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

Irina Proshak, 41, works out Sunday at The Gym in Sacramento. She won an international bodybuilding competition in San Diego last month.
Irina Proshak, 41, works out Sunday at The Gym in Sacramento. She won an international bodybuilding competition in San Diego last month. rbyer@sacbee.com

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

Tis the weather season: Bring an umbrella to work or pull up your hood when Christmas shopping. The National Weather Service is calling for up to an inch of rain in the valley and about a foot of snow at the higher elevations through Wednesday. The start of Hanukkah at sundown on Tuesday will be chilly because forecasters say this is a colder storm than the rain-producer last week.

Interchange innovations: The project to turn the Watt Avenue interchange on Highway 50 into something that can handle its heavy daily traffic load is nearly complete. More than merely a widening or rerouting, the project has incorporated innovations that no longer cater to automobiles as the end-all conveyance.

Airport arias?: Well, not necessarily, but that sound travelers are hearing at Sacramento International Airport is live music, provided by a variety of local musicians as part of a holiday performance series. Officials say it is an effort to bring joyful vibes to strung-out travelers during the airport’s busiest season.

Lavender effort: A significant part of midtown Sacramento has long been known as Lavender Heights, a center for gay life, commerce and activism. An effort is underway to make the name official, with supporters, including City Councilman Steve Hansen, raising money to create and place a historical designation.

Sac cops muscle up: A new look for Sacramento police? That’s what Irina Proshak could represent. A mother of three who left Ukraine in 1986 in search of greater religious freedom, she is a business owner, bodybuilding champion and new cadet in the Sacramento Police Academy. Among her goals: I want to take bad people and put them in jail.”

Local sports: The Kings have a day off before continuing their home stand Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Sleep Train Arena.

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