Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Repeat Friday: The weather on Thursday was good for hanging around the pool and staying indoors. Sacramento’s high of 96 degrees was several degrees above normal for early August -- but pretty much what can be expected in the summer around here. Another hot afternoon is expected Friday. A high of 94 degrees is forecast. On the National Weather Service meteorological horizon is a break: 89 degrees on Monday.
Court surprise: The case against Deepal Wannakuwatte was already one for the books: a successful immigrant businessman, owner of a professional tennis team, admitting he had perpetrated one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Sacramento history. Then on Thursday things turned really crazy. In front of a courtroom full of investment victims expecting to see him be sentenced to prison, Wannakuwatte fired his lawyer, claiming he had been coerced into pleading guilty. U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley then postponed sentencing indefinitely, apologizing to the victims but declaring their disappointment was trumped by Wannakuwatte’s right to be represented in court by a lawyer.
District change: Patrick Kennedy will step down today as trustee and president of the Sacramento City Unified School District board as he awaits his new post on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. Gabe Ross, spokesman for the school district, said First Vice President Darrel Woo is in line to take Kennedy’s place as school board president for the balance of this year.
Talk soccer in live chat: The Sacramento Bee’s Ryan Lillis, just back from Portland – where he covered talks involving the Sacramento Kings, the city and Sacramento Republic FC – will host a live chat at 11:30 a.m. today to talk about Sacramento’s soccer future. Join him to share your comments and questions at www.sacbee.com/live.
Upset drivers: The street fight between the city of Sacramento and some taxi drivers has escalated again over the city requirement that cabbies prove they understand English at a basic level.
Travel alert: Those about to embark on a tropical vacation, heed this warning – Hurricanes Iselle and Julio are bearing down on Hawaii, especially the Big Island. Check with your airlines before you depart.
Gold out, Americana in: Gold Rush Days has been canceled this year due to the drought, but “Americana” will be celebrated in Old Sacramento in a four-day line-up of activities and entertainment over the Labor Day weekend.
Local sports: Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings, (preseason), 5 p.m., (Channel 58, KHTK 1140)
San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals, 5:10 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
Sacramento River Cats at Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)
Minnesota Twins at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950)