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

The Butte fire burning in Amador and Calaveras counties has darkened the region’s skies with smoke and ash, creating challenging conditions that are mirrored by the Valley fire in Lake County. Those blazes and more have been atop the news throughout the weekend.
The Butte fire burning in Amador and Calaveras counties has darkened the region’s skies with smoke and ash, creating challenging conditions that are mirrored by the Valley fire in Lake County. Those blazes and more have been atop the news throughout the weekend. aseng@sacbee.com

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

1. Fires devastate north-state communities

As weather conditions breathed new life into California wildfires, two blazes in Northern California roared into full effect, causing destruction, evacuations and emergency proclamations by Gov. Jerry Brown. Several stories contain information about the Butte and Valley fires, as well as the Rough fire burning east of Fresno.

2. Gold Rush era mementos emerge at depleted Folsom Lake

Low water levels change more than Folsom Lake’s aesthetics. They unveil remnants of a usually inundated Gold Rush-era town known as Mormon Island. Currently, rusted tools and trinkets, a large road bridge and withered building foundations are exposed.

3. Plan to regulate medical marijuana heads to Jerry Brown

After years of false starts and nearly two decades after California legalized cannabis for medical purposes, lawmakers Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a legislative package to regulate the billion-dollar industry.

4. A talker: Sac State president and wife, Iowa couple share grief over suicide of sons

5. Popular on Twitter: 49ers notes: Starting cornerback is a mystery; that he'll be targeted is obvious

With a lead like this, how could the story that follows not be popular?: To an offensive coordinator probing for weaknesses in his opponent, a rookie cornerback is like a straggling caribou to a hungry wolf. He’s a natural target.

6. Popular on Facebook: California Senate passes resolution to ‘dump Trump’

In the waning minutes before the state Senate adjourned for the year, Democrats adopted a resolution condemning Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s views on immigration and calling on Californians to divest from his many business enterprises.

7. Popular on video: Heroes of train attack honored in Sacramento hometown parade

Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler participated in a "Hometown Heroes" parade in their honor on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, along Sacramento's Capital Mall. The parade honored the trio for thwarting an Aug. 21 terrorist attack on a train

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