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  • Kaiser South Sacramento testing patient for possible Ebola

    SacBee -- Health and Medicine
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Fears of an Ebola outbreak in the United States hit home Tuesday as health officials announced that a patient at a Sacramento hospital was being tested for the virus that has killed an estimated 1,200 people in west Africa. FILE - This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. As of mid-2014, Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since the virus first emerged in 1976.
  • Placerville considers its roundabout future

    SacBee -- Folsom/El Dorado News
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    An argument blisters amid the weathered storefronts of old Placerville. It boils down to this: When is a traffic circle just a circle? And when is it a conspiracy? This traffic circle in Citrus Heights has helped cut speeds. In Placerville, a plan to add a roundabout in a historic area ignited opposition and led to Measure K on the November ballot.
  • Crisp's 3-run triple helps A's halt slide

    SacBee -- Latest News
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the fourth inning to help Scott Kazmir earn his career-best 14th win, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak. New York Mets' David Wright (5) hops over shortstop Ruben Tejada after both missed a foul ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Alberto Callaspo in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland Athletics' Scott Kazmir works against the New York Mets in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. New York…
  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    SacBee -- Top Stories
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the county prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police. Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted…
  • Kaiser South Sacramento testing patient for possible Ebola

    SacBee -- Our Region
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Fears of an Ebola outbreak in the United States hit home Tuesday as health officials announced that a patient at a Sacramento hospital was being tested for the virus that has killed an estimated 1,200 people in west Africa. FILE - This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. As of mid-2014, Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since the virus first emerged in 1976.
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    SacBee -- Latest News

  • Crisp's 3-run triple helps A's halt slide

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the fourth inning to help Scott Kazmir earn his career-best 14th win, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak. New York Mets' David Wright (5) hops over shortstop Ruben Tejada after both missed a foul ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Alberto Callaspo in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland Athletics' Scott Kazmir works against the New York Mets in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. New York…
  • Bill limiting California football practices points to broader debate about safety

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    California’s action points to a sea change in how America perceives its most popular sport. As the perils of football have become undeniable, highlighted by mounting evidence of severe damage to the brains of professional and college athletes, youth football programs are scrambling to adjust. Daniel Vaden, a Sacramento Charter High School football player, runs a drill with teammates during practice last week. A law limiting full contact football practices in California speaks to a broader debate about brain damage that college and professional teams have addressed in recent years.
  • Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The estate of Anna Nicole Smith has failed in its final bid to obtain her late husband's money, seven years after the death of the Playboy model and reality TV star. FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2006, file photo, Anna Nicole Smith, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Smith's final bid to obtain her late husband's money has failed, seven years after her death. A federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, rejected a bid by Smith's estate to obtain about $44 million from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II, her late Texas billionaire husband.
  • Tahoe summit meets amid concern over lake level

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:47 pm
    One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.” Gov. Jerry Brown speaks Tuesday at the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, citing the state water bond on November’s ballot as an example of consensus politics. As Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the 18th annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, beach-goers enjoy the scenery. The lake level has been going down in the three-year…
  • Aunt of SF toddler killed in street arrested

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    San Francisco police say the aunt of a 2-year-old girl killed in a hit-and-run accident has been arrested for leaving the girl alone in the crosswalk.
 
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    SacBee -- Top Stories

  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the county prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police. Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted…
  • Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen to lead opposition to strong-mayor plan

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen, not even two years into his first term at City Hall, is about to take on a popular mayor and many of the city’s most powerful interest groups in a closely watched political battle over how the city will be governed. Steve Hansen stands in front of his 1906 era home in Alkali Flat on April 16, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Bill limiting California football practices points to broader debate about safety

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    California’s action points to a sea change in how America perceives its most popular sport. As the perils of football have become undeniable, highlighted by mounting evidence of severe damage to the brains of professional and college athletes, youth football programs are scrambling to adjust. Daniel Vaden, a Sacramento Charter High School football player, runs a drill with teammates during practice last week. A law limiting full contact football practices in California speaks to a broader debate about brain damage that college and professional teams have addressed in recent years.
  • Whole city block across from planned downtown arena changes hands

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A group of Sacramento-area buyers has aquired 555 Capitol Mall, including two office towers and a parking garage across L Street from the city’s planned sports and entertainment complex. This composite image shows 555 Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday. The property has been purchased by a group of local investors who plan to renovate the half-empty office towers and fill them with tenants.
  • Tahoe summit meets amid concern over lake level

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:47 pm
    One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.” Gov. Jerry Brown speaks Tuesday at the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, citing the state water bond on November’s ballot as an example of consensus politics. As Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the 18th annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, beach-goers enjoy the scenery. The lake level has been going down in the three-year…
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    SacBee -- Our Region

  • Kaiser South Sacramento testing patient for possible Ebola

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Fears of an Ebola outbreak in the United States hit home Tuesday as health officials announced that a patient at a Sacramento hospital was being tested for the virus that has killed an estimated 1,200 people in west Africa. FILE - This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. As of mid-2014, Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since the virus first emerged in 1976.
  • Marcos Breton: Hansen takes a risk in opposing Johnson on ‘strong mayor’

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Steve Hansen is showing some real daring in standing up to Mayor Kevin Johnson – the kind of political guts we don’t often see in Sacramento. Marcos Breton
  • Whole city block across from planned downtown arena changes hands

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A group of Sacramento-area buyers has aquired 555 Capitol Mall, including two office towers and a parking garage across L Street from the city’s planned sports and entertainment complex. This composite image shows 555 Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday. The property has been purchased by a group of local investors who plan to renovate the half-empty office towers and fill them with tenants.
  • Tahoe summit meets amid concern over lake level

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:47 pm
    One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.” Gov. Jerry Brown speaks Tuesday at the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, citing the state water bond on November’s ballot as an example of consensus politics. As Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the 18th annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, beach-goers enjoy the scenery. The lake level has been going down in the three-year…
  • Man killed by Woodland police fatally shot mom 24 years ago

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Jeffrey Towe lived with delusions and profound mental illness, family members say. On Monday, he became the ninth person in the Sacramento region to die of police gunfire this year. Activists representing the California Campaign to End Police terror gathered at Main and East streets in Woodland on Monday night to protest the killing of a man in an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier in the day.
 
 
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    SacBee -- Back-seat Driver

  • Back-seat Driver: Sacramento soccer fans are also fans of light rail

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Sacramento Regional Transit and local soccer officials are discussing potential linkages between light rail lines and a proposed downtown soccer stadium for transit-loving fans. A recent survey by Sacramento’s soccer club, Sacramento Republic FC, found that more than 40 percent of fans would prefer to get to matches by means other than cars, including taking light rail or buses, biking and walking, or taking taxis.
  • Back-seat Driver: Sacramento cabbies say city’s English test is too tough

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    The street fight between the city of Sacramento and some taxi drivers has escalated again over the city requirement that cabbies prove they understand English at a basic level. Some cab drivers, immigrants without a U.S. education, have difficulty with a lengthy portion of the new test conducted on computer. Bee file photo, 2013.
  • Back-seat Driver: Connecting the dots with Sacramento’s newest roads, walk paths and train lines

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Transportation planners often talk about improving “connectivity.” That’s their word for finding ways to get people from point A to point B without having to zigzag past point C. Here’s a quick list of notable connections they’re making out there now:
  • Back-seat Driver: Caltrans allowing commercial trucks in fast lane on I-80

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Hoping to reduce congestion on a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 80 in North Sacramento, Caltrans officials this week temporarily suspended a state law that requires large trucks to stay in the slow lane. The congestion problem arose over the weekend when crews temporarily reconfigured the eastbound lanes through Natomas, Del Paso Heights and Robla to make room for construction workers.
  • Back-seat Driver: I-80 through Natomas gets squeezed; Highway 50 gets a corset

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Beginning this weekend, drivers on Interstate 80 in the Natomas area of Sacramento will have to deal with a new round of freeway lane closures that could slow commute times by 10 to 15 minutes, Caltrans officials warn. Meanwhile, Highway 50 gets a corset.
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    SacBee -- Bee State News

  • Nevada County approves controversial limits on outdoor events

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Nevada County supervisors narrowly passed an ordinance Tuesday night placing new restrictions on weddings and other outdoor events, a move that business groups said would hurt the local economy.
  • Nevada County considers limits on outdoor events, including weddings

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    The Nevada County Board of Supervisors plans to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would limit and regulate outdoor events, including weddings, parties and concerts, that in recent years have become highly popular in the rural region.
  • Woman, children rescued from burning vehicle following collision near Marysville

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    A Redding woman and three young children were rescued from a burning vehicle Tuesday morning following a collision on Highway 70 north of Marysville.
  • Police gunfire killed Stockton hostage used as human shield

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    More than three weeks after a violent bank robbery and chase left one victim dead and shook the Stockton region, police confirmed Monday that hostage Misty Holt-Singh was killed by police gunfire that struck her repeatedly while she was being used as a human shield. Misty Jean Singh, 42, and her son Paul Singh Jr., 19. Misty Jean Singh was a victim of a bank robbery in Stockton, Calif., July 16, 2014. Misty Jean Singh, 42, was a victim a bank robbery in Stockton, Calif., July 16, 2014. Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones holds a press conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, to release more information…
  • Lodi officers who shot Army vet say they feared for their lives

    8 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    In newly released court documents, two Lodi police officers give their account of the fatal shooting of Army veteran Parminder Singh Shergill. They say Shergill charged them with a knife. Two witnesses dispute that account. A photograph of Parminder Singh Shergill is displayed near his body during the funeral services for him at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi on Saturday. Shergill, a U.S. Army veteran, was shot to death by police in Lodi last month.
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    SacBee -- Courts/Legal News

  • Labor Department: Sacramento landscaping firm agrees to pay back wages

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

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    The ads by health nonprofit California Endowment have appeared in the rotunda of the state Capitol, on bus stops across Sacramento and as a 90-by-140-foot mural on a historic Los Angeles hotel. But not in the Sacramento International Airport, where officials deemed them too controversial. One ad shows several people with the statement, “1.4 million undocumented tax-paying Californians lack health coverage.” Airport officials say the ads, such as this one, violate a policy that prohibits advertising “that would involve the county or the airport in controversial, social,…
 
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    SacBee -- Education

  • Sacramento State reaches out to Spanish-speaking community

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Sacramento State will offer the Spanish-speaking community information about college admissions, education programs, financial aid and campus life at its second annual Feria de Educación from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Elk Grove Unified expects to name superintendent by end of September

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Elk Grove Unified expects to name a replacement for retiring Superintendent Steven Ladd by the end of September.
  • Natomas Unified among districts pursuing November school bonds

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Natomas Unified and several other area school districts have placed bond measures on the November ballot to pay for school construction and repairs despite a lack of statewide funds that typically help stretch local dollars.
  • California bill curbing ‘willful defiance’ suspensions opens school discipline debate

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of many justifications California teachers can invoke to banish wayward students from classrooms, “willful defiance” clauses have drawn scrutiny from educators, civil rights advocates and legislators who say they are overused and applied disproportionately to minority students. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson says the willful defiance provision varies wildly in its application and falls disproportionately on students of color.
  • Long-standing marriage goes sour for UC Davis, strawberry industry

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

  • Tahoe summit meets amid concern over lake level

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:47 pm
    One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.” Gov. Jerry Brown speaks Tuesday at the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, citing the state water bond on November’s ballot as an example of consensus politics. As Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the 18th annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, beach-goers enjoy the scenery. The lake level has been going down in the three-year…
  • Drought raises pollution on Folsom Dam spillway project this year

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Low water levels at Folsom Lake are causing an increase in air pollution from the $900 million Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project. The drought-related drop in Folsom Lake means more construction equipment can work on the Folsom Dam’s spillway project. Air-quality officials say that is raising the nitrogen oxide emissions this year above a federal threshold.
  • California allocates vastly more water than supplies allow, study shows

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    A study by UC researchers has found that California has allocated at least five times more water rights than nature can deliver. The rivers under the most strain, the research indicates, are virtually all that drain into the Central Valley, including the Sacramento, Feather, Yuba, American, Mokelumne and San Joaquin rivers. A new study shows that the state has promised more water to individual customers than can be found in California in a given year.
  • Water agencies: Delta farmers may be taking water meant for other regions

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    A battle is brewing over water supplies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. State and federal agencies that operate major California dams have asked for an investigation into whether Delta property owners are diverting too much water for their crops, effectively taking water that doesn’t belong to them. The size of the water bond might be relatively easy to settle. Perhaps more complicated would be how to spend whatever money is earmarked to aid the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. Delta farmers say that if it weren’t for them managing drainage on the islands with pumps,…
  • Methane leaking from Sacramento gas pipelines adds to greenhouse effect

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The natural gas pipelines snaking under the Sacramento region likely leak a significant amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, scientists say.
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    SacBee -- Health and Medicine

  • California voters’ support for health care law inches up

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The federal health care overhaul is garnering more support from California voters than at any time since its passage in 2010, but they believe the state could still do more to limit the amount insurance companies can charge customers for coverage, according to a new Field Poll. Kristy Farrington, a Sacramento State student, looks at a pamphlet with information on Covered California on October 16, 2013.
  • Kaiser South Sacramento testing patient for possible Ebola

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Fears of an Ebola outbreak in the United States hit home Tuesday as health officials announced that a patient at a Sacramento hospital was being tested for the virus that has killed an estimated 1,200 people in west Africa. FILE - This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. As of mid-2014, Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since the virus first emerged in 1976.
  • 4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday. File - In this January 13, 2014 file photo, cows wait to be butchered at Rancho Veal slaughterhouse in Petaluma, Calif. A federal grand jury has indicted four officials at the Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive beef recall, alleging they slaughtered cows with cancer while inspectors were on their lunch breaks and distributed the…
  • Liberians in Sacramento fear for family in Ebola-stricken country

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    What was intended as a public health discussion erupted into emotional mayhem this week as local Liberians struggled to grasp why their loved ones back home are continuing to die. Christiana Hunter, center, asks Liberian Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassellif checkpoints have been put into place to check people coming and going from the areas infected with the Ebola crisis during a meeting at the Friends in Jesus congregation in Sacramento on Wednesday night, August 13, 2014. Members of the Friends in Jesus International Church in Sacramento bow their heads in prayer following a meeting…
  • Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found.
 
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    SacBee -- Obituaries

  • Trailblazing politician Grantland Johnson dies at 65

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Grantland Johnson, a trailblazing politician who rose in rank to serve his native Sacramento as a city councilman, county supervisor and top health official in state and federal governments, died today.He was 65 and had been receiving dialysis in recent years for kidney failure caused by hypertension and diabetes. Following his career in Sacramento’s local government, Grantland Johnson served in the Clinton administration as Western regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He later was director of the California Health and Welfare Agency. Grantland…
  • Obituary: Army veteran Elaine Corum, 94, served in WWII, marched for peace

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    Elaine Corum, a homemaker and world traveler who proudly served in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II and protested U.S. military actions from Vietnam to Iraq, died July 30 from a stroke, her family said. She was 94. Elaine Corum served as a radio operator in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II and marched for peace against U.S. military actions in Vietnam and Iraq.
  • Obituary: Teacher Robert E. Lynch, 90, survived mine blast on WWII destroyer

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Robert Earl Lynch, a longtime Sacramento teacher who was injured in a deadly mine explosion on one of the most attacked destroyers in the Pacific during World War II, died Aug. 11 of a stroke in Sparks, Nev., his family said. He was 90. Robert Earl Lynch, a longtime Sacramento teacher survived a deadly mine explosion on one of the most attacked destroyers in the Pacific during World War II. Robert Earl Lynch (with his wife Anita), a teacher who was wounded in an attack on his Navy destroyer in World War II. Photo by Lorraine Akins.
  • Obituary: Harry Sweet, 93, was Sacramento’s first TV news photographer

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Harry Sweet, a pioneering Northern California television news photographer who donated more than a quarter-century of Sacramento history on film to local archives, died Thursday with pneumonia, his family said. He was 93. KCRA cameraman Harry Sweet and "on the go" reporter Kent Pierce traveled to Bodie in the "go car" in 1968. Harry Sweet
  • Obituary: Jean Dahl, 90, was active in Carmichael theater group

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Jean Dahl, a devoted wife and mother who nurtured a love of acting and stepped into the spotlight in later years as a member of a Carmichael theater group, died Aug. 7 at 90, her family said. Jean Dahl, a longtime member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church who won a Elly award for supporting actress in the Carmichael church's theater group.
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    SacBee -- Religion News

  • Pastor pleads no contest in sex sting

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

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

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

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

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

  • Editorial notebook: Obama’s response to crises is par for the course

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

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:55 am
    Can the dramatic success of U.S. team in Brazil win the hearts of fans at home? Fans in Hermosa Beach react as they watch the telecast of Thursday’s World Cup match between the United States and Germany. Fans in Hermosa Beach react as they watch the telecast of Thursday’s World Cup match between the United States and Germany.
  • Foon Rhee: Retraining may not be the secret to restore American Dream

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Programs have widespread political support and substantial funding, but have limited success helping laid-off workers find jobs. Adrian White, a former Campbell’s Soup worker, trained at the Institute of Technology in Citrus Heights to be a pharmacy technician but has yet to find a job. He says he can’t afford to hold out much longer for work in his new field. Glenn Spencer, a former Campbell’s Soup employee, received guidance from Diana Nash at Sacramento Works Career Center. He took classes in air conditioning, but ended up back in food production, at the Nestlé…
  • Editorial notebook: Even guitar legends get too old to perform

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Old bands need to know when to stop touring. Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band during the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival on Sunday in Dallas.
  • Editorial notebook: Our attention can’t wane on mental health needs of veterans and soldiers

    5 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The real issue goes far beyond one tragic shooting in Texas. Air Force veteran Linda Stanley of San Diego helped plant 1,892 flags representing veterans who have committed suicide this year.
 
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    SacBee -- Weather Report

  • Cooler temperatures forecast for this week

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    A low pressure system moving into the Sacramento area on Monday should push temperatures slightly lower and keep them there all week, according to the National Weather Service. A paddle boarder glides down the American River near Sacramento State on Monday, August 11, 2014.
  • Cooler conditions predicted for Sacramento

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Cloud cover known as marine stratus was showing up in the Bay area – and extending into the Sacramento area on Tuesday morning. This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at 5 a.m. shows a ridge building over the West. The high clouds and the accompanying Delta breeze are expected to produce much cooler temperatures on Tuesday for the Sacramento area.
  • Low 90s, upper 80s forecast this week for Sacramento

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Looks like a pretty pleasant week ahead for Sacramento as temperatures cool a bit with a low pressure system passing to the west.
  • More sunny weather in store for Sacramento region

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Sunny skies are in the forecast this weekend for Sacramento, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Weather is right for camping in the great Northern California outdoors

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    The National Weather Service notes that it’s a good time to head for them thar hills because of the dry and mild weather in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.
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    SacBee -- California Forum

  • Editorial: Mather Airport master plan charts a reasonable path

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Airfield should spur economic development for Sacramento County, but not too much at the expense of residents under flight path. A UPS plane is unloaded at Mather Airport, which a new plan says will remain the county’s main cargo hub.
  • Poll: What should be done to improve Sacramento’s bicycling scene?

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Sunday’s Conversation tackled in The Sacramento Bee’s Opinion section focused on how bicycling fits into Sacramento’s traffic scene. Making more room for people to ride their bikes in Sacramento is a more complicated issue than it first appears.
  • The Conversation: On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    After being injured, I was on a mission to find out how the law deals with bicycles on sidewalks and to make it safer for pedestrians. The number of bikes on sidewalks in Washington, D.C., dropped 27 percent with a new protected lane. Sacramento’s Department of Public Works could decide this year on the feasibility of installing a “cycletrack” on North 12th Street. Hilary Abramson is a former managing editor of Pacific News Service in San Francisco. She worked as a reporter in Sacramento for nearly 20 years, first for The Sacramento Union and then for The Sacramento Bee.
  • A solution for bikes and pedestrians

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Protected bike lanes reduce sidewalk biking, resulting in fewer clashes. Michael Andersen is staff writer for PeopleForBikes, the country’s largest bicycle advocacy organization. Melissa Merson Protected bike lanes, like this one in San Francisco, have been shown to increase the number of people who use bicycles and decrease the number of bikes on sidewalks.
  • Jack Ohman: What was Robin Williams thinking? You have no idea

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Now that America has had a few days to psychoanalyze the late Robin Williams and his reasons for suicide, let’s step back a moment. Flowers are placed in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams on his Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like "Mrs. Doubtfire" or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in "Good Will Hunting," died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San…
 
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    SacBee -- Letters to the Editor

  • Golf course bad for Washoe Meadows

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Re "State should protect parks, rethink Tahoe golf project" (Viewpoints, Aug. 10): Developing Washoe Meadows State Park with a golf course concession violates park principles.
  • Say no to HPV vaccinations

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Re "HPV vaccinations can save kids from misery and death" (Editorial, Aug. 10): The last five years have been a nightmare for our family because of the HPV vaccination.
  • Yes for Laura's Law

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Re "Broken system leaves victims helpless" (Another View, Aug. 10): Heart speaks to heart. I am so grateful for the article by Candy and Hans DeWitt that explains the importance of assisted outpatient treatment for those in our community suffering from severe mental illness.
  • Drought and our food budget

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Re "Drought taking a bite out of food budgets" (Forum. Aug. 3): I have always been very frugal with my food budget, and it scares me to see the fast rising prices at the grocery stores and farmers' markets.
  • Vaccinations in every school

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Re "How to save teenagers from misery and death" (Editorial, Aug. 10): The CDC recommends HPV vaccination for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years.
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    SacBee -- Carolyn Hax

  • Carolyn Hax: Feeling bad about childhood cruelty to fellow student

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR CAROLYN: I’m 40 with a wonderful family and fulfilling career. Occasionally I am consumed with regret for past behavior. In middle school, there was a boy who was different (a disability; thick glasses; blue collar in a neighborhood of professionals). The students were not kind to this boy. Neither was I. I never engaged in any active teasing, but I ignored him as much as possible. We used to “spray for cooties” and every time I had to touch something he had touched, I “sprayed”! I think I felt so out-of-place myself that I thought if I associated with…
  • Carolyn Hax: Niece does a naughty thing, but letting her family know about it could turn ugly

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:59 pm
    DEAR CAROLYN: This summer, as a favor to my recently divorced sister-in-law, my husband (her brother) and I agreed to take her 13-year-old daughter for three weeks. My sister-in-law surprised us by delivering her daughter and another 13-year-old to “keep her company.” We buckled down and welcomed the girls, took them on summer adventures, introduced them to neighborhood kids, met all their needs.
  • Carolyn Hax: She’s leading him (back) down the cheater’s path

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR CAROLYN: Whenever I am at a party with my wife’s girlfriend, she flirts with me. No … not flirt; groping and teasing is a better description. Sticking her hands in my back pockets, grabbing my butt. First time it happened was when I showed up at a party without my wife, and she said, “I am so glad you are here alone!”
  • Carolyn Hax: She befriended the guy’s girlfriend until they broke up

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I met a guy in 2011 and we fell madly in love. At the time he had a girlfriend and she was pregnant, but I was OK with it! She found out and started sending me insulting messages to which I never responded (except once when she mentioned my mother!).
  • Carolyn Hax: She dreads traveling with 3 young kids to see family

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    DEAR CAROLYN: I once considered “family time” important enough that family travel became an item in our monthly budget so money would never be a reason for not visiting family. Now, with three small kids in tow, I am dreading our yearly trips. I would happily cancel this year’s to save the hassle of days in the car with kids, sleeping in unfamiliar places, and the weeks of poor sleep the youngest experiences when we return.
 
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    SacBee -- Agriculture

  • Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest

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

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

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The imminent departure of UC Davis’ two strawberry breeders, who are forming their own company, has prompted a lawsuit over the future of strawberry research at the university. Mary Delany, a UC Davis associate agriculture dean, and Garry Pearson, a superintendent, examine one of the 1,500 strawberry mother plants from as far back as the 1930s. The school makes millions in royalties from its plant patents. The UC Davis strawberry breeding program has three copies of its hundreds of varieties, which are used to make new ones. UC Davis, which has been the heart of the strawberry industry…
  • Impact of Russia’s ban on U.S. poultry small, unless it’s your chickens

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Russian retaliatory sanctions announced this week against U.S. and European agricultural products are minuscule in the grand scheme of global trade but are hardly paltry for poultry producers in the Carolinas and across the South to Texas. Chickens at Shady-Spot Farms in Seagrove, North Carolina (Kelly Bennett/MCT)
  • USDA announces 1st update to poultry inspection rules since 1957

    3 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The new rules require plants to conduct their own testing and sampling of birds for the first time for food-borne pathogens such as campylobacter and salmonella, at least twice during the production process.
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    SacBee -- Business

  • Whole city block across from planned downtown arena changes hands

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A group of Sacramento-area buyers has aquired 555 Capitol Mall, including two office towers and a parking garage across L Street from the city’s planned sports and entertainment complex. This composite image shows 555 Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday. The property has been purchased by a group of local investors who plan to renovate the half-empty office towers and fill them with tenants.
  • Anderson: 2 designing women market artful linens to hotels, event planners, consumers

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Artist Maren Conrad and merchandising expert Elizabeth Wood are finding success with their “off-the-wall” idea, taking images from Conrad’s paintings and putting them on table linens and pillow covers. Elizabeth Wood and Maren Conrad say they want to add work from other artists, but they’ll keep the same color palette initially. That way, they say, hostesses can mix and match works from different artists and maybe spark some conversation. Elizabeth Wood and Maren Conrad launched Prosper Design Studio as a way to generate additional income and visibility for…
  • The American consumer is back, with an asterisk

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Written off in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the U.S. consumer is back. Not quite with a vengeance, but definitely back. Clerk Billy DeLeary displays candies at the Chocolate Truffle in Reading, Mass., on Aug. 11, 2014. (Kevin G. Hall/McClatchy) Marie Galvin, owner of GALVIN-ized, places a hat on the head of a customer in Boston on Aug. 10, 2014. (Kevin G. Hall/McClatchy) Ron Lewis owns Designer Cabinetry, a high-end shop in Newton, Mass., Aug. 11, 2014. (Kevin G. Hall/McClatchy) Katherine Roll, Sarah Warrick and Jackie Collet chuckle when making a purchase at the Chocolate Truffle in…
  • Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant to return to Roseville

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar will re-open his namesake Roseville restaurant with a concert in September. Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar will re-open his namesake Roseville restaurant with a concert in September.
  • Rancho Cordova business expo set for Thursday

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The fourth annual “Rancho Cordova Exchange,” a free business-to-community expo, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 21) at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive.
 
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    SacBee -- Technology

  • McClatchy invests in Davis digital company

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The McClatchy Co. said Tuesday it has invested in a Davis tech company developing a mobile app for shoppers.
  • Senator: Business tax would undermine Tesla bid

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    U.S. Sen. Dean Heller warned Monday that a proposal to fund education by taxing corporations would undermine efforts to persuade Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant in Nevada. Sen. Dean Heller laughs with reporters Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 after meeting with a transportation round table sponsored by the Association of General Contractors at Granite Construction in Sparks, Nev. Among other things, he discussed efforts to lure Tesla Motors' $5 billion lithium batter plant to Nevada. He warned a proposal to fund education with a 2 percent margins tax on corporations would undermine…
  • Bill mandating smart phone ‘kill switches’ passes California Assembly

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Moving to quash an increasingly common source of crime, the California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation requiring new smartphones to have disabling “kill switches.” In this 2013 photo, a woman poses using her smart phone in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • CIA admits it broke into Senate computers; senators call for spy chief’s ouster

    2 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    An internal CIA investigation confirmed allegations that agency personnel improperly intruded into a protected database used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff to compile a scathing report on the agency’s detention and interrogation program, prompting bipartisan outrage and at least two calls for spy chief John Brennan to resign. John Brennan testifies before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing on his nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, February 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Pete Marovich/MCT)
  • Sacramento workshop aims to help businesses get ahead via Facebook

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Facebook’s Small Business Boost, a collaboration formed nearly three years ago to help small businesses through Facebook’s massive social network, will be in Sacramento next week to lead a workshop to help local businesss optimize their presence on the site and grow their businesses.
 
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    SacBee -- Views on Food

  • Views on Food: Dealing with the drought and rising food prices

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am
    Regardless of the cause or whether you’re buying food from California, it’s easy to see that prices are going up. A recent report from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences predicts relatively small drought-related food price increases. “Certainly there are exceptions. If we have another dry year, which is in the cards, then we’ll see more of an impact,” said Richard Howitt, the report’s author. Buying fresh produce in season is one way to deal with higher food prices. Produce in season is more plentiful and should be reasonably priced.
  • Views on Food: Outsmarting the drought

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

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

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

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

  • Ask Emily: Change and no change at Covered California health insurance exchange

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

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Medi-cal renewals: Another backlog on horizon?

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Let’s start with some good news (because everything is relative): The backlog of Medi-Cal applications that I called “monumental” last month is now merely “massive.” Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: Help! Out-of-network emergency woes

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
  • Ask Emily: How to fight an unexpected bill under Obamacare

    17 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do your homework. That’s the advice that health insurance companies have long given. Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.
 
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    SacBee -- Elk Grove News

  • Elk Grove Unified expects to name superintendent by end of September

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Elk Grove Unified expects to name a replacement for retiring Superintendent Steven Ladd by the end of September.
  • Elk Grove man struck by car, killed along I-80 in Davis

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    A 40-year-old Elk Grove man was struck by a vehicle and killed along Interstate 80 late Saturday night in Davis. California Highway Patrol officials identified the deceased as Larry Vidaurry.
  • Elk Grove police invite residents to join free Citizens Academy

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Elk Grove Police Department is extending an offer to citizens who want to learn the ins-and-outs of policing.
  • Elk Grove councilman faces fine for paying son’s legal bills with campaign cash

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Elk Grove Councilman Steven Detrick was flagged for his second political violation this year after using nearly $100,000 in campaign funds to cover his son’s legal bills. Steven Detrick, an Elk Grove city councilman show here in 2005, violated election regulations by using campaign funds to pay legal fees for his son. He has agreed to pay a $3,500 fine.
  • Mobile truck offers skin-cancer screening in Elk Grove

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    From bronze windsurfers to cream-colored infants, Sacramentans of all shades and ages withstood the hot black concrete of a Rite Aid parking lot Tuesday to get a free skin cancer screening from a mobile dermatology clinic. Greg Fletcher checks a chart that shows pictures of what skin cancer looks like during the free clinic on Tuesday in Elk Grove. A group of people wait to be checked for skin cancer at a free mobile clinic in a Rite Aid parking lot in Elk Grove on Tuesday. Two Elk Grove dermatologists screened an estimated 75 people. Dr. Linda Sheu, a dermatologist for Sutter Roseville who…
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    SacBee -- State Pensions

  • CalPERS’ pension rules would OK 99 types of extra pay to count toward pensions

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

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

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

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

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:25 pm
    CalPERS’ governing board Wednesday approved new health-care premiums for 2015.
 
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    SacBee -- Sacramento City News

  • Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen to lead opposition to strong-mayor plan

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen, not even two years into his first term at City Hall, is about to take on a popular mayor and many of the city’s most powerful interest groups in a closely watched political battle over how the city will be governed. Steve Hansen stands in front of his 1906 era home in Alkali Flat on April 16, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Whole city block across from planned downtown arena changes hands

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A group of Sacramento-area buyers has aquired 555 Capitol Mall, including two office towers and a parking garage across L Street from the city’s planned sports and entertainment complex. This composite image shows 555 Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday. The property has been purchased by a group of local investors who plan to renovate the half-empty office towers and fill them with tenants.
  • Kaiser South Sacramento testing patient for possible Ebola

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Fears of an Ebola outbreak in the United States hit home Tuesday as health officials announced that a patient at a Sacramento hospital was being tested for the virus that has killed an estimated 1,200 people in west Africa. FILE - This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. As of mid-2014, Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since the virus first emerged in 1976.
  • Mayor Johnson issues ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to Brown, Shriver, Olajuwon

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Add Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to the list of people who have had buckets of ice water dumped over their heads. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson holds the game ball before the game as the Sacramento Republic FC hosts Oklahoma City Energy FC at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Saturday August 9, 2014.
  • Stand Down event to help homeless vets needs volunteers

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Sacramento Stand Down, a three-day effort to help homeless veterans, needs volunteers.
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    SacBee -- Yolo County News

  • Man killed by Woodland police fatally shot mom 24 years ago

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Jeffrey Towe lived with delusions and profound mental illness, family members say. On Monday, he became the ninth person in the Sacramento region to die of police gunfire this year. Activists representing the California Campaign to End Police terror gathered at Main and East streets in Woodland on Monday night to protest the killing of a man in an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier in the day.
  • Update: CHP provides details of officer-involved shooting near Woodland

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    A motorist who allegedly reached for a gun was shot by a California Highway Patrol officer. The officer-involved shooting occurred along southbound Interstate 5 about 11:30 p.m. Monday between Main Street and County Road 102 in Yolo County near Woodland.
  • Video: Protest follows fatal shooting by Woodland police

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Demonstrators took to the street in a Woodland neighborhood Monday night after police there shot and killed a man. Police say the man, 53-year-old Jeffrey Towe, charged them with a knife when he was fatally wounded. The Bee’s Andrew Seng took video of the protest. Demonstrators protest the fatal shooting of a man by Woodland police on Monday.
  • Woodland officer kills man, claims he was charging with a knife

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    A man was shot to death at a Woodland apartment complex after allegedly running at an officer with a knife. Activists representing the California Campaign to End Police terror gathered at Main and East St. in Woodland to protest the killing of a man in an officer-involved shooting that occurred Monday morning on Aug. 8, 2014. Activists gather at Main and East streets in Woodland on Monday to protest a police killing earlier in the day. Emerlinda Sanchez of Woodland, left, protests at the corner of Main and East St. in Woodland to protest the killing of a man in an officer-involved shooting…
  • West Sacramento could restrict where guns may be sold

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    A new West Sacramento ordinance would remap where gun retailers can do business, moving over-the-counter sales of firearms and ammunition out of the central business district to outlying business park and industrial areas. The Sacramento River flows under the Tower Bridge on April 22. West Sacramento is on the left; Sacramento on the right. The I Street Bridge is further upstream.
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    SacBee -- State Politics

  • CalPERS’ pension rules would OK 99 types of extra pay to count toward pensions

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

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

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

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    Amid criticism that the California Acupuncture Board’s priorities give short shrift to consumer protection, state lawmakers are moving for an overhaul and lobbing a pointed message at its executive officer to get in line.
 
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    SacBee -- Elections

  • Jerry Brown sets debate with Neel Kashkari

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown will debate Republican Neel Kashkari in Sacramento early next month, the only debate the incumbent governor will participate in ahead of the November election, his campaign said Monday. Gov. Jerry Brown, right, shakes hands with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, after Brown signed to measure to place a $7.5 billion water plan on the November ballot, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.
  • November ballot won’t ask Californians about yanking pay of suspended lawmakers

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s effort to ask voters whether the Legislature should be able to yank the pay of lawmakers who are suspended for allegations of dishonorable behavior will not make it onto the November ballot, marking a setback for the Sacramento Democrat who proposed the constitutional amendment in response to criminal allegations this year against a trio of senators.
  • First debate scheduled in Sacramento’s Bera-Ose congressional race

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    After months of political wrangling, Democratic Rep. Ami Bera and Republican Doug Ose will square off Oct. 8 in a debate at KVIE-TV studios, showcasing a race drawing national attention because of the suburban Sacramento County district’s close political divide. Doug Ose Ami Bera
  • Clinton’s lead over GOP candidates shrinking

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lead over a crowded prospective Republican field has narrowed and her support has slipped below 50 percent, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord Resort in Oxon Hill, MD. (Pete Marovich/MCT)
  • Former political hopeful may face prison

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    A man who once campaigned to be governor of California – despite convictions for manslaughter and assault with intent to commit rape – now faces life in prison if convicted of shooting his neighbor and killing a horse. Tye Glenn Champ Jr., who ran for governor in June, is charged in a shooting.
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    SacBee -- Capitol and California

  • Dan Walters: Prison population drops, but local jails become overcrowded

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    “Realignment” has diverted thousands of felons into local jails, forcing jailers to release other inmates.
  • Bill limiting California football practices points to broader debate about safety

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    California’s action points to a sea change in how America perceives its most popular sport. As the perils of football have become undeniable, highlighted by mounting evidence of severe damage to the brains of professional and college athletes, youth football programs are scrambling to adjust. Daniel Vaden, a Sacramento Charter High School football player, runs a drill with teammates during practice last week. A law limiting full contact football practices in California speaks to a broader debate about brain damage that college and professional teams have addressed in recent years.
  • VIDEO: Among the trees, Jerry Brown’s mind ‘drawn more to poetry than politics’

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:47 pm
    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – One day after agreeing to debate Neel Kashkari once before the November election, Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Tuesday he may not be the most enthusiastic participant – or at least isn’t inclined to talk about it yet. Gov. Jerry Brown arrives at the Lake Tahoe Summit near South Lake Tahoe on Aug. 19, 2014.
  • Tahoe summit meets amid concern over lake level

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:47 pm
    One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.” Gov. Jerry Brown speaks Tuesday at the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, citing the state water bond on November’s ballot as an example of consensus politics. As Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the 18th annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, beach-goers enjoy the scenery. The lake level has been going down in the three-year…
  • California voters’ support for health care law inches up

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The federal health care overhaul is garnering more support from California voters than at any time since its passage in 2010, but they believe the state could still do more to limit the amount insurance companies can charge customers for coverage, according to a new Field Poll. Kristy Farrington, a Sacramento State student, looks at a pamphlet with information on Covered California on October 16, 2013.
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    SacBee -- The Buzz

  • The Buzz: Clinton, Pelosi to hold women’s event in San Francisco

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Amid rampant speculation about her presidential aspirations, Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear alongside House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at an October fundraiser in San Francisco. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, shown at a recent book signing in Massachusetts, will attend a San Francisco fundraiser with Rep. Nancy Pelosi in October.
  • The Buzz: Assembly bids farewell to longtime insider

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Thirty-four years after he entered the State Capitol with a gig in the mailroom, longtime Assembly Rules Committee guru Jon Waldie received a hero’s sendoff on Monday. Jon Waldie, shown in the Capitol Dome in 2008, led the Assembly Rules Committee for years. He has now retired, and legislators honored him Monday with a resolution. Gavin Newsom
  • The Buzz: Karl Rove’s group makes early ad buy for Doug Ose

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    A conservative group affiliated with Republican strategist Karl Rove is planning to spend big on early TV ads for two California Republicans, reserving airtime to boost the prospects of Doug Ose in his challenge of Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove. Doug Ose had plenty of support June 3 as he won a spot in the November election for the 7th Congressional District, and he’ll have a lot more coming from a major super PAC. Joan Buchanan running for State Assembly 15 Election 2010 Election.
  • The Buzz: Enron energizes California schools chief race

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    After a contentious primary battle, the race for California superintendent of public instruction doesn’t appear headed for calmer waters.
  • The Buzz: Pigeon is surprise star of water bond deal

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    What’s a bored Capitol community to do while it waits for a water bond deal? Make a star of a pigeon. A pigeon hogs the frame of a fixed camera pointed at the Capitol from a nearby rooftop on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. The camera provides a shot the CalChannel uses during its broadcasts of legislative business.
 
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    SacBee -- Real Estate

  • Lake Tahoe-area property sells for $1.6 million – all in bitcoins

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    It’s not unusual for a Lake Tahoe-area property to sell for $1.6 million. Except when the transaction is made in bitcoins, the virtual – and controversial – online currency. A sign of bitcoin in a store in Jersey City, Feb. 5, 2014. (Mitsu Yasukawa/The Record/MCT)
  • Sacramento’s housing market cools off from fevered rebound

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Home price gains and sales volume have shrunk in the Sacramento region after a dramatic two-year turnaround, DataQuick reported. After a spirited rebound that followed the collapse of the housing market, price appreciation in the Sacramento region has flattened out, new statistics show
  • Midrise construction dominates central Sacramento housing market

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    A new crop of midrise buildings with retail on the ground floor and housing above is rising in Sacramento’s midtown and downtown areas. The 16 Powerhouse development on 16th and P street will be home to a new Magpie Cafe and 50 high-end rentals. CFY Development vice president Ali Youssefi aims for most of the Warehouse Artist Lofts at 11th and R street to be complete by November 2014. A historic warehouse and a new building next door are being fashioned into lofts for a mix of low-income and market-rate housing. The new development is geared towards Sacramento artists and writers.
  • ‘Coming soon’ signs may not be in home sellers’ best interests, critics say

    9 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Real estate agents competing for commissions in Sacramento are increasingly using a device common in movie theater lobbies: the coming soon sign. In a housing market with more demand than supply, sellers of homes such as this one on South Land Park Drive in Sacramento last month have increasingly begun to use “coming soon” signs to drum up interest. But critics say the practice can result in lower selling prices by keeping the homes off the open market. In a housing market with more demand than supply, sellers of homes such as this one on 34th Street in Sacramento last month…
  • Most of prime downtown block changes hands

    9 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Most of a prime block of Q Street in downtown Sacramento was purchased by a Philadelphia-area business owner Friday.
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    SacBee -- Cycling

  • 116-mile Tahoe-area bike trail wins award

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

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

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

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

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:48 am
    Mark Reddick won’t ride his bike on Stockton Boulevard, parts of Broadway or on I Street. Still, he said he has been hit by cars while riding when drivers pulled too quickly out of alleyways. A cyclist and cars navigate traffic as they pass a “ghost bike” – a memorial to a bike-related fatality – on J Street and Carlson Drive. A cyclist navigates traffic as he turns from Carson Drive onto J Street near California State University, Sacramento, on Tuesday. Carol Corda rides down M Street, which is a major bike route in Sacramento. The Legislature may beef up…
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    SacBee -- Fishing/Hunting

  • Fish gate installation requires morning drop in American River

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    American River levels were lowered this morning so that crews could finish installation of a gate in the water that leads migrating salmon into the Nimbus hatchery fish ladder.
  • Fishing Line: Week of August 11, 2014

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Striped bass fishing looks to continue its success in the Delta Region. Larry Smith of Pleasant Valley shows off the 8-pound steelhead he caught along the south bank of the American River below Nimbus Dam Thursday, February 9, 2006.
  • State, feds unveil Central Valley salmon restoration plans

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    State and federal agencies on Tuesday released separate recovery plans for endangered Central Valley salmon and steelhead, aiming to restore habitat and water flows to prevent extinction of the species. A Chinook salmon smolt flips as it’s released into the Sacramento River in March.
  • Fishing Line: Week of July 7

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

  • 116-mile Tahoe-area bike trail wins award

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

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

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Striped bass fishing looks to continue its success in the Delta Region. Larry Smith of Pleasant Valley shows off the 8-pound steelhead he caught along the south bank of the American River below Nimbus Dam Thursday, February 9, 2006.
  • Fresh Tracks: Donner Pass to Squaw Valley on the Pacific Crest Trail

    7 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Pacific Crest Trail, soon to be featured in the movie “Wild,” is the star of a trek from Donner Pass to Squaw Valley. Fritz Heilbron of Sacramento traverses the Pacific Crest Trail below Mount Lincoln on the Donner Lake to Squaw Valley portion, which includes some 3,000 feet of ups and downs, and many switchbacks. Laura Menke of Sacramento walks through a rock field during a 15-mile hike, mostly along the Pacific Crest Trail, between Donner Lake and Squaw Valley. This portion of the trail doesn’t have a lot of shade, and even in mid-summer has patches of snow that can…
  • Fishing Line: Week of August 4, 2014

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

  • Anderson: Mural project gets closer to goal of brightening underbelly of Sacramento’s W-X freeway

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

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

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

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

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    A group of artists in Rancho Cordova is trying to put the city on the map in the art world and spread kindness to strangers by creating hundreds and perhaps thousands of unique pieces of artwork and then abandoning them for someone else to find. Florence Skiadas of Rancho Cordova displays a couple of her floral water color paintings on Thursday. She planned to give the pieces away at the cancer center at Kaiser Permanente. Victoria Smith of Rancho Cordova does a “drop” at the children’s museum. Smith, a local art teacher, spearheaded the abandoned art project to try and…
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    SacBee -- Restaurants

  • First impressions: Goldfield Trading Post

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Sacramento has a new country music club and eatery. The Goldfield Trading Post menu includes a French dip-like “cowpoke steak sandwich.” Goldfield Trading Post is a country music club and eatery in Sacramento.
  • Andrew Calisterio helps lead Sacramento’s surge in cocktail recognition

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Sacramento’s cocktail industry has bubbled over with acclaim during the past year, and Andrew Calisterio’s line of POP beverages captures the excitement in a bottle. The bartender’s sodalike cocktails include ingredients such as grilled blackberries, peaches and local herbs, and are capped inside quaint 187-milliliter bottles. The flavors change all the time. Bartender Andrew Calisterio's "Pop!" cocktail includes grilled blackberry, raw sage and Aviation gin at the Hook And Ladder Monday August 11, 2014 in Sacramento. So far, Andrew Calisterio said, he treats his POP…
  • Sacramento bars garner national attention

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Sacramento has been getting plenty of attention for its bars and cocktails in recent years – high praise in everything from the San Francisco Chronicle and Sunset magazine to a major thumbs-up from Playboy and extensive coverage in Imbibe magazine. Some trace the success of Sacramento’s cocktail scene to a commitment to quality at Centro Cocina Mexicana at 28th and J Street in Sacramento.
  • Midtown Cocktail Week’s bar menu of events

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Woo-hoo! Soon Sacramento will show some spirit for the seventh incarnation of Midtown Cocktail Week, which breaks the seal Tuesday and sips its way through Aug. 24. At Grange in 2012: Watermelon juice, Champagne, Bacardi Limon and Combier garnished with pickled watermelon rind
  • Dining review: All you can meat at Roseville's Flame and Fire

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here’s a restaurant concept that’s new to Sacramento and has the potential to catch on and flourish. It’s exotic enough to be intriguing, unusual enough to be engaging and, yes, specific enough to be divisive. The continuous service format, known in Brazil as rodizio, will be exciting to some and overwhelming to others. Many of the salad bar options include Brazilian-style twists. The large salad bar at Flame and Fire offers plenty of variety to make a meal if you’re not interested in the meat service.
 
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    SacBee -- Appetizers Blog

  • Dominick’s pizzeria to raise funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Husband and wife Dominick and Raquel Bellizzi came to town from New Jersey nearly 10 years ago, bringing their delicatessen and pizza-making expertise with them. Since then, their four-star trattoria and two delis have been reviewed in my column, “Counter Culture,” which appears in the Friday Ticket section. You’ll find real East Coast pizza at Dominick’s, along with homemade meatballs covered in mozzarella cheese and baked in marinara sauce.
  • Farm-to-Fork celebrations to feature tractor parade

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Celebrations of Sacramento as America’s “Farm-to-Fork Capital” will run from Sept. 13 to Sept. 28, and a preview event will feature a parade of tractors. This procession of tractors showcasing farm machinery from the past and present will take place along the Capitol Mall at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 12.
  • Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant to return to Roseville

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar will re-open his namesake Roseville restaurant with a concert in September. Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar will re-open his namesake Roseville restaurant with a concert in September.
  • Midtown Cocktail Week is one glass act after another

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    In the spirit of spontaneity, we cruised the menu of events for Midtown Cocktail Week, which kicks off today and wraps up Sunday, keeping an eye on those pop-ups. Try this sampling, both shaken and stirred. Jackie Lowe, left, toasts Chris Woloshansky during August 2012’s A Taste of Midtown Cocktail Week in Sacramento. The tradition continued this year, luring David Wondrich, a premier cocktail writer and historian, as a panelist.
  • Favreau’s ‘Chef’ back in theaters Aug. 29

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The film that likely launched a thousand hunts for Cuban sandwiches around the country when it was released in May will return to theaters Aug. 29.
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    SacBee -- Movies

  • Daniel Radcliffe has moved well beyond Harry

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    His first romantic comedy represents another well-plotted step in the actor’s post- ‘Harry Potter’ career Radcliffe’s co-star in the new film “What If” is Zoe Kazan. He reports that the two disagree on the merits of Elvis Presley’s “Fool’s Gold” sandwich: peanut butter, jelly and bacon. Radcliffe is joined by Sarah Greene and Pat Shortt at the opening night curtain call of Martin McDonagh’s revived 1996 play “The Cripple of Inishmaan” on April 20 in New York. Daniel Radcliffe attends IvyConnect’s…
  • 'Turtles' tops weak debut for 'Expendables 3'

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Moviegoers continued to shell out for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," while Sylvester Stallone's action ensemble "The Expendables 3" was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut. FILE - This file image released by Paramount Pictures shows characters, from left, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello, in a scene from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Moviegoers continued to shell out for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 3” was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut. according to studio estimates Sunday, Aug. 17,…
  • Filmmakers hope challenge won’t make fool of them

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    It’s crunch time for the 24 Sacramento filmmakers facing a Sunday deadline to complete their short entries for the Sacramento Film and Music Festival’s “10x10 Filmmaker Challenge.” Actor David Cook, in green shirt, reels from a movie punch thrown by Donny Brower. It’s part of a film by Henry Sketchley.
  • Movie review: Radcliffe goes gaga in winning romance ‘What If’

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The romantic comedy recipe is so well-known and foolproof that the great mystery about them is how rarely the romantic fools in Hollywood get it right. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in “What If.”
  • Movie review: Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' inspires no awe

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The French scenery is lovely, but the script is thin and the romantic pairing is lacking in sparks. “Magic in the Moonlight” stars Colin Firth as a magician and Emma Stone as a spiritual medium. Woody Allen directs.
 
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    SacBee -- Theater

  • Theater review: B Street’s ‘Conference of the Birds’ flies just out of reach

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Though well-acted, lively and colorful, the play based on a Persian Sufi poem can be too esoteric. Ryan Adame, left, Nikki Massoud, center, and Meher Mistry play young birds on a journey in “The Conference of the Birds,” at B Street Theatre’s B3 stage through Sept. 6.
  • Big Idea Theatre presents Julia Cho’s “The Language Archive”

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Alternately ebullient and sad, Cho’s play digs deeply into both love and loss.
  • Theater review: Music Circus spins a fantasy with ‘Brigadoon’

    6 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Audiences can nearly suspend their disbelief with this production of Lerner and Loewe’s musical hit. Robert J. Townsend is Tommy Albright and Jennifer Hope Wills is Fiona MacLaren in the Music Circus staging of “Brigadoon.” Courtney Iventosch plays Jean MacLaren in “Brigadoon,” produced by Music Circus. From left, Adam Lendermon and Luke Hawkins perform in “Brigadoon” at Music Circus.
  • Sacramento kilt maker dresses up Music Circus’ ‘Brigadoon’

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    When Los Angeles-based costume designer Marcy Froehlich went on a three-month search for a kilt maker to design and produce knee-length garments for the Music Circus’ production of “Brigadoon,” she was looking for a person with a high regard for authenticity and creativity. Kilts made by Josh Brown of Skye Highland Outfitters in Sacramento for the California Musical Theatre production “Brigadoon.” Luke Hawkins (Harry Beaton) in “Brigadoon,” produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Aug. 5-10, 2014. Josh Brown of Skye Highland…
  • Elly nominees announced: Awards celebrate achievement in community theater

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance announces names of community theater nominees for 32 Elly Awards. The cast of the Nedra Pezold Roberts’ “Vanishing Point” produced and directed by Ray Tatar in Sacramento, which received eight Elly nominations, including best overall production and best script. The cast of Big Idea Theatre’s “Lonesome Hollow.” Gina Williams was nominated for Best Direction of a Drama for the production. Benjamin T. Ismail, who is a nominee for the Leading Male in Comedy, performed with Imani Mitchell in The Big Idea production…
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    SacBee -- Allen Pierleoni

  • First Impressions: Wahoo's Fish Taco in midtown

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

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

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Turkish cuisine isn’t that unfamiliar after all. At Anatolian Table Turkish Bistro, a salad of tomato, cucumber, onion and bell peppers is topped with feta cheese and Kalamata olives. A dish of creamy hummus is in the background.
  • Counter Culture: On the road to discover fine fare

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    A vacation affords the chance to hit spots all over Northern California. Rotisseried chicken with basmati rice and Greek salad is among the offerings at Mediterranean Delite in San Carlos. Blueberry pancakes and bacon at the Crow’s Nest, Santa Cruz.
  • Counter Culture: Giovanni’s pizza is the real deal

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Let’s celebrate this most American of holidays – the Fourth of July – with a classic American dish – pizza. A Thai chicken pizza is ready to slide into the wood-fired pizza oven at High Hand Cafe. Five slices of New York-style pizza with five different toppings dominated lunch at Giovanni’s.
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    SacBee -- Chris Macias

  • Andrew Calisterio helps lead Sacramento’s surge in cocktail recognition

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Sacramento’s cocktail industry has bubbled over with acclaim during the past year, and Andrew Calisterio’s line of POP beverages captures the excitement in a bottle. The bartender’s sodalike cocktails include ingredients such as grilled blackberries, peaches and local herbs, and are capped inside quaint 187-milliliter bottles. The flavors change all the time. Bartender Andrew Calisterio's "Pop!" cocktail includes grilled blackberry, raw sage and Aviation gin at the Hook And Ladder Monday August 11, 2014 in Sacramento. So far, Andrew Calisterio said, he treats his POP…
  • The Nosh Pit: Speed back in the mix behind the bar

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

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

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Sacramento-area chefs have learned to read their Yelp reviews, both good and biting. Andrew Blaskovich of Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen recites a one-star review of his food truck for “Sacramento Chefs Read Their Meanest Yelp Reviews,” a video produced by The Bee featuring prominent local chefs and food personalities. Andrew Blaskovich of Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen. Ravin Patel, executive chef at Ella Dining Room and Bar in Sacramento Patrick Mulvaney, owner and chef at Mulvaney’s B&L
  • The Nosh Pit: Pricey farm-to-fork dining vs feeding the wider community

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

  • Pop art’s zingy retro vibe adds panache to modern homes

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

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

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A small leak can add up to 30 to 50 gallons of wasted water a day.
  • Funky chandelier inspires bright colors in new home

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

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Save water every time you bathe by putting less in your 25-gallon bathtub. Origami model bathtubs from BainUltra include 38-44 air jets. credit: BainUltra
 
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    SacBee -- Books and Media

  • Between the Lines: 'Kingdom of Ice' explores an arctic expedition gone wrong

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

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

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Todd Borg lives at one of the world’s great destinations – Lake Tahoe – and writes about the adventures of his P.I. character, former SFPD homicide inspector Owen McKenna, who also lives on the lake (of course). In the 12th title of the series, “Tahoe Ghost Boat,” McKenna goes up against a gang of killers to save the life of a teenage girl “with a $2 million price on her head.” “Write, if You Live to Get There: Tracing Westward Expansion Through 120 Years of Family Letters” was compiled and edited by Mary K. Sonntag and Mary Jo…
  • Sacramento author mines the history of Gold-Rush stagecoaches in new book

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Author Cheryl Anne Stapp can’t get gold off her mind. Stagecoaches traveled down Yankee Jim’s Road in the 1850s. It is still in use today for cars to travel between Foresthill, Yankee Jim’s and Colfax. . This Wells Fargo & Co. Concord coach was used in the 1860s. It merits mention in “The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps & Daring Drivers” by Cheryl Anne Stapp.
  • Between the Lines: Four mystery writers converge Thursday for Bee Book Club

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    The Sacramento Bee Book Club has been around the literary block and back. Since 1997, its agenda has been to bring A-list authors to Sacramento and invite the public to attend their presentations and book signings. Terry Shames Catriona McPherson Cara Black of San Francisco, shown here in 2008, now has 14 titles in her “Aimee Leduc” series, set in Paris. Rhys Bowen
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  • Fishing Line: Week of Aug. 18, 2014

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

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

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Salmon fishing looks to continue its hot streakin the Sacramento River after a second opener last week. Steven Wood of Folsom fishes for salmon in the American River just below Nimbus Dam on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
  • Fishing Line: Week of July 30

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

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

  • Living drama at Columbia State Historic Park

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Was the Gold Country burg of Columbia a lawless town in the 1850s? A re-enactment of an infamous shooting yields telling clues. Actor Tim Broughton, playing Marshal Carder, appears in “court” during the “History's Mysteries” re-enactment at Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia recently. Actors re-create a well-known historic crime, while visitors become detectives to help determine what really happened. David and Louise Doyle interview “Patrick Gaherty” (actor Dave Kelley) during a “History’s Mysteries” re-enactment. From…
  • Viewpoints: Why not a major museum in railyard?

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A West Coast branch of Smithsonian Institution would be much better than a soccer stadium. Jim Guida
  • Eroni Kumana dies at 93; rescued JFK and his PT-109 crew

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    On a moonless night in summer 1943, a Japanese destroyer tore through a U.S. Navy patrol-torpedo boat guarding the waters around the Solomon Islands. The boat was PT-109, skippered by a young lieutenant from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy.
  • San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. Fans wait to enter the Paul McCartney 'Out There Tour' performs at Candlestick Park for the historic stadium's final concert Thursday August 14, 2014 in San Francisco, Cailf. A program vendor stands outside Candlestick Park before a Paul McCartney concert Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. Stacy…
  • 175th anniversary of Sutter’s landing to be celebrated at fort

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will come alive to celebrate the arrival of Sacramento’s founding father, John Sutter, on the banks of the Sacramento River in 1839. A bell hangs over the grounds of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, which will mark the 175th anniversary of John Sutter’s arrival. Evening at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park Girls volunteer as docents at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.
 
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    SacBee -- Life

  • Dunne on Wine: Marco Cappelli and angelica, a wine from early California history

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Ready for another 180?
  • Farm-to-Fork celebrations to feature tractor parade

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Celebrations of Sacramento as America’s “Farm-to-Fork Capital” will run from Sept. 13 to Sept. 28, and a preview event will feature a parade of tractors. This procession of tractors showcasing farm machinery from the past and present will take place along the Capitol Mall at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 12.
  • Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant to return to Roseville

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar will re-open his namesake Roseville restaurant with a concert in September. Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar will re-open his namesake Roseville restaurant with a concert in September.
  • Midtown Cocktail Week is one glass act after another

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    In the spirit of spontaneity, we cruised the menu of events for Midtown Cocktail Week, which kicks off today and wraps up Sunday, keeping an eye on those pop-ups. Try this sampling, both shaken and stirred. Jackie Lowe, left, toasts Chris Woloshansky during August 2012’s A Taste of Midtown Cocktail Week in Sacramento. The tradition continued this year, luring David Wondrich, a premier cocktail writer and historian, as a panelist.
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    SacBee -- Recipes

  • A taste of honey – and the words to describe it

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    UC Davis’ Honey and Pollination Center has developed a new tool for describing honey’s 300-plus varietals. Honey comes in many flavors and colors. About 300 varietals of honey – each with its own character – are now available in the United States. The Honey Flavor and Aroma Wheel was developed at UC Davis. Crustless lemon-honey cheesecake gets an extra hit of flavor from varietal honey. Sage honey and fresh rosemary add to this refreshing variation on lemonade.
  • The Mailbox: Reader recipe requests

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bologna suggestion, request for cuke soup.
  • What’s Cooking: Cardamom spices up savory and sweet dishes

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here is the wildest, craziest, most mind-blowing fact about cardamom: Not only is it a spice that is used in both savory and sweet dishes, it is an important ingredient in the cuisines of India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Scandinavia. Cardamom is popular in different cuisines and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. It’s part of the flavor is in this jeweled rice. These chewy molasses cookies include cardamom, as well as cinnamon and ginger. This yogurt spiced chicken has cardamom in the marinade.
  • Cookbooks to showcase summer produce

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Faced with a choice between updating a beach wardrobe or my cache of cookbooks suited to warm weather, I’ll go with the latter every time. Waves of spring and summer ingredients ebb and flow with such urgent appeal that it’s all too easy to celebrate them simply, and mostly unadorned. But an innovative recipe that involves, say, blueberries will work its way into my gray matter – the result of which is that twice the usual amount comes home from the farmers market, or half of what’s on hand is held in reserve. Peach and pine nut tarts with triple-cream cheese is…
  • Teri Mena: The Mailbox

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Yvonne Mitchell of Fairfield has been looking for a good chicken tortilla soup recipe.
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    SacBee -- Boomers

  • Two men plead guilty to June robberies targeting senior citizens

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

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

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sacramento County will reopen a financial fraud unit in January after reports of scams against the elderly have gone up dramatically since Adult Protective Services eliminated the unit several years ago.
  • Seniors on edge as South Sacramento mobile home park opens to all

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Barbara Garnier and her neighbors at the Capital Estates manufactured housing community in South Sacramento thought they’d found the perfect place to grow old. That was before the owners opened the mobile home community to residents of all ages. Barbara Woolen, front left, runs Chat & Sew, a women’s coffee klatch at the Capital Estates Clubhouse, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. It’s one of the many seniors-oriented programs offered at Capital Estates and residents are fearful that once younger families move in, their programs will have to change. Barbara Garnier walks her dog…
 
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    SacBee -- Beer

  • Beer Run: Finding the sweet in sour

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

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

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Henry de Vere White, 35, knows the social power of suds. Henry de Vere White
  • The Beer Run: Amazing Sacramento Beer Week exceeded expectations

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Beer Week helps express part of Sacramento’s new personality. Beers of all types were quaffed during Sacramento Beer Week.
  • Sacramento-area IPAs are plentiful, eclectic and speak to our region’s personality

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    By now, the story of Sacramento’s beer legacy has become a familiar one. Before Prohibition, the region was a brewing force and Sacramento was known as the epicenter of hop growing. Bike Dog Brewery is open a mere two days a week in West Sac. Jeremy Warren is the brewmaster at Knee Deep Brewing Co., a rising star in the craft beer world. Berryessa Brewing’s taproom is a beer lover’s destination. Rubicon Brewing Co. makes its beer on location in its brewpub at 20th Street and Capitol Avenue.
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    SacBee -- Mike Dunne

  • Dunne on Wine: Marco Cappelli and angelica, a wine from early California history

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

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

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

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Pinot grigio, also known as pinot gris, is rare among wines in that it can draw upon the traditions and romance of two wine countries to sell itself – Italy and France. Pinot Gris growing next to the barn at Hendry Ranch. Hendry’s Hendry Ranch Napa Valley Pinot Gris
 
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    SacBee -- Food & Drink

  • Dunne on Wine: Marco Cappelli and angelica, a wine from early California history

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Ready for another 180?
  • Farm-to-Fork celebrations to feature tractor parade

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Celebrations of Sacramento as America’s “Farm-to-Fork Capital” will run from Sept. 13 to Sept. 28, and a preview event will feature a parade of tractors. This procession of tractors showcasing farm machinery from the past and present will take place along the Capitol Mall at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 12.
  • Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant to return to Roseville

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar will re-open his namesake Roseville restaurant with a concert in September. Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar will re-open his namesake Roseville restaurant with a concert in September.
  • Midtown Cocktail Week is one glass act after another

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    In the spirit of spontaneity, we cruised the menu of events for Midtown Cocktail Week, which kicks off today and wraps up Sunday, keeping an eye on those pop-ups. Try this sampling, both shaken and stirred. Jackie Lowe, left, toasts Chris Woloshansky during August 2012’s A Taste of Midtown Cocktail Week in Sacramento. The tradition continued this year, luring David Wondrich, a premier cocktail writer and historian, as a panelist.
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    SacBee -- Sports

  • Crisp's 3-run triple helps A's halt slide

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the fourth inning to help Scott Kazmir earn his career-best 14th win, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak. New York Mets' David Wright (5) hops over shortstop Ruben Tejada after both missed a foul ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Alberto Callaspo in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland Athletics' Scott Kazmir works against the New York Mets in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. New York…
  • Bill limiting California football practices points to broader debate about safety

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    California’s action points to a sea change in how America perceives its most popular sport. As the perils of football have become undeniable, highlighted by mounting evidence of severe damage to the brains of professional and college athletes, youth football programs are scrambling to adjust. Daniel Vaden, a Sacramento Charter High School football player, runs a drill with teammates during practice last week. A law limiting full contact football practices in California speaks to a broader debate about brain damage that college and professional teams have addressed in recent years.
  • Selig says A’s stadium issue still needs resolution

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Bud Selig had some unflattering words for the O.co Coliseum on Tuesday in his last official scheduled visit to the A’s home stadium as the commissioner of Major League Baseball.
  • 49ers’ Kaepernick reveals details on foot injury that slowed him in 2013

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    The 49ers last year reined in Colin Kaepernick’s running plays to save their starting quarterback from excessive wear and tear, and because he suffered a significant injury to his foot. Colin Kaepernick rushed for 87 yards in Week 2 last year. Due to a foot injury suffered in that game, he didn’t surpass 20 yards on the ground until Week 7. Colin Kaepernick said the foot injury suffered in Week 2 in Seattle was one of the reasons his rushing numbers were modest during the 2013 regular season.
  • Leading Off: Why Cousins and Gay will make Team USA

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    When Team USA plays the Dominican Republic in an exhibition tonight in New York, look for DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay of the Kings to be key players off the bench. Rudy Gay speaks with reporters Sunday after watching the Kings’ summer league game against Charlotte in Las Vegas. DeMarcus Cousins has twice before participated in Team USA training camp but this year is playing for a roster spot.
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    SacBee -- College Sports

  • Cal looks to rebound in Dykes' 2nd season

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The difference in attitude at California is stark heading into coach Sonny Dykes' second season. FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2013, file photo, California head coach Sonny Dykes reacts on the sidelines against Oregon State during an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif. The difference in attitude at California is stark heading into coach Dykes' second season. The players are excited about practice, focused on football and eager to put last season's disappointing one-win campaign far in the past.
  • California Lt. Gov wants AD jobs tied to academics

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the jobs of athletic directors at the state's public universities to be tied more to the academic performance of athletes. FILE - This Nov. 9, 2013, file phot,o shows California wide receiver Chris Harper runninh with the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif. The players are excited about practice, focused on football and eager to put last season's disappointing one-win campaign far in the past. "It's a whole different environment," receiver Harper said. "Everybody is pumped up, everybody is energetic,…
  • Hometown Report: Puka Lopa, Cal football on the mend

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Puka Lopa ambled down a hallway at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon wearing shorts, T-shirt and sandals. His shock of hair, confined to a ponytail, didn’t move. When Lopa is rushing passers, his familiar look is to have the long locks snake out of the back of his helmet, guiding him like a rudder. Del Oro High School football player, Brandon Monroe (32) runs with the ball as the Elk Grove hosts the Del Oro in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section 2012 Playoff game, Friday Nov 23, 2012.
  • UNC, Cal agree to football series in 2017, 2018

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    North Carolina and California have scheduled football games for 2017 and 2018.
  • NCAA's strongest argument might be cap limit

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    The NCAA's best argument against the Ed O'Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken — the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision. FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. The NCAA faces an awkward challenge when it appeals the Ed O'Bannon ruling. Antitrust attorneys believe the governing body's strongest argument may be attacking the monetary cap imposed by the federal judge in her decision _ a cap many schools would need to keep their sports alive. FILE…
 
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    SacBee -- Golf

  • Villegas claims 1-stroke win at Wyndham

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    When Camilo Villegas finished his final round in the Wyndham Championship, he was hoping to get into a playoff. Camilo Villegas, of Colombia, holds the Sam Snead trophy on the 18th green after winning the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Camilo Villegas, of Colombia, kisses the Sam Snead trophy on the 18th green after winning the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Villegas won the tournament with a 17 under-par 263. Freddie Jacobson reacts following a putt on the first green during the final round of…
  • Bernhard Langer wins again on Champions Tour

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, while Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with a 74 to drop into a tie for seventh.
  • Kevin Sutherland shoots 1st 59 on Champions Tour

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Kevin Sutherland was only eight holes into his round Saturday at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open and already thinking about a 59. Kevin Sutherland hits from the 15th fairway during second round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on Champions Tour golf tournament, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Endicott, N.Y. Sutherland shot the first 59 in Champions Tour history Saturday. Six players have shot a 59 on the PGA Tour. (AP Photo/Press & Sun-Bulletin, Kristopher Radder) NO SALES Kevin Sutherland smiles after making a long putt on the 11th hole during the second round of the Dick’s…
  • Nick Watney takes 1-stroke lead at Wyndham

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Not many players birdied the tricky final hole at the Wyndham Championship on Saturday. Nick Watney reacts after missing a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Brandt Snedeker watches his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Nick Watney watches his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.
  • Leading Off: Tiger Woods no longer most interesting golfer

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    There was a time when Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods was considered “The Most Interesting Man in the Golfing World.” Tiger Woods winces after tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.
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    SacBee -- Kings/NBA

  • Cousins knee better but unlikely to play for Team USA tonight

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    DeMarcus Cousins was continuing his rehabilitation workouts Tuesday afternoon in New York, where Team USA will play exhibition games against Dominican Republic at 4 p.m. today and Puerto Rico on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
  • Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus. United States men's national basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, dines with Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, right, at Washington Hall on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. The team was at the academy for a practice session. Members of the United States men's national basketball team pose for a photo at Trophy Point overlooking the Hudson River during a tour at the U.S. Military Academy on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point,…
  • Rose hears cheers as US beats Brazil 95-78

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The roars for Derrick Rose started with the pregame introductions and did not fade until the final buzzer. United States' Anthony Davis (14), of the New Orleans Pelicans, dunks over Brazil's Nene Hilario, of the Washington Wizards, during the first half of an exhibition basketball game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Chicago. Brazil coach Ruben Pablo Magnano directs his team during the first half of an exhibition basketball game against the United States, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Chicago. United States' Derrick Rose, of the Chicago Bulls, looks to pass during the first half of an exhibition…
  • Kings sign NBA’s first player of Indian descent

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    The Kings signed New Mexico State center Sim Bhullar on Friday, making him the first player of Indian descent under contract to an NBA team. The Kings’ Sim Bhullar, 7-foot-5, blocks a shot by Charlotte’s Jarred Shaw in a summer league game. Sim Bhullar of the Sacramento Kings listens to Ty Corbin as the Kings played against the Charlotte Hornets in their NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 13, 2014.
  • Arena construction project consumes water, but not much

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Construction crews are pouring a lot of water on the site of the new Sacramento Kings arena. But not as much as you might think. A construction worker trains a hose on part of the Downtown Plaza that an excavator has ripped. State and local rules require that dust must be controlled at such sites. Exterior demolition begins at the Downtown Plaza at 515 L Street as the struggling shopping mall began giving way to the site of the new Sacramento Kings arena on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in Sacramento.
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    SacBee -- Motor Sports

  • Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan — which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series. Jeff Gordon (24) and Joey Logano make pit stops during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Jeff Gordon (24) races Kevin Harvick during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.
  • Larson quickly exits car after it catches fire

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Kyle Larson hesitated ever so slightly before getting out of his car after crashing into the wall. Kyle Larson exits his car after catching fire after a crash in Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Kyle Larson (42) bumps a curb during a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Watkins Glen N.Y.
  • Roseville race car driver upgraded to serious condition

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Roseville race car driver Lisa Young was upgraded to serious condition Monday as she recovered two days after smashing her car into a wall Saturday at the city’s All American Speedway. Roseville driver Lisa Young, 29, pictured here with her son Peyton, 2, is recovering at a Roseville hospital from injuries sustained in a crash Saturday at All American Speedway in Roseville. Roseville driver Lisa Young, 29, is recovering at a Roseville hospital from injuries sustained in a crash Saturday at All American Speedway in Roseville.
  • Allmendinger wins at Watkins Glen

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    AJ Allmendinger's journey is almost complete. AJ Allmendinger (47) takes the checkered flag to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Watkins Glen N.Y. Racing team owner and for racing driver Roger Penske, center left, and former NASCAR diver and team owner Richard Childress, center right, congratulate AJ Allmendinger on winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. AJ Allmendinger gets a kiss from his wife, Lynne Kushnirenko Allmendinger, as they celebrate in…
  • Driver's family asks for 'time to grieve'

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Kevin Ward Jr.'s family says it "appreciates all the prayer and support" but that members "would like time to grieve" a day after Ward was killed on a racetrack when he was hit by a car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart. ADDS MANDATORY CREDIT - This July 5, 2014 photo provided by Empire Super Sprints, Inc., shows sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., in the vicotry lane with his car at the Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y. Ward was killed Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Central Square, N.Y., when the car being driven by Tony Stewart struck the 20-year-old who had…
 
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    SacBee -- 49ers

  • 49ers’ Kaepernick reveals details on foot injury that slowed him in 2013

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    The 49ers last year reined in Colin Kaepernick’s running plays to save their starting quarterback from excessive wear and tear, and because he suffered a significant injury to his foot. Colin Kaepernick rushed for 87 yards in Week 2 last year. Due to a foot injury suffered in that game, he didn’t surpass 20 yards on the ground until Week 7. Colin Kaepernick said the foot injury suffered in Week 2 in Seattle was one of the reasons his rushing numbers were modest during the 2013 regular season.
  • 49ers notes: Despite injury, Dorsey signs two-year contract extension

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Glenn Dorsey might not be ready to play for several more months, but the 49ers feel he’s worth signing for a couple more years.
  • 49ers sign NT Glenn Dorsey to two-year extension

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
    SANTA CLARA -- Glenn Dorsey may not be ready to play for several more months, but the 49ers feel he's worth signing for a couple more years. The team on Tuesday signed Dorsey, a nose tackle who was scheduled to become a free agent in March, to a two-year contract extension. The 49ers aren’t scared off by Glenn Dorsey’s orn triceps. The team signed the nose tackle to a two-year extension Tuesday.
  • Tackle Anthony Davis inching closer to a return

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    SANTA CLARA -- Right tackle Anthony Davis, who has started every game for the 49ers since the team drafted him in the first round in 2010, will be in uniform and go through individual drills today, Jim Harbaugh said. The 49ers practice at 2:45 p.m. Anthony Davis, who had surgery in April, will go through individual drills today for the first time this offseason.
  • Death of 49ers fan at Levi's Stadium raises questions

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The death of a 49ers fan at Levi's Stadium and the huge crowds who abandoned the sunny seats for shady concourses are shining a bright light on an issue that many Niner faithful were unprepared for Sunday: the heat. Fans watch as the San Francisco 49ers play the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL preseason football game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.
 
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    SacBee -- City Beat

  • Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen to lead opposition to strong-mayor plan

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen, not even two years into his first term at City Hall, is about to take on a popular mayor and many of the city’s most powerful interest groups in a closely watched political battle over how the city will be governed. Steve Hansen stands in front of his 1906 era home in Alkali Flat on April 16, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Mayor Johnson issues ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to Brown, Shriver, Olajuwon

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Add Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to the list of people who have had buckets of ice water dumped over their heads. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson holds the game ball before the game as the Sacramento Republic FC hosts Oklahoma City Energy FC at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Saturday August 9, 2014.
  • City Beat: Pot clinic makes a good neighbor

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    The old Craftsman bungalow at 3015 H St. is directly across the street from McKinley Montessori, a quaint little nursery school and kindergarten. It’s also about 200 feet from McKinley Park and not even two blocks from Sutter Middle School. A Therapeutic Alternative’s store.
  • Ironworkers union, Asian business chamber support ‘strong mayor’

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Another business group and another building trades union have endorsed the “strong mayor” measure appearing on the November ballot in the city of Sacramento.
  • Michelle Rhee stepping down as CEO of Sacramento-based StudentsFirst

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Michelle Rhee, the prominent and controversial education figure who is the wife of Mayor Kevin Johnson, announced on Wednesday that she is stepping down from her post as chief executive of StudentsFirst, the national advocacy organization she founded in 2010. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and wife Michelle Rhee respond to cheers from the sold out crowd on Oct. 30, the NBA season opener between the Sacramento Kings and the Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, with wife Michelle Rhee, arrives at Sacramento International Airport along with California state Sen.
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    SacBee -- Giants/A's

  • A’s will skip Hammel’s next turn in rotation

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    OAKLAND -- The A’s will skip right-hander Jason Hammel’s next turn in the rotation, lining up Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir to start the three games this weekend against the Los Angeles Angels, whom they’re battling for the division. But manager Bob Melvin stressed today that despite Hammel’s struggles since arriving in Oakland, the right-hander remains one of the A’s five starters.
  • River Cats glance: Cats’ slump continues with loss to RedHawks

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:45 pm
    The River Cats suffered their third straight loss, 7-0 to the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Monday night at Raley Field. Sacramento is clinging to a two-game division lead.
  • River Cats’ playoff tickets now on sale

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Tickets for the five potential River Cats home playoff games are on sale at the Raley Field ticket office and ticketmaster.com.
  • Stow makes first visit to Giants' clubhouse

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    The Giants had a special pregame visitor to their clubhouse Sunday when fan Bryan Stow was wheeled in by third base coach Tim Flannery.
  • River Cats glance: Big fourth boosts Redhawks past Cats

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Ruben Sosa had a bases-loaded triple in a five-run fourth, and Rudy Owens allowed one run over eight innings to lead the Oklahoma City RedHawks over the River Cats 7-2 Sunday night at Raley Field.
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