Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Morning shower?: A slight chance of sprinkles is in the forecast for Sacramento region this morning, so have an umbrella handy. Otherwise, the day will feature mostly cloudy skies without precipitation. The Martin Luther King Jr. three-day weekend looks free of rainfall.
Homicides decrease: There were 29 people killed within the Sacramento city limits in 2014, according to data released Thursday by the city’s Police Department, a historic low lauded by police as the result of new methods of policing and a growing police force. That’s one more homicide than in 1973, when the city housed less than half the roughly 480,000 people it does today.
Home sales rebound: Home sales in Sacramento County popped back up in December after dropping off the month before, real estate information service CoreLogic DataQuick reported Thursday. The upbeat sales figures, falling mortgage rates and the lowest percentage of cash buyers in years could bode well for both buyers and sellers in today’s market as the 2015 buying season gets under way.
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Emotional losses: Priscilla Pruitt, who turns 70 on Monday, lost the Northgate house she owned for 45 years and her two small dogs, Max and Patches, in a fire this week.
▪ Bee video: Sacramento woman describes loss of dogs, home
Channel 3 fixture departs: Broadcast journalist Tom DuHain is saying goodbye to KCRA Channel 3 after a 46-plus year run in which he became a fixture in Sacramento-area living rooms.
Focus on GM, too: The 49ers introduced new head coach Jim Tomsula during a news conference Thursday, but general manager Trent Baalke will be the one in the spotlight this season, writes The Bee’s Matt Barrows.
▪ Bee chat: Join The Bee’s Matt Barrows at noon today at sacbee.com/sports to discuss the 49ers’ decision to promote Jim Tomsula to head coach and other offseason developments.
Local sports: NBA – Miami Heat at Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball – Arizona State at Cal, 6 p.m. (PAC 12 Network)
Arizona at Stanford, 8 p.m. (PAC 12 Network)