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Sacramento-area malls get creative to fight Web for holiday shoppers

Forget Christmas decorations and holiday carols. Increasingly, shopping malls here, such as Westfield Galleria and Arden Fair, and nationwide are rolling out seasonal amenities, aimed at enticing more customers to walk in their doors. The efforts are a calculated move to turn shopping centers into regional destinations, part of an effort to combat online and mobile sales as e-commerce takes an increasing chunk out of brick-and-mortar sales.

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A guide to Christmas week

With four days left until Christmas, it’s time for even the worst of procrastinators to get moving. We offer tips below for those of you who just started thinking about the holidays.

Marcos Breton

Opinion: The greatest Sacramentan you’ve never heard of

Who wrote the Federal Freedom of Information Act? Who first called for Richard Nixon to be impeached? Who took on the Vietnam War when it was still popular? John Moss is a giant of Sacramento too often overlooked in his own hometown. It’s time to fix that as we approach the 100th birthday of a powerful Congressman who once lived in a little house on Land Park Drive.

The Public Eye

Sacramento switches security firms after complaints of guards who didn’t show up

For six years, the city of Sacramento trusted guards from National Security Industries & Services to keep watch over City Hall, the Crocker Art Museum and many other public properties. But a city investigation – prompted by complaints made by a labor union – found that National guards didn’t show up for jobs when they were scheduled to, didn’t operate the right equipment and were not properly trained in CPR and first aid, according to a city staff report filed in November.

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