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

A little rain doesn’t stop Arianna Schifano, 12, from trying out her new blue cruiser  Dec. 12 at the Serna Village housing complex for families transitioning out of homelessness. Book of Dreams readers helped fulfill the dream of 25 bicycles for children of the Serna Village Bike Club.
A little rain doesn’t stop Arianna Schifano, 12, from trying out her new blue cruiser Dec. 12 at the Serna Village housing complex for families transitioning out of homelessness. Book of Dreams readers helped fulfill the dream of 25 bicycles for children of the Serna Village Bike Club. lsterling@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Christmas Eve:

A windy Christmas: Afternoon showers are predicted for today with breezy conditions. Christmas Day also looks clear, with gusts as high as 28 mph predicted for the Sacramento region. After the holiday, the area settles into a dry spell, according to the National Weather Service.

Christmas “Interview”: The Sony picture “The Interview” will be released theatrically Christmas Day in at least two Sacramento-area theaters. Palladio 16 Cinemas in Folsom and Angels 6 Theatres in Angels Camp, both owned by Petaluma-based Cinema West, confirmed Tuesday they will show the film starting on Christmas.

Book of Dreams: From Nov. 26 to Thursday, The Sacramento Bee has shared with you 12 stories of good people in need. Your response during the annual holiday charity drive was again uplifting. To date, the Book of Dreams has raised more than $130,000 and generated hundreds of donations. Readers can continue to donate online.

▪ Bee photo gallery: Book of Dreams, fulfilled

Economy, mall rebounding: The economy hasn’t fully recovered in Sacramento. But the holiday shopping season showed business is continuing to improve. Retailers in Arden Fair mall have been reporting sales gains of between 1 percent and 2 percent over last year “week in and week out” since November, said the mall’s general manager.

Irate on the interstate: After being caught up in a terrifying alleged road rage incident on Interstate 80 in Placer County on Saturday, Delanie Strykul said she will refrain from responding to a traffic slight with an obscene gesture no matter how dangerous or rude the actions of the other driver.

Holiday flick on the big screen: Cinemark Theaters in Elk Grove, Rocklin, Roseville and Sacramento are screening “It’s a Wonderful Life” today at 2 and 7 p.m.

Bee photo galleries:

▪ Sacramento’s Fabulous 40s neighborhood is merry and bright

▪ Holiday light displays around the Sacramento region

Hire Karl: Sacramento Bee columnist Ailene Voisin writes given all that has transpired these past few weeks, particularly these past few days, the Sacramento Kings’ brain trust should hire George Karl as head coach.

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