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AM Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday

Todd Winkler waits to leave court after prosecutor Lisette Suder’s closing arguments in El Dorado Superior Court on Tuesday.
Todd Winkler waits to leave court after prosecutor Lisette Suder’s closing arguments in El Dorado Superior Court on Tuesday. rbyer@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Wet weather ahead: Mild daytime temperatures and cool overnight lows will be accompanied by increasing chances of rain Thursday through Saturday. The National Weather Service says there’s a 20 percent chance of rain on Thursday, increasing to 40 and 50 percent, respectively, on Thursday and Friday.

Closing arguments: In a searing closing argument, El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder focused on the photos – and a path of blood – to argue that Todd Winkler killed his wife in an act of premeditated murder. In a case that has spun on psychological intrigue, the defense argued that Winkler killed his wife in their upscale Cameron Park home in act of self-defense.

Speeding is dangerous: A yearlong California study of motorcycle lane-splitting has concluded the practice is no more dangerous than motorcycling in general, if the rider is going at speeds similar to or only slightly faster than the surrounding traffic. The maneuver becomes more dangerous, however, when a motorcyclist is speeding or riding more than 10 mph faster than the traffic the cyclist is passing.

Related links:

California Lane Splitting Crash Analysis

California Lane Splitting Habits Survey

Back-seat Driver: Motorcycle lane-splitters are slowing down

Lights out for gallery: The original Thomas Kinkade Gallery in Placerville, the shop that helped launch the extraordinary career of the late artist, is closing its doors.

County reconsiders: Sacramento County officials satisfied local homeless advocates Tuesday by removing limits on temporary shelters from a zoning code proposal. An initial proposal to restrict shelters from housing no more than 125 people and operating no more than 30 days a year was widely condemned by religious leaders and homeless advocates who are gearing up to provide housing this winter.

Game 1 won by Giants: The San Francisco Giants routed the Kansas City Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in the opening game of the World Series.

Related Sacramento Bee coverage:

Photo gallery

World Series notes: Peavy prepares for Royals with a little help from his friends

▪ World Series, Game 2: Giants at Royals, 5:07 p.m. (FOX 40, KNBR 680, ESPN 1320)

Decorate sugar skulls: Teens can decorate a sugar skull for free in honor of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at the Franklin Community Library, 10055 Franklin High Road in Elk Grove. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday, often celebrated by other cultures, that brings together family and friends to remember loved ones who have died. Traditionally, colorful altars are adorned with sugar skulls, other decorations and food offerings to honor the deceased.

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