Friday, October 31, 2014

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

PYONGYANG, North Korea  — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter. North Korea is always on guard against outside influences, but now that […]

Lawsuit: Surgical gowns let diseases pass through

LOS ANGELES — A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases. The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court, alleges that the multinational company knew for at least a year that its Microcool Breathable High Performance Surgical Gown had failed industry tests […]

Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot

CHICAGO — Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola — chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. That message still hasn’t reached many Americans, judging from stories ER doctors and nurses swapped this week at a Chicago medical conference. Misinformed patients with Ebola-like symptoms can take up time and resources […]

Questions, answers about California’s Ebola policy

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Public Health has issued a 21-day quarantine order for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients, but the restrictions will be determined by county health officers depending on the individual’s level of risk exposure. California health officials are trying to strike a balance between […]

Maine in standoff with nurse over Ebola safeguards

FORT KENT, Maine — Maine health authorities struggled Thursday to reach a compromise with nurse Kaci Hickox that would require her to keep her distance from other people, in the nation’s most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola. Hickox, 33, stepped out of her home in remote northern Maine for the […]

School candidates discuss music, transparency, community involvement

FAIRFIELD — School board candidates got the chance Wednesday to give their thoughts on the importance of music in the Fairfield-Suisun School District before a small group gathered in the choir room at Fairfield High School. Candidates for Trustee Area 4, Robert Lucky and Chris Wilson, attended, as did Jonathan Richardson, an unopposed candidate for Trustee Area 5. […]

Deadline looms for vote-by-mail ballots

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County registrar of voters reminds voters to mail in their vote-by-mail ballots by Thursday to ensure their on-time delivery. Voters are also encouraged to drop off their vote-by-mail ballots early, as it speeds up the counting process on election night. “We know that voters appreciate the ability to weigh and cast […]

Fairfield police log: Oct. 28, 2014

12:45 a.m. — Trespassing, sub-100 block of UTAH STREET 1:26 a.m. — Commercial burglary, 1200 block of CIVIC CENTER DRIVE 6:17 a.m. — Trespassing, 900 block of NEW BEDFORD PLACE 9:53 a.m. — Grand theft, 700 block of AMHERST WAY 10:11 a.m. — Trespassing, 1400 block of WASHINGTON STREET 10:32 a.m. — Forgery, 2300 block […]

Suisun City police log: Oct. 28, 2014

1:11 p.m. — Fraud, 1100 block of WESLEY AVENUE 2:50 p.m. — Fraud, 1100 block of LAWLER RANCH PARKWAY 4:02 p.m. — Indecent exposure, 400 block of DONALDSON COURT  

Groundwater here is in good shape, Vacaville council hears

VACAVILLE — Water under the ground in California doesn’t mean a giant lake is underneath the state – it’s a lot of little lakes that comprise groundwater and the Solano subbasin is in good shape, the utilities director for Vacaville says. “We pump less than the limit,” Royce Cunningham told the City Council at its […]

Vacaville to review hybrid ‘road map’ for growth

VACAVILLE — It’s a road map, Mayor Steve Hardy said of the city’s General Plan that’s undergoing an update – before he and the City Council asked the staff to review a hybrid. That hybrid is a revised land use alternative that allows development about halfway between two options in the plan. The council decision followed […]

Suisun Council calls for more public input on General Plan

SUISUN CITY — The City Council would like to see more residents give their input on the city’s proposed General Plan update before the period for public comment closes Nov. 25. Only a half-dozen people were in the audience Tuesday when the council conducted its public hearing and workshop on the city’s draft 2035 General Plan. […]

Paradise Valley Estates opens new dog park

FAIRFIELD — The barking of dogs greeted newcomers Tuesday to the long-awaited dog park at Paradise Valley Estates. “The dog park idea has been haunting me for years,” said Bill Rawlinson, a member of the residential area’s board of directors. “We promised you all this park in 2009, and the next year we promised it, and […]

Library plans ‘Wimpy Kid’ party in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Children in Vacaville have a chance next week to celebrate the release of the latest “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book – and have a chance to win a copy of one of the books in the popular series. The book is called “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” and is written […]

Yolo Hospice names new executive

FAIRFIELD — Yolo Hospice has hired a veteran in the field of health care management as its new executive director, the organization announced in a press release. Craig Dresang has more than 25 years of experience, which includes 15 years as a senior leader in health care, according to the release. Prior to his new role, he was the vice […]

Israeli farmers observe sabbatical – with a wink

BNEI NETZARIM, Israel — Every seven years, according to the Bible, Israeli farmers must give their lands a rest for a year. So how do modern-day growers reconcile the ancient spiritual practice with a need to feed the country’s 8 million mouths? Most market their produce thanks to a clever workaround: they temporarily sold their farms, […]

Syria activists say Kobani death toll passes 800

MURSITPINAR, Turkey — A Syrian activist group said Sunday that the death toll in 40 days of fighting in and around the northern Syrian border town of Kobani has reached 815, as Kurdish fighters battled Muslim militants for a hill west of the town. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll includes […]

13 Europe banks flunk test, must find 10B euros

FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank says 13 of Europe’s 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and need an extra $12.5 billion to cushion themselves against any future crises. Although the landmark review identified only a handful of weak banks, ECB officials said Sunday that it was tough enough to […]

Toronto voters look elsewhere besides Ford

TORONTO — Enough with the crack smoking, public drunkenness and outrageous behavior. After four years in which City Hall has sometimes been as entertaining as a circus sideshow, Toronto residents appear eager for something altogether different in their mayor: DULL. Voters head to the polls Monday to elect a successor to Rob Ford, who announced last […]

Brazilian President Rousseff is re-elected

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected Sunday in the tightest race the nation has seen since its return to democracy three decades ago, after a bitter campaign that divided Brazilians like no other before it. With 99 percent of the vote counted, Rousseff had 51.5 percent of the ballots, topping center-right […]

Iraqi troops retake control of Sunni town

BAGHDAD — Iraqi soldiers backed by Shiite militiamen retook control Sunday of a Sunni town seized previously by Islamic militants, said an Iraqi official and state-run TV, a rare victory for Iraqi security forces that have been battling to regain areas lost to the militants. The provincial official said that government forces entered Jurf al-Sakhar, which […]

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine vote

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly voted in several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet nation’s drift away from Russia. Two exit polls released as voting closed indicated that President Petro Poroshenko’s party will secure a narrow win in the parliamentary election, falling substantially short of an outright majority. […]

Tunisians in historic vote spurred by Arab Spring

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisians voted Sunday for their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring, with the main secular party declaring an early victory over the once-dominant Islamists. Although official results would not be ready before Wednesday, Nida Tunis (Tunisia’s Call) claimed that pollsters and […]

Rainy day doesn’t stop campus cleanup at David A. Weir

FAIRFIELD — A rainy and gloomy day didn’t keep dedicated volunteers from coming out to spruce up the David A. Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy campus, Saturday. Members of the Father’s House, of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, and volunteers from David A. Weir came out as part of the church’s “We Love Our City Week.” “The Father’s House adopted […]

Filipino group marks 58th anniversary

SUISUN CITY — The Filipino-American Community of Fairfield, Suisun & Vacaville, Inc. marked a milestone Saturday as more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the group’s 58th anniversary. Some of those attending, like Abe Bautista, were born into the group. Others, such as Thomas Conley III, joined recently. The group’s history dates back to 1952 […]

One killed on train tracks in Dixon

DIXON — A body was found on the railroad tracks on North First Street about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Agencies responded to find a deceased person in what appeared to be a case of pedestrian vs. train. There was no information available at press time on the victim’s gender, age or city of residence. Scanner traffic indicated the […]

Gala boosts The Leaven’s efforts in Solano

FAIRFIELD — A comedian served as headliner and emcee for The Leaven’s inaugural gala Saturday, but the purpose of the evening was no laughing matter. Nazareth – it’s his real name – is an internationally known Christian comic whose website notes that he’s performed at such place as the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and other […]

Remains belong to missing Virginia student

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a missing university student, authorities said Friday, as they turned their attention to filing possible additional charges against the suspect accused of abducting her. University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, 18, disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out […]

Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

BETHESDA, Md. — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms. Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House. And outside the hospital where she had […]

School gunman was Homecoming prince, students say

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting four others – including two of his cousins – before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. Students said the gunman was staring at his victims as […]