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Lawler House Gallery site of free artists’ reception for new exhibit

SUISUN CITY — A free reception takes place Saturday to celebration the start of a new exhibit at the Lawler House Gallery. The exhibit, called “Structures: An Exhibition of Artworks by 30 Local Artists,” opened Friday and continues through Sept. 27 at the gallery, located at 718 Main St. The reception is billed as an opportunity for […]

Jon Stewart signing off ‘Daily Show’ fake newscast for real

NEW YORK — After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News. Who could blame him for wanting […]

A few stellar ‘Daily Show’ alums (besides Jon Stewart)

NEW YORK — You want a great career in comedy? Start by landing a job as a correspondent on “The Daily Show”! Under Jon Stewart’s 16-year-long run as host, it became one of TV’s best launching pads. Here are a few shining examples: — Stephen Colbert (1997-2005). Arriving two years before Stewart became host, Colbert […]

10 of Jon Stewart’s highlights from ‘The Daily Show’

NEW YORK — When he leaves Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Aug. 6 after hosting nearly 2,600 episodes, Jon Stewart will have logged too many great moments to count. But here are 10 Stewart highlights — both on and off the show — worth remembering: ___ HAIL TO THE CHIEF (December 2000) Reporting on […]

Maisie Williams has ‘significant role’ on ‘Doctor Who’

BEVERLY HILLS — When viewers see Maisie Williams on the new season of “Doctor Who,” she’ll be a brand-new character, not someone from the Doctor’s past. “Once you see what she’s up to … you’ll appreciate what a clever idea it was,” show runner Steven Moffat said Friday at a TV critics panel. “It’s a […]

US, others need to size up Iran’s past nuclear weapons research

It could be sometime next year before the Iran nuclear agreement takes effect if Congress does not block it before the lawmakers’ 60-day study period ends Sept. 17. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz predicted that it “will be in 2016″ before the International Atomic Energy Agency certifies that Iran has taken all the steps required and […]

Why ultralow interest rates aren’t going anywhere

For decades, central banks lorded over markets. Traders quivered at the omnipotence of monetary authorities – their every move, utterance and wink a reason to scurry for safe havens or an opportunity to score huge profits. Now, though, markets are the ones doing the bullying. Take New Zealand and Australia. The Reserve Bank of New […]

Dogs, heat, cars don’t mix

My significantly better half Cathi is a property manager. She was doing inspections on a property this past Tuesday when she came across a small car parked diagonally across a driveway with the windows partially open. A Siberian husky and a German shepherd had their muzzles out the window crack, tongues hanging out panting quickly. Cathi leaned […]

Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old

SANTA CRUZ — A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday. Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel told reporters that Madyson Middleton went willingly into the apartment and was probably […]

Horoscopes: July 27, 2015

As for the people who seem to be in love with themselves, there’s something oddly attractive about them at first. If you accidentally become enamored, you’re not to be blamed as long as the fiery Sagittarius moon and the Leo sun rule the sky. Just know that it’s hard to get back home when you’re […]

Bridge July 27

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder REDOUBLES CAUSE FOUR TIMES THE FUN Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman politician and orator who died in 43 B.C., said, “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.” At the bridge table, redoubles often double the grief of less […]

I’m hurt that my friend is now too busy for me

Dear Annie: How do you cope with a friendship where the person stays connected just enough to continually remind you of how unimportant you are? I have a friend with whom I was once quite close. We exercised and ran errands together, and when she was seriously ill, I spent countless hours visiting, reading to […]

Question of the week: Should Measure P’s 1 percent increase in the local sales tax be extended?

Measure P authorized a 1 percent increase in the local sales tax rate for five years to protect safety, services and the quality of life in Fairfield. Unless it is extended, Measure P expires March 31, 2018. Should it be extended? Take part in our poll. Last week’s question: Should the Pentagon change the ban against arming […]

San Francisco’s Chinatown clings to roots amid tech boom

SAN FRANCISCO — For a century and a half, San Francisco’s Chinatown, the nation’s oldest, has sheltered waves of immigrants seeking a new life. It’s the birthplace of Chinese America, and to some extent, the broader Asian America that descended from immigration over the Pacific Ocean throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Now, Chinatown faces powerful […]

Jacket worn in by Ringo Starr in movie sells for $46K

BOSTON — The black wool double-breasted suit jacket that Ringo Starr wore in the 1965 Beatles movie “Help!” has sold at auction for more than $46,500. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday that the jacket with soft gray vertical pinstripes, six black buttons, and the name “Ringo” sewn inside was part of the online Marvels of […]

Rocker Vince Neil drops lawsuit over social media passwords

LAS VEGAS — Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil got back his social media passwords after suing a consultant he hired to manage the accounts and accusing her of posting online without his consent, a lawyer for the rocker said Friday. Kristy Sinsara handed over the passwords and the case was dismissed in early June, attorney […]

WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs

STAMFORD, Conn. — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape. The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement Friday saying it had […]

Risks tied to sanctuary cities now apparent

In reality, there is no free lunch. In the alternate reality known as the American political debate, however, that’s the only kind on the menu. Conservatives say tax cuts boost economic growth, which yields higher revenue. No need to worry about bigger budget deficits. Meanwhile, over on the left, we have laws and policies in […]

Price of fetal parts comments open door to debate late-term abortion

“Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized for the “tone” of one of […]

Week’s news offers irritation, fearful prospects

This week’s events have been anywhere from irritating to life-threatening. Let’s look at the annoying events first. If you’re not familiar with Martin O’Malley, he’s the former governor of Maryland who is trying to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. O’Malley is as left-wing as they come in the Democratic Party. The other day, O’Malley […]

Why so many Americans support Trump

Donald Trump is now the 2016 GOP frontrunner. That sentence would have sounded ridiculous a month ago, but here we are. The billionaire real estate mogul and reality star has tough-talked his way to the top of the ticket for 24 percent of Republican voters, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. As The […]

Some things only the feds can do

These are dark days for those of us who believe that public goods such as infrastructure and scientific research are essential functions of government. Decades of attacks by libertarians, not all of them well-informed, have made conservatives and much of the public skeptical toward the provision of public goods. Increased spending on transfer payments – health […]

Homeless soda thief case causes frustration

It was frustrating reading last week’s Daily Republic articles about a homeless woman, Barbara McNary, ordered to pay a $50 fine for stealing a cup of soda from a Subway restaurant. McNary came across in the article as entitled and was surely off-putting to anyone thinking about aiding the homeless. Don’t expect your frustration to subside […]

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