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.
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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)