Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, Feb. 9.
Showery aftermath: Don’t put away that umbrella quite yet. Lingering showers are making a nuisance of themselves this morning in the Sacramento region after a wet weekend. A total of 2.21 inches of rainfall thankfully fell on Sacramento Friday through Sunday. Not much snow fell in the Sierra Nevada, although light flurries are reported this morning in the mountains.
Snowpack suffering: The region saw power outages, downed trees and thunderstorms during this latest storm. What it didn’t see: significant accumulations of snow that are needed to boost California’s water supply.
But nonetheless a rain record: Sacramento Executive Airport set a daily rainfall record for Feb. 8 on Sunday, surpassing the previous record of 1.22 inches.
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Opening doors to better future: The Shriners lab makes about 3,600 devices a year that help kids and teens walk, play sports – and even go to prom on an artificial foot with a high heel.
Looking Grim: A local carpenters union is employing a 15-foot Grim Reaper doll to protest companies that don’t use union carpenters. But the targets aren’t corporate giants. Instead, the prop has appeared previously in front of the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, and now shows up at Insight Coffee and Magpie Café.
Less disturbed: Sacramento County school districts have faced scrutiny for classifying a high proportion of students as emotionally disturbed, particularly African American students. The number of emotionally disturbed students has dropped since four local large districts received warning letters from the state in 2012, but rates remain higher than the statewide average.
Clock’s ticking for Valentine’s Day: If you haven’t booked your Valentine’s Day dinner yet – that’s Saturday for you procrastinators – check out Chris Macias’ suggestions.
Local sports: None scheduled Monday. Kings play next on Tuesday at the Chicago Bulls.
Buzz after buzzer beater: DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings asked members of the media "How you gonna stop God's plan?" after he was asked a question. Here’s the video: