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‘Orange Is the New Black’ mixes up heroine, villainess roles

In the final moments of the first season of Netflix’s original series “Orange Is the New Black,” its protagonist, Piper Chapman, mercilessly beats another woman. Chapman, a WASP from New York serving time in Litchfield Federal Correctional Facility for smuggling drugs a decade earlier, whaled on Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett, a former meth addict and born-again […]

Fairfield, Vacaville graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman John W. Arrington graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Arrington is the son of Billy D. and Shirley Arrington and grandson of Betty and Billy Arrington, all of Fairfield. He is a 2014 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Dallas R. […]

Airmen with county ties complete training

Air Force Airman Tusitala Brunson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Brunson graduated in 2013 from Vacaville Christian High School in Vacaville. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rachel L. Herring graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the sister of […]

Grateful Dead keeps truckin’ despite detractors

The Grateful Dead play two of what’s billed as its final five shows ever Saturday and Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. While the gigs that mark the first time the four remaining members – percussionist Mickey Hart, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh and singer/guitarist Bob Weir – are billed as The Grateful […]

Service members with county ties finish basic military training

Air Force Airman Mario A. Aguilar graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Aguilar is a 2014 graduate of Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville. Air Force Airman Beejay V. Estacion graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Estacion is the brother of Lino L. Estacion III of Vacaville. U.S. Air National Guard Airman […]

Service members with local ties complete training

Army Pvt. Rafael Calderon has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Calderon is the brother of Karen Calderon of Fairfield. Air Force Airman Hayden Clough graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Clough is the son of Todd and Dawn Clough of Vacaville. He is a 2014 graduate of Vacaville […]

Apple faces uphill fight in streaming music battle

Apple announced its plans Monday for Apple Music, its foray into the streaming music world. The service will be “freemium” – free supported by ads, but additional features available at cost – for three introductory months before moving to a monthly subscription format. This year may be remembered as the moment when streaming became the […]

Airman from Solano County complete training, arrive for duty

Air Force Airman Katrina L. Abueg graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Abueg is the daughter of Randy and Yolanda Abueg of Vallejo and sister of Carlos Bates and Kristine Bates of Suisun City. The airman graduated in 2013 from Vallejo High School. Air Force Airman Lucas G. Bowers graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland […]

County high school graduates commission, finish basic training

Christine Hogan has commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. She is a 2005 graduate of Benicia High School. Army Pvt. Cernan B. Libatique Jr. has graduated from basic combat training […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

BottleRock festival defines itself in third year

NAPA — In 2015, BottleRock Napa Valley festival claimed its identity. With the Napa music, wine and food festival’s first year serving as a grand experiment and a second installment in 2014 that was a rebuilding year, concertgoers will recall 2015 as the year the festival added art installations, improved the grounds and included a […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

BottleRock uncorks Plant, No Doubt, Imagine Dragons for 3rd installment

After a rebuilding year in 2014, the BottleRock Napa Valley festival returns this weekend for its third installment. Founding organizers hosted an ambitious but financially perilous first edition in 2013 that resulted in more than $9 million in debt. A new set of organizers, Latitude 38 Entertainment, swooped in late in 2013 to help resolve some […]

May 29, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

‘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 […]

May 22, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 16, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 08, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 03, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

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 . […]

May 01, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

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 ,
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