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

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

1) Hazardous lead levels found in Mangan Park outside shuttered Sacramento gun range

Lead levels above state environmental or health standards were discovered on a walkway leading into the range, on the roof, in the soil 5 feet from an exterior wall and in other soil locations immediately surrounding the building. A soil test 2 feet from the range near a “bullet trap access hatch” discovered lead at a concentration that is 762.5 times the state Department of Toxic Substances Control standard.

2) Marcos Breton: UC Davis muddles messages it paid to have massaged

The trouble that Chancelor Linda Katehi is in now mirrors the troubles that have dogged her in the past. They are connected by message paralysis, with her high-priced surrogates seeming to choke on their Olympian talking points as times get tough.

3) Andy Furillo: Republic FC and Kings are tale of two franchises.

A celebration took place in the sunshine Thursday on L Street with the Major League Soccer commissioner’s announcement that he expects Sacramento to join his league by 2020. Minutes later and a few miles up the freeway, gloom engulfed the Kings’ practice gym, where it was announced that head coach George Karl had been fired.

4) A talker: New midtown Sacramento coffee cafe, roastery aims to carve niche in growing market.

Consumption of specialty coffees – those made from beans grown in specific geographic regions with special micro-climates, producing unique flavor profiles – is growing, representing about 55 percent of the nearly $50 billion U.S. coffee business market, according to the Santa Ana-based Specialty Coffee Association of America. Is there enough room in the local pool for a new player?

5) Popular on Twitter: NFL Scouts watch former Grant High School standout Devontae Booker work out

The shifty and strong running back from Utah by way of Grant and American River College worked out in front of more than 25 NFL scouts, coaches and personnel executives.

6) Popular on Facebook: Dining review: New Joe Marty’s a solid base hit

The panko-coated French fries were crisp outside and creamy in. In other words, fried perfectly. The “grand slam dog,” the $10.95 price of which causes one to blanch at first ($11 for a hot dog?), is hearty and tasty enough to merit the price.

7) Popular video: Watch heavy snow melt unleash roaring Yosemite waterfalls

Recent weather conditions and rising temperature have unleashed gushing waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. The waterfalls will peak sometime in May. And some of the seasonal ones will likely run until mid to late summer, according to a park representative.

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