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

Lester Holt, who grew up in Sacramento, returned to his alma mater, Sacramento State, to receive and honorary degree and deliver a commencement address on Saturday, May 23. A feature story about Holt by The Sacramento Bee’s Bob Davila connected with readers.
Lester Holt, who grew up in Sacramento, returned to his alma mater, Sacramento State, to receive and honorary degree and deliver a commencement address on Saturday, May 23. A feature story about Holt by The Sacramento Bee’s Bob Davila connected with readers. Special to The Bee

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

1) Sacramento 11-year-old graduates from college

Most kids finish elementary school at age 11. Sacramento prodigy Tanishq Abraham just graduated from college at age 11 – with three degrees.

2) California farm economy surprisingly resilient amid drought

The statistics don’t mean farmers and their employees are having an easy time of it. Rather, the data show how farmers are coping.

3) Dan Walters: California’s sales tax is obsolete, needs to be fixed

The income tax’s dominance of state finances means more revenue volatility because the incomes of the wealthy, who pay a major share of those taxes, rise and fall sharply.

4) A talker: 5 things to know as Pyrex brand marks 100th year

5) Popular on Facebook: Lester Holt returning to CSUS for honorary degree, commencement speech

On Saturday, Lester Holt returned to Sacramento State to receive an honorary doctorate and speak at the commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Letters, where he enrolled after graduating from Cordova High School in 1977. He studied journalism and government for two years before leaving to work at KCBS radio in San Francisco.

6) Popular on Twitter: Bears release ex-49er Ray McDonald after Monday arrest in San Jose

“We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement.

7) Popular on YouTube: Reading of the California's Vietnam veteran names

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