The former executive director of a Woodland homeless relief agency pleaded no contest Wednesday to grand theft after embezzling more than $30,000 from the organization, a day after a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial.



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They gathered Thursday under a stand of redwoods near the steps of the state Capitol, a modest mix of young people and the graying veterans of the progressive and protest movements. They came to Sacramento, in the words of one, to reclaim the public square.

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The Sand fire in El Dorado and Amador counties was reported 95 percent contained Wednesday, and fire crews were dispatched to a small fire burning in remote Placer County timber just north of Foresthill.

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Former El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting’s attempt to retain his seat and halt a special election was rejected Thursday by California’s 3rd District Court of Appeal.

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Ten percent of this coffee house’s profits go to Courage Worldwide, a Rocklin-based organization that provides shelter and aid to victims of sex trafficking and child prostitution. The shop’s slogan: “Drink great coffee. Change the world.”

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