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Demolition of Downtown Plaza moving quickly


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Piece by piece, wall by wall, what used to be the Downtown Plaza Mall is quickly becoming a large pile of rubble.

The south half of the mall between 5th and 6th streets is completely gone, and crews are abating the inside of Macy's East, which will come down early next week.

"Everything we take out now is free and clear of hazardous material," Turner Construction Project Manager Gary Ralls said. "Then we go in and push everything out, that's the soft demolition, then we take down the structure piece by piece."

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If Wings Be Your Thing - Sactown Wings

If Wings Be Your Thing - Sactown Wings

I cannot think of one friend who does not like chicken wings. They are the quintessential appetizer in that they are the perfect finger food that can be flavored any way you like.  

I, myself, have never been a fan of Buffalo wings. Just don't care for the hot sauce, hate blue cheese, and can take or leave celery. I'm also not a big fan of messy wings. Too much sauce when it's the fatty chicken wing I want to enjoy. But that's the beauty of wings. There's a flavor and style to fit everyone.

If you are interested in going wing crazy on Saturday, then you need to head to Fremont Park for Sactown Wings. This first time event will feature wings from Bar West, Fieldhouse Sports Bar, Chicago Fire, Clark's Corner, the Blue Cue, and Walter'z Wing'z. Beer: Sudwerk, New Glory, Santos, Hoppy, Crispin, MillerCoors, and Lost Coast.

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Film Moblization Rally Urges Support for AB 1839 and Tax Incentives for Filmmakers

Film Moblization Rally Urges Support for AB 1839 and Tax Incentives for Filmmakers

More than 250 California Filmmakers rallied at the State Capitol today to urge passage of AB1839, a law to support California jobs by providing tax incentives for film production companies who film in California.

Union representatives and non-union actors and crew members carried signs and showcased their skills by demonstrating green screen technology and the art of foley, specialized sound effects for film.

A variety of speakers told the crowd how filmmaking jobs supports local busineses and the overall California economy.

Introduced by Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra (Dist 39-San Fernando) and Mike Gatto (Dist 43-Burbank), the bill has approval from the CA Assembly and now needs passage in the CA Senate.

Kings ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge

Kings ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge

Kings ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge

Watch as the Kings participate in the Ice-Bucket Challenge in support of the ALS Foundation.

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Sacramento mom loses son to Ebola epidemic


SACRAMENTO - The chaos and fear of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa is hitting home for members of the Friends in Jesus International Church of the Nazarene in Sacramento.

Just last week, member Florence Brown learned her 27-year-old son Bobby Weh had died from the Ebola virus.

"He was a very good child. He was ready to help anybody, but today he is gone," Brown said as she broke down in tears at the church on Wednesday.

Sacramento forum on Ferguson with city leaders draws hundreds


SACRAMENTO - The shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri continues to draw national attention in communities across the country, including Sacramento.

Wednesday night the Sacramento NAACP hosted a forum at the Guild Theater in Oak Park to talk with law enforcement and city leaders on how to prevent a Ferguson-like scenario from happening in the city.

Mayor Kevin Johnson, who co-hosted the forum, told the crowd that after the Ferguson riots, mayors around the country called each other to compare notes on how they could stop their cities from becoming the next flash point. Some of the people in the audience worried what happened in Ferguson could happen in Sacramento.

At the peak of the forum, the Guild Theater had standing room only with hundreds gathered to hear from city leaders about what Sacramento can learn from the events in Ferguson.

Three found guilty in barbershop murder trial


Two men have been found guilty of murder while a third was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the slaying of a mother trying to protect her son during a shootout.

Jurors handed down the verdicts Wednesday in the case against four men accused of killing Monique Nelson in 2010 during a gun battle at a Sacramento barbershop.

Lonnie Orland Mitchell Jr., 27, was found guilty of first -degree murder, possession of an assault weapon and four counts of assault with a firearm.

His brother, Louis James Mitchell, 22, was found guilty of first -degree murder and four counts of assault with a firearm.

"They were the ones carrying the TEC-9 and the AK-47. It's hard to fathom you would go into a barbershop to get a haircut with those," juror Bob Harris said.