Sacramento shooting case sparks debate over U.S. immigration policies

Critics of U.S. immigration policy have seized on the shooting spree that left two Sacramento area sheriff’s deputies dead last week as evidence that the federal government has failed to secure the border with Mexico. The man accused in the killings, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes, is a Mexican national who authorities say was convicted on drug charges in Arizona and who twice returned to the U.S. after being deported.

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Audit: California nursing home oversight haphazard

The California Department of Public Health is stumbling in its oversight of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, weighed down by a backlog of more than 11,000 open complaints – and no clear path to dig its way out, the California state auditor has concluded.

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Kings should raise a flannel shirt to rafters

None of this happens without Gregg Lukenbill. No purchase of the Kings in 1983 and relocation to Sacramento in 1985. No inclusion into the national sporting scene for a small-market city that produced a college fieldhouse home-court setting and record sellout streaks. No Arco I or Arco II. No retired jerseys for Mitch Richmond, Vlade Divac, Chris Webber or the Sixth Man in recognition of fan loyalty.

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Sacramento Regional Transit’s dog is a bomb sniffer

A Sacramento Regional Transit light-rail rider called Thursday to complain there was a drug-sniffing police dog on the train that morning. At least that was his impression after briefly speaking to the officer with the dog. The rider, Edward Jefferson, who described himself as an older man, said he was concerned that RT officials might be using the dog to seek out and arrest young men on trains who are not causing any problems.

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