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

Following a moving speech by Isaiah Crockran, 24, calling on more in the community to be roll models, Khalil Ferguson, 21, right, embraces him at a gathering of Sacramento Together Faith Community in front of the Sacramento County Jail, protesting police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota outside the Sacramento County Jail on Thursday, July 07, 2016.
Following a moving speech by Isaiah Crockran, 24, calling on more in the community to be roll models, Khalil Ferguson, 21, right, embraces him at a gathering of Sacramento Together Faith Community in front of the Sacramento County Jail, protesting police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota outside the Sacramento County Jail on Thursday, July 07, 2016. jvillegas@sacbee.com

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

1) Black children die at alarming rate in Sacramento County, and here’s why

Between 2010 and 2015, African American children died at well above the rates of any other racial or ethnic group in Sacramento County: Nearly one-quarter of the 873 children under age 18 who died in the county during that six-year time frame were black, even as black youths made up just 11 percent of the population in that age group.

African American children are dying in Sacramento County at more than twice the rate of white children and about three times the rate of Latino and Asian youths. More than a third of black child deaths occur in the womb or the first weeks of life.

2) Rethink your yard – and love it

When meters were finally installed in their Sacramento neighborhood in October 2013, the Delgados realized what a money and time drain their water-hogging lawn had become. After many months of discussion amid California’s lingering drought, they decided it was finally time to rethink their yard.

3) Substandard housing for Afghan refugees reflects larger problem in Sacramento County

Aging suburban neighborhoods in unincorporated Sacramento County now have the biggest concentration of substandard rental apartments in the region – a reality reflected in a recent Bee series on Afghan refugees.

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

4) A talker: Sail Inn space is masterfully redone, but food’s not at full mast

Sail Inn Grotto & Bar, the bar/ restaurant that opened three months ago in the old Jefferson Boulevard bar after a $500,000 revamp, has a way to go in perfecting dishes and drinks. But it already offers a few standouts in each category, in a space that’s now squeaky clean yet pays homage to what was charming about the old Sail Inn.

5) Popular on Twitter: Why Kevin de León cares about guns

There's a story behind why, upon arriving in Sacramento, Kevin de León introduced legislation to regulate bullet sales.

6) Popular on Facebook: Homeless man becomes downtown ambassador for Roseville

Mark Hegel, a homeless man, spends his days in downtown Roseville. He doesn’t ask for handouts; he offers directions and a warm smile.

7) Popular on video: Explaining California's new assault weapon ban

Being a California gun owner just got more complicated.

New California laws will broaden the definition of prohibited assault weapons, cracking down on a quick-reloading device referred to as the "bullet button."

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