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Man identified in Sacramento's first homicide of 2011

SACRAMENTO, CA - Authorities identified the victim in the city's first homicide of the new year as 48-year-old Scott Michael Hanson, of Sacramento.

Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said Hanson was assaulted on the 2100 block of Amanda Way around 4 :20 a.m. on New Year's Day. Hanson, along with another man, were found in a backyard of a home.

Leong said Hanson died at the scene and the other man, whose name was not released, suffered head trauma and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Investigators were working to determine who was responsible for the fatal beating. As of Monday evening, no arrests have been made in the incident.

Brown: In crisis, we have to learn to work together

SLIDESHOW: Gov. Brown's Inauguration

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) -- Democrat Jerry Brown has been sworn in as California's 39th governor, returning to the office he left 28 years ago but inheriting a more troubled state than the one he knew then.

Now 72, he took the oath of office inside the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium after being introduced by his wife of five years, former Gap Inc. executive Anne Gust Brown.

Where his predecessor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, expressed optimism at every turn, Brown has been realistic since winning the Nov. 2 election. He says the financial choices facing Californians will be painful.

Sacramento barbershop shooting victim says gunman was aiming at everyone

SACRAMENTO, CA - Still lying in a hospital bed recovering, Adam, who requested his last name not be used, is telling a side to a December south area barbershop shooting story, that no one has ever heard.

The shooting happened on Dec. 14 when a man walked into the Fly Cuts n' Styles Barbershop on Stockton Boulevard and opened fire.

Authorities have all but said it's gang related.

"All of a sudden I just starting hear, pow, pow, pow, bam, bam, bam, bam," Adam said. "After about the second or third round it was probably a good time to hit the floor and take cover."

The 46-year-old was shot in the stomach while lying on the ground. He was inside the barbershop, playing chess, waiting for a haircut.

Haiti Quake: One year later

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento-area chapters of the American Red Cross are offering ways you can help Haiti as the country rebuilds from the devastating earthquake one year ago. Click here for donation information.

Help landscape for Strategies for Change - January 6

Thursday, January 6th
8:00am
Strategies for Change South Site Location
4343 Williamsborough Drive
Sacramento, Ca
95823

Strategies for Change, along with Home Depot and community volunteers are planning a makeover day for the south site location and will be making over the buildign rain or shine!

Home Dept awarded SFC a grant to have a new roof put on and are providing 60 employees to help, but they still need more volunteers.  They will be fixing the surrounding awnings that have been damaged, plunbing and sprinkler renovations, renewal of lighting in the breezeway and parking lot and landscaping maintenance.  Bring your friends, co-workers, and any landscaping tools you may have so you can lend a hand!

Hot coffee, breakfast items and lunch provided.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.

Tips to recycling holiday waste

SACRAMENTO - The Regional Recycling Group says more residential waste is created during the holiday season than at any other time of the year, so residents in the Sacramento County area are urged to to recycle as much as possible.

Most residents can shed a few pounds by recycling all of their holiday waste paper such as greeting cards, gift boxes and wrapping paper, in their curbside mixed recycling program. Phone books and calendars are also accepted in the mixed recycling container.

"The amount of garbage sent to the landfill increases dramatically during the holiday season," said Doug Ebanks of Sacramento County's Department of Waste Management and Recycling. "We can change the traditional holiday habit of tearing open presents and throwing away wrapping paper and cardboard.

Berg Injury Lawyers offer free cab rides on New Year's Eve

SACRAMENTO - Berg Injury Lawyers will offer its Safe and Sober Cab Ride Home program to residents in Sacramento this New Year's Eve. The free cab rides will be offered from 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 through 4 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011.

Due to the program's overwhelming popularity in past years, a cap of $35 will be placed on each ride home. Patrons must may any cab fare above that amount.

For a ride home, call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Patrons must be picked up at a participating restaurant, hotel or bar in the downtown Sacramento area to qualify for a free ride. Rides home must be within the city of Sacramento.

Stress relieving gift for your dog

Stress relieving gift for your dog

More than 15 million dogs in the U.S. suffer from some form of anxiety, which can result from noise, separation, traveling, strangers or other factors. Thundershirt Company has created a proven solution to alleviate stressed out pooches.

Locals treated to total lunar eclipse

Locals treated to total lunar eclipse

 It's a rare event -- a total eclipse of the moon. And even rarer is an eclipse that take place during the winter solstice on December 20. It meant that the moon was glowing high in the sky during the eclipse overnight. 

SLIDESHOW: Your lunar eclipse photos