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Ready for Prime Time

Ready for Prime Time

Forty years after his first break at KCRA, Lester Holt was tapped this summer for the top spot in American broadcast journalism—the anchor of "NBC Nightly News." Here’s how “Lightning Bolt Holt” guided his career from the streets of Rancho Cordova to the heart of Rockefeller Center.

Linda Katehi Leans In

Linda Katehi Leans In

Four years after UC Davis police pepper-sprayed student protesters, chancellor Linda Katehi has not only strived to build stronger ties with her campus community, but her hyper-ambitious plans to transform UCD into one of the top 10 schools in America—and maybe help save the planet while doing it—finds her building an entirely new legacy for her university, and for herself.

The Art of the Matter

The Art of the Matter

When a sculpture by world-renowned artist Jeff Koons was selected in March as the centerpiece of the plaza outside the new downtown arena, it triggered an explosion of controversy--and an unprecedented opportunity for civic leaders and local artists to influence the future of public art in Sacramento. Here’s how they are attempting to work together to shepherd this nuanced and often heated debate, and how they’re racing against the clock to do it. Can they pull it off?

What's Her Excuse?

What's Her Excuse?

In 2012, an Elk Grove mother of three caused a social media stir with a single Facebook post. By 2013, that post went viral, transforming Maria Kang into a polarizing figure at the center of a national debate on obesity and fitness. With a new book out and her nascent “no excuses” movement growing, she’s grabbing the spotlight again. Is she helping or hurting? It’s more complicated than you might think.

Host of the Town

Host of the Town

Ever since opening his first bar back in 1969, Randy Paragary has personified the nightlife and dining scene in Sacramento. As Paragary prepares to reopen his flagship eatery, the godfather of good times looks back on five decades of food, music, décor—and even hair.

Leading Lady

Leading Lady

From Anne Gust Brown’s days as a trailblazing executive at Gap to her work in Sacramento helping craft some of the biggest political milestones of the past decade, get to know the woman whose fierce intellect, pragmatism, candor and energy has quietly redefined what it means to be California’s first lady.

Changing Gears

Changing Gears

Sacramento has spent generations and untold billions of dollars building around the automobile. Now, with the area's bicycle culture booming and more American cities seeing the economic upside of planning for two wheels instead of four, our car-centric capital city finds itself at a crossroads. Here's how we can navigate the new path ahead and grow in the right direction.

Here He Builds

Here He Builds

The governor of California lives in one of his loft projects; the mayor of West Sacramento is moving into one of his townhomes. Even Barack Obama dropped by his office en route to the presidency. The scion of one of Sacramento’s most prominent power couples, developer Mark Friedman is now stepping onto center court, hoping to shape the way we live and play through forward-thinking design, starting with the city’s highest-profile building since the State Capitol. Meet our city’s newest game changer.

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11 "Monday brunch" spots to savor this Memorial Day

11 "Monday brunch" spots to savor this Memorial Day

The Memorial Day holiday brings an extra weekend day off, and a whole new chance to get your brunch on. Head to these 12 local spots for sweet and savory Monday brunch dishes, from roast beef hash to amaretto brioche French toast. Cafe Bernardo All four locations of this local favorite will...

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Owners of Mother and Empress Tavern roll out a new food cart

Owners of Mother and Empress Tavern roll out a new food cart

The owners of downtown hot spots Mother and Empress Tavern—Ryan Donahue and Michael Thiemann—debuted a new food cart today on K Street.  "[Running a food cart] has been a dream of mine for a long time," says Donahue.  The cart serves $8 prime rib...

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