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

Omar Rafi, 9, right, greets his sisters Saleha, 11, center, and Maryam, 13, left, with hugs and kisses as they return home from school the day of his release from UC Davis Children's Hospital at Skyview Villa Apartments on Wed., Oct. 14, 2015 in Sacramento. Omar declared in English, "I'm celebrating my discharge!"
Omar Rafi, 9, right, greets his sisters Saleha, 11, center, and Maryam, 13, left, with hugs and kisses as they return home from school the day of his release from UC Davis Children's Hospital at Skyview Villa Apartments on Wed., Oct. 14, 2015 in Sacramento. Omar declared in English, "I'm celebrating my discharge!" rbyer@sacbee.com

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

1) No Safe Place: Afghans risked their lives for U.S., now struggle in Sacramento

Sacramento has become a major destination for Afghan refugees who translated for U.S. troops or otherwise served in the war effort. But California hasn't provided the better life they expected. Marked for death by the Taliban at home, they've endured poverty and violence in Sacramento.

The State Department offers Special Immigrant Visas to Afghans who risked their lives translating and providing other services to U.S. and allied forces during the war on terror. Sacramento's ethnic diversity and mild climate have made it a magnet

Abdul Far​​had Ghafoori, a former translator in Afghanistan, moved his family to the United States in hope of finding a better life and an education. He never imagined the struggle he now faces balancing a swing shift job for minimum wage and cari

Yalda Kabiri worked as a translator with U.S. task forces in Afghanistan for five years. Now she balances her desire for a college degree with a day care she runs out of her home for other Special Immigrant Visa holders. Sacramento County provides

2) Nixtaco owner takes calculated risk on authentic Mexican food

Patricio Wise, co-owner of the new Roseville taqueria Nixtaco, sets lofty culinary goals. But these days, they're simply high rather than close to impossible.

Owner Patricio Wise starts with heirloom corn from Mexico, which he grinds in-house. Nixtaco's menu reflects influences from Northern Mexico.

3) 'You left my wife laying in a ditch,' says husband of hit-and-run victim

Perko's Farm Fresh Cafe on Watt Avenue looked more like a Woodstock reunion than a chain diner Saturday as customers in tie-dye shirts, hats and dresses filed into its wood-paneled booths to have coffee and a short stack for Donna Zurfluh.

Ron Zurfluh of Elverta wants justice for his wife, who was left to die on an Elverta Highway. "She’s the love of my life, my only love of my life,” he said.

4) A talker: Sacramento High football player allegedly killed during argument over music

Deston Garrett was allegedly killed over a song by someone he'd been friends with for years.

Friends, family and classmates gathered at Sacramento Charter High School to remember 19 year-old Deston Garrett, a student and football player shot and killed days before his graduation.

5) Popular on Twitter: Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson could fill immediate need for Kings

The Kings cannot talk about Malachi Richardson until the deal that sent guard Marco Belinelli to Charlotte for the 22nd pick becomes official July 1, but Richardson knows he will be with the Kings and should have an opportunity to prove his doubters wrong.

Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac told reporters after the NBA draft on Thursday, June 23, 2016, that choices and deals the team made have brought significant size to a team anchored by incumbent center DeMarcus Cousins. Big men acquire

6) Popular on Facebook: After devastating fire, county turns to marijuana for comeback

A blaze that scorched 71,000 acres and destroyed 860 houses and other buildings helped give birth to something else.

7) Popular on video: Our 2016 annual fireworks review: What's worth your time, money

To accurately test the pyrotechnics available for sale in Sacramento County, our test team’s first order of business was simulating ideal fireworks-watching conditions.

Four Sacramento Bee reporters reviewed 20 fireworks from Phantom and TNT to come up with the Top 5 that you'll want to make part of your big Fourth of July show.

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