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Noon Hour Update: What's happening and what we're working on

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Welcome to the Auburn Journal’s “Noon Hour Update,” where we’ll present you with stories and updates on what’s going on in the news and what we’re working on for tomorrow’s edition. 

What we’re working on: Reporter Gus Thomson is doing an update on the possible eviction of low-income residents at the Bell Garden Apartment buildings in North Auburn. To get caught up on this issue, see the Journal’s last two articles about the buildings, “Placer County challenged over eviction plans” and “Waiting game for Bell Garden residents in North Auburn.”

Higher-than-expected legal fees and the approval of pending projects are the highlights of tonight’s Auburn City Council meeting. Reporter Sara Seyydin will be on hand to report on these topics.

Reports are coming out today that the Sacramento Kings and Sacramento have come to terms on a tentative deal to build a new arena. Journal Sports Reporter Justin A. Lawson will have a story on these developments.

 What you’re talking about: Several of our stories and letters from over the weekend have sparked debate. On the comment side, our stories on American with Disabilities Act requirements and DUI checkpoints and their costs have prompted many to share their views. Also, our follow-up story on the stabbing death sparked interest. Read those comments and add some yourself to these stories: “‘Frivolous’ ADA lawsuits targeted through legislation,” “Sobriety checkpoints have high cost, but high reward, officers say” and “Victim, suspect in Lake of the Pines fatal stabbing were friends.”

Check out our letters in the Opinion section.

Leaping into an extra day: This Wednesday will be the 29th of February, an event that happens only every four years. Known as leap day, and a leap year, this process adds an extra day to our year to help keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili has found two leap day babies. Both have the same name, are in the same preschool and are both turning 4 years old on Wednesday, but are 1 year old on the leap year calendar. Look for that story on leap day.