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

Bartender Bethany Parker prepares the bar for business in the lobby of the new Studio Movie Grill in Rocklin. The new theater serves dine-in food and alcohol. It is the first daily theater of its kind in the region. It is called Studio Movie Grill, and is part of a chain out of Texas.
Bartender Bethany Parker prepares the bar for business in the lobby of the new Studio Movie Grill in Rocklin. The new theater serves dine-in food and alcohol. It is the first daily theater of its kind in the region. It is called Studio Movie Grill, and is part of a chain out of Texas. rbenton@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.

White Christmas: If grandma’s house is in the Sierra – or you have a reservation at a mountain cabin – head up the highway early this week for Christmas because the National Weather Service is forecasting a Christmas Eve storm. Until then, warm, dry conditions are forecast for Monday and Tuesday. The high Monday is expected to be in the mid-60s in the Sacramento region after patchy morning fog burns off.

Dinner, and a movie: Hoping to turn the tide of falling box office attendance, movie theaters increasingly are embracing a full-service entertainment concept, serving high-end dinner and drinks as patrons watch the film. Last week, the Studio Movie Grill opened in Rocklin, marking the region's first grand foray into the model.

Seeking shelter: Janice Moore lives on the street. Conventional shelter is hard to come by, since she wants to keep her dogs, and that’s a no-no in many places that try to help indigent people. Would-be helpers have taken to the internet in hopes of finding someone who might donate a vehicle for Moore to use as a domicile.

Just saying ‘no’: The city of West Sacramento and a Texas-based gasoline company are battling over whether it’s riskier to ship large amounts of ethanol through city streets on trains or on tanker trucks – a dispute that last week spilled into court.

Raiders pull an upset: In the classic matchup of a team with nothing to lose playing an outfit with plenty on the line, the Oakland Raiders came up big. Nearing the end of a miserable season, the Raiders defeated the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, knocking the Bill out of playoff contention.

Local sports: The Sacramento Kings head down Interstate 80 on Monday night to play the Golden State Warriors, the team with the best record in the NBA. Gametime is 7:30 p.m. A live blog featuring updates from The Bee’s Jason Jones and other observers begins at 6:30 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KNBR 680)

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