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  • One killed, one injured as teen driver looks for cell phone

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    A distracted driver was arrested in Manteca early Saturday, after she ran into a group of teens walking along a road, killing one and injuring three.
  • Pope's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi'

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The following is the text of the Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' Easter Sunday "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for 'to the city and to the world') read by him in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. A Vatican Swiss Guard looks at Pope Francis delivering the Urbi and Orbi (Latin for to the city and to the world) blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014. Nuns stand on a rooftop as they look at Pope Francis being driven through the crowd at the end of…
  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Flowers from the Netherlands decorate St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Francis is celebrating Christianity's most joyous day, Easter Sunday, under sunny skies in St. Peter's. Pope Francis spreads incense as he celebrates an Easter Mass in St.
  • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. With the Colorado state capitol building visible in the background, partygoers dance to live music and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. Party goers dance at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival near downtown Denver at Civic Center…
  • Pot smokers to celebrate 4/20 in Golden Gate Park

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    San Francisco authorities are preparing for thousands of marijuana smokers to gather in Golden Gate Park for the annual 4/20 pot-smoking celebration.
 
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  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Flowers from the Netherlands decorate St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Francis is celebrating Christianity's most joyous day, Easter Sunday, under sunny skies in St. Peter's. Pope Francis spreads incense as he celebrates an Easter Mass in St.
  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    What's happening in this Wyoming resort town might be better described as a land creep than a landslide, but the lack of speed has not hindered the sheer power of the moving earth. A work crew moves a concrete barrier that failed to stop a slow-motion landslide in Jackson, Wyo., as houses and businesses in the slide zone remained at risk on Saturday, April 19, 2014. No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it. A house breaks apart as a…
  • Wet weather may add to U.S. 50 traffic challenges

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    April showers will make a return on Tuesday for the Sacramento area, just when commuters have to figure out how to get around the lane closures on Highway 50.
  • Can DeMarcus Cousins become a leader and teammate others want to play with?

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    As the Kings’ franchise player, he needs to become the team’s biggest recruiter and selling point for free agents DeMarcus Cousins has had trouble controlling his emotions on the court and being a positive influence in the locker room during his four-year NBA career. DeMarcus Cousins averaged career highs of 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds this season, leading outsiders to wonder why the Kings won only 28 games. Sacramento was 0-11 without him in the lineup this season.
  • NBA Beat: And the 2013-14 MVP award goes to...

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    For the first time, the NBA this season will reveal the ballots cast by media members for its annual postseason awards. But even before they’re released, here are my selections for the 2013-14 season: Kevin Durant merits strong MVP consideration for winning the league’s scoring title and carrying Oklahoma City while Russell Westbrook was in and out of the lineup because of a knee injury.
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    SacBee -- Our Region

  • One killed, one injured as teen driver looks for cell phone

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    A distracted driver was arrested in Manteca early Saturday, after she ran into a group of teens walking along a road, killing one and injuring three.
  • Marcos Breton: We suffer because we care

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    On this profoundly meaningful day of Easter, it doesn’t seem any easier to find the meaning behind why terrible things happen.
  • Wet weather may add to U.S. 50 traffic challenges

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    April showers will make a return on Tuesday for the Sacramento area, just when commuters have to figure out how to get around the lane closures on Highway 50.
  • Fix50 poses serious questions; here are some answers

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    On Tuesday morning, tens of thousands of commuters will face a major challenge when Caltrans closes three lanes of Highway 50 downtown for its much-anticipated Fix50 rehabilitation project. The Sacramento Bee’s transportation reporter answers frequently asked questions. Workers tackle a section of U.S. Highway 50, known as the W/X Viaduct in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, April 4, 2014. Lane closures begin Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
  • Sacramento retailer hit the brakes, came out ahead

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    Greg Bauer built a business for skiers, snowboarders and other outdoor adventure types. Suddenly, it seemed like it was all heading downhill and careening out of control. Rack N Road co-owner Greg Bauer chats with customers. Rack N Road co-owners, from left, John Bauer, Greg Bauer and Tom Mollerus, take a break at their Arden Way store in Sacramento on Wednesday. Rack N Road’s Greg Bauer, right, chats with customer Ken Nead at the Arden Way store, which was consolidated with a Roseville outlet. Rack N Road co-owner Greg Bauer in one of his stores.
 
 
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    SacBee -- Back-seat Driver

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Plumas ranger wins accolades from forest homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

  • Casting vote in van contest could give Sacramento boy a lift

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Aaron Negrete’s mother, his teachers and his mother’s vehicle mechanic are asking people to vote for him so that he can win a new van with a wheelchair lift. Instructional assistant Angie Hale helps Aaron Negrete set up a game on a computer at the Ralph Richard Center in December 2009. Aaron wears a sticker on his head that communicates with a sensor above the computer monitor which acts as a mouse controlled by his head movements. Aaron Negrete, 10, was born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, leaving him without arms or legs. His family is unable to afford a new van with a lift, a rig…
  • Two former Twin Rivers Unified trustees seek to win back seats they lost in 2012

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Two former Twin Rivers Unified school board members ousted by voters in 2012 are seeking a rematch with the trustees who won their seats.
  • Feds probe how UC Berkeley handles sexual assaults

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Federal officials are investigating how the University of California, Berkeley responds to reports of campus sexual assaults. People walk through Sproul Plaza near Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus on June 1, 2011.
  • Admission rates fall at UC campuses as international presence grows

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Even as the University of California accepted a record number of freshman for fall 2014, admission rates at its most selective campuses reached new lows. Huge increases in the number of applicants, changing admissions processes and a growing emphasis on out-of-state and international students are driving them down. Construction workers are making progress at UC Merced’s Science and Engineering 2 building. University officials on Monday said the $88 million structure is scheduled to open in August, just in time for the fall semester.
  • Californians support state-funded preschool for 4-year-olds, survey shows

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Educating 4-year-olds is important to California voters – important enough that 57 percent say it’s worth spending $1.4 billion a year for the state to provide all of them with preschool.
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    SacBee -- Environment

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

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

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    The Obama administration is indefinitely delaying a decision on approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, likely putting off any action until after the November midterm elections. John McCullough holds up his sign protesting the plan to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, called the Keystone XL pipeline, in San Francisco, California, April 3, 2013.
  • Nimbus Hatchery offering presentation on drought, salmon

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Nimbus Hatchery on the American River will offer a public presentation May 3 on how salmon are affected by the drought.
  • California looking to recycled water to ease drought concerns

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    As the drought has taken hold in California, recycled water programs are winning acceptance. It's expected to be a significant source of landscaping and drinking water for many Californians in years to come. A sign at a park area of the Serrano subdivision in El Dorado Hills warns residents that the recycled water is for irrigation only – not drinking. Potable and non-potable water are stored in tanks on a hill above the El Dorado Water District, April 10, 2014. A pipe, painted purple to denote it carries recycled water, rises at a new home in the Serrano subdivision in El Dorado…
  • Complaint alleges American River flows too slow, warm in Sacramento area

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Environmental groups have filed a complaint with California regulators, alleging that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s operation of Folsom and Nimbus dams is harming salmon and steelhead. Fishermen angle for salmon along the American River just below Nimbus Dam on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Flows from Folsom Dam to the American River were reduced because of drought-like conditions.
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    SacBee -- Health and Medicine

  • Family sues city after girl’s peanut-allergy death at Camp Sacramento

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    The parents of a 13-year-old girl with a peanut allergy who went into anaphylactic shock and died after eating a nighttime snack at Camp Sacramento have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. Joanne and Dr. Louis Giorgi, seen here with their 13-year-old daughter Natalie before she died last year, are suing the city. A photo of Natalie Giorgi, who died from a peanut allergy, is in a memorial at the Giorgi home in Carmichael. Louis and Joanne Giorgi are suing the city of Sacramento over the girl’s death at Camp Sacramento.
  • At Mercy General Hospital, a garden of healing, soothing grace

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mercy Hospital’s makeover turns a parking lot into a little paradise for patients, visitors and staff. Doris Frazier, left, vice president of cardiovascular services at Mercy General Hospital, and Jennifer Styduhar, right, landscape architect and job captain from HLA Group, sit in the healing garden earlier this month. The healing garden at the Alex G. Spanos Heart and Vascular Center on the J Street campus of Mercy General Hospital was designed by landscape architect Jennifer Styduhar. “I’ve been working on this project for 10 years,” she said. “It’s…
  • Nearly 1.4 million Californians enroll in health insurance exchange

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Citing a large influx of customers in the final weeks, California officials announced Thursday that nearly 1.4 million people have enrolled in health coverage through its insurance exchange, capping an opening period that saw the state emerge as an example for the rest of the nation. Covered California pamphlets are displayed at Healthy House Within A MATCH Coalition on Friday.
  • Tourniquets regain favor from lessons learned at 2013 Boston Marathon bombings

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    The tourniquet makes a comeback in Boston doctor’s look back at outcomes after last year’s marathon bombings
  • Securing better health care for Latinos, immigrants

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Community leaders are fortifying their commitment to secure better access to health care for Latinos in the greater Sacramento region. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, shown here in 2013, was among those who Monday hailed the successes of Ventanilla de Salud.
 
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    SacBee -- Bee Nation/World News

  • Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out. ADDS THAT THE VICTIM'S FACE WAS BLURRED BY THE AUTHORS OF THE REPORT - EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Forensic pathologist Dr. Stuart Hamilton, right, presents one of the photos in a series of what is reported to be photographic evidence of torture in Syria as…
  • Killing of environmental activists rises globally

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff — until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him. FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2008 file photo, Brazil's elite National Police Force officers guard logs that were illegally cut from the Amazon rain forest in Tailandia, state of Para, Brazil. A survey released Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - the first comprehensive one of its kind – says that only 10 killers of 908…
  • Fires still besiege Chile port; 15 dead, 500 hurt

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods around Valparaiso for a third straight day Monday as sailors in riot gear stood ready to evacuate 700 more families whose homes could be lost if the winds shifted. A resident helps to extinguish flames as an out of control forest fire destroys homes in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, Sunday April 13, 2014. Firefighters struggled for a second night to contain blazes that reached this port city, killing at least a dozen people, destroyed hundreds homes and has forced the evacuation of…
  • Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday. Rejendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, from left, poses prior to a press conference as part of a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, April 13, 2014. The panel met from April 7, 2014 until April 12, 2014 in the German capital. Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chairman of the IPCC Working Group III, and Rejendra K.
  • Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base. FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013 pool file photo reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, one of Guantanamo Bay's two courthouses is seen through a broken window at Camp Justice at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. On Monday, April 14, 2014 a judge in Guantanamo will open a hearing into the sanity of prisoner Ramzi Binalshibh, whose…
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    SacBee -- Religion News

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wet weather may add to U.S. 50 traffic challenges

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    April showers will make a return on Tuesday for the Sacramento area, just when commuters have to figure out how to get around the lane closures on Highway 50.
  • Fix50 poses serious questions; here are some answers

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    On Tuesday morning, tens of thousands of commuters will face a major challenge when Caltrans closes three lanes of Highway 50 downtown for its much-anticipated Fix50 rehabilitation project. The Sacramento Bee’s transportation reporter answers frequently asked questions. Workers tackle a section of U.S. Highway 50, known as the W/X Viaduct in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, April 4, 2014. Lane closures begin Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
  • Sacramento employers prepare for Fix50 freeway gridlock

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Employers up and down the U.S. Highway 50 corridor say they are girding for the weeks of freeway work ahead, offering additional shuttles and free transit passes, vanpools and telecommuting, and information on alternate routes. A wood framework is assembled on the westbound median near 22nd Street, part of the Fix50 project that is expected to back up regional traffic.
  • Caltrans to commuters: Do your homework this weekend

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    The Caltrans official overseeing the Fix50 freeway project is calling on Highway 50 and other commuters to use this weekend plot their strategies for next week’s lane closures. Crew work on the W-X freeway in Sacramento where, starting Tuesday, ramp and lane closures will delay motorists for all but one week through June 25.
  • Redo ordered on I-80 freeway project in Natomas

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Caltrans officials have ordered a contractor to tear up a new lane that had just been poured on Interstate 80 in Natomas as part of a carpool lane expansion project.
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    SacBee -- Weather Report

  • Wet weather may add to U.S. 50 traffic challenges

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    April showers will make a return on Tuesday for the Sacramento area, just when commuters have to figure out how to get around the lane closures on Highway 50.
  • Warm, sunny weather expected for Sacramento’s Easter weekend

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Bring out your sunglasses this the weekend. More warm weather is in store for the Sacramento region. Warm, sunny weather is forecast for Sacramento’s 2014 Easter weekend. In this file photo, Emberly Hoke, of Sacramento, picks up Easter eggs during the Spring Eggstravaganza at Fairytale Town in 2013.
  • Easter weather looks fine for church, egg hunts in Sacramento

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Clear skies and warm temperatures are forecast for Easter Sunday. Isabella Keifer looks at an empty easter egg during the Spring Eggstravaganza at Fairytale Town on Sunday, March 31, 2013.
  • Warm temps in Sacramento through weekend before change in weather

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    After a couple of weeks of above normal temperatures and no rain, temperatures are expected to take a nose dive when spring showers are predicted to arrive early next week in Sacramento. A view of the Tower Bridge from West Sacramento into downtown Sacramento at dusk with the US Bank Tower rising out of the center of the frame on Tuesday afternoon, November 12, 2013. 2013. The next two days and the weekend are expected to be much the same as the recent weather.
  • Calm before the wind in Sacramento: gusts to 21 mph in afternoon

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Sacramento’s weather on Wednesday is expected to a repeat, except for one thing: lots of wind. Georgina Glimore stops to take a photograph with her cellphone of a tumbleweed as dozens fly across C Street near the railroad tracks during high wind gusts in the Capital City, Tuesday, February 8, 2011. The winds pick up today as well, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
 
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    SacBee -- Letters to the Editor

  • Federal takeover of public pension plans?

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Re "California needs substantial pension reform" (Viewpoints, April 13): State and local government administrators and public employee organizations that refuse to acknowledge current public pension plan benefit formulas are unsustainable and who resist any modifications should consider the fate of private pension plans in this country.
  • CADA supports neighborhood business

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Re "State puts press on cleaners" (City Beat, April 14) Capitol Area Development Authority requested that Department of General Services consider an extension of Mercury Cleaners' lease in order to assist Helen and Tom Kang. But the state's response was that it must address the environmental problem as soon as possible and that the building must be vacant for that to happen.
  • Let's get our climate change facts right

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Re "Climate crisis reprieve" (Letters, April 17): As an alumnus of the UC Davis physics department, it pained me to read a Letter from former UCD physics professor Paul Brady that was full of incorrect statements about the latest IPCC climate change report. He claimed that projected global warming has been reduced by 62 percent when in reality the projections in the latest report were almost identical to those in the last report, published in 2007. He claimed that climate models have overestimated sea level rise when in reality studies have shown sea level rising faster than model…
  • Climate misinformation

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Re "Climate crisis reprieve" (Letters, April 17): Letter writer Paul Brady calls out the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for changing its tune in its most recent report. This is patently false. By comparing numbers that are not directly comparable, he weaves a fictitious tale of the boy-who-cried wolf variety. Climate models, although not perfect, have their foundations in fundamental physical principles and have been demonstrated to reproduce observed temperature patterns over the 20th century when driven by known emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. What is…
  • Ryan budget would hurt most vulnerable

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Re "In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity" (April 11): Paul Ryan's budget will be devastating to many Californians. While over 45,000 millionaires would get an $87,000 tax break, middle class families would pay $2,000 more in taxes.
 
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    SacBee -- Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cathie Anderson: California Pizza Kitchen’s new menu makes debut in Sacramento

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Things to Know about Tax Day

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

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

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

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

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

  • Folsom kids to flex robotics skill in national competition

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

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    The World Cup will showcase the latest in TV technology that industry leaders hope will usher in a new era in sports broadcasting.
  • NASA OKs space station visit despite dead computer

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    NASA is pressing ahead with Monday's planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe. FILE - This Tuesday, March 26, 2013 file photo provided by NASA shows the release of the SpaceX Dragon-2 spacecraft from the International Space Station. NASA is pressing ahead, on Monday, April 14, 2014, with the planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe.
  • Think your parents are clueless about your online use? Think again!

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    If you thought your sister reading your diary was bad, you may want to think hard about what you put online using social media such as Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. Your parents are likely looking at it, not just your BFFs.
  • End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2001 file photo, then Microsoft chairman Bill Gates speaks during the product launch of the new Windows XP operating system in New York. Gates touted the software as the harbinger of a new era in more Internet-centric computing. On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for its still popular Windows XP. With an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers…
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    SacBee -- NewsGate Test Section 1

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

    10 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy Thursday Sacramento, Liliana Salvador, 5, of Woodland second from left, walks on a stream of rain water as she is followed by her newlywed parents Rafael Salvador and Josefina Mendoza, pushing her three-year-old brother Rafael Jr. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Rain continues to fall but the drought is far from over.
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    4 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Nam nibh. Nunc varius facilisis eros. Sed erat. In in velit quis arcu ornare laoreet. Curabitur adipiscing luctus massa. Integer ut purus ac augue commodo commodo. Nunc nec mi eu justo tempor consectetuer. Etiam vitae nisl. In dignissim lacus ut ante. Cras elit lectus, bibendum a, adipiscing vitae, commodo et, dui. Ut tincidunt tortor. Donec nonummy, enim in lacinia pulvinar, velit tellus scelerisque augue, ac posuere libero urna eget neque. Cras ipsum. Vestibulum pretium, lectus nec venenatis volutpat, purus lectus ultrices risus, a…
  • Sacramento ties high temperature records for Dec. 24

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

  • Views on Food: Outsmarting the drought

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Despite no rainfall the first four months of Shahar Caspi’s second season of raising food for his neighbors, water usage dropped 30 percent and yields increased. So, how does he do it? Shahar Caspi and his dog Maggie walk through a cherry orchard in Oregon House last week. To plant the trees, Caspi filled holes with water just once and allowed them to drain. He then added his mulch mix and then the tree. “They won’t need water for many, many months,” the Israeli-born farmer said. Caspi also tends the gardens of about 50 neighbors. Shahar Caspi This greenhouse full…
  • Nicholas D. Kristof: The unhealthy meat market

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

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

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

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

  • Ask Emily: More time to avoid the Obamacare tax penalty

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    In my last column, I warned you that March 31 was your last chance to sign up for a health plan from Covered California or the private market if you wanted to get health coverage this year. So much for that. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Last chance: The Obamacare deadline is here

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Covered California’s ‘reset’ problem

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

    11 Feb 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Emily Bazar answers questions about Flexible Spending Accounts, Medi-Cal and tax credits. Emily Bazar writes “Ask Emily,” a biweekly column for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Getting lost in Obamacare’s mazes

    28 Jan 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Yes, Obamacare is a big and complicated undertaking but does it have to be this difficult? Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting answers reader questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
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    SacBee -- Folsom/El Dorado News

  • Supervisor’s trial has El Dorado political world seething

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

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

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    The Foresthill Bridge has received a face-lift, including a fresh coat of green paint, 220,000 bolts and more than 2.3 million pounds of new steel, part of a seismic retrofit that began in 2011. The Foresthill Bridge, post-renovation, looks like a million bucks – actually $74 million, which is what the three-year project cost, using mostly federal funds. The work is expected to last for another 40 years. Visitors take a tour Wednesday along the catwalk beneath the roadway on the spruced-up Foresthill Bridge. Placer County officials celebrated the “renewal” of the landmark…
  • Cathie Anderson: Folsom’s AgreeYa Solutions isn’t afraid to let go

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Folsom’s AgreeYa Solutions has almost doubled it revenue since 2008, concrete confirmation for managing partner Ajay Kaul that spinning off the firm’s mobile practice was the right decision a few years ago. … Farmer Thaddeus Barsotti, co-owner of Capay Organic, shares his thoughts on Wal-Mart’s decision to expand its organic food line. … After a successful debut in 2013, PG&E and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento again team up to help the region’s teens find summer jobs in a challenging labor market.
  • Folsom kids to flex robotics skill in national competition

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

  • Elk Grove police seek to identify armed robbery suspect

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

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

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

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

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Elk Grove wants to build a train station to serve commuters in the fast-growing city, with hopes of turning dirt on the project in summer 2015. Elk Grove officials are vying for funding to create a rail station for Amtrak service to provide more transportation options for its residents.
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    SacBee -- Nevada Patient Busing

  • Sacramento Bee series on Nevada patient dumping named Pulitzer finalist

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

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

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

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

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

  • Home’s roof collapses in Roseville fire

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    A fire Saturday afternoon caused massive damage to a home in Roseville.
  • Littering complaint draws gunfire in Roseville

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A man who complained about another person throwing trash on the ground was shot at when he followed the litterer’s car, Roseville police reported.
  • Granite Bay Little League coach drops suit against player, pays court costs

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The former Granite Bay Little League coach who sued one of his 14-year-old players has dropped the suit, court records filed this week show. Alan Beck
  • Roseville solar installer completes power systems in Manteca, Tracy

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Roseville-based solar power company SUNworks has commissioned solar systems projects with a combined total of about 1 megawatt for Quaresma Dairy in Manteca and M&B Alfalfa Farms in Tracy.
  • Foresthill Bridge renovation celebrated

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

  • Sacramento retailer hit the brakes, came out ahead

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    Greg Bauer built a business for skiers, snowboarders and other outdoor adventure types. Suddenly, it seemed like it was all heading downhill and careening out of control. Rack N Road co-owner Greg Bauer chats with customers. Rack N Road co-owners, from left, John Bauer, Greg Bauer and Tom Mollerus, take a break at their Arden Way store in Sacramento on Wednesday. Rack N Road’s Greg Bauer, right, chats with customer Ken Nead at the Arden Way store, which was consolidated with a Roseville outlet. Rack N Road co-owner Greg Bauer in one of his stores.
  • Family sues city after girl’s peanut-allergy death at Camp Sacramento

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    The parents of a 13-year-old girl with a peanut allergy who went into anaphylactic shock and died after eating a nighttime snack at Camp Sacramento have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. Joanne and Dr. Louis Giorgi, seen here with their 13-year-old daughter Natalie before she died last year, are suing the city. A photo of Natalie Giorgi, who died from a peanut allergy, is in a memorial at the Giorgi home in Carmichael. Louis and Joanne Giorgi are suing the city of Sacramento over the girl’s death at Camp Sacramento.
  • No injuries reported in apartment building fire across from Capitol Park

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Scores of firefighters responded to a blaze on the fourth floor of a downtown apartment building Saturday afternoon. Firefighters responded to a fire on the fourth floor of the Park Mansion apartments in the 1300 block of 15th Street as tennants wait to return to their homes, Saturday, April 19, 2014. It was quickly extinguished and no one was injured.
  • Sacramento residents can let lawns die without being cited

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Sacramento’s City Council suspended requirements Thursday that residents irrigate their front yards during a time of water restrictions.
  • Sacramento sheriff asks owners of surveillance systems to join registry

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    The Sheriff’s Electronic Eye program is voluntary, according to the Sheriff’s Department, and could assist law enforcement in investigations. Sheriff Scott Jones
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    SacBee -- Yolo County News

  • Yolo officials seek dog that bit child in Dunnigan park

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Yolo County animal services officials seek the public’s help in finding a dog that bit a child in a park in Dunnigan.
  • Davis caretaker convicted of murder in death of developmentally disabled man

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    A Yolo County jury has convicted a caregiver of second-degree murder in the death of a 66-year-old man who had developmental disabilities.
  • Yolo County public employees get lower health care costs

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    CalPERS board members gave Yolo County public employees a price break of about 15 percent in health care costs this week by shifting the county’s designation from being in the Bay Area to the Sacramento region.
  • UC Davis history professor earns second Pulitzer

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Alan Taylor, a professor of history at UC Davis for two decades, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize – the second of his career – for his account of a little-known episode in the history of slavery in the United States. This undated image released by W. W. Norton & Company shows Alan Taylor, author of “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832.” On Monday, April 14, 2014, Taylor won the Pulitzer Prize for history.
  • Picnic Day turns 100; thousands turn out to sample farm life

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Annual rite of spring packs thousands into UC Davis to sample university’s diversity. Emory Duane 4 of Napa examines a tank full of sturgeon during the 100th annual Picnic Day at UC Davis in Davis on Saturday, April 12, 2014. California Fly Fishers Unlimited club member Tim Landrus of Sacramento demonstrates how to tie a fishing fly during the 100th annual Picnic Day at UC Davis in Davis on Saturday, April 12, 2014. One-year-old Simon Yip and his father, Mien Yip of Davis, explore local native fish species at one of the many displays. Three-year-old Reese Jackson of Sacramento pokes a…
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    SacBee -- State Politics

  • Field Poll: Calif. voters deeply skeptical of Congress

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

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

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

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

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

  • Two former Twin Rivers Unified trustees seek to win back seats they lost in 2012

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Two former Twin Rivers Unified school board members ousted by voters in 2012 are seeking a rematch with the trustees who won their seats.
  • Clinton has big lead in N.H., but most people haven't finished deciding

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Hillary Clinton is way ahead of other Democrats in the New Hampshire race for the 2016 presidential nomination and Republicans are scrambled--but most voters are far from deciding.
  • In Sacramento DA’s race, Schubert backers rip Krell on pay issue

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Supporters of Anne Marie Schubert pushed back Thursday against her main rival in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race, saying Maggie Krell is wrongly asserting that Schubert accepted pay raises as a supervisor in the DA’s Office while line prosecutors were being cut. Anne Marie Schubert Maggy Krell
  • District attorney candidates’ forum ends on sharp note

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Maggy Krell directed a sharp-edged blast at Anne Marie Schubert in the final moments of Wednesday’s Sacramento County district attorney candidates forum when she criticized her opponent for accepting pay raises in recent years while the office was laying off line prosecutors and shutting down its police review unit. Maggy Krell, Todd Leras and Anne Marie Schubert Maggy Krell Todd Leras Anne Marie Schubert
  • In political scandal, good government advocates see opening for ethics, campaign finance changes

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:46 pm
    When the Legislature returns next week from spring break, it will pick up with the drudgery of its shortcomings right where it left off, with ethics training in the upper house. FILE -- In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, left, speaks on a bill, while his seat mate Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, works at his desk at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. In the wake the recent indictments of Yee and Calderon on federal corruption charges lawmakers are proposing to strengthen political ethics and reform campaign finance laws.
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    SacBee -- Capitol and California

  • Paper produced by San Quentin inmates looking to grow

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    From a small trailer near an exercise yard full of honking geese, the men of the San Quentin News put out a paper they hope will reach beyond the gates of the prison where many of them are serving life sentences. San Quentin News staff member JulianGlenn Padgett works Thursday on a story for the upcoming issue in the newspaper’s small newsroom overlooking the prison exercise yard. “We are, without a doubt, journalists,” Padgett says. Staffers work on the San Quentin News. San Quentin State Prison inmate-journalist Phoeun You works on the layout for the upcoming issue of…
  • Dan Walters: California politicos admit failures in seeking rainy day fund

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In seeking to create a “rain day fund” to soak up some revenues, Capitol politicians admit to failures of the past. Dan Walters
  • Feds probe how UC Berkeley handles sexual assaults

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Federal officials are investigating how the University of California, Berkeley responds to reports of campus sexual assaults. People walk through Sproul Plaza near Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus on June 1, 2011.
  • Calif inmate death in Oklahoma under investigation

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Authorities are investigating the death of a California state prison inmate locked up in Oklahoma.
  • Clinton has big lead in N.H., but most people haven't finished deciding

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Hillary Clinton is way ahead of other Democrats in the New Hampshire race for the 2016 presidential nomination and Republicans are scrambled--but most voters are far from deciding.
 
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  • The Buzz: FPPC delays decision on Berryhill money-laundering case

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

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    State Sen. Leland Yee has closed his ballot-measure committee, only days after authorities indicted him on corruption and gun-running conspiracy charges. An FBI affidavit says Sen. Leland Yee suggested to an undercover agent that he could funnel money via a ballot measure committee. Yee has now ended the committee.
  • The Buzz: ‘Money just simply corrupts,’ Leland Yee said weeks before arrest

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    In the weeks since the arrest of Sen. Leland Yee, two hard-to-reconcile versions of the San Francisco Democrat have emerged: Transparency advocate running for secretary of state vs. the man who, according to an FBI affidavit, accepted campaign money in exchange for favors and a promise to set up an illegal gun deal. State Sen. Leland Yee, speaking before his recent arrest, said that some politicians come to feel they’re entitled to perks because “you’ve given up so much.”
  • The Buzz: ‘Shrimp Boy’ off the hook for legal fees, attorneys say

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    An undercover FBI agent spent thousands building a case against Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, but Chow’s lawyers say his defense against the government’s charges won’t cost him a cent. Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow is shown after being sworn in as the "Dragon Head" of the Chee Kung Tong in Chinatown Aug. 6, 2006 in San Francisco. Investigators say Chow is the leader of one of the most powerful Asian gangs in North America. Born in Hong Kong in 1960, Chow came to the United States at 16 and was reportedly nicknamed "Shrimp Boy" by his grandmother, in part due to his small…
  • The Buzz: Lagging in polls, Neel Kashkari says paid advertising will push him ahead

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Polling in the governor’s race at only 2 percent, Republican Neel Kashkari said this week he can make up ground on GOP rival Tim Donnelly with paid advertising closer to the June primary election. Neel Kashkari stands at 2 percent support in the Republican race for governor in the latest Field Poll. That’s behind Tim Donnelly at 17 percent and Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount at 3 percent.
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    SacBee -- Real Estate

  • Sellers’ market has few homes

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

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

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

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Year-over-year foreclosure activity – default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions – in California continued a prolonged trend with another double-digit decline in March, according to Irvine-based RealtyTrac. However, California was among 19 states that saw a year-over-year first-quarter increase in foreclosure starts.
  • Sacramento law firm Downey Brand lays off 17 staffers

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The Sacramento law firm of Downey Brand LLP laid off 17 staff members this week, a downsizing that corresponds with the departure of more than 20 of its lawyers this year.
 
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    SacBee -- Outdoors

  • Sacramento climber safe after Mount Everest avalanche kills at least 12

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    A Sacramento climber trying to become the oldest American ever to summit Mount Everest has posted a message on his blog, reassuring family and friends that he is OK after a deadly avalanche swept down a climbing route on the peak. Jim Geiger
  • Cronan Ranch to close to public two days for weed control project

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Two popular recreation areas along the south fork of the American River in El Dorado County will be closed two days next week for a weed-control project.
  • Want to raft? Better do so rapidly

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    This year’s whitewater recreation season will be surprisingly long and robust on a few Northern California rivers. A rafting expedition with All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting in 2010 negotiates the south fork of the American River – a waterway that experts say will run well throughout the summer. White water outfitters are pleased that this year's season will be surprisingly long and robust on some rivers in Northern California. On popular free-flowing rivers such as the Merced, the whitewater rafting season will be limited to the early snow melt – which was not…
  • Fishing Line: Week of April 7, 2014

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Striped bass fishing and water conditions improve in Delta. Here’s the latest look at which rivers are clearing up and noteworthy hot spots for fishing in the region.
  • Fresh Tracks: Pinnacles National Park really rocks

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Our newest national park, Pinnacles, offers a geologic buffet of jutting spires and hulking boulders — plus condors. The trails at the Pinnacles National Park are studded with toyon trees before getting to the large boulders at High Peaks. Pinnacles National Park boasts a variety of rock formations and interesting terrain, including mist-ringed mountains, rolling hills, shady woodlands, cratered valleys and hidden waterfalls. A hiker passes one of the many intriguing rock formations, this one known as the Anvil, off the High Peaks Trail at Pinnacles National Park, which is about 180…
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    SacBee -- Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dining review: Capital Dime struggles to make sense

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    When Capital Dime opened last July, pushing the idea that it would serve high-caliber farm-to-fork fare at eye-popping prices, the concept got a lot of attention, and the name of this potentially high-profile eatery made a lot of sense. The mac ’n’ cheese is among the $10 dishes at Capital Dime. “Damn good cheeseburger” comes with a side of french fries. The crab Louie with shrimp. Crab cakes with avocado mousse at Capital Dime.
  • First Impressions: Wrap N’ Roll blends sushi, burritos

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

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

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

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

  • Win a pair of tickets worth $100 to Stanford Youth Solutions food/wine event

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    How would you like to win a night out for two that includes local food and wine, plus live music to work those boogie shoes? Two tickets are up for grabs for the Stanford Youth Solutions “Vintage 2014” event at North Ridge Country Club on May 1, a $100 a head benefiting the organization formerly known as Stanford Home for Children. Those tickets normally cost $100 each, and this year will include eats from Cafeteria 15L, Dad’s Kitchen, de Vere’s Irish Pub and more local restaurants. You can wash those bites down from such local wineries as Twisted Rivers and Sean…
  • Darrell Corti has the answers to 10 questions

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Internationally known food and wine authority Darrell Corti — who insists on calling himself a “grocer” — holds a roomful of awards and honors bestowed on him during a long career. He also sits on various boards in advisory capacities. Darrell Corti tends the wine in his legendary market in east Sacramento.
  • UC Davis researchers help find birthplace of chili pepper

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The world’s most widely grown spice crop likely was first domesticated in central-east Mexico. Chili peppers likely became a cultivated crop in central-east Mexico, according to a new study by an international team including UC Davis plant scientists. (And, yes, that’s a tomatillo — not a pepper — propping up the jalapeño.)
  • Bidwell Street Bistro to become Bacchus House

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom is changing ownership again. Typical lunch fare at Bidwell Street Bistro is an Angus burger and a grilled portobello sandwich. The menu will change soon, when the bistro becomes Bacchus House.
  • Bring an intellectual appetite to Michael Pollan appearance

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Michael Pollan has been called many things, including “liberal foodie intellectual.” by the New York Times. True, but add to that “journalist, author, activist, university professor.” Pollan has helped raise the nation’s food-culture awareness through his lectures, essays and best-selling books, which include “The Omnivore's Dilemma,” “In Defense of Food,” “Food Rules” and “Cooked.” Michael Pollan will be at Cosumnes River College on April 24.
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    SacBee -- Movies

  • Movies: Kate Mara, killed on ‘House of Cards,’ lives on in ‘Transcendence’

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

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp is full of narrative flaws. Johnny Depp stars as a scientist whose mind is uploaded onto a computer in “Transcendence.”
  • Family Watch: ‘Heaven’ is for all; ‘Rio 2’ aimed at youngest kids

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
  • Movie review: 'Dom Hemingway' lewd yet heartfelt

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A temperamental, egotistical, British ex-con with a soft side for the daughter he left behind, Jude Law is magnetic as the title character in “Dom Hemingway,” an amusing tale of vengeance, debauchery and redemption told stylishly by writer-director Richard Shepard. Jude Law, left, plays the title character and Richard E. Grant is Dickie in “Dom Hemingway.”
  • Movie review: Disney gets up close with cute 'Bears'

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “Bears” is exactly the sort of nature documentary we’ve come to expect from Disneynature, the film division of the company that rolls out a new nature documentary every year at Earth Day. Sky guards one of her cubs in “Bears,” the latest film from Disneynature.
 
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    SacBee -- Theater

  • Sacramento Live: Familiar actors on other stages

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

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

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    California Musical Theatre’s Richard Lewis isn’t taking any chances with the production pipeline that brings professional musical theater touring shows to town. Josef Brown and Amanda Leigh Cobb star in “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage,” coming to town starting Dec. 26. Ace Young will star as Joseph and Diana DeGarmo will be the narrator when “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” comes to town next year.
  • Theater review: STC’s ‘Visiting Mr. Green’ a familiar experience

    2 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    If you go to Sacramento Theatre Company’s “Visiting Mr. Green” and feel like you’ve seen it before, you’re probably remembering other recent plays there. “Visiting Mr. Green” at Sacramento Theatre Company stars Ryan Blanning, left, as Ross Gardiner and Gary S. Martinez as Mr. Green. “Visiting Mr. Green” stars Gary S. Martinez, left, as Mr. Green and Ryan Blanning as Ross Gardiner.
  • Theater: California Stage births ‘The Vanishing Point’

    28 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    California Stage, under the leadership of producing artistic director Ray Tatar, has consistently embraced new works. “Vanishing Point” is set in post-Katrina Louisiana and deals with how the eroding environment there affects a Cajun family who has lived in the bayou for generations. Nedra Pezold Roberts’ play “The Vanishing Point,” which makes its world premiere Saturday at California Stage, stars, from left, Nick Lunetta, Jeremy Minagro, Emily Kentta and Richard Winters. Produced and directed by Ray Tatar, the play runs through April 27. Ray Tatar prepares…
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    SacBee -- Allen Pierleoni

  • Counter Culture: Good taste at Crepetown European Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Paper produced by San Quentin inmates looking to grow

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

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

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

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    For a growing number of Protestant churches around the country, programs that encourage congregants to embark on Bible-reading curricula have become a steady trend. Bonnie Grotheer prays after a Bible study session Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in midtown, where a group has set out to read the entire Bible in 90 days at a pace of 12 pages a day. Carol Rauen listens to a discussion during bible study. Associate Pastor Leslie Welton of St. John’s Lutheran Church leads the Bible study group Friday. The study group was timed to coincide with Lent and the Easter season. The…
  • In book, mom revisits life of son who saw with sound

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Coping with the loss of a loved one is traumatic, but the loss of a child can be unimaginably wrenching. Sometimes, though, inspiration can come from tragedy, as was the case with Aquanetta Gordon and her teenage son, Ben Underwood. Myeisha Dinkins, 13, leads Ben Underwood, 14, to his first period class at Smedburg Middle School on Tuesday, May 2, 2006. Ben Underwood, then 14, roller-blades around the block of his Elk Grove home in April 2006. At age 2, Ben lost both eyes to retinal cancer but taught himself to “see” through a technique called “echolocation.”…
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    SacBee -- History

  • Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

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

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Tom Myers, a Sacramento photographer whose vivid images of animals, places and people in California and the West have appeared in national magazines, books and on greeting cards, died April 7 of cancer, his family said. He was 88. Tom Myers
  • First Lady to address graduating high schoolers in Topeka, Kan., on 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver a commencement address this year at an assembly of public high schools in Topeka, Kansas, to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, the White House announced on Thursday. First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Foresthill Bridge renovation celebrated

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    The Foresthill Bridge has received a face-lift, including a fresh coat of green paint, 220,000 bolts and more than 2.3 million pounds of new steel, part of a seismic retrofit that began in 2011. The Foresthill Bridge, post-renovation, looks like a million bucks – actually $74 million, which is what the three-year project cost, using mostly federal funds. The work is expected to last for another 40 years. Visitors take a tour Wednesday along the catwalk beneath the roadway on the spruced-up Foresthill Bridge. Placer County officials celebrated the “renewal” of the landmark…
  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. File - In this Jan. 26, 2014 file photo, spectators take pictures the historic locomotive, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 at Metrolink Station in Covina, Calif. The locomotive was to head for Colton over the next several weeks before No. 4014 is towed to Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet Operations headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyo. File - In this Jan. 26, 2014 file photo, spectators snap pictures…
 
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    SacBee -- Life

  • Easter events around the Sacramento region

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Egg hunt, pancake breakfast, live music, clowns, fire department, and arts and crafts. Arrive 30 minutes early. 10 a.m. Carmichael Park. 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael. Free. 916-485-5322. Emberly Hoke, 3, of Sacramento, picks up Easter eggs during the 2013 Spring Eggstravaganza at Fairytale Town.
  • Feast Q&A: Sacramento’s food truck movement

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Sacramento’s appetite for mobile food was fueled three years ago with the debut of SactoMoFo, a festival that rounds up popular food trucks from Northern California. The event has continually drawn thousands in search of mobile munchies who are willing to brave epic lines, while a series of weekly SactoMoFo events feeds Sacramento’s suburbs and business parks. Paul Somerhausen, director of SactoMoFo mobile food events, pictured at a recent food truck round-up near Cal Expo.
  • Meatloaf goes from daily grind to chef’s pride

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Restaurant chefs and home cooks are making new incarnations of the traditional staple on American dinner tables. Chris Tannous of Roxie Deli said he uses “secret ingredients” and a proprietary rub to make meatloaf that he serves on sandwiches. “It’s not your mother’s meatloaf,” he said. The Roxie Deli’s meatloaf includes 80-20 ground chuck and egg, and is cooked in an oak-burning cast-iron smoker for 10 hours. It’s served on ciabatta bread. Tannous says he sells up to 50 a day. Christian Palmos prepares a plate of meatloaf at Cafeteria…
  • Discoveries: Visit to ‘Bunny Museum’ is no flop

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    On a sleepy street in suburban Southern California, The Bunny Museum keeps tourists hopping. Candace Frazee, curator of the Bunny Museum in Pasadena, gives her patented bunny-salute. You may be nothing but a hound dog, but this Elvis Presley-inspired porcelain bunny is nothing but kitsch. Find it and thousands of other rabbit-related items in the Pasadena home. Candace Frazee, co-owner and curator of “The Bunny Museum,” talks on the phone four years ago at the museum in Pasadena. In its 22-year existence, the museum has had 23,320-plus visitors. Just a few of the 30,000 pieces…
  • Postcards from readers: Johnson Canyon waterfalls in Banff, Canada

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    My husband and I just came back from a winter vacation in Banff, Canada. The photographer: Kimberly Sanderson of Citrus Heights Behind the lens: My husband and I just came back from a winter vacation in Banff, Canada. We had heard about hiking to the frozen waterfalls at Johnston Canyon and had to see for ourselves. After hiking for two hours we came upon the Upper and Lower Falls, and they were breathtaking! This is a photo we captured of a mountaineer scaling the face of the Upper Falls.
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    SacBee -- Recipes

  • Teri Mena: The Mailbox

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    I have tried in vain to find a recipe that comes close to the delicious LT7 – red curry stir fry with chicken served at Sophia’s Thai Restaurant in Davis.
  • What’s Cooking: Citrusy sweets for Easter or spring

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Let chocolate rule the egg hunt – choose lemon or orange treats for meals. Lemon olive oil mini cakes are layered with strawberry jam and coated in pecans. Change up the jam and/or nuts to your taste. This orange cinnamon coconut pudding, a.k.a. tembleque, is a Puerto Rican treat that works for spring. Lemon curd flavors breakfast buns that go together quickly for Easter brunch thanks to convenient frozen bread dough.
  • Dress up spring veggies for Easter dinner

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    With a little creativity, carrots, peas and broccoli can be menu stars. Not the same old peas at all, these are butter-spiced skillet peas. It’s not pasta. Lemony carrot “fettuccine” is made by tossing carrot ribbons with a low-fat cream cheese dressing. Toasted walnuts and chopped chives finish the dish. This citrus pine nut broccoli slaw includes dried apricots. Ratatouille cakes can be a side dish to Easter lamb (or ham) or a vegetarian main dish.
  • Recipes: Chefs create superfoods recipes

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the Washington Post’s ongoing superfoods challenge, a pair of enterprising chefs have tackled the ingredient we’ve been waiting for: dark chocolate. Dark chocolate granola with plums is good for breakfast but also makes an energizing midday meal. Swiss chard colors the mushrooms for tea-infused rice noodle soup. This dark chocolate mousse is made with almond milk.
  • World eats: Russian region dairy products delight

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    At Sacramento area’s Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European populations, dairy products are a highlight for quality and richness. Finished paskha shows the pattern of the cheesecloth that lined the mold, a flower pot. Victoria Hagele, whose family is both Russian and Ukrainian, selects sour cream at Naroe’s in Carmichael.
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    SacBee -- Boomers

  • CHP class promotes safety for senior drivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    By now, the story of Sacramento’s beer legacy has become a familiar one. Before Prohibition, the region was a brewing force and Sacramento was known as the epicenter of hop growing. Bike Dog Brewery is open a mere two days a week in West Sac. Jeremy Warren is the brewmaster at Knee Deep Brewing Co., a rising star in the craft beer world. Berryessa Brewing’s taproom is a beer lover’s destination. Rubicon Brewing Co. makes its beer on location in its brewpub at 20th Street and Capitol Avenue.
  • The Beer Run: Not all taps are created equal

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

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

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

  • Dunne on Wine: When a winemaker’s life turns sour (in a good way)

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:56 pm
    For cabernet sauvignon, Alexander Valley shines, but wines from Washington’s from Horse Heaven Hills also stand out. At a recent blind tasting of 12 cabernet sauvignons by five wine writers, including The Bee’s Mike Dunne, Jordan Winery and Jordan Vineyards had a winner. Jordan Winery and Jordan Vineyards, founded in 1976, is on Alexander Valley Road in Healdsburg.
  • Dunne on Wine: Farmer Ron Mansfield’s at the root of El Dorado’s wine success

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Farmer Ron Mansfield is at or near the top of short list of people responsible for El Dorado County’s standing as a fine-wine region. Farmer Ron Mansfield tends to his wine grape vines like a bonsai artist in this 2011 photo. Today, he farms more than 300 acres of wine grapes, including such Rhone Valley grape varieties as syrah and grenache for Fenaughty Vineyard in El Dorado County. Grapes from the Fenaughty Vineyard were used in the Edmunds St. John syrah and Donkey & Goat grenache noir.
 
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    SacBee -- Food & Drink

  • Feast Q&A: Sacramento’s food truck movement

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Sacramento’s appetite for mobile food was fueled three years ago with the debut of SactoMoFo, a festival that rounds up popular food trucks from Northern California. The event has continually drawn thousands in search of mobile munchies who are willing to brave epic lines, while a series of weekly SactoMoFo events feeds Sacramento’s suburbs and business parks. Paul Somerhausen, director of SactoMoFo mobile food events, pictured at a recent food truck round-up near Cal Expo.
  • Meatloaf goes from daily grind to chef’s pride

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Restaurant chefs and home cooks are making new incarnations of the traditional staple on American dinner tables. Chris Tannous of Roxie Deli said he uses “secret ingredients” and a proprietary rub to make meatloaf that he serves on sandwiches. “It’s not your mother’s meatloaf,” he said. The Roxie Deli’s meatloaf includes 80-20 ground chuck and egg, and is cooked in an oak-burning cast-iron smoker for 10 hours. It’s served on ciabatta bread. Tannous says he sells up to 50 a day. Christian Palmos prepares a plate of meatloaf at Cafeteria…
  • Dining review: Capital Dime struggles to make sense

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    When Capital Dime opened last July, pushing the idea that it would serve high-caliber farm-to-fork fare at eye-popping prices, the concept got a lot of attention, and the name of this potentially high-profile eatery made a lot of sense. The mac ’n’ cheese is among the $10 dishes at Capital Dime. “Damn good cheeseburger” comes with a side of french fries. The crab Louie with shrimp. Crab cakes with avocado mousse at Capital Dime.
  • Consume: Our favorite food stuff this week

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Try a barrel-aged negroni while you read about literature’s memorable meals. “Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals” This barrel-aged negroni was created by Chris Tucker of Hook & Ladder. Grapefruit gummy pandas are from Bissinger’s. A scene from the movie “Farmland.”
  • Take your best shot: Poached pear

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a poached Bosc pear simmered in white wine, honey, fresh lime, sugar and water. The photographer: Judi Lewallen of Placerville The dish: This is a poached Bosc pear simmered in white wine, honey, fresh lime, sugar and water, with a bouquet garni of cinnamon stick, fresh sliced ginger, peppercorns, cloves, fennel seeds and vanilla bean. The sauce is a raspberry caramel sauce with sweet sour cream hearts. I make this when pears are in season.
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    SacBee -- Sports

  • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. FILE - In this June 8, 2001 file photo, former middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, left, is escorted by an unidentified security guard into the venue where Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde will box each other in Verona, NY. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis.
  • Kings by the numbers: Payroll breakdown

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Salary source: Hoopshype.com
  • Ailene Voisin: What went right, what went wrong for Kings in 2013-14

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    After missing the playoffs eight consecutive seasons and finishing with a 28-54 record for the second year in a row, there were plenty of reasons for the Kings’ “repeat” performance: Sluggish offense. Shaky defense. Too little passing. Too many blown opportunities on the home court. In an unusual move, new Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive hired a coach – Michael Malone, left – before he hired a general manager. Players respect Malone’s candor, work ethic and warmth.
  • NBA Beat: And the 2013-14 MVP award goes to...

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    For the first time, the NBA this season will reveal the ballots cast by media members for its annual postseason awards. But even before they’re released, here are my selections for the 2013-14 season: Kevin Durant merits strong MVP consideration for winning the league’s scoring title and carrying Oklahoma City while Russell Westbrook was in and out of the lineup because of a knee injury.
  • Jason Jones: Ranking the NBA

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Records and stats final regular season.
 
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    SacBee -- Golf

  • Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

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

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Holes in one must be faxed on the golf course’s stationery to The Bee at (916) 326-5503.
  • Golf: Course Report

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:16 pm
    The Bee posse’s weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.
  • Bubba goes green for the 2nd time at Augusta

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Bubba Watson scooped up his son, hugged his wife and took off down the ropes along the 18th green, high-fiving the patrons at Augusta National. APRIL 13, 2014 AUGUSTA Bubba Watson tears up after winning the Masters Golf Tournament Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2014 in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT Bubba Watson punches the air on the 17th green during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. Watson went on to win the Masters…
  • Leading Off: Move over, Tiger, it’s Bubba at PGA wheel

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Until Tiger, Phil or Rory prove otherwise, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has become the golfer to watch on the PGA Tour. Defending Masters' champion Adam Scott, of Australia, helps Bubba Watson, right, with his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. Bubba Watson raises his putter after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. Bubba Watson punches the air on the 17th green during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. Watson went on to win the…
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    SacBee -- Kings/NBA

  • Ailene Voisin: What went right, what went wrong for Kings in 2013-14

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    After missing the playoffs eight consecutive seasons and finishing with a 28-54 record for the second year in a row, there were plenty of reasons for the Kings’ “repeat” performance: Sluggish offense. Shaky defense. Too little passing. Too many blown opportunities on the home court. In an unusual move, new Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive hired a coach – Michael Malone, left – before he hired a general manager. Players respect Malone’s candor, work ethic and warmth.
  • Can DeMarcus Cousins become a leader and teammate others want to play with?

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    As the Kings’ franchise player, he needs to become the team’s biggest recruiter and selling point for free agents DeMarcus Cousins has had trouble controlling his emotions on the court and being a positive influence in the locker room during his four-year NBA career. DeMarcus Cousins averaged career highs of 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds this season, leading outsiders to wonder why the Kings won only 28 games. Sacramento was 0-11 without him in the lineup this season.
  • Jason Jones: Ranking the NBA

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Records and stats final regular season.
  • Kings by the numbers: Payroll breakdown

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Salary source: Hoopshype.com
  • NBA Beat: And the 2013-14 MVP award goes to...

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    For the first time, the NBA this season will reveal the ballots cast by media members for its annual postseason awards. But even before they’re released, here are my selections for the 2013-14 season: Kevin Durant merits strong MVP consideration for winning the league’s scoring title and carrying Oklahoma City while Russell Westbrook was in and out of the lineup because of a knee injury.
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    SacBee -- Motor Sports

  • Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach

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

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory. Kevin Harvick poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., Saturday, April 12, 2014. Kevin Harvick, left, gets a kiss from his wife, Delana Harvick, in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., Saturday, April 12, 2014. Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C.,…
  • Logano holds on for Sprint Cup win in Texas

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Joey Logano had a big lead and was within a half-lap of taking the white flag at Texas. Joey Logano celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway Monday, April 7, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. Joey Logano crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Monday, April 7, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. Joey Logano celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway Monday, April 7, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. Joey Logano (22) gets fuel and tires during a pit stop during the NASCAR Sprint…
  • Local motor sports notes: All American Speedway dropping Late Model division this season

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

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

  • Hometown Report: Quick exits for two River Cats pitchers

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    Eric Berger was looking forward to playing with the River Cats, a chance to pitch in front of family and friends. The Bee’s 2004 Player of the Year from Woodcreek High School, Berger was released by the A’s last Thursday, the eve of the Triple-A River Cats’ homeopener at Raley Field. The 27-year-old left-hander had allowed one run and three hits in 1 1/3 innings for Sacramento. Eric Berger, 25, out of Woodcreek High and the University of Arizona, pitches for the Cleveland Indian AAA affiliate Columbus. The 6-3, 210-pound lefthander was drafted by the A's in the 9th round…
  • Pitching is the key for River Cats in ’14

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Pitching will define the River Cats this season, which starts today in Salt Lake City. And if they lose a pitcher or two to the A’s, that’s a measure of success beyond wins and losses. Stephen Vogt catcher for the Sacramento River Cats walks to an interview during the annual media day on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Raley Field in West Sacramento. Vogt played for the A's last season. Philip Humber threw the major leagues’ 21st perfect game. Eric Berger is back home after starring at Woodcreek High School. Joe Blanton, the 33-year-old right-hander, a first-round pick of the…
  • River Cats glance: Ladendorf, Nieve help Cats top Bees

    12 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Tyler Ladendorf had three hits and three RBIs, and Fernando Nieve had his second save in two nights to lead the River Cats to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Salt Lake Bees on Saturday night at Raley Field.
  • Hometown Report: Cats open at home on a night for the ages

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    They couldn’t find their husbands, and that realization left the ladies to look at each other, then the heavens. Then they laughed. Opening Day, the setting sun glistens off the structures in downtown Sacramento during the second inning of the Sacramento River Cats and Salt Lake City Bee's game on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Raley Field in West Sacramento, Calif.
  • River Cats glance: Cats tumble to 51s second night in a row

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    In a 7-6 Las Vegas win Tuesday night, Eric Campbell hit a one-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning to put the 51s ahead for good.
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    SacBee -- 49ers

  • Miami police don’t believe Kaepernick was in hotel suite at time of 911 calls

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    Miami police do not believe 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was present when they responded to two 911 calls about an upset naked woman refusing to leave a downtown Miami hotel room. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was not present when an emergency call was made alerting authorities to a woman in distress in a Miami hotel suite, police report.
  • Kaepernick not in hotel suite when 911 calls were placed, Miami police say

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Miami police do not believe 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was present when they responded to a pair of 911 calls about an upset naked woman refusing to leave a downtown Miami hotel room. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was not present when an emergency call was made alerting authorities to a woman in distress in a Miami hotel suite, police report.
  • Source: 49ers entertaining trade offers for running back LaMichael James

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    If the 49ers want to maneuver higher in next month’s draft, they could offer another team multiple draft picks in return or they could offer a team picks and a player. That player? According to a league source, the 49ers have been shopping running back LaMichael James, a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. LaMichael James, rushing against the Vikings during a preseason game last season, is being offered by the 49ers in trade talks, according to a league source. If the 49ers want to maneuver higher in next month’s draft, they could offer another team multiple draft picks in…
  • Clarification: NFL Concussion Lawsuit story

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    In a story April 16, The Associated Press reported that a judge had again denied preliminary approval of a $765 million NFL concussion settlement. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody clarified Thursday that the ruling was not new but was a clerical move to add her January denial to all pending cases.
  • Mark Purdy: 49ers should say goodbye to Aldon Smith

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    At this very moment, the 49ers are preparing for next month's college draft. So let's pretend we are in one of those pre-draft meetings.
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    SacBee -- High School Sports

  • Thursday’s college, community college and high school scoreboard (04-17-14)

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    College, community college and high school sports results from around the region and nation.
  • Wednesday’s college and high school scoreboard

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    College and high school sports results from around the region and nation.
  • Tuesday’s High School Scoreboard (04/15/14)

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    High School sports results from around the region.
  • Hometown Report: Quick exits for two River Cats pitchers

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    Eric Berger was looking forward to playing with the River Cats, a chance to pitch in front of family and friends. The Bee’s 2004 Player of the Year from Woodcreek High School, Berger was released by the A’s last Thursday, the eve of the Triple-A River Cats’ homeopener at Raley Field. The 27-year-old left-hander had allowed one run and three hits in 1 1/3 innings for Sacramento. Eric Berger, 25, out of Woodcreek High and the University of Arizona, pitches for the Cleveland Indian AAA affiliate Columbus. The 6-3, 210-pound lefthander was drafted by the A's in the 9th round…
  • Prep notebook: SFL softball race is wide open

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The Sierra Foothill League softball race is taking this week off with spring break, but the action expects to intensify for the stretch run. Woodcreek coach Art Banks, middle, and his team gather after beating in the Stephanie LeDoux Memorial tournament in Roseville last season. The victory was the 600th of Banks' coaching career.
 
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    SacBee -- City Beat

  • Sacramento Community Center Theater facelift recommended

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The city of Sacramento is considering another hefty investment in a downtown destination. A view of a proposed $36.5 million renovation of the Community Center Theater from L Street in downtown Sacramento.
  • Report: Sacramento ranks high on transparency

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The city of Sacramento is the second most “open” city in the country, according to a report judging public access to government data. City business, such as that undertaken by the City Council (pictured) is not a secret to Sacramento citizens, who live in one of the most “open” municipalities in the country, a new report indicates.
  • Attorneys appeal eminent domain ruling on Kings arena site

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    The financial firms that controlled the former Macy’s men’s clothing store have appealed a Sacramento judge’s ruling to grant control of the property to the city of Sacramento and the Kings through eminent domain. Once the location of a Macy’s men’s and furniture store, this building is slated to be demolished for a proposed basketball arena.
  • City Beat: Mercury Cleaners owners struggle as they are forced out

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Daniel Kang’s parents, Helen and Tom, have built a life for their family by pressing and washing clothes at the midtown dry-cleaning shop with the retro sign. They are proud of Daniel and his Berkeley-educated brother. And they are proud when they think of all the men and women who head to their own important jobs every day, dressed in shirts and suits washed at Mercury Cleaners. Ryan Lillis
  • Sacramento City Council OKs residential project to replace Sutter Memorial Hospital

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    A plan to replace Sutter Memorial Hospital in east Sacramento with a development of up to 120 homes was met with glowing reviews Tuesday night by the Sacramento City Council, which unanimously approved the project after just 20 minutes of debate.
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    SacBee -- Giants/A's

  • No mistake: A's have most errors in American League, and most wins

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    OAKLAND -- With two more errors on Saturday, the A’s have committed six over their last three games and 13 in their last eight. Their total of 18 for the season is the highest in the American League. They’re also 12-5, leading the league in wins. Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick, second from right, celebrates after making the game-winning hit off Houston Astros' Chad Qualls in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. The A's won 4-3.
  • Twins claim Fuld, designate Mastroianni

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    The Twins have claimed outfielder Sam Fuld off waivers from Oakland and designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment.
  • A’s Reddick finds his bats, and swing, too

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Before this weekend’s series against the Houston Astros, Josh Reddick said, it was discovered a box of the A’s right fielder’s bats had somehow ended up in infielder Alberto Callaspo’s locker. A’s outfielder Josh Reddick singles to drive in Saturday’s game-winning run. In two games, Reddick has more hits than he did coming into the series. A’s outfielder Josh Reddick, left, celebrates his walk-off single with infielder Alberto Callaspo. Reddick had three hits.
  • Reddick’s walk-off single lifts A’s past Astros, 4-3

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    OAKLAND -- Scott Kazmir is still relatively new to Oakland, but not too new to make this observation following the A’s 4-3, walk-off win over the Astros on Saturday: Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick, left, celebrates with Alberto Callaspo after making the game-winning hit off Houston Astros' Chad Qualls in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland won 4-3. Oakland Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir winds up in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland Athletics' Josh…
  • O'Flaherty slowly making progress, throws bullpen for Melvin, A's

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    OAKLAND -- Since the A's broke camp a few weeks ago and headed north to start the season, Eric O'Flaherty has remained in Arizona immersed in the monotony of Tommy John rehab -- wake up, work out, throw a bullpen, do rehab exercises, repeat.
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  • Antti Niemi is Sharks' go-to guy

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

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