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A.M. Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Saturday

A three-alarm fire raced through the headquarters for Elk Grove parks and recreation services and other offices, perhaps destroying vital records and burning a nearly century-old building on Elk Grove Boulevard.
A three-alarm fire raced through the headquarters for Elk Grove parks and recreation services and other offices, perhaps destroying vital records and burning a nearly century-old building on Elk Grove Boulevard. rpench@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Weather lead in: The weekend begins with an approaching weather system that could bring a little cooler weather to the Sacramento region, perhaps dropping afternoon temperatures to about 67 degrees today and 64 degrees Sunday.

Historic loss: Elk Grove’s parks and recreation department hopes to rebuild after a devastating early morning fire Friday gutted its historic headquarters and caused as much as $6.5 million in damage.

Arrest in dog cruelty case: An Oakland man has been arrested in the burning of a small dog locked in a pet crate on an Arden Arcade street last month – a crime that generated thousands in reward money from the public.

▪ Man pleads not guilty in case of drowned dog

▪ Decapitated animals found in Sacramento’s Reichmuth Park

Well done: Sacramento State will get the home-court advantage after all, if its men’s basketball team wins the Big Sky Conference. Conference officials announced Friday they will allow the Hornets to host the conference tournament at The Well, the Sac State student recreation and health center.

Hail, César: A selection of short films nominated for a César (French Academy Award) will be shown today at the eighth annual Winter French Short Films Screening. Films in the animation and live action categories will be shown at the Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St., Sacramento. At the end of the program, audiences will be invited to vote for the “Sacramento Cesar Awards.” The films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Doors open at 6 p.m., films begin at 7 p.m.

King-sized debut: Backed by a 31-point effort by DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings defeated the visiting Boston Celtics 109-101 on Friday night in George Karl’s coaching debut for the home team.

▪ Bee video: Karl on his first game

Local sports today: NBA – Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Clippers, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes at Sacramento Republic FC, 5 p.m.

Men’s college basketball – Cal at Stanford, 3:30 p.m. (PAC 12 Network, KAHI 950)

Gonzaga at St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Hawaii at UC Davis, 7 p.m. (KSAC-FM 105.5)

North Dakota at Sacramento State, 7:05 p.m. (KTKZ 1380)

Women’s college basketball – UC Davis at Hawaii, 9 p.m. (KDVS-FM 90.3)

College baseball – Portland at Sacramento State (doubleheader), 11 a.m.

Gonzaga at UC Davis (doubleheader), 11 a.m.

College softball – St. Mary’s at Sacramento State (doubleheader), Noon.

NHL – Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks at Levi’s Stadium, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

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