By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
State Side
Placeholder Image

GOVERNOR OFFERS BOOK FOR SUPER BOWL BET: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown was one of the few California politicians yet to announce a bet on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup, until he offered up a characteristically esoteric wager.

Brown posted a message to his Maryland counterpart, Gov. Martin O'Malley, late Friday on Twitter, offering a book on California history if the San Francisco 49ers lose to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Democratic governor posted a photo of a weathered copy of the 1949 book "California: The Great Exception," by Carey McWilliams. He said it details the state's exceptionalism on and off the field.

O'Malley responded on Twitter with a more traditional sports offering, saying "I see your book, and I raise you a case of Natty Boh," or National Bohemian beer, which hails from Baltimore.


EL DORADO HILLS (AP) — State officials are investigating the use of a Department of Justice helicopter at a high school homecoming football game in Northern California.

Top officials at the DOJ did not know the helicopter — usually flown for drug busts — was being used to hover over the game in El Dorado Hills.

The incident was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube. The station says it showed a DOJ agent dropping a football from the helicopter to his son, a player, on the field.

The cost to taxpayers for use of the chopper was between $900 and $1,300 for the stunt, not including the cost of personnel used to fly the aircraft.


JAIL FOR MAN WHO STOLE $100K FROM GIRL SCOUTS: SANTA ANA  (AP) — An accountant has been sentenced to more than five years in custody for embezzling $100,000 from Girl Scouts in Southern California.

Orange County prosecutors say 35-year-old former foreign exchange student Mawufemor Biekro of Ghana handled payroll and account ledgers for the Girl Scout Council of Orange County.

He forged two checks a month during a nine month period ending in February 2011.

Biekro was sentenced on Thursday to five years and four months in custody. Under new California sentencing guidelines, he will serve two years and four months in jail, followed by three years under mandatory supervision.

The judge also ordered him to pay $102,479 in restitution to the Girl Scouts.

2 TEENAGERS SENTENCED FOR RAPING GIRLS AT PARK: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Teenagers who raped two girls at knifepoint in a San Diego park have been handed potential life sentences.

Eighteen-year-old Leonel Contreras and 17-year-old William Rodriguez were sentenced Thursday to terms of 50 years to life. Contreras got an additional eight years for using a knife.

Prosecutors say two girls, ages 15 and 16, were kidnapped in 2011 as they took a nighttime walk in the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood after attending a party.

The girls were taken to a park and assaulted for more than a half-hour in attacks that included oral copulation and sodomy.

Separate juries convicted the teens.

CLOVIS HIGH SCHOOL LAB FIRE INJURES 2 STUDENTS: CLOVIS  (AP) — Authorities say two students have been injured after a fire inside a high school in Central California.

Fresno Fire Department spokesman Koby Johns on Friday said one student was taken to the hospital after sustaining first-degree burns to his throat from the fire inside a chemistry lab at Clovis North High School.

Johns says a teacher was showing a student an experiment involving two chemicals when the blaze sparked and ignited a backpack. The teacher quickly covered the blaze with a fire blanket before extinguishing it.

Johns says a second student sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

About 3,000 students were evacuated from the school as a precaution.