Will Hoover grew up on welfare in south Sacramento, a kid with a strong sense of responsibility and a resilient way about him. On Aug. 5, 2014, he saved three lives in the so-called “insider attack” in Afghanistan that killed Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the highest-ranking American war death in Afghanistan. Hoover almost died that day; he was badly wounded and may lose his leg. But he harbors no regrets. “I just did my job,” he said.
Since September, Sacramento police have installed cameras at major intersections around the city, offering officers real-time data on suspect cars that has led to a handful of arrests. They’re called Police Observation Devices, or PODs, and local police are trumpeting them as a key part of the “next-generation” technology they say is making Sacramento safer.
Crater Lake National Park is one of the most scenic natural destinations in the West, one that delights a half-million visitors every year. There’s mild trouble brewing in paradise, however, as some subtle effects of a warming climate pose immediate threats to the park’s flora and fauna, and could eventually compromise the lake’s legendary clarity.
Backtracking from an announcement that had riled rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft, as well as state lawmakers, the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Saturday retracted an alert saying anyone who transports people for money must commercially register their vehicles.
Law enforcement has more workers on the region’s list of 1,000 highest-paid local government employees than any other sector, The Bee found in an analysis of 2013 state data. Officials say that reflects the dangerous nature of their work.
Like many New Year’s resolutions, lots of folks this month make a vow to “get organized” at home or work. January is officially designated “Get Organized” month by the National Association of Professional Organizers.
The story of Brittany Maynard, 29, who took a fatal dose of barbiturates rather than die a painful death from brain cancer, makes a compelling case for legislation that would allow Californians to end their lives under certain circumstances. But most dying people look more like my father than Maynard – and end-of-life decisions can be murky.
Organizers are expecting a record crowd of more than 14,000 to attend the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the annual wine industry conference and trade show that doubles as the largest convention hosted in Sacramento each year.