Thursday, September 18, 2014

Give new crime report a chance

The Mayor’s Commission on Crime’s report is in and, predictably, some of it reads like Captain Obvious wrote it. It’d be easy to trash it, but that wouldn’t help Fairfield. And it does have some good recommendations. The hardest part to solve is the report’s conclusion that 75 percent of the reason young people turn to crime […]

September 18, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 5 Replies

Why Obama needs congressional authority to wage war

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says the question of whether Congress needs to authorize President Barack Obama’s declared war on the Islamic State was settled by Thomas Jefferson when that president went after the Barbary pirates more than 200 years ago. Jefferson, a Founding Father, dispatched ships to the Barbary Coast of North Africa […]

September 18, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 4 Replies

Democrats shouldn’t rely on pot and gay marriage

After George W. Bush won re-election in 2004, Democrats had a bit of a freak-out about social issues. Prominent strategists, and even their losing presidential candidate, John Kerry, blamed the defeat partly on the perception that they were too extreme on abortion. This year, Democrats have no such worries. They’re campaigning hard on social issues, […]

September 18, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 6 Replies

CBS: Rihanna out of NFL telecast

NEW YORK — CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL. The network said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna’s voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts – after the singer issued a profane tweet about […]

Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to help promote global action on climate change. Ban told a news conference Tuesday that the American actor “is not just one of the world’s leading actors” but he has “a longstanding commitment to environmental causes.” DiCaprio established […]

Drama reigns supreme with week’s film debuts

FAIRFIELD — Drama is the theme at the weekend box office as three movies, with characters that include united siblings, an ex-New York Police Department cop and a young man trapped in a maze. Liam Neeson stars in “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” He plays an ex-New York cop, now an unlicensed private investigator, who agrees to help […]

Question of the week: Did NFL execs see Rice video early?

When TMZ released the elevator video of NFL star Ray Rice’s domestic violence, NFL officials said they hadn’t seen it. Do you believe them? Participate in this week’s poll: Last week’s results: Should Fairfield sell its public golf courses? Yes: 26 percent No: 74 percent 273 Daily Republic voters

Horoscopes: Sept. 15, 2014

Meetings. Many of us don’t like them because of the time that gets wasted on formality, irrelevant data, politics and the like. However, today’s meetings will prove surprisingly tolerable, helpful even. The Gemini moon and the Virgo sun work together to help us communicate briefly and efficiently about the most relevant matters. ARIES (March 21-April […]

I love Howard, but I hate his addiction to drugs

Dear Annie: I met the man of my dreams at the workplace. At the time, I was in an abusive marriage and had given up all hope, and then I met “Howard.” Here’s the problem: Howard is 45, still lives in his parents’ basement and works from home. He doesn’t pay rent or utilities, although […]

Bridge Sept 15

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder HOW DO YOU GET INTO YOUR HAND? Sydney Smith, an English humorist, writer and cleric who died in 1845, said, “Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession, do not run after distinctions and rewards, but do your utmost to find an […]

Feds chase treasure hunter turned fugitive

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye glasses, leather shoes, socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild. It was a far cry from the conquering hero who, almost two decades before, docked a ship […]

Men only: Kathy Griffin’s guide to late-night TV

LOS ANGELES — Last year, as a late-night TV shake-up ended with yet another chorus line of white male hosts, Joan Rivers decried the lack of women in any of the coveted jobs as “beyond frustrating.” Days after the death of the only woman to host a late-night network show, the status quo was reaffirmed as […]

Med director out at clinic that treated Rivers

NEW YORK — The head of the outpatient surgery facility where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure is no longer at the clinic. A spokeswoman for Yorkville Endoscopy said Friday that Dr. Lawrence Cohen is no longer the facility’s medical director, nor is he performing procedures there. The spokeswoman did not elaborate […]

Hillary Clinton among speakers at Angelou memorial

NEW YORK — It was New York’s turn to say goodbye to Maya Angelou. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison were among those sharing memories of the late author and Renaissance woman artist Friday at The Riverside Church in Manhattan, a few blocks west of a Harlem town house […]

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity finally at Mount Sharp

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Curiosity rover is about to conduct some serious scientific drilling at Mars. The space agency announced Thursday that the rover has reached the base of Mount Sharp, its destination since landing two years ago. Officials say drilling could begin as early as next week at an outcrop of rocks called Pahrump Hills. […]

Groups sue over oil shipments in older rail cars

SEATTLE — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. Accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured when derailed, leading to spills. The lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics says the […]

Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation’s longest waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest. The new requirement will take effect 30 days after Wednesday’s vote by the Republican-led Legislature, overruling […]

US sharply cutting deportations

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, even as he has postponed until after Election Day his promised unilateral action that could shield millions more from deportation. According to an analysis of Homeland Security Department figures by The Associated Press, the […]

House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

WASHINGTON — House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. And in the logic that prevails during the weeks before crucial congressional elections, they want everyone to know about that futility. The Republican-run House approved a bill allowing insurers to continue selling medical […]

Case worker: Dad overwhelmed before 5 kids killed

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina man accused of killing his five children was an ex-convict whose homes were visited by social workers a dozen times in the last three years. The children seemed happy and well-adjusted despite occasional spankings, and the family took a summer trip to Disney World and the beach, according to […]

Homeless find welcome in Vallejo

I see Vallejo is on the move once again. A hardy welcome to the new cardboard city residents at the former Dairy Queen location, as new tenants are moving in nightly. You can build your own condo – one or two room, singles or tabletop bunk beds, cardboard supplied or bring your own. Code enforcement? Not […]

Hipwaders schedule free show in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The Hipwaders, a local “kindie” band, will perform a free concert from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Town Square. The group, which is celebrating its 10th year, is preparing to release a new CD, “Year Round Sounds,” on Sept. 23. It’s the group’s sixth album. The Hipwaders have performed at Lollapalooza as well […]

September 11, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

At 40, Brooks’ ‘Frankenstein’ proves forever young

BEVERLY HILLS — “Young Frankenstein” is pushing 40, but is by no means over the hill. The film’s writer-director Mel Brooks and actresses Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr gathered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday night for a 40th-anniversary screening of their comedy classic. As they posed for photos, Brooks […]

Stevie Wonder challenges Ferguson mayor

LOS ANGELES — Stevie Wonder said the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, isn’t seeing the full picture a month after an unarmed black 18-year-old was killed by a white police officer. “I don’t know if the mayor has blinders on,” Wonder said in an interview Wednesday. “But to say that he didn’t know that there was […]

Nicki Minaj: Natural look stems from confidence

NEW YORK —€” Nicki Minaj, who has recently dropped her colorful and oddball style for a more natural and sophisticated look, says it’s because she’s more comfortable in her skin. “I kind of feel now that I look more like my regular old self, like what I look like when I’m at home,” she said […]