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

Molly Sparrowk, 18, of Clements, competes in the finals of the Girls Cutting Competition at the California High School Rodeo Association's Challenge of Champions in Plymouth on Friday, March 18, 2016.
Molly Sparrowk, 18, of Clements, competes in the finals of the Girls Cutting Competition at the California High School Rodeo Association's Challenge of Champions in Plymouth on Friday, March 18, 2016. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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

1. Train hero Spencer Stone's father, two others indicted in arson fraud scheme

Three men, including the father of French train hero Spencer Stone, were indicted Friday on charges of collecting $1.5 million in insurance money in an arson fraud scheme that included setting fires at Sacramento-area commercial buildings.

John Manning, attorney for Brian Stone, leaves the Sacramento federal courthouse with Grace Stone, the wife of Brian Stone, on Friday, March 18, 2016. Jamal M. Shehadeh, Brian J. Stone and Saber A. Shehadeh were arraigned and charged in a 60-count

2. Coding courses a rarity in California high schools despite tech explosion

The large majority of California's public high schools don't offer dedicated computer science or computer programming courses, according to a Sacramento Bee review of teacher assignment data from the California Department of Education.

3. City school parents decry 'deplorable' fields despite 2012 bond

Despite voter approval of more than $400 million in bonds less than four years ago, McClatchy booster club leaders are worried that no help is in sight for the school founded in 1937.

4. A talker: California condoms in porn measure tests merits of covering up

Positive HIV tests of adult film stars have repeatedly rattled the pornography industry in recent years, amplifying calls to better protect performers.

The ballot in November will ask the people of California if the state should require adult film performers to wear condoms during on-camera sexual intercourse. Implications to safety, healthcare, and the economy are all up for debate as the porn i

5. Popular on Twitter: Ailene Voisin: Golden 1 Center gives ex-councilman Cohn emotional boost

As relocation threats hovered and repeated arena incarnations failed at sites in the railyard, at Cal Expo, in Natomas, at the current preferred site downtown, former Sacramento City Council member Steve Cohn emerged as an impassioned, influential figure in the public-private partnership that spawned the soon-to-be completed Golden 1 Center.

Former Sacramento city councilman Steve Cohn believes an MLS franchise is inevitable and emphasis should be on constructing an events center/sports arena on the Sacramento State campus.

6. Popular on Facebook: Elk Grove girls beat odds, Sacramento for NorCal D-II title

Trailing 9-0 early but refusing to buckle under the pressure of the moment or the magnitude of competing in this spacious venue, the 12th-seeded Thundering Herd rallied to topple seventh-seeded Sacramento 46-45 in the CIF Northern California Division II final.

Elk Grove High School girls basketball stars Paiton Demps, Madison Wong and Mira Shulman break down their championship footwear and their 46-45 NorCal Division II championship win over Sacramento High Dragons.

7. Popular video: Molly Sparrowk continues family tradition at CHSRA's Challenge of Champions Rodeo

Molly Sparrowk of Clements competes in the Girls Cutting final as she continues a family tradition at the California High School Rodeo Association's Challenge of Champions Rodeo at the Amador County Fairground​s​ in Plymouth. Admission to rodeo is

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