New films: X-Men Days of Future Past, Blended

X-Men: Days of Future Past Directed by Bryan Singer Most viewers of the latest X-Men chapter will be too young to remember Patrick Duffy, as Bobby Ewing, appear in the shower in the original “Dallas” TV series, thus annulling an entire season of the show as nothing more than a character’s dream. If they were older, they might feel more familiar with the odd let down feeling that accompanies this new film. There’s an obvious marketing appeal to time travel as a narrative device – not least because you can co-mingle a young cast and an older cast, playing the same characters, and attract fans of both sets of actors. It also opens plot possibilities where one can revisit places and times and even play them out again with a different twist. But the problem with any of these tricks, as with the “Dallas” approach, is that they diminish the importance and significance of death itself as a narrative element. If time can be turned backwards and characters can be brought back to life by revisiting them before their deaths, why worry about characters dying in the first place. And this is in a genre where lead characters already tend to feel invulnerable, causing the rare deaths to carry extra impact. The whole of “X-Men: days of Future Past” feels like a manipulative attempt to […]

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The day before the ‘Atmospheric River’

According to those in the know, (the meterologists), it looks like we have some serious storms soon to come our way. With flood watches no less! Be sure to check out Isaac Gonzalez’  take on what’s headed our way: the Atmospheric River. As I often do, I hopped in my car and did a mini roadtrip around Sacramento. It was foggy, calm and lots of fall leaves in the trees as well as  streets. Just checking things out before all hell breaks loose with my camera doing the talking: And then to midtown: Stayed tuned to SacPress to see what kind of havoc is caused by the Atmospheric River…good ole rain!!! Editor’s note: Write your storm tips in the comments section!  If you catch photos, post them to our Facebook page or mention us on twitter with @sacramentopress.  You can also email photos (including your photo credit) to journalism@sacramentopress.com

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Unstable air paints beautiful clouds against sky blue canvas

Sacramento, CA | Unstable air in the area paints a myraid of cloud formations in Sacramento skies. While we enjoyed a breif break from the rain in Sacramento Monday, incredible clouds could be viewed all over the Sacramento skies. The unstable air that produced these sites was also responsible for a low grade tornado that touched down in near by Colusa county and produced a downpour of pea sized hail in Penryn and Loomis areas as well as thunder storms.  Tuesday should yield some more awesome sights in the sky as the next wave of rain moves into the area for another wet week. The National Weather Service has issued this forcast for the remainder of the week:  Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. South southeast wind between 8 and 13 mph. Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 48. South southeast wind between 10 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Wednesday: Rain. High near 56. Southeast wind between 18 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Wednesday Night: Rain. Low around 46. South southeast wind between 11 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Thursday: Rain. High near 55. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Thursday Night: Showers. Low […]

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Downed tree injures one and damages vehicles

Sacramento, CA | Club goers leaving a local club escape fallen tree incident with minor injures and damaged vehicles. Late Saturday night, as Azukar Lounge at 16th Street and J Street was winding down and club goers filled the parking lot heading to their cars, a large tree collapsed landing on one occupied, damaging others and pinned a female to the ground. Several bistanders worked together to get the tree off the girl as resue crews responded. The victim was transported to the hospital via paramedics with minor injures.  Occupants of the vehicle struck by the tree were unharmed and able to exit the vehicle without further incident.  For more weather impact photos and stories, CLICK HERE>>> To stay on top of current weather conditions, CLICK HERE>>>

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Rollin’ along the Rivers

Feel like I still live in Washington state with all this rain. So I did what comes naturally to me and took a trip along the rivers to see what havoc the wind and rain have created. Headed east on Hwy 50 to end up at Folsom Dam. The rain was coming down hard as I drove by it. Water was pouring into the American River from Folsom Lake. Then I shot over to Sunrise Blvd and took the American River Access to get next to the river. A few people were braving the rain. A woman below paused to look at the river as she crossed the foot bridge at 11:04am (below.) Next I headed to River Bend Park, hoping to drive to the river but access was closed. It was pouring and I didn’t feel like getting cold and wet. Onward to the Howe Ave Access Park. A sign indicated it was closed due to flooding. Yep, it was flooded. Trees normally dry were submerged. Arrived at Discovery Park around 1pm. The road over the green bridge was blocked. The rain took a break and folks ventured out. People parked their cars at the entrance and walked across the bridge. It was immediately apparent why it was closed to vehicles. The river and land had become one. Kinda zen-ish.Got on the Garden Highway […]

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View of the Rivers from a Kayak

Early Saturday morning saw a break in the weather, so I headed for the swollen rivers with my 14-foot sit-in polyethylene kayak. Embarking at Sutter’s Landing, I headed downstream to see what all the rain and water releases from the Folsom dam had done to the lower American and Sacramento rivers. The float took only ninety minutes with no hard paddling — the current is strong and the waters turbid and brown. It was a solitary journey shared with only a few scattered fowl and plenty of flotsam washed loose from upstream shores. For those heartier souls it is a  worthy adventure.Wool socks recommended.

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Walk IN the River

Bear with me here, but I love when the weather is all stormy and makes things happen to the surroundings. Like today when I saw how full the Sacramento River is!I took a stroll along the West Sacramento River Walk area near the Ziggurat Building (you know, that pyramid-shaped one across from Old Sac) this afternoon and wasn’t able to follow the sidewalk on the lower level. It was flooded and rising. So I enjoyed the view. And we can expect more wet stuff and high winds. Read about it HERE>>>> SacPress Photos | Kati Garner

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Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Stay in touch with local officials during emergencies by signing up for alerts at the County and City of Sacramento’s Emergency Preparedness website: http://www.sacramentoready.org/default.htm.  Learn about preparation of emergency kits, evacuation routes and local resources at the region’s one-stop site for emergency readiness.  

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The lowdown on Sacramento’s underground

The largest storm in California’s recorded history peaked in January 1862, turning the Sacramento Valley into a 250- to 300-mile-long inland sea. Since the previous winter, Sacramento had received 400 percent of its annual average rainfall. The storm moved as far inland as Tennessee, slowing down troop movements in the Civil War. After 10 inches of rain in December 1861, Sacramento newspapers declared Christmas canceled. By January 1862, steamboats sailed through what is now Old Sacramento, rescuing people from their homes, and boat-makers charged inflated prices to capitalize on the new demand. On Jan. 10, newly elected Governor Leland Stanford had to travel to the Capitol via boat for his inauguration. The flooding was so dangerous, the legislature abandoned Sacramento for San Francisco. As residents left for safety, others made plans to raise the streets in an attempt to continue urban growth and thrive as the state’s economic and political center. This storm inadvertently created Sacramento’s underground. As the streets were raised some 10 feet on average, new underground spaces were created. Some used their underground space as storage, others as lower levels for their stores. A Chinese herbalist used the space to conduct his business. Sacramento State graduate Heather Downey recently completed her master’s thesis project on the subject, writing an interpretive plan for a Sacramento underground tour. To earn her MA in public […]

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Diverted Greyhound

Red  Cross volunteers Mike and Joyce Evans wrap Alicha Rogers and her son Ke’von Burton of Portland, OR in a Linus Blanket. The Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a call early tonight from Roger Muckel, manager of the Sacramento Greyhound Bus terminal. Rogers had left Las Vegas yesterday, headed for Portland, and landed in Sacramento. The California Highway Patrol near Redding were not allowing travel any further north due to the storm. Two busloads of travelers were brought to the Sacramento terminal. Many of them spent a cold night at the terminal. Muckel said they were brought to Sacramento’s bus station due to safety reasons for their passengers. The Red Cross delivered over 25 blankets for the travelers. Rogers and her son will be home in Portland as soon as weather conditions permit. SacPress Photo | Kati Garner, Red Cross volunteer  

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