Here are seven stories from the weekend that you will want to catch up on before the work week hits.
Encompassed in several stories since the information broke, the demise of Aldon Smith, a player of great talent but also significant off-field troubles, has been avidly followed by readers throughout the weekend. Smith’s release is one of the team’s most significant personnel moves in an offseason of immense change.
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Another drowning of a person cooling off in one of the Sacramento region’s waterways caught the attention of readers this weekend. The death of a young woman, the identity of whom authorities has not yet released, trying to wade across the American River in the Auburn State Recreation Area was the latest such tragedy in a summer rife with them.
Six years before Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer ignited a global firestorm when he killed an African lion named Cecil, he posed for a photo beside the carcass of another trophy – one he killed 60 miles from Sacramento.
5. Popular on Twitter: Whole Foods, school reopening signal downtown Sacramento growth
If thousands of new residents truly are headed for Sacramento’s urban core in the years ahead, it appears they’ll have both another place to educate their children and another high-end option to buy groceries.
6. Popular on Facebook: Calorie-burning firefighters eat, drink plenty to battle state's wildfires
What do firefighters eat when they’re battling a wildfire? A whole lot of calories in the form of beef jerky, sandwiches, peanut butter and nuts. It isn’t farm to fork, but it is filling.
7. Popular on video: Sutter makes historic move