sacramento connect sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:33:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Comic-Con 2014: “Sleepy Hollow” Stars Participate in the Show-Themed Oculus Rift Experience Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:33:00 +0000
This year at the interactive park outside of Comic-Con, the show "Sleepy Hollow" has set up a haunted barn where fans were able to get their picture taken with the Headless Horseman and to try out the Sleepy Hollow experience by using the Oculus Rift. The cast of the show arrived to try it out for themselves and here is the video and pictures from their visit!

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Dining News: Which Sacramento Chef Set to Become a Food Network/ABC Star? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:10:20 +0000 ]]> 0 Hanging With The Homeless Folks On Central Avenue Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:00 +0000 0 Marvel’s Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United Is Headed to Blu-ray and DVD on July 29th Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:49:00 +0000
Iron Man and Captain America join forces in a new, original animated adventure, "Marvel’s Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United” available only on Digital HD, On-Demand and Disney Movies Anywhere on July 29th. Iron Man and Captain America battle to keep the Red Skull and his triggerman, Taskmaster, from unleashing an army of Hydra Brutes on the world! Enjoy surpassing twists and a special appearance by one of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes in this action packed feature featuring the voices of Adrian Pasdar and Roger Craig reprising their roles as Iron Man and Captain America, and Clancy Brown as the villainous Taskmaster.

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Blaze of Glory, (almost) Bon Jovi at the State Fair Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:47:00 +0000 0 Interesting Article About American Alfalfa For The Chinese Market Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:41:00 +0000 I thought this was most-interesting:
After driving past the only gas station in Jensen, population 400, a visitor crosses the river, turns left and is soon surrounded by a meticulously managed, 22,000-acre ranch, lush with green alfalfa.

Nearly all of it is destined for China. Three years ago, a pair of Chinese entrepreneurs purchased this alfalfa farm for a discount price of less than $10 million. Each year since, they’ve shipped about 22,000 tons of super-compacted, ranch-grown alfalfa to China, where it’s highly prized by the nation’s growing dairy industry.

China has long depended on the U.S. breadbasket, importing up to $26 billion in U.S. agricultural products yearly. But increasingly, Chinese investors aren’t just buying from farms abroad. They’re buying the farms.
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Undeniable Warming In The Sacramento Valley Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:41:00 +0000 0 LOBO – Me And You And A Dog Named Boo Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:39:00 +0000 0 "Tammy" Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:38:00 +0000 0 Cooper Earns Democratic Party Endorsement Over Fong in Ninth Assembly Race Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:55:00 +0000
July 28, 2014 |

Elk Grove Vice Mayor Jim Cooper announced today he received the Democratic Party endorsement in his race against Darrell Fong for the California State Assembly Ninth District seat.

Cooper and Fong, both Democrats, were the top two finishers in the June primary and under new state election laws, will both advance to November general election. Fong is a current first-term member of the Sacramento City Council and Cooper has served on the Elk Grove City Council since its incorporation in 2000.

"As a lifelong Democrat fighting for working-class men and women for 14 years on the Elk Grove City Council, I am honored to have received the California Democratic Party's endorsement," Cooper said.

The endorsement came after receiving 62-percent of Ninth Assembly District delegate votes. 

To mark the lead up to the November general election, Cooper will also be holding a kick-off event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9 at his campaign headquarters at 8238 Laguna Blvd., Suite  200, Elk Grove. More information about the event and Cooper's campaign is available here

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Gold Rush Days not worth it without the dirt? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:07:43 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days Cancelled Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:13:14 +0000 SACRAMENTO—

Old Sacramento’s signature event on the Labor Day weekend was cancelled after organizers determined that it would require too much water to stage.

Gold Rush Days has been held for the better part of 15 years in Old Sacramento …

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Sand Fire at 65% Containment, Evacuations Reduced Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:06:53 +0000 EL DORADO COUNTY-

Fire crews working the Sand Fire in El Dorado and Amador County said they are at around 65% containment Monday.

CAL FIRE Spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said crews struggled the most on Saturday, and the flames blew out …

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Sheriffs Arrest Sexual Assault Suspect at SMF Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:55:30 +0000 SACRAMENTO—

Sacramento sheriff deputies say they’ve arrested a serial rapist, accused of assaulting 3 different women. One of those attacks may have happened feet from his own home.

After showing a picture of the suspect, Robert Hill, 20, around a …

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Geology Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:47:00 +0000 0 Cathie Anderson: Folsom’s e.Republic seeds venture funds, makes investment worth $1 million Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:36:42 +0000 0 How to explain monitoring your child’s texting and social media as love language Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:16:18 +0000 0 Access Sacramento TV’s “The Gospel Lady” Sharon Durette Passes Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:40:16 +0000 0 Police Arrest Suspect of 3 Separate Sexual Assault Cases Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:07:20 +0000 SACRAMENTO—

Police have arrested a man they believe sexually violated 3 different women since April of last year.

According to The Sacramento County Sheriff Sexual Assault Detectives, Robert Derrick Hill, 20, was arrested at work on behalf of the Sacramento …

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State Fair attendance grows by 8%, Fairgoers eat over 75,000 Corn Dogs Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:33:27 +0000 Petting Zoo at the California State FairSACRAMENTO—

Total attendance at the California State Fair grew by 8% this year, marking the highest attendance in six years.

Total attendance was higher than 750,000 people over 17 days. There were also some of the highest single day attendance …

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Between the Lines: 4 mystery writers together Thursday for Bee Book Club Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 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.

Now the Bee Book Club is going to expand that template. In a special edition on Thursday, four Northern California mystery writers will appear onstage in conversation with one another. It will be a “panel discussion,” of sorts, in which the authors will collectively answer questions about how they do what they do, talk about their main characters and explain why the mystery-thriller genres are so enduringly popular.

The novelists and longtime friends are Cara Black, Rhys Bowen, Catriona McPherson and Terry Shames. The authors write ongoing series. The quartet will share the stage at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento (doors open at 5:15 p.m.). It’s a free event in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library, but tickets are required. They are available at (click on “Bee Events”). Information: (916) 321-1128.

Now let’s check in with the authors, listed alphabetically:

Cara Black of San Francisco

Series: The 14-title “Aimee Leduc” series

Setting: Early to mid-1990s Paris

What it’s about: Aimee is a tall, spiky-haired P.I. who sports a Tahitian-style lizard tattoo and favors high heels, knock-off couture and Chanel No. 5. She and her business partner, Rene, run a computer security business, but Aimee regularly finds herself in the midst of much bloodier concerns.

Latest title: “Murder in Pigalle”: Aimee is five months pregnant and has resolved to stay out of harm’s way, at least until the baby is born. Meanwhile, a serial rapist is on the loose, targeting teen girls. When the daughter of friends goes missing, Aimee agrees to investigate. The story is based on the real case of a serial killer who operated in Paris in 1998.

The backstory: “Aimee came from me standing at a bus stop in Paris, looking across the street and seeing a big green neon sign, ‘Duluc Detective,’ which was shown in the movie ‘Midnight In Paris.’ I walked into the agency and introduced myself to Madam Martine Duluc Baret, who had inherited the agency from her father and grandfather. I told her I had an idea for a book about a female private detective and asked her what it’s like. I sort of borrowed her family history and gave it to Aimee.”


Feisty Irish immigrant

Rhys Bowen of San Rafael

Series: “Molly Murphy” (13 titles), “Royal Spyness” (eight titles), “Constable Evan Evans” (10 titles; inactive since 2006)

Set in: “Molly Murphy” takes place in New York City in the early 1900s. “Royal Spyness” is set in 1930s London.

What it’s about: Molly Murphy is a feisty immigrant who flees Ireland because she accidentally kills a would-be rapist. She solves her first murder case shortly after landing on Ellis Island. Later, she assumes ownership of a detective agency. She continues sleuthing even after marrying a police captain – much to his annoyance. In “Royal Spyness,” the young Lady Georgiana, 35th in line for the British throne, is a “penniless heiress” who makes her way by sleuthing – sometimes for Scotland Yard, sometimes for the queen herself.

Latest title: “City of Darkness and Light”: For her own safety, Murphy’s husband sends her to Paris after a vengeful gang threatens their safety. When she arrives, the friends who were to meet her “are nowhere to be found.”

The backstory: “I’d been writing a series about a Welsh policeman (Evan Evans), but I wanted to write about someone who wasn’t so wise and polite, someone who doesn’t know when to back off or to shut up. I was trying to think of where to set her, when I happened to visit Ellis Island. I was completely unprepared for the emotional overload I felt there, and thought, ‘I want to write a book involving this place.’ I started writing Molly in the first person and her voice immediately took over.”


Upper-class sleuth

Catriona McPherson of Winters

Series: “Dandy Gilver (eight titles)

Set in: 1920s and 1930s Scotland

What it’s about: Witty upper-class housewife Dandy Gilver, who is British but lives in Scotland, falls into detective work partly out of boredom but mostly from helping a friend solve a mystery. As long as she’s discreet, her “stuffed shirt of a husband” doesn’t mind her sideline, as it brings an income to help support their ailing estate.

Latest title: “Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses”: To help a girlhood friend, Dandy poses as a teacher at a “college for young ladies” to find out why its teachers keep quitting, getting fired or mysteriously disappearing. Then her friend vanishes at the same time a body washes up on a nearby shore.

The backstory: “I had written a literary novel that I couldn’t give away. My husband’s advice was for me to write something for fun about something I love. Dandy came from my reading the writers from the Golden Age of detective fiction (1920s and ’30s), people like Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. The reason I made her as posh as she is is because the middle-class morality (during those decades) was a straitjacket, but the upper classes were up to all kinds of shenanigans.”

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A small-town Texan

Terry Shames of Berkeley

Series: “Jarrett Creek” (two titles, with a third coming in October)

Set in: Contemporary Texas, in the small town of Jarrett Creek

What it’s about: Samuel Craddock is the town’s former police chief who “feels like his life is over after his wife dies.” His attitude changes as he successfully investigates and solves a murder case and becomes “a private investigator by circumstance.”

Latest title: “The Last Death of Jack Harbin”: Jack Harbin returned home from the Gulf War, physically and psychologically damaged. Twenty years later, when he is about to reconcile a lingering grudge with a childhood friend, he’s stabbed to death. Craddock must sift through the past to find the killer.

The backstory: “In a writing class I once took, a published writer gave us some advice: ‘If you’re going to be successful, dig deep inside yourself and get something from your heart.’ My books are set in a fictitious Texas town modeled after Somerville, the Texas town where my grandparents lived when I was a child. I have an abiding affection for it, and Samuel Craddock is largely based on my grandfather.”

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Drone Creates ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Sand Fire Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:56:16 +0000 AMADOR COUNTY—

Helicopters and airplanes are crucial assets and getting a handle on the Sand Fire. But Sunday they had unwelcome company in the air- a  civilian drone, shooting video.

Although the rules governing this are still unclear, and no …

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Judge Rules Against Sterling: Clippers Sale to Go Forward Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:12:03 +0000


A deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for an NBA record price may move forward, a California probate judge ruled Monday.

Judge Michael Levanas ruled in favor of Shelly Sterling, saying the estranged wife of

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Meeting called off for Linda subdivision special tax Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:29:00 +0000 0 How to participate in National Night Out in East Sacramento Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:06:41 +0000 0 Electronic Poll Books in Nevada County: Report on June 2014 Pilot Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:49:19 +0000 0 NOAA: ‘Nuisance flooding’ an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:45:51 +0000 0 Comic-Con 2014: Michael Myers and Friends Come to Comic-Con Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 0 Documentary Leads to 100-pound Weightloss in 1 year Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:42:10 +0000 (CNN)-

Having to ask for a seat belt extender on a flight was one of Benji Kurtz’s biggest life humiliations.

He also couldn’t shop at popular clothing stores — the clothing wasn’t large enough. When he found clothing that fit,

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Comic-Con 2014: Here’s the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Comic-Con Red Band Trailer Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. Here's the new red band trailer straight from Comic-Con! 

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Sacramento BHC Celebrates Three Years of Progress Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:01:03 +0000 0 Slideshow of the Sand Fire in El Dorado County and Amador County Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:00:24 +0000 0 41.5986 -72.6516 38.6822 -120.847 38.4074 -120.661 38.478 -120.845 Comic-Con 2014: The Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con Trailer Has Been Released Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:58:00 +0000
Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller’s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise and is co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos and Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
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]]> 0’s Top 10 Events: Week of July 28 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:50:59 +0000 Food. Festivals. Fun.


Photo courtesy of The Color Run.

Add some color to your life! This last week of July is filled with plenty of flashy events to keep you entertained! See below for's Top 10 Events list:




Sacramento Cheesemaker Dine Around; Downtown Sacramento
July 28-Aug 1; Various times

Restaurants will feature special cheese-themed items while the American Cheese Society is in town.

Thursday Night Jam Sessions;Pour House
July 31-Aug 28; Thurs 10pm-1am

Listen to some of Sacramento's best musicians play their favorite originals & covers.

Hot Summer Nights Concerts Series; Laguna Town Hall
Aug 1-29; Fri 6:30pm-9pm

Warm nights & great tunes return to Elk Grove!

Clips Beer & Film Tour; Community Park
Aug 1; Fri 7:30pm-10:30pm

New Belgium Brewing brings its traveling film & beer festival to Davis.

Fringe; Assembly
Aug 1; Fri 9pm-10:30pm

Part vaudeville & burlesque, this will be a night of pure entertainment.

The Color Run; Capitol Mall Greens
Aug 2; Sat 9am

This unique paint race will add some color to your weekend!

2014 Harvest Day;Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
Aug 2; Sat 8am-2pm

Join the UC Master Gardeners for a day of composting & gardening!

Festa Italiana; Croatian American Cultural Center
Aug 2-3; Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-7pm

Italy comes to the River City! Enjoy the country's cuisine, music & heritage this weekend.

Beatnik's 6 Year Anniv & Grand Re-Opening; Beatnik Studios
Aug 2; Sat 6pm-Midnight

Celebrate Beatnik Studio's success with aerial dancing, wonderful art, and a charitable beer garden.

Wine & Dine 2014; Sac State Alumni Center
Aug 2; Sat 7:30pm-10pm

Mingle with the Junior League of Sacramento & enjoy treats from over 50 of the region's finest restaurants & wineries.

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California Sex Offender Suspect Killed, 3 Officers Wounded in New York Incident Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:44:28 +0000  


A suspected sex offender recently featured on CNN’s “The Hunt” with John Walsh was killed Monday in Manhattan while police were attempting to arrest him on child molestation charges, according to two New York City

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Comic-Con 2014: Here’s the Teaser Trailer For The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:44:00 +0000 Read more »
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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:33:14 +0000
The case, Bostic v. Schaefer, included a certified class made up of approximately 14,000 same-sex couples in the commonwealth who want to get married or want their out-of-state marriages recognized in Virginia and are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Virginia, Lambda Legal, and the law firm of Jenner & Block. In addition, two plaintiff couples in Norfolk are represented in the case by attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, their law firms, Gibson Dunn and Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP and the law firm of Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C.

In his opinion, Judge Henry F. Floyd wrote: "Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life. It allows individuals to celebrate and publicly declare their intentions to form lifelong partnerships, which provide unparalleled intimacy, companionship, emotional support, and security. The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual's life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance."

"The historic Supreme Court case that allowed for people of different races to marry, so providentially named Loving v. Virginia, started here," said James Esseks, director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, who argued the case for the class before the federal appeals court. "In the 47 years since, committed same-sex couples in the commonwealth have been patiently waiting for the freedom to marry the person they love. Today's decision sends a message that everyone deserves the dignity and protection that only comes with marriage."

The couples representing the class in the case are Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff of Staunton and Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of Winchester.

"We're overjoyed that we're a step closer to being recognized by our loved ones and community the same way that all of our opposite-sex married friends and relatives are," said Harris. "Although Jessi and I are absolutely committed to each other and our son, marriage holds an unparalleled meaning, both legally and emotionally."

If the Supreme Court doesn't grant review of the decision, the appeals court decision will be final and all same-sex couples in Virginia who want to get married or want their marriages recognized will be able to do so. The ruling could also impact similar bans in the remaining Fourth Circuit states (North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia) that continue to discriminate against same-sex couples.

"This news is thrilling. We argued that barring Virginia same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional and harms families and the court agreed. With this ruling, all of Virginia's same-sex couples are one step closer to the freedom to marry," said Greg Nevins, counsel in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office in Atlanta. "The fact that we're seeing more and more decisions like these shows that America is ready for marriage equality."

The decision marks the third time since the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the so-called federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in U.S. v. Windsor last year that a federal appeals court has declared that state laws denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry or refuse to recognize the out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The ACLU represented Edie Windsor in her successful challenge to DOMA.

"Marriage is a fundamental right of all Virginians," said Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia. "This resounding decision sends a message to every committed and married couple in the commonwealth that they are equal in the eyes of the law. The Virginia ACLU is proud to be able to say that we were advocates for the Lovings almost 50 years ago and grateful also to have had the privilege of representing the loving couples across Virginia who won the freedom to marry today."

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East Sacramento Crime and Safety Community Meeting Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:32:07 +0000 0 Firefighters Gain Ground on Sand Fire, Some Evacuations Lifted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:17:55 +0000 SHINGLE SPRINGS-

Firefighters are gaining ground fighting the Sand Fire in Amador County. It is now 65% contained, and forward progress has slowed.

The fire forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes over the weekend, late Monday morning some …

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BBQ, Alabama-style Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:12:59 +0000 Paul Robins samples Moe’s Original BBQ in Tahoe City. Chef Eric Pilcher whips up some Jambalaya for the FOX40 morning crew to sample.

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