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What it's like to ride Sac RT train for the first time

What it's like to ride Sac RT train for the first time


SACRAMENTO - Because of the impact of the FIX 50 project, there is expected to be thousands of first-time riders on Sacramento's light-rail system. But first-timers may have some questions about riding the trains.

Whether you'll be using the green, gold, or blue line, you'll want to get your boarding pass, and make sure you have it on you at all times. Riding the train can be easy and stress-free, and a better alternative to waiting in gridlock.

First-time rider Kachet Jackson-Henderson will be choosing the train, instead of the traffic nightmare.

"I don't really know what to expect," she says. "I've taken public transit in San Francisco, and I feel like if I can do that I can do Sacramento RT."

Sacramento-area post offices closing earlier on tax deadline day

Sacramento-area post offices closing earlier on tax deadline day


SACRAMENTO - For all of you tax deadline day procrastinators, the West Sacramento processing and distribution center is the location that will be open the latest of all for Tuesday's tax deadline. It was much different in years past, when post offices would stay open until midnight on tax D-day, but the demand for that need has dropped significantly with more people opting to file electronically online.

Post office officials said over 90 percent of tax returns have been filed electronically. That leaves just 10 percent of the population across the country filing their taxes using the mail-in process, which leaves an even smaller percentage needing additional time.

Most post offices throughout Sacramento will be open until 5 p.m., with the exception of the West Sacramento branch remaining open until 9 p.m., and the Royal Oaks post office at 2000 Royal Oaks Drive, which will be open until 6 p.m.

Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon

Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon


SACRAMENTO - Runners with the Sacramento Running Association are preparing to head to Massachusetts for the Boston Marathon, one year after the deadly bombing.

"I heard the first explosion and it was really really loud," said runner Michelle La Sala.

La Sala finished last year's Boston Marathon an hour before the explosion.

She says she was in her hotel room 21 floors up on the street where the explosion occurred.

"I just saw people running away, running away from Boylston St., and that was one of the scariest things I have ever seen," La Sala remembered.

Despite the horror, La Sala and 40,000 other runners are not allowing fear to prevent them from participating in this year's race.

McGeorge Appellate Advocacy Team Earns Distinctions in Competitions Across the Country

McGeorge Appellate Advocacy Team Earns Distinctions in Competitions Across the Country

Oak Park’s own McGeorge School of Law concluded its 2013-2014 appellate advocacy competition season this week earning awards in several contests around the United States.

The appellate advocacy team, known as the Moot Court Team, argues issues of law before simulated panels of appellate judges. Each competition provides a different fact pattern with different legal issues for the students to research. After preparing a brief that is up to fifty pages long, the students prepare 10 to 20-minute oral arguments. During the arguments the judges ask specific questions about the law to assess the student’s presentation, critical thinking, and research skills. The students are scored based on their brief writing and oral argument abilities.

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales


SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.


USA Swimming Has Named Brian Nabeta from Arden Hills to National Diversity Select Camp Coaching Team

USA Swimming Has Named Brian Nabeta from Arden Hills to National Diversity Select Camp Coaching Team

USA Swimming has named Brian Nabeta, USA Swim Team Head Coach & Director of Aquatics for Arden Hills, as an Assistant Coach for the prestigious National Diversity Select Camp that takes place May 1-4, 2014, in Colorado Springs. At the camp, talented athletes from underrepresented populations will participate in a special, multi-day program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. The purpose of the National Diversity Select Camp is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.  

USA Swimming Has Selected Kailee Nabeta from Arden Hills to Attend National Diversity Select Camp

USA Swimming Has Selected Kailee Nabeta from Arden Hills to Attend National Diversity Select Camp

Arden Hills’ swimmer Kailee Nabeta, age 14, has been selected to attend the prestigious USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp that takes place May 1-4, 2014, in Colorado Springs.  Out of several hundred applicants this year, 36 young athletes were chosen based on performance times at USA Swimming sanctioned events.  Talented athletes from underrepresented populations will participate in a special, multi-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. The purpose of the National Diversity Select Camp is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.