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A.M. Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

Teacher James Van Buren, otherwise known as Mr. V, prepares to lead his drum line in the the stadium at Grant High School. Grant High School students are the most proud of two things – the Pacers football team and their drum line. The drum line, once the bastion of males, is now mostly female.
Teacher James Van Buren, otherwise known as Mr. V, prepares to lead his drum line in the the stadium at Grant High School. Grant High School students are the most proud of two things – the Pacers football team and their drum line. The drum line, once the bastion of males, is now mostly female. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Happy Thanksgiving. Here’s what you need to know today:

Sunny for next two days: Travel on Thanksgiving should be on dry roads as a lingering high pressure system is predicted to remain in place through the day. Sunny skies with temperatures in the high 60s are predicted for the next two days in Sacramento. However, the weekend looks rainy.

On TV tonight: Grant Union High School drum line director James Van Buren, known affectionately as “Mr. V” by students, will be featured by ABC News anchor Robin Roberts as one of three “unsung heroes” during a network Thanksgiving special airing tonight. “Thank you, America! With Robin Roberts” will be shown at 8 p.m. on Channel 10 (KXTV).

Minimum wage hike in city?: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and other city leaders want to explore raising the minimum wage in the city, setting up what likely will be a defining political discussion in Sacramento in 2015. Johnson plans to convene a task force after the first of the year to look into raising the rate above the current statewide minimum of $9 an hour.

R Street update: A prominent Sacramento development company has bought a mostly vacant building on R Street with an eye toward redevelopment, in the latest sign of the renaissance taking place on the midtown corridor.

Holiday exercise: If you’re up early in the middle of Sacramento or in communities on the periphery of the capital, chances to get in a good run on Thanksgiving Day abound. Here are six runs scheduled for the greater Sacramento region, along with registration details.

Expo wonderland: Cal Expo is hosting Global Winter Wonderland, a lantern festival with more than 70 light displays that represent all seven continents, a fantasy forest, dinosaur maze and holiday village. The event takes place every weekend and select weekdays through Jan. 4. Bee photo gallery

Miscues derail win streak: The Sacramento Kings committed 21 turnovers en route to a 102-89 loss to the host Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Local sports: NFL – Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 5:30 p.m. (Channel 3, KNBR 680, ESPN 1320). Here’s the game at a glance, as detailed by The Bee’s Matt Barrows.

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