Sacramento Bee photographers' pictures of the year 2013Loading
  • Scott Aksland, of Manteca, left, is handed his four-month-old daughter Aurora from wife Jessica Aksland as he and about 120 soldiers from a California Army National Guard (CAARNG) Chinook helicopter unit return to Stockton, Calif. after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Stockton, Calif. On their arrival at Atlantic Aviation, the soldiers of Bravo Company, of the CAARNG's 1-126th Aviation Battalion, where met by family and friends, elected officials, Patriot Riders and representatives from the local VFW, fire and police departments and other community organizations.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Jesse Ortiz-Ocelotl of Sacramento honors the Virgin of Guadalupe as his mother Angelbertha Cobb prays for her son's recovery as Catholic faithful spent the night at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Sacramento on Thursday, Dec.12, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Ortiz died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • The salmon ladder at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova will open, signaling the start of the spawning season on the American River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hatchery workers will take more than a half-million eggs during the first week in an effort to ensure successful spawning of returning fall-run Chinook salmon.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Diana Decesare of Folsom plays her favorite Native American drum made of buffalo skin on the ridge near the Fair Oaks Bridge on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 in Fair Oaks. "I'm playing to send out prayers and good energy to earth and the Fair Oaks area," said Decesare.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • California State Senator-elect Holly J. Mitchell (D - Los Angeles) sheds some tears as she speaks after she was sworn into office formally on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Ms. Mitchell was elected to represent California's 26th Senate District on September 17th, with 80.6 percent of votes.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Drago, a veteran Sacramento County Sheriff's Department police dog, lays inside a recovery room on Friday, October 18, 2013 after being shot through the chest and shoulder in morning while chasing a fleeing car thief through a field in the Elverta area. Veterinarians are saying Drago, a six-year-old Belgian Malinois, was fortunate. Sheriff's officials said the man fired eight shots in the dark at the dog and chasing officers, hitting Drago only once. He fully recovered.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Donna Sandoval, the aunt of Sammy Duran, waits to get news about him outside a police line on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. A sporadic gun battle lasting late into Friday night in southwest Roseville wounded four law enforcement officers after a failed afternoon attempt to take in Duran a wanted parolee by Roseville officers teamed with a federal agent.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Miami Heat small forward LeBron James reacts to fans heckling him as the NBA Champions lead the Sacramento Kings before losing in overtime 108-103 on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas reacts by throwing his head band in the air after missing a 14-footer to end the game during the Kings 97-95 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • RB Citizenship
    Dmitry Chernikov from Russia holds a printed copy of the Pledge of Allegiance during a citizenship ceremony at the old school house in Old Sacramento on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service presented several young people with certificates of citizenship on the eve of Independence day at the one room school house.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Tower Bridge Dinner
    Hundreds of diners lined Tower Bridge during the 'Farm to Fork' dinner in Sacramento on Sunday, September 29, 2013. The $175-per-plate meal was set up on the bridge spanning Sacramento and Yolo Counties. The bridge was closed from 1pm-10pm to all traffic.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Legion of Honor Medal
    Honorary Consul of France Jane Wheaton, center, leads a toast to Lt. Col. Robert Cross, USAF, Ret. in Granite Bay on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Lt. Col. Robert Cross received the French Legion of Honor Medal for his service in the European theater of World War II as a glider pilot. As a member of the allied invasion force that liberated Normandy, Mr. Cross is a valid recipient of the medal, which he received today.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Fishing
    Ryan Wilbur of Greenhaven coaches his son Kiefer Wilbur, 5, during the 'Fishing in the City Event' at Howe Park in Sacramento on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Saturday is the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's free fishing day. The department offers free fishing days twice a year. At Howe Park visitors could borrow a fishing rod and tackle, thanks to a special Fishing in the City event. Free Fishing Days provide a low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some CDFW regions offer a Fishing in the City program where anglers can go fishing in major metropolitan areas. Fishing in the City and Free Fishing Day clinics are designed to educate novice anglers about fishing ethics, fish habits, effective methods for catching fish and fishing tackle.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Pyramid Lake
    Fishing guide Rob Anderson, left, and client Lauren Dunn 16 of Truckee fish for Lahontan cutthroat trout at Pyramid Lake in Nevada on Thursday, April 18, 2013. A species once-thought extinct - the Pyramid Lake strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout - has been re-discovered and returned to its original home north of Reno, where it is growing to its fabled 20-plus pound size and sparking a boom in fishing and recreation and interest in recovery of endangered species. It is the largest freshwater trout in the world. Some have also been returned to Fallen Leaf Lake, near Tahoe, where they spawned in the wild last year for the first time in 70 years. There are dreams of restoring the fish to the entire Truckee River watershed in CA and NV and to Lake Tahoe.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Rafters
    Ramon Lopez of Hayward dives from a bluff over the top of a raft into the water along the American River in Rancho Cordova on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Lopez and a group of friends peacefully enjoyed a day on the river. County park rangers Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies Rancho Cordova Police, Sacramento Metro Fire, and the CHP were out in force Saturday during the Rafting Gone Wild event. Authorities were expecting numerous arrests, but the day was relatively peaceful, and sober, with only a few citations. An alcohol ban was in place for the American River Parkway, and authorities enforced the law requiring every rafter to have a lifejacket.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Baseball
    TheThundering Herd baseball team celebrates after winning the game between the Elk Grove High School Thundering Herd, and the St. Mary's Rams of Stockton at Sacramento City College in Sacramento on Saturday, June 1, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Zombie Train
    Armed with mock weapons, Ron Chappell and other riders watch for 'zombies' on 'The Zombie Train' ride along the Sacramento River from West Sacramento towards Woodland on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The Zombie Club has been active for five years.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Police Women
    Emily Kane, left, is congratulated by former Sacramento Police Chief Jack Kearns following the Sacramento Police Department graduation ceremony at the Convention Center in Sacramento on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Kearns hired Kanes' mother onto the Sacramento Police department years ago.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Police Women
    Sharon McClatchy waves to her daughter Emily Kane during the Sacramento Police Department graduation ceremony at the Convention Center in Sacramento on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. She was one of the first female Sacramento police officers and retired as a detective.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • Galt Police dog Yaro stands guard as relatives leave flowers on the casket of his partner Galt police officer Kevin Tonn, who was killed in the line of duty, during his service at East Lawn Mortuary in Sacramento, Calif. Jan. 21, 2013.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson shadowboxes following his State of the City 2013 speech, Feb. 28, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. After weeks of backroom talks, Johnson announced that 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov agreed to make a bid to buy the Sacramento Kings to keep them from moving to Seattle. The mayor also announced grocery billionaire Ron Burkle and the owners of the Downtown Plaza have agreed to team with the city to build a downtown arena.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Adelina Maria Castellano, 9, waits to model a flower girl dress at the Luxury Wedding Show at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento. The event showcased a fashion show and wedding vendors for cakes, dresses, photo booths, photographers, flowers and most everything to plan a wedding on Jan. 6, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Claire Schooley, right, and her son Nate, 12, attend a support group at the Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California on June 25, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Almost two years after her husband David Schooley went to his primary care doctor complaining of forgetfulness and confusion, he was finally diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease just before Thanksgiving 2012. In the meantime, Schooley, 57, became steadily more forgetful.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • James Flavy Coy Brown shares a tender moment with his daughter Shotzy Brown Harrison on April 11, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. She had just arrived to a boarding home to take him to live with her back in North Carolina. He was released from a Nevada state psychiatric hospital in February with only three days medication and a one way bus ticket to Sacramento where he knew no one.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Valeria Morales, 14, wears a dress from Boutique Moroleon as owner Gloria Moroleon fixes her necklace. She was in a fashion show at the Quinceanera Expo at the Double Tree in Sacramento, Calif. on Jan. 20, 2013.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Army veteran Juan Mejia pets his dog Star after graduation. He graduated from the HomeFront Program provided by Gabby Jack Ranch. The program combines veterans with PTSD and service dogs during a year long training program. A common theme in veterans returning from war is a difficulty in leaving the home, going to unfamiliar places or situations, a loss of interest in outside activities, and a lack of confidence. The dogs provide unconditional love and support and the ability to help the veterans heal. Photo taken June 30, 2013 in Folsom, CA.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento Zoo veterinarians Anne Burgdorf, right, Katie Delic, center, and student Rebecca Pacheco, left, ready Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger for surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Sunol/ Fremont in that demilitarized zone between the East Bay and Silicon Valley and traverse a lovely hillside where you can look down at all the cukers commuting on I-680 and laugh at them
    A unique park sign along Canyon View Trail on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Sunol Regional Wilderness Trail a East Bay Regional Park nestled north of Fremont.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • Culinary Institute of America boot camp at thier St. Helena campus of Thursday June 6, 2013.
    The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chef Sandy Dominguez, at right, prepares her students in her culinary "boot camp" on how to how to filet a perfect side of salmon in the massive training kitchens of the St. Helena campus on Thursday June 6, 2013. CIA is one of the nation's leading schools for professional chefs.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • The Sacramento Ballet opens the season- co-artistic director Carinne Binda's 25th anniversary- with George Balanchine's "Rubies" plus "Firebird" and a follow-up performance of "Cinderella."
    Ballet dancer Larissa Kogut in a scene from the Sacramento Ballet's production of "Rite of Spring" at the dance company's offices in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, October 4, 2013.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • St. Baldrick's fund-raiser at deVere's Irish Pub in Sacramento. Head shaving fundraiser for kids battling cancer.
    Friends Sammie McKibben, 19, of Elk Grove and Iris Perez, 19, of Woodland fist bump and scream as volunteer stylists Monica Mulcahy and Laura McEvoy shave their hair during the St. Baldrick's head shaving fundraiser for kids battling cancer at deVere's Irish Pub in Sacramento on Monday March 11, 2013. It was McKibben and Perez's first time getting their head shaved as they raised nearly $1,000 for the fundraiser.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • Parade goers enjoy Carmichael's  55th annual Elks Club Parade along Fair Oaks Boulevard
    Addison, 8, Blythe, 6 and Madeline Bauer, 4, and their mother Heather Bauer were in full patriotic regalia as they sat on a hot sidewalk along Fair Oaks Boulevard to watch Carmichael's 55th annual Elks Club Parade on Thursday, July 04, 2013. Parade officials say there were over 15,000 people along the parade route and over a 1,000 parade participants.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • Seven military veterans speak at their graduation from Pathway Home which offers the Cadillac of counseling programs for troubled vets in the bucolic setting of the Napa Valley
    Army veteran T.J. Norton of Sacramento holds his eleven-year-old daughter Claire and her teddy bear "Topher" as he holds back tears as he shares his recent ordeal during graduation ceremonies from Pathway Home which offers counseling programs for troubled vets to help them succeed in civilian life. Norton graduated with seven other military veterans during the ceremony Feb. 15, 2013 in Yountville, Calif.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • Thousands participated in the  Run To Remember 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run to honor the victims of 9/11 in a tribute at Capitol Mall in Sacramento
    Sacramento Metro firefighters salute a sea of American flags placed next to the names of the nearly 3000 victims lost on 9/11 during the closing ceremonies at the Capitol Mall during Sunday's Run To Remember 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run in Sacramento on September 8, 2013.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sbcglobal.net
  • San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis walks off the field after the Baltimore Ravens won the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Superdome in New Orleans.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis leaps over St. Louis Rams free safety Rodney McLeod and St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis after a pass reception in the first quarter for a first down in a game at Candlestick Park Sunday December 1, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • N-Men member Roger Folsom, 52, grinds the rim at the Granite Skateboard Park Tuesday August 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. The N-Men is Sacramento's longest-running skateboard crew with many members in their forties to fifties.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Fans body surf to the music of Primus during the BottleRock festival at the Napa Valley Expo on May 9, 2013 in Napa, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley drives around Sacramento Kings power forward Chuck Hayes in the fourth quarter in a game at Sleep Train Arena Sunday November 17, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Norm Lopez takes a bath on the sidewalk in front of his house after his breakfast early Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Norm Lopez has a fervent, almost cult-like following in certain Sacramento communities: local bands have put him on their T-shirts, commuters exit the light rail at the 13th Street stop just to say hello and his Facebook page has over five thousand 'friends.' His popularity sky-rocketed following a heart-warming reunion between Norm and his human, Tyler Lopez earlier this week. On Friday, a stranger mistook Norm for a pregnant cat in distress and took him to the Front Street Animal Shelter where staff recognized him from his Facebook page. Norm now has an identification chip and will be hosting a pub crawl to benefit the shelter on Aug. 31, 2013.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Ann Gershenzon, 89, performs in the Sacramento Community Adult Tappers Holiday Showcase on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. She received a standing ovation and big cheers when she exited the stage and kicked up her heel. Ann has danced since she was a child and continues to attend tap dancing class weekly at River City Taps. Ann died in June after a brief illness, her family said.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • First grade spelling bee contestants, Dejah Holloway, and Sannan Tate relax and read while waiting to compete during the spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. Gwen Fleming started the Spelling Bee 11 years ago as a fun way to help children improve their reading.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • I Care: Wilkie
    Under a gray-blue sky streaked with pale yellow, Wilkie Liang lowers an American Flag in front of the Hall of Justice on Freeport Boulevard. He quietly walks through an empty parking lot before sunset. He reverently folds the flag into a triangle and places it securely in a drawer. Liang takes on many duties as a Volunteer in Police Service. His most sentimental contribution is making sure the flag flies on weekends and holidays, when the police and fire headquarters are closed. Liang is a Vietnam veteran who served with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He has known men who died in war. "You could say it's a personal thing," Liang says. "There's a purpose and a meaning behind raising and lowering the flag. It's because of respect and honor for the veterans. It's remembering them for their sacrifice."
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • The Fight Part 2
    Devin Johnson prepares to transfer himself from his bed to his motorized wheelchair while getting ready to go to school in his Carmichael apartment May 1, 2013. Johnson suffered a severe spinal cord injury on May 14, 2012 while training as a mixed martial artist at Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness gym in Sacramento.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jill Metteer, left, riding horse, Pickup, and Teri Petretti, riding horse, Glory, finish up a horseback ride at Hidden Falls Regional Park May 22, 2013. The park, located in Auburn, has been recently expanded from 200 acres to 1,200 acres. The friends, both of whom live in Auburn, eagerly awaited the opening of the expanded park and were among the first to come experience the new trails.
    Autumn Payne | The Sacramento Bee
  • A taxidermy giraffe created by Jon Verwoest of Marysville and Grady Miller of Olivehurst is loaded into a truck to ship to the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson, Arizona, May 24, 2013. They did the taxidermy work in the "man cave" of their friend, Eric Nelson, of Rio Oso. Helping with the move are Grady Miller, left, and Eric Nelson.
    Autumn Payne | The Sacramento Bee
  • Tina Reynolds, center, hugs Nicola Simmersbach at the Sacramento County Clerk's Office June 28, 2013. Simmersbach and her fiancee, Diana Luiz, just applied for a marriage license and hope to say their vows tonight. Behind them is Reynolds' wife, Kate Moore. They were married in 2008. The stay on same-sex marriage was lifted this afternoon and the county clerk extended office hours until 7pm tonight to allow more time for couples to marry before they close for the weekend.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Secretary Ray LaHood comes to town Monday to present Sacramento with $135 million to expand light rail to Cosumnes River College
    Mayor Kevin Johnson and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg share a light moment during a light rail expansion press conference. Obama's point man on rail, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came to town Monday to present Sacramento with $135 million to expand light rail to Cosumnes River College.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets
    NBA Commissioner Davis Stern gets a Kings hard hat placed on his head by Mayor Kevin Johnson, a gift, during a halftime tribute to Stern at the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets opening night game at Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    Cal Worthington stands in front of one of his barns on his ranch in Orland, Calif. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Worthington, 92, made millions selling cars in California making a name for himself with his witty car commercials which were live on television starting in the 1950's. He spends most of his time on his 24,000 acre ranch in Orland where he grows olives, almonds and grazes 1,000 head of cattle. He still owns and flies his Lear jet with his son Rod. Worthington died in September.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • 50 dogs from animal shelter flown to Boise
    Dogs in crates at Executive Airport are checked before they are loaded on a plane on Monday, December 9, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. With assistance from the national nonprofit Wings of Rescue, 50 dogs at the city's Front Street Animal shelter were crated, loaded into vehicles and driven to Executive Airport where they were loaded onto a plane bound for the Idaho Humane Society in Boise, Idaho where they will be put up for adoption.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Fire destroys vacant commercial building
    Smoke engulfs firefighters who battle a three-alarm fire which destroyed a vacant commercial building that once housed Adventure Sports on Watt Avenue in Sacramento, Calif. on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Sac-Joaquin basketball playoffs
    Todd Crivelloduring, left, Matthew Smrekar, center, and Colfax "Cole" Nordquist sit on the bench following their 60-57 loss to Sheldon during their Sac-Joaquin Basketball Championship game at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday, March 1, 2013.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Boat crosses Donner Lake
    A boat motors across the reflective Donner Lake contrasted with cabins and snow along the shore on Monday, December 30, 2013 in Truckee, Calif.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Law enforcement officers gather to honor fallen comrads
    Mark Corral, an honor guard member with the Los Angeles Airport Police, salutes during the 37th Annual Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony in Sacramento, Calif. on Monday, May 6, 2013. Twelve law enforcement officers were honored, two of whom died last year. Thousands of law enforcement officers from jurisdictions throughout California united at the State Capitol to honor and memorialize two California peace officers who died in the line of duty on Monday, May 6, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Kids learn yoga
    Sequoya Jeoonek, 7, stretches during the first day of his Yoga Seedlings Kids Camp at the Yoga Seed Collective on Monday, August 12, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. The Yoga Seed Collective invites parents to send their children back to school with a yoga tool-kit in their pocket.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Jessica Sandin watches through a fence as her husband Lt. Christopher Sandin departs from Mather Field. The California Army National Guard's Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, takes off from Mather Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The company will train at Fort Hood in Texas before going to Afghanistan.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • A cyclist heads west along the American River Parkway bike trail near the Capitol City Freeway underpass Tuesday morning as the sun rises over Sacramento.
    Tim Reese | treese@sacbee.com
  • BOD Alpha K9
    Kevin Cameron pets Dasko, his 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, who helps him as he suffers from severe PTSD. The founder of Alpha K9, a nonprofit organization that train service dogs for veterans with PTSD, is asking Book of Dreams readers for supplies to build dog kennels. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams, Spidell Family
    Nesha Spidell, 19, cradles her little sister, Khya Polk-Thompson, 2, near the front door while waiting for her mom to come inside, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Khya was born with a brain malformation incompatible with life and her mother was told she wouldn't survive past birth. Khya lived for 2 years but passed away Friday, Nov. 22. Because of her journey, helping to care for her little sister, Nesha wants to become a nurse. The family is asking Book of Dreams readers for 3 laptops for the family. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • "Homegoing Celebration" of the life and and ministry of Bishop Sherwood Clay Carthen
    Charlene Carthen, wife of Bishop Carthen, stands in worship with her children and grandchildren behind her during a "Homegoing Celebration" of the life and ministry of Bishop Sherwood Clay Carthen, minister of Bayside of South Sacramento, Friday, October 4, 2013, at Capital Christian Center.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Page Turner
    Priscilla Wong, 22, reads from her bed as she waits patiently for her mom to turn the pages of her book, Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Priscilla was born with nemaline rod myopathy, a rare form of muscular dystrophy and has no use of her arms or legs. She is an avid reader and recently graduated from UC Davis. Wong's family is asking Book of Dreams Readers for an automatic page turner. She frequently reads in bed at night and currently requires a family member or an attendant to turn her pages. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Patrick the painted patrol horse
    Sacramento Police Department's mounted unit officer Kate McLoughlin gets her new partner Patrick a drink in a fountain while out on patrol along K and 13th Streets in downtown Sacramento on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kondos
    Gregory Kondos, who turns 90 this year, poses at the Crocker Art Gallery. He had a special exhibit "A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos".
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
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    Phillies starting pitcher Lanton Tuiileila lines up a pitch before each delivery to the plate in Thursday afternoons Grant Little League game at Del Paso Elementary School in Del Paso Heights. Grant Little League has been reborn after a long absence in one of Sacramento poorest neighborhoods. New city councilman Allen Warren helped pull it together.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Twiggy, a Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix, plays chase on Wednesday night, August 7, 2013 at Sutter's Landing dog park, one of Sacramento's most popular and interesting dog parks at the deadened of 28th Street. On most Wednesday evenings, about 15-20 dog owners from South Land Park, Midtown, the Pocket and South Sac gather there to share wine and share their dog love.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Tiana Oliver, 11, climbs the remains of a structure in the old gold rush town of Mormon Island with friends Hannah Bellavance, 9, and Genevieve Bellavance, 11, right. Due to the low water levels in Folsom Lake, the old gold rush town is beginning to appear. It hasn't been seen since 1955 when the area was flooded for Folsom Dam. Some foundations and relics can be seen on the ground, but most of the town is still underwater.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • May Day
    Alica Parra, of Sacramento, performs with the Danza Mexica dance group during the May Day rally at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. An estimated 200 people representing unions, and workers attended and listened to speakers talk of unionizing and immigration reform.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Seagulls fly over AT&T Park in the ninth inning in Monday nights World Baseball Classic semi-final game between the Netherlands and Dominican Republic at AT&T Park in San Francisco. March 18, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • RAIN
    A woman walks in a downpour on May 6, 2013 at Capitol and 17th Streets early Monday evening in Sacramento, Calif.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Seven year old Giants fan Caden Almekinder of Ventura, Calif., waits for Giants players to emerge from the clubhouse before Friday afternoons spring training game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona. March 8, 2013. The game was cancelled after the third delay in the top of the second inning.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and wife Michelle Rhee respond to cheers from the sold out crowd on Wednesday night, October 30, 2013, the NBA season opener between the Sacramento Kings and the Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive after signing a banner that will hang in the Sleep Train Arena at the Sacramento Kings rally on Thursday night, May 23, 2013 at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins prepares with less than a minute in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, the NBA season opener between the Sacramento Kings and the Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Spartan cornerback Jimmy Pruitt drops a pass intended for Hornet receiver Morris Norrise in the first quarter on Thursday night in the season opener between the Sacramento State Hornets and San Jose State Spartans on August 29, 2013 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    49ers Colin Kaepernick scrambles for fifteen yards in the first quarter during the San Francisco 49ers home opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco California.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh screams out at the 49ers defense in the third quarter during the San Francisco 49ers home opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco California.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    The Oak Ridge Trojans celebrate after singing the school fight song after the 20-17 victory on Friday night, September 20, 2013 between visiting Oak Ridge and Grant High School in Del Paso Heights.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • GRANT_OAK_RIDGE
    Trojans Camden Cicchetti kisses his mother Tammi Cicchetti following Friday nights game on, September 20, 2013 between visiting Oak Ridge and Grant High School in Del Paso Heights.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • gay marriage
    Emily Gaines, 22, kisses her partner Alyssa Beatty, 23, after being married on Friday night, June 28, 2013 at the Sacramento County Courthouse in Sacramento, California.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • murder victims
    Rochelle Ortega of South Sacramento, Calif., catches a butterfly on her finger following a buttery release at the north steps of the California State Capitol on Wednesday evening, September 25, 2013 on National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Ortega's son died January 24, 2013. Anthony Navarro was walking on 39th Street south of Broadway in Oak Park when an unknown shooter fired from a passing vehicle, according to Sacramento police. Navarro was hit several times and died later at a hospital.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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