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

Sacramento Police officer, Gus Johnson, checks for valid tickets on a light rail train, Monday, February 8, 2015, at the 65th Street light rail station, as members of Regional Transit, Sacramento Police and Sacramento Sheriff's departments cite fare evaders in what is known as a "blitz," Monday, February 8, 2016.
Sacramento Police officer, Gus Johnson, checks for valid tickets on a light rail train, Monday, February 8, 2015, at the 65th Street light rail station, as members of Regional Transit, Sacramento Police and Sacramento Sheriff's departments cite fare evaders in what is known as a "blitz," Monday, February 8, 2016. lsterling@sacbee.com

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

1. Freeloaders on board: Can Sacramento tackle its train problem?

Hundreds of fare cheats play "catch me if you can" on Sacramento Regional Transit trains every day. If they see a transit officer on board, they hop off and take the next train. Fare evasion is RT's long-standing Achilles heel, costing the agency money, angering riders and discouraging potential customers who feel uncomfortable riding with rule breakers.

Sacramento police recently converged on light rail trains to check fares. Most of the time, though, there is nobody on trains making sure passengers have valid tickets. It has led to widespread fare evasion.

2. Parents alarmed after hearing about California student data transfer

Parents across California have grown concerned after learning that a Sacramento-based federal judge ordered the state Department of Education to release sensitive records for more than 10 million schoolchildren to lawyers and consultants representing special education advocates.

Sacramento City Unified School District made automated calls to families informing them of the legal case regarding the disclosure of student information and advising how parents could file an objection.

3. Folsom High School football trio ready for next challenge

Left tackle Jonah Williams, right tackle Kooper Richardson and Bee Offensive Player of the Year Jake Jeffrey represent the full gamut of potential and odds.

4. A talker: Dining review: Broderick Midtown loaded with fun

"Broderick is like the NFL lineman who enrolls in ballet class to increase flexibility and discovers he's a real twinkle-toes," writes The Bee's Carla Meyer. "Delicacy was not the point, yet it's present anyway."

5. Popular on Twitter: Marcos Breton: Too much left unsaid in J.J. Clavo killing

“When it comes to the shooting death of Jaulon "J.J." Clavo, and the identification of his alleged killer three months later, what isn't being said is just as important as what is being said,” writes The Bee’s Marcos Breton.

The Sacramento Police Department announces an arrest in the killing of Grant High School football player Jaulon “JJ” Clavo, who was shot to death in November. Police Chief Sam Somers said officers have arrested a 16-year-old male. Nicole Clavo, J

6. Popular on Facebook: Violent crime rising faster in Sacramento than in other large cities, study finds

Violent crime rose faster during the first six months of 2015 in Sacramento than in any of the 25 largest U.S. cities tracked in an annual FBI crime report, according to an analysis released this week by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

7. Popular video: Capitol Beer and Taproom gets ready to hoist a few to celebrate brew

Hidden in the back of a busy strip mall at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue, Capitol Beer and Taproom promises a world-class tasting experience seven days a week.

​Ken Hotchkiss, owner of the Capitol Beer and Taproom, is looking forward to beer week, Sacramento's official annual celebration of suds.

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