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May 14, 2010
Where to go for photos, video as Amgen Tour starts

As the peloton rolls out of Nevada City Sunday morning for the start of the Amgen Tour of California, The Bee and its Sacramento Connect partners will be transmitting photos and video, as well as providing updates and stories.


Seven Bee photographers will be taking pictures from strategic locations along the route. Before, during and after the race Bee photo editors will be updating with pictures, and if you see one you like you can buy it. You'll see the first photos from the race starting at 11 a.m. Sunday.


Sacramento Connect partners Jeff Pelline's Sierra Foothill Report, and the Nevada City Advocate will also be moving photos, video and stories, with a Nevada City hometown perspective aimed at their primary audiences. Pelline reports that race organizers will be setting up Jumbotron screens in the downtowns of Nevada City, Auburn and Sacramento.

May 6, 2010
Chat with the candidates for Sacramento County sheriff

Monday at noon we invite you to join Bee columnist Marcos Breton as he chats live on with the three candidates for Sacramento County sheriff.

The Bee has already dubbed the race the most entertaining political campaign in the last 20 years in the county, and that was before the FBI felt the need to step in to set the record straight on some of the mudslinging and the three candidates each felt the need to take the unprecedented step of opening up their personnel files with the sheriff's department to the news media.

While the candidates, Jim Cooper, Bret Daniels and Scott Jones, have shown no lost love for one another, they have agreed to take your questions, and follow Breton's lead in the hour-long chat.

If you would like to submit a question ahead of time for Breton to consider asking the candidates, click here to post a question. To sign up for an alert to the chat or to join it, click here. We will also publish excerpts from the chat in Tuesday's print edition of The Bee.


May 5, 2010
How do you use social media? Take our survey

How often do you learn about news through friends or others on social media? If you were forced to pick just one website to use for the next year, excluding search engines such as Google, which site would it be? editors, along with editors at McClatchy websites across the country, are surveying people who use our websites and our social media outlets.


Take the survey and help us understand how to serve you better. The survey takes about three minutes.


Click here to participate.


The survey period ends May 11 at 5 p.m. We'll share the results when they become available.

In the meantime, check out The Bee on Facebook  and follow Bee reporters and editors on Twitter.


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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