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

Kendra Bracy, right, of Los Angeles is a backup dancer for Beyonce.
Kendra Bracy, right, of Los Angeles is a backup dancer for Beyonce. apayne@sacbee.com

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

1) For 90 years, Californians have tried to kill this tax board. This is why they failed

A California tax agency called “duplicative” or worse for nearly a century by government reformers had its closest call with destruction when the Terminator came looking for it.

David Gau, executive director of the California Board of Equalization on April 20, 2017 told a Senate budget subcommittee that his job had been threatened, presumably by an elected official. Video courtesy of the California Senate.

2) Caltrans must redo failed surfacing job on Highway 50 bridge in Sacramento

A multimillion-dollar resurfacing job on the Highway 50 bridge over the Sacramento River has failed – mysteriously, officials say – and will have to be scrapped and replaced this summer at three times the original cost.

A multimillion-dollar resurfacing job on the Highway 50 bridge over the Sacramento River has failed – mysteriously, officials say – and will have to be scrapped and replaced this summer at three times the original cost.

3) With portfolio of modern homes, couple emerging as urban infill heroes

To describe what Erica and Nathan Cunningham do is easy. They buy vacant lots no one else wants and build houses no one else thinks are possible.

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Erica and Nathan Cunningham, owners of Indie Capital, stand outside a home they built near 20th and Broadway on Monday in Sacramento. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

4) A talker: He hit former Mayor Kevin Johnson in the face with a pie. Now he wants another crack

Coming soon to a criminal courtroom near you: the trial of a man who crammed a pie in the face of former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson last fall.

5) Popular on Twitter: Diverse background makes Ahkello Witherspoon intriguing draft prospect for 49ers, others

Ahkello Witherspoon is good – very good – at a lot of things, and not just sports.

6) Popular on Facebook: Morning-after pill now available through vending machine at UC Davis

A vending machine at UC Davis dispensing an emergency contraceptive, known as the morning-after pill, may be one of the first of its kind on a university campus.

7) Popular on video: From Elk Grove to Beyoncé’s tour, young dancer gets in 'Formation'

For the 2012 graduate of Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, April 27, 2016, marked a heady new chapter in Kendra Bracy’s career.

Kendra Bracy, who attended high school in Elk Grove, fulfills a lifelong dream of dancing with Beyoncé. Watch her demonstrate choreography from Beyoncé's "Formation" tour.

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