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Weekend catch-up: 7 stories you don’t want to miss

Farm-to-Fork Festival draws crowds to Capitol Mall

Crowds quickly filled up on six blocks of the mall to enjoy a variety of food, beer and wine and watch cooking demonstrations and live music.
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Crowds quickly filled up on six blocks of the mall to enjoy a variety of food, beer and wine and watch cooking demonstrations and live music.

Here are seven stories from the weekend that you will want to catch up on before the work week hits.

1) Farmers say, 'No apologies,' as well drilling hits record levels in San Joaquin Valley

Well water is keeping agriculture alive in Tulare County – and much of the rest of the San Joaquin Valley – through five years of California’s historic drought.

Two years after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever in the San Joaquin Valley farm belt. Farmers say they have no choice given cuts in surface water de

2) Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center is Ranadive’s high-tech vision sprung to life

Golden 1 Center, built for an eye-popping $557 million, will be one of the most high-tech sports facilities anywhere.

Sacramento's new arena reflects Chairman Vivek Ranadive's background as a high-technology executive.

3) Nursing home magnate rocks Humboldt County with plans to close three of the area’s six facilities

In remote Humboldt County, where local controversies tend toward medical marijuana dust-ups and billboard blight, a furor has erupted around the fate of three nursing homes – and whether the state will intervene.

4) A talker: Hitting Kevin Johnson with a pie won’t help the homeless

“(Sean) Thompson did nothing for the homeless,” writes The Bee’s Marcos Breton. “He just broke the law.”

Claire White, attorney for Sean Thompson, who allegedly hit Mayor Kevin Johnson with a pie in the face Wednesday night, speaks on his behalf following his appearance in Sacramento Superior Court at the county jail on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Sacr

5) Popular on Twitter: Kings’ Ben McLemore confident entering his fourth season

When the Kings hired Dave Joerger as the coach and added shooting guards this offseason, Ben McLemore seemed destined to be traded. But McLemore has impressed Joerger’s staff with his work ethic, and the Kings want to see if he can build on a strong summer.

6) Popular on Facebook: Principal gets new six-figure district job after graphic language prompts lawsuit

The Sacramento City Unified School District paid $175,000 to settle a racial and sexual harassment lawsuit after a former Hiram Johnson High School principal allegedly threatened to “whip” a female after-school employee and later told her she would “have enough time to pull your panties down” if she tried to report him.

7) Popular on video: A look back at deadly Farrell's plane crash on Sept. 24, 1972

On Sept. 24, 1972, a restored Korean War-era jet lost control on a runway at Executive Airport in Sacramento during an air show, skidded across Freeport Boulevard, crashed into the popular Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor and killed 22 people.

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