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

This sign in a Colorado barbecue restaurant has sparked significant debate. Is it racist?
This sign in a Colorado barbecue restaurant has sparked significant debate. Is it racist? USA Today

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

1) Ex-Rocklin woman battled infection, days before her death

A former Rocklin student died suddenly in her dorm room this week after battling a resurgent infection, her parents said. Kaitlyn Vasconcellos, 24, was just one final exam away from receiving an undergraduate degree in economics at St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university.

2) Despite strong-mayor defeat, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson wants major increase in his office staff

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who lost his bid in November to bolster his powers through a ballot measure, has engineered a citywide spending plan that would nearly double his office’s budget and give him more staff than the mayors of Oakland and Fresno.

3) Esparto boy, 13, dies during driving lesson with dad on rural Yolo road

A 13-year-old Esparto boy died Friday after the car he was learning to drive spun out of control and hit a drainage ditch on a rural Yolo County road, authorities said.

4) A talker: Cordova fires longtime baseball coach Guy Anderson

5) Popular on Facebook: BBQ restaurant panned for plan to give white diners discount

A barbecue restaurant in northern Colorado is being criticized for its plan to give white customers a 10 percent discount. The hubbub began after Edgar Antillon, owner of Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ and Country Cafe in Milliken, hung a sign reading “White Appreciation Day! June 11th. Because all Americans should be celebrated!!”

6) Popular on Twitter: Ailene Voisin: Kings owner Vivek Ranadive learning from mistakes

Two years into his majority ownership of the Kings, Vivek Ranadive has been humbled, invigorated, encouraged, distressed. The reviews of his stewardship within the league are mixed. He receives props for securing a franchise and a soon-to-be constructed downtown arena, but he is criticized for a product that has been underwhelming and fraught with instability.

7) Popular on YouTube: Jim Cooper kisses frog, but loses Capitol jump

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