A couple got engaged at Sam Smith’s Golden 1 show. See how Smith reacted

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 29, 2018

Love wasn’t just in the air because of Sam Smith’s music at his recent Golden 1 Center tour stop as the artist actually paused in the middle of singing his hit song “Latch” to acknowledge a man proposing to his girlfriend in the front row.

According to a report on the Golden 1 Center official website, Mark DeMille planned the proposal to his new fiancee, Samantha, with a little help from the arena’s staff. DeMille told 106.5 The End’s Wake Up Call hosts that he tried to reach out to Smith himself, but was unsuccessful.

So, he contacted Golden 1’s staff and was able to get a little assistance with being able to be center stage during the couple’s favorite song.

DeMille, who dated Samantha for four years prior to his proposal, decided to pop the question at the concert because Smith’s music was a big part of the couple’s relationship, DeMille told the Wake Up Call.

“I was not expecting it at all,” Samantha told Golden 1 Center. “When he got down on one knee, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh there are like 13,000 people watching us right now.’ ”

Smith’s reaction was caught on video as the popular singer blew kisses to his newly-engaged fans and said, “This couple here just proposed in front of me. Oh my god. Congratulations, you guys.”

In 2015, Smith won four Grammy Awards, including for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album (“In the Lonely Hours”). His single “Stay With Me” won Grammy awards for Record and Song of the Year. Smith’s second album and the reason for the tour, “The Thrill Of It All,” will be released Nov. 3. Smith is also scheduled to perform Oct. 7 on “Saturday Night Live.”

The video of the proposal and Smith’s reaction can be seen on Golden 1 Center’s YouTube channel and an audio clip of the couple’s interview on The Wake Up Call show can be heard here.

A version of this story was also published in the print edition of The Sacramento Bee in the local section on page 3B Aug. 31, 2018.


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Reporter from Fox affiliate in Arkansas joins Fox 40 in Sacramento

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 16, 2018

There’s a new face at Fox 40, Sacramento’s KTXL affiliate.

Her name is Charmaine Nero and she was introduced to the community via an Instagram post from the news station Tuesday.

The news reporter is a native of Long Island, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, according to Nero’s Facebook page.

Her interest in journalism began with an internship at Fox 5 New York and the New York Film Academy, where she gained many of the skills needed for a career in broadcast media.

Nero also won several scholarships, awards and fellowships during her college years, including a 2015 fellowship that allowed her to cover the NBA All-Star games.

The reporter announced on her social media channels on July 25 that she would be joining Fox 40. She previously worked for Fox 16 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Sal of ‘Impractical Jokers’ will ‘never forgive you’ if you miss him in Sac

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 16, 2018

He might be deathly afraid of cats, but getting up in front of people and making them laugh doesn’t bother him at all. And now he’s coming to Sacramento.

Sal Vulcano, a member of improvisation comedy troupe The Tenderloins, who star in TruTV’s “Impractical Jokers,” is making a stop at Punch Line Sacramento on Saturday, Sept. 22.

He’ll be performing two stand-up sets, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m. A secret special guest is also being advertised for the show.


Tickets are priced at $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the show. Reserved premium seating is available at $50. Punchline has a two drink minimum per person and shows are 18 and over. The club is at 2100 Arden Way.

According to a description of the show, the Staten Island native, famous for shouting “I will never forgive you” while being chased through a corn maze by a person in a giant cat suit on an episode of “Impractical Jokers,” began doing solo stand-up shows recently. However, he has toured with The Tenderloins for many years and has appeared on “Impractical Jokers” since 2011.

The comedian has also made appearances on Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening” and co-hosts a podcast with “Impractical Jokers” co-star Brian “Q” Quinn called “What Say You?”

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Gluten-free Girl Scout cookies include brand-new flavor, returning favorite

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 16, 2018

The Girl Scouts of the USA are coming for your taste buds once again with a brand-new variety of cookie for the 2019 sales season.

The organization is introducing the Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie to its roster of popular treats, according to a press release.

The new gluten-free flavor will be joined by returning gluten-free variety Toffee-tastic. Both flavors will be available in select markets and limited quantities, but one of the gluten-free options will be available in every market, according to the Girl Scouts.

“The new Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie features rich caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt in a chewy cookie,” the release said. “Toffee-tastic, introduced in 2015, is a rich, buttery cookie with sweet, crunchy, golden toffee bits.”

Prices for the new and returning flavors may be higher than the other varieties in some markets because the cost of producing gluten-free products is higher than other types of cookies, the organization said.

On the other hand, cookie variety “Trios,” which combined chocolate chips with peanut butter and oats, is being discontinued, according to CBS News.

The Girls Scouts of the USA serves 1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults throughout the nation. Selling cookies is the top form of fundraising the Girls Scouts do each year. Sales help pay for program supplies, activities and group travel as well as teach girls several valuable life skills, according to the official Girl Scouts website.

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Bone thugs-n-harmony to join Nelly and Fat Joe at Raley Field in October

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 16, 2018

Rappers Nelly and Fat Joe are coming to Raley Field in October, and now music fans have a chance to see the rap group that made the phrase “see you at the crossroads” famous.

The Sacramento River Cats announced Thursday on Twitter that multi-platinum rap group Bone thugs-n-harmony will join the show.

“Tha Crossroads,” the group’s 1996 homage to their mentor, the late rapper Eazy-E, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B and Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and Hot Rap Singles charts. It also won a Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group.

The concert was originally scheduled for Sept. 15 but it was pushed back to Oct. 18.

In early August, scheduling conflicts were cited as the reason for the postponement of the show, according to a report from Sacramento’s CBS 13.


Tickets are still available for the 7 p.m. concert and start at $34. Tickets to watch the show on the field run $39 and center stage tickets will set concert-goers back $69. Note that the latter two ticket options are standing room only.

According to the show’s description, tickets purchased for the original date are still valid for the new date.

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Looking to adopt a cat or dog? Find one for free this weekend

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 16, 2018

The Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento is once again popping at the seams with cats, dogs and other adoptable pets.

To make room for more animals in need of their forever homes, the organization announced Wednesday on its Facebook page that it will host a free adoption day on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Adoptions of cats and dogs of all ages and sizes will have no fees from noon to 5 p.m., according to the post.

Efforts to adopt out more pets are being made more and more in hopes of shelters killing less animals due to overcrowding.

“Be a superhero for pets at our crowded shelter,” the post said. The post had nearly 200 comments and 1,700 shares as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, so the competition for adopting animals may be pretty fierce.

Additionally, pet owners can get a free rabies vaccination, microchip and pet ID tag when they license their animal. Licensing pets is required in Sacramento and runs $20 per pet, annually. Not complying with the law can result in a $300 citation.

Front Street Animal Shelter is located at 2127 Front Street in Sacramento.

If you’re unable to find a pet at Front Street, the Bradshaw Animal Shelter will host its monthly adoption event on Sunday, Aug. 19. The joint effort with radio station 106.5 The End lasts from 10 a.m. to noon at Elk Grove Subaru, which is located at 8581 Laguna Grove Drive.

The event’s organizers said in a Facebook post that the animal shelter will have several adoptable dogs on site. Each adoption includes a pair of River Cats tickets and 106.5 will be giving away prizes. Note that adoption and other fees may apply.

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Study says Sacramento residents among best at paying credit cards, loans on time

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 15, 2018

Sacramento residents have something to be proud of when it comes to paying bills on time, according to a recent study by online loan marketplace Lending Tree, ranking third out of 100 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

Of 9 million MyLendingTree users studied, cities were ranked based on the number of residents with at least one overdue account on their TransUnion credit report following the first quarter of 2018, according to Lending Tree.

Late bill payments can remain on credit reports for up to seven years and can negatively impact a person’s ability to borrow money in the future, Lending Tree said.

Sacramento’s No. 3 ranking is attributed to 6.16 percent of users that had at least one overdue account. Ninety-six percent of Sacramento residents in the data were current on their credit card or loan bills. On average, during the period studied, Sacramento residents made 5 late payments and an average of 2.2 payments were 90 days late.

Sacramento ranks below San Francisco at No. 2 and Provo, Utah at No. 1, but it’s a pretty close race. San Francisco had 6.07 percent of residents with at least one overdue account and Provo had 5.97 percent.

Other California cities in the top 10 included San Jose (No. 7) and Los Angeles (No. 9). Though San Jose’s percentage of users with overdue accounts (6.42) placed it seventh, the city’s average number of users who were current on their bills was the highest in the study at 96.8 percent and its borrowers had the fewest average late payments with just 4.6.


Fluctuations in percentages from the top of the list to the bottom weren’t dramatic. Winston-Salem, North Carolina, took the bottom spot with 9.53 percent of people having at least one overdue account, a difference of 3.37 percent versus Sacramento. At 94.3 percent for people who were current on their bills, Winston-Salem trailed behind Sacramento by just 1.7 percent.

There were no California cities ranked in the bottom 10 spots.


Overall, approximately 95 percent of borrowers represented in the study pay their bills on time. The study also showed that within the period shown on the credit reports pulled, the MyLendingTree users had an average of six late payments.

People west of the Rocky Mountains, including in the four California cities, were the most likely to pay bills on time with nine of the spots in the top 10, according to the study.

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Golden 1 Center’s concessionaire is hiring. Here’s how and when to apply

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 15, 2018

If you’re looking for a job and want to work at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, the arena’s concessionaire may have the perfect opportunity.

From 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Legends Hospitality is hosting a career fair to hire for 17 seasonal positions, including roles like concession workers, bartenders, servers, cooks, customer service representatives and dishwashers.

Though these jobs can be applied for online, interested job seekers need to attend the career fair to be considered, according to a description of the event. Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

A flier for the career fair posted by the Greater Sacramento Urban League on Facebook says that candidates should enter the arena through the security entrance near the corner of 5th and L Street on the day of the hiring event.

Note that these jobs are for the 2018 season and may not be long-term. The company did not specify how many of each position it is looking to fill.


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The Stockton Kings need a mascot. Here’s what you need for the job

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 15, 2018

The Stockton Kings have a head coach, and now the team is seeking to fill a role that some may say is equally important: Mascot.

The Sacramento Kings’ G League affiliate announced via its social media channels that it’s looking to cast someone to act as a performer and ambassador for the team at all home games as well as during special appearances.

To translate that, the team needs someone to wear a giant suit, dance around on the basketball court and perform stunts and physical comedy to entertain basketball fans.


According to the job listing, worthy candidates need some experience as a mascot and should possess “energy, creativity, and spontaneity.” Additional skills like being able to tumble, ride a unicycle or walk on stilts will help candidates stand out, the listing said.

Of course, the person donning the mascot suit should be enthusiastic when it comes to hyping up a crowd. Candidates should also be “of good moral character.” A background in theater, dance or other athletic training is preferred, according to the job’s qualifications.

Other responsibilities for the part-time position include being able to improvise during performances and creating pre-recorded segments for crowd entertainment purposes.

To apply for the job, head over to the official job posting.

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Fly out of Sacramento with Southwest Airlines on the cheap for a limited time

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 9, 2018

If you’re planning to travel in the next several months, Southwest Airlines has some special prices you may want to check out.

Flights booked by Aug. 16 are pretty cheap as of Thursday evening, as long as tickets are purchased at least 14 days prior to the departure. Flights can be booked for most dates between Aug. 21 and Feb. 13, 2019.

In addition, for this “nothing is better” sale, fees for changing a flight or to check bags are waived.

Flying from Sacramento to Burbank or Los Angeles will cost $66 one-way and from Sacramento to Seattle or Tacoma, Wash., will set you back $69. These prices are lower than usual, though not as low as they have been during previous sales.

Other notable one-way flights out of Sacramento include $91 to Salt Lake City and $92 to Phoenix.

There are 18 destinations in total out of Sacramento available at special prices during the sale with the highest price at $194 to Baltimore.

Some blackout dates are listed in the terms of the sale. The prices listed include all taxes and fees, according to Southwest. Bookings using points will incur other fees, taxes and charges. See the booking website for further details.

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