Happy Halloween. Here’s what you need to know today:
Ghoulish forecast: Timing is everything when it comes to rain, Halloween and the Giants parade in San Francisco. And the timing today is none too good. The National Weather Service predicts that rain should hit during both the parade for the Giants big World Series win and later during Sacramento’s trick and treating. So properly prepare for a quick, much-needed blast of about a half inch of precipitation.
Border questions: Critics of U.S. immigration policy have seized on the shooting spree that left two Sacramento area sheriff’s deputies dead last week as evidence that the federal government has failed to secure the border with Mexico. The man accused in the killings, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes, is a Mexican national who authorities say was convicted on drug charges in Arizona and who twice returned to the United States after being deported.
Abuse claims: Two families have filed claims against the Rocklin Unified School District alleging that their special-needs children were subjected to physical and psychological abuse at the hands of a teacher at Breen Elementary School during the last school year.
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Tiger mourned: The Sacramento Zoo lost a majestic longtime resident this week. Castro, a Sumatran tiger, was euthanized Wednesday at 161/2 years old after his medical condition worsened amid a battle with lymphoma, the zoo announced Thursday.
Guilty of murder: A Yolo County jury on Thursday found William Carl Gardner III, of Sacramento, guilty of murder in the ambush killing of his former girlfriend in downtown Winters last November.
Parade for Giants: A victory parade for the World Champion San Francisco Giants is scheduled to begin at noon today in San Francisco. The parade will begin at Market and Steuart streets and travel down Market Street, concluding at Civic Center Plaza. The Sacramento River Cats, the Giants’ new Triple-A affiliate, has chartered two buses to the event for the minor-league team’s ticket members and fans.
Local sports: NBA – There were signs during the preseason the Kings could open the season the way they did Wednesday, losing 95-77 to the Golden State Warriors, writes The Bee’s Jason Jones.
▪ Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140)
High School football – Five games to watch, as detailed by The Bee’s Joe Davidson.
Rio Linda at Inderkum, 7 p.m. (Sac Access TV, KSAC 105.5)
Placer at Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. (KAHI 950)