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

A meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower in Amador county on Friday, August 12, 2016.
A meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower in Amador county on Friday, August 12, 2016. rbenton@sacbee.com

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

1) A pot smuggler’s story: the fast rise and dramatic demise of ‘Papa Winks’

David Winkle's later-life career change, a story dramatic in its details of risky business, sudden riches and an inauspicious demise, is just one colorful thread in the vast tapestry of the California marijuana black market that supplies much of America with high-grade, illicit pot.

A former lumber sales executive in Humboldt County, David Winkle was a regular guy who hit hard times while in his early 50s. That's when he decided to start growing marijuana and reinvent him as "Papa Winks," an interstate drug trafficker. It was

2) Sacramento County struggles to keep social workers due to heavy workload

Sacramento County has struggled to retain social workers in its Child Protective Services agency because they face massive caseloads and too little time.

3) California farm communities pay price for decades of fertilizer use

A pollutant that has leached into California aquifers since farmers first began using synthetic fertilizer continues to accumulate and would not be removed from groundwater even if the state's agriculture businesses abruptly quit using nitrogen-based materials to boost the productivity of their crops.

4) A talker: The one person whose reputation was enhanced by UC Davis scandal

The story behind the story is the only redeeming part of an otherwise dismal tale of waste and politics in higher education.

5) Popular on Twitter: Folsom Bulldogs still have plenty of snarl and bite

One day. That's how long returning members of players on the Folsom Bulldogs football team allowed themselves to rub out the welts and bruises of a championship season that was suddenly thrust into the ditch.

Folsom High School linebacker Ariel Ngata talks about the winning culture that the program has established in the past five years. The powerhouse Bulldogs football team has not lost to a Sac-Joaquin Section school since 2011, a 50-game winning str

6) Popular on Facebook: Scores of students without vaccine proof sent home on first day of school

Scores of Sacramento area students were sent home from school this week after they showed up for kindergarten and seventh grade without proof of vaccination.

7) Popular on video: Brother looking for silver lining in gun death

Sacramento police arrested Mario Junior Garcia, a neighbor, on Tuesday, suspected of firing the shots that killed Talanoa Feinga outside Feinga's Valley Hi home in the 8300 block of Anton Way.

South Sacramento resident hopes to improve neighborhood in wake of brother's death. Talanoa Feinga died after confronting a loud party.

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