Good morning. Heres what you need to know today:
Stay cool: Weather lore says that the California State Fair heralds hot weather: When the Holsteins arrive at Cal Expo barns and the Footsie Wootsies begin their jittery massages of fairgoer feet, temperatures are sure to be in the 100s. Thats apparently the scenario for the 2014 fair, sort of. The fair begins today, but the high is only expected to be around 89 degrees in Sacramento. Hardly hot for Sacramento in July. But hold onto your wide-brimmed hats because the National Weather Service says the weekend will be in the mid-to-upper 90s and 100 degrees is forecast for Monday.
Second heroin death investigated: Last September, Alix Catherine Tichelman called 911 to report that her boyfriend had collapsed and fallen unconscious as she showered in the Georgia home the couple shared. Dean Riopelle, owner of a popular Atlanta nightclub, died shortly thereafter. The medical examiner found heroin in his system and attributed his death to an overdose. Tichelman reportedly told detectives Riopelle had shot up heroin. Finding no evidence to contradict her story, police detectives in the Atlanta suburb of Milton didnt close the case but generally regarded it as an accidental death. Officials say that conclusion is now in question after news broke that Tichelman, described by police as a high-priced call girl from Folsom, had been arrested and accused of injecting a client with a fatal dose of heroin before leaving him to die on a boat moored in the Santa Cruz harbor last fall.
Court appearance today: A man wanted in connection with the June 28 slaying of a woman at a midtown Sacramento apartment was booked into Sacramento County Jail early Thursday. Mohammad Joseph Khan, 34, is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear today in Sacramento Superior Court. Sacramento police reported that Khan, 34, was booked on suspicion of murder in the death of 33-year-old Kelsey Snyder. Khan, who was believed have fled to Mexico following Snyders death, was taken into custody Monday by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Real estate leader dies: Richard Dunnigan, a venerable figure in the real estate community who sold homes in Sacramento before World War II and founded one of the capitals oldest property firms, has died. He was 101.
Opening day: The 2014 California State Fair debuts at 10 a.m. today. Read all about it in The Bees guide. More fair headlines:
An extra kick: Tickets to Republic FC matches at Bonney Field will double as State Fair entrance passes. Soccer fans will use State Fair entrances and stroll through the fairs carnival midway area to get to the new stadium, which sits inside the Cal Expo grounds. Its a marketing convergence that has both team and State Fair officials pleased.
Fine vintages: Mike Dunne, the former longtime wine and food critic for The Bee, shares his thoughts about the State Fairs wine competition and the enjoyments that wine in general can provide during a chat. Also, check out the State Fairs beer winners.
Down the stretch ... : Thoroughbred horse racing returns today to Cal Expo. Heres whats new for this year, which will feature seven days of racing.
Local sports: The Sacramento Kings kick off their summer league season today (7 p.m., NBA-TV) vs. the San Antonio Spurs in Las Vegas. Head coach Michael Malone is preaching ball movement.
• Sacramento Reno Aces at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650).
• Oakland As at Seattle Mariners, 7:10 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KHAI 950).
• Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CW31, KNBR 680).