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Nine people were shot and wounded, one critically, in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning by a lawyer who had issues with his law firm, authorities said.  The first report of the shootings began at about 6:30 a.m. CDT, Police Chief Martha Montalvo said at a news conference, and when officers…

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San Diego would take a major economic hit if Donald Trump is elected, a report suggests, by undermining area businesses that make deals overseas. Trump has repeatedly campaigned against the American weakness shown by trade imbalances with China and Mexico, and has also criticized trade deals that…

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Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business section. I’m Business columnist David Lazarus, and here’s a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week

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Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Erika D. Smith finds detritus from the … Click to Continue »

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Almost every year, Sacramento lawmakers introduce bills to change something or other about the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and usually for good reason. The five-person structure that works well enough in a county like, say, Sierra, with its 3,000 residents, is hopelessly inadequate…

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Cities, noted René Descartes, should provide “an inventory of the possible,” a transformative experience—and a better life—for those who migrate to them. This was certainly true of seventeenth-century Amsterdam, about which the French philosopher was speaking. And it’s increasingly true of Texas’s fast-growing metropolises—Houston, Dallas–Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio. In the last decade, these booming cities have created jobs and attracted new residents—especially young families and immigrants—at rates unmatched by coastal metropolitan areas. …

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There’s a classic photo of Arnold Palmer walking off the green at San Francisco’s Olympic Club in 1966, shoulders slumped, eyes downward, as Billy Casper rests a consoling arm across his shoulders. In the late 1950s and early ‘60s, Palmer ravaged the sport, its course and its players by winning…

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Jason Verrett propelled his body parallel to the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium, diving and reaching as far as he could with an extended right hand. This was not his day, he’d say afterward. Not his game

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Arnold Palmer, the son of a Pennsylvania golf-course greens keeper who combined movie-star magnetism, go-for-broke daring and the nascent power of television to become a seven-time professional major tournament champion and the sport’s first international corporate icon, died Sunday. He was 87. …

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Golf legend Arnold Palmer died in Pittsburgh at the age of 87 on Sunday. The news was first reported by Golfweek and was later confirmed by the United Stated Golf Association.

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When it comes to California’s public schools, the question should always be: What’s best for students? By that measuring stick, voters should support Proposition 58, which would give students (and … »

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How does one go from being born into a farmworker family in Delano in 1940 to being named a 2015 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities recipient?

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How do you turn a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan into an avid supporter of the Cleveland Browns?

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Jerry Brown is fond of aphorisms he may believe sound wryly sage, but often come across as cynical. One such occasion was this year’s “Host Breakfast,” an annual gathering … Click to Continue »

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Two people suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds outside a hookah lounge in northwest Bakersfield early Sunday morning.

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Shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday, at a quiet intersection in North Park, more than 100 people gathered to remember a tragedy they will never forget. Thirty-eight years earlier almost the minute, 144 people were killed in what was then the deadliest aviation disaster in the country’s history after…

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A red flag fire weather warning will be in effect across all areas of San Diego County except the coast through Monday night, says the National Weather Service. Coastal areas are under a heat advisory. Forecasters issued the warning due to the potentially dangerous mix of Santa Ana Ana winds, high…

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A note about endorsements

September 25, 2016

in Op-eds

As part of our civic duty, we on The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board offer our recommendations in as many contested races in the region as we can. Toward that end, we research ballot measures, conduct interviews and attend candidate forums. But we generally don’t endorse in districts where, based on voter registration, one party is so dominant that the incumbent is essentially assured of victory.We support the re-election of Reps. …

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OAKLAND, Calif., — A surgical procedure recommended to reduce the future risk of ovarian cancer has been successfully implemented throughout Kaiser Permanente in Northern California without a change in surgical outcomes, according to research published in the journal Obstetrics &…

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Ingredients

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Fall is often a busy time of year for many of us. School is back in session.

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Less than one month after his death, Ranchipur, the 50-year-old Asian elephant, was entering the next stage of the San Diego Zoo’s circle of life. Ranchipur’s new chapter was unfolding inside San Diego Zoo Global’s Beckman Center for Conservation Research, where cells from the 10,000-pound elephant…

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Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins’ ace pitcher and one of the brightest young stars in baseball, was found dead early Sunday morning after a boating accident, the team and Coast Guard officials have confirmed. He was 24. Sunday’s Marlins home game against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled

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I checked the voting record of my friend who lives in Oklahoma. I could urge her to vote and lobby for my cause by inducing her into participation. Fortunately, according to Badvoter.org, an online site that exposes voting frequency of Oklahomans, my friend is a “great voter!” I did not need to shame her. A 2006 study by Alan Gerber, Donald Green and Christopher Larimer concludes that by using some heavy-handed tactics, we could shame people into voting. In their study, voters were randomly assigned to receive no mail; a mailer that encouraged them to vote; and a mailer that encouraged them to vote and show their participation in previous elections…

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Our culture is imploding

September 25, 2016

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will debate at Hofstra University on Monday. Coincidentally, the first televised presidential debate took place 56 years ago to the day, between Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon. Time flies when the culture is imploding…

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Whitney Swarthout isn’t a regular at McClatchy Park, even though she was there on Thursday, sitting on a swing and soaking up the autumn sun with her newborn son, Charles. Usually, she sees the park from a far more disgusting angle – through the fence in her backyard, where a set of heavy bleachers has become a de facto spot for doing drugs.“There are used needles all in my backyard and all over that bench,” she said, pointing across the baseball diamond toward her home on Sixth Avenue. “I don’t know if they put needles through my fence line or what, but we find them and toss them back over. It’s really bad.”What Swarthout and, I suspect, many people don’t know is that city employees pick up dozens of used needles a day from a number of Sacramento parks…

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