Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Time - and heat - of the season: What did you expect? It’s Sacramento, it’s Labor Day, and it’s going to be hot. That’s what National Weather Service forecasters say, pointing to 98 degrees - though 100 is not out of the question - as the predicted high Monday, the traditional cutoff for summer sensibilities. Conditions will soften as the week progresses, the NWS says, with highs decreasing to about 90.
Fighting for their lives: The family’s physician says the disease afflicting Raul Gonzalez and his daughter Lizvet “gets you in the heart.” But they and their whole family continue the fight, even though Huntington’s disease - which attacks with the worst symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia - always kills. The family and their doctors hold tight to thin strands of hope, but the struggle is part of each day.
On track with light rail extension: It’s a tight schedule, but Regional Transit officials say they have time to make sure the trains run on time as they look to completion of the Blue Line, which will extend RT rail service to the south area, anchored at Cosumnes River College. The Sept. 6, 2015, deadline to complete the extension project - and thereby hold onto a pile of federal money millions of dollars high - is fast approaching, sure, but, “we feel comfortable we can open on that date,” says RT project manager Ed Scofield.
Labor Day tradition: The Sacramento Central Labor Council will host its Labor Day Picnic from 3:30 to 8 p.m. today at William Land Park. Union members and their families are asked to gather at the southeast corner of the park, Freeport Boulevard and Sutterville Road.
Stretch out the long weekend: Sacramento is rolling out the mats today for its third annual Free Day of Yoga at studios across the county. More than 20 yoga studios will offer 40 free classes, ranging from more intensive “hot yoga” classes to relaxing meditative sessions. Participants can find the free yoga schedule on the web, and are encouraged to bring loose clothing and an open mind. Yoga mats can be rented or borrowed at most studios.
More legal trouble for 49ers: Another 49ers player is in trouble with the law, this time defensive end Ray McDonald. He was arrested Sunday morning and accused on committing domestic violence on his pregnant fiancee. This comes immediately after teammate Aldon Smith was suspended for the first nine games of the season as punishment for his off-field miss-steps.
Local sports: Reno Aces at Sacramento River Cats, 1:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)
Seattle Mariners at Oakland A’s, 1:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies, 1:10 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)