Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Where’s fall?: Three consecutive days in the mid-90s in Sacramento makes one wonder when summer-like temperatures will ever make their exit from the scene. Don’t look for cooling today. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 95 degrees in Sacramento. The weather service does hold out hope that the high pressure system baking the region will fade by mid-week. We will see.
But we’re the big tomato!: Los Banos is claiming the mantel of Tomato Capital of the U.S. - but how can that be? Sacramento considers itself home of all things tomato. Which city has the better claim? Ryan Lillis considers this issue in this week’s City Beat.
Strong enough?: In an era where trust in governments and the work they do is said to be waning, demands are increasing for verification that our infrastructure is sound. It’s in that context that the state of California is launching its first railroad bridge inspection program this fall. Federal officials say it will be the first state-run review of privately owned rail bridges in the country.
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Live to ride: “Call of the pipes”? It’s not some Scottish Highlands thing. This reference is to riding motorcycles and it’s being heeded by more and more aging baby boomers who find traversing the open road on two wheels is another path to fulfillment.
Dig in: When eating champions and pies meet, all bets are off. Throw in some hungry politicians, and prepare for pie-eating pandemonium. Ready Debbie Arrington’s story about what happened when top chowhounds Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie came to town.
Local sports: National League Division Series, Game 3 – Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants, 12:07 or 2:07 p.m. (MLB Network, KNBR 680, ESPN 1320).