Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Police: Child brought gun to Fairfield Cordelia library

FAIRFIELD — A child’s mother is in jail and her special-needs children were taken into protective custody after police said one of her children – an 11-year-old – brought an unloaded handgun into the Fairfield Cordelia Library late Monday afternoon and showed it to another child. The child and a sibling fired the weapon the […]

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S&P: California recovers growth with tax increases

SACRAMENTO — Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s. The new S&P report found that California’s average […]

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

PARIS — Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group – minus two of the main players and without any ground troops – in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the […]

Santa Monica using $1M to evaluate its happiness

SANTA MONICA — As Eileen Brown and her dog stand on a bluff at Santa Monica’s Palisades Park and survey endless miles of sparkling blue ocean, clear skies and shimmering sandy beaches, she ponders how life could possibly get any better in this corner of paradise. “Really, it seems just about perfect,” the Los Angeles […]

Solano County theater honored for stage work

FAIRFIELD — From sequins to Shakespeare and Mani to McCallum, the 30th annual Arty awards celebration rocked the house Sunday evening at Solano Community College.

The annual gala brings out the fashion in performers. And, sometimes, the passion for Shakespeare.

This year’s event also left Benicia High School’s drama and dance teacher wishing for roller skates and a wheelbarrow as she picked up five awards for her work.

“Now I can sit down, hopefully,” Christine Mani said after picking up the fifth one.

David Lew: Chuckles keep coming despite cancer battle

FAIRFIELD — Even in unpleasant situations, David Lew finds humor.

During a CT scan at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, the 31-year-old American Canyon resident was nudging Lielana Tatlonghari, the X-ray technologist, to let him listen to music from the animated film, “Frozen.”

Her response wasn’t as enthusiastic as Lew had hoped.

“She’s not as much fun as the last one,” Lew said, joking. He was referring to the technologist who did a prior CT scan.

AP Enterprise: al-Qaida’s Syrian cell alarms US

WASHINGTON — While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria – a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe – poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. At the center is a cell […]

In drought, ‘pop-up’ wetlands provide bird habitat

YUBA CITY — For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California’s Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that’s drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys. The new arrivals to the field – hundreds of them […]

Mayor’s crime panel finds pockets of despair in Fairfield

Report: Offenders raised by single moms FAIRFIELD — Fairfield has neighborhood “pockets of despair” – and most juvenile and adult offenders were raised by single mothers, says the Mayor’s Commission on Crime report, which calls for measures that include reviving once-vigorous summer sports programs in the city. Almost every incarcerated person the commission spoke with came from […]

Islamic State group name raises objection

BAGHDAD — Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State — and its name is very much a part of that. In July, the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced its rebranding. He declared that the territory under his control would be […]

US will be ramping up airstrikes soon _ in Iraq

WASHINGTON — As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama’s more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next week, officials said Friday. In Syria, U.S. planes and drones will be gathering intelligence on targets and […]

Cobbling coalition for Iraq, Syria no easy task

ANKARA, Turkey — Assembling a coalition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group is proving to be a complicated affair. France is all in, but would like to invite Iran — against the wishes of the United States. The U.S. is pressing Turkey, which has resisted publicly endorsing the global strategy against the […]

New legislation aims to protect football players

FAIRFIELD — Next year will still see the “Friday Night Lights” phenomenon at local high schools, it’ll just be a gentler, kinder set of practices that guide the athletes to the almighty Friday night high school football game.

Legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July, and supported by the California Interscholastic Federation, the entity in charge of high school sports in the state, seeks to reduce brain and head injuries, including concussions, in middle and high school athletes by reducing full-contact practice time and instituting stricter guidelines for athletes returning to play after suffering a concussion.

Solano residents commemorate 9/11

SUISUN CITY — Greg Renucci and Matt Echevarria were getting ready for school in 2001 when the first hijacked airliner struck the World Trade Center.

Marc Renucci was on his way to Travis Air Force Base’s front gate and Joshua Danner was about to go to work on base that morning at 5:46 a.m. PST.

Echevarria initially wasn’t sure the first plane crash was real, but when the second aircraft hit, “I immediately thought of my brother who was in the military.”

Thirteen years later on that . . .

Man, mules on mission for more walking trails

FAIRFIELD — John Sears put his feet to pavement 31 years ago and didn’t look back. Modern trappings do not interest him in the least and he is very happy to be close to nature, sharing his life with two companions, who happen to be mules. He considers himself to be the third “mule” and […]

Hastert donates Capitol flag to Flight 93 memorial

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert gave the flag that flew atop the U.S. Capitol on 9/11 to the Flight 93 National Memorial on Thursday, saying the building might not still be standing if the plane’s passengers and crew had not rebelled against four hijackers. Hastert spoke to hundreds of family members, dignitaries and […]

Obama’s request to combat militants draws support

WASHINGTON — Bending for once to the will of the White House, Republicans and Democrats coalesced Thursday behind President Barack Obama’s call to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and pointed toward votes in the heat of a midterm election campaign. “We ought to give the president what he’s asking for,” House […]

Across the years, Obama’s 9/11 message varies

WASHINGTON — Six times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the moment, at different points stressing themes of service, resilience, tolerance, reconciliation. This year, with the threat of […]

Seeking help after years of 9/11 survivor guilt

NEW YORK — The roar of a plane above Lower Manhattan. The rise of a pristine tower where ruins once smoldered. News of terrorist attacks in far-off lands. For New Yorkers in or near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the sights and sounds of everyday life can still — even 13 years later — […]

Injured soldiers climb Mount Whitney to mark 9/11

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A group of injured soldiers has summited California’s Mount Whitney to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The 13 servicemen and women representing four branches of the military reached the top of the highest peak in the contiguous United States at dawn Thursday. Many of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and […]

Attacking Syria may entangle US in rebel rivalries

BEIRUT — In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, rebel rivalries and religious hatred. Unlike Iraq, the U.S. has no firm allies inside Syria to take over areas if fighters from the Islamic State group are pushed back. Unless the West […]

Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Key Arab allies promised Thursday to “do their share” to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside their regional animosities and work together to defeat a common enemy. The Arab states’ […]

New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 ceremonies

NEW YORK — The nation’s gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to remember their loved ones. The familiar silence to mark the attacks and the solemn roll call […]

Strike affects City Coach bus service in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The labor dispute between the city and Stationary Engineers Local 39 interrupted City Coach bus service Wednesday morning, Vacaville spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said. Vacaville advised bus riders to seek alternative transportation but said later in the morning that buses were running every hour as Vacaville sought to restore service to regular schedules. Updates on […]

Obama to launch airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON — In a major reversal, President Barack Obama ordered the United States into a broad military campaign Wednesday night to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants in two volatile Middle East nations authorizing airstrikes inside Syria for the first time as well as an expansion of strikes in Iraq. In an address to […]