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September 23, 2009
Sam Amick gears up for Kings coverage


One of The Bee's Sacramento Kings reporters, Sam Amick, got a new iPhone and he's vowed to put its video capability to the test on the Kings blog.

See his first video installment here, as Sam interviews forward Jon Brockman.

Sam also plans to launch a Facebook page on the Kings, so you'll be able to catch his coverage there, too.

If you're a Twitter freak, Sam can be found @sam_amick.



September 17, 2009
Fall foliage in the Sierras

UPDATE: The 10:30 a.m. session is full.  We have added a session at 2 p.m. on Saturday. You can still sign up on the fall leaves page linked below.


Are you ready for some fall leaves?

Not just any fall foliage, but the multicolored, take-your-breath-away beauty of the Eastern Sierra.

Whether you are into road trips to witness the season's changing color scheme, viewing photos of fall foliage over your computer screen or taking your own photos, we have something special planned for you.

On Saturday, former Bee employee and longtime photographer Dave Henry will be offering two workshops, at 9 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m., on best locations in the Sierra and photographic tips and techniques to get the best photos. To register for one of the workshops, which have limited seating, click here.

 As an added incentive, we'll be inviting users to send us their fall foliage photos and running a contest to let users vote on their favorites. Next week we will announce what the prizes will be, and when the voting will start. On Monday afternoon, you can start posting your photos to

Whether you want to just look at fall leaves photos or plan your own trip to the best spots to be dazzled by nature's changing colors, you'll want to check out our fall leaves page online, which includes photo galleries, an interactive map and photographic tips from Henry.

September 11, 2009
Notice to users: Sacbee commenting is down

Many of you have noticed that our commenting system is down.  It's a problem plaguing The Bee and our fellow McClatchy papers throughout the nation. 

Our Web hosting service and our social networking vendor are working to solve the problem.

While they're working on a fix, our forums, user profiles and user photo galleries also are off-line.

At this point, we can't tell you when the services will be restored.

Thank you for your patience while repairs are being made.



September 10, 2009
What's more popular than a sex scandal on Hubble photos

Yes, the Mike Duvall sex scandal is getting plenty of attention on today.

So far, it's our No. 1 story, both yesterday and today.

But there is another feature beating it out for page views.

hubble_newold03.jpgIt's the mega-pictures taken from the Hubble telescope that we posted to our photo blog, The Frame. The Frame is generating about twice the page-view traffic today as the Duvall story.

Take a look, the photos are spectacular.

September 4, 2009
News junkie? Try our new weekly quiz

We've started a new feature here at -- a weekly news quiz. It's just a fun way to test your knowledge of local events.

We'll offer one every Friday and feature it on our home page through the weekend. The weekly quiz and others will be archived in a new section, .

On some of the questions, we've posted links to stories where you can find answers. On other questions, you're on your own.

You can let us know what you think by commenting on this post or using the "feedback" button you'll find on the quiz question pages.


September 2, 2009
A word about our technical difficulties

Some users of Internet Explorer may have noticed in the past few days that some of the pages on our site are "broken" -- that is, the text of stories is running across the full width of the screen and behind the ads. (Ironically, I encountered the problem again as I previewed this blog posting.)

In some cases, different content elements of the page are not aligning correctly.

We are trying to correct the problem as quickly as possible, and appreciate your patience as we work to resolve the issue.

For those of you with multiple browsers, the problem is not occurring in Firefox or Safari.

September 2, 2009
NY Times focuses 'Lens' on former Bee photographer

The New York Times' Lens photography blog published a piece today on our former Bee colleague, John Trotter, who was beaten and left for dead while taking pictures for the paper in Oak Park in 1997.

After recovering at Sierra Gates, a brain-injury treatment center in Granite Bay, John returned to the facility to photograph patients in a series of photos titled "Burden of Memory." He now lives in New York City.

See the Times' write up for poignant look at John's work.

September 1, 2009
Bee on 'The Tonight Show'

Actor Norm McDonald mentions The Bee in a largely unfunny segment on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."

Though he says he's reading The Bee, McDonald is clearly holding a copy of the L.A. Daily News. The segment starts at 20:50 if you'd like to take a look.

About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of talk about new initiatives and our plans for You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at

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