Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Tuesday, Feb. 17:
70s all week: It’s a short week for workers with the Presidents’ Day weekend behind us. For those who can spend the entire day outside, including retirees and those on vacation, it’s going to be a very pleasant Tuesday through Friday with temperatures forecast in the low 70s each day. The high today is expected to be 71 degrees in Sacramento.
School vs. sleep: Forget Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “Early to bed, early to rise ...” Some local school districts say that teenagers with naturally late sleep cycles are having to shortchange their slumber to get to class on time. The Davis school board is evaluating whether to push back the high school start time from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
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Parade of awards: A Sacramento author is steadily racking up awards for her picture book depicting an LGBT pride parade, including a prestigious Stonewall Children’s & Young Adult Book Award by the American Library Association this month.
Pier pressure: In its latest move to transform its Bridge District from an industrial center to a residential and entertainment neighborhood, West Sacramento is pushing to turn an old rice mill pier into a pedestrian walkway overlooking the Sacramento River.
One death, two trials: In a scheduling coincidence, the civil and criminal trials regarding the killing of a 25-year-old day laborer in the downtown Sacramento jail are both starting this week. Jury selection begins Tuesday in the civil suit filed by the mother of Evaristo Ramirez, who was beaten and strangled six years ago in his cell. He had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Spinning success: Katherine Benbrook has grown her Cycle In studio customer base from a few dozen people to nearly 300 in just the past two years. The Arden area indoor cycling business relies on word-of-mouth rather than cut-rate deals.
Sammy’s no more: Sammy’s Island Bar & Grill abruptly announced Monday that it was closed – again – for good. The Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant in downtown Roseville reopened in September but suggested yesterday that it had struggled to become profitable.
Local sports: Girls basketball: No. 1 McClatchy High School at No. 5 Sacramento High School, 7 p.m. (Access Sacramento)
San Jose Sharks at Nashville Predators, 5 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950)