As the current session of Congress winds down, chances are that immigration reform – and how the United States deals with roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants, a quarter of them in California – will have to wait.

With winter arriving, street safety officials are informing the public that we all need to be watchful as we walk or bicycle to work, store or school.

On Oct. 2, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB123 requiring public schools to teach their students about the contributions of Filipino Americans to the state’s fields of plenty and the farmworkers movement that transformed American labor.

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and the organization continues to see strong interest from girls. But it has struggled to meet demand because of a dearth of adult volunteers willing to become troop leaders.

Do you ever wonder about your chances of winning on the slot machines at Red Hawk, Thunder Valley, Cache Creek, Jackson or other area Indian casinos?

When it comes to preserving peace on the Sacramento County parkway, park rangers are kept busy.

On Dec. 1, Jeffrey Mount quietly retired after 33 years as a geology professor at UC Davis.

Through the years, the California State Fair has been described as Big Fun.

Latinos, who make up 10 percent of the American electorate, played a key role in President Barack Obama's re-election. He received 71 percent of the Hispanic vote.

Nothing seems to overwhelm families of the elderly more than figuring out the issue of senior care: Who needs intervention? What kind? How much? How little? What's available? When is it time to step in to help?

In the first five years since becoming a city in 2000, the wide-open ranching territory of Elk Grove grew at a dizzying pace, adding thousands of homes and families, stretching its boundaries and prompting plans for a regional mall.

A former Sacramento police official and familiar presence in the region's media reports on shopping and security, Steve Reed took time Friday morning to offer advice to potential shoppers.

Thanksgiving is all about the food, but if you're not careful about how you prepare your holiday meal, your time at home with family and friends could be spent instead in an emergency room with a bout of food poisoning.

The death last week of two seniors served mushroom soup made with fungi foraged at a Placer County elder care facility has lots of people asking: "Who gathers food?"

Brothers Lawrence and Brian Tom spoke to an audience at California State University, Sacramento, last week about their book, "Sacramento's Chinatown," as part of the university's fall Author Lecture Series.

Keric Ashley doesn't mind a challenge. The former schoolteacher and principal spent the last eight years at the helm of the Educational Data Management Division at the California Department of Education. He and his staff worked to complete a state data system to track student information known as CalPADS – the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System.

Q&A A health care overhaul is like the rumble that occurs nanoseconds before a powerful earthquake hits. It foretells of seismic shifts to come in the expansive health care delivery landscape.

The growing number of Hindu temples, organizations and meditation centers in the Sacramento region reflects the area's fastest-growing ethnic group: Asian Indians.

Following the Sept. 11 killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Rashid Ahmad and other Muslim Americans have been asked by their non-Muslim friends why this happened.

As the nation prepares to vote next month, more than 30 states have enacted or are in the process of enacting voter-ID laws. Most require voters to produce photo identification, which could affect millions of prospective voters who lack such government-issued IDs.

Bob Crongeyer is a great teacher, as confirmed by his recent selection as Sacramento County Teacher of the Year.

Jeff Knorr, a professor of English literature at Sacramento City College, was recently selected by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to be the city's poet laureate for the next two years.

Michael Lairmore, who last month became dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, said he felt compelled from a young age to enter the profession.

Amanda Brown supervises Yolo County's Layoff Aversion and Rapid Response programs at the county's employment and social services department.

Bobbie Singh-Allen was sworn in as the Elk Grove Unified School District's newest board member Aug. 16. She was appointed by the board to fill the Area 4 trustee seat vacated by Pollyanna Cooper-LeVangie.

Rachel Teagle has been selected by the University of California, Davis, to direct the new $30 million Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

Penny Schwinn potentially tipped the scales for charter schools when she won a seat on the Sacramento County Office of Education board in June.

Victor Batarseh is the mayor of Bethlehem in the West Bank, Sacramento's sister city. He was in California in July to visit his children, who live in Sacramento and San Francisco.

One constant at the State Fair for the past two decades, besides pitchmen, carnival rides and the Footsie Wootsie foot-massage machines, has been Brian May, the fair's deputy general manager.

Born in China and raised in Sacramento, Steven Gee will be the oldest player at the World Series of Poker final table. The 56-year-old will compete against nine others beginning Oct. 28 in Las Vegas for a prize of $8.5 million. Gee will start in fifth place, with 16.9 million in chips, about 27 million chips behind the leader.

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