The death of NFL star Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son has attracted a flood of public attention. Some of that attention should be focused on the ongoing epidemic of child abuse.

"Moneyball" is always an exhilarating story until the final chapter when a happy ending never comes.

He was part of a team of reporters who won the Pulitzer for the Washington Post’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2008, even as he concealed his illegal status and agonized over the small and big lies he told while pursuing his dreams.

It's a sound that won't soon be forgotten. It was part unrestrained joy and part defiant wail. It came from deep within the guts of an A's fan base often accused of having none. It bespoke a passion this franchise is not supposed to be able to inspire.

This was a kind of loud that roiled the intestines and damaged the ears. It was primal and as intimidating as any crowd can be while waving cheap yellow towels.

A refashioned City Council will likely do what past councils would not – put the strong-mayor issue on the ballot for Sacramento voters to decide.

Sacramento City Manager John Shirey and Sacramento City Treasurer Russ Fehr have a story to tell about the proposed arena that puts it in a sober context devoid of the hype of arena boosters.

As publicity stunts go, this one achieved maximum impact: Shaquille O’Neal blew into town as the unlikeliest of new Kings owners – a jaw dropper since O’Neal was the rival player most responsible for preventing a Kings championship a decade ago. He also infamously coined the phrase “Sacramento Queens” to mock the local team. But on Tuesday, O’Neal had attracted one of the best attended news conferences in recent memory and hoisted the first lady of California over his head.

Being a newspaper journalist and a practicing Catholic can be a life spent confronting humility on a daily basis. People often proclaim the two institutions are in decline, irrelevant or dying.

I honestly don’t care if Seattle ever gets an NBA team. But I do hope billionaire Chris Hansen is forever frustrated in his bid to be an NBA boss for the smarmy stunt he pulled in Sacramento.

In absence of federal immigration reform that would confer legal status upon workers California needs, granting drivers licenses to the undocumented is a nod by California legislators toward economic reality and human decency.

Without Chris Hansen's money, there isn't much of an anti-arena campaign left in Sacramento.

I'll be running a 10K in downtown Sacramento today – a community gathering to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Participating in this race is part of a personal quest for fitness, one in which I've lost more than 70 pounds in 2 1/2 years of eating properly and exercising regularly.

Of all the River Cats players who have driven here from Raley Field to make a big impact in an A's uniform recently, Daric Barton has to be the most unlikely.

On the first day of school, on a campus recently on life support, hope greeted children Tuesday morning as the bell rang for instruction at Father Keith B. Kenny Elementary.

Geoffrey Propheter is a budding sports economist whose studies have shown that most public subsidies of sports arenas do not make fiscal sense.

There is a way for Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen to make it right with everyone – Sacramento, Seattle and the NBA – for his failed plot to manipulate Sacramento's politics.

Losing baseball has a certain inevitability to it. You can feel it and dread it from the first inning. You know the mistakes you've been making have cost you games, but you make them anyway.

The young man who helped expose Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen as the source behind money spent to scuttle a downtown arena in Sacramento is the same young man quietly building a force in regional politics.

Beyond the hilarity of a Seattle hedge fund billionaire making a donkey out of himself while trying to manipulate Sacramento politics, there is a larger point to be made about representative government in the state capital.

For the longest time, it was difficult to put into words why I love Sacramento – why we love Sacramento.

Lovely Raley Field was packed Thursday night as it has been so many times for Triple-A baseball. But this time, throngs filled the yard in West Sacramento for soccer – a sport ready to be embraced fully by the Sacramento region.

Neighborhood watch means watch. It means being the eyes and ears for police without crossing a line that civilians should not cross.

It's not every day that an English Premier League soccer team comes to Sacramento. In fact, Thursday night will be a first when Norwich City headlines an exhibition at Raley Field that could be a milestone in the ultimate goal of bringing a Major League Soccer team to Sacramento.

I want to support the parents of children in some of Sacramento's poorer neighborhoods who have alleged racial bias in a lawsuit aimed at halting the closure of seven neighborhood schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

After the Giants dropped 10 games below .500 Wednesday, Matt Cain insisted there was nothing physically wrong with him to explain why he couldn't survive a single inning in the worst start of his career.

Mandeep Chahal just went through her graduation ceremony at UC Davis. She spent the Fourth of July watching fireworks with her family, as she has for most of her 22-year-old life.

The nature of faith is to believe in something larger than yourself.

Assimilation doesn't happen overnight, but it does happen. Where I once pulled for Mexico over the U.S., I'm now fully with the Yanks.

When justice was finally served and same-sex couples began to marry in California late Friday afternoon, my thoughts shifted to people who oppose marriage equality on religious grounds.

The crowds have left the side of Uriel Ojeda, the former "rock star" priest facing criminal charges that he sexually molested a young girl.

On the eve of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could decide the fate of marriage equality, several annoyances are ruining the majesty of the moment for me.

In the code of the Giants' clubhouse, what happens on the field stays on the field.

From a Sacramento office where he sits as president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, Paul Wenger is a key figure in the national immigration reform debate.

Love never dies. It endures between a father and his children long after the father is gone. It can be personal, as it is with me and others reflecting on memories of our dads today.

When Nate Frei- man's soft, seeing-eye single dropped into left field, ending an 18-inning marathon in favor of the amazing A's on Thursday, Mariano Rivera's shoulders slumped, and his inner warrior was momentarily crestfallen. It was as if Rivera couldn't believe the A's had just beaten him and his Yankees – and then he could.

Making certain that the financing of a downtown arena never landed on a public ballot was one of the key triumphs of a shrewd political strategy to secure the future of the Kings in Sacramento.

When our loved ones die, all of us can torture ourselves with questions that can never be answered by the person we miss.

Time and again, Barry Zito stands between the Giants and oblivion.

For being so ignorant of its meaning for so long, I feel a twinge of guilt every Memorial Day weekend.

Sometimes a simple weekday ballgame turns into something greater, as it did Wednesday when a superlative talent almost single-handedly beat the Giants and proved not all ballplayers are created equally.

In building cities, it's all about controlling land and assets.

The Kings don't define Sacramento's image, but the effort to keep the team spoke volumes about the community.

The story is so outrageous, it seems unbelievable: A mother walking down a street on a sunny day with her 7- and 4-year-old daughters can only look on in horror as a man pulls up in his car, grabs the older girl, throws her in the trunk and speeds off.

When hedge fund billionaire Chris Hansen on Friday raised his group's now-obscene offer to buy the Kings, lifting the franchise's value to $625 million, two thoughts came to mind:

Buster Posey. He barely played Wednesday, but he was the key figure in a key sequence that led to a key Giants win.

There is a key building that needs to be utilized in Sacramento so surrounding neighborhoods can be lifted beyond blight.

On Feb. 11, 1989, I woke to one of the two happiest days of my life as a slender 26-year-old who easily slipped into his wedding day tuxedo.

Each time a prominent gay person "comes out," a little bit of intolerance dies.

That a key NBA committee would vote 7-0 to block the Kings' relocation to Seattle is a resounding first step. This almost surely means the franchise will remain in Sacramento.

Marcos Breton, news columnist

Marcos Breton

Hello, my name is Marcos Breton and I'm the news columnist with The Sacramento Bee. What's a columnist supposed to do? I'm supposed to make you think, make you laugh, make you mad or make you see an issue in a different way. I'm supposed to connect the dots on issues, people and relationships that cause things to happen or prevent them from happening in our region. I also write a weekly baseball column during the baseball season. I am a voter in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yes, I have voted for Barry Bonds - twice. I am a native of Northern California. I am the son of Mexican immigrants. I've been at The Bee for more than 20 years, and I love Sacramento.

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