Met High School Principal Allen Young, placed on administrative leave last week, has resigned, according to a spokesman for Sacramento City Unified School District.
Young, who resigned Thursday, had been on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct. Sacramento City Unified spokesman Gabe Ross said the district's investigation has been completed.
Young wrote last week in an email to The Bee that the allegations were unfounded.
"I am a proud product of the Sacramento City Unified School District as a student, teacher and currently principal," he wrote.
Ross said he could not provide details of the district's investigation. Ross said the Met's assistant principal, Vince Wolfe, will be interim principal for the remainder of the school year.
The Met High School, at 810 V St., has an enrollment of 274 students. It is one of five charter campuses operated by the district.
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Investigators check knives for clues to girl's death
Investigators searching for evidence in connection with the stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl were looking at several knives Friday to determine if one could have inflicted the fatal wounds.
Sgt. Chris Hewitt of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office would not say from where investigators had recovered the knives but that the information eventually would come out.
"We don't want to put too many details out there that could taint our interviews," Hewitt said.
He declined to say whether they were confiscated from the rural home victim Leila Fowler shared with her father, stepmother, 12-year-old stepbrother and two older siblings. Family members are being questioned at this point only as witnesses, he said.
The 12-year-old stepbrother discovered Fowler's body a week ago while the parents were at a Little League game. He said he saw the assailant and described him as being tall with long gray hair.
A witness who said she also saw the man flee has since recanted and is no longer credible, Hewitt said.
Bee staffers win awards in pair of contests
The Sacramento Bee won two first-place and four second-place prizes in the California Newspaper Publishers Association's recently announced 2012 Better Newspapers Contest.
The Bee staff won first place in the special section category for its 2012 Voters Guide, which provided readers with candidate biographies, photos, ballot measure analyses and voter information for the November general election. In the local breaking news category, reporters Kim Minugh, Hudson Sangree and Cathy Locke won first place for their April 2012 account of a wild and sprawling police manhunt through Yolo and Sacramento counties of a gunman who was eventually cornered and killed in an Arden Arcade apartment.
The Bee also won two second-place awards in the Best of the West journalism contest. In growth and environment reporting, The Bee's Tom Knudson was cited for his series on the U.S. Wildlife Services' practice of killing wild animals. Brandon Loomis of the Salt Lake Tribune took first place for a project on dying forests.
In the informational graphic category, The Bee's Phillip Reese won second place for a time-lapse map that depicted the effect of the home foreclosure crisis in Sacramento. Severiano Galván of the Denver Post won top honors for an infographic on a fire that killed three people, destroyed or damaged 27 homes and burned 1,400 acres in the forest southwest of Denver.
It was hot, but not enough to melt records
Friday's temperatures in the Sacramento area nudged but failed to top records for the date.
A high of 93 degrees was reported at Sacramento Executive Airport, but the record for the date was 94 degrees in 1990, said Karl Swanberg, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.
"We came up a little bit short here," he said.
Downtown Sacramento also topped out at 93 degrees, 4 degrees below the record of 97 degrees in 1992.
Further north, Red Bluff tied its 1966 record of 98 degrees.
A cooling trend will begin today as winds pick up and clouds begin to move into the Valley and the Sierra.
"Overall, it will be sunny, but that hazy sunshine with a little bit of smoke," Swanberg said.
A red flag warning for fire conditions is in effect until 4 p.m. today in the northern and central Sacramento Valley, including Glenn, Colusa, Yuba, Butte and northern Sutter counties.
A chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast for today and Sunday nights in the Valley and the Sierra.
A high around 88 degrees is forecast for the Sacramento area today, dropping to around 79 degrees Sunday. Highs are expected to dip to the low to mid-70s by Monday.
In the Sierra, a high of 67 degrees is forecast today for areas such as Truckee, with highs dropping into the mid-50s by Monday.
71-year-old driver dies in Howe Avenue crash
A 71-year-old woman died in a head-on collision Wednesday night on Howe Avenue in the Arden Arcade area.
The crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. as the woman was driving a white 2012 Nissan Versa southbound on Howe, approaching the intersection with Northrop Avenue, when her vehicle veered to the left and into the opposing lanes, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
As she entered the intersection, her vehicle struck the front of a gray 2006 Acura TSX that was traveling northbound on Howe Avenue.
Fire Department personnel found the woman unresponsive and she was transported to Sutter Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The driver of the Acura, a 29-year-old man from Roseville, complained of pain but was not transported to a hospital.
CHP officials said neither alcohol nor drugs appears to have contributed to the collision, which is still under investigation.
The woman's name has not been released pending notification of family.
Fair offers eye exams to low-income uninsured
Low-income Sacramento residents can obtain free comprehensive eye exams and glasses during a Community Health and Wellness Fair on Sunday at California State University, Sacramento.
VSP Vision Care is teaming up with the student-run Hmong Health Alliance to provide the services aboard a 45-foot-long mobile eye care clinic.
Gift certificates redeemable for free eye exams and glasses may be distributed to those who can't be seen at the event, which is open to the public on a walk-in basis.
The vision services and certificates are available for people who do not have vision insurance including Medi-Cal or Medicare coverage and who meet certain income criteria.
The Hmong Health Alliance is a student organization at CSUS that aims to improve health through prevention and early awareness.
The health fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Union Redwood Room at the campus, 6000 J St.
Eye exams are important not only for ocular health but because they can also be a way to detect conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Cynthia H. Craft