Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Sunny sounds: No rain is forecast for today, but plenty of sun is predicted. Those lucky enough to be heading to Wheatland’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre tonight to hear Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell sing “Black Hole Sun” will enjoy cool temperatures after a sunny day. The high today in Sacramento is expected to be a warm 93 degrees, cooling to 62 degrees overnight. So maybe take a sweater for the inevitable moment when Cornell warbles “Black hole sun/Won’t you come/And wash away the rain/Black hole sun/Won’t you come/Won’t you come.”
Jail interviews: Speaking to The Sacramento Bee from the Sacramento County jail, Lodi-area terror suspect Nicholas Teausant said he would not have acted against his own country. Teausant said he is not dangerous but the victim, in part, of his own words and boasts to an informant and an undercover FBI agent.
Death penalty thrown out: A federal judge on Tuesday threw out the death penalty of a transient who fatally stabbed a man 33 years ago on a bank of the American River in Sacramento, then fled in the victim’s car. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton adopted the recommendation of a magistrate judge that a lesser sentence be imposed on Larry Junior Webster, unless the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office initiates a retrial of the penalty phase within 90 days.
Smoking, barbecuing curbed: Sacramento County supervisors imposed emergency restrictions Tuesday on smoking along the American River Parkway and barbecuing in all county parks, citing increased fire risks from the ongoing drought. Smoking will no longer be permitted in nature areas and unpaved trails along the 23-mile American River Parkway. At all county parks, including the parkway, barbecue cookers will be limited to designated picnic areas or beaches, depending on the type of fuel used.
Teen reovering from quake: Nick Dillon said he is “hanging in there” after a nine-hour surgery for injuries to his pelvis that he suffered during Sunday’s earthquake in Napa. Dillon, 13, who is being treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, was hit in the back by bricks from the family’s chimney. “I’m still a little scared,” he said. “I really don’t know what to expect. Either way, I’m going to stay on top of things.”
Warming concerns: Scientist Dana Nuccitelli will discuss and answer questions today about the latest research into the possible links between climate change and California wildfires, drought and projections of their future in a warming world. The discussion is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the SMUD Headquarters Auditorium, 6201 S St., Sacramento. Nuccitelli is an environmental scientist, risk assessor and climate blogger for The Guardian and Skeptical Science.com.
Local sports: Sacramento Republic FC is on a five-match USL Pro winning streak with a chance to climb into second place entering today’s 7:30 p.m. critical match against the Charleston Battery at Bonney Field. On Tuesday, Republic FC announced that its Sept. 13 first-round USL Pro playoff match is a sellout. The team reported that about 1,100 tickets went on sale Tuesday and were gone by 10:45 a.m.
Oakland A’s at Houston Astros, 5:10 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Sacramento River Cats at Nashville Sounds, 7 p.m. (taped; subject to change, KSTE 650)
Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)