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John Weed tows Eppie Johnson's kayak leading as he leads a flotilla of kayaks that will float down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual EppieÕs Great Race. Johnson, who died in September, began Eppie's Race 41 years ago at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.

AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Monday

Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 - 6:29 am

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Heat is on: Hot, hot, hot. Monday is expected to be the hottest day of the week with a high of 105 degrees forecast for Sacramento. After today, look for temperatures to plummet to a manageable 93 on Tuesday and even cooler later in the week. Until then, jump in a pool, luxuriate in air conditioning or head to Osaka-Ya, 2215 10th St., for some shaved ice.

Shingles infections on the rise: Infections tied to chickenpox are on the upswing in most age groups.

Shootout outside hookah bar: A predawn shoot-out in the parking lot of a hookah bar and a liquor store on Fulton Avenue north of Alta Arden Expressway Sunday killed one and wounded as many as four others.

Is gold the new green?: The city of Sacramento thinks so and is offering lawn signs that say as much to residents who are saving water in response to the drought by allowing their lawns to go brown.

Day 4: The California State Fair continues today at Cal Expo. The new Dream Big exhibit, aimed at children 10 and younger, showcases career options in the Golden State, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. Read The Bee’s guide.

Local sports: Sacramento Republic FC at Charlotte Eagles, 4 p.m.

Oakland A’s players Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson will take part in today’s Home Run Derby (ESPN, 5 p.m.), part of the All-Star Game festivities from Minneapolis. Cespedes is the defending Home Run Derby champion.

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