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Scott Raab reaches into a bin full of candy and grabs a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans with a message of good will on the package printed in Arabic and Pashto. It’s known as “candy diplomacy” and it reads, “A gift from the American people in hope that your country will one day enjoy the freedom and opportunities that we have in the United States.”

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller will inherit the bitter, 24-year-old litigation over the quality of care for mentally ill inmates in California’s prisons when U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton retires later this year.
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Less than half the students who enrolled in five Sacramento-area community colleges during the depth of the recession had completed their coursework as of last year, new state data show.
The public is invited to a free forum on drought and water issues at Sierra College in Rocklin on Tuesday, which is also Earth Day.
For her 9th birthday, Ava Sackman didn’t ask for presents. Instead, she wanted to gather and donate the dog loot to Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue in Elverta.
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Loaves & Fishes is floating a plan to relocate and expand Friendship Park, where hundreds of homeless people receive meals and other services each day, on its property north of downtown Sacramento.
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The Grim Reaper has a message for you: The people who peddle vegan hot dogs and flaxseed inside the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op are destroying our city.
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For a decade, Todd Leras rode a wave of stardom at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. He tried big cases, won most of them, and in 1998 was named its top prosecutor.

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After $46 million worth of work, and two months of disruptive lane closures during its Fix50 project, Caltrans will deliver a bigger, better freeway to get commuters through downtown easier than before, right? Sorry, highway officials say. The big Fix50 project, which kicks into high gear next week, is a bridge rehab project, not a freeway expansion.

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Elk Grove police are asking the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect who reportedly posed as a Sacramento Municipal Utility District worker to gain entry to a residence.

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