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

This purple beam at the downtown arena site will be the first vertical piece to go up today.
This purple beam at the downtown arena site will be the first vertical piece to go up today. rbenton@sacbee.com

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

Lunch on the sunny-side: It’s a great day to visit a restaurant for some al fresco dining with mild, sunny conditions predicted for Wednesday in the Sacramento region. The sun won’t be sizzling like it is in August. So get some outside seating at a restaurant or grab some grub at the In-and-Out drive-thru and head for a park picnic table to enjoy a predicted high of 67 degrees.

Baby tests positive for meth, grandmother says: The paternal grandmother of Justice Rees, a 20-day-old baby found dead last week in a slough near Knights Landing, said he tested positive for methamphetamine when he was born.

Mother abducted baby, jury rules: Following an emotionally charged trial, a Yolo County jury on Tuesday convicted Korean immigrant Nan-Hui Jo of abducting her American-born baby daughter Hwi, now 6. The case pitted the single mom against her former lover and Hwi’s father, Iraq war veteran Jesse Charlton. It was followed closely by Koreans from Sacramento to Seoul and advocates for domestic violence victims throughout California.

Beam to rise: The site of the new Sacramento Kings arena will “go vertical” early today. Four months after breaking ground, the Kings announced that the first vertical steel beam is scheduled to be installed about 8:30 a.m. at the arena site at Downtown Plaza.

Colorful crosswalks sought: A fundraising effort has started to install rainbow-colored crosswalks at the main intersection of Sacramento’s Lavender Heights neighborhood, the city’s hub of gay pride and culture.

More mutilations: Sacramento authorities reported another ritualistic animal mutilation case Tuesday night, saying they discovered two bags on the rail tracks near 20th and U streets with a decapitated rabbit, dead chickens and tea candles.

▪ Gallery: Sacramento region’s most-wanted fugitives

VP Vlade: Officially, Vlade Divac rejoins the Sacramento Kings as vice president of nasketball and franchise operations. Unofficially, Divac will be all over the map, writes Sacramento Bee columnist Ailene Voisin.

▪ Rudy Gay scores 25 points to lead the Kings to a 124-86 rout of the the host New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

Local sports: NBA – Kings at San Antonio Spurs, 5:30 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (KNBR 680)

MLB spring training – Oakland A’s vs. San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz., 12:05 p.m. (KNBR 680)

College softball – Stanford at UC Davis, 3 p.m.

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