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

Kaepernick doubles down on national anthem protest: “I’ll continue to sit.”

Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem Friday and plans to continue protesting.
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Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem Friday and plans to continue protesting.

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

1) This wealthy farmer is taking on Sacramento: 'God help you if you disagree with him'

Dean "Dino" Cortopassi called his November ballot initiative - a proposal to require voter approval before the state issues revenue bonds for public works projects costing more than $2 billion - his "moral obligation."

2) Blind woman must say goodbye to her blind and deaf dog

Carmelo the cocker spaniel dropped into the canine foster system this week when his owner, Marilyn Crisp, 62 and also blind, came to the hard realization that she could no longer care for the aging pet who has been at her side since he was a puppy.

“I knew he couldn't see or hear, but he didn’t understand why I kept stepping on him. Every time I did it I’d just be in tears. I didn’t want to be stepping on my dog,” says Marilyn Crisp of Sacramento, on why she has to part with her beloved dog,

3) Fairytale Town site in south Sacramento gives children space to play

The new free form play space at the Maple Neighborhood Center in south Sacramento is every child's fantasy.

The adventure playground added in 2016 allows kids to get dirty while they build and create.

4) A talker: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick sits during anthem as protest: 'I have to stand up for people that are oppressed'

Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem Friday because he refused to "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he told the NFL Network's Steve Wyche after the game.

Sports fans were interviewed regarding 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem at an NFL preseason game. The interviews were done at Sports Station in Modesto, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (By Ron Ago

Sports fans were interviewed regarding 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem at an NFL preseason game. The interviews were done at Sports Station in Modesto, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (By Ron Ago

5) Popular on Twitter: Herd thunders on as Elk Grove routs Inderkum in opener

There were some rough edges, per the norm for a season opener, but the upside is tremendous for both teams.

6) Popular on Facebook: Sacramento County foster care agencies band together to help LGBT youths find homes

Sacramento County Child Protective Services and other local foster youth and adoption agencies formed a collaborative last year to increase recruitment of parents who are open to housing LGBT youth.

7) Popular on video: Sacramento Mural Festival paints the city beautiful

Between August 20 and August 27th, 2016 artists from near and far created about a dozen murals on empty walls in midtown and downtown Sacramento during Sacramento Mural Festival.

Between August 20 and August 27th, 2016 artists from near and far created about a dozen murals on empty walls in midtown and downtown Sacramento during Sacramento Mural Festival. This video tours the several of them, in progress and finished. Musi

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