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January 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A 28-year-old woman found dead hours after taking part in a radio station's water-drinking contest died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said Saturday. Assistant Sacramento County Coroner Ed Smith said a preliminary investigation found evidence "consistent with a water intoxication death." Also known as hyponatremia, water intoxication occurs when the body's sodium level falls below normal.
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June 12, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Wind-blown fires have destroyed more than 50 homes, burned thousands of acres and on Wednesday overran three firefighters who suffered burns. A grass fire near Lincoln, about 30 miles northeast of the state capital, consumed 65 acres of brush, but reversed direction amid the shifting winds and blazed toward a fire crew working the edges.
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April 6, 1991 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Four members of an Asian-American gang, seeking notoriety by holding 40 people hostage in an electronics store, flipped coins to decide which of their victims to kill moments before Sacramento County sheriff's deputies rushed in, authorities said Friday. The rescue attempt by the sheriff's SWAT team faltered when a sniper missed one of the gunmen, prompting the gang members to begin shooting hostages at random during the Thursday night siege.
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September 5, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
An initiative that would ask voters to extend the stay of sitting lawmakers but truncate the overall terms of future state legislators qualified Tuesday for the Feb. 5 ballot. The measure, backed financially by the California Teachers Assn. and other major unions and corporations, would shorten the time legislators can serve from 14 to 12 years but allow them to serve all that time in one house. Lawmakers already in office could remain until they had served 12 years in their current house.
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April 7, 1991 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
To their parents and their priest, the three brothers were obedient boys. Every Sunday, Loi, Pham and Long Nguyen went to the Vietnamese Catholic Martyr Church. Often, they helped out at the church's special events. They liked to fish in the Sacramento River, and on Thursday, they asked their parents for permission to go fishing.
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May 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Arborists are examining the strength of a cottonwood tree in a city park after a man was killed by a falling limb. Roger Langbehn, 53, of Carmichael was at a picnic table in Miller Park on Saturday when a 10-inch-diameter branch snapped and fell 50 feet, hitting him in the head. George Connor, an arborist, said cottonwood trees are known for shedding large branches. Saturday's strong winds, which had gusts near 30 mph, may have contributed, he said.
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February 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
Authorities believe a "thrill killer" is behind two shootings within a week that have left six people dead. Sheriff's officials advised late-night stores and restaurants in northeastern Sacramento suburbs to take extra security precautions Wednesday, a day after three employees of a pizza parlor were fatally wounded in the head. Investigators said the victims were killed with the same handgun used to murder two employees and a customer a week earlier at a convenience store a mile away.
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November 22, 2005 | Alan Zarembo and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
The state Medi-Cal program has decided to stop paying for heart transplants at a Northern California hospital, the latest sign of stress in the state's organ transplantation system. California health authorities have pulled the certification of Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, the only heart transplant center serving a region that sprawls from Modesto to Redding, saying it performs too few transplants to maintain its expertise.
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September 17, 2004 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The remote rice paddies, wetlands and cattle country at the tip of the Sacramento Valley have emerged as the epicenter of the West Nile virus in Northern California, including the first human death in the region earlier this week. The virus has spread much more slowly in Northern California, recording a dozen human cases compared with more than 400 in Southern California. But almost all of the cases have been in the rural counties of Butte and Tehama, about 120 miles north of Sacramento.
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March 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Sacramento County jury on Tuesday acquitted the son of a former top-ranking San Francisco police official of two felony assault charges and failed to reach a verdict on two misdemeanor charges in a trial stemming from an off-duty brawl that turned into a political scandal dubbed "fajitagate." Former San Francisco Police Officer Alex Fagan Jr.
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May 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Arborists are examining the strength of a cottonwood tree in a city park after a man was killed by a falling limb. Roger Langbehn, 53, of Carmichael was at a picnic table in Miller Park on Saturday when a 10-inch-diameter branch snapped and fell 50 feet, hitting him in the head. George Connor, an arborist, said cottonwood trees are known for shedding large branches. Saturday's strong winds, which had gusts near 30 mph, may have contributed, he said.
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April 3, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sacramento County prosecutors said Monday that they would not file criminal charges in the death of a 28-year-old woman who participated in a radio station's water-drinking contest. The district attorney's office said the behavior of the staff at station KDND-FM (107.9) did not rise to the level of criminal activity. Jennifer Strange died Jan. 12 after taking part in an on-air contest to see which contestant could drink the most water without having to go to the restroom.
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January 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A radio station fired 10 employees Tuesday, including three morning disc jockeys, after a mother of three died following an on-air water-drinking contest last week at the station's studios. The hosts of KDND-FM's "Morning Rave" -- who go by the on-air names Trish, Maney and Lukas -- were fired a day after the Sacramento-area station announced it was suspending the show and investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Jennifer Lea Strange.
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January 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A 28-year-old woman found dead hours after taking part in a radio station's water-drinking contest died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said Saturday. Assistant Sacramento County Coroner Ed Smith said a preliminary investigation found evidence "consistent with a water intoxication death." Also known as hyponatremia, water intoxication occurs when the body's sodium level falls below normal.
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October 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 420 officers from 17 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies fanned out across Sacramento County on Wednesday, searching for more than 330 suspected gang members in what officials said was the largest such sweep ever in the region. By nightfall, they had made more than 50 arrests on suspicion of parole, weapons or drug violations.
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July 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Placer County jury Friday ordered one of the country's largest labor unions to pay $17.3 million for defaming a group of Northern California doctors and hospitals. The jury found that the New York-based Unite Here union had acted with "fraud, malice or oppression" when it sent out a mass mailing last year claiming that Sutter Health used inadequately cleaned bed linens in its hospitals.
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January 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An endangered primate at the Sacramento Zoo died unexpectedly last month. Jimmy, a 13-year-old golden-bellied mangabey, collapsed Dec. 29; veterinarians were unable to revive him, zoo officials said Thursday. Little is known about mangabeys, but they are thought to live in a small area in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The primates are considered endangered because of poaching and habitat loss. There are 19 golden-bellied mangabeys in North American zoos.
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October 2, 2003 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Police shot and seriously wounded a despondent 19-year-old alternative school student armed with a shotgun Wednesday after a vice principal waged a wrestling match for the weapon. Mario Rodriguez remained in critical but stable condition after three officers shot him when the high school senior leveled a 12-gauge shotgun at them as if ready to shoot, police said. L.C. Brown, a vice principal and teacher at Rio Cazadero High, was treated for a leg wound described as not life-threatening.
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June 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The owner of four horses is facing cruelty charges after authorities found the animals malnourished and substantially underweight. Sacramento County officials said the incident was one of the worst cases of animal abuse they had seen recently. One of the horses, an Arabian mare, was at least 400 pounds underweight. The horses were placed with a rescue ranch.
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March 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 22-year-old man was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for a string of Northern California arsons on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front. Ryan Daniel Lewis will also have to pay $243,000 in restitution for setting fire in February 2005 to a nearly completed apartment building in Sutter Creek, a Gold Country tourist town. Lewis also admitted to two earlier arson attempts in nearby Placer County.
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