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

Melissa Davey leans on her car as she fill her auto at the Chevron gas station on Watt Ave and Fair Oaks Blvd as Eric Anderton prepares to fill his car. January 13, 2010 in Sacramento, Calif.
Melissa Davey leans on her car as she fill her auto at the Chevron gas station on Watt Ave and Fair Oaks Blvd as Eric Anderton prepares to fill his car. January 13, 2010 in Sacramento, Calif. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Tuesday, March 3:

IHOP visiting weather: The weather is expected to be perfect for hopping on down to the International House of Pancakes for a free short stack today -- National Pancake Day. Maybe even some eggs, sunny side up. Sunny skies and light breezes are predicted for Sacramento. The high is forecast to peak at around 67 degrees.

Cheap gas is so last month: If it seems gas prices are soaring, it’s not your imagination. The average retail price in the Sacramento area spiked 40.5 cents over the past week to $3.18 a gallon according to Gasbuddy.com. Prices are still lower than a year ago, however.

Another leg to stand on: Hobbes the terrier mix can do a lot, for a dog with three legs. He can climb stairs, graze the backyard and jump roughly four feet in the air – more than high enough to clamber onto the bed with his owner, Andrea Bledsoe. Even so, Bledsoe and a few of her fellow UC Davis graduate students are determined to give him a fourth leg.

‘Priced out’: With millions of dollars in upscale developments beginning to surround its R Street location, the New Helvetia Theatre Co. says it’s going dark because it’s been “priced out of our current venue by new ownership.” Its most recent production was a 10-performance run in December of “Marry Me a Little.”

Yolo mom on file: Yolo County says its social services office has files on Samantha Green and her infant son, Justice Rees, who was found dead last week in a slough. Green faces arraignment tomorrow morning.

Hip-hop maligned? After a shooting last month outside of Sacramento’s Ace of Spades concert venues, do hip-hop shows get a bad rap? Vote in our online poll.

Local sports: Sacramento Kings at New York Knicks, 4 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

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