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Michael Lyon enters plea in eavesdropping case

SACRAMENTO, CA - Michael Lyon, the former CEO of the Sacramento-area's largest independent real estate company, entered a plea of not guilty to four counts of electronic eavesdropping in Sacramento County Superior Court Wednesday.

Lyon, 55, has been accused of secretly video-taping female guests at his home.  Criminal complaint

Lyon has been free on $60,000 bail since his November arrest.

Last August, federal prosecutors announced they were closing their investigation into Lyon on similar allegations, saying they found no evidence of wrongdoing under federal criminal statues.

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Sacramento Children’s Home celebrates its 144th year of service today

Sacramento Children’s Home celebrates its 144th year of service today

The Sacramento Children’s Home (SCH) is marking its 144th year of service to Sacramento’s children today, Feb. 14.

Sacramento Children’s Home (SCH) was originally  an orphanage located at 18th and L Street in downtown Sacramento. In 1906 SCH moved to 15 acres on Sutterville Boulevard. Today its mission is to provide the best care to the most vulnerable children in the Sacramento community through residential, community, and education programs. Its programs address the needs of children from prenatal through young adulthood by combining prevention, intervention and intensive trauma care to strengthen families and give children safe, stable homes. Today, the Sacramento Children’s Home serves approximately 4,200 children and 3,700 families each year.

Sol Collective offers up art, culture and activism this weekend

Sol Collective offers up art, culture and activism this weekend

Sol Collective celebrates six years with a weekend full of art, culture, and activism headlined by Grammy nominated Ana Tijoux, Los Rakas, and A-Plus in conjunction with the unveiling of The Sixth Sol art show featuring over ten artists curated by Shaun Burner.

The weekend of February 18th-20th Sol Collective celebrates six years of providing community arts, culture, and activism in Sacramento.
Festivities are planned to go all weekend including the latest World Hood Music showcase, a community activist bbq/veggie-q, and the grand opening of the much anticipated Sixth Sol art show.

Friday night begins with the unveiling of The Sixth Sol, a larger-than-life installation extending throughout the entire Collective. Curated by Shaun Burner, artists have come from all over to be part of The Sixth Sol exhibit, some coming from as far as Columbia.

22nd annual sweet potato festival - February 10, 2011

The Sacramento Valley Section National Council of Negro Women Inc proudly announces it's 22nd Annual Sweet Potato Festival.

Chef Phil Dietrich - head of the culinary department for the Sacramento Job Corps - showed us how to make a Betty O. Sweet Potato Pie and Nichole Wright - chair of the Sweet Potato Festival - joined us to share all the goodies you will get to enjoy this weekend as this sweet vegetable is celebrated.

22 Annual Sweet Potato Festival
Food, Fun, And All Day Family Entertainment
Saturday, February 12
10:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Samuel C Pannell Community Cntr
2450 Meadowview Road

Free Admission

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Sacramento City College investigates threat, sex crime on campus

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento City College police have a good lead on the culprits in a Feb. 3 incident in which a student claimed she was held against her will and fondled on campus, says a college spokeswoman.

According to spokeswoman Amanda Davis, the student said she was leaving a class on the first floor of Rodda Hall South about 7:20 last Thursday evening when two men blocked her for two or three minutes at knife-point with a folded pocket knife.

The victim reported one of the men touched her breasts then said, "Courtesy of G-Parkway, bitch. We are watching you."

One of the attackers was described as Hispanic, 19 to 21 years old, with a husky build. He wore a white short-sleeve shirt, dark blue jeans, and a red baseball cap with the letter "C" on it.

Francis House Benefit Concert - March 18

Francis House Presents
"Give Them Hope" Benefit Concert
In Memory of Greg Bunker
with Victoria Vox & The Boulder Acoustic Society
Friday, March 18
6:00 PM
The Guild Theater
2828 35th Street

Francis House of Sacramento dedicates 2011's concert fundraiser to fallen leader Greg Bunker who was a longtime homeless advocate in the Sacramento region.
Singer/songwriter and ukulele star Victoria Vox & the Boulder Acoustic Society will be performing.

Celebrating a Life and Ministry Focused on God

Celebrating a Life and Ministry Focused on God

Friday May 20, 2011 marks 40 years of commitment, service and ministry of Dr. Ephraim Williams, Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church.   Pastor Williams has been active in the Sacramento community and dedicated to spiritual service for over 40 years.  Join us in celebrating a life of ministry focused on God and Community.


Where:  Radisson hotel, Grand Ballroom

500 Leisure Lane

Sacramento, CA 95815

Doors open at 5:30pm Banquet starts 6:30pm


TICKETS: $45 per person or $450 for a table of ten


*Tickets available at www.stpaulsac.org or after St. Paul Baptist Church Sunday morning worship service 12noon or church office Tues-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Walmart grants $62,500 to Sacramento's Children's Home

Walmart grants $62,500 to Sacramento's Children's Home

The Walmart Foundation has committed $62,500 to the Sacramento Children’s Home to support the "Book for Every Kid" program.  This partnership that will bring more than 3,000 books to foster children and children from low-income families.

"For some of the kids participating in this program, the book they will receive will be the first book they will own.  SCH developed this program to ensure that every child is equipped with the tools to be successful in school" commented SCH CEO, Roy Alexander.

Greenspan's extraordinary french lemon cream tart

Greenspan's extraordinary french lemon cream tart

For those unfamiliar, Dorie Greenspan is one of the best cookbook author's out there. This recipe comes from her book, Baking: From My Home to Yours . Therefore, I can't really give you the recipe, only tell you to buy the book. I've been making several of the recipes and they are all high quality desserts. This one a great because it can be broken down into parts, I did the lemon filling one day and the crust a few days later.

Here you can see me with the lemon mixture over a steaming pot of water. What is interesting about her version is that you cook the lemon egg mixture first up to 180 degrees. Then you transfer it to a blender, wait for it to cool to 140 degrees, and then blend it with butter to make it light and creamy. I did have a problem with reaching 180 degrees.

The Power of the Internet: hebdomadal

The Power of the Internet: hebdomadal

Imagine, I thought, if the web could come up with one such weird and wonderful word, what the hard copy Thesaurus that I've carted around with me for the past thirty-plus years would yield. Read more...