Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Spring-like skiing and skating: Could we be trying to force winter? The downtown Sacramento ice rink opens today under abnormally warm conditions. And Boreal Mountain Resort opens the ski season today thanks to snow-making machines. A high of 76 degrees is forecast for Sacramento and 67 degrees at Blue Canyon. Warm enough to ski in shirt-sleeves or skate in shorts.
Fraud alleged: Carissa Carpenter, the would-be movie mogul who promised last year to bring a $2.8 billion movie studio to the farming town of Dixon, has been indicted and charged with 32 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and lying to federal agents.
Survivor speaks: Anthony Holmes is the lone survivor of Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes’ alleged shooting spree Oct. 24 that killed two sheriff’s deputies. The 38-year-old Sacramento man narrowly escaped death when Monroy-Bracamontes allegedly attempted to steal his car in a parking lot on Howe Avenue as the suspect fled from police. In an interview with The Sacrmaento Bee, Holmes spoke through wires holding his shattered jaw together. The evidence of the four bullet wounds that damaged his ear, jaw, hand and arm was still visible. He said he’s been having nightmares, waves of depression.
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Center details Ebola handling plans: Nurses at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento will be protected head-to-toe and are prepared to handle the Ebola virus if it shows up at their doors, they said at a media briefing.
Funds for theater complex: The Sacramento City Council on Thursday night approved a $2.5 million gift to help the B Street Theatre finalize the funding it needs for a long-planned complex in midtown. B Street is raising money for a $25.7 million facility at 27th Street and Capitol Avenue.
▪ Bee editorial: B Street Theatre is a good investment
Remembrance exhibit in capital: A traveling exhibit to honor service members killed in war and civilians who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be open to the public today through Tuesday in Capitol Park between L Street and Capitol Avenue, and 13th and 14th streets. The “Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance” is inscribed with 11,000 names and contains a time line of events, according to the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
Cook-off fundraiser: The Firefighters Burn Institute will sponsor a chili cook-off from 6 to 10 p.m. today at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento. ll proceeds will benefit the Firefighters Burn Institute. Tickets are $25, $15 for children 12 and younger, and $30 at the door.
Local sports: Are the 4-1 Sacramento Kings for real? An upcoming four-game road trip will be revealing, writes Bee columnist Ailene Voisin.
NBA – Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns, 6 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140)
Prep football – Five games to watch, as detailed by The Bee’s Joe Davidson
▪ Pleasant Grove vs. Franklin at Cosumnes Oaks High, 7 p.m. (Sac Access TV)
▪ Vista del Lago vs. Christian Brothers at Hughes Stadium, 7 p.m. (KSAC-FM 105.5)
▪ Placer at Colfax, 7 p.m. (KAHI 950)