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Every Fourth of July animal shelters are inundated with dogs and cats that bolt their homes to flee the boom and flash of fireworks.
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You know George Washington and John Hancock as founding fathers. But what about George Washington, successful whiskey distiller? Or John Hancock, fortified wine importer?
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Almost 40 years after fixing B-26 bombers during the Vietnam War, Cleo Downs was terrified when his neighbors began lighting fireworks in their Elk Grove cul-de-sac.
Placer County law enforcement agencies are ramping up their drunk driving enforcement for the coming holiday weekend with an “Avoid the 7” DUI task force.
Local law enforcement will be out in force over the July 4th weekend to patrol for drunk driving.
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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.
The prohibition applies to rural areas that are not within the boundaries of an incorporated city or town. It also applies to unincorporated communities such as Penryn, Newcastle, North Auburn, Granite Bay, Meadow Vista, Foresthill, Tahoe City and Kings Beach.

Farm to fork? These farmers specialize in field to floor. On Apple Hill, it’s looking a lot like Christmas, which is just the way tree farmers like it.

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