Good morning. Heres what you need to know today:
A tad warmer: Temperatures are expected to ratchet up a couple of degrees on Friday, but the Delta breeze is still fairly strong. The wind pushing from the ocean to the valley will prevent temperatures from getting too hot. The high in Sacramento is expected to be 90 degrees. The weekend looks about the same. No 100-degree readings are forecast for Sacramento during in next 7 days by the National Weather Service.
Deadly chase: More than an hour Wednesday afternoon, a growing cavalcade of Stockton police officers pursued a sport-utility vehicle throughout the streets and highways of northern San Joaquin County, undeterred by what authorities described as a barrage of gunfire from as many as four firearms held by the suspects. Inside the SUV were three, then two, then a final hostage held against her will by three suspected bank robbers. According to the police account, dozens of officers and untold bystanders stood at risk as stray rounds pierced homes, parked cars and patrol cruisers. About 67 of them passed before the gunfire ceased and the sirens were silenced, revealing among the worst possible outcomes: The final hostage, along with two of her captors, was dead.
Murder trial ordered: Nine cigarette butts and a couple of apparent lies to the cops led a Sacramento Superior Court judge Thursday to order a murder trial for Ryan Roberts in the killing of Jessica Funk-Haslam in Rosemont two years ago.
New leader: Sacramento City Unified trustees voted Thursday night to name José L. Banda as the districts new superintendent, concluding a search that began about seven months ago when Superintendent Jonathan Raymond departed.
Lawsuit filed: The Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a new Sacramento County panhandling ordinance as unconstitutional. Supervisors unanimously passed the ordinance in May, which prohibits aggressive panhandling anywhere in the unincorporated county and bans solicitation specifically at street medians, banks, ATMs and gas stations.
Checkpoint north of downtown: The Sacramento Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and driver license checkpoint tonight on 16th Street near C Street. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for five to seven hours, according to police.
Day 8: The California State Fair continues at Cal Expo. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will peform at 8 p.m. today on the Golden 1 Stage. Heres The Bees guide to the fair.
Peachy: Marysville expects 30,000 people to come into town today and Saturday for its 15th annual Peach Festival. The seat of Yuba County once produced half of all canned peaches in the world, and since 1999, has been offering a free, two-day festival celebrating the fruit.
Local sports: San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins, 4:10 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).
Sacramento River Cats at Albuquerque, 7 p.m. (taped; KSTE 650).
Baltimore Orioles at Oakland As, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)