Friday, August 1, 2014

US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year. “The bottom line is Ebola […]

Commentary: ‘Orphan Black,’ Emmy snubs and questions of identity

By Mary McNamara The chronology of recent Big Public Events in Television — the Emmy nominations announcements followed a few weeks later by Comic-Con — spotlights an almost identical philosophical issue: There’s the Emmy nominations, and then there’s Comic-Con. Reality goes metaphor. An estimated 130,000 Comic-Con attendees descended on the San Diego Convention Center last […]

Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC’s Peter Pan

NEW YORK — NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying “Girls” star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC’s new staging of “Peter Pan Live!” The live telecast of this musical classic will air Dec. 4. The 26-year-old actress-comedian plays Marnie Michaels on […]

Contract dispute delays ‘Big Bang’ production

NEW YORK — Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television’s most popular comedy, said that Wednesday’s scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There’s no word on when […]

Area LGBT Democratic Club cancels meet

FAIRFIELD — A meeting Wednesday of the Bayard Rustin LGBT Democratic Club in Vallejo has been canceled, the organization has announced. Solano County District Attorney-elect Krishna Abrams was scheduled to be among the speakers. Brendalynn Goodall, president of the East Bay Stonewall Democrats, was also scheduled to speak. No specific reason for the cancellation was given. No […]

Nonprofit turns to Kickstarter to publish children’s nature book

FAIRFIELD — Tuleyome has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish a children’s nature book based on the organization’s Tuleyome Tales, the nonprofit announced Monday. Tuleyome Tales are informative, educational, entertaining articles written predominantly by Tuleyome staff members and distributed to the local press as feature articles. Past articles have included coverage of native bees, local bird populations, […]

Candidate workshop for Fairfield-Suisun School District wins praise

FAIRFIELD — A fine balance of communication with the public is required for school board members, a Fairfield-Suisun School District trustee said Monday at a candidates workshop. “We’re armed with a lot of facts,” John Silva said of school district trustees. “Most of what the public is armed with is pure hearsay.” “Maybe you can […]

Big-rig driver strikes telephone lines in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Traffic along East Travis Boulevard was diverted Monday afternoon between Coolidge and Eisenhower streets after a big-rig truck driver struck telephone lines near San Bruno Street. No one was injured. The commercial truck driver was able to drive off at about 5:40 p.m after the incident that was reported at 4:04 p.m., said […]

California can’t say if it’s meeting drought goal

LOS ANGELES — The sprinklers outside the California’s state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused “water stations” at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can’t take them at all. In ways big and small, the state government […]

Northern California wildfire destroys 5 homes

PLYMOUTH — A wildfire in Northern California has forced evacuations and destroyed five homes and several other structures near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Saturday. The Sand Fire has burned about 1,300 acres near the border of Amador and El Dorado counties since it broke out around 5 p.m. Friday as temperatures […]

Pelvis pix victims must feel trauma to share $190M

BALTIMORE — Thousands of women whose genitals might have been photographed during gynecological exams can share a $190 million settlement from Johns Hopkins Health System. But they’ll have to describe their trauma before seeing any money. That might be painful for some women who feel profoundly violated by Dr. Nikita Levy, who committed suicide in […]

Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. — About 300 homes – twice as many as previously estimated – have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday. Officials had placed the number of homes destroyed at 150 in north-central Washington’s Carlton fire complex. But Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said he knew […]

House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

WASHINGTON — Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written. The vote in the Rules Committee was 7-4, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed. Republicans say the lawsuit is […]

Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

MIAMI — Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don’t buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The amount is equal to the national average annual premium for a bronze level health plan. The penalty for the first […]