Here are seven stories from the weekend that you will want to catch up on before the work week hits.
This week’s announcement by national forecasters that an El Niño weather pattern is gaining strength, and could increase the odds that this winter will be a wet one, came as temperatures dropped and a few raindrops fell across the Sacramento region during the normally hot, dry summer. Whether the longed-for winter rains will fall and relieve California’s epic drought remains deeply uncertain, forecasters said.
Amid long-standing controversy surrounding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south, one advantage the project appeared to hold was that Brown could forge ahead without a public vote.
The American River attracts all sorts of people, from college-age partiers to middle-aged revelers to young families. Saturday’s gathering included attendees of Rafting Gone Wild – an all-day river party organized largely on social media – whose presence prompted an all-day alcohol ban for a popular stretch of water.
5. Popular on Facebook: Video: San Francisco Giants fan falls into McCovey Cove to snag HR ball
Sometimes the story is really simple. Ball hit into ocean. Fully clothed baseball fan wants ball. Said fans vaults (sort of) railing, back-flops into ocean and retrieves ball. Fan rejoices. And it’s all caught on video.
6. Popular on Twitter: Kings nearing deal with Andrea Bargnani
Not a long story, but social media liked the latest in a string of stories about the changing face of the Sacramento Kings.
7. Popular on video: Video: Chad Mendes on his loss to Conor McGregor
Sacramento fighter Chad Mendes recounts his UFC Interim Featherweight championship bout with Conor McGregor at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 11, 2015.