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Weekend catch-up: 7 stories you don’t want to miss

For years, Maya Leonard has taken flight on the handcrafted swing that hangs from a Douglas fir that has stood for more than a century on her family's property. The tree was damaged in the Valley Fire, and may yet be felled.
For years, Maya Leonard has taken flight on the handcrafted swing that hangs from a Douglas fir that has stood for more than a century on her family's property. The tree was damaged in the Valley Fire, and may yet be felled. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Here are seven stories from the weekend that you will want to catch up on before the work week hits.

1. From the ashes: Recovery on Cobb Mountain

California endured one of its worst wildfire seasons in recorded history in 2015, and the Valley Fire was the most menacing of all. It tore through 76,067 acres in Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties, killing four people and leveling 1,280 homes.

2. Lance Armstrong stirs commotion at Auburn training run

An Auburn training run that is known as a favorite among locals got a taste of stardom Saturday as celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong and former major-league baseball player Eric Byrnes glided to the finish at Placer High School.

3. Housing to rise above historic R Street building

More housing is coming to Sacramento's booming R Street corridor with plans underway to convert a historic red-brick building into a retail complex topped with 26 upscale apartment units.

4. A talker: The once 'ugliest street in Sacramento' needs another facelift

"Franklin Boulevard deserves more than to be forever stuck in the ugly shadow of its sordid past," writes The Bee's Erika D. Smith.

5. Popular on Twitter: Predictions: Warriors on way to record season, another title

“With the NBA All-Star break upon us, the Warriors' superiority has been the highlight of the season, and you can expect them to clean up at the end of season when awards are handed out,” writes The Bee’s Jason Jones.

6. Popular on Facebook: Dining review: Revamped Paragary's lovely, flawed

“Though the food was better on our second and third visits than the first, Paragary's resilience and vision, as man and brand, were most evident in the exceptional service we received, and in the dining room's new-found visual appeal,” writes The Bee’s Carla Meyer.

7. Popular video: Kennedy High's Jiovanna Mamola overcomes obstacles to gain soccer scholarship to UC Irvine

Jiovanna Mamola's talent on the pitch attracted the attention of college scouts, but it was the fight she showed in the classroom that earned a scholarship to play Division I soccer at UC Irvine.

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