Tuesday, May 5, 2015

College seeks civil rights travel course participants

FAIRFIELD — The seventh annual Civil Rights travel course, Social Science 053, will be offered for those of all ages who want to tour life-changing locales from the civil rights era in a trip slated for June 19-28. The course and tour provides an overview of the civil rights movement with stops in Selma, Alabama […]

CASA of Solano seeks volunteers

FAIRFIELD — CASA of Solano County is seeking volunteers to serve as child advocates for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The next volunteer orientation will take place from noon and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Court Appointed Special Advocates offices in Fairfield. The minimum age to volunteer is 21. To sign up for the orientation, call […]

Public hearing set before Mental Health Advisory Board

FAIRFIELD — A public hearing on a proposal by the Solano County Mental Health Department will occur during a Solano County Mental Health Advisory Board meeting Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. at 425 Executive Court North, Suisun Room B. The department is proposing a Mental Health Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Cultural Transformation Model in Interagency […]

Sherman Elwood

Sept. 19, 1937 — April 25, 2015 Sherman Francis “Ernie” Elwood, 77, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base Fairfield, Calif. Sherman was born Sept. 19, 1937, in Utica, N.Y., to William Elwood and Florence Phillips. Upon graduating high school, Sherman enlisted in the United States Army, […]

George Benjamin Kimes Jr.

Dec. 27, 1944 — April 28, 2015 A Funeral Service for George Benjamin Kimes Jr., 70, of Vacaville, will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015, at Vaca Hills Chapel, 524 Elmira Road, Vacaville, Calif. He will be laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon. George was born […]

Gerald Mc Devitt

April 23, 1930 — April 20, 2015 Gerald George McDevitt, 84, passed away April 20, 2015, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born to the late Henry and Beatrice (nee Perras) McDevitt on April 23, 1930, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and was the oldest of three children. Gerald was educated at Loyola High School […]

Fred L. Kirk

1945 — 2015 Funeral services for Fred L. Kirk, of Fairfield, Calif., will be held at a later date in Yakima, Wash., where he will be laid to rest at the Terrace Heights Memorial Park. Mr. Kirk passed away peacefully at his home. He was born in Yakima, Wash., in 1945. He is survived by his […]

Marcello T Gemignani

Aug. 30, 1931 — April 20, 2015 Marcello T (Papa) Gemignani, passed away unexpectedly on April 20, 2015. Born in San Francisco, he attended Star of the Sea Grammar School and was a graduate of St. Ignatius High School Class of 1950. Marcello enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. He proudly served during the Korean […]

Lois Geraldine Johnston

Johnston, Lois Geraldine, 95, of Sacramento, died on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Graveside service 10 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, at Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery, 1707 Union Ave., Fairfield. Arrangements by Fairfield Funeral Home at 425-1041 or fairfield [email protected]

Pope presides over Easter Vigil service amid martyr concerns

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis presided over the solemn Easter Vigil service Saturday night amid mounting Vatican concern for modern-day Christian martyrs whose deaths have dominated this Easter season. Francis walked in the dark down an utterly silent St. Peter’s Basilica at the start of the vigil Mass, which precedes the joyous celebration on Easter […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Moscow prosecutor probes sale of Nazi toy soldiers

MOSCOW — The Moscow prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal investigation into the sale of figurine soldiers in Nazi regalia at the Russian capital’s most renowned children’s store. A statement from the prosecutor’s office on Saturday said investigators were considering possible charges of inciting hatred and undermining the dignity of veterans of World War II. […]

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Greek finance minister visits US to meet IMF head

ATHENS, Greece — Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will travel to Washington to meet with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and unspecified US Treasury officials, the Greek government has announced. Varoufakis will meet Lagarde Sunday evening and the Treasury officials Monday. Greece is locked into difficult negotiations with its creditors over its bailout […]

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Iran partially lifts ban on women attending sports matches

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities have partially lifted a ban on women attending men’s sports matches, a senior sports official said Saturday. Deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi said Iran’s State Security Council has approved a plan by his ministry to allow women and families to attend some sports events, the official IRNA news agency reported […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Rebuild Gaza to avert next war

Nearly seven months after the end of the latest war in Gaza, none of the underlying causes of the conflict have been addressed. In the meantime, the people of Gaza are experiencing unprecedented levels of deprivation, and the prospect for renewed armed conflict is very real. In June 2014, the Hamas-backed government in Gaza was […]

April 01, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Reid’s US Senate legacy: Obstruction

With Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announcing on Friday that he won’t seek re-election in 2016, this may be a rare instance in which the retirement of an incumbent is a relief to his party. Now Democrats can run a fresh face unburdened by Reid’s record of political vilification, obstruction and disrespect for the Senate’s […]

April 01, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

State moves up national school spending chart

One of the Capitol’s perpetual debates is over how much California spends to educate its 6.2 million elementary and high school students, especially in relationship to other states. Education groups, led by the influential California Teachers Association, have complained for years that the state is near the bottom in per-pupil spending, but with recent and […]

April 01, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

BEIRUT — Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida’s branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said. Idlib, a […]

March 29, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

America’s sky police should be asked to stand down

American aviation’s last line of defense is quickly evaporating. Disgruntled federal air marshals, according to National Review, are leaving the service at an alarming clip – in 2014, an average of 10 agents were reported to have left the service’s Washington, D.C. office every month. It seems only a matter of time until the U.S. […]

March 18, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Clinton banks on trust

It was Hillary Clinton at her worst. First, she began her news conference by tooting her own horn about working for women. Then she slammed Republicans for sending a letter making clear that, for an Iran deal to be binding, it must have approval from Congress. Then she got to the emails. That’s when things […]

March 18, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

It’s musical chairs in LA County

Remember the old parlor game of musical chairs? Players would march to music around a group of chairs, and when it stopped, all would try to sit down, but there was always one fewer chair than players. The standing player would drop out, a chair would be removed and the game would continue until someone […]

March 18, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Kurdish, Christian forces gain on IS in NE Syria battles

BEIRUT — Kurdish fighters and Christian militiamen are making gains against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, with intense clashes amid airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, an activist group and a Kurdish official said Saturday. Nasser Haj Mansour, a defense official in Syria’s Kurdish region, said the fighters captured the Christian village of Tal […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

BAGHDAD — Kurdish authorities in Iraq said Saturday they have evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, the latest alleged atrocity carried out by the extremist organization now under attack in Tikrit. The allegation by the Kurdistan Region Security Council, stemming from a Jan. 23 suicide […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Iraq seizes town on outskirts of Islamic State-held Tikrit

BAGHDAD — Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen captured a town Tuesday on the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit, sealing off Saddam Hussein’s hometown in preparation to confront the extremists in one of their biggest strongholds, officials said. Seizing Alam puts the offensive on course to attempt to liberate Tikrit in the coming […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

34 killed in explosion at market in northeastern Nigeria

BAUCHI, Nigeria — At least 34 persons were killed by a teenage girl suicide bomber on Tuesday at a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, said witnesses. The blast by a female teenager occurred in the market near the Old Elkanemi Cinema in the late afternoon, said Musa Danbaba, a member of […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Officials say bombings across Afghanistan kill at least 13

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A series of bombings across Afghanistan, including one targeting a police checkpoint in the country’s south, killed at least 13 people Tuesday, authorities said. The day’s deadliest attack targeted the checkpoint on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, killing eight people and wounding 23, said Omar Zwak, the […]

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Russia opts out of European arms control treaty

MOSCOW — Russia says it will no longer attend consultations related to a key European arms control treaty, accusing the West of stonewalling its demands. The move comes as Russia-West relations have plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War times over the Ukrainian crisis. The 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe treaty limits the […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Street drugs ‘legalized’ in Ireland by surprise court ruling

DUBLIN — A top Irish court has ruled a key plank of the country’s anti-narcotics laws illegal, temporarily legalizing the possession of many street stimulants and hallucinogens. The government scrambled to close the surprise loophole Tuesday with an emergency late-night bill. Health Minister Leo Varadkar said the government hoped its patchwork bill would be signed […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

As race for UN chief begins, new campaigns demand a woman

UNITED NATIONS — At a private working lunch for the five most powerful members of the United Nations Security Council, the conversation turned to the question of the next U.N. secretary-general. A European ambassador reminded colleagues of a General Assembly resolution nearly as old as the 70-year organization itself, a guiding document for a selection […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Bodies of French Olympians recovered in Argentina air crash

VILLA CASTELLI, Argentina — Argentine Investigators plucked cellphones, bits of paper and other mostly charred and unrecognizable items on Tuesday from the ruins of two helicopters that collided while carrying prominent French athletes, an accident that left the European nation in mourning and had Argentine experts struggling to understand how two experienced pilots lost control. […]

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