino at Lake Tahoe getting makeover

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    The $24 million renovation follows conversion of Horizon into Hard Rock resort
  • Cameron Park murder defendant testifies he killed wife in self-defense

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Todd Winkler testified Tuesday that he killed his wife out of self-defense after a fight over their impending divorce that left him “exhausted.” Murder defendant Todd Winkler on Tuesday is led into El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville by one of his lawyers, Eric Schlueter. Todd Winkler waits for the jury to enter before testifying for the second day in his murder trial in El Dorado Superior Court on Tuesday in Placerville. Winkler is accused of murdering his wife, Rachel, in their Cameron Park house in 2012.
  • Auburn considers ordinance to regulate Airbnb home-sharing services

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    The city of Auburn is creating an ordinance that would regulate home-sharing operations like Airbnb – a popular platform on which residents rent private rooms for money – making it the first jurisdiction in the Sacramento region to attempt oversight of the budding industry. Homes throughout the region, such as this one in Sacramento, are part of the Airbnb network, but the city of Auburn is the first jurisdiction hereabout that is considering municipal regulations to govern facets of the business.
  • Vast landscape charred by King Fire will receive emergency treatment

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Experts now worry that the devastation and the extreme temperatures of the fire, which scorched much of the soil and reduced its ability to hold together and absorb runoff, could lead to floods and mudslides when winter storms arrive. A burned stump among a forest of burned trees following the King fire in El Dorado County on Friday, October 10, 2014. The King fire burned nearly 100,000 acres in recent weeks. The King fire devastated a swath of the Eldorado National Forest the size of a major city, destroying 12 homes and 68 outbuildings. It shut down forest roads, burned through hiking…
 
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    SacBee -- Elk Grove News

  • Elk Grove police need help finding despondent man

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Elk Grove police are asking for the public’s help in finding a young man who has recently expressed suicidal statements. Jesse David Canchola
  • Elk Grove moves ahead with outlet plan; landowner threatens lawsuit

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    The Elk Grove City Council this week approved a development agreement with Howard Hughes Corp. to replace the half-built Elk Grove Promenade shopping mall – a failed project that has dogged the city for years – with an outlet mall similar to those found in Vacaville and Folsom. The Elk Grove Promenade stands unfinished in this March 2013 photo. The City Council has approved a development agreement with Howard Hughes Corp. to replace the half-built mall.
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery opens in Elk Grove

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A third Sacramento-area Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery opened Wednesday (Oct. 8) at 8234 Laguna Blvd., Suite 130, in Elk Grove.
  • Feast Q&A: Champion eater Miki Sudo is ready for pie in Elk Grove

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:54 pm
    The top female competitive eater takes on Joey Chestnut and other pros in the first pumpkin pie eating world championship in Elk Grove. Miki Sudo celebrates after winning the 99th annual Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest in July on Coney Island. She ate 34 hot dogs with buns in 10 minutes.
  • Stonie upsets Chestnut in Elk Grove pumpkin pie-eating contest

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Major League Eating stars come to Elk Grove’s Giant Pumpkin Festival and set a world record. Winner Matt Stonie, right, waits for results with reigning champion Joey Chestnut, left, during the Elk Grove Pumpkin Festival at the world championship of pumpkin pie eating contest on Sunday Oct. 5, 2014 in Elk Grove, Calif. Matt Stonie hold up his championship belt after competing during the Elk Grove Pumpkin Festival at the world championship of pumpkin pie eating contest on Sunday Oct. 5, 2014 in Elk Grove. Joey Chestnut, left, the reigning Nathan's hot dog champion pumps up the crowd with…
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    SacBee -- Nevada Patient Busing

  • Federal judge dismisses Nevada ‘patient dumping’ lawsuit

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    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.
  • Mental patients bused – and crime followed

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Six months after he was discharged to a Greyhound bus and shipped out of Las Vegas, one former patient of Nevada’s primary hospital for mentally ill people stabbed a man to death in Iowa. Marc Berrier, 37, watches for Seattle homeless people who may want coffee and donuts during Union Gospel Mission’s morning watch program. Berrier, an alcoholic who was given a bus ticket to Seattle by Las Vegas hospital aides, has now graduated from an addiction recovery program. Marc Berrier, a former patient at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, listens during an Alpha meeting at…
  • The Nevada busing investigation: How The Bee did this story

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Rawson-Neal’s busing policies came to light early this year, when The Sacramento Bee published the story of a man the psychiatric hospital shipped to Sacramento even though he had no ties to the capital city.
  • Nevada governor convenes special council to improve state’s mental health system

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    The announcement followed a Sacramento Bee investigative report published Sunday that found numerous patients discharged from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas to Greyhound buses bound for other states were later arrested at the destination cities for crimes that included murder, assault, theft, vagrancy and sex offenses. Marc Berrier, 37, watches for Seattle homeless people who may want coffee and donuts during Union Gospel Mission’s morning watch program. Berrier, an alcoholic who was given a bus ticket to Seattle by Las Vegas hospital aides, has now graduated from an…
  • U.S. probe turns up more homeless patients bused from Nevada mental hospital

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Some of them heard voices and saw imaginary people. Some talked of killing themselves by jumping off a building or walking in front of a bus. They suffered from afflictions ranging from cocaine addiction to schizoaffective disorder, and most were homeless and without medical insurance. Joshua Soules, 25, is living in Sacramento after his release from the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas. Discharged via Greyhound to Sacramento, a trip that should have taken about 15 hours turned into a three-day ordeal. His mother says he should never have been sent alone. "It's absolutely not…
 
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    SacBee -- Roseville/Placer County News

  • Auburn considers ordinance to regulate Airbnb home-sharing services

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    The city of Auburn is creating an ordinance that would regulate home-sharing operations like Airbnb – a popular platform on which residents rent private rooms for money – making it the first jurisdiction in the Sacramento region to attempt oversight of the budding industry. Homes throughout the region, such as this one in Sacramento, are part of the Airbnb network, but the city of Auburn is the first jurisdiction hereabout that is considering municipal regulations to govern facets of the business.
  • Placer County evacuees wait as workers fight Applegate fire

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    The wildland blaze, which sparked at five to seven separate locations along I-80 on Wednesday afternoon and threatened about 1,000 residences, is 25 percent contained. Jullie Hill and Russ Niesz share their evacuation experiences after being allowed to return to their homes in Applegate on Thursday. A fire that erupted along Interstate 80 near Applegate in Placer County has destroyed five homes and is threatening 1,000 other residences, Cal Fire reported Thursday. Firefighters on an inmate crew walk through a burned area near Applegate on Thursday. A fire that erupted along Interstate 80 near…
  • Roseville’s SUNworks to move into larger headquarters

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    SUNworks, a Roseville-based solar power company, has secured a 20,000-square-foot building in Roseville to house its Northern California operations.
  • Seniors First awarded $5,000 to help Auburn-area residents

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The Placer Community Foundation, which make grants to communities in Placer County’s western region, has awarded $5,000 to Auburn-based Seniors First to help with the nonprofit’s outreach program for older adults.
  • King fire burn now listed at 87,592 acres

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The King fire grew 5,000 acres overnight. Mike, and Trish Kirk with their son James posted a sign on Foresthill Road thanking the firefighter for their work fighting the King fire Sunday September 21, 2014 in Foresthill.
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    SacBee -- Sacramento City News

  • Sacramento council members line up behind strong-mayor measure

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The campaign to strengthen the authority of the Sacramento mayor’s office picked up key political support Tuesday with the announcement that four current members of the Sacramento City Council and a council member set to take office later this year are supporting Measure L. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s push for Measure L, which would put significantly more power in the mayor’s office, received support today from several key leaders. Steve Hansen continues to be a voice of dissent toward Measure L, a position with little support from the rest of the City Council. City…
  • Sacramento teachers union flips on support for Cuneo, Woo

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Sacramento City Teachers Association threw its support behind Jeff Cuneo and Darrel Woo in 2010. Now the union is working to oust them in next month’s Sacramento City Unified School District elections.
  • This Week: Renovated playground to reopen at Sacramento’s McClatchy Park

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    On Saturday, City Councilman Jay Schenirer and Mayor Kevin Johnson will officially reopen the playground and other portions of McClatchy Park after a $2.8 million renovation.
  • Tax measure, development divide Rancho Cordova council candidates

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In Rancho Cordova, a city just 11 years old where the City Hall is in an office park, council members Dan Skoglund and Linda Budge are about as close to civic institutions as you can find.
  • City Beat: Boat dwellers can be a problem on our rivers

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    There’s a guy the cops call Mr. Smith who lives on a boat tied to a log in the Sacramento River, just a short skip downriver from the Tower Bridge. He’s rarely seen, but he’s out there, hunkered down in a Bayliner named Takee One that’s barely afloat. Boats such as this one are identified as a growing problem on Sacramento rivers, eyesores that also present environmental and safety threats. Ryan Lillis
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    SacBee -- Yolo County News

  • Davis City Council selects Yolo official as new city manager

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The Davis City Council chose an assistant Yolo County administrator as new city manager Monday. Dirk Brazil was selected Monday, Oct. 13, as the new Davis city manager.
  • Cabaldon faces West Sacramento mayoral challenge from political newcomer

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    The race for West Sacramento mayor appears, at first glance, a study in contrasts: A veteran leader in Christopher Cabaldon, West Sacramento’s longest-serving elected mayor, vs. a political newcomer in challenger Narinderpal Singh Hundal. But the issues for both candidates are much alike: attracting new business and investment, supporting education and public safety and creating good-paying jobs. Christopher Cabaldon Narinderpal Singh Hundal
  • Dance medicine workshop at Davis conference engages younger crowds

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Dozens cycled in and out of a UC Davis classroom this weekend to hear the story of Isha Lloyd, a seven-year cast member of the Sacramento Ballet who was forced to leave the stage earlier this year because of a ganglion cyst in her right foot. Dr. Sonia Bell, teaches a dance medicine workshop with retired ballerina Isha Lloyd at the UC Davis Pre-health student conference on Sunday in Davis. Dr. Sonia Bell, right, teaches a dance medicine workshop with retired ballerina Isha Lloyd, at the UC Davis Pre-health student conference on Sunday in Davis. Lloyd danced for seven years with the Sacramento…
  • Davis biotech firm Marrone Bio announces big layoffs

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., the troubled Davis biotech firm, said today it’s laying off 23 percent of its staff as it copes with a decline in revenue and a rebellion from shareholders.
  • TBD Fest seen as showcase for West Sacramento waterfront

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    West Sacramento’s TBD Fest on the city’s riverfront was largely incident-free with a smattering of noise complaints from both sides of the Sacramento River, according to the music festival’s promoters and the city’s mayor. Music lovers attend TBD Fest on Saturday on the West Sacramento riverfront. The 3-day music event drew 21,000 attendees.
 
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    SacBee -- State Politics

  • Mayors gather in Sacramento for emotional discussion of race, policing

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, more than 30 mayors from across the nation heard impassioned discussion Sunday about America’s racial divide and policing in minority communities. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, shown before delivering the State of the City address in February, led a gathering of mayors from across the nation in a discussion about America’s racial divide on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. John Marks of Tallahassee, Fla., stands with other mayors at the Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge Dinner on Sunday. The group was visiting Sacramento with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
  • Ad Watch: Commercial backing Proposition 46 leaves out costs

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Nov. 4 ballot initiative would more than quadruple the state’s $250,000 cap on medical malpractice awards, mandate random drug and alcohol testing of doctors, and require physicians and pharmacists to consult a statewide drug-history database before prescribing or dispensing certain drugs for the first time. Proposition 46 author Bob Pack’s two children were killed in an accident with a doctor-shopping, prescription drug addict. The proponents of Proposition 46 have a new TV ad in which they discuss a mandated, statewide drug history database.
  • Jerry Brown signs bills on 'affirmative consent,' cocaine sentencing

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring California colleges to adopt rape-prevention policies that include an “affirmative consent” standard for sexual actvity, his office said Sunday. A California state flag blows toward Gov. Jerry Brown as he speaks at the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
  • Rep. Ami Bera works to shed labels in tough re-election fight

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January, Rep. Ami Bera joined in delivering a response on behalf of the group No Labels, a bipartisan coalition he says is working to build trust, find common ground and break the gridlock in Washington. Rep. Ami Bera is seen at his campaign office in Elk Grove, Calif., before winning his election that unseated incumbent Republican Dan Lungren. Bera, a first-term Democrat in a Sacramento-area seat, is a physician who favors expanding access to health care. Yet he has been voting with the Republican majority in the House…
  • Assembly votes down budget plan

    8 Jul 2009 | 4:10 pm
    California lawmakers finally voted on a state budget Sunday – but it died a partisan death.
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    SacBee -- Elections

  • How truthful were the 4th District candidates?

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
    With charges flying in Tuesday’s debate, The Bee did some fact-checking and analyzed the claims:
  • Cooper touts local experience

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Having already served as an undercover narcotics officer, Sacramento County jail commander and first mayor of the newborn Elk Grove, City Councilman Jim Cooper has set his sights on an open seat in the state Assembly, facing fellow Democrat Darrell Fong in the 9th District. Cooper discussed his policy goals and campaign on a visit Tuesday to the Bee Capitol Bureau. California Assembly candidate Jim Cooper.
  • Kashkari hits Jerry Brown for union ties, but motive unproven

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, is running a TV ad that depicts him saving a drowning child and claims Gov. Jerry Brown “betrayed our kids to protect his donors.”
  • Rep. Tom McClintock, Art Moore get personal in lone District 4 debate

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Art Moore faced off in the first and perhaps only debate in the all-Republican race for California’s 4th Congressional District, which includes Roseville, Auburn, Rocklin and stretches to Fresno. Rep. Tom McClintock, left, and Art Moore, right, both Republicans, debate in the 4th Congressional District race at Auburn City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 in Auburn, Calif. The one hour debate was sponsored by Auburn Chamber of Commerce.
  • VIDEO: California Assembly candidate Jim Cooper

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Video of California Assembly District 9 candidate Jim Cooper talking about his goals should he be elected
 
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    SacBee -- State Budget

  • Lawmakers approve California budget with midnight deadline looming

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    California lawmakers approved a $156.4 billion state budget Sunday, rushing to pass legislation less than six hours before the constitutional deadline. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, right, celebrates the passage of the state budget with his successor, Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Sen. William Monning, D-Carmel. Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Mark Leno D-San Francisco talks before the California Legislature approves the budget bill at the State Capitol Sunday June 15, 2014 in Sacramento.
  • State lawmakers approve tax credit for Boeing and Lockheed Martin

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

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

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

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

  • The Buzz: McClintock, Moore finally agree on a debate

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    A day after McClintock backed away from a one-hour debate that would have been hosted by the League of Women Voters, the Elk Grove Republican’s camp issued a news release that he had accepted an invitation from the Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s “Meddlers” forum at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Rep. Tom McClintock Joel Fox is president of the Small Business Action Committee and editor of Fox and Hounds Daily (www.foxandhoundsdaily.com), a website dedicated to commentary on California business and politics.
  • The Buzz: Jerry Brown endorses exercise, is mum on Torlakson

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    California Gov. Jerry Brown declines to endorse Tom Torlakson, but supports exercise. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, shown in January, appeared Wednesday with Gov. Jerry Brown at the opening of a fitness center at a San Jose elementary school.
  • The Buzz: Debate between Republicans Tom McClintock and Art Moore called off

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    The only scheduled debate between Rep. Tom McClintock and fellow Republican Art Moore has been canceled after the sponsor refused to allow the congressman to designate a representative to vet the questions in advance. Rep. Tom McClintock wanted someone he designated to look at the questions in a League of Women Voters debate format, but the group would not agree to his terms.
  • The Buzz: Steinberg to launch mental health foundation

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Outgoing Senate leader Darrell Steinberg will form a foundation to work on mental health policy issues, an area that has long been a priority for the Sacramento Democrat.
  • The Buzz: Neel Kashkari ad winner picked from ‘over 10’

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, short of cash and inspired by Frito-Lay’s “Crash the Super Bowl” consumer advertising contests, announced in August that he would give a $25,000 scholarship to the college student who made the best ad for his campaign. Neel Kashkari, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, had college students put together campaign ads and provided a $25,000 scholarship for the winner.
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    SacBee -- Real Estate

  • Sacramento County home market warmed in September

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The median price of a resale home in Sacramento County rose slightly and more homes sold in September vs. August, when prices were flat and sales were down, CoreLogic DataQuick reported Tuesday.
  • SolarCity launches loan program for homeowners

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    SolarCity Corp., which employs more than 500 in the Sacramento area, sent ripples through the solar industry Wednesday, launching a loan program for homeowners to buy their rooftop solar systems. SolarCity workers install solar panels on the roof of a house. The company’s new program will allow homeowners to own their panels, rather than lease them, as is the current practice.
  • Lack of inventory drags down Lake Tahoe real estate market

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    A lack of inventory has dragged down the Lake Tahoe real estate market through the first nine months of 2014, according to Chase International.
  • Fledgling suburb bankrolled by CalPERS recovers along with real estate market

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Born during the housing bubble, this San Joaquin County bedroom town was America’s most “underwater” community six years ago, a reference to the ocean of homeowners who owed more than their properties were worth. CalPERS pumped $52 million into construction of Mountain House High School in the commuter town of Mountain House , Calif. New home construction at Santa Inez Drive in the commuter town of Mountain House , Calif., on Thursday, July 10, 2014. May 4, 2010 - Paved streets, lamp posts and street and traffic signs wait for new homes at the CalPERS-owned Questa Village…
  • Big Springs retreat known as ‘Monet in the Mountains’ up for sale

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Big Springs Gardens, a one-of-a-kind 118-acre property beneath the Sierra Buttes, was listed recently for $3.5 million. Visitors enjoy a lunch buffet at Big Springs Gardens in Sierra City last week. The beautiful 118-acre property just beneath the 8,600-foot Sierra Buttes, recently went on the market for $3.5 million. Surrounded by national forest without other dwellings or roads in view, visitors often experience it as a kind of private Shangri-La. Don Phillips, owner of Big Springs Gardens, stands in his living room there. At age 90, he’s selling the retreat because he has no heirs…
 
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    SacBee -- Major League Baseball

  • Cruz, Hardy HRs carry Orioles past Tigers 12-3

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles had the good fortune of avoiding Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer during the regular season. Baltimore Orioles' J.J. Hardy (2) is congratulated in the dugout after his solo home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game 1 of baseball's AL Division Series, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Baltimore. Baltimore Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza, left, center fielder Adam Jones, rear, and right fielder Nick Markakis celebrate after Game 1 of baseball's AL Division Series against Detroit Tigers in Baltimore, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. The…
  • Moustakas' HR in 11th lifts Royals over Angels 3-2

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    When Mike Moustakas smacked a high fly into right field in the 11th inning, the Kansas City Royals' No. 9 hitter had no idea whether it had enough juice to get out of the Big A. Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the 11th inning of Game 1 of baseball's AL Division Series in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the 11th inning of Game 1 of baseball's AL Division Series in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike…
  • Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner, left, hugs a teammate after the Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the NL wild-card playoff baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner, right, is doused with water as he is greeted by teammates after the Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the NL wild-card playoff baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. San Francisco…
  • Oakland A's game postponed due to rain

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Tuesday night’s game between the A’s and the Cleveland Indians has been postponed due to rain, marking the first postponement at the O.co Coliseum since May 5, 1998.
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    SacBee -- Cycling

  • Cell phones help Roseville police recover stolen bike

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    A quick-thinking theft victim and some smart cops with smartphones helped recover a stolen bike in Roseville.
  • Injured midtown resident challenges Sacramento law allowing sidewalk cycling

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    The state vehicle code says cyclists shall ride in the streets with cars, and obey all traffic laws. But in Sacramento, a little-known city code says it’s legal for cyclists to ride on sidewalks in residential areas. That law is now being challenged by a woman who was hit and seriously injured downtown by a cyclist on the sidewalk. A cyclist chats on his phone while riding past pedestrians in midtown on Tuesday. A city code allows cyclists to ride on residential sidewalks. A man rides alongside pedestrians on an L Street sidewalk in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday. A claim filed with…
  • Sacramento bike safety a factor in ridership

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Mark Reddick won’t ride his bike on Stockton Boulevard, parts of Broadway or on I Street. Still, he said he has been hit by cars while riding when drivers pulled too quickly out of alleyways. A cyclist and cars navigate traffic as they pass a “ghost bike” – a memorial to a bike-related fatality – on J Street and Carlson Drive. A cyclist navigates traffic as he turns from Carson Drive onto J Street near California State University, Sacramento, on Tuesday. Carol Corda rides down M Street, which is a major bike route in Sacramento. The Legislature may beef up…
  • 116-mile Tahoe-area bike trail wins award

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    A Reno-based group helping to build a 116-mile bike trail in Nevada and California will be honored todaywith a federal Green Transportation Award.
  • Jerry Brown signs bill for bike lane fee

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow local voters to consider a yearly fee on vehicle registrations to build bike lanes, bike lockers and other bicycle facilities. Bicyclists and pedestrians walk or ride on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011.
 
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    SacBee -- Outdoors

  • Fishing Line: Week of October 13, 2014

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Salmon and trout fishing lead this week’s top picks. Marsha Hack of Gulfport posted this picture of her granddaughter, Hayley Hack, for Brianna's school project.
  • 116-mile Tahoe-area bike trail wins award

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    A Reno-based group helping to build a 116-mile bike trail in Nevada and California will be honored todaywith a federal Green Transportation Award.
  • Western States Trail, other routes reopen after King fire closures

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Tahoe National Forest officials announced that the Western States Trail and other routes closed due to the King fire have reopened.
  • Fishing Line: Week of Oct. 6, 2014

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Pyramid Lake makes a rare appearance due to its opening week in this week’s top picks.
  • Fresh Tracks: Out-and-back trek to the awesome Agassiz Tree in Calaveras

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are many big trees at Calaveras Big Trees State Park but none rises so majestically as the Agassiz Tree. The base of the Agassiz, a giant sequoia at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, believed to be 2,000 years old, is 250 feet tall, 25 feet in diameter (measured 6 feet off the ground) and has a circumference of 97 feet on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Arnold, Calif. Other specimens residing in the state’s 75 sequoia groves are taller, but such a girth is rarely seen. There are several sequoias in the Sierra that are taller than the 250-foot-tall Agassiz Tree, but few can match its…
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    SacBee -- Art

  • Contemporary art a new phase for museum

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The new show in Bentonville, Ark., is an effort to introduce contemporary art to a mainstream audience. A visitor studies the artwork at a new contemporary show called “State of the Art” at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. The work shown is titled “Ghosts of Consumption” by Pam Longobardi and includes ocean plastic and steel.
  • Victoria Dalkey: Best of Second Saturday

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Sacramento art critic recommends five exhibits to see, from watercolors to urban landscapes. “Olan Sun” by William Gatewood at Shi Mo Gallery. Works by Bryce Vinokurov are at Alex Bult Gallery. “Nothing Surprises” by Margaret Woodcock at Sparrow Gallery. “Vacation” by Jerald Silva at b. sakata garo
  • Northern California art shows fill up the fall

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Several exciting exhibitions loom on the horizon this fall at regional art museums. “El Tamalito del Hoyo,” an oil painting from 1959 by Roberto Chavez, is among the works in a coming exhibit at the Crocker.
  • Strong Latino works abound at Crocker’s ‘Our America’ exhibit

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    As soon as you step off the elevator on the Crocker Art Museum’s third floor, you are surrounded by compelling images from “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art,” another spectacular show from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Frank Romero, Death of Ruben Salazar, 1986. Oil on canvas, 72 1/4 x 120 3/8 inches. Smithsonian American Art Museum purchase made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment. Luis Cruz Azaceta’s “No Parking Here at Any Time” from 1978 is part of the “Our America: The…
  • Art review: Disparate visions at JayJay

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Both are abstract painters, but that’s where the similarities between Mark Emerson and Tom Leaver end. “Orange for Kathy,” a work by Mark Emerson, is on display at JayJay Gallery. “Where II” by Tom Leaver is on exhibit at JayJay. “Note For Note” by Mark Emerson is at JayJay Gallery. “Wait II” is one of Tom Leaver’s oil-on-canvas compositions in the JayJay exhibit.
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    SacBee -- Restaurants

  • Dining review: Wonderful food, excellent service at Thien Phu

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The restaurant owned by Steve Le has personable service and wonderful food. Ever had goat curry soup? The version at Thien Phu is worth trying. Thien Phu serves traditional spring rolls with shrimp. Goat ribs, a dish you don’t see often in Sacramento, Thien Phu serves a very tender pork chop.
  • Counter Culture: Chef’s Table in Rocklin has the right vibe

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The creative10-item menu is to-the-point and ever-changing. A trio of Theta Burgers are ready to be delivered to patrons at Chef’s Kitchen in Rocklin. Chef’s Table serves carnitas tacos with house-made salsa.
  • ‘Family meal’ feeds restaurant staff

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    In the restaurant industry, the staff eats a meal together that’s often very different than what the guests enjoy. Skeffington fine-tunes the sandwiches, which were the main course for staffers in this edition of Firehouse’s “family meal.” The restaurant schedules three such gatherings every day. Executive chef Deneb Williams says offerings often include grilled chicken, pizza, artisan grilled cheese with heirloom tomatoes and soups. Zach Skeffington prepares the Firehouse Restaurant’s lunch staff meal on Aug. 26, pepper bacon and cheese sandwiches. Find…
  • Sacramento bars garner national attention

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Sacramento has been getting plenty of attention for its bars and cocktails in recent years – high praise in everything from the San Francisco Chronicle and Sunset magazine to a major thumbs-up from Playboy and extensive coverage in Imbibe magazine. Some trace the success of Sacramento’s cocktail scene to a commitment to quality at Centro Cocina Mexicana at 28th and J Street in Sacramento.
  • Andrew Calisterio helps lead Sacramento’s surge in cocktail recognition

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Sacramento’s cocktail industry has bubbled over with acclaim during the past year, and Andrew Calisterio’s line of POP beverages captures the excitement in a bottle. The bartender’s sodalike cocktails include ingredients such as grilled blackberries, peaches and local herbs, and are capped inside quaint 187-milliliter bottles. The flavors change all the time. Bartender Andrew Calisterio's "Pop!" cocktail includes grilled blackberry, raw sage and Aviation gin at the Hook And Ladder Monday August 11, 2014 in Sacramento. So far, Andrew Calisterio said, he treats his POP…
 
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    SacBee -- Appetizers Blog

  • Specialty Coffee Week includes full slate of events starting today

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    Sacramento’s coffee culture has been on the rise in recent years. Now we have the inaugural Coffee Week to celebrate great coffee, educate and entertain with coffee-themed events. Specialty Coffee Week starts today and includes a long list of events, everything from coffee cocktails to a talk about the city’s coffee history.
  • A trio of books takes foodies and sippers on tour

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Three new food- and drink-related books open vistas for the cocktail and dining crowds
  • Join our taste-testers for two kinds of chips

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Taste-testers sample two styles of chips from two companies. Multigrain chips in five flavors from Lundberg Family Farms. Two flavors of chips from Indianlife.
  • Modern Mixologist brings vodka tour to Citrus Heights

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Learn how to make creative cocktails with pioneering mixologist and author Tony Abou-Ganim on Saturday afternoon at BevMo! Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim will share some of his secrets to memorable cocktails during an appearance in Citrus Heights.
  • Pumpkin pie record comes with megadose of sugar

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Pro eater Matt Stonie won Sunday’s Elk Grove contest with 20 pounds 13 ounces in eight minutes. What does that add up to in terms of calories, fat and sugar? Pro eater Mary Bowers, ranked 38th in the world by Major League Eating, waves to the crowd before the World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship. Like most MLE pros, she’s thin and athletic despite her career consuming mass quantities of food. Reigning Nathan’s hot dog champions Miki Sudo, left, and Joey Chestnut, center, lost to winner Matt Stonie, right, as they stuffed down pie and water during first World Pumpkin Pie…
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    SacBee -- Movies

  • Two longtime Hollywood stuntmen killed in Rancho Cordova crash

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    The two men who were killed in a car crash on Grant Line Road in Rancho Cordova on Saturday were retired Hollywood stuntmen who had made careers out of dangerous vehicular stunts for television and film. Gary McLarty in his days as Hollywood stuntman. Bob Orrison in his Hollywood stuntman days.
  • Murray has audience laughing, crying in ‘St. Vincent’

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The actor does funny, sad and in between in his latest film. Bill Murray agrees to baby-sit his young neighbor, played by Jaeden Lieberher, in “St. Vincent.”
  • Movie review: ‘Kill the Messenger’ doesn’t deliver enough on character

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Film about the late Sacramento reporter Gary Webb is well-acted and at times invigorating but does not satisfy as an underdog story or as a character study Jeremy Renner is Sacramento-based newspaper reporter Gary Webb in “Kill the Messenger.”
  • Movie review: ‘Judge’ throws the book, and everything else, at audience

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Overlong and overloaded, the film still serves as a showcase for Downey, Duvall and D’Onofrio. “The Judge” features, from left, Vincent D’onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. David Dobkin directs. Downey plays a hotshot Chicago defense attorney at odds with his small-town Indiana judge father, played by Duvall.
  • Family Watch: ‘Alexander’

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
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    SacBee -- Theater

  • Theater review: ‘Flying Machine’ takes off at B Street

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The world we live in has changed monumentally in the past 110 years, but the way the world changes remains remarkably the same. Invention and innovation are still products of persistent resilient researchers who keep asking questions and looking for solutions to problems. Showing us how it’s done is Jerry Montoya’s crisply entertaining new B Street Family Series play, “The Flying Machine.” John Lamb, left, and Jason Kuykendall portray brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright in the B Street Family Series production of “The Flying Machine.”
  • Casting change for B Street’s ‘Outside Mullingar’

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    B Street Theater has announced a casting change with its production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar.” B Street acting company member Dana Brooke and director Buck Busfield, shown in 2011, are reteaming for “Outside Mullingar.”
  • Sacramento’s B Street Theatre stages Irish romance

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Buck Busfield likes the Irish sensibility of playwright John Patrick Shanley. B Street acting company member Dana Brooke and director Buck Busfield, shown in 2011, are reteaming for “Outside Mullingar.”
  • Theater review: 'Grapes of Wrath' at Sacramento Theatre Company

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the sobering new production, Steinbeck’s bitter story of the struggle for human dignity still feels current and relevant. Cast members dance in a scene from STC’s season-opening production, “The Grapes of Wrath.” Kirk Blackinton plays Tom Joad in the Sacramento Theatre Company production of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Kurt Johnson portrays Jim Casy in the Sacramento Theatre Company production of “The Grapes of Wrath.”
  • ‘Grapes of Wrath’ opens Sacramento Theatre Company season

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    The play remains as epic as Steinbeck’s classic novel. Michael Stevenson directs a scene with Laura Kaya, who plays Ma, and Kirk Blackinton, who plays Tom Joad, during rehearsal for the Sacramento Theatre Company season-opening production of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” in Sacramento. Director Michael Stevenson, left, runs through a scene with Kirk Blackinton, who plays Tom Joad, and Laura Kaya, who plays Ma Joad, during a rehearsal for the Sacramento Theatre Company season-opening production of “The Grapes of Wrath.”
 
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    SacBee -- Allen Pierleoni

  • Counter Culture: Chef’s Table in Rocklin has the right vibe

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The creative10-item menu is to-the-point and ever-changing. A trio of Theta Burgers are ready to be delivered to patrons at Chef’s Kitchen in Rocklin. Chef’s Table serves carnitas tacos with house-made salsa.
  • First Impressions: No touchdown dance for Double Nickel Smokehouse

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    First Impressions visits dining spots in the region that are new or have undergone recent transitions. Have a candidate for First Impressions? Email us at taste@sacbee.com. A spread at Double Nickel Smokehouse, owned by the Chicago Bears’ Lance Briggs, includes beef and pork ribs, beef brisket sandwich, mac ’n’ cheese, pulled pork, cornbread and coleslaw.
  • Counter culture: Keep your cool at this al fresco trio

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    While you wait for Sacramento temperatures to drop, here are tips of where to dine al fresco. Turkey pot pie is a solid hit at MoMo’s, across from AT&T Park. A Belgian waffle topped with fresh berries is among the menu’s enticements at the Village Corner Bistro in Carmel. Seabass sandwich with slaw is served at at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City.
  • Counter Culture: Tres Hermanas to the rescue

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Family’s restaurant brings Mexico to midtown Sacramento. A mole sauce-covered chicken enchilada and shredded-beef crisp taco share a plate with rice and refried beans. In the background are carnitas, guacamole and salsa.
  • Counter Culture: Tight quarters, overflowing tastes at Rey Azteca in Carmichael

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    This Carmichael restaurant may be small, but its menu is big. Crispy shrimp in citrus sauce with cilantro-lime rice and black beans was enjoyed by The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni and two pals. The stuffed poblano chili comes with refried beans and Spanish rice. Fish-shrimp cerviche is marinated in lime juice and served with crisp tostadas.
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    SacBee -- Chris Macias

  • The Nosh Pit: Farm-to-fork with a side of fries?

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The flier caused many a double take among followers of Sacramento’s food industry. This flier promotes a dinner sponsored by McDonald’s and Mulvaney’s B&L to raise money for Ronald McDonald House. But some say the partnership with a large corporation violates the spirit of the farm-to-fork movement.
  • TBD Fest treats local chefs like rock stars

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Moby, Blondie and dozens of other musicians will provide an earful of sounds at West Sacramento’s TBD Fest, which runs Friday through Oct. 5. But the festival is also designed to fill the stomach, with an array of local food and drink vendors to help satiate the appetites of the expected 5,000 daily attendees. Ridgeway’s opponent in the competition will be Michael Touhy, executive chef of LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar. Oliver Ridgeway of Grange restaurant will participate in the “Friendly Fire” competition at next weekend’s TBD Fest.
  • The Nosh Pit: Chefs renew foie gras battle with upcoming event

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Foie gras was meant to be forbidden following a ban that went into effect two years ago. But as many foodies know, this bit of fatty duck or goose liver can still be scored at restaurants if you’re in the know. In 2012, before foie gras was banned in California, “Freedom Foie” was served at Mulvaney’s B&L restaurant in Sacramento.
  • Nosh Pit: Federalist’s funding approach as unique as its shipping-container construction

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    While much of the press and publicity has focused on its use of shipping containers, an increasingly popular design element that’s also used at K Street’s Der Biergarten, Federalist will also feature some novel approaches to Sacramento dining and drinking. Marvin Maldonado has twice pushed the opening of his Federalist Public House, but now plans on a mid-August opening. The beer garden and pizza spot features progressive approaches to building construction and customer service
  • The Nosh Pit: Speed back in the mix behind the bar

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Bartenders are challenged to balance craftiness and good service to the waiting customer. A classic Manhattan is served at the The Shady Lady, which has worked to reduce wait times.
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    SacBee -- Gardening

  • Frogfruit needs little water to look lush

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Evergreen native groundcover also provides for bees and butterflies. New Front Yard: Frogfruit ( Lippia nodiflora) has a funny name, but it creates a lush green groundcover with a lot less water than traditional turf. Bees like it, too.
  • Tips for harvesting pumpkins, squash

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Let the vines dry, then bring in that colorful bounty. Pumpkins sit lined up on a fence at Mill View Ranch in Apple Hill, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, during a slow business day.
  • New Front Yard: Lantana lights up dry garden

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    This cold-tolerant trailing variety spreads out the flowers for bees and butterflies. Trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis) spills over a retaining wall in a dry garden.
  • New Front Yard: Pretty seaside heliotrope creates haven for bees, quail

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Little perennial offers plentiful flowers for beneficial insects and berries for birds. Seaside heliotrope (Heliotropium currasavicum) is a pretty native perennial that benefits both bees and birds.
  • New Front Yard: Hummers buzz to Mexican bush sage

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Velvet-like fall flowers and silver foliage make this an attractive addition to water-wise garden. Mexican bush sage ( Salvia leucantha) with its tall purple spikes brings a bright note to flower borders and beds in late summer and fall. It’s drought-tolerant, too.
 
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    SacBee -- Home Improvement

  • At home with ... Tina Thomas and Bill Abbott

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Local art mixes with global travels in their Monterey-style Curtis Park home. Home owners Tina Thomas and her husband, Bill Abbott, in the dining room of their Monterey-style house. Thomas peeks into the basement bar of the home, which was constructed during Prohibition. She and her husband are just the second owners.
  • Vintage urban cottage grows up into a handsome home

    27 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Part-time winemakers create their perfect house with a thoughtful remodel. It’s part of a Sunday home tour focused on East Sacramento’s “Urban Renaissance.” This home located in East Sacramento and owned by cardiac surgery physician assistant Amy Kelsey will be featured on a tour called “Urban Renaissance.” The original home, built in 1923, was bought by Kelsey in November 2012 with the intent to rebuild and remodel. The newly remodeled home does not maintain its original exterior and has gone from a two bedroom to a three bedroom home. Amy and Rodd…
  • Cover pool, save water

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

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

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

  • Hints from Heloise: Safely cleaning the microwave

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR HELOISE: Because you are such a fan of vinegar for cleaning everything, I decided to spray about 1/8 cup of half water and half vinegar into my microwave. I let it run for a few seconds, and suddenly there was an atrocious sound and sparks of electricity. I stopped it immediately.
  • HINTS FROM HELOISE

    27 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR HELOISE: What do I do about magazines that started coming to my house that I didn’t order? I’ve tried calling the phone number in the magazines, and they tell me they didn’t send the magazine. They informed me that companies are sending magazines and then send a bill. I don’t know who to get in touch with. Can you give me any information on this new rip-off?
  • Hints from Heloise: Lighten up clothing color when out in murky light

    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about athletic clothing:
  • Hints From Heloise: Peanut butter will remove road tar in a jiffy

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR HELOISE: Do you have a remedy to remove road tar that has been splashed on a car? I prefer a home remedy, if possible. They usually work the best and have a good price.
  • Hints From Heloise: Take care when cleaning stove grates

    6 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR HELOISE: Can you please tell me an easy way to clean the grates on my gas stove? No matter what I do, they still turn black from all the cooking grease and grime.
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    SacBee -- Books and Media

  • Between the Lines: Get cozy with the fiction of fall

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The idle pleasures of summer reading become sweet memories as the mornings grow progressively more chilly and the leaves begin to change colors. With another fall comes the second seasonal wave of new titles from the $27-billion-a-year books industry, the most exciting time of the year for devoted readers.
  • Between the Lines: Bee Book Club to host popular novelist Picoult

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Jodi Picoult, whose 22nd novel is “Leaving Time,” will appear for the Sacramento Bee Book Club on Oct. 23. Jodi Picoult, whose 22nd novel is “Leaving Time,” will appear for the Sacramento Bee Book Club on Oct. 23.
  • Between the lines: Joan Didion gets an honor she deserves

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Fifth-generation Californian, novelist and essayist Joan Didion, who was born and raised in Sacramento, will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame on Oct. 1. Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California’s Nuestra Familia Gang. The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery Hercule Poirot Mysteries by Sophie Hannah. Actress Joan Didion attends the American Theatre Wing’s annual gala at the Plaza Hotel on Monday Sept. 24, 2012 in New York.
  • Sacramento Theatre Company, library celebrate ‘Banned Book Week’

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Sacramento Theatre Company and the Sacramento Public Library are teaming up for a celebration of Banned Book Week, with a Tuesday performance of scenes from the theater troupe’s upcoming presentation of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Grapes of Wrath was not kindly received by many of Steinbeck's old acquaintances around Salinas; he later wrote to Dennis Murphy (John Murphy's son) that, "After I had written the Grapes of Wrath and it had been to a large extent read and sometimes burned, the librarians at Salinas Public Library, who had known my folks--remarked that it was…
  • Bee Book Club: ‘In the Kingdom of Ice’ tells a true story

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Hampton Sides, just in from Nashville, took the phone call in his hotel room in Washington, D.C., to talk about his new book, a true story that reads like a thriller. The next day his book tour would take him to St. Louis, Chicago and seven other cities. He lands in Sacramento on Thursday for his date with the Bee Book Club. Hampton Sides will be in town Thursday. “In the Kingdom of Ice” author Hampton Sides is shown on Russia’s Wrangel Island with a 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth tusk. These are some of the USS Jeannette crew members who survived the expedition. The USS…
 
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    SacBee -- History

  • Paranormal requests a dilemma for historical sites

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Around this time of year, B. Joan Keefer, Huntington County historian, gets calls from people who want to know whether one county spot or another is haunted.
  • Darwin note, early Apple computer being auctioned

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    A letter by Charles Darwin on the sex life of barnacles and a still-working vintage Apple computer — one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 — are among the unique pieces of science history up for auction this month. This undated photo provided by Bonhams shows a vintage 1976 Apple 1 computer that is among the items being offered for auction on Oct. 22, 2014 by Bonhams auction house in New York. The Steve Wozniak-designed computer is estimated to bring $300,000 to $500,000. Only 15 have been documented as operational with one selling at auction last year for $671,000.
  • Free Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The fourth annual Sacramento Archives Crawl showcases items from 23 libraries, archives and special collections, which will be on display at four locations. Pat Johnson, senior archivist at the Center for Sacramento History, in 2011 carries out an item down an aisle of historical treasures. The center will be one of four sites open Saturday.
  • Sacramento’s Bethany Presbyterian celebrates 100 years of survival and service

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Now, 100 years after founding, Bethany Presbyterian Church is counting its blessings and looking ahead. Steeple without bottom bell tower is lifted for placement on community hall at new site. The bell tower was placed upon the moved church. Crane removes steeple from Bethany Church at 2nd Avenue and 30th Street in Oak Park in 1955 for move to new site about 2.5 miles away at 24th Street and Fruitridge Road. Church moves slowly down the road to new site, minus steeple.
  • City launches downtown depot makeover

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Sacramento city officials next month will launch a $34 million renovation project at the downtown Sacramento Valley Station, improving its passenger service capacity, and expanding its role to include offices, retail spaces, and eateries. Architect for the City of Sacramento, Hinda Chandler, examines a large window on the third level of the Sacramento Valley Station in Sacramento on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The city held a ceremony Friday for an upcoming $34 million, two-year modernization project on the downtown train depot at 5th and I Streets. Visitors inspect artists renderings of the…
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    SacBee -- Life

  • Specialty Coffee Week includes full slate of events starting today

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    Sacramento’s coffee culture has been on the rise in recent years. Now we have the inaugural Coffee Week to celebrate great coffee, educate and entertain with coffee-themed events. Specialty Coffee Week starts today and includes a long list of events, everything from coffee cocktails to a talk about the city’s coffee history.
  • Flower gardener makes food for the eyes

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    Molly Nakahara keeps a pair of garden shears in her back pocket. Christy Paddock helps harvest flowers at Dinner Bell Farm, which sells them at farmers markets and for weddings and events. Molly Nakahara creates her bouquets in her hand, adding foliage and flowers, then turning the bouquet to see what it looks like, adding more as needed. An early fall bouquet sits on a truck bed at Dinner Bell Farm, which sells its flowers at the Auburn and Tahoe City farmers markets.
  • Homemade posole spices up fall celebrations

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Homemade Mexican soup is served in large batches for holiday gatherings. A fall dinner party in the Land Park backyard of Bernadette Gutierrez showcases posole, surrounded by a variety of garnishes and Dia de los Muertos holiday decor. Bernadette Gutierrez prepares to add a homemade red sauce to a pot of pork-based stock to complete her posole broth. Bernadette Gutierrez simmers a pot of pork-based broth that’s the foundation of her posole. Master Mexican cook Bernadette Gutierrez prepares posole, a traditional Mexican soup, in her Sacramento kitchen.
  • Bake a fall dessert with apples

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ever walk past a bakery with one of those impossibly elegant apple tarts in the window, the ones with the apple slices fanned out in the shape of a flower? Nothing you could ever make at home, right? This French apple tart is made easier with Sara Moulton’s apple-slicing trick. Here’s an apple cutting knife trick to use while making a French apple tart. When slicing the apple stop each slice when you’re still about 1/4 inch from the surface of the cutting board. According to chef Sara Moulton it is easier to slice an apple thinly when each slice remains attached at the…
  • A way to buy fresh produce, help sustain small growers

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Saturday Auburn farmers market just opened at 8 a.m. and it’s already crowded with shoppers. There’s a chill in the air and those with light jackets pull them closer. The tomatoes, sweet corn and summer squash have given way to beets, carrots, pomegranates, persimmons and pears. The bouquets of sunflowers and snapdragons have been replaced with asters, strawflowers and chrysanthemums. People sort through a half-dozen varieties of apples. Someone asks out loud how to prepare turnips. A nearby customer pipes up and shares her mother’s recipe for mashing turnips like…
 
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    SacBee -- Recipes

  • Homemade posole spices up fall celebrations

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Homemade Mexican soup is served in large batches for holiday gatherings. A fall dinner party in the Land Park backyard of Bernadette Gutierrez showcases posole, surrounded by a variety of garnishes and Dia de los Muertos holiday decor. Bernadette Gutierrez prepares to add a homemade red sauce to a pot of pork-based stock to complete her posole broth. Bernadette Gutierrez simmers a pot of pork-based broth that’s the foundation of her posole. Master Mexican cook Bernadette Gutierrez prepares posole, a traditional Mexican soup, in her Sacramento kitchen.
  • Thyme is on your side in the kitchen

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Mediterranean herb is one of the most useful in the kitchen. Thyme is used in marinade for the Mediterranean baked chicken. The flavorful chicken also can be grilled. Thyme is the featured herb in this creamy duxelles steak sauce, a traditional French mixture of sautéed minced mushrooms and shallots.
  • Mandarin recipes

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I buy at least 20 pounds of mandarins every year from one of our many growers in Placer County for eating and cooking. Most of the mandarins are eaten right out of the bag, but a few make it into salads, drinks, and as glazes or sauces. Experiment a bit and try them on or in whatever sounds good to you. Mandarins are easy to squeeze for juice, and the juice freezes well.
  • The Mailbox: Reader recipe requests for stuffed apricots, corn pudding

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I look forward to your column every Wednesday. I am looking for a recipe that was in the Bee last year around September, October, November or perhaps December. It was a dessert named almond stuffed apricots candied in amaretto syrup. I elected to put the finished apricots into small, decorative canning jars and sealing them for gifts.
  • Bake a fall dessert with apples

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ever walk past a bakery with one of those impossibly elegant apple tarts in the window, the ones with the apple slices fanned out in the shape of a flower? Nothing you could ever make at home, right? This French apple tart is made easier with Sara Moulton’s apple-slicing trick. Here’s an apple cutting knife trick to use while making a French apple tart. When slicing the apple stop each slice when you’re still about 1/4 inch from the surface of the cutting board. According to chef Sara Moulton it is easier to slice an apple thinly when each slice remains attached at the…
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    SacBee -- Boomers

  • Got retirement questions? Free advice Thursday

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Need free advice on retirment? Kiplinger’s and NAPFA answer consumer questions this Thursday.
  • Soccer players 50 and older get their kicks in Elverta tournament

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    The Sports for Life Soccer Tournament, which concludes this afternoon, hosts more than 500 players 50 and older for a weekend of senior soccer at Elverta's Cherry Island Soccer Complex. Lee Hess of Alamo is 64 and plays for Still Kickin’ in the 60-plus division of a tournament sponsored by the Sacramento’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Two of her teammates are 70. Lee Hess of Alamo, left, celebrates a goal with Connie Bunch of Sacramento as they play for Still Kickin’ in the Sports for Life Soccer Tournament at Elverta’s Cherry Island Soccer Complex on…
  • Sons of Anarchy? Motorcycle riders more likely to be retired boomers

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    The math of the motorcyclist is consistent: Research through the decades shows that as the baby boom generation ages, so does the population of motorcycle devotees. Mark Korb laces up his boots at his Newcastle home before riding his motorcycle last week. His wife, Molly, 58, also rides. Department of Motor Vehicles data show that baby boomers make up 56 percent of the almost 1.4 million Californians licensed to operate motorcycles. Mark Korb rides his motorcycle near his home in Newcastle on Thursday, October 2, 2014. At 75, Dale Brimley, who founded the Sun City Lincoln Hills motorcycle…
  • Sacramento’s Hart Senior Center offers tech classes for older adults

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    A new series of TechConnections computer literacy classes designed specifically for older adults has gotten underway at Sacramento’s Hart Senior Center, but registration remains open for many of the classes being offered, said Hart spokeswoman Nela Lee.
  • Personal Finance: Prepaid debit cards may prevent seniors from being scammed

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Elderly financial fraud takes many forms but adds up to a sizable hit against seniors: $2.6 billion in losses, according to recent estimates. That doesn’t count one San Francisco entrepreneur who sees a new way to gracefully prevent seniors and elderly parents from siphoning their bank accounts: a locked-down prepaid debit card.
 
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    SacBee -- Beer

  • Beer Run: Brews and more at Sactoberfest

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Oktoberfest brings German beer, games, music and games to West Sacramento. Sitting at the bar at Russian River in Santa Rosa. While Pliny the Elder in bottles is almost always rationed by retailers in Sacramento, there’s plenty of it to go around at the source. Framboise For a Cure, a limited edition fruity sour at Russian River.
  • Beer Run: Should midtown’s Der Biergarten pitch a tent – or a fit?

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    When Der Biergarten opened in midtown last January, it had a novel and highly anticipated concept. Not only would it be focusing on mostly German beer for its 32 tap handles, it would serve its beer and food outdoors. Der Biergarten is hoping to avoid closing on rainy days this winter by installing a large tent over the outdoor seating. Der Biergarten is hoping to avoid closing on rainy days this winter by installing a large tent over the outdoor seating. A Maui Oktoberfest at Der Biergarten in midtown.
  • 31 places in the region to hoist a glass of brew

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Editor’s note: Last year at this time we published a list that included 25 regional breweries. This year we’re happy to report there are now 31 breweries in the Sacramento region. That calls for a toast and another beer ... Bike Dog Brewing Co. of West Sacramento celebrated its first lager by serving it in a commemorative glass. Beer flows from one of the taps at Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery in Davis.
  • Beer tasting event comes to Cal Auto Museum

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    As part of Sacramento’s Farm to Fork week, the California Auto Museum, Hops to Table magazine and Dad’s Kitchen are hosting a beer-tasting event – the Sacramento Fresh Hops Beer Fest – featuring the offerings of more than 25 breweries, many of them from the Sacramento Valley.
  • Expansion, growth on tap for many local breweries

    28 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    With demand often outpacing supply, new breweries are investing to increase production for bottling and canning A pint of American Country Farmhouse at the New Glory Brewery in Sacramento. A sampler tray includes Heavy Cruiser Porter, Rapid Fire Red, Mighty Eighth IPA and American Country at New Glory, which like other local brewers has major expansion plans.
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    SacBee -- Mike Dunne

  • Dunne on Wine: Water used to make wine becomes issue during drought

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    How much water is needed to yield that glass of wine? Owner Liz Ryan uses water to clean the destemming/crusher machine at Oakstone Winery recently in Somerset in El Dorado County. Cleaning accounts for much of the water used at wineries. Steve Ryan owner and winemaker at Oakstone Winery test the “brix,” the sugar content of the malbec and cabernet franc crushed last month in Somerset. Winery owner Liz Ryan cleans juice and grapes from a 1/2-ton wine bin, above. At left, owner and winemaker Steve Ryan pushes a 1/2-ton bin of crushed malbec and cabernet franc grapes at Oakstone…
  • Dunne on Wine: Richard Longoria Wines

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    After years in the ghetto, acclaimed winery is moving uptown to Lompoc. “The beauty of Santa Barbara is that we have the opportunity to make such a diversity of varietals,” Rick Longoria said. Rick and Diana Longoria’s small vineyard just west of Lompoc is planted with pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. He calls it “Fe Ciega,” Spanish for “blind faith.”
  • Dunne on Wine: Oregon Chardonnay

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If some winemakers have it their way, chardonnay will win out as the white wine most closely identified with Oregon.
  • Dunne on Wine: How hand sorting saved 2011 in Rutherford

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Rutherford area vintners take a hands-on approach to saving a vintage “Nature threw us a curve but we hit it out of the park,” said Hunnicutt winemaker Kirk Venge of the 2011 harvest. St. Supery winemaker Michael Scholz directed crews to shake vines to remove any infected grapes in the 2011 harvest. hand sorting at Peju Province Winery
  • Dunne on Wine: Fiddlehead Cellars has Hollywood recognition

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Kathy Joseph’s command center is in Davis, but her winery and vineyard are in Santa Barbara County. Kathy Joseph, shown in her winery in Lompoc, has been making wines since 1989. One of her sauvignon blancs had a “cameo” in the viticulture-related film “Sideways.” Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Cellars at Fiddlestix Vineyards. Fiddlehead Cellars’ vineyard, Fiddlestix, has 2.8 acres devoted to grüner veltliner and the other 96 acres to pinot noir.
 
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    SacBee -- Food & Drink

  • Specialty Coffee Week includes full slate of events starting today

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    Sacramento’s coffee culture has been on the rise in recent years. Now we have the inaugural Coffee Week to celebrate great coffee, educate and entertain with coffee-themed events. Specialty Coffee Week starts today and includes a long list of events, everything from coffee cocktails to a talk about the city’s coffee history.
  • Dunne on Wine: Less water, more production at Mendocino Wine Co.

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    Second of two parts: How one winery reduced water use –– and more Tim Thornhill measures water clarity at one of the falls spilling into Mendocino Wine Co.’s reclamation pond.
  • Homemade posole spices up fall celebrations

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Homemade Mexican soup is served in large batches for holiday gatherings. A fall dinner party in the Land Park backyard of Bernadette Gutierrez showcases posole, surrounded by a variety of garnishes and Dia de los Muertos holiday decor. Bernadette Gutierrez prepares to add a homemade red sauce to a pot of pork-based stock to complete her posole broth. Bernadette Gutierrez simmers a pot of pork-based broth that’s the foundation of her posole. Master Mexican cook Bernadette Gutierrez prepares posole, a traditional Mexican soup, in her Sacramento kitchen.
  • Mandarin recipes

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I buy at least 20 pounds of mandarins every year from one of our many growers in Placer County for eating and cooking. Most of the mandarins are eaten right out of the bag, but a few make it into salads, drinks, and as glazes or sauces. Experiment a bit and try them on or in whatever sounds good to you. Mandarins are easy to squeeze for juice, and the juice freezes well.
  • Four cookbooks I didn’t want to like, but do anyway

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Associated Press food editor J.M. Hirsch shares some recent finds. “How to Eataly” by Oscar Farinetti is a guide to how to buy and cook Italian food, with a heft of respectable recipes tossed in. “Cooking with Gochujang” is by Naomi Imatome-Yun. Gochujang is an ingredient on the cusp of being discovered by the rest of America. “Bourbon and Bacon” by Morgan Murphy includees a primer on bourbon, followed by numerous recipes, most of them for cocktails, but also some sweet treats. “Will it Waffle?” by Daniel Shumski includes 53 recipes of…
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    SacBee -- Sports

  • DeMarcus Cousins sits out preseason game in China

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Kings starting center misses preseason game with heel soreness; Kings lose to Brooklyn.
  • Royals edge Orioles 2-1 to take 3-0 lead in ALCS

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Mike Moustakas had his eye on the ball from the moment it left Adam Jones's bat, tracking it against the bright lights of Kauffman Stadium. When it settled into his glove and he tumbled into a dugout suite, a dozen fans were waiting to pick him right back up. Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (16) is taken out of the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas makes a catch on a ball hit by Baltimore Orioles'…
  • Harbaugh: Willis injury isn’t long term

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Jim Harbaugh today said he didn’t think Patrick Willis would be out long term with the toe injury he suffered Monday in St. Louis. The linebacker’s status for Sunday’s game against the Denver, however, remains in doubt. Patrick Willis, shown here following a Week 1 interception, is not expected to be out long term, Jim Harbaugh said today.
  • Report: 49ers linebacker Willis likely to miss game against Denver

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, injured in Monday’s victory over the Rams, likely will miss Sunday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver, according to a report. San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (52) jubilates to fans after the 49ers 26-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in a game at Levi's Stadium Sunday September 28, 2014 in Santa Clara.
  • Opinion: Bochy walks fine line between goat and hero

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants avoid disaster in extra-inning win in Game 3. Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, greets Cardinals boss Mike Matheny before Game 3 in San Franciso on Tuesday. Giants manager Bruce Bochy, shown walking back to the dugout after removing pitcher Tim Hudson in the seventh inning, may have left Hudson in a batter too many, though he said later his starter was still “throwing the ball well.”
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    SacBee -- College Sports

  • Davis loses football shootout with Montana State, 77-37

    11 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    UC Davis may have found a quarterback and a rejuvenated running back during its Big Sky Conference homecoming game against No. 11 Montana State on Saturday. Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop gets a celebratory lift from teammate JP Flynn following one of his two touchdown runs. Prukop rushed for 148 yards and threw for 361 and four touchdowns against UC Davis. The teams combined for 1,346 yards.
  • Hornets hold on, beat N. Colorado for first BSC win

    11 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Sacramento State stayed true to form Saturday afternoon in all facets except one – the Hornets won a Big Sky Conference game.
  • Mistakes cost Cal in 31-7 loss to Washington

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    California's surprising start this season is over. The Golden Bears got a stark reminder from a formidable Pac-12 foe that their rebuilding project is far from finished. Washington's Dante Pettis (87) runs against California during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. Washington's Lavon Coleman, front left, tries to break the tackles of California's Darius Allensworth, back left, and David Garner (42) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. Washington's Brayden Lenius (81) jumps…
  • Hometown Report: Shaq Thompson returns for somewhat of a homecoming

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Former Grant High School star is last of long list of brothers, including former NFL player Syd Quan Thompson, maybe the most talented Former Grant star Syd Quan Thompson, slips past a diving Napa defender during the first half as teammate Worrell Williams, right, looks on. Napa defender Mike Gibson has no chance of catching Thompson.
  • Montana State huge test for UC Davis defense in Big Sky football game

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    UC Davis will face one of the nation’s most explosive offenses when it plays No. 11 Montana State in a Big Sky Conference homecoming game Saturday at Aggie Stadium. Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop (5) and teammates celebrate a score at Sacramento State last Saturday, a shootout won by the Bobcats. They visit UC Davis today. Bert Watts is UC Davis’ second-year defensive coordinator.
 
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    SacBee -- Kings/NBA

  • DeMarcus Cousins sits out preseason game in China

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Kings starting center misses preseason game with heel soreness; Kings lose to Brooklyn.
  • Watch J-Will hoop - former King has still got it

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Jason Williams shows his skills at the Orlando Pro Am in this highlight reel from Home Team Hoops’ YouTube channel. He’s as much fun to watch - if a bit heavier and slower at age 38 - today as he was when he played for the Sacramento Kings around the turn of the century. Jason Williams
  • NBA to experiment with 44-minute preseason game

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play 11-minute quarters in their exhibition game Oct. 19 at Barclays Center.
  • Sacramento underestimating downtown arena traffic, lawyers say

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Lawyers challenging Sacramento’s handling of its downtown arena project argued in court Friday that the city is grossly underestimating the number of people who might show up for an event and the resulting traffic congestion. They contend as many as 31,000 might attend a major event, if the Kings allow standing-room-only admissions inside the arena and if the plaza outside is packed with people as well. Rob Rothblatt, Design Director for AECOM, makes a presentation to the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board outlining the design plans for the construction of the downtown arena on January 27,…
  • Thunder star Kevin Durant has foot fracture

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Kevin Durant has a fractured foot and the NBA's MVP seems likely to be sidelined for at least the start of the season. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots in front of Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.
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    SacBee -- Motor Sports

  • Michael Waltrip ready to boogie on Roseville track

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    From “Boogity! Boogity! Boogity!” to boogie shoes, the Waltrip brothers have extended their careers well past their time behind the wheel in NASCAR races to team ownerships, car dealerships, NASCAR network TV analysis and beyond.
  • NASCAR Chase primer: How the new Grid works

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    NASCAR radically retooled its Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with a win-and-you’re-in format over the first 26 races, culminating tonight in Richmond. Matt Kenseth was docked 50 driver points, two more than he earned for winning the STP 400, in the standings. Matt Kenseth (20) crosses the start-finish line to win the first race of the twin Budweiser Duel, with Kevin Harvick (34) in 2nd and Kasy Kahne (5) in the 3rd at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fla., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Matt Kenseth has four victories this season. He led the most laps in three other races…
  • Local motor sports: Michael Waltrip to headline Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150 at Roseville’s All American Speedway

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    International drivers, a 16-year-old female racer, NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip competing once again and a local driver gunning for a championship. Those are just some of the story lines leading into the Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150 on Oct. 11 at Roseville’s All American Speedway.
  • King fire changes location of Saturday’s Civil War Sprint Car Series race

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    For the second time in three months, Alan Handy has had to cancel a race at Placerville Speedway because of nearby fires. Handy, the promoter of the quarter-mile dirt oval n the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, was to host a Civil War Sprint Car Series event Saturday. But with the Placerville fairgrounds being used to stage crews battling the King fire just a few miles east on Highway 50, the race was moved to Petaluma Speedway.
  • Power aims to add to his legacy at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    On his visit to Northern California, the IndyCar driver with the greatest name in motor sports took a little detour for lunch in Sacramento.
 
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    SacBee -- Sacramento River Cats

  • Marcos Breton: How the River Cats gambled to become the Giants’ Triple-A team

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    In the end, it worked out exactly as the Savage family wanted: The River Cats, their family business and Sacramento’s Triple-A baseball team, will be affiliated with the San Francisco Giants – ending a 15-year partnership with the Oakland A’s. San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt signs autographs as he begins his rehab assignment with the Fresno Grizzlies on Monday, June 30, 2014 the Sacramento River Cats and Fresno Grizzlies at Raley Field in West Sacramento. San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt during his rehab assignment with the Fresno Grizzlies on…
  • Ailene Voisin: Giants are biggest winners in River Cats’ affiliation switch

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    They were innovative, entertaining pioneers of the local minor-league sports scene. When the Sacramento City Council showed zero interest in housing a ballpark, the late Art Savage crossed the river, promised to bring home a Triple-A franchise and formed a wildly successful partnership with West Sacramento business leaders, citizens and politicians. The opening day game between the Sacramento River Cats and Salt Lake Bees at Raley Field in West Sacramento on Friday, April 11, 2014.
  • River Cats agree to affiliation deal with Giants

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    After 15 seasons as the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, the Sacramento River Cats reached a deal Thursday to change their affiliation to the San Francisco Giants next year, citing the Giants’ popularity among area baseball fans as a key motivation. The opening day game between the Sacramento River Cats and Salt Lake Bees at Raley Field in West Sacramento on Friday, April 11, 2014. San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt during his rehab assignment with the Fresno Grizzlies on Monday, June 30, 2014 during the Sacramento River Cats and Fresno Grizzlies game at Raley…
  • Poll: Does the River Cats’ switch from A’s to Giants make a difference to you?

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    After 15 seasons, the River Cats have changed their major-league affiliation from the Oakland Athletics to the San Francisco Giants. Will that shift make a difference to you? River Cats catcher Stephen Vogt walks in front of the Oakland Athletics logo on the fence at Raley Field during media day in March 2014. That logo will be replaced by one representing the San Francisco Giants.
  • River Cats file paperwork that could lead to switch from A’s to Giants

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    The River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the A’s since moving to West Sacramento in 2000, are expected to seek an affiliation change after filing last week for permission to talk with other major-league teams. The River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the A’s since moving to West Sacramento in 2000, are expected to seek an affiliation change after filing last week for permission to talk with other major-league teams. River Cats catcher Stephen Vogt walks in front of the Oakland A's insignia during media day at Raley Field in March 2014. Published reports indicate that the River Cats…
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    SacBee -- 49ers

  • Kaepernick’s “inappropriate language” fine cut in half

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Colin Kaepernick’s $11,000 fine for inappropriate language has been cut in half, a league source said, after an arbitrator found evidence of “general profanity” but not the use of a racial slur.
  • Harbaugh: Willis injury isn’t long term

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Jim Harbaugh today said he didn’t think Patrick Willis would be out long term with the toe injury he suffered Monday in St. Louis. The linebacker’s status for Sunday’s game against the Denver, however, remains in doubt. Patrick Willis, shown here following a Week 1 interception, is not expected to be out long term, Jim Harbaugh said today.
  • Report: 49ers linebacker Willis likely to miss game against Denver

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, injured in Monday’s victory over the Rams, likely will miss Sunday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver, according to a report. San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (52) jubilates to fans after the 49ers 26-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in a game at Levi's Stadium Sunday September 28, 2014 in Santa Clara.
  • Report: Willis has turf toe, likely to sit out Broncos game

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, injured in Monday’s victory over the Rams, likely will miss Sunday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver, according to a report. Patrick Willis (52), pressuring St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis (9) on Monday night, will miss the 49ers’ upcoming game against the Denver Broncos because of a toe injury.
  • Roster roulette: 49ers bring back quarterback Josh Johnson ... again

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The 49ers bring back veteran Josh Johnson to be the No. 3 quarterback and release special-teams player Ray Ventrone.
 
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    SacBee -- City Beat

  • Sacramento council members line up behind strong-mayor measure

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The campaign to strengthen the authority of the Sacramento mayor’s office picked up key political support Tuesday with the announcement that four current members of the Sacramento City Council and a council member set to take office later this year are supporting Measure L. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s push for Measure L, which would put significantly more power in the mayor’s office, received support today from several key leaders. Steve Hansen continues to be a voice of dissent toward Measure L, a position with little support from the rest of the City Council. City…
  • City Beat: Boat dwellers can be a problem on our rivers

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    There’s a guy the cops call Mr. Smith who lives on a boat tied to a log in the Sacramento River, just a short skip downriver from the Tower Bridge. He’s rarely seen, but he’s out there, hunkered down in a Bayliner named Takee One that’s barely afloat. Boats such as this one are identified as a growing problem on Sacramento rivers, eyesores that also present environmental and safety threats. Ryan Lillis
  • Sacramento teachers oppose strong mayor; tourism board backs it

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Three of the largest teachers unions in Sacramento announced Thursday that they are opposing the strong-mayor measure appearing on the November ballot. Meanwhile, the region’s top tourism board said it was supporting the measure.
  • Strong mayor gets support from ex-Sacramento City Manager Kerridge

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    The campaign behind a measure on the November ballot to give Sacramento’s mayor more power announced Wednesday morning that it had won the backing of a former Sacramento city manager and the top appointed executives in Fresno and San Francisco. Ray Kerridge, now the top executive in the city of Roseville, was city manager in Sacramento from 2006 to 2010.
  • Strong-mayor campaign raises large donations from Sacramento and beyond

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Sacramento Tomorrow, the committee behind Measure L on the November ballot, has raised $498,674, according tocampaign finance filings, including $100,000 each fromSacramento-area land developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos and Sacramento Republic FC lead investor Kevin Nagle. Foes of the strong-mayor measure reported receiving $158,325 for their fight. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson greets people at the second farm-to-fork gala dinner Sept. 28 on Sacramento’s Tower Bridge. More than 700 tickets were sold.
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    SacBee -- Giants/A's

  • Opinion: Bochy walks fine line between goat and hero

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants avoid disaster in extra-inning win in Game 3. Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, greets Cardinals boss Mike Matheny before Game 3 in San Franciso on Tuesday. Giants manager Bruce Bochy, shown walking back to the dugout after removing pitcher Tim Hudson in the seventh inning, may have left Hudson in a batter too many, though he said later his starter was still “throwing the ball well.”
  • Romo bounces back from defeat

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Sergio Romo recorded only one out Tuesday and needed some big help from Pablo Sandoval to do so. But it was a crucial one – and it came as Romo faced his first batter since giving up Kolten Wong’s game-winning home run in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series two days before.
  • Giants win walk-off on throwing error in 10th

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The Giants answered the Cardinals’ walk-off victory in Game 2 of the N.L. Championship Series with one of their own Tuesday. While the Cardinals’ win ended on a dramatic home run, the Giants’ ended on a bunt. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson (17) gives up the ball in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) reacts after striking out St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk (15) in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the…
  • Atonement comes quickly for Perez in 10th inning of Giants’ Game 3 win

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Gregor Blanco said his first attempt at bunting against Cardinals left-hander Randy Choate on Tuesday told him how difficult the task would be.
  • Bochy tweaks Giants lineup for Game 3 against Cardinals

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy made a rare lineup tweak for today’s Game 3 of the NLCS, flip-flopping Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Crawford. Ishikawa will bat seventh and Crawford eighth against Cardinals right-hander John Lackey. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) watches his team at batting practice during the National League Championship Series practice before game 3 at AT&T Park Monday October 13, 2014 in San Francisco.
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    SacBee -- Sharks/NHL

  • Stalock makes 30 saves in Sharks' 3-0 win vs. Jets

    11 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    San Jose coach Todd McLellan would seem to have plenty to be pleased about after watching his team post consecutive shutouts to open the season. San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, of the Czech Republic, leaps to make a save next to San Jose Sharks center Tommy Wingels (57) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. The San Jose Sharks are introduced before an NHL…
  • Sharks rout LA Kings 4-0, crashing Cup celebration

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Los Angeles Kings gathered at center ice while the Stanley Cup was lowered from the scoreboard, and they watched their championship banner raised to the rafters in a stirring pregame ceremony. San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers, left, shoots the puck as Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, of Slovenia, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. Members of the Los Angeles Kings help raise their second Stanley Cup Championship banner prior to an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles.
 
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