Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Apollo to celebrate Holiday birthday

NEW YORK — The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of blues singer Billie Holiday. The legendary American jazz vocalist was born on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia and died in 1959 in New York City at age 44. Holiday performed at least two dozen times at the Apollo. She will […]

Oprah’s Chicago studios to close down

CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey will close Harpo Studios in Chicago, where she filmed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for more than 20 years, this December, and will transition production for her cable network to a studio in California. Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network made the announcement Tuesday. OWN recently moved into a new studio […]

Fashion week moves Milan to Paris

PARIS — Bye, New York! Ciao, Milan! Bonjour, Paris! The world’s largest traveling circus of fashion editors, models, buyers and journalists has descended on the French capital, clutching their metro maps and city guides, to cap the ready-to-wear fashion season. For fall-winter 2015-16, the dizzying 92 scheduled shows mean the nine-day “week” almost tears at […]

Robots, raucous businessmen set to arrive on big screen

FAIRFIELD — Comedy, for those 17 and older, is the genre for this weekend’s two movies that are opening nationwide. Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman are featured in “Chappie,” the tale of a robot who can think and feel. It’s rated R. Vince Vaughn heads up the cast in “Unfinished Business,” about a small-business owner […]

Horoscopes: March 2, 2015

The Leo moon aligns with Jupiter in Leo to impart upon us the importance of storytelling. Tomorrow brings a lucky fire trine to further emphasize the point. If you’re already an expert storyteller, do share your talent! If you could use work on this life skill, start practicing. Fortune favors those who use words to […]

Question of the week: When will gas prices hit $4 in Solano County?

Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon in less than a week. When will gas prices hit $4 in Solano County? Take part in our poll. Last week’s question: Can starting school later in the day improve children’s grades? No: 57 percent Yest: […]

Bridge March 2

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder MATHEMATICS HELPS ON SOME DEALS Vannevar Bush, an engineer who, inter alia, founded Raytheon, said, “If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of […]

It’s never a good idea to point out how big a pregnant woman is

Dear Annie: I am eight months pregnant. It floors me how many friends say, “Wow, you’re getting so big” every time I see them. Recently, I overheard someone tell a pregnant woman, “You look a lot bigger than with your last one.” Most women I know are not thrilled about gaining weight, even during pregnancy, […]

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Horoscopes: Feb. 28, 2015

Cancer is the first water sign of the zodiac, and Pisces is the last. The spiritual melding of these two astral energies creates harmonies the likes of a gospel choir. With the sun in Pisces and the moon in Cancer, the bonds between people don’t have to be stated to be known. Loved ones can […]

Poem about heaven helps dog owners when beloved pet dies

Dear Annie: Several years ago, you printed a piece from a reverend about a dog who had died. My own precious Poochie died yesterday after being hit by a car. I am having a hard time. I miss him so much. Could you please print that piece again? Perhaps it would bring me comfort. — Still […]

February 28, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder WITH NO GOOD SPOTS, LEAD TO THE HONORS April Bloomfield, an English chef best known for holding a Michelin star at two New York City restaurants, The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, said, “Food’s delicate. You have to handle it with finesse. You can’t just be a big ogre.” […]

Saudi man convicted of conspiracy in ’98 US embassy bombings

NEW YORK — A man prosecutors portrayed as one of al-Qaida’s early leaders was convicted Thursday of conspiracy in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa following a trial that showcased the terror group’s early days. Khaled Al-Fawwaz stood expressionless, pursing his lips briefly, as the anonymous jury delivered its verdict after […]

If Supreme Court says no, they’d lose health insurance help

CHICAGO — Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday’s Supreme Court challenge to the nation’s health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? If the court says no, people across more than 30 states could lose federal subsidies for their premiums. The legal […]

Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

ATLANTA — A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students. The vaccines target B strain meningococcal disease, which comes on like the flu at first but can rapidly develop into dangerous meningitis or blood […]

VA chief backs outside medical care as new program falters

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday he was committed to a law making it easier for veterans to get private health care, but he offered few answers for lawmakers irritated at the slow effort to put it in place. “I’m as frustrated as you all are,” McDonald told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs […]

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — Sounding a likely retreat, House Republicans weighed short-term funding Thursday to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while temporarily leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. Under the emerging proposal, the agency would receive funds with no strings attached for perhaps three weeks. The […]

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet’s vulnerability

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions — all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried in the rocky desert. The Internet outage did more than underscore just […]

Prosecutor: Mom craved attention, poisoned child with salt

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A woman accused of force feeding her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, a prosecutor said Thursday at her trial. And Lacey Spears eventually killed the boy, Garnett-Paul Spears, because she feared he would start telling people she was making […]

Chinese economy may be stalling – and that’s OK

As Premier Li Keqiang guides China toward lower growth rates, economists everywhere are grappling with this question: How slow is too slow for the world’s second-biggest economy? Number-crunchers have traditionally believed that China must grow at least 7 percent to 8 percent annually to generate enough jobs and prosperity to keep protesters from flooding Tiananmen […]

Islamic State threat can’t be fixed quickly

In today’s bitter, politically partisan America, when a foreign policy problem such as the threat from the Islamic State has no quick fix, you can bet administration critics will focus on attacking President Barack Obama for some irrelevant, lesser issue. Here’s an example: picking a fight over semantics. On the eve of the White House […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 4 Replies

Time to put down the joystick

I found out recently that my 10-year-old grandson Kawika’s grades have slipped and most shocking of all is the fact that he’s behind in his reading. Hearing this, my jaw hit the floor and my eyes bugged out like a cartoon character. Reading in my family is almost a sacrament. Kawika’s mother is a voracious […]