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County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Moses I. Daniels graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Daniels is the son of Valentino Daniels of Vallejo. He is a 2013 graduate of Vallejo High School. Army Pvt. Joshua A. Rider has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Rider is the […]

‘Mad Men’ opts for ‘Rorschach test’ finale

AMC’s “Mad Men” bowed from the airwaves Sunday after seven seasons, touching the culture in everything from fashion to soda pop. The show signed off with 3.3 million viewers, the program’s third-largest audience. For those not among that statistic, here’s a no-nonsense spoiler warning for the series and its final episode. The final scene consists […]

Vallejo graduates, service members complete training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class James R. Laurel graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Laurel is a 2009 graduate of Hogan High School in Vallejo. Army Pvt. Eron Lenore has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Lenore is the son of Rhicko James and grandson of Erionne Hester, both of Vallejo. He […]

Asleep at the Wheel rolls back to Northern California

Asleep at the Wheel has an expansive universe. The Western swing and country band called tiny Paw Paw, West Virginia, as well as Oakland, home before settling in Austin, Texas, for the past 40 years. More than 100 people have joined its ranks by the count of singer and guitarist Ray Benson, its only remaining […]

Even after finding music stash, Mom rocks

I’d been so careful. It was only weeks before I went to college in the summer of 2000 that Mom caught me. In fairness to me, a lot of kids were doing it at the time. Not all of my friends. Some thought it was pretty lame and some, rightly, thought it was all about […]

Airmen from Vacaville finish basic training

Air Force Airman Taylor M. Biever graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Biever is the daughter of Tracey M. and David L. Biever of Vacaville. She is a 2013 graduate of Vacaville High School. Air Force Airman Jonathan A. Simms graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Simms is the son of […]

Superhero fatigue greets arrival of latest ‘Avengers’

The summer blockbuster season explodes into theaters beginning this weekend with “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The film features a grab bag of superhero stars led by Robert Downey Jr. as Superman, a web-slinging, hammer-wielding protagonist with superhuman powers who must save Gotham City from the macabre machinations of his nemesis, Magneto. No? That’s . […]

Airmen with county ties complete training

Air Force Airman Ivette C. Lopez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Lopez is the daughter of Francisco and Martha Lopez of Fairfield. She is a 2009 graduate of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Anthony L. Niko graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Niko is the grandson of […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Commissary-Exchange pairing gains steam

Consolidation of the Defense Commissary Agency and three separate military exchange services into a single Defense Retail Activity is gaining support among policymakers inside the Department of Defense and perhaps a key congressional subcommittee, a source reports. The idea to merge all military stores under a single agency is a major recommendation of the Military […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Smash Mouth to headline base music festival

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — San Jose-based pop rock group Smash Mouth will headline a single-day music festival Friday at Travis Air Force Base. The “Bear-Powered Music Festival” takes place at the Travis dorm soccer field area. It is free for all Department of Defense ID cardholders. Additional performers include a blend of rock and country […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Lannisters get bad rap in ‘Game of Thrones’

Unless you’ve been living under Casterly Rock, you probably know HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returns for its fifth season Sunday. Last season, the fantasy drama upended HBO’s marquee mob drama “The Sopranos” to become the network’s most-watched original program. Spawned from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, the fictional universe […]

April 10, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Kyle A. Alcantara graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is the son of Mark T. Kelley and Janette C. Alcantara of Dixon. The airman graduated in 2014 from Dixon High School. Air Force Airman Victoria J. Everett graduated from basic military training at […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Smash Mouth to headline day of music at Travis

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — San Jose-based pop rock group Smash Mouth will headline a single-day music festival April 17 at Travis Air Force Base. The “Bear-Powered Music Festival” takes place at the Travis dorm soccer field area. It is free for all Department of Defense ID cardholders. Additional performers include a blend of rock […]

April 04, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Travis pushes C-5M into record books

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — While many in Solano County slept during Friday’s early hours, one of Travis Air Force Base’s C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft may have soared into the record books.

A crew of eight Travis airmen unofficially established 45 records for altitude, speed and cargo weight during an hourlong flight, giving the C-5M more records than any other aircraft in the world. Verification of the records is pending from the National Aeronautic Association, said Maj. Brandon Lingle with Travis’ 60th Air Mobility Wing public affairs.

‘Lifestylez’ shows Big L’s gift of gab 2 decades later

A pretty good case exists to say 1995 was the greatest year in hip-hop history. The mid-1990s are filthy with classic releases, but the plethora of essential slabs from ’95 leaves it a cut above: GZA/Genius’ “Liquid Swords,” Mobb Deep’s “The Infamous,” Raekwon’s “Only Built 4 Cuban Lynx,” Goodie Mob’s “Soul Food,” Smif-N-Wessun’s “Dah Shinin’,” […]

April 03, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Armijo graduates finish basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Maria I. Martinelli graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Martinelli is the daughter of Maria G. and Gabriel Esquivel of Fairfield. She is a 2010 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Tyler J. Yoakum graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Yoakum is […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Airmen with county connections complete basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Eliza C. Wilkins graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Wilkins is the daughter of Edward J. and step-daughter of Stacy L. Wilkins of Fairfield and granddaughter of Tuly Wilkins of Fairfield. She is a 2014 graduate of Fairfield High School. Air Force Airman Breanna C. Yokoyama graduated from basic military training at Joint […]

March 29, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

2pac interview weakens Lamar’s new LP

Kendrick Lamar’s widely anticipated third LP, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” landed earlier this week less like the winged creature in its title and more like a blue whale. Lamar set the Spotify record for first-day streams with 9.6 million track listens and then broke it again Tuesday with 9.8 million. Yet it’s what happens in […]

March 20, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Airmen with area ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Melissa R. Cabrera graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Cabrera is the daughter of Andres S. and Refugio Cabrera of Vacaville. She is a 2014 graduate of Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville. Air Force Airman Clayton G. Coppes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Service members with area ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Emre G. Hamilton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Hamilton is the son of Rabiye G. Hamilton of Vacaville. Air Force Airman Wilbert E. Jackson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Jackson is the son of Wilbert E. Jackson of Vallejo and nephew of Johnathan Jackson of Suisun […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Armijo, Vanden graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam G. Jones graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Jones is the son of Rickey D. Jones of Fairfield. He is a 2014 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Brandon N. Schattilly graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Schattilly is the brother […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

‘Parks and Rec’ excelled at ‘comedy of positivity’

NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” signed off Tuesday on its own terms, ending a seven-year run after coming close to cancellation so many times during that stretch. However, for a show that faced constant concerns about its future, it did so with a smile on its face, being relentlessly positive at a time in television […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Airmen with local ties finish basic training

Air Force Airman Dana M. Evans graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Evans is the sister of Brian M. Evans of Fairfield. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Natasha P. Reddy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Reddy is the daughter […]

March 01, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Airmen with local ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Anthony M. Kachuck graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Kachuck is a 2014 graduate of Vacaville High School. Air Force Airman Michael A. Stacey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Stacey is the grandson of James and Julie Stacey of Fairfield. He is a […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

‘Futurama’ shows how love inspires us to improve

When they first appear together on screen, Philip J. Fry and Turanga Leela from “Futurama” don’t seem like the obvious choice for a romantic relationship that will carry the series. Their initial meeting in the defunct animated series does, however, include Leela telling Fry to take off all of his clothes – he just awoke in the […]

February 13, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Airmen with area ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Dana M. Evans graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Evans is the sister of Brian M. Evans of Fairfield. Air Force Airman Jonah R. Sanchez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Sanchez is the son of Eristeo and Julie Sanchez of Vallejo. He is a 2013 graduate of Rodriguez […]

February 15, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

‘Stay With Me’ authorship issue supports Grammy criticisms

Some prognosticators anticipate British pop soul singer Sam Smith to gobble trophies Sunday at the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. He could walk away from Sunday’s ceremony with the grand slam, sweeping the four biggest categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Only Christopher Cross, in 1981, has done […]

February 06, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Vaca graduate completes basic training

Air Force Airman Katherine D. Wilson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Wilson is the daughter of Julia and David Wilson of Vacaville. She is a 2013 graduate of Vacaville High School.

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

BeeHype best-of blog shows mankind’s musical multitude

The human mind is an incredible machine. I’m endlessly impressed by the amount of knowledge we can store and retrieve. I can’t remember telling a friend the same joke two days earlier, but I can rattle off from memory every Radiohead album and its track titles – in order. Recently, I was struck by the way in […]

January 30, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Rodriguez graduate completes basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Simon John B. Tejano graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Tejano is the son of Albino and Graciela Tejano of Fairfield. He graduated in 2014 from Rodriguez High School in Fairfield.

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,
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