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Pryor, Woodson lead Raiders past Chargers 27-17

OAKLAND — Terrelle Pryor and Charles Woodson turned this rare late-night start into an Oakland Raiders celebration. Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown as the Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 27-17 on Sunday night. Pryor got the Raiders (2-3) off to a fast start in the […]

49ers pound Schaub, Texans in lopsided win

SAN FRANCISCO — Tramaine Brock is kicking himself for not having a third interception. He came oh so close. “I wanted it,” he said. The San Francisco 49ers turned a prime-time showdown into an all-out pick party at The Stick. Brock perfectly read Matt Schaub’s first pass of the night, jumped in front for an interception and […]

The week ahead: Homecomings in the spotlight

FAIRFIELD — A pair of homecomings highlight this week’s city sports schedule. The Armijo High football team entertains Wood, while Fairfield hosts Benicia for homecoming festivities on Friday night. Here’s a look at the rest of the week: Monday The Rodriguez volleyball team looks to bounce back from its third 3-2 loss in the Monticello […]

Harvick wins wreck-filled race at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kevin Harvick didn’t simply have his hands full with the rest of the Sprint Cup field Sunday. He also was trying to tame a squirrely surface at Kansas Speedway. He handled both better than anybody else. Harvick pulled away from Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon on a late restart to win a wreck-filled race […]

A’s rookie Vogt delivers game-winning playoff hit

OAKLAND — Stephen Vogt triumphantly raised his right arm as he took off for first and did it again with a celebratory whipped cream pie covering his face. Then, once more for the cheering crowd as he left the field following another improbable Oakland walkoff win. No doubt Vogt will cherish that moment. Thanks to him and fellow rookie […]

Supervisors to discuss medical marijuana dispensaries

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has come up with a list of potential locations in rural areas for medical marijuana dispensaries, from Mankas Corner in Suisun Valley to remote Birds Landing. Those are simply sites that because of their commercial zoning could possibly have a dispensary. It’s up to the Solano County Board of Supervisors whether to […]

Meet some of Solano County’s centenarians

FAIRFIELD — Estimates say there are about 50 centenarians living in Solano County. They have lived through two world wars and saw America elect its first black president. Man first walked on the moon during their lifetime. When they were born, men lived an average of 50 years, women about five years longer. They have proven […]

Where have all the children gone?

FAIRFIELD — Solano County home prices that match the Bay Area, an aging population, smaller families and the lure of the Southwest. They help explain, observers say, why enrollment at K-12 public schools in Solano County has dropped by nearly 10,000 students since the 2001-02 school year – even as the overall county population has […]

UC Davis program boosts American history in Solano

FAIRFIELD — They may not remember much about Sept. 11, 2001, Watergate is a just a word without the meaning it holds for older Americans and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy occurred a half-century ago in what can seem like ancient history to a 17-year-old.

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Smith earns All-American honors, chance to play in all-star game

FAIRFIELD — Jai’Den Smith has big dreams, a number of which have to do with football. The sixth-grader at B. Gale Wilson Elementary School would like to one day play for national powerhouse De La Salle High of Concord, then move on to the University of Oregon and eventually land with the San Francisco 49ers. […]

Kenseth wins Nationwide race at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Matt Kenseth is proving to be unbeatable at Kansas Speedway. The winner of the last two Sprint Cup races at the track, Kenseth got into his Nationwide car and drove it to victory Saturday, taking advantage of a controversial late-race wreck that involved Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch to conserve enough […]

Kyle Busch out to prove Kansas can be tamed

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Just about everything that could go wrong at Kansas Speedway has for Kyle Busch. During the April race weekend, the driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing wrecked in practice. He crashed out of the Truck Series race the next day. Then he spun twice more in the […]

Raiders host Chargers in rare late-night affair

OAKLAND — Terrelle Pryor promises the San Diego Chargers will see a completely different quarterback than the one who made his first NFL start in last year’s season finale. The footwork is more polished, the passes have more zip and accuracy, and Pryor has put to rest questions whether he can play quarterback in the […]

Fall brings ‘crush’ to Suisun Valley

SUISUN VALLEY — Fall is the time for action at Suisun Valley wineries.

Grapes need to be picked. Grapes need to be crushed. Wine needs to be made. This is the season when tranquil Wine Country has an air of urgency about it.

Ron Lanza is dealing with a slightly different rhythm this year at his family’s Wooden Valley Winery on Suisun Valley Road. The fall harvest began a month ago, still during the summer.

Indians run past Falcons 48-20

FAIRFIELD — The trophy is staying on Washington Street. Jeffrie Brown rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass from D’Mario Johnson, who threw two scores, as the Armijo High football team rolled to a 48-20 victory at Schaefer Stadium, Friday. “It really lifts the kids spirits,” said Indians coach Karl […]

Wind-whipped fire burns into Potrero Hills

SUISUN CITY — A fire started at Highway 12 near Branscombe Road on Friday afternoon, took off with a north wind gusting more than 30 mph and soon covered more than 1,000 acres.

Flames burned in a line over the rural flatlands, over the Potrero Hills and into Suisun Marsh on the other side. This is for the most part a treeless region, with little to break the winds and plenty of dry brush for fuel.

The fire began at 12:10 p.m. and quickly went to eight alarms. By 1 p.m., flames could be seen …

Prospect for quick end to shutdown is remote

WASHINGTON — Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default. “This isn’t some damn game,” said House Speaker John Boehner, as the White House and Democrats held […]

Fire damages building at Calvary Baptist Church

FAIRFIELD — An attic fire whipped by strong north winds on Friday morning raced through a Calvary Baptist Church building used twice a week for children’s ministry. Fairfield firefighters poured water on the single-story, wooden building for well over an hour. Flames and smoke belched from the pitched roof, which appeared to sag until it collapsed […]

Did Walter White get what he deserved in ‘Breaking Bad?’

“Breaking Bad” is over. The spoilers flow from here on out, but with a show record of 10.3 million viewers tuning in to the final episode, who with even a tiny interest in the program didn’t watch? Walter White has gone to the meth lab in the big blue sky. For a man known for […]

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Air Supply, House of Floyd, Christmas show set for On Stage Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Singer Al Jarreau opens the On Stage Vacaville season at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. His show takes place at 8 p.m. Oct. 11. The winner of seven Grammy Awards, Jarreau is well-known for singing the theme song of the TV series “Moonlighting.” Christmas with the Celts, 8 p.m. Dec. 21, is the […]

Week in preview Oct. 4-11, 2013

Fairfield 8 p.m. Friday Spotted Dog Rockin’ Blues Revue Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane. 800-627-7468. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Wounded Warriors High Five Tour Jelly Belly, One Jelly Belly Lane. 428-2838. 2 p.m. Saturday Alvon Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road. 864-3135. 6 p.m. Saturday Dunk Domestic Violence Basketball Game Armijo High School, […]

Al Jarreau always looks at the bright side of life

VACAVILLE — From the days of sitting next to his mother as she played the piano to his most recent travels to the Republic of Georgia and Poland, singer Al Jarreau feels he’s been abundantly blessed. The 73-year-old even has a new little jingle to start his day: “Percolatin,’ syncopating, celebrating, gettin’ up in the […]

Rick Stevens will perform at Pink Fest

FAIRFIELD — Rick Stevens, the singer on Tower of Power’s hit “You’re Still a Young Man,” spent almost half of his life behind bars. He refused to let his heart and soul be imprisoned. The 73-year-old was sentenced to death for his role in the death of three people during a drug deal gone bad […]

Solano Winds kicks off 19th season Oct. 11

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Winds Community Concert Band kicks off its 19th season next weekend. The first show, “Across the Pond: Classics by the Brits,” takes place at 8 p.m. Oct. 11. The evening’s selections include “A Life on the Ocean Wave,” a poem-turned-song by Epes Sargent and set to music by Henry Russell. The […]

Unknown cause spurred Marigold Fire, report says

FAIRFIELD — An undetermined source on the Interstate 80 side of the sound wall behind a residential neighborhood caused the Marigold Fire that destroyed five homes and damaged at least 10 others Aug. 27, the city of Fairfield says. A specific ignition source cannot be identified, according to the Solano Napa Fire Investigation Unit report […]

Government shutdown slows Travis lobbying efforts

FAIRFIELD — Community leaders trying to ensure the Air Force doesn’t scrap its KC-10 air tanker fleet plan to take their case to Air Mobility Command and the nation’s capital later this fall, depending on when some of the dust settles from the partial federal government shutdown. “We are trying to get a meeting with […]

California gives immigrants driver’s licenses

LOS ANGELES — California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver’s licenses – a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance authorities. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill in front of a cheering crowd of […]

Partial shutdown pinches North Bay Stand Down funding

FAIRFIELD — The federal government’s partial shutdown is endangering a veterans’ gathering. A $10,000 Department of Labor grant aimed at funding s0me of the costs of putting on this year’s North Bay Stand Down at the Dixon May Fair fairgrounds – to help provide services to needy veterans – has been trapped in Washington, D.C., […]