Two homes were damaged Wednesday afternoon in south Sacramento after a two-alarm shed fire spread to the houses, according to the Sacramento Fire Department.

Cal Expo General Manager Rick Pickering is looking to steadily make modest changes that attract new visitors to the 160-year-old fair, while keeping those that already love the fair coming back.

Basketball hall of famer Michael Jordan will be the featured guest at Sunday’s annual banquet for St. Hope, the nonprofit organization founded by Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Four Northern California mystery writers will appear onstage in conversation with each other. It will be a “panel discussion,” of sorts, in which the authors will collectively answer questions about how they do what they do, talk about their main character and explain why the mystery-thriller genres are so enduringly popular.

Tribal factions agree to a binding general election to settle the question of who controls a $100 million-a-year casino in Corning, averting a long legal fight.

A power outage in northern Land Park and southern Midtown left about 2,000 people without electricity for about an hour.

Philip Harvey, a member of the city’s Planning and Design Commission and vice president of Petrovich Development, has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine for improperly influencing city decisions over Petrovich’s Curtis Park Village project, the state’s political watchdog agency said Monday.

The Roberts Family Development Center recently became home to a summer literacy program sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund. This is the first time the Freedom Schools program has come to Sacramento. The center is one of 132 Freedom Schools in the nation.

The Sacramento Fire Department broke its trend of hiring within the organization with its newly appointed fire chief, Walt White. Since his first day on the job on July 2, the region, in the throes of its fire season, has kept him busy. He has already been called to address multiple fires, including one on July 4 near Raging Waters water park at Cal Expo, where thousands of visitors were evacuated.

The city of Sacramento currently limits residents to running their lawn sprinklers two days a week, which should be enough to keep lawns alive and green, experts say. But ignoring watering restrictions could lead to firmer limits if it doesn’t rain soon.

The Sacramento County grand jury says the county Probation Department is spending about $2 million a year to maintain closed juvenile facilities while failing to offer the long-term residential treatment programs those facilities once housed.

Muhammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen who was kidnapped and burned to death Wednesday in Jerusalem, was a sweet, peaceful boy, his relatives in Sacramento said Thursday.

“In Season, Sacramento” has been selected as the slogan that civic promoters hope will help shape the Sacramento region’s identity at home and beyond.

Jesuit High School’s robotics team recently bested universities from around the world for the second year in a row in a competition that required students to operate a robot underwater.

Three and a half months after Hassan Alawsi was shot to death in a Home Depot parking lot off Florin Road, his dream of sharing his art with the world came true at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

An uptick in dead birds testing positive for West Nile virus this summer prompted the region’s mosquito control agency to spray some Sacramento neighborhoods with pesticides on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Local faith groups are finding ways to participate in the international dialogue surrounding the high profile murder of three Israeli teenagers and subsequent Israeli military response in the Gaza Strip.

Apparently, Sacramento really is a soccer town, at least as long as the U.S. and hometown Republic FC teams are playing.

California officials are struggling to get water agencies and diverters to comply with recent orders to stop drawing water from streams amid the drought. Only 31 percent have complied.

Areas south of downtown Sacramento will undergo a second consecutive night of aerial mosquito spraying on Tuesday after numerous bird and mosquito samples in the area tested positive for West Nile virus.

Chief viewed photos of ‘nude and scantily-clad women on his work computer,’ the report says.

What makes one type of fireworks safe for consumers and another a hazard? Is the common sparkler just as dangerous as a Roman candle? You might be surprised.

Every morning between medical appointments and English lessons, Taha Hammood sits in his Arden Arcade apartment and Skypes with his wife, Hiba, and two small children in Baghdad, where the fighting between Sunni Muslim insurgents and the Shiite Muslim-led government draws closer each day.

NASA chief Charles Bolden is scheduled to tour the Aerojet facility in Rancho Cordova today – a visit that reflects the company’s significant role in the agency’s quest to send man back into deep space, and eventually to Mars.

Some people play golf on the weekends or go wine tasting. I have a buddy who fixes up old Studebakers. Carrie Holler? Her hobby is taking care of a gang of feral cats that lives in some bushes near the Sacramento River.

Beneath the elevated light-rail tracks that run across busy Florin Road, Alicia Villasenor cleans the gang-related graffiti that is highly visible to motorists, pedestrians and Luther Burbank High School students. She’s among eight teens hired by the City of Sacramento for its yearlong graffiti abatement program.

State officials and the city of Sacramento finalized an agreement Friday that will allow developers to take control of the 700 block of K Street, finally paving the way for the start of a pivotal redevelopment project in the blighted area.

Mark Reddick won’t ride his bike on Stockton Boulevard, parts of Broadway or on I Street. Still, he said he has been hit by cars while riding when drivers pulled too quickly out of alleyways.

Two types of non-native water snakes have gained a foothold in the Sacramento region, and scientists fear their spread could imperil endangered native species.

A three-alarm fire in south Sacramento this evening burned two houses, a detached garage and numerous vehicles on the lot of an auto repair shop.

Calling his behavior “a crime and a sin,” local Catholic Church officials will ask the Vatican to defrock a disgraced Davis priest after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape of a teenage parishioner.

Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers Jr. says a private social media site is making his department more effective.

A 15-unit vacant apartment complex in Oak Park is being torn down after the city of Sacramento went to court and had it declared a public nuisance.

Last week, the enormous plywood displays for Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Tuolumne counties were transported to Cal Expo, placed among other county exhibits and readied for the California State Fair’s 700,000 visitors.

See what The Bee's Ryan Lillis had to say during a live chat focusing on construction details for the new downtown Sacramento arena, a project scheduled to begin soon.

All the talk about a new Kings arena in Sacramento will get real in late July, when construction crews start working 17 hours, six days a week. Some days, they’ll be there round the clock hauling heavy materials and enormous pieces of equipment into the heart of downtown.

Sacramento homeowners struggling to stuff all their yard waste into the city’s green bins now have a new place to send it: the Sacramento Zoo.

A 15-unit apartment complex in Oak Park, recently declared a public nuisance by the Sacramento Superior Court, will be demolished Thursday by the property owner

Hundreds of cash hunters ransacked Sacramento State and Capitol Park during a Hidden Cash treasure hunt Tuesday.

Roger Niello, president and CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce since 2012, announced he will not seek renewal of his contract at year’s end.

At the Front Street Animal Shelter, one building is much quieter than usual. It houses more than 40 of the loudest dogs – breeds such as boxers and bulldogs. Yet their barks are muffled and less piercing than the sound that reverberates down a separate run just next door, where fewer dogs are housed.

In their opening statements Monday, the four defense lawyers also took on the role of prosecutors in the murder trial of their clients who are charged in the fatal south side barbershop shootout where a young mother died protecting her 2-year-old son from stray bullets.

Sacramento has a beer week, a bacon week and a Farm-to-Fork Week, but until now it hasn’t had a week celebrating its signature food product: the tomato.

Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento mayor who likes to do things big, looked right at home running the show here this weekend.

The driving force behind the wildly popular Hidden Cash treasure hunt that started in Sacramento today is a Sacramento State graduate and millionaire who said he launched the city-by-city cash spree to give back to the community “in a creative way.”

The young mountain lion caught in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood late Saturday likely was looking to stake out new territory for itself, experts said. While this is normal behavior, it does not mean such incidents will become more common.

Sacramento County’s latest dental-care crisis appears to have been averted for now during a meeting Monday at the Capitol.

Adults in their prime have traditionally supported the nation’s seniors. So what happens when the ratio of working-age adults to older adults plummets? California is about to find out.

A pair of muralists say their first memories of growing up in Sacramento involve painting in their backyards and roaming farmers markets.

The Hidden Cash scavenger hunt twitter account is divulging a few more hints on how the game is slated to go down Sacramento this week.

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