Smoke from the King Fire has reached “hazardous” levels in many areas of the Sierra Nevada flanking Lake Tahoe and is likely to remain so through the weekend. Officials are warning all residents and visitors to avoid prolonged outdoor activities.

An otherwise quiet school board election in the Natomas Unified School District took a bizarre turn this week when a letter from the district chastising one of the candidates for using obscene language on school campuses became public.
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Dr. Letitia Bradford’s son Kai, like many 6-year-old boys, is usually enticed by Nerf guns and video games. But last Christmas, to Bradford’s surprise, he asked for a pink and purple “Doc McStuffins” medical kit so he could listen to mom’s heartbeat.
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Major League Soccer executives completed an intense two-day evaluation of Sacramento as a potential expansion market today and proclaimed they were "incredibly impressed" by the city.
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In the days after his mother’s murder, “the doorbell would ring, and Jayden would run to the door with a big smile, thinking his mom had finally come to get him,” the 2-year-old boy’s grandfather recalled in a letter read to the court.
The Sacramento Region Community Foundation has established the King Fire Fund to support the approximately 3,000 residents affected by the King fire in El Dorado and Placer counties.
In the wake of Northern California wildfires that forced thousands of evacuations and left hundreds of residents homeless, detectives and investigators from the Department of Insurance and Contractors State License Board have spent the week in burn areas warning residents to beware of individuals and businesses that seek to take advantage of disaster victims.
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As fire officials began to confirm the first loss of homes and structures Friday in the King fire, the man accused of setting the massive blaze appeared in court for the first time and entered a not-guilty plea.

Loss of General Mills tears hole in fabric of Lodi community
Cathie Anderson If the 80-acre General Mills campus is shuttered next year, as the company announced Thursday, the loss will rip a small hole in the fabric of life for Lodi.
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Construction crews will be closing several eastbound lanes this weekend on the Pioneer Bridge, which carries Highway 50 over the Sacramento River between West Sacramento and downtown Sacramento. Expect delays, Caltrans says. Similar work last weekend caused hourlong backups.

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