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

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, and teammate Jarryd Hayne, a former rugby star from Australia, relax with a locker-room game of ping pong. Video of the game has been popular.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, and teammate Jarryd Hayne, a former rugby star from Australia, relax with a locker-room game of ping pong. Video of the game has been popular. Sacramento Bee video image

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

1. Sacramento considers lifting longtime ban on artificial turf

Faced with a fourth year of drought, a Sacramento City Council committee this week voted 3-1 to consider lifting the city’s ban on synthetic turf in front yards.

2. Mandatory insect spraying angers Sacramento County residents

Mandatory state spraying of three pesticides to kill the invasive Japanese beetle in Fair Oaks and Carmichael has drawn the ire of residents concerned about forced spraying on their property and the lack of a public forum to discuss the issue with neighbors.

3. Shannon Grove under fire for linking drought to abortion

A conservative California assemblywoman has touched off a backlash by suggesting that God eased Texas’ drought after the passage of anti-abortion-rights legislation.

4. A talker: California’s largest nursing home owner under fire from government regulators

5. Popular on Facebook: Swedish prince ties the knot to former reality starlet

The only son of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia on Saturday married his fiancee in a lavish ceremony in Stockholm.

6. Popular on Twitter: Ailene Voisin: Future of Kings now fully in Vlade Divac’s hands

The popular former Kings center is a central piece of the team’s brain trust.

7. Popular on video: Video: 49ers Colin Kaepernick, Jarryd Hayne keep it light

Shirtless professional athletes playing ping-pong and generally moving about? People want to look at that. Oh, indeed.

A lot has happened in two years. In this video from the summer of 2015, during the San Francisco 49ers mini-camp, the mood is light in the locker room. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick bonds with new teammate Jarryd Hayne, the former rugby star from A

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