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

Aldon Smith walks past cameras after being released from the Santa Clara County Jail on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. Smith’s arrest by Santa Clara police on charges of hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism lewd to his release by the 49ers.
Aldon Smith walks past cameras after being released from the Santa Clara County Jail on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. Smith’s arrest by Santa Clara police on charges of hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism lewd to his release by the 49ers. AP

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

1. Aldon Smith arrested again, released by San Francisco 49ers

Encompassed in several stories since the information broke, the demise of Aldon Smith, a player of great talent but also significant off-field troubles, has been avidly followed by readers throughout the weekend. Smith’s release is one of the team’s most significant personnel moves in an offseason of immense change.

2. Woman drowns trying to wade across American River near Auburn

Another drowning of a person cooling off in one of the Sacramento region’s waterways caught the attention of readers this weekend. The death of a young woman, the identity of whom authorities has not yet released, trying to wade across the American River in the Auburn State Recreation Area was the latest such tragedy in a summer rife with them.

3. Cecil the lion's killer paid California 45000 at auction to bag trophy elk

Six years before Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer ignited a global firestorm when he killed an African lion named Cecil, he posed for a photo beside the carcass of another trophy – one he killed 60 miles from Sacramento.

4. A talker: Life with conjoined twins: Antelope family faces rare challenges

5. Popular on Twitter: Whole Foods, school reopening signal downtown Sacramento growth

If thousands of new residents truly are headed for Sacramento’s urban core in the years ahead, it appears they’ll have both another place to educate their children and another high-end option to buy groceries.

6. Popular on Facebook: Calorie-burning firefighters eat, drink plenty to battle state's wildfires

What do firefighters eat when they’re battling a wildfire? A whole lot of calories in the form of beef jerky, sandwiches, peanut butter and nuts. It isn’t farm to fork, but it is filling.

7. Popular on video: Sutter makes historic move

Around 200 patients were moved in August 2015 from the old Sutter Memorial Hospital in East Sacramento to the new Sutter Medical Center Sacramento in midtown.

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