Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Cool for August: It appears that Sacramento may sneak out of August with just one 100-degree day. That exceptionally hot day occurred on the first day of the month when the temperature hit 107 degrees. On several days the temperature has come close to 100, including Thursday when it was 99 degrees. However, there have been seven days with a maximum temperature in the 80s and one day when the thermometer only registered 78 degrees. That’s a far cry from other boiling Sacramento Augusts when there have been more than a dozen days of 100 degrees or higher. As recently as August 1998, there were 16 days with maximum temperatures of 100 degrees or higher. This month is expected to finish with hot, but not fiery temperatures in the low 90s.
New policies for mentally ill inmates: Four months after a federal judge in Sacramento declared that conditions for mentally ill inmates in the state’s prisons were “horrific,” California corrections officials unveiled sweeping new policies that will house them in specially designed units, provide greater time out of their cells and offer vastly increased treatment for the ill prisoners. The new policies, outlined in a filing Friday in federal court, dramatically alter the manner in which tens of thousands of state prison inmates are to be treated, and are designed to reduce the number of prisoner suicides and deaths.
Cal Expo robbers sentenced: A judge sentenced two men who robbed a Cal Expo food vendor of more than $200,000 during the California State Fair four years ago to prison terms Friday, though one walked free after the sentencing because he’d served his time in jail awaiting trial.
Supervisor to be investigated: The state’s political watchdog agency announced Friday it will investigate whether Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters illegally voted on Mather Airport projects near her commercial property. The Fair Political Practices Commission for several weeks conducted an initial review of Peters’ record after The Sacramento Bee reported that she approved dozens of improvements at Mather Field despite having an ownership stake in two office buildings and land at the former air base.
Puente’s tale revisited: The 20th anniversary re-issue of “The Bone Garden,” a book by former Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney William P. Wood, details what may be the most macabre murders in Sacramento’s history. Turner Publishing Company recently released the book again two decades after the first publication of the work, which offers an insider’s look at the murders committed by Dorothea Montalvo Puente, who ran a boardinghouse in midtown.
Sky’s the limit: Big Sky Conference teams UC Davis and Sacramento State begin their football seasons today. The Aggies will play at Stanford at 1 p.m. (PAC 12, KNBR 1050, KHTK 1140, ESPN 1320), while the Hornets will take on Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, at 4 p.m. (KTKZ 1380). Here are The Sacramento Bee’s season previews for the Aggies and Hornets.
Other local sports: Sacramento Republic FC at Wilmington Hammerheads, 4:30 p.m.
Oakland A’s at Los Angeles Angels, 6:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants, 6:05 p.m. (Channel 31, KNBR 680)
Reno Aces at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)