Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today.
Groundhog prediction wrong for this week: Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, predicting six more months of winter, but not this week in Sacramento. The city will continue to dry out until Friday - when the region is expected to finally get some water. Rain is forecast for the Friday into the weekend, dropping as much as 2 inches on the parched area. But today will remain clear, with a high of 66.
Understandable end: When relatives first discovered Patrick Grady’s body, just hours after the death of his longtime companion, Linda Ekis, they were taken aback. Patrick had a lung condition, but his doctors had said he might live another year. Later, those who knew the couple decided it made perfect sense: that two people whose love held fast for more than two decades, buoying them through struggles with money, addiction and mental illness, would die on the same day.
Roads lead to Elk Grove: The proposed Elk Grove Tourism Marketing District would draw together the city, its five hotels and a nearby sixth inn to market the region’s second-largest city as a destination for meetings, events and regional tourism. Hotel assessments would raise the $215,000 a year to fund the marketing efforts, with plans for future hotels to join the district. A nonprofit group, Visit Elk Grove, would manage the district and lead its sales and marketing efforts.
You want to borrow what?: Have you ever had the urge to play around with a synthesizer or to take a GoPro camera on a particularly daring adventure, but didn’t want to own one? It may soon be possible as the Sacramento Public Library launches its new “Library of Things” program. Library members will be able to check out a variety of tools and home goods the same way they currently borrow books once the program gets off the ground.
TB scare: If last year’s experience at Grant High School is any guide, news that a student at Florin High School tested positive for tuberculosis may spark a worrisome period of months and months of testing larger and larger pools of students and school staff for TB.
Warriors next for Kings: The Sacramento Kings are off Monday, getting a break after ending a long road trip, but the get back at it Tuesday, hosting the talented Golden State Warriors.