Mike "Big Mike" Barnes takes a puff from his marijuana pipe in his privately owned "420 limo" to celebrate the legalization of recreational pot in California.
Arturo Sanchez, who recently moved to Sacramento from Long Beach, works for the city out of the City Manager's Office focusing on transparency in police and fire departments. A big focus for Sanchez is creating 'pathways for communities to express themselves,' in disenfranchised communities.
Faviola Rodriguez embraces Howard Sesser, 72, during a cuddle therapy session at Cuddle Connection in Roseville, Calif. The retired fireman who now lives in Napa, Calif., experienced traumatic events from his 25 years of service and from the passing of his wife due to Multiple sclerosis. Sesser visits Cuddle Connection for therapy at least once per week. This is strictly touch therapy only, no sex and no massage. The owner of Cuddle Connection, Kelly Peterson, says that business has picked up substantially during the holiday season. "Really, how sad is it that someone has to pay for a hug," said Kelly.
Jasmine Butler plays with her two nephews Kamillion and Knowledge at a candlelight vigil to remember their father, Jerome Butler who died after taking what he believed was a Norco pill given to him by a friend. The pill is believed to have contained the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Butler is one of several people in Sacramento County to die in a recent wave of opiate overdoses. Public health officials believe that fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that can cause cardiac arrest, was laced into counterfeit Norco tablets, a common prescription painkiller.
Oak Park, Sacramento.
Sheila Koester sits near the site of where her younger sister went missing from on Nov. 10, 2016, in Mountain Gate, Calif., USA. Sherri Papini vanished from the rural town of Mountain Gate near Redding, Calif., on Nov. 2 while on an afternoon jog. Sherri's cell phone, earbuds, and strands of hair were found at the site of where she was last seen.
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Sacramento amateur boxer Angel Rios' ultimate goal was to win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. In 2013, the aspiring olympian won bronze in the National Junior Olympics in the light-welterweight class. “My goal is to be great not good… Doing stuff that not other people do. So if it takes running the extra mile, going the extra round on the bag, sparring, not going out and that’s what it’s going to take… Normal stuff that kids might want to do, I don’t do none of that. I just stay in the house and watch a lot of boxing and just train in the morning and train at night like I am right now," he said.
The Gombergs have been hit by big premium increases and the narrow-network issue with the post-ACA changes; they have health conditions that require specialized treatment, which often isn't available within their insurer's network.
Activists gather march and rally to protest President Donald Trump's repeal of the DACA program at Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York, NY
Dale Richard Winters, veteran and homeless in Sacramento, Calif.
Nandi Cain was walking home on April 10 when an officer told him to stop because he had jaywalked - a claim that pedestrian advocates dispute based on police dashcam video. When Cain challenged the premise of the stop, the officer told him to get to the ground, and their verbal argument escalated until the officer threw Cain to the pavement and punched him in the head about 18 times
Gina McVey holds a portrait of her grandfather at her home in Elk Grove, Calif. McVey's grandfather, Lawrence Leslie McVey and his all-black regiment, the Harlem Hell Fighters, played a critical role in liberating France from the Germans in World War I. He and his men were awarded the Croix De Guerre after they charged a German machine gun nest at Séchault, France.
California State Capitol, Sacramento, California.