Thursday, November 27, 2014

‘Birdman’ leads Spirit Awards nominations

LOS ANGELES — “Birdman,” a dark comedy about show business, took flight Tuesday with a leading six nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Star Michael Keaton and director Alejandro González Iñárritu picked up nominations for the film from Fox Searchlight. Nods also went to its supporting actors Emma Stone and Edward Norton and […]

Nichols plans free family concert in Napa

FAIRFIELD — A mainstay of the Jewish music scene will perform a free concert next month in Napa. The Dan Nichols family concert begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St. The show is suitable for the entire family Nichols is described in a press release for the show as one of […]

Church’s holiday soiree on Vacaville calendar

VACAVILLE — Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center is hosting a holiday soiree at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. The night’s dinner will be catered by Merchant & Main. Julie Stout with Narayan and Janet will provide music, with special appearances by Cassandra Kinney and Elvis, according to a press release about the event. The event will take […]

Penguins, bad bosses arrive to kick-start holiday film openings

FAIRFIELD — New movies get a jump-start on the box office draw as two open Wednesday. The family friendly “The Penguins of Madagascar” features Rico and Private as they join forces with a chic spy organization to stop a villain. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the character Agent Classified. John Malkovich lends his vocal talents to play the […]

My sister-in-law expects me to pay her for damages, but she won’t pay me

Dear Annie: My sister-in-law and I exchange babysitting for our young children. I have three under the age of 5, and she has two. It is mutually beneficial except for one thing: If the kids break something at her house, she demands that I pay for it. Recently this included getting her couch professionally cleaned after […]

Horoscopes: Nov. 24, 2014

Mars in Capricorn and Jupiter in Leo form a frustrating angle that will be a precursor to tomorrow’s Mercury and Saturn situation. This is a time to relax and make yourself comfortable, because getting too uptight about the issues will cause more trouble than the issues themselves. ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you work, it […]

Bridge Nov 24

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder MAGAZINES GIVE YOU A MONTHLY FIX Several bridge magazines come out monthly, containing information about the tournament world, instructive articles, quizzes, and bidding deals and problems that you may attempt, then compare your actions with those of experts. They are a great value for the money. In the United […]

Official: SD man kills 4, including self, wounds 1

SISSETON, S.D. — A 22-year-old man apparently shot and killed three people and wounded a fourth at a home on a South Dakota Indian reservation before he killed himself early Saturday, authorities said. The attack happened in Sisseton, a town on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, which is in the northeast corner of the state […]

Pope meets with autistic children

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition. The pope urged governments and institutions to respond to the needs of people with autism to help break “the isolation and, in many […]


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Horoscopes: Nov. 22, 2014

Like a restless audience waiting for the show to start, giddy anticipation precedes the solar change. Curtains open to the sun as a pioneer crossing into the wild frontier of Sagittarius. For many, this passage represents opportunity, excitement and expansion. Then, for extra luck, the new moon adds a dash of fresh hope to the […]

Florida State shooter was well-liked but troubled

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Authorities don’t know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University’s library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him. Or, as Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said, his sense of being was not […]

Officials downplay debates over Ebola aid response

NEW YORK — U.S. officials on Thursday acknowledged disagreements over coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, but they say most issues are being worked out and the overall fight against the disease there seems to be succeeding. In a call with reporters, the officials said disputes have erupted over matters like […]

NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014

WASHINGTON — Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October on record worldwide. The 58.43 degrees Fahrenheit (14.74 Celsius) […]

Roofs collapse as New York clobbered by more snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area’s three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more. Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged drivers “pretty, pretty please” to stay off slippery, car-clogged roads in western New York […]

Hearing draws apology, admission in air bag mess

WASHINGTON — The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags. Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata’s senior vice president of quality, said the Japanese parts supplier is “deeply sorry and anguished” […]

Gambling on Proposition 47

You may have woken up after Election Day thinking, “How could we have passed Proposition 47, the ‘Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act?’ ” The law, passed by nearly 60 percent of voters, reduces some felonies to misdemeanors. It changes what would normally be a “wobbler,” a crime that could be charged as a felony or misdemeanor, […]

Big bucks too much for populist measures

So much for populism. At least when it comes to fighting the interests of big-money corporations. In every vote this month where the interests of ordinary Californians were pitted against those of large companies, the corporate interests won big. Big bucks essentially convinced millions to vote against their own best interests. It was an unfettered […]

How and why the GOP won

The exit polls become fascinating soon after an election when one can see how one side won, rather than try to pinpoint the margin of victory. As to the latter, the GOP victory was easier than many anticipated. “I think this was a classic case of a wave coming in late,” says GOP pollster Whit […]

Deny downtown business bid for electronic sign, Vacaville staff says

VACAVILLE — A request for a 262-square-foot curved, color electronic message sign on the second story of a Mason Street office building – advertising the applicant says represents the a “new marketing standard” and will let downtown businesses “level the market” with such sites as the Vacaville Auto Mall – should be denied, the city […]