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Hundreds of California recycling centers close – what now?

The shuttering of hundreds of recycling centers around California has reduced opportunities to cash in bottles and cans while stirring anxiety for grocery store owners who may be forced to start accepting reusable materials themselves. As interest groups press policymakers for a solution, the situation has again illuminated the ongoing challenges facing California’s labyrinthine recycling system.

Fires

Fire torched us last year, and the blazes keep coming

Even as victims of the massive Butte Fire struggle to rebuild their lives, a new fire season is starting in the Sierra Nevada foothills and the state’s Coast Ranges. California’s fire chief said the vast stands of dead trees in areas burned by last year’s devastating wildfires are prime fuel for new fires, and extended droughts and higher temperatures caused by climate change will likely lead to more destructive wildfire seasons.

Local

Is Sacramento’s ‘city within a city’ ready to rise?

Empty now, Sacramento’s downtown railyard someday could be home to as many as 21,000 residents, more than live in Land Park and Curtis Park together. A like number of people would also work there, making the railyard the region’s most densely packed and self-supporting neighborhood.

Education

Algebra, geometry give way to integrated math in local high schools

Experts say a change to Integrated Math is supposed to help students understand math on a deeper level and improve their ability to apply math concepts in the real world. While the switch is not required, many local school districts have adopted the changes as part of their transition to Common Core State Standards. Not everybody supports the move.

Videos

Controlled burns meant to reduce fuels in American River Parkway

Motorists on the Capital City Freeway, Highway 160 or residents of the Woodlake neighborhood might see some smoke this week as firefighters burn high grass in a controlled manner to lessen the danger of wildfires later this summer.
Randy Pench The Sacramento Bee
Controlled burns meant to reduce fuels in American River Parkway 0:54

Controlled burns meant to reduce fuels in American River Parkway

Eight massive U.S. city landmarks 0:44

Eight massive U.S. city landmarks

CHP helicopter plucks man from South Yuba River 2:38

CHP helicopter plucks man from South Yuba River

A's, Giants on opposite ends of three-game weekend sweeps 1:09

A's, Giants on opposite ends of three-game weekend sweeps